BACK IN THE (STUDIO) SADDLE

Hey folks

A lot has happened in the world since I last posted – and I’m struggling, like the rest of you to take it all in. Currently we’re into our 12th week of lockdown here in NSW, Australia. Remaining creative isn’t always easy, and I’ll admit I’ve been struggling to write. Lyrics aren’t coming as naturally as they used to. Melodies appear and fade. Chord progressions are softly strummed and promptly forgotten. Yet, despite the involunatry brain slump I’ve managed to start work on a new album, summoned up some new motivation and slowly (slowly slowly) something fresh is falling into place.

Here’s an update on a few happenings from the past year. 

Last May I took my usual comrades into the studio for a few days and we started work on a brand new album. We managed to get four songs in before COVID restrictions brought everything to a crashing halt. We are working with engineer Tim Kevin (Holly Throsby, Youth Group, The Apartments) out at Tempe River Studios. We’re managing to continue working remotely for the time being. Here’s a bunch of happy snaps.

As we need all the help we can get to continue this music making malarkey I’m offering a couple of sweet deals on Fever Dreams so as to raise some money for our new recordings. So if you missed out the first time round, or only just got yourself a turntable here’s the best prices yet for Fever Dreams:

Fever Dreams on vinyl with a Free Tote Bag (Only a couple of tote bags left) for $29 with Free Shipping Australia Wide. 

Fever Dreams on CD for $15 with Free Shipping Australia Wide.

Fever Dreams 9 CD Handmade Box Set plus Fever Dreams on vinyl for $109 plus shipping. (Only One Left)

We appreciate your support, it really means a lot – especially during these weird times.

In other news, my bandmates, Jamie Hutchings, Reuben Wills and Scott Hutchings also make 3/4’s of Sydney noisemakers Infinity Broke. They have just released a new album Your Dream My Jail which is currently available on vinyl and CD and you can grab a copy HERE

I also created the clip for their first single Death Of A Tourist which premiered at Rolling Stone Australia. Who had this to say: “With the song released earlier this month, it’s now been accompanied by a Mark Moldre-directed video, featuring the group performing the track in an industrial environment, armed with masks and the same sort of devil-may-care attitude that helps to turn a track like “Death of A Tourist” into a powerful, lingering piece of musical expression.”

I’ve been listening to loads of music and doing some reading while in lockdown, here’s the shortlist:

Music
The Felice Brothers : 3 new songs – from their upcoming release From Dreams To Dust – all 3 are brilliant I think this could be my fave release for 2021.
Howe Gelb : Cocoon
Jeff Tweedy : Love Is The King
Bill Callahan : Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt: Made Of Sound
John Lennon : The Plastic Ono Band
Marc Ribot : Silent Movies
Infinity Broke : Your Dream My Jail
Restless Leg : Dream Buffet
Toby Martin : I Felt The Valley Lifting
Nathan Salsburg : Psalms
Eagle And The Wold : Two Lovers
David Crosby : If I Could Only Remember My Name
The Feast Of Snakes : The Feast Of Snakes

Books
Klara and The Sun : Kazuo Ishiguro
The Unconsoled : Kazuo Ishiguro
How To Write One Song : Jeff Tweedy
Wandering : Hermann Hesse
Room To Dream : David Lynch and Kristine McKenna
Emily Dickinson : My Life Had Stood A Loaded Gun
Tom T. Hall : The Songwriters Handbook
Edited By Yasmine Gooneratne : Poems From India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia & Singapore
Sylvie Simmons: I’m Your Man The Life Of Leonard Cohen

Anyway folks, it’s nice to catch up with you.

take care and go gently

lots of love
mark
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KEEP ON MOVING

Hey Folks
Here’s something new for you
A brand new clip that we’ve put together
for the song Keep On Moving from Fever Dreams
the clip features footage from the archives
of the band on tour
through France
(loads of footage during our shows for
the Binic Folks Blues Festival)
including Le Galion (Lorient) and Saint-Quay Portrieux
train travel, driving and wandering
the streets of Paris
plus appearances in Australia at
Lizottes, The Excelsior,
The Vanguard, The Green Room,
Dashville Festival, Sly Fox,
The Factory, ABC Radio, The Hopetoun,
The Glass Onion Society, Red Pepper Cafe,
2SERFM, camping on the South Coast of NSW,
National Folk Festival, rehearsing, recording,
Love Hz plus a few homely bits n pieces
all put to a rollicking rowdy soundtrack
thanks to all these people
Jamie Hutchings, Scott Hutchings, Reuben Wills, Adam Lang
Tim Byron, Ludovic Lorre, Jared Harrison, Michael Carpenter,
Marie Caillou, Gilou Le Gruiec, Jeanclaude Massart, Chris Colquhoun,
Chris Familton and Ben Jones

On another note
I’ve finally started writing the follow up
to Fever Dreams
hopefully you’ll be hearing some new music from me
in 2021

love
mark
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NEW RELEASE: Fits And Starts

Hi there fine folk, I hope this ramble finds you well during the current chaos. I just wanted to let you know about a new release (of sorts) that will be uploaded for the masses in cyberspace today. Just in time for Bandcamp Day I’ll be releasing ‘Fits And Starts’, a small collection of odds and sods from the past 15 years of my musical history. 7 songs that have previously only been available on compilations, as bonus tracks or have remained unreleased will now be available in a single collection. Fits And Starts features production work by a series of old friends and confidantes including Tim Powles (The Church), Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss/Infinity Broke), Michael Carpenter and Shane Pex.

The cover art features a photo taken while touring in France at a great pub called Le Galion (Lorient).

You’ll only be able to find this collection on Bandcamp – and you can pay whatever you like for it – in fact you can download all the tracks for free if you wish. My gift to you, folks. Bandcamp Day will begin at 5pm (Oz time) on Friday 7th August and finish at 5pm Saturday 8th August.

I’ve also lowered the price of Fever Dreams on vinyl and CD specifically during the Bandcamp Day period. 
FEVER DREAMS CD $12 w/free postage (in Australia)
FEVER DREAMS VINYL w/FREE TOTE $20 plus postage
Plus T-shirt/vinyl/CD deals

What are Bandcamp Fridays?

Bandcamp will continue its special “Bandcamp Friday” series for the rest of the year, waiving its revenue share on all sales on the first Friday of every month to give musicians more money from each purchase. The series started as a one-off at the end of March to help get extra money to artists after the COVID-19 pandemic brought touring to a halt and forced independent record stores to close. After fans spent $4.3 million on music and merch, the platform decided to waive its revenue share on the first Friday of the next three months. In a statement on its website, Bandcamp said, “Because the pandemic is far from over, we’ll continue to hold Bandcamp Fridays on the first Friday of every month until the end of the year.” The next five will take place August 7th, September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th and December 4th.

WHITE LIGHTNING

In case you missed the last film clip from Fever Dreams, heres the latest news – big thanks to 4ZZZ, 3RRR, 2serFM, FBi, AMNplify and community radio for showing your support. White Lightning was also featured on a series of Spotify playlists and recently received a mention on one of my favourite websites AmericanaUK:


“Here is a delightfully creative, homemade video, featuring cut-out text and images combined with performance footage. It’s the fourth single from Mark Moldre’s acclaimed 2019 album, ‘Fever Dreams’, celebrating a year since it’s release. ‘White Lightning’ reached the semi-finals of the Americana category in the International Songwriting Competition. It’s a spare, acoustic ballad, showing Moldre’s traditional influences. This is one of the best songs from a well-received album. Check it out.”

Finally – I’ve updated my website to include my Tour Diary, detailing my trip to Binic France, back in 2018. You can check it out here.

Look after yourselves and stay safe. I hope you enjoy the music.

Lotsa Love
Mark
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White Lightning

To mark its one year anniversary, Mark Moldre has today released the fourth single and fifth video clip from his acclaimed 2019 album Fever Dreams.

LISTEN HERE

White Lightning‘ is a raised-glass country sway, an intoxicating tale of love lost and found – with soft shuffling drums, woozy electric guitar and a loose and heady, end-of-the-night vibe.

‘White Lightning’ was a semi-finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition (along with ‘How Long?’) from Fever Dreams. The competition is held annually with an esteemed panel of judges that include Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes, Tanya Tucker, Lonnie Liston Smith, Lukas Nelson, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, DJ Shadow and many more.

“‘White Lightning’ was inspired by an article that I read online about returned soldiers, drug addiction and the difficulties in returning home to everyday life while dealing with PTSD. The wives of these men were interviewed and they recalled in detail the hardships that they’d been forced to overcome. One in particular mentioned that her husband had tried to talk her into joining him in his addiction and she had almost followed him down the path of his final overdose. The catalyst for putting pen to paper originally was his story. ‘White Lightning’ was apparently an old slang term for LSD… and once I wrote it into the chorus it stuck.”

The homemade, Wes Anderson-influenced video highlights Moldre’s visual creativity and noir aesthetic which combines footage of Moldre performing, with cut-out text and images – the perfect accompaniment to the impressionistic grit and grain of the song.

“‘White Lightning’ is sparse and seductive, in its own beautifully lackadaisical way.” – Redback Rock

“‘White Lightning’ is a riotous sing-along” –Lonesome Highway (Ireland)

“Our favorite song on this album, however, is the beautifully sung acoustic Americana ballad ‘White Lightning’, a catchy song that continues to fascinate and intrigue from start to finish” – Rootstime Belgium

White Lightning was premiered at Rhythms Magazine on the 29th June 2020 HERE

Fever Dreams is available to purchase on vinyl, CD and digital formats from Bandcamp, plus streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.



Fever Dreams First Year Anniversary

Time marches on and the month of June marks the first year anniversary of Fever Dreams. You’ll find celebratory prices on all Fever Dreams related merch at my BANDCAMP store for the entire month.

PS Believe it or not my first solo album The Waiting Room also turned 10 this year.

Australian Lockdown ISO Covers

During these difficult times and the Stage 3 lockdown in Australia I’ve been recording a few off the cuff, warts and all, hushed, one-take video cover versions on my phone. Songs by some of the artists that have inspired me the most over the years – so far you’ll find covers of songs by Jeff Tweedy, Neil Young, Howe Gelb, Tom Waits, Ron Sexsmith, Elliot Smith, McCartney and more. I’ve just thrown a few of them up on YouTube – though you’ll find the bulk of them on IGTV @markmoldre and Facebook. Below is a version of Ron Sexsmith’s “Pretty Little Cemetery” – which even prompted an unsolicited comment from Ron himself, (“Wow, beautiful job!”) it’s the small things that make all this music malarkey worthwhile.

My son also joined me for a song – Chet doesn’t play guitar – except an obligatory Smoke On The Water (“…with the distortion on Dad!”) but on this occasion I put the guitar in an open tuning for him  and gave him a crash course in soundscapes – Jazzmaster/whammy/loud feedback/reverb/delay. We made a racket for a one take, warts n all version of Laminated Cat by Jeff Tweedy’s Loose Fur.

I hope this small update finds you all well and coping with the pandemic and crisis that we’re all currently learning to deal with.
From my semi closed doors to yours
I send much love
Mark
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How Long?

Mark Moldre has today released the fourth video clip from his acclaimed 2019 album Fever Dreams‘How Long?’ incorporates a junk-shop percussion vibe, jazz licks, noir-twang and Moldre’s surreal wordplay and infectious melodicism as he tells a tale of comeuppance.

The clip also features Moldre’s main guitar – his custom made Daddy Mojo, aptly named Rosetta. In fact, it’s custom made by the very same artist – Lenny Piroth-Robert who painted the cover art for Fever Dreams (a man of many talents). Also featured is Mark’s handwired Swart AST Pro – check out these beautiful amps made by Michael Swart HERE.

International Songwriting Comp

Coinciding with the release of ‘How Long?’, Mark is chuffed to announce that he has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition – for not one, but two songs (‘How Long?’ and ‘White Lightning‘) from Fever Dreams. The competition is held annually with an esteemed panel of judges that include Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes, Tanya Tucker, Lonnie Liston Smith, Lukas Nelson, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, DJ Shadow and many more.

National Folk Festival

April will see Mark returning, for three appearances with his full band line up, at the 2020 National Folk Festival, held at Exhibition Park in Canberra ACT over the Easter long weekend of 9-13th of April.

Friday April 10
21:00 to 21:50 Majestic Stage 

Saturday April 11
17:10 to 18:00 Scrumpy 

Sunday April 12
14:50 to 15:40 Borderland

Finally – grab a free tote bag – personally designed and screen printed by Mark – with every vinyl purchase of Fever Dreams on his Bandcamp STORE

Fever Dreams is available to purchase on vinyl, CD and digital formats from Bandcamp, plus streaming on Apple Music and Spotify.

International Songwriting Competition

Coinciding with the upcoming single release of ‘How Long?’, Mark is proud to announce that he has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Americana category of the International Songwriting Competition – for not one, but two songs (‘How Long?’ and ‘White Lightning’) from Fever Dreams. The competition is held annually with an esteemed panel of judges that include Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes, Tanya Tucker, Lonnie Liston Smith, Lukas Nelson, Irma Thomas, John Mayall, DJ Shadow and many more.

You can have a listen to both tracks at Mark’s online store:
HOW LONG
WHITE LIGHTNING

Heading Into 2020

Well here we are in 2020 and for the past few months Australia has been suffering truly damaging and widespread fires. For first month of 2020 all sales from my
Bandcamp Store
will be donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service. To make things a little more interesting I’ve included something new.
I wrote the song ‘Notre Dame’ specifically for a pledger during my crowdfunding campaign last year. You can read the story of the song and have a listen or purchase
HERE
It’s a very personal song – big thanks to the sweet pledger who agreed for it to be made available to the public to raise money for the RFS. Thanks to those of you who have already jumped onboard.

First Gig For 2020

Due to circumstances way beyond my control, followed by a personal family tragedy, I was forced to cancel my tour with Jamie Hutchings last year. So to make up for things, just a little, we are going to play a one off show at the Petersham Bowling Club on Sunday Feb 9th. It’s an early show, 6-9pm and we’ll be joined by Simone East who will open the proceedings. Only 50 seats available so jump in early.

Tickets
Facebook Event

Fever Dreams in Fine Company

Fever Dreams appeared in several End Of Year “Best Of 2019” Lists amongst some fine company like Wilco’s “Ode To Joy”, Neil Young’s “Colorado and Nick Cave’s “Ghosteen”

2SERFM THE OUTPOST – Number 9
POST TO WIRE – AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND – Number 2
POST TO WIRE – FAVOURITE OF 2019 – Number 10
DOUBTFUL SOUNDS – Number 13
3RRR THE AUSTRALIAN MOOD – Number 5
DIRTY ROCK MAGAZINE (SPAIN) TOP 50 – Number 39
WRITERS POLLS
THE MUSIC: CHRIS FAMILTON – Number 8
RHYTHMS MAGAZINE: CHRIS FAMILTON – Number 6
RHYTHMS MAGAZINE: JEFF JENKINS – Number 5

All the best to everyone for 2020
Love Mark X

NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL plus BANDCAMP SALE

I’m super chuffed to announce that we’ll be returning to the National Folk Festival across the 9th-13th April 2020. All the fellas are coming with me – the full band in tow. The last time we played the festival was back in 2015. We’re looking forward to heading back….exact show times coming soon.

FREE SHIPPING ON FEVER DREAMS

Also, for the month of December I’ll be offering free shipping Australia wide for Fever Dreams on vinyl and CD on my Bandcamp page. For any overseas purchases $10AU shipping for vinyl and $2AU for CD’s.

HANDMADE CD BOX SET

Over the past 12 months I’ve sold about 5 of these complete box sets (see below) of my CD back catalogue. I’ve finally decided to make them available on Bandcamp.

The boxes are designed and created by me. All the cutting, pasting and varnishing I’m doing myself. I’ll sign them and add a personal message as well. No two boxes will be alike. Due to the fact that my CD stock is shrinking I can do 3 more that will contain 11 CD’s – after that a couple of the LTD Edition CD releases will be all gone and I’ll offer a slimmed down version. 

They contain 3 CD’s from my early 2000’s project Hitchcock’s Regret, 2 CD’s from my side project with Michael CarpenterThe Supahip, plus 6 of my solo releases including a rare EP which contains a co-write with The Church drummer Timothy Powles. Albums produced by Jamie Hutchings, Tim Powles and Michael Carpenter. My musical history from about 2000 onwards.

You can even choose which era of album art you’d like on your box if you’d like to make an order – simply email yellowmoonrecords@gmail.com.

Here’s a link if you’d like to grab one on Bandcamp:
CD BOX SET

NEW REVIEWS

Finally a couple more reviews for Fever Dreams have filtered through – including this one from Belgium.

Here’s a translated version courtesy of Google:

The Waiting Room” was the title of the first solo album of Australian folk rocker Mark Moldre from Sydney in 2010. Three years later a second album followed which was entitled “An Ear To The Earth” and was again filled with solid rock songs. His backing band for recording that album consisted of drummer Scott Hutchings, bass player Reuben Wills, lap slid guitar player and banjo player Adam Lang and guitar player Jamie Hutchings.

It is with the same musicians that Mark Moldre now returned to the studio to record his third solo album “Fever Dreams“. The extra guest musicians who were invited to play on a few songs are pianist Jadey O’Regan, Hammond organ player Tim Byron and tenor saxophonist Lee Hutchings. The brand new album contains ten new songs that Mark Moldre himself has composed in recent years.

Don’t expect simple, obvious songs on “Fever Dreams“, but rather skillfully put together melodic and sometimes some mysterious pop and rock songs as presented here in the tracks “Josephine“, “How Long?” Or the intriguing “Full Moon Over Luna Park ”and“ Peak Downs Coal ”, songs that remind me a bit of work by someone like Tom Waits or his Australian compatriots from ‘Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds‘.

Occasionally it goes straightforward like in “Til Now,” Keep On Moving “and with the song” Leave Me Where You Found Me “that was recorded as the first single from this album . The album title track “Fever Dreams I” offered on the second video is based on a repetitive drum beat and sharp rock guitar sounds. Our favorite song on this album, however, is the beautifully sung acoustic Americana ballad “White Lightning“, a catchy song that continues to fascinate and intrigue from start to finish.

This record was recorded live and directly on tape by producer Jamie Hutchings, which definitely enhances the authenticity of Mark Moldre’s work. The fun mix of Americana, jazzy and bluesy tunes, Dylaneske folk songs and driving rock songs turns out to form a wonderful basis for a great album by this Australian singer-songwriter. – Rootstime.be

REDBACK ROCK
From the retro, Rising Sun airs of opener, Fever Dreams II, through the raggedy blues romp of Leave Me Where You Found Me, to the beautifully moody, swampesque (even a touch of Dylan vocally) throes of Josephine, this is one very diverse musical journey.

Shades of yesteryear’s, bluesy jazz bars (How Long?), lazy, late night martini ambles (Full Moon Over Luna Park) and even some swamped, menaced plodarama (Fever Dreams I).

White Lightning is sparse and seductive, in its own beautifully lackadaisical way.

Til Now takes us on a more cowpoke flavoured venture with its Morricone cool and dusty saloon throes.

Keep On Moving keeps the countrified mode, with its racy train-ride rhythms, before Peak Downs Coal wraps it all up with its sad, sad shades and a slick, slow washover.      

Throw in the superb production of Jamie Hutchings (Bluebottle Kiss) and you’ve got sure fire winner – Mark Fraser- redbackrock.com

That’s all for now – more gig dates for 2020 coming soon.
Love Mark X

Tour News

Hey there good people

It’s with much disappointment and a heavy heart that I need to announce that I have to cancel all of my upcoming shows with Jamie Hutchings due to a family crisis. I’m going to be dealing with an extremely difficult situation over the coming months and am forced to clear my calendar completely.

I was really looking forward to the shows – and catching up with interstate friends. Hopefully I’ll still get some shows in next year. Apologies to any friends who have purchased tickets – this is not a decision that I’ve made lightly.

If you’d like to help during this time of need – one thing that would help…if you’ve not been able to grab a copy of Fever Dreams on CD, vinyl or digital – or grab a T-Shirt or Tote Bag you can do so here:

BANDCAMP

Bandcamp is the very best option as you’ll be dealing directly with me personally. We’re going to be going through a time that will also effect the finances of my extended family and every cent will help.

Special thanks to Chris Familton Publicity for all his assistance in publicising these shows. I’m really disappointed I can’t be there. Of course, as you know, you’ll get a great show regardless going to see Sir Hutchings. 

Travel gently
Mark
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