A group of Brisbane artists have collaborated to bring followers a coffee table book brimming with nostalgic photography and poetry.

Capre, the duo of producer Patrick Hameon and singer/guitarist Patrick Costello, have collaborated with artist JJ James and local fashion brand Studio Phile to present a coffee table book, which will be released soon, accompanied by a track in front B of Capre. The project looks like an ode to youth and living in the moment.

It all started from Jake’s (JJ James) last exhibition/event in Brisbane… Jake and Paige (Studio Philo) took some of our existing clothes and recycled/redesigned them to create custom outfits for us to play in .Capré explained.

A few days after the gig we had these outfits on and thought it would be good to do a photo shoot to get some good daylight shots of the kit. Our photographer Allisa Tsukimori has an amazing eye for film and captured a bunch of great photos, way more than we expected. After going through them, we realized we had to do something with them. The idea of ​​prints and a book just floated in our heads and we got to work.”

The photos are dreamy and calm much like Capre’s production. Green grass and a blue sky in the background. The images look slightly washed out and the colors pastel, as if the photos were taken on a balmy summer afternoon in the heart of the suburbs. Some Dunlop Volleys are on display. There is an air of nostalgia in the photos, some of which are black and white.

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The aesthetic reflects the sound of Capre – slow, meditative electropop. The track in front B Hector’s Escape, released alongside the project, is the soundtrack to a sunrise on the beach – that in between seen through cloudy eyes when a city sleeps. Best enjoyed with a cigarette in hand and your feet dangling from the edge of a pier. A haunting, ethereal voice tugs at your heartstrings, like a ghost.

The book contains a collection of hard-hitting poetry alongside photography. Fans can already order prints of the photos in various sizes from Capre’s website.

In a famous 2019 Fork room “The Rise of Conceptronica”music journalist Simon Reynolds once claimed that electronic music was going “conceptual overdrive”. Reynolds had astutely noticed the increasing prevalence of dense academic jargon in dance music, predicting the arms race toward multimedia projects within the “conceptronica” space.

For the growing circuit of experimental festivals, multimedia projects and world-building have become the norm. Simply being a musician is no longer enough. Reynolds argues that this trend differs from the “relatively down-to-earth vernacularof 90s IDM and old-time musical raves.

This coffee table venture does not represent the collision of electronic music with the lingua franca of the art world. But it reflects the increasingly common cross-pollination of art scenes in Australia and the narrowing gap between fashion designers and musicians. In this way, it is surely a sign of things to come.


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