"An album of breathtaking vision" ★★★★ MOJO
"Mysterious and Hypnotic" ★★★★ Q
"A near masterpiece" ★★★★ Rolling Stone
"An absorbing and accomplished debut" ★★★★ The Australian
"An extraordinary debut album" ★★★★ The Sunday Times
"A compelling and unusual act of musical introspection." ★★★★ - The Financial Times.
"an immersive experience with the power to haunt long after it's finished" - The Guardian (New Band of The Day)
"a poeticised music of reflection, mood and observation" - The Independent
"Intriguing and hauntingly lovely" - UNCUT
After a wild fire wiped out much of the area he grew up in, Joe McKee returned to the ashes to create Burning Boy, his debut album.
Burning Boy is a bold and spacious record; intriguing melodies, delicate guitar lines and sumptuous strings are cut through by a breathy yet beguiling baritone. Tracks such as Lunar Sea, an exploration of inner space via outer space, and the brooding title track show a vulnerability and lyrical dexterity that colours much of his work.
These 10 tracks move together as an exhilarating whole, acting as a timely reminder of McKee’s reputation as one of Australia’s finest left field composers. Amongst all the coming, going, leaving and returning, you cannot help but be immersed in it’s gorgeous swells and poignant lyrical imagery.
Recorded, engineered and mixed by Dave Parkin at Blackbird studios, Jan 2012.
Produced by Dave Parkin and Joe McKee
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound
All songs written by Joe McKee (Mushroom Music)
String arrangements by Joe McKee and Tristan Parr
Mathew Gest played piano and keys on tracks 3, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Tristan Parr played cello on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8.
Rachael Aquilinaplayed viola on tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8
Rachael Dease played Omnichord on tracks 2&6
Cover portrait by Daevid Anderson
Design and layout by Cameron Kim Jones
Linda Bosidis, Michael Kucyk and all at Mushroom.
Steve Cross and Harvey Saward and all at Dot Dash.
Maja Sedic, Jake Snell, Liam St Pierre, Jamie Stewart,
Serge, Parko, Nat & Helen, Hayley & Rick, Adam Yee,
Tristan Parr, Rachael Aquilina, Mathew Gest, Rachael Dease,
Amber Fresh, Henry Thor Di Blasio, Ross, Olga & Andy,
Cameron Kim Jones, Daevid Anderson, Jackson Eaton, David Collins,
Sian MacMillan, Sean Pollard, Havovi Mehta.
My family and friends for their endless patience and support.
For Maja and Henry.
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