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 My third LP,  Endless Room , is  now available on bandcamp  via Dusky Tracks. Artwork by Seth Searle.

My third LP, Endless Room, is now available on bandcamp via Dusky Tracks. Artwork by Seth Searle.

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Bio:

I'm a music composer & producer, living and working in Melbourne, Australia.

I was born in Australia on the very same day and year as Drake, the rapper / producer. I spent my early childhood living between Melbourne, Sydney, and Lake County (California), setting fire to other people’s property and looking after a long haired Bactrian camel named Jingle Baba. At around five years old, I sent a letter to Brian Wilson, thanking him for Pet Sounds (he wrote back when I was in my early teens, with a signed photo of him and his poodle in front of a wall of Pet Sounds LPs). I had cancer (non-hodgkins lymphoma) when I was six years old, an experience which has inspired a lot of the music I make.

At some point, I inherited a drumkit from a feminist power punk trio (friends of my mum), and started teaching myself to play. When I was 13 I tried to learn the blues guitar, but failed, then tried to learn the trumpet, but failed, then tried to learn the piano, but failed. So I moved to my computer, and started making very chilled out instrumental hip hop, directly influenced by a heavy pot addiction and a lot of cafe chillout compilations. Thanks to the trojan virus, no one will ever hear this music. At around 15, inspired by the spontaneous jam sessions I had with the cool older dudes living in me and my mum’s share house, I started recording some guitar noodling on the inbuilt microphone on a laptop. These noodlings would later become Thunderclap Spring, my first solo LP.

Shortly before my 20th birthday I moved to Kyoto, and quickly fell in love with the rivers, bathhouses, mountains, and the otherworldly broken flute sounds of the recycling trucks there. I left for Europe a year later, where I toured with band Function Ensemble for a month. The tour finished in Berlin, where I stayed for another year, beginning work on what would become my second solo LP, Sorry, Morning.

When Berlin got too cold, I moved to London, where I lied my way into becoming a gardener - first for the Prince of The UAE, and then for The Queen Of England (inside the walls of the Buckingham Palace Gardens). There I enjoyed excellent free lunches (available to all Palace staff), watched the Queen take her morning walks through the palace gardens, and endured several vicious dog attacks (the Queen’s corgy’s don’t like loud noises, like the ones emanating from leaf blowers and mowers, the little fucks). Also, in London, having almost completed Sorry, Morning, I was signed to indie label Blackmaps, who would go on to release Thunderclap Spring in 2009, and Sorry, Morning in 2014.


Returning to Melbourne in 2009, I studied first video art at RMIT, and then, right before the program was all but liquidated, jumped ship to fine art sound, and began playing in bands Pascal Babare & Teeth, Aleks and The Ramps, Mallee Songs, Tailor Made For A Small Room, and Magic Hands. In 2015 I teamed up with long time musical friends Matthew Nicholson and Lucy Roleff to form the avant electronic band AT/ALL, and in 2016 we self-released our debut LP, Sun Dog. I’ve just released my 3rd solo LP, Endless Room, which is out now on Dusky Tracks. Shortly afterwards, we (the Mallee Songs bad boys) released our third LP, Suburban Horse, which is also out now on Dusky Tracks. In the meantime, I’ve been producing Lucy Roleff’s new record, which will be out soon on Little Lake. It’s a wonderful thing, I’m excited for it to see the world.

In the meantime I’m working alongside Cornel Wilczek (Qua), Jeanette Little, Mark Mitchell (Clue To Kalo), Gus Franklin (Sheahan Drive), and Tommy Spender (Mamakin Spender), and Leyla Varela at Electric Dreams studios, where I compose, produce, and engineer part time.

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 My debut solo LP "Thunderclap Spring", released in 2009 on Blackmaps (UK/Japan) to some critical acclaim (the BBC said  some nice things, and everyone seemed to like my Joy Division cover).   Written in my mid to late teen years, and recorded on the inbuilt microphone on my laptop between Melbourne Australia & Kyoto Japan, this super lo-fi record speaks of growing up in the suburbs, a heavy pot addiction, a failed romance, an overwhelming fear of death, and a real commitment to never recording more than one take. My mum co-wrote a couple of the tracks. Thanks, mum.  You can get the digital version  here . Also, I still have a handful of pre-aged vintage style modern cassette tapes available - get in touch if you'd like to buy one.    

My debut solo LP "Thunderclap Spring", released in 2009 on Blackmaps (UK/Japan) to some critical acclaim (the BBC said  some nice things, and everyone seemed to like my Joy Division cover). 

Written in my mid to late teen years, and recorded on the inbuilt microphone on my laptop between Melbourne Australia & Kyoto Japan, this super lo-fi record speaks of growing up in the suburbs, a heavy pot addiction, a failed romance, an overwhelming fear of death, and a real commitment to never recording more than one take. My mum co-wrote a couple of the tracks. Thanks, mum.

You can get the digital version here. Also, I still have a handful of pre-aged vintage style modern cassette tapes available - get in touch if you'd like to buy one. 

 

 My second solo LP "Sorry, Morning", quietly released in 2013, was recorded between Germany and London.  It was recored a little better, and lyrically it's a bit more cold. But the songs are mostly about me. In fact they're all about me, even the ones where I say it's about someone else. Except the breakup song. That's definitely not about me. But it also kind of is. Or is it? I guess you'll never know.  -Pascal Babare, 2016  You can get the digital version  here . I also have some lovely cardboard gatefold CDs, which come with a big fold-out poster of the artwork and lyrics inside. Get in touch if you'd like to buy one.

My second solo LP "Sorry, Morning", quietly released in 2013, was recorded between Germany and London.

It was recored a little better, and lyrically it's a bit more cold. But the songs are mostly about me. In fact they're all about me, even the ones where I say it's about someone else. Except the breakup song. That's definitely not about me. But it also kind of is. Or is it? I guess you'll never know. 
-Pascal Babare, 2016

You can get the digital version here. I also have some lovely cardboard gatefold CDs, which come with a big fold-out poster of the artwork and lyrics inside. Get in touch if you'd like to buy one.

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 Suburban Horse is Mallee Songs’s’s new 2018 LP, and I reckon our most concise and best sounding LP to date. Produced by myself and Casey Hartnett, it was a pleasure to work on.

Suburban Horse is Mallee Songs’s’s new 2018 LP, and I reckon our most concise and best sounding LP to date. Produced by myself and Casey Hartnett, it was a pleasure to work on.

 AT/ALL is a new electro-pop collaboration between Matthew Nicholson, Lucy Roleff, and myself. We just released our debut LP, SUN DOG, check it out!

AT/ALL is a new electro-pop collaboration between Matthew Nicholson, Lucy Roleff, and myself. We just released our debut LP, SUN DOG, check it out!

 In 2015 I helped put together Mallee Songs' second LP,  Natural Times . I co-wrote a few of the songs, and mixed and produced the album, as well as played some bits.

In 2015 I helped put together Mallee Songs' second LP, Natural Times. I co-wrote a few of the songs, and mixed and produced the album, as well as played some bits.

 I co-engineered, mixed & produced Rough River's 2017 LP  The Leaving , which is a beautiful album, and you should get it. I also played some piano and lapsteel on the record.

I co-engineered, mixed & produced Rough River's 2017 LP The Leaving, which is a beautiful album, and you should get it. I also played some piano and lapsteel on the record.

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