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WAM release debut singles from ‘Demos from Binjareb (Peel Region*)’ regional recording compilation

9 Oct

West Australian Music (WAM) is excited to share the first taste of the upcoming Demos from Binjareb (Peel Region*) regional compilation album with the release of the debut singles, With You In Flight by Chris Portlock and Kindred Spirits and Fever Dreams by Technicolor Dream Machine. Demos from Binjareb (Peel Region*) is WAM’s thirteenth regional recording project, and the third of nine regional projects supported through the State Government of Western Australia’s Contemporary Music Fund set to record up to 90 regional artists across WA’s nine regions over three years.

Following the selection of ten artists from the region, recording commenced in March at Fairbridge Village in the Shire of Murray. The Old Fairbridgians Clubhouse building, built in 1933, played home to WAM’s pop-up studio as the artists recorded their original songs with some of WA’s best engineers, including Matt Gio and Dan Carroll of Rada Studios, Debaser Studio’s Andy Lawson, with Timothy Nelson, Ryan Brennan and national hip-hop legend Dazastah dropping by as guest producers.. The recording process was interrupted by the emerging COVID-19 crisis, with recording completed in June at Rada Studios in Perth.

The first of the two singles, With You In Flight is from Dwellingup based multi-instrumentalist and contemporary folk act Chris Portlock and Kindred Spirits. A long-time songwriter and performer, the dreamy track reflects on Portlock’s pilgrimage across the US and the beauty of flight, nature, and sharing these quiet moments with loved ones.

Showcasing the expansive variety of original music emerging from the region, the second single is a pop-driven, grunge tune from Coodenup based four-piece Technicolor Dream Machine. The track, Fever Dreams, captures the young bands’ raucous energy with catchy guitar riffs and fast-paced transitions.

As a member of the WA music community and long-time resident of the Peel Region, WAM’s Regional Assistant, Matt Johnson, notes of the project, ‘It’s been a fantastic opportunity for me to work with these artists from the region where I’ve lived for 20 years. This region is unique compared to WA’s other regions in its proximity and interaction with the metro area. It’s impressive when it comes to the quality of artists that reside within it.’

One of the hallmarks of WAM’s regional recording compilations are the emotive cover artworks produced by a visual artist from the region. The stunning cover for Demos from Binjareb (Peel Region*), is from award-winning Mandurah-based artist, Leon Holmes. The piece, 6am Coolup East, showcases Leon’s specialty in Plein Air Painting, whereby he paints outdoors at the landscape location, often working quickly to capture the natural light of the emotive scene.

The Demos from Binjareb (Peel Region*) compilation album will be released on streaming platforms and limited-edition CD on Friday 23 October 2020, alongside an exciting activation at Mandurah’s Pinjarra Junction Shopping Centre later in the year.  More information on WAM’s regional recording projects, including streaming links for previous compilations can be located HERE.

Listen to ‘With You In Flight’ by Chris Portlock and Kindred Spirits on SPOTIFY and SOUNDCLOUD



Listen to ‘Fever Dreams’ by Technicolor Dream Machine on SPOTIFY and SOUNDCLOUD


*The Peel region is named after colonial settler Thomas Peel who was actively involved with the infamous Pinjarra massacre in 1834, where men, women and children of the Binjareb Noongar nation were murdered on mass.

WAM delivers Demos from Binjareb (Peel Region*) with the support of the State Government Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries with strong local support from our community partners Pinjarra Junction Shopping Centre and Fairbridge Village.


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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.