SS.Sebastian is the musical project of Brisbane-based singer/sound-maker and multi-instrumentalist, Brett Harris. Equal parts indie and electro-folk, his compositions have been described as gritty, minimal and melancholic.
SS' distinctive melodies echo the likes of Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and Jeff Mangum. His music is instinctively personal, yet familiar – earning support from radio and television across the country, including a 2014 feature on the Australian TV drama series Offspring (with the song: Bury Me).
Starting his career with Brisbane folk-rock septet 'The Good Ship', SS.Sebastian contributed to 3 studio albums as well as a string of successful tours and festival performances (including: Falls Festival; Woodford Folk Festival; Canadian Music Week) and supports for international touring acts (including more recently: The Lumineers).
In late 2014, SS.Sebastian recorded his solo debut—the looping chorus of Flesh & Blood & Bone, featuring Lisa Crawley—for inclusion on the limited release compilation Australian Artists for Asylum Seekers (Produced by Lindsay Phillips & Myles Mumford) raising funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, Australia.
Shortly thereafter, in association with MKA's Neon (Melbourne Theatre Company), and Brisbane Festival, SS began composing music and soundtracks for the theatre and stage while steadying his new project on the Melbourne indie gig-circuit. Additionally during this time, he contributed performances to the studio album Blend and Spill by Melbourne Americana artist Ayleen O’Hanlon.
Returning to Brisbane in Autumn 2015, SS.Sebastian shared a follow-up release: Sun. A second self-produced recording from his home studio in Mount Nebo (‘Cabinessence'). It was within 2015 that he renewed his collaboration with Drummer and Concert Producer, James Lees (Chalk, Isis, The Good Ship, Silver Sircus) – joining the lead cast for acclaimed concert series: Transformer (Brisbane Cabaret Festival, 2015/16) and Ziggy Stardust (Melt Festival, Queensland Cabaret Festival, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, 2016).
2016 saw focus turn to the studio, as SS released his first official single and video clip: Nightmare of 1984. Joined by a small indie choir, it is a mesmerising and fragile sound, held aloft by an anthemic bridge of voices and drums. Mastered by T.W. Walsh (catalogue includes: The Shins; Sufjan Stevens; Pedro The Lion) the single was released in digital format, during April 2016.
Download it here.
"Don't you love it when you hear a song for the first time – and it's like you've injected it straight into your heart..." Spencer Howson (612 ABC)