In 1999, Zander sat enthralled on the floor of his parents’ Yorkshire home, as his father picked the opening line from Wish You Were Here on an old Yamaha guitar. It was a feat he thought would be nearly impossible to replicate, but the spark was lit in Zander’s imagination.
Now living 10,000 miles away in Australia’s Sunshine State, Zander Rhodes is an electrifying solo artist making waves in the East Coast indie folk scene. Inspired by the beautiful country surrounding him, his music ‘sparks a feeling of nostalgia and longing, romanticising movement, travel and love on the road’ (Happy Mag). Zander’s debut EP, ‘Whiny Folk Songs’ (2019) was hailed as ‘a masterclass in songwriting’ (Luke Saunders), drawing comparisons to local contemporaries Kyle Lionhart, Ziggy Alberts, and Tay Oskee.
Fresh out of the studio with legendary producer Brock Weston (of Bugs fame), Zander’s second EP ‘The Great Unknown’ promises a contemporary sound that sits between indie folk and Australiana-tinged alt-country. Though Zander has ‘always been drawn to the storytelling element of [traditional] folk music’ (Music Is My Muse), his upcoming releases showcase a diverse array of influences, including blues, roots, and soul. Zander’s first single of the year, ‘Falling’, launches on 24 July. It is a joyfully creative, sun-laden tribute to lost love, drenched with powerful vocal harmonies.