Lovable singer/songwriter Bobby Maguire has today announced his new single Moving to the City, a gorgeous song written to inspire self-confidence in the young artist before a massive life change, out <<>>. The song is also accompanied by a charming clip, self-made by the artist and his friends and family, and reflects a hilarious, whimsical journey from the country to the city. Moving to the City is the first taste of Bobby Maguire’s debut album of the same name, out <<>>. To celebrate, Bobby will be playing a very special, intimate hometown show at Elixir Bar in Cairns on November 29.
Moving to the City is a folky, chirpy track, and it’s pretty hard not to smile as the honest, uplifting lyrics play out. It’s refreshing to allow this acoustic guitar-driven track to wash over and perhaps reminisce about moving from a childhood home to a college dorm or first sharehouse. It’s sentimental, but fun, and exudes enthusiasm and anticipation, as Bobby explains, “Moving to the City was inspired by bands like The Cure and The Kooks, Moving to the City deals with the loss of a past life as well as growth and a need to move forward with a new chapter. I wrote this song as a form of encouragement for myself to embrace this new journey.”
The clip to Moving to the City is charming in its lofi nature, and a truly funny watch, particularly to anyone who has been a victim to the often-disastrous search for the right rental property. Entirely self-made, with the help of good friends and family, the clip has a lovable, quirky edge, and showcases a comedic side to this talented young artist. Speaking on the making of the clip, Bobby says, “The video clip is raw, fun, quirky and doesn’t take itself too seriously in order to reflect the sunny, lively feel of the song. It features me playing multiple characters and was shot with a minimal budget, and the aim of the clip is to connect with the audience on a down-to-earth level, so that they don’t get lost in gloss and feel more connected to the song.”
Bobby’s debut album Moving to the City is a heartwarming, painstakingly curated collection of brilliant, sharp songwriting. Upbeat, yet emotive, listeners will be buoyed by the sweet lyricism in Black Dog and Get What You Take, and compelled to the dancefloor by tracks Ifs and Maybes and Outta My Head. Recorded with Cairns-based Kris Hutchinson, and evocative of Thirsty Merc and Bernard Fanning, Moving to the City is a coming of age story, as Bobby describes, “The album follows my musical journey so far, beginning with uplifting tracks Moving to the City and Home which I began writing when I was fifteen. As the album progresses a more punk rock feel emerges through songs Fight the Fear, Game and The Messenger which mirror battles with identity, dependence and anger. Introspection is also woven through the album with songs like Black Dogwhich speaks of mental health issues from a friend’s perspective, as well as Get What You Take which is about accountability for your actions, as well as self acceptance and love. Before production began I already had ten self produced demos with all the instruments and arrangements finalised. These complete demos helped me secure a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, which enabled me to begin recording with Kris Hutchinson. Kris had great advice, amazing patience and even played bass on a few tracks.”
Bobby Maguire will be celebrating the release of his new single and debut album with an intimate show at Elixir Bar in his hometown of Cairns on November 29. Giving a taste of what to expect from the exclusive show, Bobby enthuses, “I’m pumped! It has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to showcase these new songs. At my shows, as well as performing with the band, I also do solo acoustic songs featuring live guitar looping and re-compositions of my songs.”