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The Lost Ragas are gearing up for the release of their new 7" vinyl single

Where James Once Played / I'll Be Gone

Sept 2016

 

There is a video to be recorded ....

Photo by Rowan Matthews

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Photo by Rowan Matthews


 

Matt has been collaborating with Dan Tuffy and Lucie Thorne on Dan's new album

"Songs from Dan"

Also featuring Shane Reilly and Grant Cummerford

 

 

 

 Click here for more about

Songs From Dan

&

Big Low

 


 

Matt interviewed by

Adam Norris

for

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Lost Ragas

 

Lost Ragas

"The last time I was in the desert, it wasnít really the desert. In fact, we didnít venture far past Broken Hill, but the release of open landscape was still a refreshing thing."

Exploring the great unknown can help you find a place for pared-back reflection and inspiration. If youíre lucky, maybe even a spirit animal Ė though in Australia, it will likely turn out to be poisonous. When Lost Ragas frontman Matt Walker decided to clear his mind prior to the bandís next national tour, however, he really didnít skimp on space.

ďThis is a step up in the adventure stakes, Iíve got to say,Ē he says. ďIíll be hiking through the Flinders Ranges for a week before the tour. Iím going semi-desert, sleeping beneath the stars, in caves. Hiking around trying to find The Lost Sound, something like that. Iím definitely thinking of the next Ragas album, so it may be a little bit like that Mighty Boosh episode, wandering around looking for wisdom. One of the mates Iím going with has a portable recorder; Iíll have a few instruments with me. I think weíll definitely do some recording out there, but what it leads to, who knows? Weíre doing it all cowboy-style, sleeping with no tents. Thereís one night in the cave on the side of a mountain, so you hope itís going to be inspiring out there.Ē

Thereís always the chance Walker might come across some kind of human subspecies thatís been living in the caves undisturbed for centuries and is now baying for blood, but thatís always the gamble with creative exploration. While this hike will cover new ground, Walker has had the opportunity to visit vast swathes of Australia over the years. He is a seasoned solo performer, but has also earned great acclaim with The Necessary Few, Ashley Davies, Tex Perkins, Archie Roach Ė the list goes on. Suffice to say, he has had a front-row view of the shifting Australian music scene.

ďThe whole Americana renaissance is something Iíve definitely noticed,Ē he says. ďFestivals weíve been getting picked up for are getting more aligned with this movement, like Dashville Skyline in the Hunter Valley and Out On The Weekend in Melbourne. But I think Australian music has always had a strong country scene. There are so many artists, and if you look back thereís a really strong Aboriginal scene aligned with it too. Thereís a whole culture of great country singer-songwriters in the Aboriginal community, all over Australia.

ďMaybe Iíve noticed a change here just because Iím Melbourne-based, but it feels bigger now then it used to be. Someone told me that Northcote, just out of the CBD in Melbourne, has the biggest number of country singers in all Australia. Which is a strange place for it; youíd feel theyíd be all up north. I think in regional and outback Australia, itís probably one of the biggest styles of music for the last hundred years. Iíve been around a while now, and Iíve seen different scenes, different subgenres in the roots scene, bubble to the surface. Whether itís garage rock or blues, your John Butler and Ash Grunwald types, itís always interesting to see how itís all growing, but it doesnít really affect what youíre doing yourself. Thereís so much work going on inside your own head to make music, itís more a sideline interest to see what the local scene is actually doing.Ē

While Walker certainly brings a great amount of experience to Lost Ragas, he is quick to emphasise that he is hardly the life and soul of this party Ė it is very much a group concern. ďItís not just Matt Walker and band. We all contribute, and the guys do fucking amazing harmonies, switching around instruments. Itís a real collective.Ē

Their most recent release, Trans Atlantic Highway, has already met with a great critical reception and will likely introduce Walker and co. to a whole new set of fans. Happy as they are to find themselves with the attention, these dark horsemen of the alt-roots scene are pretty detached from accolades, and remain quite conscious of keeping the integrity of their songwriting intact.

ďYou donít want to sound too confident in your own sound, which Iím not at all. Iíve always been a believer inÖĒ he pauses to consider. ďI really play music for myself. Itís a contradiction, of course, because then you record it, you play live shows and hope people like it, but my main drive to pick up a guitar is kind of selfish. Itís just something I need to do. I think a lot of musicians are like that, though some musicians maybe have too many idols. Iíve certainly got them, but I almost put them on a pedestal where I would never, ever try and emulate them. Theyíre too out of reach. If I try and write anything, itís the essence of the honesty that the artists I most admire have.

ďDylan once said when he was starting out, watching the old blues guys, it wasnít really the notes they played or the words they sang; it was about the look in their eyes that was the inspiration for him. That has kind of rung true for me, too. I like artists who boil their words down. Sometimes, one or two lines can leave enough out that the listener or reader can make up the missing part. It creates something that I donít think you can do otherwise. Something that resonates.Ē

Lost Ragas play Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, Saturday October 3 Ė Sunday October 4, and are also appearing at Lazybones Lounge on Friday October 23. Trans Atlantic Highway is out now independently.
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Press Release

 

Matt Walker and the Lost Ragas


The great thing about things coming together naturally, is that when they form the bond is effortless, and the result is something more than the sum of its parts. And so Matt Walker and the Lost Ragas arrive with their new album, Phantom Ride.

In 2012, Matt released a stunning record (In Echoes of Dawn) largely recorded, written, arranged, produced and played by himself. Every instrument, every breath, every idea formed over time in his own recording space - the 8 Track Shack. But once you have finished such a project, there are decisions to be made, shows to play, and the road to travel. Itís hard to do this alone. You need a band.


In some way shape or form, all of the Lost Ragas have worked with or around each other over the years, but never with the line-up as it is.
Matt Walker - guitars / vocals
Shane Reilly- pedal steel / guitars / vocals
Roger Bergodaz Ė bass
and Simon Burke - drums

Each member of the band offers a wealth of experience, and a taste for a song. This bent toward the songís best interest may sound like a simple desire, but itís not as common as you might think.

In Echoes of Dawn is such a gentle record, and as such, the early shows as the Lost Ragas we're tentative, gentle affairs, but over time, the line-up injected new songs, and developed a sound that is familiar and yet totally on its own plane. A sparse, Baron Rhythm section approach, layered with captivating guitar textures, creating something that is delicate yet powerful, laid back and intense. The live shows have moments quiet enough to hear a pin drop, and powerful enough to drive a nail into the ground.

It grew into something much more than just some guys playing another guyís record. That would have crashed and burned. Walker was brave enough to let everyone make it their own from the outset, and so they did. In Echoes of Dawn is, quite frankly, a record too beautiful to be recreated, and too involved to be copied. So the Lost Ragas didn't walk that path.

They played shows, and they continued to develop the Lost Ragasí sound. A sound that allows for the space within a song to be taken somewhere new each time. Leaving the path without losing the way perhaps.

At some point, talk of a new album came up. The band is filled with songwriters and producers, and guys not always playing their first instrument, so this was always going to be a process far removed from what Matt had just come from, and in fact having been a solo artist for so long, may have been a process never experienced before.


And so, Phantom Ride was born. Recorded over a number of sessions in mid-late 2013 at Tendertrap Studio with the steady hand of Bergodaz pushing the faders and the entire band providing a mixture of songs that were to go through Ďthe Ragasí and take on an entirely new form. This was no longer a solo experience for Walker.

"Phantom ride" refers to a genre of film made popular late in the 19th century where the directors would strap a camera on the front of a moving vehicle. The effect was to see everything moving in front of you, but no clear indication of what is propelling the images. The "phantom" is this invisible force.

It is an album put together by four people driven by songs. The premise was to keep the record simple, keep the takes as live as possible, minimize overdubs, and for each song to have a character of its own but to fit with the rest. When you have a song that can stand up on its own, it is surely the musicians' purpose to stay out of the way, do only what is required and allow it to do what it will. I think if you asked any of the Lost Ragas, they would all say that that is one of the true pleasures of being in the band. No one is stepping on anyone else. Unless, of course, that is what's required Ö..
the Phantom Ride.

 

by Simon Burke for the Lost Ragas

 


 

Gallery

 

 

 

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Photos by Lisa Sorgini

 


 

"IN ECHOES OF DAWN"

Matt's new new solo album  released September 7th, 2012

 

 

The first 1000 come with a bonus disc - Lost Ragas plus booklet

Available in record stores distributed by FUSE

or on-line via musicplug

 

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INTERVIEW

Check out an interview with Matt

as part of a great show by Salty Dog

here

 

 


 

LOST RECORDINGS FOUND From deep in the back room of the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy one (1 only)

 carton of the original recordings have been found and are now available.

 

Matt Walker and friends Live at the Rainbow

 

 

 

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REISSUE!

I Listen to the Night

Matt and Ashley's first studio recording now reissued with bonus track!

 

 

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audio 11

grand final first half

w/ashley davies

 

 

 


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