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I recently remixed and remastered ‘Scary Poppins’ and I decided to make the new versions available as a reissue. It will also include a previously unavailable alternate version of ‘Scapegoat’. All the tracks are available as free downloads (at 320 kbps) on Soundcloud.

Some previously unavailable songs from my forthcoming album “Advice To The Wayfarer” are now free to download on Soundcloud. The first, titled Everafter has been likened to David Bowie (surprise surprise), Peter Hammill and Benjamin Britten. I’m told that it sounds like a combination of operatic folk, art rock, contemporary classical and baroque pop. Genres remain a mystery to me so I can’t really comment on that.

The most recent song I’ve uploaded is called Private Playground. It is allegedly a combination of Mod revival, soul, British beat, power pop, freakbeat, psych folk, britpop and Mod R&B. I’ve been informed that it’s reminiscent of The Who, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, the Beatles and Pink Floyd. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve written before due to it’s noticeably upbeat nature.

A while back I was asked what my song ‘Fade Away’ was about. I summarised it as best I could like this:

“Fade Away is about trying to help people who, after being hurt, have reacted by hurting others. The tendency for certain minorities to be demonised for societies problems is also a theme in the song. Above all I wanted to convey that those who love the most live the most.”

‘The Mad Pride’ is the brainchild of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Rowan Galagher. Having been compared to Syd Barrett, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Radiohead and Leonard Cohen, all attempts to pigeon-hole his music within a genre-based paradigm of stylistic reductionism have failed.

During 2009 and 2010 Rowan released 3 original albums in which he moved seamlessly from avant-garde psych-folk experimentation to neoclassical soundscapes and beyond. His DIY ethic has motivated him to play the majority of the instruments himself and record them alone in his Wollongong based apartment.

With an uncompromising commitment to emotional authenticity and a wider goal of positive social change, Rowan is driven to make honest and progressive music. He is constantly pushing the boundaries of conventional genres and seeks to forge a new platform in the contemporary musical landscape. It would appear that he is succeeding at this as, aside from the aforementioned artists, Rowan’s music has also been compared to Jacques Brel, Mr Bungle, Danny Elfman, Jeff Martin, Muse, Grizzly Bear, Midlake and David Sylvian.

‘The Mad Pride’ is a reference to the mass movement known as ‘Mad Pride’. “Mad Pride activists seek to re-educate the general public on such subjects as the causes of mental disorders, the experiences of those using the mental health system, and the global suicide pandemic.”