FRESH: ‘Pandora’s Box’ – Cressbrook feat. Jarryd West

Cressbrook open “Pandora’s Box”!

Cressbrook is the brain child of West Australian songwriters/producers Matt Riley and Justin Martins. The two have been writing together since 2018 on the back of a publishing deal with 120 Publishing, based in Sydney. With releases through other artists such as WasteLand and Sydnee Carter, Cressbrook are an outfit capable of taking a song from start to finish, all in house. Cressbrook is their songwriting outlet, where they can explore ideas and bring their creative spark to fruition.

The two songwriter/producers from Perth have just added a new track, “Pandora’s Box”, to their growing collection along with rising artist Jarryd West. Jarryd is the vocalist on “Pandora’s Box”, and culminates in a dream for Matt and Justin, who heard Jarryd busking and wanted to write a song to fit his voice. Cressbrook are most known for producing and songwriting for a wide variety of other artists, this release represents them wanting to do there own thing finally.

Recorded in Matts dingy appartment in West Perth, all produced written and recorded in the same room. The pair wanted to make aggressive hooky pop song, something that has the energy of going into war! The song is about looking back on a failed relationship, at the faults of the partner, but also the faults with how Jarryd viewed the relationship. “Its quite dark and powerful”, Cressbrook tell us! And it certainly is that. Enjoy!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!