House Or Home

Retiree  —  House Or Home

The musical project of Aussie’s Matt Crowley, Tori Holleman and Marco Vella, Retiree make pop music that you might want to call 1980s new-wave-wine-bar, with its smooth rhythms and rounded corners (or maybe think: The National sprawling languidly on a leather sofa). Their latest – all synth flourishes and wistful vocals – explores the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people, and it is a leisurely treat.

The album’s songs explore the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people. They journey from an aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of New South Wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in Ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in Malaysia.
Pumice Stone
Magic Eye (Ft. Sui Zhen)
Another Day
Line In The Dirt
Mystery Bay
House Or Home
Past Time
House Or Home

People do struggle to describe our music. All four of us write songs for Retiree so they can spur from different directions and influences. When one of us brings an idea or track to the band it tends to morph and change a lot through jamming, adding vocals and experimenting with instrumentation. Melody and rhythm always seem to bubble up in every song.

Newly born, Retiree recently kicked its way through the musical birth sac and into Sydney’s live scene, with a spate of vitalising performances.
Retiree are a modern band for a modern age. Excellent music, and excellent values. The four mammals who take stage, Tori Holleman, Ryan Powderly, Marco Vella and Matt Crowley have shimmied their road cases through many tight stage doors over the last twelve months, consistently presenting an evolving repertoire of artful tracks to thirsty ears. The band’s well-arranged melodies and ideas are translated by a variety of instruments both electronic and acoustic, and are importantly not lost during performance. Among those recently engaged were founders of Sydney’s burgeoning Plastic World label – swiftly leading to a distribution deal and subsequent EP to be released early in November. The allusive sound of Retiree draws influence from no obvious single thread, instead an evolving project with no predictable narrowness. Dance record commissars, Suzanne Kraft (Running Back Records) and Andras Fox (Home Loan Records), have leapt with uncommon keenness at the offer to remix the single from the upcoming 12" release. It is likely then that the EP will give listeners a refreshing emulsion of dance floor cadence and tempered vibrancy – something not seen all that often on debut releases.
Published Tue 04 Dec