Introducing Sydney-based artist Elmo Aoyama and her debut single ‘Summertime’.
Out now on the ‘Stay Inside: Songs from the Great Indoors’ compilation and set to appear on Elmo’s debut EP, Spells (out later this year on Dinosaur City Records), ‘Summertime’ was recorded by Aoyama at her home studio in the Blue Mountains of NSW, and mixed and mastered by Snowy (The Ocean Party/Snowy Band).
While Aoyama is best-known as synth-player, bassist and singer in much-loved Sydney band Big White who have released two highly acclaimed albums and one EP on Spunk Records/Caroline and Burger Records (USA), ‘Summertime’ is the first taste of her new namesake synth-pop project.
Taking inspiration musically from the likes of The Knife, Dirty Three, Yann Tiersen, YMO, Miharu Koshi and Yosui Inoue, Elmo says “‘Summertime’ is the longing one gets after a short glimpse of the other side. It’s the bittersweet taste of paradise nestled beyond diplomatic confusion.“
“It was the beginning of Spring and the end of a tour. The water was warm, the surf was flat, it felt easy to swim one or two kilometres out into the ocean. Gazing to the north you could see faint shapes of a land in the distance. That land was Turkey. The shore behind was Lapithos, Cyprus. I swam back and got on a bus with some of my closest friends. Summertime was written in my head on that bus.” Elmo continues.