The 2nd album by Perth (West Australia) artist formally known as Streaky Jake
Somewhere in the Shadows is the first album to be released under Gorman’s Swoop Swoop alias. Filled with delicious, subtle takes on acoustic guitar and minor forays into electronic elements, there’s no one phrase to pin down the aesthetic. Instead, there are influences, sounds, and fragments. “I love Bob Dylan,” Gorman says. “I remember listening to ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’ once and that really affected me, the sound and everything about it.
“The Swoop Swoop album was more a collection of songs about place,” he says,
It’s this concept of place that proves most interesting in the new persona, particularly when listening to the breezy ambivalence with which he addresses the city across the album. Gorman admits he’s not exactly a part of the Perth’s music scene... and simply writes songs at home on a four or eight track.
“People (who live in Perth) love to hate Perth, and I find these people are quite affected by it…people don’t tend to write that many songs about the place. The thing about people in Perth is that they whinge about how there’s no culture, so they all leave. If people stayed, and wrote about it, tried to create something…that was part of it.”
Gorman took the latter path, with many of the songs on Somewhere in the Shadows tracing the relationship between himself and the city. “More of it was just driven by the place itself. What I like about Perth is the coast and the horizon, and all those things.”
The gentle strum of ‘In The Indian Ocean’ is just one of these songs that deal with his affection for the landscape, the experience – the activity – of Perth. Between the gentle finger picked progression, he lists them all: snorkelling, diving, surfing, swimming, sunbathing, fishing, kissing, romancing. I....This city has a particular dialogue that Gorman is able to tap into more so than you first think.
Indeed, you’ll probably be challenged on initial listens to decipher what is being sung, with the delivery being almost glossolalia-like. “I guess that’s not really intentional. I know what I’m singing, it’s just, I don’t know, singing is not just about the words; it’s about how it sounds. If you can get into it the emotion should come across anyway even if you can’t hear what’s being said.” (CYCLIC DEFROST)
released July 25, 2013
Roger Mills (Trumpet)
Alex Crowfoot (Producer)
Metal Postcard Records