'Never Really Coming Back' is the debut single from Australian folk-rock singer-songwriter Blue Mallee.
A relatively new name on the Australian solo artist scene, Blue Mallee brings years of experience fronting and performing in his indie-folk group, Master Tiger.
As Blue Mallee, he's equipped with a guitar, stompbox, harmonica, and an extensive pedalboard that he uses to shape a sound that swings from alternative indie-folk and moody blues to atmospheric eastern rock. 'Never Really Coming Back' is his debut single.
A sparse harmonica opens proceedings, setting a gentle pace that Blue Mallee builds into a crescendo of noise, with driving guitars licking like flames beneath a brooding, psych-fuelled fuzz-out at the end.
There's a raw deepness to the music that will move you. "I wanted 'Never Really Coming Back' to deliver in richness while pertaining to be low-fi," Blue Mallee says.
"The song initially sets you on the alternative country scene delivered through the sparseness of an opening harmonica lament reminiscent of my love of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
"But then the song twists and turns through dirgy blues, rock moments and then ends in a somewhat cinematic ethereal way."
Blue Mallee has produced a music video for 'Never Really Coming Back' filled with desolate landscapes and empty, sparse roads. David Lynch would be proud.
scenestr is amped to premiere the 'Never Really Coming Back' music video today. Enjoy.
Blue Mallee will launch 'Never Really Coming Back' at Sappho Books, Cafe & Bar (Sydney) on 10 October.