the triffids, tindersticks, the velvet underground, scott walker, leonard cohen, the go-betweens, nick cave , townes van zandt, tom waits, lou reed, bob dylan
Michael Plater is a indie/art-rock/noir singer/songwriter based in Melbourne.
His album “Exit Keys” was released in 2012 and received worldwide critical acclaim (in such areas as the U.K, the Dominican Republic, the U.S and Europe) and picked up strong national airplay on Australian radio.
A new album, “Mythologies,” is out now. Recorded at Melbourne’s Headgap Studio, the album features contributions from such local luminaries as Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth, Whirlywirld, Equal Local), Rossco Harvey (Cabin Inn), Neil Thomason (Ricaine), Pete Azzopardi (the Coves, the Phantom Hitchhikers), Matt Green (the Happy Lonesome), Clare Bligh, and Danny Martinov.
“Michael Plater should be out there touring the world and releasing a revelatory new disc every year…we’re lucky to have him,” (4/5 Mythologies album review, Robert Brokenmouth, i-94-Bar)
“The songs are ballads, stories and emotions…it’s almost as if the music is there to enhance the words, thoughts and ideas. Lyrics of introspection and observation accompanied by great chord combinations and that vocal, is what really holds my attention,” (Mythologies album launch review, Tote Hotel, Lindy Gordon, Feeling the Beat)
“Enigmatic Melbourne troubadour, Michael Plater…explores the dark corners of his inner world, wringing every last drop of fascination out of his gnarled guitar,” (P. Heggart, Americana Australia)
"I love this track, so will you. The music bops along with an almost summery vibe, belying the sinister undercurrent of the song ... splendid," (Pretty Maids single review, Made in the Shade)
“Michael has a way with his guitar style, he has this swaying, rhythmic melody, letting the tones and the flesh of his sound speak, building in stages and degrees, moving so strongly that you think he’s about to curl into his guitar,” (live review, Metro Hotel, Robert Brokenmouth, i-94-Bar)
“This album is intense, dramatic, scary, funny, amazing. The entire production is incredibly well made. Everything works perfectly…one of the most original records released this year,” (5/5 Exit Keys album review, Vents Magazine, Dominican Republic)
“Whether solo or with a band, his sound has usually combined a version of Gothic, Southern alt. country with something quite quirky and antipodean… Well worth checking out if names like Reed, Cohen, Cave and Waits already feature in your record collection,” (4/5 Exit Keys album review, Leicester Bangs, U.K)