Maybe it’s a city full of faded glamour, sun-bleached and twinkling with nostalgia, the perfect haven for an off-beat folk infused genius to work his magic. Either that or it is sheer coincidence that Melbourne, Australia, has managed to produce two of the most breathtaking dream pop acts of the past few years without even a second thought. Whilst Pascal Babaré’s debut album Thunderclap Spring remains a criminally underlistened gem, somewhere in the same city lurks James Wallace, another solo artist treading the same awestruck ground.
Resisting the urge to be pigeonholed into the dreampop genre, Wallace’s project Wintercoats focusses more on making achingly beautiful, stripped back sounds . His EP, Cathedral, was released earlier in the year through Bandcamp and time has only served to enshrine the beauty of the work, with the basic nature of the pieces enhancing the sense of drama they encompass. For all those making miniature films for college, this has to be a gift – even the most mundane of shorts could be made to seem significant if backed with this. Stick it as your soundtrack and clock up the merits – either that or move to Melbourne in search of some real inspiration.