FRESH: ‘Soda Dream’ – Latchy

Latchy sings a “Soda Dream”

Latchy’s latest track, “Soda Dream”, is a hit of sugary pop to help you escape the world’s current woes. The Singapore-based Australian artist’s new release is the follow up to his Triple J DIY Super group entry “Stuck”, which earned radio play on the station and rave reviews. “Stuck” also came hot on the heels of Latchy’s first release for 2020, “Jacuzzi”, which was supported with live shows in the heady days when that was still possible.

“Soda Dream” is an exercise in lockdown collaboration recorded between three countries with the original track laid down by Latchy in Singapore before live bass was provided by Melbourne musician stalwart Kyle Goulding (Kilo). Long time collaborator Jack Arentz (Haxx, Kult Kyss) provided more production and the mix in Melbourne before it was sent off to the US for mastering with Huntley Miller (Bon Iver, Zedd).

“This song took on a life of its own once I got Kyle and Jack involved and it was amazing to be able to bounce off the guys” Latchy tells us. “These are people who are really part of our scene. You’ve probably seen them play if you’ve been out to watch live music in Melbourne in the last three years. So it’s been real fun to try new things and work together remotely given none of us are able to play together live at the moment”.

Latchy will be playing a series of streamed gigs to support the release starting with Isol-aid#21.

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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!