Adelaide’s Travis Cook and Sydney’s Marcus Whale met on the Internet in 2007. Over the course of several years, and divided by 1150km, they pieced together a sound informed by geographical distance but basking in the warmth of digital proximity: the electronic hum, the LCD glow, the metallic sheen of laptop culture formed the unlikely basis for a sound that embraced its digital origins. This is music made with the Internet as much as music made with drum machines, vocoders and carefully distorted instrumentation.
Collarbones have played with a slew of international and local outfits including Daedelus, Clubfeet and Samiyam. Their live shows and album releases have seen them nominated for a Sydney Music, Art & Culture (SMAC) Award as well as two AIR Awards (Australian Independent Record Labels Association).
Collarbones’ second album Die Young was written over the course of a year, during the promotion of the duo’s 2011 debut album Iconography. Inspired by recollections of teen crushes – the naive, vulnerable yearning at the heart of adolescent experience – the songs emerged as a tribute to the modern mythology of youthful desire. Framed by a soundtrack of jilted R&B instrumentals, Die Young joins with whole generations mourning for their fallen idols.
Since releasing the Atlantis 2014 EP in May 2014 (the band’s first full length release since Die Young), the electronic/dance duo have guested on Yo Gabba Gabba!, have had a track featured on a Vogue / Miranda Kerr video, have collaborated with Synergy Percussion for Vivid Sydney, and have hosted self-help seminars, all while wrapping their highly anticipated third full length record.
New single Turning sees Marcus Whale referencing ’90s diva house in an unbridled tribute to joyful feelings of renewal. It’s an upfront and club-friendly taste of forthcoming album Return, which will feature special guest spots and genre-defying tracks that will stay with you throughout the year and beyond.
Collarbones third album Return, featuring the singles Turning, Only Water (feat. Oscar Key Sung) and Emoticon is out now on Digital/Vinyl. Listen to the Flume remix of Turning on iTunes/Spotify and all over the internet.