The Cat Empire’s former enigmatic frontman Felix Riebl will play his new solo album ‘Everyday Amen’ at Melbourne Recital Centre.
Riebl has found a resurgence in the spotlight since beloved Melbourne funk icons The Cat Empire announced their disbandment.
He has been prolific in new side project Spinifex Gum, formed with Emma Donovan, and with his burgeoning solo career, thanks to the forthcoming album Everyday Amen.
What you need to know
- Felix Riebl performing new album Everyday Amen in full
- Tuesday 29 November 2022 7.30pm
- Elisabeth Murdoch Hall
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The record’s title track dropped last month, with Riebl explaining the inspiration and process behind the record in-depth.
Reflecting on the single, he said, “Sometimes the lyrics for a song just seem to flow, and though you don’t understand them, intuitively they feel like they punch and resonate musically. It’s a great feeling when that happens, when you’re speaking and don’t feel the need to really understand what you’re saying. This song, which became the title track, introduces everything the album’s about. I wanted it to feel like an overture for something grand and subtle, introspective and extrovert. I wanted to turn the everyday on its head. The question, what’s an ‘Everyday Amen?’ has informed all the visuals around the album… it’s that particular feeling of viewing your familiar world in an unfamiliar way. It can be filled with grace, or just plain ridiculous.”
Standing at 11-tracks, each song details the wonder and obscurities of life with joy and exuberance. The album is timely as it breathes life into a new world. Surrounding himself with a team of musicians, along with engineer Andy Baldwin (producer / engineer) and Ross Irwin (co-producer / arranger), the recording process itself was apparently very free flowing and only took two weeks to master.’
“Recording Everyday Amen was one of the most free-flowing and exciting experiences of my musical life,” he continued. “There’s a huge dynamic range within the songs, from the orchestral to the rhythmically bombastic, to the subtle and intimate. From that place the music seems to celebrate the outward facing, international journey I’ve been on, as well as the internal, everyday domestic life I lead, both in search of something sublime.”
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