Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Punk, Roots


Sounds like

broadcast, snowpoet, Shakey Graves, Imogen Heap, Elliot Smith, The Weepies, They Might Be Giants


band members

Sean Conran Tamara Issa Kaelan Emond


Influences

Django Reinhardt, The Ink Spots, Owen, Sun Kil Moon, Bill Callahan, The Carpenters, The Cranberries, They Might Be Giants, Pogo, Thee More Shallows, broadcast


Website

obscurahail.bandcamp.com

Bio

Melbourne via Wollongong musician Sean Conran (Obscura Hail) is externalising memory for the sake of preservation. Over an untold number of late-night recording sessions in an evolving ad-hoc home studio, Conran has amassed a rich musical archive of alternating styles and an obsessive commitment to songwriting as a craft.

A project that began as a way to remember, Conran shares - “Obscura Hail began as a routine of externalising memory for the sake of preservation due to a fear of Alzheimer’s. It was brought on by receiving my first amalgam filling; to carry on a legacy, to calcify meaning and importance of my lived experience, should I need reminding."

The band have just shared a beautiful video for new single 'Penumbra' - directed by Rick Clifford and shot in Conran's lounge room during Melbourne's lockdown.

Conran says of the video - "This one was low key special for us, we filmed it in our recently born loungeroom live-stream studio in front of an old overhead projector, just Tam and I, having streamed a set early that day in the same outfits. The stool spinning was a big plus and obvs put us in a good mood to sing along to a track that contains so many strong memories."

"Those Gameboy Cam photos were the first I ever snapped, and I couldn't bring myself to delete them to make room for more so they sat on that cartridge since the first week I was using it! Rick knew how to bring the best out of what we filmed, and even added a neat Gameboy era intro that triggers some super strong nostalgia."

The full Obscura Hail band displays cross-sections of Conran’s personal routine. Balanced out by Tamara Issa (bass, vocals) and Kaelan Edmond (drums).

Released last year, the Zero EP saw Obscura Hail looking inwards and focusing on themes including mortality, personal values and a touch of hopelessness. As a counterbalance to Zero, the Siren EP is Conran’s words “is charged with an optimistic, though anxious energy... A fight or flight response to the instability of our modern world at this time."

Amassing a fiercely loyal following, the band have sold out their last three headline launches in Melbourne. They’ve appeared at Brunswick Music Festival, Sydney Road Street Festival, By The Meadow, Changes Festival, Kyneton Music Festival, Isol-Aid Festival & Bigsound 2019 as well as sharing stages with Kele Okereke (Block Party), Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin, Cam Avery (Tame Impala, Pond), Soaked Oats and Bad//Dreems.

Review

Review by Richard Kingsmill Richard Kingsmill

29 Sep 2020

Triple J
50

A perfect song of escape. Feels like good timing.

A perfect song of escape. Feels like good timing.

Review

Review by Ilai Swindells Ilai Swindells

28 Sep 2020

Triple J
40

This is a gorgeous celebration of nostalgia and your favourite lived moments, proves when lyrics are very unique or personal from the artist it's somehow more so relatable to everyone. Bittersweet just like the human condition.

This is a gorgeous celebration of nostalgia and your favourite lived moments, proves when lyrics are very unique or personal from the artist it's somehow more so relatable to everyone. Bittersweet just like the human condition.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

28 Sep 2020

Triple J
45

Congrats on such on such a special EP you three. It's a must listen and this one is magic.

Congrats on such on such a special EP you three. It's a must listen and this one is magic.