« The Return Of The Hypnotist ». That’s what you’d be likely to loudly proclaim on the occasion of the release of « drift », second album of Australia’s legendary The Apartments.
On this first three song EP (released in 1979 by Able Label, a record company founded by the Go Betweens), Peter Walsh revealed his dark and delicate world, with songs like ‘Help’, ‘Nobody Like You’ or ‘Refugee’.
Despite an on and off and nomadic career (from disenchantment and renunciation to the obsession of perfection), despite some behind the curtain chapters, Peter Walsh’s compositions never left us, since « the evening visits…and stays for years » (1985), their first LP composed in Brisbane inside a disused factory.
The Apartments are not back, they’ve actually always been with us. The handful of French concerts Peter Walsh made in 2009, with members of the band 49 Swimming Pools (thanks to journalist Emmanuel Tellier’s passion and right words) can only confirm this impression.
« Drift » was universally praised by the critic when released in 1993. Composed in London where Peter Walsh then lived, it is a collection of unclassified dark pieces, a timeless masterpiece, the remarkable class of a songwritter, the obsessional record of an aching mind. Sold out for many years, it became necessary to release this one again. Three unreleased songs are present on this remastered version (tape recorded demos from 1986: ‘You Wanna Cry, STOP, I’m the Staying Kind’, which were composed as a response to the rumour saying that Dusty Springfield was going back on stage.
Peter wanted her to appropriate this song). When you listen to the songs today, you can hear the very same emotion than eighteen years earlier. The energy and the pride which comes out of the compositions and the ardour present in ‘What’s Left of Your Nerve’ make these songs all the more topical and priceless.
In december 2012, The Apartments toured France, playing a series of (already mythical) shows in venues across France together with 49 Swimming Pools, along with some acoustic sideshows in art galleries & stores.
For this tour, The Apartments had a seven piece band - with guitars, bass, drums, violin, tambourines and percussion, singers, piano, organ and trumpet. Amanda Brown formerly of The Go-Betweens was on violin and vocals and Nick Allum, who had played in the finest English incarnation of The Apartments, was on drums. Wayne Connolly from Australian band, Knievel, played guitar.
Early on in the tour, the band dropped into the studios of France Musique to record a beautiful live session for Vincent Theval’s Label Pop program, a French public radio show that is broadcast & streamed to a devoted audience at 10.30 each Monday night. This live recording, "Seven Songs", has been be released on Talitres, vinyl (quickly sold out) & digital.