Nobody Out There EP
Southie is Adelaide musician Tim Lucas, whose unique brand of folk pop combines acoustic guitar, piano and drum sequences, drawing on such influences as Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens and The Postal Service. This marks Southie's debut with a collection of truly varied folk pop songs. The edgy acoustic opener Wait Here connects two pulsing hearts, one earnest yet unsure, the other slow and steady, then spills into the desperate anthem of Silver Dimes, which strikes like a fist pounding against your chest. There is brightness in Hey Love and Your Arms (sweetened by the voice of Illicit Eve's Emily Smart), darker moments in songs like Dollars & Diamonds and Be Done (a song that echoes like a raw, rootsy death-rattle) while the energetic rock of Made of Metal climaxes in an unforgettable rallying of trumpets, voices, drums and guitars. The EP closes out with the eponymous track Nobody Out There, a soft, lonely call into the vast and empty night, that swells briefly to a powerful chant, before receding into the static hum of distant voices.