Aussie record label, Yes Please, is back with another gorgeous release, Diaspora, by Melbourne based artist The Townhouses.
The Townhouses is a kaleidoscopic adventure of worldly sounds, viewed through a contemporary lens. The misleading solo project of Leigh Hannah casts a wide net of influences. The sound is based on Leigh's obsession with Ethnomusicology. He wistfully mixes Tropicalia, Gamelan, African + Ambient soundscapes to create an experimental collage of breezy summer vibes.
Diaspora is the 2nd album from The Townhouses, following on from Islands (2010). It highlights a big step forward for the artist & an evolution of sound. The album was mixed by Nick Huggins (Oscar + Martin & Otouto) + features collaborations with Giorgio Tuma, Guerre, Wintercoats, Rainbow Chan & Felix Weatherbourne.
Here are some words from The Townhouses on the message behind the title track & album:
“Diaspora is made up of questions – it’s an open letter to refugees coming to, and currently living in, Australia. The victimization of asylum seekers by the Australian media and political institutions is a deplorable smudge in an already tainted history of ‘tolerance’ in our country. I want my people to ensure the pain of leaving what refugees devastatingly left behind is not amplified due to our own reluctance and ignorance, to provide an inclusive supportive community, and to learn from our past mistakes. I hope these songs help, even just a little, in looking forward from here.”
Looking backwards, The Townhouses has just wrapped up a European tour, playing shows all across the continent, which included Dent May support in Paris + a performance at Torstrassen Festival in Berlin. Back on home soil he’s supported School of Seven Bells, Toro Y Moi, Sun Araw, Prince Rama, Seaworthy, Pantha Du Prince + many more. He also performed at the 2011/12 Peats Ridge Festival in NSW & has remixed Alpine, Geoffrey O'Connor, Fishing + Guerre.
Diaspora is out now. In typical Yes Please tradition, it's available digitally as a “name your price” download at Bandcamp & for sale through iTunes (vinyl coming soon, pre-order here). The choice is yours, they just hope you enjoy the music.