Andrew McCubbin featuring Melinda Kay
Andrew McCubbin and Melinda Kay have just released Where Once There was a Fire to critical acclaim.
"A fantastic, majestic and a total marvel of a record".
Sonic Wave Magazine (Spain)
Likened to The National, Leonard Cohen and Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell, they've recently returned from touring the UK and Europe and are currently touring Australia.
RRR FM put the album in their Top Ten (Soundscapes) and 2BOB FM just gave them Album of the Week.
Robert Brokenmouth (i.94 Mag) put Where Once There was a Fire in his Top Ten albums of the year alongside Public Image Limited and Kraftwerk. He also put the Adelaide album launch in his top ten too alongside PJ Harvey, The Scientists and Hugo Race.
"I swear you feel rather than hear. I don’t think anyone’s really achieved this before."
Robert Brokenmouth i-94
They recently played live on RRR's The Australian Mood as well as on 3CR 855 AM.
After being touted as the highlight of Hillside Fest 5.0 in Adelaide a few weeks ago, their other Adelaide show has just landed in Mr Brokenmouth's Top Ten Gigs of the Year. Here's some of what he said:
"On the one hand it’s achingly beautiful and moving, on the other it’s quite profoundly uplifting - I can’t actually think of another couple who have used song to expose their inner lives with such clarity and understanding".
"Real Slow", is a real stand-out, a gem. If there is a better song released this year then perhaps all the fucking madness is worth it."
Robert Arthurton (UK)
"There’s an insidious depth to McCubbin’s music. You don’t notice it immediately: melodies played high on the fret board, quietly, carefully, dexterously like a seasoned poacher tickling salmon lying in a stream. The quietness can be eerie, the space between the sound vast and captivating. McCubbin’s voice is dark and haunting; his harmonic interplay with Melinda Kay creates a mesmerising vocal dialectic. When the stillness breaks, McCubbin and his band drench the room with a ferocity of the storms we were promised but arguably never got the day before. We’re roused into euphoric excitement by ‘Once There Was a Fire’, compelled to look within by ‘Wait Here for the Sun’, dazzled by the spiralling beauty of ‘If You Go Up’, seduced by the lush orchestral tones and piercing chords of the set’s finale ‘Stay’. And stay longer we wanted to do, but we were already sated. Perfectly so."
Patrick Emery - Beat Magazine
"On the one hand it’s achingly beautiful and moving, on the other it’s quite profoundly uplifting - I can’t actually think of another couple who have used song to expose their inner lives with such clarity and understanding."
Robert Brokenmouth i.94
"Andrew McCubbin took to the stage accompanied by Melinda Kay on keys and backing vocals. The Melbourne-based duo treated the early-comers to a truly spellbinding performance. With Kay's haunting harmonies weaving effortlessly with McCubbin's deep "Cohen-esque" vocals, matched with his intuitive and at times minimalist guitar playing, the pair created a warm, exhilarating soundscape that washed across their appreciative audience."
Hurb Jephasun - The Music
Andrew McCubbin is an internationally acclaimed producer, songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He is part of the fertile Melbourne to Europe musical highway that sees Melbourne and European musicians touring back and forth in various forms of collaboration.
Andrew’s music has received the accolades of “Single of the Week” and “Single of the Year” for songs such as “The Fog Song”, “The Last Breeze” and “Blue” as well as “Album of the Week” for three of his albums - “Dead Pilot”, “Hope Addicts” and his most recent album "Where Once There was a Fire" on various independent radio stations in Australia.
His bands have supported acts such as M Ward (USA), Adrian Belew (David Bowie), The Creatures (UK), The Cruel Sea, Hugo Race and Conway Savage (Bad Seeds).
On his self produced, 5th studio album, Where Once There was a Fire, McCubbin has perfected his songwriting craft.
Written, recorded and performed mostly by Andrew in his home studio, the album swims with guitars, strings and choirs luring the listener to the rocks. He is sublimely joined by Melinda Kay on vocals and piano, Chris Hughes (Mick Harvey / Hugo Race) on drumscapes and Andy Papadopoulos (Ron Peno) on bass.
He is a singer whose intimate breath fills our sail with songs of love and reverence. He is the bravest of songwriters – daring to whittle a song down to its barest essence until you can only feel its heart string vibrating.
Where Once There was a Fire is journey upon a fragile ocean, mixing the intimate and the epic - from sparse acoustic bass and piano, to the ethereal singing of Melinda Kay and McCubbin’s searing guitar, guiding us through a night of emotional weather - a dusk to dawn journey that evokes Mark Lanegan, The National, Leonard Cohen, The Cure and Mazzy Star.
He has a singular vision of the romantic songwriter working in stripped back post rock minimalism.
Reviews of Previous Albums
“You’d be easily convinced he was actually some hidden treasure from London’s rich musical backdrop.”
4.5 Stars Time Out Magazine
4 stars - Rolling Stone
4 stars - The Age (EG)
“One of the finest songwriters to emerge from Melbourne”
Tony McMahon The Music.com
“The sonic equivalent of endless longing”
Editor Download.com (U.S.A.)
RRR’s Trip Magazine