Turning Heads with Augustus Welby

Poppongene (Sophie Treloar)

July 20, 2020

Turning heads episode 11 features a conversation with Melbourne-based indie pop musician Poppongene, aka Sophie Treloar. Poppongene’s debut EP, Futures Unsure, came out at the beginning of July 2020. 

Treloar has been releasing music under the Poppongene banner for the last four years. She released the singles ‘Do It Girl’ and ‘Belgravey’ back in 2016. However, she stalled on releasing an EP as she wanted more time to develop the sound and figure out what she wanted Poppongene to be. 

The first taste of Futures Unsure was the single ‘Not Wrong’ which arrived in mid-2019. Like the rest of the EP, it was produced by Tim Harvey, who is a member of Jade Imagine and has worked on records by the likes of Gena Rose Bruce and Taylah Carroll. 

Treloar and Harvey established a strong creative synergy and brought the eight-song release to life during the latter half of 2019, with help from Gemma Helms (bass), Deanna Rumsaviche (keyboard, backing vocals) and Damien Meoli (drums, percussion). 

Futures Unsure was inspired by a break-up, but Treloar’s not one for wallowing in misery. The EP consists of eight song’s worth of spirited indie pop with an aberrant inclination – it doesn’t always take the most logical route from A to B. In that way, it’s reminiscent of artists like artists like Deradoorian, Melody’s Echo Chamber, The Shins and Broken Social Scene. 

In the podcast, we speak about the development of Poppongene’s artistic identity and Sophie’s desire to distinguish herself from Sunbeam Sound Machine, a project she’s performed with for many years. We also spoke about Melbourne’s rich music community and Sophie’s bond with producer Tim Harvey. 

Check out the Turning Heads guests: Eps 1-10 playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5L6jSWXJx4INWyojMV86SW?si=iVOtnK_XQ2CaAmnGwSK1tg 

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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