Artist info

Genre

Pop, Indie


Sounds like

The Ronettes, Vivian Girls, Feist


band members

Melodie Nelson


Influences

60s pop, Serge Gainsbourg, old movies


Bio

Melodie Nelson is the solo project of Lia Tsamoglou, one half of now defunct Sydney experimental drone duo Moonmilk and ex-bassist for alt-folk group Rand and Holland. During the last decade Tsamoglou explored ghostly, wordless tonal explorations under the Moonmilk moniker, but with the emergence of her new group she has changed her approach. Melodie Nelson abandons the bedroom hiss and crackle of Moonmilk in favour of meticulously orchestrated modern pop music, haunted by the sun-dappled melancholy of ‘60s girl groups and riddled with an autumnal and subliminal psychedelic quality. With this outfit, Tsamolgou marries the colourful, illusory textures of the past with songs of emphatic singularity. Recorded with acclaimed engineer Tony Dupe (Holly Throsby, Jack Ladder), mixed at Big Jesus Burger by Chris Townsend (Silverchair, Portishead, Violent Femmes) and mastered by Denis Blackham (Brian Eno, Elvis Costello), ‘Meditations On The Sun’ is a neat culmination of Tsamoglou’s musical career thus far, which, aside from her work with Moonmilk and Rand & Holland, has seen her collaborate with Jason Molina, Jack Ladder and members of Dappled Cities. “Melodie Nelson is a fascinating mix of echoing girl-group pop with a steely laziness; as if Jesus and Mary Chain produced an album for Julee Cruise.” - INPRESS “It’s got that classic weary romance feel happening, sombre and pretty and naive and completely unironic; like how a vintage girl group might sound if they’d ever been truly disappointed.” - ROSE QUARTZ

Review

Reviewed by Steph Hughes Steph Hughes

15 Jan 2013

Triple J
40

Love it, love the noir/goth drama, and the chorus kick in especially. J'adore

Love it, love the noir/goth drama, and the chorus kick in especially. J'adore

Review

Reviewed by Al Newstead Al Newstead

10 May 2012

Triple J
40

A wonderful dose of wonky remixing here, captures the ghost of sixties girl groups but with a very contemporary net.

A wonderful dose of wonky remixing here, captures the ghost of sixties girl groups but with a very contemporary net.

Review

Reviewed by Max Lavergne Max Lavergne

17 May 2012

Triple J
40

The breakdown in this remix is amazing. Totally inspired production!

The breakdown in this remix is amazing. Totally inspired production!