What do you get when you take five ambitious and manic musicians from far-flung suburbs and country towns and lock them in an inner-city Melbourne rehearsal room? You get Creature Fear – a compelling mix of 60’s garage rock and modern atmospherics rolled into a full-bore, shoes-off sound that can still whisper sweet nothings in your ear.
Immanuel Kwabena Dreessens-Owusu (Oh-woo-sue) is on a journey to find meaning as a multi-instrumental, mixed-race, semi-bogan, old soul/man-child. Hailing from Torquay, Immanuel grew up living and learning in two worlds; the Australian coastal rock scene and the West African Hi-Life culture of his Ghanaian roots. His Caucasian friends consider him quite ‘ethnic,’ his African family thinks he’s far too ‘bogan’ and his music reflects the melting pot of all the pieces that put him together. Wishing to explore the origins of Rhythm, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll, in 2016 he travelled back to Ghana to study under his grandfather, Koo Nimo, a highly renowned Ghanaian Hi-Life musician. Delving into the Afro styles of Dagomba and Palm Wine Hi-Life, he returned to Australia with an electric brand of African/Coastal-Rock Fusion.
Touch Sensitive is the ultimate triple-threat; as a producer, in-demand live performer and DJ, he’s a treasured slashie for artists and audiences alike. Whether it’s remixing Rufus, collaborating with Flume or touring internationally with Flight Facilities, he’s become renowned as the man with an ear for hooks and impeccable taste.
A supreme slice of Slow Motion House, armed with a swaggering bassline, syncopated synthesizers and hands that pretty much clap themselves, ‘Lay Down’ is the entree to Touch Sensitive’s debut album, out later this year on Future Classic. ‘Lay Down’ continues this trend, combining the sky-high falsetto of ‘80s, floor-filling disco with the rhythmic dynamism that has become a standard in Touch Sensitive’s frenetic live performances.