By Meredith McLean
What is it about siblings in bands that make a great and haunting album? Think of The Carpenters, Bee Gees and The Beach Boys. Maybe Emily Lubitz and Jesse Lubitz of Tinpan Orange can uncover the mystery? Their newest album Love is a Dog permeates the mystery of the magical sibling-link. It’s no coincidence the bands we mentioned had some of their most glorious musical moments in the 60s. Tinpan Orange echoes the folk-indie scene into a sweet-hearted, dark-edged 60s inspired remastering of the era.
Let’s not leave out Alex Burkoy though. There may be no blood link but he is the missing link to the concept album’s layers. Without Burkoy there is no violin, and without the violin there’s no blending of hard edges into tracks like Lucky One and Rich Man.
The album is all about having too much privilege, too much to lose and too much love for one person. Perhaps that’s why Rich Man has been getting a lot of talk started. The single has become the YouTube sensation of the highly anticipated album.
Rich Man opens the album up to its listeners like a moth trying not to get its wings soaked with rain. It’s slow and solemn with just a hint of quivering deep notes. The bass notes are a stark contrast to the soft, silvery highs of Emily’s delicate vocals and twinkling piano.
Cities of Gold picks up the pace and hits you with lyrical imagery right off the bat. Not to mention the chorus is a really tasty jam of drums and violins. If you’re after particularly catchy tunes that get your feet tapping Hear From Me is what you want to listen for. It’s got everything you need – furtive lovers, reverbing guitars and whammy bars.
Diary has a harder side to it with a bit more crunch on the notes. It’s almost out of place in the foray of softer sounds but it’s well placed. It’s a good page marker that the album is moving into it’s last third. Leopards closes out the album with a hymn-like gathering of backing vocals and climaxes the whole concept of the 11-track album.
If you like the sound of that, then you’ll like the sound of a national tour. Dates are happening through April, May and a smattering of June so keep your eyes on it.
*****TINPAN ORANGE ‘LOVE IS A DOG’ ALBUM TOUR*****
FRI 15 APR – SUN 17 APR FAIRBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, FAIRBRIDGE WA
FRI 29 APR I THE GRAND POOBAH, HOBART TAS
SUN 1 MAY I FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS
SAT 07 MAY I TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
SUN 8 MAY I RATTLERS HOTEL, WALLAN VIC
SAT 14 MAY I CIVIC HALL, MULLUMBIMBY NSW
SUN 15 MAY I OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 20 MAY I THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 28 MAY I THE RAILWAY CLUB, DARWIN NT
SAT 4 JUNE – FLY BY NIGHT, FREMANTLE WA
SUN 5 JUNE – THE WHEATSHEAF, ADELAIDE SA I 4.30PM