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.
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.