Navigating a wistful path from melancholy through madness, meanwhile exploring heterogeneity, refinement and dirty rotten groove, is Steve Balbi’s first single to emerge in four years, Modern Love.
On Friday, November 23, to celebrate the release of his new single Modern Love, Balbi returns to Milton Theatre for an exclusive, intimate and eclectic performance featuring a string ensemble of two cellos and violin, directed by Adrian Keating (Opera Australia and Sydney Lyric Orchestra), accompanied by Beau Golden (Daniel Johns) on keys and piano.
The inherently intimate and equally eclectic incarnation appearing at the Milton Theatre promises a memorable evening, coalescing classical sentimentality, rock and soul, with a unique set of reimagined favourites from the back catalogue, alongside assorted out-takes and new material from Balbi’s forthcoming solo album, Humans.
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York series, Balbi’s eminently anticipated follow-up to Black Rainbow (2013) sets an entirely new course for his enigmatic artistry.
The new work by this extraordinary composer, musician, and producer, in all its complexity, honours the virtuosity of an artist transcending the contemporary music landscape, in riff, verse and melody.
The single Modern Love was launched on Friday October 26.
Balbi has an impressive history in the Australian rock scene.
A founding member of 1980s pub rock band Noiseworks, he has played alongside other well known rock acts including Kevin Borich and Rose Tattoo.
His career has seen him as one part of psychedlic pop duo Electric Hippies, formed in in 1993, which also did production work for Pearls & Swine, Vincent Stone, and fronting a re-formed Mi-Sex.
In 1997 he formed another group Universe which consisted of Jim Denley on flute, Cathy Green on bass guitar (ex-X), Matt McCormack aka. Big Bird on guitar (ex-Starworld) and Cath Synnerdahl on drums (ex-Wrecking Crew, Mother Hubbard).
The band released an EP, Above Water, in September 1997. Balbi, Green and McCormack were joined by Angus Diggs on drums and Ilan Kidron on flute for their single, ‘Be My Gun’ (October 1998), and the related album, Present.