Melbourne musician Lachlan Denton has unveiled his much-anticipated third studio album Furnishings, out via Osborne Again / Spunk Records.
Documenting the shift in Lachlan’s life and focus from music to furniture making, and in some ways back again, in the aftermath of the loss of his brother, Zac Denton – the first song on the album is dedicated to him.
Lachlan reflects on the single, “My last solo record was all for and about my little brother Zac. After I wrote that record, I decided I wanted to write songs for all the members of my immediate family, to say the things that could easily go unsaid before our time is up. I wanted to pick up where I left off with a song for Zac to open the record. Zac is omnipresent in my life. I think about him every day and I find I’m always re-visiting the moments we spent together. I was thinking about the idea of time not being linear. What if all those moments we spent together were all happening all at once, just as the present. As if in this moment we were on the stage again together or on my grandparents farm in the school holidays of our youth. I guess this song is about saying, no one moment has any more meaning than another, and that although Zac isn’t here now, in a tactile sense, those moments from another time, we spent together, can still have the same weight as the present, if we wish to see if that way.”
Half the songs on Furnishings are dedicated to different members of Lachlan’s immediate family in an attempt to say the things that could so easily go unsaid before we ever get the chance. The other half are reflection on self, the environment, and life in an ever-changing world.
From the lo-fi keyboard musings of ‘Bookshelf’ to the 80s infused pop of ‘You’ and back to the jangling guitars of ‘Lose’, it is an album that twists and turns.
To record the album, Lachlan enlisted help from friends Anila Hasnain (Partner Look) and Dom Kearton (Skydeck), on Bass and Guitar respectively. The producing of the album was split up between sessions with Liam Halliwell (The Ocean Party, Snowy Band), Liam Parsons and Stefan Blair (Good Morning), Dainis Lacey (Cool Sounds) and Tori Holleman (Douglas Fur, Retiree). For each session the engineers became quasi members of the band, playing singing and arranging collaboratively.
Release: April 14th, 2023, Osborne Again/Spunk Records
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