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Central Coast based singer/songwriter Mark Moldre spent much of 2009 holed up in the studio with some of his closest childhood friends, including Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) and Jamie’s siblings Sophie (piano) and Scott (drums) recording an album which lyrically entwines the threads of their past and the trials that we face as time moves on. Moldre grew up in the landscape of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, riding in the back of his Dad’s old Valiant, snapping photos with an instamatic camera and miming to Beatle and Dylan albums in wallpapered lounge rooms of the 70’s. Mark’s memories, dreams and regrets have become woven into the tapestry and Polaroids of his debut solo album ‘The Waiting Room’.
Moldre, who has previously released several albums internationally with his band Hitchcock’s Regret, chose to work with ARIA nominated producer timEbandit Powles (The Church) and producer Michael Carpenter on this, his first solo album. Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie was on hand to lend some production advice, and fellow Oil Rob Hirst nominated Mark in his Top 10 creative types in Sydney for the 10X10 Creative Sydney Project as part of the VIVID festival and has this to say about the record:
“A beautifully produced album of melancholic melodies; sad, grand, scary. The Waiting Room is a collection of songs hand-crafted by a musician who's lived a lot, seen much, and has written it all down - for his own benefit, and ours. One to keep. 4 stars"
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View the clip for the single In This Life
And This Romantic Day
Snippets from the Press:
"A deeply romantic, almost surreal musical vision….Moldre skewers us with incisive imagery and snags our hearts with simple but memorable tunes” The Australian
“Pure Mark Linkous folk and experimentation filtered through Wilco’s fantastical soundscapes and the gentler side of Tom Waits…. There are sepia-tinged universal themes at work in The Waiting Room that conjure up feelings of nostalgia, loss, love and optimism and Moldre has captured the mood of the human soul with great artistic clarity.” Faster Louder
”If The Waiting Room is anything to go by, you get the feeling that Mark Moldre won’t be waiting long” 4/5 Reverb Magazine
“…you get a taste of that dark jauntiness of laughing in the face of death/the ugly world that Mark Everett of the Eels perfected long ago. But wait, in Lifeboat, while that voice is more soothing, the story is tougher, the emotions rawer and they finally tear you up…Pay attention, close attention. Especially to the lyrics” Sydney Morning Herald
“The Waiting Room makes you want to take a seat, strap on your headphones and eschew having your name called for quite some time…. The Waiting Room embraces the melancholia of passing time and turns it into something wonderful.” TheDwarf.com.au
”There’s more to this than the standard singer/songwriter fare” Drum Media
“A gorgeous slice of sunny Americana pop in the vein of The Flaming Lips and with a subtle dash of Sparklehorse added to the mix” Doubtful Sounds 80%
released March 15, 2010
All Songs written by Mark Moldre
Produced by Michael Carpenter, timEbandit Powles (The Church) and Mark Moldre. Engineered by Michael Carpenter at Love Hz. Additional Engineering by timEbandit Powles at Spacejunk, Shane Pex at Alfred's Lair and Mark Moldre and Adam Lang at Macron Music.
Mixed by timEbandit Powles (except The Buzzing Of Bees mixed by Michael Carpenter) Production assistance from Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) and Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss)
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound.
All songs written by Mark Moldre except These Things Moldre/Powles
Reuben Wills: Bass, Hums, Sailors Choir
Scott Hutchings: Drums, Hums, Sailors Choir
Sophie Hutchings: Upright Piano, Wurlitzer
Mark Moldre: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric guitars, Upright piano, Wurlitzer, Organ, Mellotron, Optigan, Toy Piano, Bubble Organ, Arctic Bees, Bells, Percussion, Harmonica, wind and rain/theremin/sine wave gadget, Casio Omnichord, Misc Samples, Hammond drawbars, Computer Keyboard, Slide Guitar on These Things.
Adam Lang: Banjo, Lap Slide
Michael Carpenter: Hammond Organ, Mellotron, Optigan, backing vocals, Sailors Choir, Hums, Upright Piano, Samples, Percussion, Drones
timEbandit Powles: Drums and Bass on These Things, Keyboards, Claps, Mellotron, Organ, Wurlitzer, Backing Vocals, Misc drums on This Romantic Day
Jamie Hutchings: Backing Vocals, Percussion
Slide Guitar, Samples, Upright Piano, Outlandish noise and feedback
Sophie Glasson: Cello on Troubled Genius
Ashleigh Mannix: Tambourine on In This Life
In This Life:
This Romantic Day:
The Buzzing Of Bees: