The Afterlife. What comes next? Ex-Olympian is the new musical vessel for Liam McGorry – songwriter & musician for bands such as Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins. Named after the neon sign that adorns ‘Borsari’s Corner’ in Melbourne’s Lygon St, Ex-Olympian reflects the times we all need to shift things forward into a new phase. His debut record Afterlife saw McGorry received additions across Double J and national community radio play from 2SER, RRR, FBi, PBS, 4ZZZ and RTR.
Afterlife is a record about growing, moving on and learning from your mistakes. About finding yourself again and making the road by walking. Written and recorded over a 3 year period (in a series of phases), spurred by the want to be more involved in the playing & creation side of music, after playing in larger groups for years. Chipping away on songs in his own studio space for that time, inviting in some friends to play on different songs, and then tied together with friend and producer John Castle. What started as a quest to do more on ones own, became the realisation that music is truly a series of collaborations to be enjoyed together.
Musically for Liam, it’s also a return to making soul music. While always being there as an influence, it hasn’t been so overt since the early days of Saskwatch. Dream Funk is the official term, channeling heroes Renee Geyer, Arthur Verocai, Badbadnotgood and The Avalanches in with his own songwriting sound. It’s a return here too to working with the Dot Dash & Remote Control family, long-time supporters of Liam’s from Saskwatch to Dorsal Fins to now. In divisive times, What would you take with you into the Afterlife? Connection.
Afterlife Remixed is a fresh take on Ex-Olympian’s 2020 debut Afterlife, calling on some friends, favourite musicians & DJs to rework some of their favourite songs on the record – giving them an Afterlife of their own. Afterlife Remixed is out Friday 9 April via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.
The original record itself was influenced by themes of starting again, trial & error, renewal and dialogue. Liam McGorry aka Ex-Olympian says: “In this way, I thought it would be interesting to extend that dialogue and ask those same friends to reinterpret the works they have helped inspire in the first place”.
Featuring reworks by the College of Knowledge, GL, Alice Ivy, Katarzyna Wiktorski, Penny Dub, Pepito and Mike Gurrieri, it slides across the musical spectrum from Jazz to Soul, Acid House and Funk from song to song.
The first single from the EP is a College of Knowledge reworking of the stunning ‘Lilac Youth’. Channeling the spirit of David Axelrod himself, the College flip the original in a long form funky meditation, like only they can… featuring some lyrical Farfisa melodies, intricate Guitar lines and soulful Hohner D6 Clavinet.
Praise for Ex-Olympian
“He has hit his stride” – The Age / Sydney Morning Herald (Mikey Cahill)
“a wonderful introduction to the world of “Dream Funk”” – AU Review
“The vintage disco-infused production sounds so effortless, which is quite funny because when you start to really listen it’s pretty apparent that a lot of work has gone into making it sound so breezy. That’s without doubt one of the marks of a great artist.” – Double J
“You’ll get lost in the music of Ex-Olympian” – Mixdown Mag