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Discography

FourPlay have recorded their fifth studio album, This Machine, and are set to release it later in 2014.

FourPlay have recorded four studio albums, and also released a remix album and a series of three 3″ CD singles. These were released independently (on FourPlay’s own label Smart Pussy Records). See below for information about those releases, and click on the links if you wish to purchase them from FourPlay’s own online shop, where they are available as mp3 downloads as well as CDs (which we will ship to anywhere in the world, within reason). The purchasing pages also feature in-page samples of all tracks on the albums.

Fourthcoming | Cat# SP005



Released 3rd July, 2009

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The majority of this material was written in November 2006, when the band holed up in Hobart, TAS, for a two week writers’ retreat. As it’s the fourth album, and has been forthcoming for a very long time, the band decided it was to be Fourthcoming forever. Yeah, we know.

The original pieces came together in many different ways: an arrangement very naturally developed around an original and sassy cabaret piece of Lara’s; Peter strummed a crazy hoedown on the cello, over which Tim and Lara created melodies while Shenzo pioneered the “banjola” solo; Tim created a bizarre and crunchy viola loop which inspired riffs that borrowed from M.I.A. and weird effects patches; Shenzo idly plucked a dream-like chord sequence over a funky viola-percussion loop; and when a dub jam transformed into drum’n’bass somewhere around the middle, the as-of-yet unrecognised desire by the world for d’n’b string quartet music was realised.

As for the tasty selection of covers, manager Jordan Verzar wisely suggested that Rage Against The Machine be considered, and what better than their most famous track “Killing In The Name”? While the politically-charged lyrics are gone from this instrumental version, none of the energy and power are lost in translation. Tim sang lead vocals for the first time on one of his favourite songs, Leonard Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat”, given a strikingly faithful rendition despite the instrumentation. Another favourite, The Cocteau Twins, brought blissful shoe gaze to the table, while the complex arrangements of indie superstar Sufjan Stevens soared when rendered through loops and agility.

As FourPlay is a band of highly time-poor individuals, it was decided that the recording of Fourthcoming was to be a unique event — a small space at the Canberra Street Theatre was hired for half a week, amps and a P.A. were lugged in, and the sound was perfected with the help of Liberty Kerr (live sound) and Justin Tresidder (recording engineer). Three performances were recorded in front of a lucky few, the best takes were chosen, and once again Magoo stepped in for the mixing. The result – a live album of new material, capturing once and for all the force of the band live!

The packaging is printed on 100% recycled paper. All greenhouse emissions form recording and production have been offset by: www.climatefriendly.com

Full tracklisting:

  1. Everything Was Going Fine… — original by Peter Hollo & FourPlay String Quartet
  2. Butter Girl — original by Lara Goodridge & FourPlay String Quartet
  3. Seekers Who Are Lovers — Cocteau Twins
  4. The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us! — Sufjan Stevens
  5. Venice Underwater — original by Shenzo Gregorio and FourPlay String Quartet
  6. A Grain of Truth — original by FourPlay String Quartet
  7. Rudd-a-dub Dub — original by FourPlay String Quartet
  8. Killing In The Name — Rage Against The Machine
  9. Spanish Castle Magic — Jimi Hendrix
  10. Where The Sun Don’t Shine — original by Tim Hollo & FourPlay String Quartet
  11. Famous Blue Raincoat — Leonard Cohen
  12. Lover Man — James Edward Davis, Ram Ramirez & Jimmy Sherman, originally performed by Billie Holliday

Now To The Future | Cat# SP004



Released 26th June, 2006

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FourPlay’s first album in too many years, Now To The Future is an amazing move forward. Produced by Brisbane’s genius Magoo, and engineered by Justin Tresidder, it runs the gamut from rock to roots, post-rock to world, with vocals from Lara gracing indie-pop anthems and a sultry jazz standard.

The packaging is printed on 100% recycled paper. All greenhouse emissions form recording and production have been offset by: www.climatefriendly.com

Full tracklisting:

  1. 2+2=5 — Radiohead
  2. Evolve or Decay — original by Lara Goodridge
  3. Downtown Nudnik — original by Peter Hollo
  4. You’ve Changed Your Tune — original by Peter Hollo, Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenton Gregory
  5. Reptilia — Julian Casablancas/The Strokes
  6. All Blues — Miles Davis
  7. Trust — original by Lara Goodridge
  8. Now To The Future — original by Peter Hollo, Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenton Gregory
  9. Bollyrock — original by Peter Hollo, Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenton Gregory
  10. Cry Me A River — Arthur Hamilton
  11. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Theme for Lester Young) — music: Charles Mingus; lyrics: Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  12. The Hunter — original by Lara Goodridge
  13. Appalachian Jam — original by Peter Hollo, Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Shenton Gregory

FourPlay 3″ trilogy parts 1-3 | Cat# SPS001-003




FourPlay’s gorgeously-packaged series of 3″ CD singles came out mainly as promo for the new album (Now To The Future). This is part 1, featuring the incendiary Strokes cover, a pop-punk number and a bit of live madness from some years back.

Tracklisting:

  1. Reptilia — Julian Casablancas/The Strokes
  2. Everything Was Going Fine — original by Peter Hollo
  3. Miserlou (live at the Basement, March 1999) — Traditional Greek, popularised by Dick Dale & his Del-Tones



This is part 2, featuring the world’s first swazz-klango piece (that’s swing-jazz-klezmer-tango, since you asked), some classic blues and a loungey reimagining of the lead track from part 3.

Tracklisting:

  1. Downtown Nudnik — original by Peter Hollo
  2. Drunken Hearted Man Blues — Robert Johnson
  3. Can’t Trust This — original by Lara Goodridge



This is part 3, featuring Lara’s beautiful indie-pop gem Trust, a wonderful remix by Adelaide’s Clue To Kalo, and a Paul Kelly cover. An all-vocal extravaganza!

Tracklisting:

  1. Trust — original by Lara Goodridge
  2. Trust (Clue To Kalo remix) — original by Lara Goodridge, remixed by Mark Mitchell
  3. You Can Put Your Shoes Under My Bed — Paul Kelly
 

The packaging is printed on 100% recycled paper. All greenhouse emissions form recording and production have been offset by: www.climatefriendly.com

Digital Manipulation — the FourPlay remix project | Cat# SP003



The love-child of FourPlay cellist Peter Hollo aka Raven, this album sees the familiarly beautiful sounds of this string quartet sampled, digitally manipulated and remixed by some of Australia’s most highly-regarded electronic artists.

The album features 26 remixes (and a hidden one) from such artists as B(if)tek, Black Lung (David Thrussell), Purdy, Sir Robbo and Machine Translations. A full run-down with artist bios and more can be found at www.fourplay.com.au/remixes.

The Joy Of… | Cat# SP002



The second album, featuring more of FourPlay’s original compositions, including the standout set closer “Gypsy Scream”. This album also extends their clever cover versions, whether combining Gabriel Fauré with the Velvet Underground, or covering Pop Will Eat Itself’s punk-rock hip-hop.

Full tracklisting:

  1. Domino — The Clouds
  2. Just Like U Said It Would B — Sinéad O’Connor
  3. August — original by Lara Goodridge
  4. Meshugganah (dub) — original by Peter Hollo
  5. Meshugganah (klezmer) — original by Peter Hollo
  6. Ich Bin Ein Auslander — Pop Will Eat Itself
  7. Breakfast In America — Supertramp
  8. The Boy From Ipanema — Antonio Carlos Jobim
  9. On The Road Again — Willie Nelson
  10. Cut Up — Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
  11. Lilli Pilli Drive — original by Peter Hollo, Tim Hollo, Lara Goodridge and Chris Emerson
  12. Gypsy Scream — original by Veren Grigorov
  13. Femme Fatale — The Velvet Underground, this version incorporating part of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré

Catgut Ya’ Tongue? | Cat# SP001



Catgut was FourPlay’s first release, featuring the infamous Metallica cover along with The Simpsons theme, the Beastie Boys’ "Sabotage" and Jeff Buckley’s "Grace". FourPlay’s originals are a highlight: the beautiful ambient composition "Languid, Yet…" and the grinding "Corrosion".

Full tracklisting:

  1. Theme from Dr Who — Ron Grainer, realised by Delia Derbyshire
  2. Corrosion — original by Peter Hollo and Chris Emerson
  3. Grace — Jeff Buckley and Gary Lucas
  4. My Baby Just Cares for Me — Nina Simone
  5. The 2 of Us — Suede
  6. Enter Sandman — Metallica
  7. Theme from The Simpsons — Danny Elfman
  8. Sabotage — The Beastie Boys
  9. The Ocean/Black Dog — Led Zeppelin
  10. The Sweetest Perfection — Depeche Mode
  11. Languid, Yet… — original by Peter Hollo
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