Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop


band members

Jeff Lee


Influences

Caribou, Seaworthy, Beach House


Bio

Melbourne’s Jeff Lee has been making sparse collages of sound for the last five years, carefully constructing a collection of albums and EPs under the grammatically awkward name, The Townhouses. Jeff’s unique style of dream-pop is politely interrupted with influences as far flung as Tropicália, Bill Callahan and Indonesian Gamelan. The result of these years of practice and hard work is the intricate Ill-Fitting, the Townhouses’ third and last full-length release.

Saxophones, acoustic guitars and a three minute vibraphone solo are some of the new additions Ill-Fitting offers to The Townhouses’ already vast repertoire, as well as the notable utilisation of Lee’s soft baritone-tenor voice, featured throughout the whole record. Whilst Jeff’s previous record Diaspora (through Sydney label, Yes Please) concentrated on the tribulations of population separation in Australia, Ill-Fitting focuses on the more internal struggles we face working full-time, moving out of the suburbs and automatically connecting to the Wi-Fi networks of ex-lovers. The album was self-recorded in Lee’s bedroom and delicately mastered by Brooklyn-based producer Warren Hildebrand (Foxes in Fiction).

Outside of his bedroom, the last few years has seen Jeff open for acts as diverse as Poliça, Dent May, Toro Y Moi, Sun Araw, Prince Rama, Pantha du Prince and School of Seven Bells in addition to being remixed by the likes of Pikelet, Oliver Tank and Electric Sea Spider.

Ill-Fitting will be released on September 23rd on limited cassette + photo zine and as a free download through Healthy Tapes.

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby ...

09 Oct 2013

Triple J
30

Some languid indie-bossa stuff.

Some languid indie-bossa stuff.

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby ...

09 Oct 2012

Triple J
50

For something that opens so delicately this tune still managed to ensnare every bit of my attention. Surely that's the mark of a really special song. This is masterful stuff.

For something that opens so delicately this tune still managed to ensnare every bit of my attention. Surely that's the mark of a really special song. This is masterful stuff.

Review

Review by Starshine Starshine

30 May 2015

40

Just sublime.

Just sublime.