Move. And be moved. Find your flow and go about each day to the rhythm of your own making.
That’s the theme of 2019 for Byron Bay singer, ukulele strummer and drummer, Bobby Alu. It’s been a long time personal and musical mission for the tropical ambassador, too.
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. Every now and then, one will pop up as a toe-tapping reminder to take it slow, enjoy the ride. Its the curator of calm’s way – deliver island-time vibes with gentle optimism rather than forceful instruction, and encourage the type of reflection best achieved in a hammock. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.
Sharing a well-nurtured and lengthy musical connection with producer and multi-instrumentalist tour buddy Paulie Bromley (The Beautiful Girls, george), Alu’s recorded and live presence has been boosted from a range of creative alliances. Having dedicated his world-class percussion skills to touring internationally with Xavier Rudd for five years, it was time for the equatorial folk of Bobby Alu to chart its own dedicated course again in 2018. Following the exploratory Self-titled debut (triple j Roots ‘n All top 10 album of 2010), the clear stylistic intention of 2013’s Take It Slow, and the cruisey attitude of 2015’s Bay Sessions EP, 2019 sees Alu back in the studio working on his third album – the first tastes ‘Move’ and ‘Other Side’ doing the rounds on ABC Local Radio and Double J rotation.
Moving forward, he’ll continue to observe the ebb and flow of life and locking into his tried and always true grooves, though with the fire that comes from holding a 20,000 strong crowd captive with beats, and the love that can only come from serenading your nearest and dearest by a coastal campfire, with an instrument handed down from your mother.
NEW ALBUM DUE OCTOBER 2019