Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.
In this Love Letter To A Record series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.
Dominique Morgan, MINIQ – Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino (2018)
You will never know how much you and your music has nurtured me through one of the
most challenging life experiences, I have had to date.
Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino was the only album — or music in general — I was able to listen to for months without crying. It’s neutral, and sophisticated mood allowed me to keep my cool when all I wanted to do was lose it. It shifted my direction in music and writing into what it is now.
Listening to you now is strange. I have memories of those rough months, but the music is no longer an escape from reality. Today I sing along to your brilliant lyrics and appreciate the genius within each track with pure enjoyment.
This is a love letter of appreciation, gratitude and admiration.
MINIQ are a NSW Central Coast-based indie-rock duo who’ve just unveiled their compelling new single ‘Space Cowboy’ – produced and mixed by Simon Dobson (Bootleg Rascal, Little May, Stupid Baby) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Arctic Monkeys, The Kills, The Black Keys).
“I was in a pretty toxic relationship that I finally ended and with no intention I met this Space Cowboy who swept me off my feet,” explains lead singer Dominque Morgan.
“‘Space Cowboy’ was his nickname because he was always getting loose and partying hard and for that reason, I thought that when we met it was nothing serious. In my head, he was hot and I was single but now, two years later here we are running a business together, saving for a house and are happy as Larry.”
A dark, bewitching love song with its head firmly in the stars, the slow-burning ‘Space Cowboy’ sounds like it was plucked from the opening credits of a Sundance-acclaimed sci-fi romance.