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Japanese Wallpaper to Release Long Awaited Debut EP

Japanese Wallpaper aka Gab Strum has already played some enormous festivals, has had a song in Triple J’s Hottest 100, and has been namechecked by Lord and Gotye. It’s about bloody time he got around to this EP business then. The Japanese Wallpaper EP will be released nationally through local lads Zero Through Nine on June 18.

In Strum’s defence, he has had a lot on his plate, what with touring and performing. That’s why, after squeezing one final headline tour in for 2015 in July before his Splendour in the Grass set, he is saying that’s enough for touring this year. He does, after all, have to find time to study for his high school finals.

Isn’t that astounding? Strum is still in high school. His ethereal, dense rhythms are already magical, but in the context of a teenager, are unbelievable. The EP is a collection of Japanese Wallpaper’s recordings for the past year, plus a new track exclusive to the EP. It features musicians at similar stages of their career, such as Airling, Wafia, Jesse Davidson and Pepa Knight.

Japanese Wallpaper’s electronica sets itself apart from the pack by its content matter: his music is very grounded, and stays well away from common themes of more mainstream electronica. “Electronic music is pretty entrenched in partying, He can't really do that, he can't go out and experience the scene in that way, so he could only make music that was the opposite of what everyone else was doing,” according to Zero Through Nine co-head Will Evans.

If you don’t think you can wait until Splendour in the Grass, you can catch Japanese Wallpaper on his East-Coast tour in February.

Japanese Wallpaper EP Tour

 

THU JULY 2

Black Bear Lodge

Brisbane

 

SAT JULY 4

Newtown Social Club (18+)

Sydney

 

SUN JULY 5

Newtown Social Club (AA)

Sydney

 

SAT JULY 11

Northcote Social Club (18+)

Melbourne

 

SUN JULY 12

Northcote Social Club (AA)

Melbourne

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