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Album of the Week: Tyne-James Organ

We take you inside our favourite new albums with the artists who made them. This week's Album of the Week is the gorgeous debut EP from Wollongong-born, Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tyne-James Organ.

A few months ago we introduced you to one of our favourite up and coming Melbourne musicians Tyne-James Organ. Since then he has been flying, playing a stand-out set at Splendour In The Grass, supporting the Lumineers, and releasing his gorgeous debut EP Persevere.

Bringing together tunes much-loved singles from the last two years alongside two freshies that have grown to become live favourites, Persevere is the perfect snapshot introduction into the music and mind of Organ.

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, through his vulnerable, honest songwriting Organ is sure to win you over. Intimate and open, you’ll be left feeling like you’re sitting around with an old friend– each moment sure to leave a lasting impact.

The last few years have been immensely transition for Tyne-James Organ. After the passing of his father in 2016 and the release of his single ‘Watch You Go’ (which was inspired by the loss), Organ received national attention, welcoming a host of new fans. From here, he packed up his life in Wollongong and found a new home in Melbourne. Inspired by a failing relationship, his next single ‘Graceful’ continued to propel Organ’s career forwards. Then most recently, Organ shrugged off his delicate indie-pop stylings, diving headfirst into rock territory with his latest single ‘Something New’. Each of these moments are present on Persevere. 

Rounding out the EP’s five tracks are the tender, heart-wrenching ‘Say No More’ and the companion track to breakout single ‘Watch You Go’ called ‘I’ll Get By’ – this time written for his other hero, his mum.

We’ve picked Persevere as our record of the week, and because there is no better person to hear from, we sat down with Tyne-James Organ to take a deep dive into the record and find out what he’s been up to since we last spoke.

Inside the creative process

Tyne-James Organ: “This [record] took bloody forever haha. I recorded a six-track EP back in 2017 and the only track we kept was ‘Watch You Go’. I was going through so many different changes in my life and some of those songs just didn’t feel right. The wait has been draining, but the tracks on Persevere are meant to be there. The others weren’t. It’s all about the last three years of my life. It all just poured out of me. Mind you, this record has been finished for so long and I’m well into the next chapter of my music now. So I’m already sick of them haha. But I’m so excited to finally get something psychical into the world. That’s been a dream of mine forever.

“My creative process is constantly changing. How? I don’t really know, but it just does. I’m always learning new things from different people and artists out there. I definitely feel it growing and my comfort becoming stronger, but there’s always something to learn and work to improve.

“I’ve changed so much over the last few years which definitely has shaped where my music is going.”

Down memory lane

TJO: “All these tracks have been recorded for quite some time, so there’s been a lot of new ideas that have come through playing them live, but we couldn’t change things. I love how they all sound on the record tho so it’s all good.

“[My favourite memory from the creative process is] the day Chris Collins and I finally got the call to say it was ready to be signed off. These songs are so personal and that call helped me move on.”

Opening up

TJO: “I know it’s short, but I just want to be real. I’m not going to write about stuff I’ve not felt, don’t know or understand. That’s for pop stars.

“I make music for me to heal, and others to hopefully feel and heal too. It’s as simple as that for me.”

Lessons learned

TJO: “[Some of the biggest things I’ve learned along the way are] Have patience. Trust your gut. Time heals.

Overcoming struggle town

TJO: “I think the hardest part about making this record was reliving such weird times of my life and pulling out the deepest parts of them. I love talking as I believe it helps to heal. But sitting in a room with Chris Collins will heal anybody.”

Say it in a sentence

TJO: “Obvious cliche, but the reason I named this EP Persevere was because we bloody have to.”

Tyne-James Organ is ready to bring his debut record Persevere to venues around Australia, including shows at Rocket Bar and Rooftop Adelaide on Friday 11 OctoberHowler Melbourne on Saturday 12 October, and Oxford Art Factory Sydney on Friday 25 October.

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