Daniel Johns, of Silverchair fame and architect of one of the most unexpected solo efforts of recent years, has put his name to another new project. Teaming up with Sydney muso and longtime friend Jake Meadows, the pair have produced a collaborative EP entitled Good Company.
Good company is certainly an apt description as both Johns and Meadows bring their own share of homegrown fame. As Silverchair frontman, Johns held up one of the most successful and influential Australian bands to date, with each of there albums hitting Number 1 in Australia. Returning to recording with last year’s release Talk, Johns demonstrated his abilities far away for Silverchair’s grunge ridden rock.
Meadows is also a well known name around Australia, working on collaborations with Angus & Julia Stone and Paul Mac. As well as joining Johns for his comeback shows at Vivid Festival 2015. Having recorded his new EP all along the East Coast, Meadows joined Johns at his Newcastle studio. Offering a whispery, dreamy vocal that has become his default, Johns features throughout the five track record.
A dreaming and melodic slice of electronic pop, Good Company leans heavily on sparse and articulate vocal lines. Also varied instrumentation, including Meadows’ talents as a harpist that lends an ethereal air. The track listing is eclectic in its genre-spanning writing. Skirting electronica and house, as well as obvious elements of pop and even acoustic rock. Turning smooth on title track with echoes of R&B, and also Ibiza chill out after the EP’s initial inception on the party island.
Having already dropped the video for End Of Tomorrow a couple of months, the EP itself is officially released today. All five tracks can be heard via Spotify.