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459 Fitzgerald Street
North Perth, WA, 6006
Australia

SILVER SWIMMERS, VAGINA OYSTERS, SHIT NARNIA, SALTBREAKERS, SUNSET etc

The Amber Fresh Chronicles

SILVER SWIMMERS, VAGINA OYSTERS, SHIT NARNIA, SALTBREAKERS, SUNSET etc

Andrew Ryan

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i’m at my cousin’s place down south and he listens to double j (that’s a radio station) as soon as he gets home from work and til he goes to bed. tonight there was a lovely british announcer who played a song by laura veirs that i’d never heard before. my old boyfriend liked laura veirs’ music to the point i felt romantically jealous, but my strongest memory with her music was painting another cousin’s house listening to an album of hers and then in came a b-boy i was in love with and i felt embarrassed because there was no ‘break’ in any of her songs and i could tell it was like sandy lettuce in his ears. (she has an album called ‘saltbreakers’, you might like it if you’re not a b-boy)

but yeah, sandy lettuce aside, double j on a wednesday night with the host playing veirs and reminiscing about not killing himself thanks to a leonard cohen song: two thumbs up.

my friend was here on tour with a band. he dragged me by the feet across the carpet floor, in between doctopus and hamjam’s sets. getting manhandled by friends is nice sometimes, as long as you’ve got pants on: one and a half thumbs up. we also roamed round fremantle and found a table tennis table in a department store. i won the game while hole played over the speakers, which seemed a strange and great choice from whoever was hollowed-out department store dj that day: two thumbs, pointing to the top floor of a department store.

it’s mixing and recording album time at the moment for me. i go to a house with a guy who just does things however i like, and makes suggestions and takes all my instructions, sound engineer, coach, musical confidante – this is a treat. there’s a pool at the house and i jumped in before guitar orchestrating, and then nick jumped in and he had silver swimming shorts, completely silver like an alfoil continent: two thumbs up.

down south here i’m driving round through the forests and up and down the coast helping my friend who’s running a camp. this task has been made 100% great by listening to volume II of gomorrah by emlyn johnson on repeat, especially the song “on the dole again”: two thumbs.

it was ‘in the pines’ last sunday, the big wa music day of wa music, but i didn’t go because of the silver shorts and putting tracks through pedals and cooking pancakes for my touring friend. we drove to fremantle with the radio on though, and shit narnia were getting played live over the radio from the pines, and i got goosebumps during their song about having sex on a golf course. i could imagine hugh exactly, shirtless and sincere on the stage, and i also had the memory of him saying poems out in the backyard of a melbourne house that used to house emlyn, then lil leonie lionheart, and now peter bibby. hugh’s poems were great in the backyard by a fire with everyone staring into it in the dark, and his words coming out to meet our thoughts, and then, yeah, him on stage, but through the radio, giving me goosebumps along the metropolitan coastline: two thumbs up.

why do i go on about the same music all the time? do you mind?

later that evening, after the shit narnia goosebumps, and by the way i told my friend in the car my great idea about them calling an album “poop cupboard”, i got told by the big to hang around there and it ended up being one of the best sunsets i’d seen in fremantle, with a big red sun falling down into the water, someone giving me an oyster that i touched so much before eating it because of that smoothest wet feeling, we were down on the beach, and leaving everyone in a group on the sand and taking my body into that water, dusk water, clear and old baby blue, millions of years of sand underneath us all, after a long afternoon of maybe finishing hits, yes, guess what, i gave the whole thing another smooth, song-worthy two thumbs up.