What do Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil, Steve Pigram from the Pigram Brothers, revered singer Kylie Auldist of the Bamboos and Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Mick Thomas from Weddings Parties Anything, up and coming Melbourne songstress Freya Josephine Hollick, Brian Ritchie from the Violent Femmes, Richard Tognetti of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, cinematographer Jon Frank, Aussie rock icon Tim Rogers and astounding indigenous musician and Yamatji Man Mark Atkins all have in common?
DELSINKI has joined creative forces with them all.
Shape-shifting uncategorizable post-colonialist DELSINKI may not yet be the sort of household name that such a striking nom de musique warrants, but in the last 18 months or so he’s certainly made a name for himself as the producer of KEEP THE CIRCLE UNBROKEN – a hit show paying tribute to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s legendary album and Americana/Alt-country touchstone Will The Circle Be Unbroken – and SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE – a new and similarly loved series of “in the round” shows that recently completed a successful run in regional Victoria and is set to go again.
Both projects have seen Delsinki step out from his role as sideman – for Brooke Taylor in her Poison Spitting Gin Queens – and band member/songwriter – for Row Jerry Crow – into a more centrally creative role; one which brings people together to make something special. It’s something he experienced the joys of a few years back when he lucked his way into an Australian Chamber Orchestra project called ‘The Reef’ which included Steve Pigram, Mark Atkins, Jim Moginie & Brian Ritchie, and it’s clearly something he's good at.
Now Delsinki has decided to take back up another set of creative reins with the completion of his second album CITY/COUNTRY, which follows And There Was Found, No Place For Them, which was released in 2018.
Debuting at #3 on the ARIA - Australian Country Music chart City/Country is produced by Cameron McKenzie (Mark Seymour & the Undertow), whose educated ear and fierce commitment to detail takes these latest 10 tracks by Delsinki to new heights, City/County reflects Delsinki's last few years, mixing it large with other songwriters and getting to the nitty gritty of a song. A bower bird par excellence, Delsinki's approach contains traces of author Tim Winton and painter John Brack alongside his musical influences, giving him a unique artistic vision of contemporary Australian life. Like some sort of city-bound bush poet, Delsinki sings of his environment - from carbon monoxide and asphalt plains to lockdowns and the dream of escape - and he feels the ever present lure of nature. He would seek to rewild the city, but sees the city's impact on regional areas.
Delsinki has a crack band, including Stacey Gray, Rob Hornbuckle, James Macaulay, Hilton Osborn & Justin Fermino all of whom share the spotlight on this stunning album. Other guests on the record include Monique Brumby, award-winning bluegrass musician Hamish Davidson, the late Dion Hirini (Vika & Linda Bull), Crowded House bass player Nick Seymour and Melbourne soul superstar Kylie Auldist who Delsinki met when she came on board Keep The Circle Unbroken, alongside Tim Rogers and Mick Thomas.
Delsinki’s music is represented by GO!/GAGA - the new home for the songs of Cash Savage, Peep Tempel, Tumbleweed and others.