Tobias Hengeveld delivers thick, angular pop hooks, and melodic twists around stories told with wry candour.
Following 2014’s acclaimed release The Daylight Express, Melbourne songwriter Tobias Hengeveld returns with the soulful, shuffling Separation Street; the latest single, lifted from his anticipated third album, Naughts & Ones.
Due for release April 2019, Naughts & Ones is a triumphant mirror-maze of snappy pop tunes that throw into sharp relief, the remnant streaks of dark rock Hengeveld is better known for.
Written slowly, the songs were reimagined at lightning-speed in collaboration with producer/drummer Rohan Sforcina (Four Hundred Acres/Oh Mercy/Dune Rats). The process breathed energy and the air of surprise into a sound that plumbs ever-deeper, Tobias’ formative experiences of music. The indelible melodies of childhood radio hits by the likes of XTC, Splits Enz, The Stranglers, Roxy Music and The Church were the situational influences that moulded his signature bent for song construction.
“Hengeveld casts some uncanny spell over the ears - not to mention the heart and head as well.” (Triple J Unearthed Crew)