Avi Misra ‘Nostalgia’ album launch, with The Safety Word & Camilla Rose Sullivan

If you’re looking for a night of diverse, soulful music in Melbourne, look no further than Avi Misra’s album launch for ‘Nostalgia’ where he’ll be joined by fellow artists Camilla Rose Sullivan and synth wave duo The Safety Word.

Avi Misra, the Tokyo-born, Delhi-raised and Melbourne-based Alternative Singer-Songwriter/Composer-Producer, is set to release his fifth album titled ‘Nostalgia’ on March 2, 2023, at The Toff in Melbourne’s CBD.

Misra’s music is a seamless blend of classic rock sensibilities, electronica experimentations, and Hindustani textures, all powered by his signature baritone and transcendentalist poetry. His sound is soulful, provocative and deep, featuring live recordings of synths, guitars, and finger drumming, and never auto-tuned vocals.

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The album’s themes are deeply personal, inspired by Misra’s reflections on his childhood and adolescence in New Delhi, with memories of Japan always present. The songs touch upon relatable subjects such as first love in 90s Delhi, adolescent rebellion and experimentation, an obsession with fast bowling, and a loving tribute to his parents.

Musically, ‘Nostalgia’ features eccentric harmonics, hummable melodies, and deeply nuanced layers that exude character. Misra’s sound takes inspiration from Classic Synth Rock and No Wave, with rich sonic flavours from legendary synthesizers such as the Moog System 55, Yamaha CS 80, and the Hammond Novachord, which Misra recorded during his scholarship at The Melbourne Electric Sound Studio (M.E.S.S).

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Misra will be accompanied by fellow M.E.S.S. advanced artist development course alumni singer-songwriter Camilla Rose Sullivan and the Live Electronic Musicians of Melbourne (L.E.M.O.M.) director Simon Quinn’s synth wave duo ‘The Safety Word’ at the launch event.

The Safety Word is a Melbourne-based electronic duo whose music draws inspiration from dream pop, chill wave, and trip-hop. Their sound is characterized by down-tempo electronica with a twist of trip-hop and future R&B, featuring soulful vocals, abstract guitar, deep bass, and ambient synth soundscapes.

Camilla Rose Sullivan, a songwriter from the Dandenong Ranges, combines alt-country and folk stylings with a dark 90s edge, inspired by songwriters such as Liz Stringer, Tori Amos, and Courtney Marie Andrews. Her music weaves together interpersonal and reflective storytelling with evocative regional landscapes, often building up to points of catharsis for moments of intimacy, loneliness, and hope.

Avi Misra will begin the event with a few acoustic tunes before launching into a standalone electronic set featuring live synths, finger drumming, triggers, vocal loops, and effects on the Akai Force and The Mashine Plus.

The event promises to be an exciting and eclectic night of music with a unique blend of artists and sounds on offer.

The Toff In Town 

Doors open – 7 30 pm

Tickets here – $15 for presales (First 30 get Avi Misra’s complete CD discography), $20 at the door

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