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Ex-Olympian

What comes next? What’s over the horizon? 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 also reflects those times we all need to shift things forward into a new phase. Musically, things are shifting gears too. Debut single ‘Voices in My Head’ is the A side of a new 7” record out Friday July 31st, in a partnership between two Melbourne icons: Northside Records & Remote Control Records. It’s also Liam’s vocal debut.

VIMH is a cinematic, skittish song about scrambling to reconcile the many voices of today’s world in your head… about trying to find yourself amongst a mess of self doubt, social media envy and climate anxiety. It’s disco-tinged ‘B Side’’ Lilac Youth’ is a meditation on the dangers of losing yourself to nostalgia and ego, on focusing on past glories. The song (co-written and sung by former Saskwatch bandmate Nkechi Anele) is a nice soulful moment, where past and present align together.

Dream Funk is the official moniker for Liam’s music (as coined by Northside Records’ head-honcho Chris Gill). With a focus on soaring melodies and lush arrangements, it takes cues from the music of heroes Reneé Geyer, The Avalanches, Arthur Verocai and Badbadnotgood. Recorded with a raft of pals back in 2017 with Cal Barter at the wheel, it was then handed to fellow friend and confidant Haima Marriott, who mixed and co-produced the songs with Liam.

Like all good things… it’s taken time. We hope you’ll enjoy, Ex-Olympian.