I began writing shortly after the pandemic hit. I'd lost all my work and an opportunity to spend time alone with music at a friend's house arose. This was written not long after rain had finally extinguished the vast, seemingly endless bushfires that blackened south-eastern Australia over a six month period. Even though the drought had broken, impact of the long dry years was clearly visible where I was writing and recording in country NSW.
We hadn't had a lot of rain beyond the first mighty quenching of the fires. I was at Mark's place, alone and isolated, surrounded by bush and able to make as much noise as I liked. I was playing around recording a few instruments - a huluzi, a Thai flute, recorders, a sharnai, a punji and others. Out of nowhere, sheets and sheets of heavy rain cascaded from the sky. It almost felt like I had called it. I didn't know then that we would see two years of record-breaking rain, complete with '1000 year' floods. At this point, the rain still brought joy and relief – it felt like a blessing, not a curse.
from Lost Songs,
released October 11, 2022
Mastered by William Bowden
Drums and percussion by Hamish Stuart
Hamish plays Gretsch Drums and Craig Lauritsen Cymbals
Jim Moginie recorded drums and percussion at Oceanic Studios