Described as a “garage stomper with rockabilly guitar twists”, the lead single from Phrase’s upcoming Babylon album is another evolutionary step in the career of the Melbourne-based musician. Debuted on Triple J the other night, Apart features You Am I’s – Davey Lane on the hook as Phrase further explores his rock tendencies with a louder, more brash delivery of his rhymes.
“To me, ‘Babylon’ means a place of beauty and getting to a better point in life. That’s what the record represents,” offers Phrase of his upcoming album, which will include an eclectic cast of guests spanning Jimmy Barnes to Sparkadia’s Alex Burnett.
For album number three, titled Babylon, Phrase – aka MC Harley Webster – has swapped the hip-hop loops and breaks that used to underpin his rapping for a tremolo, Farfisa and Hammond guitar, leaning on Sydney producer Tony Buchen to infuse his soulful demos with a new rock sentiment.
Apart is available digitally now. Babylon is due in stores on August 12.
• Apart is the leading single from Melbourne MC, Phrase’s third studio album, Babylon, set for release in August.
• Phrase’s 2009 album, Clockwork, peaked inside the ARIA Albums Top 30.
• Phrase has topped the TMN Alternative Airplay Chart and boasts a cumulative total of 17 weeks on the chart.