AT THE DRILL HALL: Melbourne artist and master pianist Hue Blanes.
AT THE DRILL HALL: Melbourne artist and master pianist Hue Blanes. Jade Cantwell

Hue Blanes: A song for Fernando, an album for the shaman

FERNANDO is piano fiend and singer-songwriter Hue Blanes' latest single.

The PBS Young Elder of Jazz 2017 and 2017 Green Room multiple nominee released the new single as part of his sophomore record, Holiday, a darkly song cycle full of modern poetry.

Holiday is a bleakly comic song cycle featuring Hue's singing and piano.

The artists said the album was written over a two year period and was heavily influenced by his troubled and anxious state of mind at the time.

"The album was written while I was living with a schizophrenic golfing marijuana shaman who spent eight hours a day shaking maracas on his knees whilst massaging himself and giving complex advice on posture and world politics to the other housemates and myself," he said.

"Things needed to change. I wrote songs and got some new housemates. Meanwhile the shaman is living in a volcano in Nicaragua."

The release contains a story of loneliness, despair and the difficult search for meaning among the everyday tedium of being human, told in Hue's trademark wryly moving style.

Speaking on the single, Fernando, Hue said the song is about a troubled world famous Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo.

"It is about him and what I may have in common with him," he said.

"I was wondering if hugely successful sports players suffered loneliness and anxiety and when I read a story about one of my favourite players - Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, from Brazil - having a setback before a crucial game in the World Cup, I decided to write about the story from my perspective."

The song has been paired with a simple, poignant video clip that follows Hue Blanes as he walks apparently aimlessly around the streets of Brunswick (Melbourne).



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