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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


Listen to the track now, exclusively on MILKY!

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Melbourne DIY act Convenience Store are set to drop their new single, Salt Water, tomorrow! If you’re like us and can’t wait, listen to the shimmering track right here on MILKY before its release!

Written as Victoria's restrictions began to ease, the track is built upon acoustic guitar sounds, centred within an atmospheric soundscape that shimmers beneath mesmerising vocals. With a stellar instrumental section mid way through the track, the song embodies the groups signature DIY approach to the indie-rock genre, made complete with cascading bass lines and the haunting inclusion of a theremin. Salt Water is just another reason why Convenience Store should be at the top of your list when thinking of Australia's next wave of supreme artists.

Speaking of the track, Convenience Store shared with MILKY: "Salt Water is one of a number of tracks we’ve been working on over the past few months — it came together as the lockdown restrictions in Victoria were gradually lifted and we were able to get back to recording again. We recorded everything DIY in our basement studio space. The track is built around a pretty straightforward acoustic guitar part, around which we built some expansive atmospheric sounds. We also had a theremin player send in a part remotely due to COVID restrictions. The middle instrumental section we composed as quite a direct love letter to David Berman and his work with Silver Jews (which was a major reference for this part of the track). For the end section some more electronic elements get introduced — for this we drew on something that we think Alex G does quite well where he’ll breathe new life into familiar genre conventions by using modern production in a really tasteful way. A lot of our writing and creative process involves talking about references like these and trying to imitate them in ways that inevitably fail, but end up giving rise to something new).

Convenience Store continue to attract attention as one of Melbourne's up-and-coming indie treasures, having recently performed a headline show at the Heide Museum of Modern Art's 'Heide Summer Festival' and played a support slot with beloved Melbourne alt-RNB act Big Words, who enlisted the duo after hearing their music. Working from their DIY studio, they obsessively labour to realise their vision of art and music. Guided by their youthful experiences and drawing upon their 90's rock influences, the six-piece combine their diverse skillsets to create music, videos, graphic design, and clothing.

Listen to Salt Water below.


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