Part Time Workings of Solo Career
Every musician at some point during their time in a band (no matter how low-key or internationally recognisable that group may be) has pondered the thought of going Solo.
Not that there’s anything wrong with being a part of the incredible scuzz-rock outfit and staple of the local Sydney scene, Body Type.
But for Annabel Blackman it’s a way to entertain and play around to her heart’s content – her own dry sense of humour, as evident in the project’s apt title of Solo Career.
Developed largely in a DIY bedroom concept but occasionally popping up at shows around Sydney, the now Illawarra based musician has been tinkering with Garage Band loops and other digital audio workstation setups mainly out of boredom over the last couple of years and the results have been interesting to say the least.
Very much drenched a cold synth wave aesthetic, Solo Career’s debut record The Sentimentalist presents itself with an icy exterior of deadpan nonchalance that some might interpret as apathy, but upon closer inspection is just a nuanced impressionistic take on inflictions of emotional tonality that results in 6 tracks of lopsided pop that is coyly detached from itself.
Annabel took some time out to have a chat on The Band Next Door on 2SER about the trudge of figuring out a song-writing process, ditching the guitar and the gear she’s emotionally attached to.