BIRDS OF A FEATHER - ROB SNARSKI AND SHANE O'MARA

Velvet-voiced Perth-native Rob Snarski unveils his brand new album, Sparrow & Swan.

Since his acclaimed debut solo album Wounded Bird, there’s been an album of cover songs, Low Fidelity (songs by request recorded on an iphone) then the return to his beloved band The Blackeyed Susans for the album Close Your Eyes and See... and in-between a set of short whimsical, music and family related tales within his sweet memoir You’re Not Rob Snarski ~ Crumbs from the Cake published by UWA Publishing.

So it makes perfect sense that Sparrow & Swan sees a gravitational pull towards the narrative, a change in direction and the songwriting process. Conversation turns into song, late night tales become tunes - there are stories from Brisbane cab drivers, teenage girls from Belfast in 1974 searching for Van Morrison, football players and their protégés, relationships sparked in TABs, sightings of Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station, a sailor in search of Helsinki, and the weather - there’s always the weather, the extremities - the sun burning a hole in the sky or snow falling upon ancient ice ...and birds, what’s with the birds?

The album was recorded over spring and summer at Yikesville Studios in Melbourne, with maestro guitarist Shane O’Mara at the helm along with Snarski whispering all too important instructions. A delightful cast of musicians contributed to the recording including the vocal talents of Rebecca Barnard, acclaimed gal duo Broads, the wandering hands of Kiernan Box [Augie March/Blackeyed Susans] on piano, organ and accordion with both Ben Franz and Rosie Westbrook on double bass along with king tub thumper Ben Wiesner on drums and percussion.

The musical palette lies somewhere between Havana and Helsinki - think a Cuban cigar with a licorice ice cream. With Snarski's golden croon, comes O’Mara’s distinctive guitar, the gal’s jaw dropping harmonies, an exquisite rhythm section where double bass is king - all carrying these poignant, epic tales. This album includes some beautiful, inspired writing, reams and reams of lyrics.

For the launch of Sparrow & Swan, Rob Snarski and Shane O'Mara will be heading West for two WA shows! Catch them at brand new Maylands venue Lyric Lane on Friday, June 21, and then at The Aardvark in Fremantle on Saturday, June 22. Tickets on sale now.

 

Shane O'Mara

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