North Arm - I'm Awake





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Published on Nov 2, 2017

If Roderick Smith, the brainchild of North Arm, didn’t discover an old, dusty guitar in his sister’s cupboard at age 11, his life may have taken a completely different turn.

Growing up in Newcastle, Smith spent most school holidays with his large family in the sleepy coastal town of North Arm Cove – and the old guitar soon became a regular addition to these family trips. Smith says, “I used to strum this shitty nylon string guitar all the time. Eventually, I learned how to play a few chords and figured out some stuff. I was a pretty dorky kid, so the guitar was a great way for me to handle being a late bloomer.”

It’s no surprise, then, that Smith’s guitar melodies, which combine dreamy, hazy soundscapes punctuated with deceptively irresistible grooves, truly define his trademark North Arm sound.

Smith put his first band together when he was 16, and later returned to Newcastle to co-found Firekites in 2005. Now permanently Sydney-based, Smith has spent the past few years focusing on North Arm, and under his project’s moniker, has already released two EPs and a critically acclaimed self-titled album in 2015, which was, “really contemplative, and a nostalgic glimpse of a time and place spending summer holidays in a sun-drenched place like North Arm Cove.”

North Arm’s prolific output is about to deepen with the 2017 release of a new record 'Let Love Through', which Smith says is “a blend of past influences and music I’ve been listening to more recently.” At times, North Arm conjures the dreamy likes of Wild Nothing or DIIV with a slight tinge of Boards of Canada. At others, North Arm sharpens the pencil with crisp sounds reminiscent of The Whitest Boy Alive or Broken Social Scene.

Overall, 'Let Love Through' is a little heavier, a little pacier, and whole lot more direct. “If the first record was a snapchat of an 8-year-old red-headed boy on a BMX

North Arm Playlist - http://bit.ly/NorthArmPlaylist
Artist Spotify - http://bit.ly/NorthArm_Spotify


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