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Rob Carroll

In January 2016, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific indie-pop artists, Jinja Safari, announced that they would be calling it a day and eventually unveiling a final album as a parting gift to fans. Today the band is proud to finally announce the last record will be released via a two-part series titled ‘Crescent Head’ (due this month) and have also revealed a teaser track lifted from the album titled ‘So Much’.

‘So Much’ is a beautifully arranged melancholy number, driven by emotive and uplifting anthemic choruses, which are furthered complimented by its eclectic verses layered with string arrangements, sitar, glockenspiel and gorgeous harmonies. Along with the track, the group has also pieced together an endearing accompanying video capturing the last six years of their impressive career.

Marcus Azon and Pepa Knight first formed Jinja Safari in 2010 after meeting in NSW Crescent Head and played their first show to family and friends in a forest on the NSW Central Coast. In the following months they would take out the prize for triple j Unearthed’s Splendour In The Grass competition, which was largely responsible for launching their career.

Vocalist/Guitarist Marcus Azon explains the motivation behind releasing the records –

There was creative freedom in this process, as the main incentive for writing and releasing the songs was simply to give a little bit more music to the fans who had supported us for 6 odd years.”

The quintet went on to sell out numerous headline shows and performed at several mainstay local and international festivals including The Great Escape, Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, and Bestival in the UK. After taking some time out following the release of their debut 2013 album, the quintet re-emerged in 2015 to play what would be their final shows. 

As both founding members met, wrote and recorded a lot of the twenty-one tracks from their final records at Crescent Head, they felt it was only fitting to name the album after the small beachside town.  

In the coming weeks, Jinja Safari will release Crescent Head: Part one (17 August) and Part two (24 August) independently and will be available through all good digital retailers. 

‘So Much’ is now available to stream on Soundcloud