Armed with infectious hooks and weighty subject matter,Â Eskimo JoeÂ frontmanÂ Kav TemperleyÂ has given fans the latest taste of his forthcoming studio album, sharing new singleÂ Last Of The WineÂ ahead of the arrival of his anticipated sophomore record,Â ‘Machines Of Love And Grace’Â set for release on October 19. Following on from previous 2022 singlesÂ Graduation DayÂ and the recordâ€™s title track,Â Temperleyâ€™sÂ latest release is a testament to his power as a songwriter; leaning into difficult and emotional territory, yet managing to navigate its complexities with both care, courage, and inimitable musical dexterity.
Written, recorded, and produced solo at his own Studio 42 in Fremantle,Â Last Of The WineÂ seesÂ TemperleyÂ echoing back to Eskimo Joe‘sÂ ‘A Song Is A City’ period, while taking inspiration from prolific indie-rock icons such as Beck and Wilco, with a sprinkle of Spoon for good measure. The result is a trulyÂ Temperley-esque piece of music, though its double-time drums and catchy melodies hide a more pertinent and harrowing narrative. As he himself warns, itâ€™s territory we should cautiously enter at our own risk.
â€œLast Of The WineÂ is about drinking and domestic violence and how the two often meet in the middle,â€ he explains.Â â€œI imagined a love story where someone is locked in a room dreaming about someone somewhere else while dealing with a complex love-hate relationship that they canâ€™t escape from, jumping at shadows and flinching every time they lean in for a kiss. At night they stare out at the moon with a glass of wine in their hand and imagine the same moon shining its light down on the one they love and just for a moment they feel alright.â€
The sobering, yet cathartic track also comes accompanied by a wistful, almost nostalgicÂ music videoÂ which features footage shot by Maverick, and featuring the directorial and editing talents ofÂ TemperleyÂ himself. â€œThe video clip was edited together from a live performance at sundown studios and set to the backdrop of the theme parks of the â€˜70s where so much hope and life existed,â€ he explains. â€œA world that seems foreign post pandemic.â€
Last Of The WineÂ is set to make its appearance onÂ Temperleyâ€™sÂ forthcoming studio album,Â ‘Machines Of Love And Grace’. His second solo effort, following on from 2018â€™sÂ ‘All Your Devotion’, itâ€™s a record that has been a long time coming, and capturesÂ TemperleyÂ at a time when heâ€™s eager to emerge from the morass of these last two years, and once again share music and tell stories in a manner only he can.
â€œMaking records can be hard work and the final run is the hardest part, yet as soon as youâ€™ve finished it feels wonderful like you could do it all over again,â€ he explains. â€œThis album has been a document of the last two-and-a-half years of my experiences and stories during the global pandemic. I donâ€™t want to cause anyone PTSD but Iâ€™m just telling my story in the hope that other people will get their own story back.â€
Throughout the record, there are some all-too familiar stories, with tracks that touch upon isolation, addiction, violence, and nostalgia. Together, they combine to provide a unifying soundtrack, the type that could only emerge from the sort of experience thatÂ TemperleyÂ and the rest of the world has experienced in recent times. â€œThe album documents the incredibly strange and unique experience of the past three years of the pandemic,â€ he notes. â€œThese are not meant to be stories of judgement, but rather a comment on the collective experience we all went through together as a society.â€
Having wrapped up a regional tour that saw him preview new songs alongside solo material andÂ Eskimo JoeÂ classics,Â TemperleyÂ is set to release his forthcoming album on October 19. However, when heâ€™s not too busy rocking out with legendary bandmates, Temperley will be eager to once again get back on the dusty trail and share his new compositions with fans old and new. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to hitting the cities and the suburbs early next year after the album has come out and everyone has got a chance to get to know the songs,â€ he says eagerly.
Catch Kav on tour with Eskimo Joe
ESKIMO JOE‘S BLACK FINGERNAILS RED WINE IN THE CITY 2022 TOUR
WITH SPECIAL GUEST ADALITA
Presented by Frontier Touring & Triple M – TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Wednesday 28 September | The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD (18+)
Friday 30 September | Odeon Theatre – Hobart, TAS (18+)
Saturday 1 October | The Forum – Melbourne, VIC (18+)
Tuesday 4 October | Thebarton Theatre – Adelaide, SA (Licensed All Ages*)
Wednesday 5 October | Enmore Theatre – Sydney, NSW (All Ages)
Saturday 15 October | Fremantle Arts Centre – Perth, WA (18+**)
* It is recommended that patrons 15 years of age and under are accompanied by a paying adult.
** Minors permitted with a legal guardian. Maximum of two minors per guardian.
Last Of The WineÂ is out now – STREAM HERE
‘Machines Of Love And Grace’Â will be released October 19
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