Turning Heads with August Billy

Gregor

November 16, 2020

Episode 23 of Turning Heads features a chat with Melbourne musician Gregor whose third album, Destiny, is out now via Chapter Music. 

Gregor released his debut album, Thoughts & Faults, through Chapter in 2016. His second album, Silver Drop, followed in 2018. Destiny came out in November 2020 and it's a slightly a mellower affair than Silver Drop, but carries over many of that album's stylistic hallmarks.

There’s a good amount of experimental pop weirdness, some nice reverb-drenched guitar playing and a bit of tranquil new age ambience. There’s also a good balance of electronic instruments with more conventional rock and pop instrumentation and occasionally a touch of soft rock cheesiness. There’s a certain naïveté or purity of expression in Gregor’s voice, both in delivery and the content of his lyrics, which gives the recordings a strong sense of identity.

In the podcast, Gregor speaks about his early experiments with recording as a teenager and his immersion in Soundcloud beatmaking scenes. He also talks about his biggest childhood influences, the artists he's spent the most time listening to over the last couple of years, and explains what makes Destiny a "postmodern concept album." 

Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.

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