WALL STREET JOURNAL PREMIERES “LET IN THE LIGHT"
They met. They fell in love. They wrote songs. They fought. They made up. They broke up. They wrote songs. Now, the acclaimed Australian duo behind Falls—Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin—will make their U.S. debut with the brand new album, Omaha. “Our songs are at times deeply personal,” says Kirwin, “they’re raw, they’re real, and they’re very honest.”
The Wall Street Journal is premiering the first track from the album, “Let In The Light,” today. The Journal says, “The song pairs a big drum sound and swaths of strings with Kirwin’s sweetly sorrowful vocals for a sound that builds to soaring and cinematic.” Listen to the track HERE. Omaha, which is produced and recorded by Mike Mogis (Jenny Lewis, First Aid Kit, Bright Eyes, M. Ward), is set for release October 2 on Verve and is available for preorder on iTunes today with an instant download of “Let In The Light.”
The band will kick off their fall U.S. tour September 20 in Washington, D.C. with further dates including New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, Los Angeles’ The Wiltern and Communion club nights in Chicago, Minneapolis and more. Tickets are available now. Please see full tour details below.
Falls escaped to the album’s namesake city to record Omaha, working closely with Mogis. With Kirwin and Rudston-Brown sharing songwriting duties and trading lead vocals, the album features string arrangements from Tony Buchen—the producer behind the band’s first EP, Hollywood, which debuted at No. 2 on the iTunes Australian singer/songwriter chart.
Following the release of Hollywood in late 2012, the duo toured with notable acts including The Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men, in addition to performing at festivals around the country including SXSW, Sundance Film Festival, The Americana Music Festival, Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot, CMJ, Loufest and most recently Bonnaroo and Firefly Festival.
Rudston-Brown and Kirwin met while students at Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music. The pair spent the next two years playing every Wednesday night at a little hotel in Sydney before heading to the U.S. for the first time to play SXSW. Just a few months later, they signed a record deal with Verve (Universal Music Group) and moved to Los Angeles. After the move, Falls spent the following year traversing the U.S. playing shows and writing the songs that would become their first full-length release. “The songs on the album are really inspired by the whirlwind of the past couple years, and the sense of longing that’s come with uprooting ourselves like that,” says Kirwin. “Everything happened so quickly and it’s all been so exciting, but there are those moments when you realize what you’ve left behind and all the things that were left unsaid.”
FALLS LIVE DATES
*with The Nightowls
‡with The Airborne Toxic Event
September 8 Melbourne, Australia Some Velvet Morning
September 16 Sydney, Australia Hollywood Hotel
September 20 Washington, DC The Hamilton Live*
September 21 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
September 23 Chicago, IL Schubas †
September 24 Minneapolis, MN Turf Club†
September 25 Maquoketa, IA Codfish Hollow†
September 26 Kansas City, MO The Tank Room†
October 17 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades‡
October 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern‡
OMAHA TRACK LIST
1. Let In The Light
3. Beating Hearts
4. That’s The Thing
5. Someone Like You
7. When We Were Young
8. Independence Day
9. Better Way To Go
10. Nothing Ever Comes My Way
11. Don’t Ask