"Grey" is the first single from XANI's forthcoming EP "4" due for release late 2019.
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To make physical copies of this EP (as in putting the new music onto a CD), XANI is releasing this first single with the opportunity for audiences to donate some extra dollars and cents to help fund replication. Every little bit counts. Thank you
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Over a gruelling period of two months steeped in the stifling Melbourne summer, violinist and singer Xani Kolac (that’s me) made more music for a new EP. A serial music-maker and prolific Melbourne music scene participant, the violinist was seen recording sounds and words in the most unconventional of ways: by herself.
Not one to usually mess about recording equipment and gear, Kolac was spotted mucking around with a laptop and Ableton Live - software used by some of the world’s best young beat makers. Rather than crafting nifty beats or drop-the-bass build-ups, it is true that Xani spent days and nights tapping and hitting the violin in certain sweet spots producing sounds solely with said violin. Over the top of these stringy pop sounds Xani crooned and yelped in her own inimitable style annoying the shit out of the neighbours. “The style is neither virtuosic nor sweet”, one neighbour reported, “but it’s got a nice raw thing going on”.
It has been reported (by myself) that the kinds of microphones used included a Shure Beta 58A and a DPA4060. And being used for vocals! Unheard of in professional circles. However, Xani has since decided to release this unconventional sonic experience “Grey” anyway.
The whole debacle has not been devoid of all professionalism however with mixing duties handed over to Isaac Barter (Didirri, Oh Pep!). Most of the sparkle on this track can be attributed to Barter.
The lyrics go somewhat like this: “Am I with the Left or with the Right / Can I be an ally if I’m white / Could I disagree with a feminist?” It’s no Shakespeare but thankfully it isn’t about love or romance or jerusalem artichokes.
Is this perusal into pop worth a play or two? Look, she did the whole damn thing on her own. Even this press release. Give her some credit.
Can it be a protest song if I wrote it sitting on my freedom couch,
Can I march for climate change if I duck into that cafe and get a latte first?
Am I with the left or with the right
Can I be an ally if I’m white
Could I disagree with a feminist?
It can’t be this or that
‘Cause it’s all grey
Can I call Australia my home if I was born here but on stolen land,
Am I an activist if I get home at night and put cats on social media?
Am I in the wrong or in the right
Am I part of conversations or just fights
Could I agree with an idiot?
Nothing’s set in stone
Yeah it’s all grey
Can I say I’m anti-capitalist even though I’m in the market for a new TV,
Can I say that history is written on the streets and not in books even though I’ve got a masters degree?
Am I part of this or part of that
Am I ‘bout the feeling or the facts
Could I disagree with an atheist?
It’s written in the wind
Yeah it’s all grey
released April 16, 2019
Written and performed by Xani Kolac.
Produced and recorded by Xani Kolac.
Mixed by Isaac Barter.