Julian Curwin ‘The Mango Balloon Volume 2’
Review in The Sydney Morning Herald (Metro), 7th December 2012 by John Shand – 4 stars
The clown’s mask is inverted more often, and as a consequence Julian Curwin’s Mango Balloon project flies even higher on this second album. Singer Brian Campeau joins on four tracks, including the stunningly fragile and stark Dancing On My Own Grave and the bewitching Sleepwalker. Elsewhere, Curwin’s love of juxtaposing the eerie and the dramatic with the plain goofy is hard at work. Attractive melodies materialise and dematerialise, and sounds flutter and float in the guitarist-composer’s delightfully genre-free approach. His sextet is a little chamber orchestra capable of realising a breadth of sonic options with precision, humour, passion and understatement. Sydney would be a duller place without Julian Curwin.
The Mango Balloon is now up on Triple J Unearthed with single ‘Dancing On My Own Grave’ – please feel free to play it, comment, etc and maybe we can get this thing onto the airwaves!
The lead single from The Mango Balloon, Volume 2 is ‘Dancing On My Own Grave’. Featuring Julian Curwin on electric guitar, Jess Ciampa on vibes, and the album’s special guest Brian Campeau on vocals and acoustic guitar.
The song also has a brand new video, directed by Reanne Potter – watch it now.
The album is out through Romero Records, and will be launched November 10 at Venue 505.
Volume 2 of this Tango Saloon ‘spin-off’ project is ready to go, and will be released by Romero Records and launched on November 10th at Venue 505.
The album features 6 members from The Tango Saloon in various configurations, plus special guest vocalist/guitarist Brian Campeau!
It’s been a little while since The Tango Saloon’s last show, but we’re finally playing again on the 31st of August at Camelot Lounge. We’ll be joined by special guest vocalist Elana Stone, and supported by Chaika – book early to avoid disappointment!
In all the album release/launch excitement, we kind of forgot to mention… Norman Records in the UK is currently selling Romero Records stuff – ‘Shadows & Fog’ is in stock, and ‘Transylvania’ will hopefully be soon. Check it out:
The Tango Saloon’s second album ‘Transylvania’ (2008) has been re-released by Romero Records. The album can be purchased from distributor Newmarket Music, iTunes or direct from Wayside Music in the US.