“I’d be doing you an injustice if I didn’t suggest investing some time
and money into listening to or seeing Bobby Alu live.” – The AU Review
“Alu’s folk sound is a delightful array of feel good vibes” – EARMILK
“clever, catchy, breezy pop with an unmistakably beachy feel.” – Double J
Sit back, relax and spend what Bobby Alu refers to as “forty minutes in a hammock”, with his third studio album Flow OUT NOW.
A labour of love over four years with key collaborator and producer Paulie Bromley (george, The Beautiful Girls), the album revolves around observing human beings in their natural state of flow: “When it’s good, when it’s bad, the realisation and acceptance that it all works together”, Bobby explains. With songs woven together across over 20 countries, each with a specific narrative, Flow is an introspective piece of work that mirrors who Bobby Alu is as an individual, and his musicality as a whole.
From the opening ‘Afi’ and momentum starter pack ‘Fire’ to the closing call for solitude, ‘Tomorrow’, the album’s influences span Bobby’s Polynesian heritage, his international travels, teachings from rhythm mentor Greg Sheehan (Blue King Brown, Sinead O’Connor, Cat Empire) and even Dr.Seuss. Bobby Alu’sfrank and sometimes poignant observations of the world around him are written beautifully atop lively drum beats, acoustic ukulele riffs and soothing vocals. His lyricism achieves simultaneous emotion and lucidity as each track explores self-reflection, acceptance and allowing yourself to experience each moment of life’s flow.
With album tracks such as ‘Move’, ‘Other Side’, ‘Finally’ and ‘Fire’ spinning on the likes of ABC local radio, Double J and hitting the AMRAP/ Airit community radio airplay charts across the last year, Bobby Alu fans have had a significant taste of Flow already. However it’s deeper album cut moments like the mood altering ‘Turn’ and Dr. Suess inspired ‘Dust’ and ‘Days Behind’ where Bobby Alu’s introspective candor shines outward.
Currently navigating the wave of accolades cascading his way, Bobby Alu releases Flow in the midst of a packed year of live shows. Performing 59 shows across Australia and North America in the last year alone, Bobby Alu has smiled from ear to ear, drummed, sang and strummed on his ukulele for an estimated 45,000 people. Shows have included supports for the likes of UB40 (UK), Trevor Hall (USA) and local and international support tour runs with longtime pal Xavier Rudd. The Byron Bay local also completed his own headline tour with sold out East Coast dates and managed to fit in two stunning performances at BIGSOUND and a live appearance at The Queensland Music Awards.
This king of chill isn’t putting his feet up yet. In what is sure to be a very special event for Bobby Alu fans of all ages, he performs his album tracks live in full band mode for the first time since release at a free, all ages album launch. It all goes down at Bunyupa Park, West End this Sunday from 3pm, presented by Jet Black Cat Music.
After a quick nap in his hammock (we guess!?), he’s on the road again, ukulele in hand, from late October with Busby Maroubefore a very special solo set at Gold Coast’s The Roots Music Festival on the first day of Summer.
It’s absolutely certain Bobby Alu’s trajectory has found a certain state of Flow this year and the current is only getting stronger. As he says of album track ‘Move’“It’s like it comes out of nowhere and things are just moving well. You forget about the work that was done to get there and what may happen in the future. You are present and pretty damn stoked about it. I love this feeling and I do everything in my power to get to these moments.”
For Bobby Alu, the moment has arrived.
Flow is OUT NOW
Bobby Alu Flow (album)
OUT FRI 18 OCT
3. Other Side
7. Coast Is Clear
8. Days Behind
JET BLACK CAT MUSIC PRESENTS
BOBBY ALU ALBUM LAUNCH
SUN 20 OCT | 3PM – 5PM
BUNYAPA PARK, WEST END
FREE ALL AGES FACEBOOK EVENT SUPPORTING BUSBY MAROUFRI 25 OCT | The Tivoli, BRISBANE QLD
SAT 26 OCT | Venue 114, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
SUN 27 OCT | Home of Arts, GOLD COAST QLD
THU 31 OCT | Lions Arts Factory, ADELAIDE SA
FRI 1 NOV | The Freo.Social, FREMANTLE WA
SAT 2 NOV | The River, MARGARET RIVER WA
FRI 8 NOV| Hepburn Springs, PALAIS HEPBURN VIC
SAT 9 NOV | Corner Hotel, MELBOURNE VIC
THU 14 NOV | The Cambridge, NEWCASTLE NSW
FRI 15 NOV | The Factory Theatre, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 16 NOV | Ettamogah Hotel, KELLYVILLE RIDGE NSW
FRI 22 NOV | The Jack, CAIRNS QLD
SAT 23 NOV | Kirwan Tavern, TOWNSVILLE QLD
THE ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL w Karl S Williams and Little Georgia
SUN 1 DEC | Lakeside Room, GOLD COAST QLD
ONE HOT NIGHT
SUN 9 DEC | Great Keppel Island, QLD