Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
Formerly known as Petrichoral, Purley Oaks is the solo recording project of Simon Bazeley – a lo-fi gift to your ears.
So what’s the deal?
With Bazeley spending the last few years producing music under Petrichoral’s moniker, the garage pop musician’s new sound has brought about a new name and new single for your listening pleasure.
Blue Skies announces itself on an unassuming intro intertwined with jangly guitar strumming and soaring synths that bring about visions of sunny summers and oodles of nostalgia from family holidays. Presenting itself as the soundtrack for days spent by the beach coddled up in an all too large beach blanket, the bass line to Purley Oaks official debut skips along the watery reverb, drenched in memories and more than meets the eye.
Accompanied by video footage taken between 1989 and 2003 from family home videos of the Bowen and Bazeley family across Perth, London, Amsterdam, Chicago and South Africa where Bazeley grew up, Blue Skies is the warmth of sunshine that peeks through your curtains early in the morning.