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Farewell Horizontal are Pat Walker (songwriter, singer, most instruments) and Lauren Lime (drums). The Melbourne duo home-record and self-release lo-fi indie rock albums, keeping it prolific and DIY and drawing inspiration from a wide cross-section of rock/alternative/pop history.
Following 2020’s Avoiding The Void and 2021’s An Argument With An Idiot comes Farewell Horizontal's new ten track album You’re Not an Empath. This third instalment jumps right out of the gate with first single I'll Miss This Headache, a song conjuring a mish-mash of stress, stubbornness and bad blood, with imagery of sinking ships and sleeping in ditches, and the catchiest of guitar hooks. The second lead track is the slowly burning Boring Dreams reminding listeners that crazy dreams are normal. Dreams that are indistinguishable from everyday life would be crazy. The song layers reverb delayed guitars over an 80s film soundtrack aesthetic, with a fade-out ending completing its nostalgic trip.
What people have said:
First album Avoiding the Void, drew attention straight away with its 90s guitar jangle and bittersweet lyrical imagery. Austin Town Hall reviewed Where Did All The Fun Go To Die by calling it "a track you never want to end; you just want the song to hang around in the aura behind you, lifting your spirits ever so carefully". While US blog Come Here Floyd called the band "a delight for any occasion of your life".
An Argument With An Idiot was Radio Adelaide's album of the week, featured in PBS FM’s “Top tracks we’re loving” playlist, made the cut on The Doesn’t Suck’s Top 10 albums of the Feb 2020, and was included in both Janglepophub and White Light White Heat’s best of new releases. "A diverse record musically, full of wry humour lyrically… An instant favourite, this record feels like a grower." - Add to Wantlist. Bonus points for discovering a videoclip for single It Doesnt Matter No One Cares made during lockdown with local artist blaberunner.
"A diverse record musically, full of wry humour lyrically… An instant favourite, this record feels like a grower." - Add to Wantlist
“Farewell Horizontal pack a lot of power into their raw sound. It is clear that these two have an eclectic taste and their wide range of influences subconsciously come through in their own compositions. Punk, grunge, glam, power pop, garage, psych, they know what’s good and therefore know how to really make the goods. The music has heart with intellect and humor graciously peppered in." - American Pancake
"Pat and Lauren just keep churning out these treats of guitar pop that you will spin on repeat all day. A clash of the perfect musical titans, power-pop from Europe battling with the classic Oceanic guitar sound." - Austin Town Hall
“Indie rock that can range in almost Sebadoh or Pavement territories, but which also manages to reveal incredibly melodic and jangling sides” - Polaroid
Featured by Janglepophub, Polaroid blog, Come Here Floyd, Austin Town Hall, Prettyinnoise.de, Last Day Deaf, lo-fi indie bedroompop, We Love Lo-fi Music, The New LoFi, kid with a vinyl and Clunk Magazine.
"Just when you think you have the Melbourne scene pigeonholed, Farewell Horizontal offers a glimpse at just how incredible the music is in that city. Music you never want to end" - Austin Town Hall
"Brooding, succinct, bright, and always attached to a thinking vibe... We all need more of Farewell Horizontal" - Come Here Floyd
Our songs have also been featured by Prettyinnoise.de, Last Day Deaf, lo-fi indie bedroompop, We Love Lo-fi Music, The New LoFi, kid with a vinyl and Clunk Magazine. Radio Adelaide Album of the Week/13th most played artist, February 2021. Featured in PBS FM’s “Top tracks we’re loving” playlist, The Doesn’t Suck’s Top 10 albums of the month, and included in both Janglepophub and White Light White Heat’s best of new releases.
Pat (songwriter, singer, most instruments) and Lauren (drums) home-record and self-release lo-fi indie rock albums, keeping it prolific and DIY and drawing inspiration from a wide cross-section of rock/alternative/pop history.
(written for 1st album, but still true)
Music made to stay sane in isolation since 2012.
I was in a few bands in my early 20s that probably very few people will remember now. Then I suddenly got a mysterious disease (cause unknown) that nearly killed me. I couldn’t slow my heart down or get enough oxygen when I breathed. I basically just had to sit still and try to relax - for the next seven years.*
In a scenario that has recently become familiar to many, I was stuck at home with time to kill, so I just wrote and recorded songs to keep myself sane. A formula emerged: pretty melodies riding a wall of distortion, with bleak, escapist lyrics that would illustrate life’s seemingly random blend of hilarity and misery. It helped me make sense of my situation. The songs came easily, and I wrote hundreds.
I wanted to perform live while I still could, so my ‘leave the house’ activity at this time was to form the band Ohms in 2013, which became Gnohms in 2016. We quit in 2017 due to my health issues. We’d released about 50 songs in 5 years - not bad, but barely scraping the surface. In 2018, Lauren Lime (drums) sporadically started coming over and recording drums for hundreds more, in case I ever got well enough to do anything with them.
And I did! Last year, I was given a lung transplant. This doesn't cure everyone, so I am amazed to be alive right now. I can sing and play guitar. Finally, I can stop relaxing!
We aim to put out another album every time we have 10 good songs ready, and have put out two so far.
- Pat Walker, songs/vocals/instruments apart from drums, Farewell Horizontal
* This bio relates the music to my medical issues because that is its true context. It’s not a plea for sympathy. My disabled years weren’t that bad. Plenty of people have been through far worse.