‘Risen’ is the fourth song to be taken off Willaris. K’s debut Alchemy EP, a full 7-track mini album that moves between thick industrial techno and sparse pensive melodic moments. The Alchemy EP features his previous singles - the debut single ‘Alchemy’ that saw Willaris. K break through with airplay on triple j and Sydney’s FBi Radio, followed by ‘River Song’ and ‘Dour Nights’ which was named by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong as his Essential New Tune - as well as four new tracks, which together explore themes of transience, movement, darkness and currents.
They all capture the period of time where McAllister went from being an electrical instrument technician working the state border substations by day and bedroom producer by night to a full-time musician, songwriter and producer. In that process, the piano-trained artist grappled with the frustration, self-doubt, introspection and triumph that comes with change. Alchemy was written over a period of almost two years spent creeping in and out of underground raves, digging up and twisting old samples, or recording the bones of songs as iPhone voice memos and then building them out.
“The tracks are a reflection of my life at that time,” he says. “It was a big transition period for my mindset, going from music being a fun hobby with no pressure, to self doubt, to finally backing myself. Eventually, I let go of the expectations I'd put upon myself realised I can make whatever I want, because that's where the most interesting ideas came from.”
Many of the tracks on the EP were built with his live shows in mind — which makes sense, given Willaris. K was born when Jack started making edits to play in his DJ sets.
But the overarching vision for Willaris.K’s music has always been simple: “It has to make me feel something on an extreme scale.”
The Alchemy EP follows a whirlwind 2017 that saw Willaris. K sign with tastemaker label Soothsayer and international talent agency WME, as well as stepping up for sets around Australia, New Zealand, America and Europe. Willaris. K's EP release week saw him play a sunrise set at a warehouse in Slovenia supporting Joris Voorn, a heaving DJ set at iconic Berlin club Watergate and hypnotising a packed tent at Dublin's Forbidden Fruit Festival - his debut European festival. Watch it back here.
Across the span of those 4 tracks – which were accompanied by an arresting 12 minute video trilogy for River Song/Dour Nights – McAllister played an unrivalled number of festival shows in Australia and New Zealand. In 12 months, the brand new artist graced festival audiences with over 25 live sets brimming with his trademark punk-influenced stage presence - all ahead of his international debut at Coachella this April and debut sold out headline tour including two sold out nights at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and three nights in Melbourne at the Northcote Social Club (x2) and Hugs & Kisses.
Fans of Willaris. K can catch him on the road this September/October across his national EP tour. See dates and details below.
WILLARIS. K ALCHEMY EP TOUR
Sat 29 Sept - Jack Rabbit Slim's, Perth (TIX)
Thurs 4 Oct - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (TIX) *SELLING FAST
Fri 5 Oct - Corner Hotel, Melbourne (SOLD OUT)
Sat 6 Oct - Metro Theatre, Sydney (TIX) *SELLING FAST
Fri 12 Oct - Fat Controller, Adelaide (TIX)
Sat 13 Oct - The Triffid, Brisbane (TIX)
Tickets on-sale now.
The Alchemy EP is out today via Soothsayer (ANZ).
Buy/stream it here.
Alchemy EP Track Listing