Music at its core is human connection; it’s intrinsically tied to emotions and experiences. Every song has a story, every lyric a section of an artist’s psyche. That’s exactly why we want to examine the impact of music on musicians themselves. Each week we’ll get an insight into a particular song or album that’s proven formative for an artist.
With their newly released debut album titled It’s Personal, Melbourne’s after-dark pop darlings FERLA are known for digging deep. But in this instalment of TRACKchanges, Giulianno Ferla remains cautiously philosophical when talking about the magic of Cate Le Bon.
CRAB DAY – CATE LE BON
Why am I so attracted to this album? And why do I keep returning to it? And do I actually want to find out?
I saw a band at a festival once. For the point of the story it doesn’t matter which band or which festival, but it was a big band and there were about 8 of them onstage. They were excellent players. They were so tight and well rehearsed. They were in control and knew exactly what they were doing. They were also absolutely awful. I remember walking away from their set annoyed at them. They were so talented but there was no risk. There was no spontaneity or danger. It was the safest music I’d ever heard and it was exhausting.
I think this is a big part of music for me. And probably for a lot of people. It’s got to be compelling. It’s got to be a risk. I don’t just mean like a risk to your health or well-being or anything. But trying out something different and exposing yourself in a way that you haven’t done before or sharing a deep and secret part of yourself, these are all risks.
Maybe this is why I respond to this album so much. It’s full of musical risks. It still surprises me even on the umpteenth listen. I don’t want to dissect it too much though, cos I feel like if I do maybe I’ll hit upon exactly what it is that I like so much and then the answer will be clear and I’ll lose all fascination. It will be like watching the tight-rope walker at the circus. It’s really cool and daring until you figure out that he’s been suspended by wires the whole time. I don’t want to look too closely.
FERLA are taking their new album ‘It’s Personal‘ on the road this May.
FRI 10 MAY – OXFORD ART FACTORY GALLERY, SYDNEY
SUN 12 MAY – YOURS & OWLS SUNDAYS, WOLLONGONG
SAT 18 MAY – THE BRIDGE HOTEL CASTLEMAINE
THUR 23 MAY – KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT
FRI 24 MAY – THE TOTE, MELBOURNE