Alex Lloyd makes long-awaited return at the Hoey
MULTI-LAYERED harmonies, loops, songs of family and romance, tracks written across the globe: Urban Wilderness is the long-awaited return of one of Australia's most acclaimed songwriters Alex Lloyd.
Five years on from his last solo effort, 2008's Good In The Face Of A Stranger, Urban Wilderness is 12 tracks of pure, pop-tinged song craft from the four times ARIA-winner who finally returns home after five years living and working in London.
That newfound excitement is all over Urban Wilderness, a collection of songs Lloyd penned without thinking about the framework of an album. Before flying home he'd reached out to an old mate to share demos - APRA, ARIA and Golden Guitar winner Shane Nicholson.
For two decades now Lloyd's enjoyed life as both an independent artist and one signed to a major. Now, Lloyd wanted 100% creative control. He teamed up with crowd-funding site Pledge Music, fans embracing pre-orders and snapping up exclusive paintings.
"I've been signed to a lot of labels in my time: EMI, Sony, Festival. Going down this path means it's my path - I won't be waiting for someone else to make a decision in order to move forward," says Lloyd of the DIY move.
"It's a different landscape now."
For fans at home, Lloyd's latest listen is long overdue.
"I don't want to jinx this record, but it's great," he said.
"I did things I hadn't really done before - and I'm proud of that."
Lloyd will be playing at the Hoey Moey on Thursday night with special guests The Young Lions.