It's been a hot minute since ROLAND TINGS shared new music with us. He took a year long hiatus, moving away to live alone in a house on the Great Ocean Road two hours from Melbourne. He used that time to write new music, and today, he's back with a taste of what he's been working on in 'Hiding In The Bushes'.
Of the self-isolation, he mused "On the weekends my partner would come to visit which was a very welcome reprieve from the isolation of living in the middle of nowhere. We would often joke that i was sending myself crazy out there, with nobody to bounce off... She imagined a scenario in which when she arrived at the house and instead of me being inside making dinner I would have totally lost my mind and be outside in the national park, eyes wide, face covered in dirt, hiding in the bushes."
The track features drumming collaborator Ryan D'Sylva, with live drum recordings, samples and found sounds all fused to create this carefully crafted melting pot of sounds, blending the synthetic and the organic. The Australian landscape-inspired track evokes the nostalgia of his self-titled first record, and sees him opening a new chapter in his musical pursuit.
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The hauntingly jaunty house track brings forth layers of pots-and-pans percussion and amplified experiments with analogue synths for a thoughtful banger of a track.
There's a lot to be said for the pressures and expectations of artists in the 21st century.In a time where he felt as though he was "losing track of reality and going right off the deep end", 'Hiding In The Bushes' feels like a moment of reconnection for Roland Tings.
Words by CAITLIN MEDCALF