Artist surfs the mellow soundwaves

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
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Winston Surfshirt's new album Apple Crumble drops today before his sold-out show at Settlers Tavern on December 7.
Camera IconWinston Surfshirt's new album Apple Crumble drops today before his sold-out show at Settlers Tavern on December 7. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Mellow and casual indie-pop artist Winston Surfshirt drops new album Apple Crumble today ahead of his sold-out Margaret River show.

The multi-talented Winston and his band are well on their way to stardom and exceeding the expectations set by acclaimed debut album Sponge Cake.

Apple Crumble is 12 tracks of relaxed and stripped-back funky flavours but the Sydney-based Englishman said the album was “more mature and thicker”.

“It’s still got that groovy and bouncy flavour but it’s two years more of growth as a musician and band,” he said.

The hip-hop and jazz artist said English royalty Elton John was “a dude” after inviting him to his Apple Beats Radio show to discuss new music and gave Winston some advice on his live performance.

Winston sees no bounds to his style and enlisted the help of Stormzy producer LOXE and Cloud Control’s George Nicholas for additional production on the new album.

Winston said he made most of his music about his girlfriend, who travelled with him to the Margaret River region last year where they stayed at Injidup Spa Retreat.

“It’s a beautiful part of the world and I’m really excited to come back,” he said.

“It was wicked and I can’t wait to get some of those vibes again.

“These smaller intimate shows are always the best.”

Winston promised a blend of songs from the past record and new project with two guarantees: a trombone and a cheeky cover.

Apple Crumble sees the return 2018 singles For The Record and Smile combined with new tracks Since I Saw You There, which is gripped by a catchy vocal hook and the romantic tale, That Just Don’t Sit Right.

UK tones have bubbled beneath the band’s sound since they first released debut single Be About You, which erupted on to the Australian music scene and these British sounds explode on new song Nobody Like You.

Their live video of For Real recorded in a Berlin Studio as part of the Colours series now has more than 2 million views in just over a year but Winston said fame had never been a motivating factor.

“It was always a hope that people would listen to our music and now they do, so I can’t complain but I’m just a normal guy, man,” he said.

Winston Surfshirt will play at Settlers Tavern on December 7.

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