$50 VINYL LP ONLY AVAILABLE NOW (comes with digital download)
Datson Hughes will be touring their debut album in the new year. For dates, follow them on Songkick. In the meantime, there will be a few vinyl preview shows.
FLOWERS AND THE AXE LP VINYL
PRAISE FOR WHISPERING HIGHWAY
"Their latest 5 track EP is a thing of great beauty, shimmering it's way into your brain like a jewel encrusted earwig."
'Mountain music, they used to call it. Made by people who lived up in the hills, in the backwoods; people who often made their own instruments, and certainly made their own rules and their own fun. Datson+Hughes live in the hinterlands behind the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland, where it’s a lot more lush than it ever was in the Appalachians, and they make their own brand of mountain music. It is appropriately lush, a blend of everything and nothing they’ve carried with them from the inner-inner-city post-punk art-rock demi-monde plus a few new things they’ve found up in the hills and use in that same DIY spirit, most principally an age-and-environment-induced stillness that allows for introspection... On their new EP Whispering Highway, Datson+Hughes write songs out of their own harmonic system, beholden only to themselves, reflections on lives well lived, on hurdles and loss and regrets surmounted, that end up in the moment, on the spiritual quest on-going… the climb to the top of the mountain…'
Clinton Walker (author and cultural commentator)
'...playing Datson Hughes' Whispering Highway EP for the third time today. It's so rare that I repeat a play with so much music to hear... It's a blend of all of my favourite Folk/Psych records. Plus something more. A step beyond into the realm of truth and beauty...I can hear his experiences. I can feel him searching for the right words, the right vocal delivery. The right balance of love and control. It's dark and evocative, with a bright and hopeful tenderness streaming through in the form of those celestial female vocals and some crystalline guitar sounds that crack and splinter ... rays of light and salvation that break through dark clouds of loss and sorrow.
An instant classic to be poured and pondered over for years to come. Enjoyed with a glass of wine in hand, eyes closed and then again with pen and pad, as I sit and marvel in celebration with an artist's gentle envy and an admirers analysis. Congratulations on such a beautiful piece work. A favourite!'
Khristian Mizzi (singer songwiter)
"... Macksville - I hear a classic song about our country. ... it is certainly a beautifully crafted sound. ..."
Tom Kristensen (Singer Songwriter, Love Me)