Matt Parlane Debut Album // Ivan Issue

Matt Parlane released his debut 10 track album Ivan Issue, available for purchase now on Bandcamp

In a trying-to-be-seedy haunt on the overpopulated streets of the inner north is where

you’ll find Matt Parlane, clad in blue jeans and a flannel - the coolness of which often

undercut by a ridiculous hat or accessory. Amidst the egomania and social clout of the

Melbourne music scene, Matt manages to retain a rare and humble modesty. A kind of

Stephen Malkmus meets Kurt Cobain, his music is hard to describe. A homage to indie

rock, with lyrical phrases reminiscent of a coming-of-age film. Matt yearns for love (and

sobriety) lost through inimitable melodies and, at times, rough and punkish chord

progressions. Striking throughout his work is the continuous proof of Matt’s own love for

music, new and old. But this is never highlighted through arrogance, instead Matt

encompasses the universal feelings we all share: that life is a bit awkward and

uncomfortable, but nonetheless it is pain that enables us “to write such heartfelt (halfarsed) songs”.


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Photograhy by Rory Dempster

Artwork by Matt Parlane

Words by Polly Grant Butler

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jimmy Chang and Matt Parlane

Music composed by Matt Parlane

Drums and percussion performed by David Williams