This is the stuff of majestic escape.
Those readers who have been casting their eyes across Melbourne gig lists over the past decade would surely have seen the name Tinpan Orange hidden among the pages. It is with Over The Sun and lead single Barcelona, however, that the band have finally launched into the spotlight courtesy of heavy national airplay and a slot on last year's Laneway Festival.
The deft hand of The Cat Empire's Harry Angus complements the album as well – Angus' keyboard work a major, if understated, highlight. The husband of Lubitz (and therefore brother-in-law of guitarist Jesse Lubitz), he has been involved in the band for a while either behind or in front of the production desk.
Over The Sun is an album full of highlights, including Like Snow, the abovementioned Lonely People, and a serene rendition of the 1990's classic TV show Round The Twist theme song. The similarity between Lubitz' voice and the original will be enough to hit up IMDb to see if she sang the original (actually sung by Tamsin West, who played Lina Twist, FYI). Trivia should not detract from Over The Sun, though. This is the stuff of majestic escape.
This week's new sets include music from locals Gurrumul, Josh Pyke and West Thebarton Brothel Party plus new tunes from The Maccabees and Albert Hammond Jr.