Born: 1983 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Wyatt Moss-Wellington is a progressive folk musician, an idiosyncratic vocalist and guitarist, a composer of humanistic narratives in songform and a swell bloke.
He currently provides mandolin and vocal services to bombastic Sydney newgrass band The Lunch Mothers and steals occasional time to work on a third studio album.
Moss-Wellington’s second album, Gen Y Irony Stole My Heart, released in 2011 and has been called “sophisticated … touching … enchanting … beautiful” (Sydney Morning Herald); “He can reach places with his writing that others can’t” (Alternative Media Group); and, “Should come with a sticker that reads: Warning: guaranteed to destroy all your staid, stereotypical notions of folk music for good … unerring humanity … scholastic rigor … downright titillating … deranged therapy” (Progression magazine).
The album features Sydney luminaries Hamish Stuart on drums, Abel Cross on double bass, Ian Watson on violin, with Louise Nutting and Nina Stamell on harmony vocals.
Also in 2011, Moss-Wellington recorded and produced singles for Gold Star Band, Bud Petal and Christian Perrin, as well as providing guitar and harmony vocals to Expressionist-jazz-pop outfit Wartime Sweethearts’ debut Pancake Orion.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s John Shand said of Moss-Wellington’s 2009 debut, The Supermarket and the Turncoat, “Challenging preconceptions of song structure, guitar and vocal techniques, subject matter and stylistic homogeneity … the listener is bounced between satire and aching tenderness, power chords and delicate finger-picking - sometimes all within one line! Moss-Wellington makes most of his peers sound like they have never fully considered the breadth of options open to them.”
Moss-Wellington has been playing piano for as long as he can remember, guitar since 13, mandolin since someone handed him one on his 21st birthday and voice since he learned to squawk at his sister and parents almost immediately on disembarking the womb. He grew up picking out Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson and Nanci Griffith folk songs on his guitar before being exposed to avant-progressive and Canterbury scene music.
Moss-Wellington is currently engaged in a research project on humanism in the cinema of John Sayles at the University of Sydney and writes at journalisnt.net. An EPK is available at wyattmosswellington.com including hi res images.
Gen Y Irony Stole My Heart
Tracks: Intro; Coming Down; Spencer; PSA: Sour Visits Sonic Chemical Plant in Dark Castle; Arguments; Portnoy’s Sanction (Sex is Pretty Good); Hammond Song; Wyatt’s Gangsta Rap Yea Pwned; Screaming for Some Peace; 40th Anniversary; Love Song Louise vol. 2; Prelude to a Sanitary Apocalypse; The Suicide Bomber; Alifib
Personnel: Wyatt Moss-Wellington: lead and backup vocals, all guitars, bass, mandolin, keys, piano, objects lying about the place, beats and programming. Ian Watson: violin. Hamish Stuart: drums. Abel Cross: double bass. David Nutting: tuba wah. Louise Nutting: harmony vocals. Nina Stamell: harmony vocals.
The Supermarket and the Turncoat
Tracks: Sydney Love Song; The Wrong Song; Plagiarism Blues; I Come From Nepal; Natural Intelligence; The Most Stressful Car in the World; Leila; The Supermarket; The Turncoat; A Lonely World; Canterbury Eulogy 2006; James Blunt Is Stalking Me
Personnel: Wyatt Moss-Wellington: guitar and vocals.
As A Side Musician
Tracks: Homing Pigeon; A Sea Ceiling; Bee Bop; Each to Their Own; Rough Ruby; I Am the Mess; Hungry for Heat; Warmest Chord; Camel Lounge; The Wool Wearer; Your Button
Personnel: Louise Nutting: lead vocals and keys. Wyatt Moss-Wellington: guitar and harmony vocals. Hamish Stuart: drums. Abel Cross: double bass. Ian Watson: violin.
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