Bec Plath
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Bec Plath

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | SELF

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | SELF
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Sep
09
Bec Plath @ Pacific Hotel

Yamba, New South Wales, Australia

Yamba, New South Wales, Australia

Aug
06
Bec Plath @ Beetle Bar

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Jul
22
Bec Plath @ The Builders Arms

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

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"Bec Plath’s Unrequited has more heart than most. At a time when every rock band seems to be adding a keys man
for good measure, it’s refreshing to hear an artist whose specialty is the piano and nothing but. The Brisbane
singer/songwriter’s EP mixes dramatic vocals with languid, piano-driven
melodies. Unrequited stars a true talent who executes songs with passion and
sultry yearning." - thedwarf.com.au


Most people who are familiar with local indie favourites Bloodpoets will instantly recognise the amazing vocals of Bec Plath. Her journey continues with the release of her debut solo EP, Unrequited. At times dark, while still containing light-hearted piano-driven pop songs, Bec has created a group of songs that she should be very proud of. The opening track, Polka Dots, will draw comparisons to Missy Higgins only slightly heavier, with its catchy melody and infectious chorus. From there on, Bec moves into her own territory. The title track, Unrequited, goes to a much darker place and shows how much fervour Bec has for her music. You can hear the passion the songs were written with and what they must mean to Bec here and on the closing two tracks, Apologise and Journey, which hold the listener’s attention from start to finish. Her captivating vocal range, plus the fact it actually feels like she believes in every word she is singing, is a very charming asset to what is a very strong debut. - Rave Magazine


Bec Plath’s debut solo EP Unrequited is the kind that sells live gig tickets. To put it plainly, this young woman has guts, a trait she showcases most beautifully on the record. With an honesty so often lacking in modern day song writing, Plath bravely explores to a remarkable extent the story of her life and herself throughout Unrequited, and compels the listener to come along for the journey.


As fans would know, Plath has already enjoyed success in Brisbane performing in local band The Bloodpoets. Unrequited is her first solo attempt and the variety within the five included tracks establishes Plath’s burgeoning talent as a singer songwriter. The melodies in the songs are bouncy and upbeat, contrasting with the sometimes more desperate lyrics, but with her strong voice Plath ties the two together well. This is exampled on the first track, “Polka Dots”, where lines such as “I go through everyday in such a routine/I go through everyday not living my dream” are coupled with a catchy, bouncy melody. The sinister, dark edge to this song makes it sensual, passionate and surprising.

The other songs’ lyrics are no less intricate and their stories are just as unique to the songwriter. Title track “Unrequited” possesses a chorus which sneaks into your mind days after listening, halting you and making you think, “That’s catchy, what is that?” Track three, “Faith” is a welcome change from the hard hitting strength of the first two songs, beginning a little slower and softer, though no less passionate. While the honesty in her lyrics may make those commonly used to upbeat, more shallow pop music uncomfortable, Bec Plath’s writing showcased on this album is truly a work of art and demonstrates the time and effort obviously put into the creation of Unrequited.

In her self described style of “baroque pop”, the strength and passion of Plath’s deep voice is supported by a clean piano, drums and guitar backing. Perhaps because Unrequited was mainly produced and remastered by Plath herself, her vocals hold a raw quality; not hidden behind a computer or instruments. Mentored along the way by Brendan Anthony (of BAM Music), her sound produced on the EP is mature and well beyond her years of experience. At times all that is needed is for her diction to be slightly clearer, only to make her remarkable lyrics easier to understand without having to read them from the album leaf.

While the depth of Plath’s music may not immediately appeal to everyone, this young lady is sure to spark a lot of hype if she continues to work as hard as she has on Unrequited. Definitely a new Australian artist to watch.
- Life Music Media


Sometimes the best things come in the simplest packages. I must admit, the rather amateurish cover of Bec Plath’s EP Unrequited didn’t grab me when it arrived on my desk. But then I put it in my stereo, and instantly I was hooked.
Just like the cover, this music isn’t polished by a studio, which is exactly why it’s so compelling. As an independent artist, Bec Plath can express herself freely, wearing her heart on her sleeve and writing songs that are intensely raw. The result is an eclectic mix, and one that leaves me wanting more.

“Polka Dots” has a playful jazz piano feel which calls to mind Regina Spektor or Tori Amos. The title track which follows is much angrier, a big tune that wouldn’t sound out of place on Pat Benatar or Heart album. Those influences are there, but it never sounds like Bec is trying to be anyone else. Instead she easily inhabits the space vacated by strong female singers that came before.

Unrequited hit me in a deeply personal way. It’s that sort of rare CD which you don’t just happily sing along to, you feel. Bec Plath has a very beautiful gift, and I’m thrilled she shared it with me.
- Crushable


Discography

'Unrequited' (EP) - 2009
Received national airplay on various community radio stations. Two songs from the EP, 'Polka Dots' & 'Unrequited' made 4ZzZ's Hot 100 of 2009.

'At The End Of The Night' (single) - 2010
Song came in at #2 on 4ZzZ's Hot 100 of 2010.

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Bio

In 2009 Bec Plath wowed Australian music fans and critics alike with her debut solo release ‘Unrequited’. After two long years the Brisbane based singer/songwriter is back with brand new material guaranteed to wow all over again.

‘Unrequited’ was featured in the Courier Mail’s ‘Weekend Pick’, received airplay on 4ZzZ and the release was met with rave reviews from local and national media. “Bec Plath’s debut solo EP ‘Unrequited’ is the kind that sells live gig tickets. To put it plainly, this young woman has guts, a trait she showcases most beautifully on the record,” said Lauren Sherritt from LifeMusicMedia. “With an honesty so often lacking in modern day song writing, Plath bravely explores to a remarkable extent the story of her life and herself throughout Unrequited, and compels the listener to come along for the journey.”

Prior to recording and performing as a solo artist, Bec had already made her mark on the Australian music scene as a part of the very successful Brisbane outfit The Bloodpoets. Since forming in 2005 The Bloodpoets have toured the country on their own headlining tour as well as supporting some of the biggest names in Australian music including, End of Fashion, The Whitlams, British India and The Panics. When 4ZzZ compiled their Hot 100 of 2010, The Bloodpoets’ track ‘Dance’ came in at number three. Bec was able to go one better, taking out the number two position with her most recent release ‘At the End of the Night’.

Bec promises her new EP ‘Nightfall’ will be more polished than her debut with greater complexity in the arrangements and vocals. “For people that heard my last CD, I think they will be surprised how far this recording is from the last,” says Bec Plath. “I’m a singer/songwriter that takes full advantage of a full backing band. So the arrangements are lush and full with lots of vocal harmonies. Some songs are delicate and some songs are roaring classically charged rock.”

Bec Plath will launch ‘Nightfall’ in her hometown of Brisbane at the Beetle Bar on August 6. Bec will then travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Launceston and Yamba in support of her release. “I think my songs live sound even bigger than what they do recorded. I feel I come alive on the stage. I am not your every day singer/songwriter,” says Bec. “I play with a 4-5 piece backing band that plays with me, creating a lot more of a rockier sound than what people expect from me. But it all comes back to the songs, and I hope that some will connect with something that you have experienced in your life.”

Reviews:

“Unrequited stars a true talent who executes songs with passion and sultry yearning." (thedwarf.com.au);

“Unrequited hit me in a deeply personal way. It’s that sort of rare CD which you don’t just happily sing along to, you feel. Bec Plath has a very beautiful gift, and I’m thrilled she shared it with me." (ozmusicscene.com.au);

“Her captivating vocal range, plus the fact it actually feels like she believes in every word she is singing, is a very charming asset to what is a very strong debut.” (Rave Magazine);

“Bec Plath’s writing showcased on this album is truly a work of art and demonstrates the time and effort obviously put into the creation of Unrequited. This young lady is sure to spark a lot of hype if she continues to work as hard as she has on Unrequited. Definitely a new Australian artist to watch." (LifeMusicMedia).