Following 10 years and four albums with rock band YOUTH GROUP, the singer and songwriter has stepped out to share a new collection of songs that see him foreground the aspect of his writing focussed on what might be termed ‘character’ songs: the interior thoughts of impressionistically-sketched protagonists.
The songs on LOVE’S SHADOW were written in various rooms in Sydney and New York and are imbued with a sense of place. Co-produced and engineered by Toby’s long-time friend, YOUTH GROUP collaborator and musical genie Tim Kevin, LOVE’S SHADOW was mixed in Nashville by Mark Nevers, who has made some of Toby’s favourite records by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and The Silver Jews.
New track POSTCARD FROM SURFERS offers a taste of what to expect from the record. Stream and download it here for a limited time: Download by Clicking Here
Since YOUTH GROUP played their last show in Brooklyn in 2009, Toby has played a handful of solo shows – a residency at Sydney’s Low Bar and New York’s The Living Room and as opener for Seeker Lover Keeper, and has also sung with legendary bands The Triffids and Glide at special tribute shows.
As a quick refresher, YOUTH GROUP released four albums: Urban & Eastern, Skeleton Jar, Casino Twilight Dogs and The Night Is Ours. Their single Forever Young reached number one on the ARIA Charts and they received an ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist. YOUTH GROUP saw international releases via the ANTI and World’s Fair labels and toured the USA with the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and The Get Up Kids. They were also handpicked to tour Australia nationally with Coldplay, Kings Of Leon and Interpol.
Live dates for TOBY MARTIN in solo mode will be announced soon.
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