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Anyone who knows Australians knows we can be a confusing lot, but if there's one thing we're straightforward about, it's our love of homegrown music. Well, one of my favourite tracks ever is John Butler's "Ocean". It is ... incandescent. And he's just made his first studio recording of it ever [edit: correction, first in a decade, since he first started out], and put it up for free download. (As he says on the webpage, it's a song that he's always played live until now, and it has grown and evolved with him; my all-time favourite version is this one from the album One Small Step (Live and Solo), and yes, it's live and solo, and I can heartily recommend the whole album if you can get your hands on it.)

Oh, and just to note, I came across this by way of triple j's free music download page, which is a perpetually mixed bag, but cycles some awesome stuff through. Definitely worth checking out from time to time!


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Aug. 29th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
Oh my GOD, thank you so much for sharing this! 'Ocean' is one of my very favourite instrumental tracks - I once actually got tears in my eyes while listening to the One Small Step version on the bus. I suspect, as with a lot of completely stunning live tracks I've fallen in love with, that the studio version will never quite be able to match up. But it's still so amazing to hear it, and for him to give it away like this :)
Aug. 29th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I know! It's a track you can get completely lost in, even in public. That particular recording is so raw and beautiful, and it feels like the energy of the crowd is intimately part of the song. But the studio one is growing on me, there's a privacy to it that's kind of special and intimate too. Anyway. You're welcome! \o/
Aug. 30th, 2012 08:39 am (UTC)
SECONDS THIS. And also love how, by its very nature, every time I've heard it performed, it's different. Yet always incandescent. Excellent taste. I approve this message.
Aug. 31st, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
\o/ I approve this approval! (I'm gathering thoughts. I shall be back at your lj as soon as I have time to decently ramble.)
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