UPDATE: Nic Center has announced a pair of album launch shows alongside his all-Italian live touring band the Milano Elettrica. See details below.
When Jet frontman Nic Cester announced his solo project earlier this year, he did so with a caveat of sorts. He wouldn’t be releasing any of the music, just yet. Instead, he would debut the new music live in a series of shows, backed by the all-Italian band The Milano Elettrica, allowing the music to come alive first on stage.
For those that caught his Bluesfest performance or handful of sideshows, that is where the memory of Cester’s new solo music has remained. Until today. Having allowed that first live taste to sink in for a few months, Cester has unveiled ‘Psichebello’, the first single from his debut solo album Sugar Rush. And we’re proud as punch to be premiering the track’s brand new video to boot.
Swelling with psychedelic undertones and harmonies, ‘Psichebello’ showcases a softer side of the Jet frontman’s distinct vocals. “Like most of the songs on the album I was enjoying flirting with different genres and then spinning them into something else,” explains Cester. “‘Psichebello’ is the most psychedelic track on the album and the moment that highlights the abilities of the amazing Italian musicians who I had the pleasure to record with.”
“After listening to the track a bunch of times a really clear image emerged,” the clip’s director Dr D Foothead tells Music Feeds. “I saw an environment where ideas live and float about waiting to travel through and manifest in the world. I wanted to try and tell the story of an idea passing through into another reality where it would affect and transform the beings who lived there.”
Sugar Rush is a passion project for Cester who has lived between Berlin, Milan and Como over the past seven years. The album was recorded with Italian band Calibro 35 and produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age).
Sugar Rush is due out Friday, 3rd November. Pre-order the album here. Until then, give the new single a spin here below.
Nic Cester ‘Sugar Rush’ Launch Shows
Tuesday, 31st October
Thursday, 2nd November
Memo Music Hall, St Kilda