Artist info

Genre

Hip Hop, Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Shugo Tokumaru, Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Akira Kosemura, Ólafur Arnalds, Ichiko Aoba, Polyphonic Spree


band members

Matt Hsu (multi-instrumentalist)


Website

obscureorchestra.com

Bio

Welcome to the Obscure Orchestra, a curious world of intricately crafted experimental music, made with odd instruments and rethought everyday objects — the brainchild of nature-obsessed sound tinkerer Matt Hsu.

Matt is a 2020 Queensland Music Awards winning composer, multi-instrumentalist and anti-racism activist whose project 'Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra' is the exhaust valve of his offbeat musical sensibilities, shaped by a childhood stint as a Buddhist monk, touring with Japanese loop ninja Kenta Hayashi, co-founding folk-punk band The Mouldy Lovers, immersion into street jazz in New Orleans, and love of cinematic scores.

He draws on his Taiwanese-Australian roots to create otherworldly compositions that celebrate difference, inclusivity and the fuzzy spaces in-between cultures. Enamoured with natural sounds, Matt blends world and orchestral instruments with field recordings and everyday objects used to produce unique sounds (such as bicycle spokes, saws and kitchen utensils). As an advocate for the fair treatment of marginalised peoples, he often uses music projects to underscore First Nations, gender diverse, refugee and immigrant issues through artistic collaborations.

Review

Last Time That I Checc'...

Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra

Review by Abby Butler Abby Butler

18 Aug 2021

Triple J
40

not only does Matt Hsu have the musical magnetism to bring talents like L-Fresh and Nardean onto the same track, he also has the know-how to make it sound this powerful. strong and moving stuff, as always.

not only does Matt Hsu have the musical magnetism to bring talents like L-Fresh and Nardean onto the same track, he also has the know-how to make it sound this powerful. strong and moving stuff, as always.

Review

Last Time That I Checc'...

Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

17 Aug 2021

Triple J
40

there's class and emotion with the production and instrumentation then there's the all star crew you just can't deny!

there's class and emotion with the production and instrumentation then there's the all star crew you just can't deny!

Review

Last Time That I Checc'...

Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

16 Aug 2021

Triple J
40

Whatever Matt Hsu touches is imbued with class and adventurousness, it's no wonder he's got such a formidable cast of guest vocalists lining up to work with him.

Whatever Matt Hsu touches is imbued with class and adventurousness, it's no wonder he's got such a formidable cast of guest vocalists lining up to work with him.