Run with the Hunted - Vinyl Version
Paper Rock Scissors Records proudly presents
the new EVOLETAH album
Available now for purchase in ‘Limited Edition’180 gram Black vinyl,
pressed in Australia through Zenith Records Brunswick Victoria
& housed in Design/Artwork by Australian Artist Michelle Cahill,
with glossy inner sleeve art & liner notes.
Price includes free shipping within Australia.
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Run with the Hunted
There are times when a work of art – a film, a book, an album – seems to reveal more than its content. It speaks to the life of its creator, not simply as confessional or catharsis, nor as a clamour for our attention; but rather, as a kind of whisper. A note shared in secret.
Such is the case with Evoletah’s vinyl only album Run with the Hunted. Steeped in the accrued ambiguities of memory and suffused with through-lines of tenderness, longing and the gathered bruises of history, this is a milestone record. A new decade, a voice given full rein, a subtle rebellion.
Adelaide based singer/songwriter/producer Matt Cahill has distilled decades of making and listening into a sonic vintage rich in texture, painterly detail and emotional availability. Run with the Hunted draws together strands of 80s Avant-pop, late night jazz and dark torch crooning, making it a treasure trove for influence spotters. (Sylvian, Drake, Lanois, Bon Iver, perhaps even a hint of Sade?) As such, the songs nestle in a nook between melodic immediacy and finely honed sophistication.
Recorded & engineered in Cahill’s purpose built studio (Audio Garage), the album was mixed at Sody Pop with long-time collaborators, engineer Brett Sody, pianist Ben Johns and bass player Michael Shanahan. With beautiful vocal contributions from Californian electro/soul diva Heather Christie
& Australian jazz princess Shanna Ransley, the end result is a work built around Johns’ sinuous, often elegiac keys and Shanahan’s supple and dexterous interplay of standard and upright bass. Together they bring technical smarts, elements of risk and luminous colouring to a dappled and cinematic canvas of memory and desire. They are the Smokey Syntax for an idiosyncratic language that could only be EVOLETAH.
All of which has allowed a kind of fearless virtuosity to emerge. “We’re at a point now where we can finally make the kind of records we’d would like to listen to,” Cahill explains. “When you’re no longer on anyone’s buzz list, or trying to be the next big whatever, you’re free to pull out all the stops. More than that, you’ve found your voice and learnt how to use it.”
As such, Run with the Hunted takes the mood and palette of its much acclaimed 2013 predecessor We Ache for the Moon and crafts them into a more liquid form. EVOLETAH 2020 is a shimmering prospect, coloured with strings, brass and female vocals, and spiced with delicious musical asides. If Moon spoke to the world, Hunted is a personal missive. Intimate, surprising, and yet resolute.
For, as the title suggests, Cahill’s allegiance is to the prey. While his trademark wistfulness and reflective vulnerability remains evident – beautiful but never melodramatic – Run with the Hunted is imbued with an oceanic compassion. It evokes the idea, barely even whispered, yet still audible, that we might defy the predators and those who would tell us how to live and for what to die. That we might defeat them with beauty alone.