A. California Dreaming
B. The Weatherman
A Colourful Storm reintroduces a long lost Oz classic.
Formed by Brian Hall and Kevin Purdy in 1982, Denial originally appeared on Mitch Jones and Michael Tee's legendary M Squared label, home to Australian industrial and wave outfits Systematics, SPK, Scattered Order and The Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast. Following production assistance for indie labels from the mid to late eighties, Hall resurfaced in 2012 under his Aural Indifference moniker, closing the Minimal Wave Tapes Volume Two compilation with 'Theme'.
Denial's Mamas and Papas rendition, featuring the voice of Lisa Cripps, transports the Phillips sweethearts from Sunset Boulevard into the M Squared spare room-turned-studio. A pop relic laced with drear, it sits far distant from the idyllic optimism of sunshine culture.
On the flip, Hall's own elegance in songwriting and arrangement is on show. The bittersweet jangle of 'The Weatherman' evokes Television Personalities or vintage Felt, while the vocals, hopeful, desirous, recall early Adrian Borland. A short story for the light blue.
released May 3, 2016
Both tracks recorded in 1982 at M Squared Studio, Sydney
Engineered by Michael Tee
Synth, Guitar, Vocals on 'The Weatherman' by Brian Spencer Hall
Vocals on 'California Dreaming' by Lisa Cripps
Drums on 'The Weatherman' by Kevin Purdy
Remastered at Optimum