Remote Control Records is pleased to welcome Melbourne’s Ex-Olympian to the Dot Dash Recordings roster, joining artists including Methyl Ethel, Sui Zhen, Donny Benét, Banoffee & more.
Ex-Olympian is the new musical vessel for Liam McGorry – songwriter & musician for bands such as Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins. Named after the neon sign that adorns ‘Borsari’s Corner’ in Melbourne’s Lygon St, Ex-Olympian reflects the times we all need to shift things forward into a new phase. Musically, things are shifting gears too.
As revealed by The Industry Observer,Ex-Olympian shares “I’ve had a lot to do with [Dot Dash] over the years with both Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins, and they are honestly one of the most lovely, fervent champions of Australian Music out there. It’s an honour to add a little Dream Funk to the Dream Team.”
Dot Dash Recordings and Remote Control Records co-director Harvey Saward adds “We have always loved working with Liam. He’s a phenomenal writer and musician… we’re so chuffed to be able to add Ex-Olympian to our Dot Dash roster and share his vocal debut with the world.”
To celebrate the news, Ex-Olympian today shares his debut single & video ‘Voices in My Head’ – the A-side of a new 7” record out Friday 31 July, in a partnership between two Melbourne icons: Northside Records & Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. It’s also McGorry’s vocal debut.
‘Voices In My Head’ is a cinematic, skittish song about scrambling to reconcile the many voices of today’s world in your head… about trying to find yourself amongst a mess of self-doubt, social media envy and climate anxiety. It’s disco-tinged B Side ‘Lilac Youth’ is a meditation on the dangers of losing yourself to nostalgia and ego, on focusing on past glories. The song (co-written and sung by former Saskwatch bandmate Nkechi Anele) is a nice soulful moment, where past and present align together.
“Dream Funk” is the official moniker for Ex-Olympian’s music – as coined by Northside Records’ head-honcho Chris Gill. With a focus on soaring melodies and lush arrangements, it takes cues from the music of heroes Reneé Geyer, The Avalanches, Arthur Verocai and Badbadnotgood. Recorded with a raft of pals back in 2017, including Cal Barter at the wheel, it was then handed to a fellow friend and confidant Haima Marriott, who mixed and co-produced the songs with McGorry.
Like all good things… it’s taken time. We hope you’ll enjoy, Ex-Olympian.
Ex-Olympian –‘Voices In My Head’ is out now
via Dot Dash / Remote Control