‘make it real ft Fractures’ is the enthralling new single from Sydney-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter upsidedownhead (aka Ross James), who has teamed up with iconic Melbourne musician Fractures (aka Mark Zito) to bring the song to life.
‘make it real’ is a discursive exploration of differing emotions through both music and lyrics. As Fractures explains:
‘‘The song itself is without narrative but if anything is told from the point of view of someone struggling to tell the difference between their waking life and what they’re seeing in their mind. Almost preferring to live in that internal space. Call it turmoil if you like”.
Washes of synth and a ticking rhythm contrast with Fractures’ pristine falsetto on ‘make it real’, and as it continues to build, the swelling production expands until the finality of the song’s crescendo. ‘make it real’ is an undeniably impressive collaboration, a successful meeting of the production nous of upsidedownhead and the strong melodic ability of Fractures.
The moniker of Sydney musical director/ producer/ writer Ross James, upsidedownhead has collaborated with some of Australia’s most-exciting talent over the course of his musical journey, including Mansionair, E^ST, Tom Snowdon, Vera Blue, Vallis Alps and PLGRMS. He has also remixed songs from Broods and King Henry.
Despite the tough circumstances of the year, upsidedownhead has had an impressive 2020, with the release of previous singles ‘open the sky (ft Tom Snowdon)’ and ‘twice as tough (ft Mansionair)’, the latter of which premiered on Clash Magazine and has accumulated over 1M streams across DSPs and Amazon’s global playlists Pop Lab and Chill Generation (US, UK and Germany). Previous upsidedownhead singles have also seen extensive support from Apple Music globally with tracks featuring in Today’s Chill, Unwind, Chill and many more.
Born out of studio experimentation, Fractures is the moniker of Mark Zito. Having started on a path of electronic pop, his journey has since deviated to darker alternative indie band-oriented music delivered on 2017’s debut album Still Here, with lead single ‘Lowcast’ gaining full rotation on triple J and leading to sold out shows Australia-wide. Over the course of 2020, Zito has written and produced both an EP and a full-length album of dance floor inspired tunes ready for release in early 2021.