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Sunbeam Sound Machine

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | INDIE

Sunbury, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Dream Pop

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"RRR Album of the Week Feature Review"

Sunbeam Sound Machine in the project of Melbourne's Nick Sowersby, and this impressive debut release comprises two previously released EPs. 'One', featuring the earliest recordings, is raw and immediate, a collection of garage and psych-pop tracks. 'Sunbeam Sound Machine', the second EP floats in a haze, a smokier series of songs with strong melodies that linger with the listener. - RRR (Melbourne Community Radio Station)


"The Music - One EP Review"

Four and a half stars

One of two concurrent releases from Nick Sowersby’s new project; on your first listen of One you’ll probably note its pleasant, psych-pop stylings. It’s only on repeated listens that you’ll realise what a rare gem you’ve stumbled upon. Each track’s a winner. Your favourite might be Shake (Sleep Walking) with its ponderous, sunny melody, or the wormy, weighty chorus of lackadaisical track Little While, or perhaps the tantalisingly harmonious, scuzzy closer Odd Connection. Those who’ve given this dreamy, melodious offering a listen know that big things can be expected from Sunbeam Sound Machine. - The Music


"Beat Magazine - One/Sunbeam Sound Machine Double EP Review"

A scene from the ‘80s American sketch-comedy show Not Necessarily the News: a middle-aged father opens the door to his teenage son’s bedroom to discover the son playing air guitar on his tennis racquet. The father, appalled at this frivolous activity, decries the air guitar antics as ridiculous and exhorts the boy to commit to his studies lest he become a laughing stock. The son, suitably chastised, puts down his racquet and opens his school books. The father returns to the lounge room where a group of fellow parents sits, each holding a makeshift jazz instrument; the father grasps the stand-up vacuum cleaner cum double bass and with a cursory ‘now, where were we?’, turns on the stereo to re-initiate the lounge room group’s domestic mime instrumental performance.

The subtext and relevance of this comic vignette to the debut long player from Melbourne songwriter Nick Sowersby, aka Sunbeam Sound Machine? That regardless of our pretensions, we’re all dreamers, perennially trying to escape the repetition and dysfunction of our daily lives.

One/Sunbeam Sound Machine is actually two EPs. The first, One, was recorded in Sowersby’s parents’ home while the second self-titled EP was recorded in his residences in Fairfield and Collingwood. Stylistically, each EP is different: One has a scrappy tone, the bedroom noodlings of a kid who’s simultaneously endeared and frustrated by the world around him. The Sound of Glass Breaking is delightfully confounding, part protestation, part adolescent confusion, part psychedelic musing; Shake (Sleep Walking) channels the rhythmic attitude of The Feelies and the kaleidoscopic bubblegum pop of Dolly Rocker Movement. Little While is a ‘60s-inspired meander through the contemporary suburban Diaspora; Odd Connection is frantic, a maddening quest for emotional empathy in a world plagued by ephemeral relationships and a disposable aesthetic.

The self-titled EP floats into aural view with the ethereal Whistle While You Wait: lie back, close your eyes, and your cognitive pain has lifted like the dark clouds disturbed by the southern winds. Space Face (Devotion) is the Californian pop track from central casting, all brilliant beauty and myopic hope. Cosmic Love Affair drags you down to the level of the green grass and compels you to appreciate the natural beauty that exists all around us, if only we bothered to look.

M’Love is a love song for the lost generation, all harmonies, simply rhythms and Laurel Canyon pop elegance. And within I Dreamt I Saw You In a Dream lies the key to transcending the superficial monochromatic ugliness of the world around us to reveal the infinite magnificence of the natural world and the human condition.

It’s said that day dreaming is actually a highly productive cognitive space; and if that’s the case, Sunbeam Sound Machine opens a gateway to emotional awareness that is sorely in demand in these dysfunctional times.

BY PATRICK EMERY

Best Track: The Sound of Glass Breaking.
If You Like These, You’ll Like This: ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, LOS SUNDOWNERS.
In A Word: Trippy. - Beat Magazine


"Sunbeam Sound Machine Real Life premiere"

Multi-instrumentalist Nick Sowersby creates music from his garage in Collingwood, Australia, but he's not garage rock. As Sunbeam Sound Machine, Nick crafts blissed-out dreampop. After dropping an EP last year, SSM will release Wonderer, which was produced by Stu of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard and will be out in November via Dot Dash / Remote Records. We've got the premiere of the ethereal "Real Life" from the LP which you can stream in this post. Check it out, along with another track, below... - Brooklyn Vegan


Discography

Sunbeam Sound Machine - Self Title EP (2013)
1. Whistle While You Wait
2. Space Face (Devotion)
3. Cosmic Love Affair 
4. M'Love
5. I Dreamt I Saw You In A Dream
Written, Recorded & Mixed by Nick Sowersby 
Mastered by Ash Newton

One - EP - 2013
1. Sound Of Glass Breaking
2. Shake (Sleep Walking)
3. Little While
4. Odd Connection
Written, Recorded & Mixed by Nick Sowersby 
Mastered by Ash Newton

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Bio

Sunbeam Sound Machine is the bedroom recording come live performance moniker of 24-year-old Melbourne musician Nick Sowersby.

Sunbeam Sound Machine is a bedroom recording project that through Nick's artistic vision and drive has transformed into a fully formed 5-piece live band. In 2013 Nick signed with Remote Control Records for the digital release of a double EP which was recorded, mixed and mastered by himself in his family homes in Seaford Victoria and share houses in inner city suburbs Fairfield & Collingwood over a period of two years in 2012/2013.

The One/Sunbeam Sound Machine Double EP was critically acclaimed and received an overwhelming response from both local and international music media. The EP was made feature album on community radio stations RRR (Melbourne), FBi (Sydney) and RTR FM (Perth) and his debut single 'Cosmic Love Affair' reached #2 on the Amrap Airit Community radio airplay charts for three weeks consecutively. The EP received the album of the week honour in Melbourne Street Press Beat Magazine and a 4 and 1/2 star review in The Music (National Street Press)

Written and recorded at Nick's parents' Seaford home, first EP One is a raw-sounding, playful collection of bedroom pop songs. The self-titled second EP contains a more insular, washed-out, dreamlike sound and was recorded at his homes in Fairfield and Collingwood.

'Cosmic Love Affair ' is the first single from Sunbeam Sound Machine. Lyrically, the song is a kind of dream sequence, which extends into a dreamy and insular sounding tale of first love. 

PRAISE FOR ONE/SUNBEAM SOUND MACHINE DOUBLE EP

RRR ALBUM OF THE WEEK
FBi ALBUM OF THE WEEK
RTR FEATURE ALBUM
BEAT MAGAZINE ALBUM OF THE WEEK

'Using the spidery creep of Deerhunter to trap you in his web of side-to-side headphone swaying, Sunbeam Sound Machine will bite you in 2014" - THE HERALD SUN

"Those who’ve given this dreamy, melodious offering a listen know that big things can be expected from Sunbeam Sound Machine". - THE MUSIC

"Cosmic Love Affair is a meditation on swathes of guitar tone lushness, conjuring an incredibly comforting sense of calm in the process". - BEAT MAGAZINE

"The first taste of these releases is the incredibly dreamy “Cosmic Love Affair,” a song I’ve had on repeat for the last hour or so." -  INDIE SHUFFLE

"I found out that there isn’t a lot to say about Sunbeam Sound Machine other than he’s really good. His first single ‘Cosmic Love Affair’ is beautiful in its simple execution."
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