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I wouldn’t like to put Lyall Moloney’s music into a genre, mostly because I don’t think there is one or even two that it can be contained to, and because I think that by the time I finish typing the sentence he would have already burst into the next one. Diversity is at the heart of every track that Moloney produces, whether it is as a producer for hip-hop artists or as a musician himself.
Meet Sydney’s Lyall Moloney; the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist master who is making waves with his eclectic blend of hip-hop, dub, folk and electronica.
Based in Sydney’s inner-west, Lyall Moloney is an artist and producer who has been a very busy man over the past few years, all kicking off with a trip to Ethiopia with his younger sister back in 2011. It was here that Moloney found inspiration for an EP drawing on his experiences with the local culture, people and environment.
Since then, there have been some 200 shows played, including the iconic Woodford Folk Festival with acts like Xavier Rudd, his own East Coast tours, and gigs with bands like Grey Ghost and Seth Sentry, as well as supporting friends Sticky Fingers on their national tour.
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With his musical influences sitting somewhere between hip hop, dub and folk, Moloney’s music draws on all of these and then some, and is not at all limited by his instrumental ability, which includes guitar, beats, bass, harps, keys, loops, shakers ‘n’ rattles, synths and samplers.
Going back to earlier work, Moloney’s track Black Dog off his EP The Architect is strong, soulful and easily a standout piece. Last week, Moloney’s debut record Only Lonely was released and the debut single Do It Again has received plenty of love and positive feedback from triple J Unearthed.
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Only Lonely is described as an album made up of features and collaborations, including the album opener Pot Of Gold with Sticky Fingers vocalist Dylan Frost, which opens the album. Pot Of Gold is a great first track, it is lyrically clever and musically sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Do It Again draws on funk influences for its guitar track and hip hop for just about everything else until the chorus. It’s here you start to understand why Moloney draws such a large crowd to his shows and it’s not hard to imagine everyone up on their feet dancing.
Lyall Moloney is a man who deserves a holiday; a debut album is quite the reason to celebrate and enjoy some R&R, but instead he is currently touring all over Europe – his third tour of the continent in 18 months – and I doubt we will see him slowing down anytime soon.
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