Vanity Is Forever is Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first album under his own name, and his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work yet.
O’Connor’s fractured romantic reflections and lustful tributes play out over vast synthscapes, colossal stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world that is at once ethereal and strikingly vivid.
With a combination of restraint and fearless abandon, O’Connor embraces the conflicts of modern love in a manner as ambiguous as it is blunt, and as shameless as it is generous. His songs indulge in ecstasy, love, pride, failure and all the glamorous contradictions they become. He is both an adult with a juvenile mind, and a geriatric in the body of a young man.
Painstakingly refined over two years, Vanity Is Forever is O’Connor’s most fully-realised album to date, an epic pop melodrama that shifts seamlessly between seductive high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry.
Recently, O’Connor has mesmerised audiences with an extravagant live show of dueling synthesizers, lazers, light sculptures and hypnotic projections. His diverse solo output – under both his own name and previous solo moniker Sly Hats – has seen him handpicked to support a the likes of Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman, School Of Seven Bells, Andrew Bird and First Aid Kit.
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Melbourne’s leading synth sensualist is proud as punch to unveil his new single Proud, taken from his stunning debut album Vanity is Forever (click on the pic to check out the video). A melancholically breezy ode to a faded relationship, Proud finds Geoffrey backed by ghostly harmonies and the keening strains of that most underutilised [...]
Crayon Fields frontman turned sultry synthmeister Geoffrey O’Connor is launching his new solo album Vanity Is Forever, starting this week in Melbourne.
To celebrate, Chapter is offering a special two-for-one deal. For a limited time, Australian customers who buy Vanity Is Forever on CD from the Chapter webstore will receive a free copy of Geoffrey’s 2007 [...]
Geoffrey O’Connor, frontman for Australian euphoric pop sprites Crayon Fields, is stepping out from behind his previous solo moniker Sly Hats to stand exposed to the world as a solo artist under his own name.
Crayon Fields released their unruffled, dreamy debut Animal Bells in 2006. That album’s rapturous popular and critical reception (Pitchfork, for one, [...]
Premiered on Pitchfork today in downloadable form (check it out here), Whatever Leads Me To You is the lead single from Vanity Is Forever, Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first album under his own name.
The song’s richly-cultivated seduction fantasy plays out over wide-screen synthscapes, classic stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world at [...]
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CRAYON FIELDS’ GEOFFREY O’CONNOR RELEASES VANITY IS FOREVER, OUT SEPTEMBER 24 via CHAPTER MUSIC
Vanity Is Forever, released in Australia by Chapter Music on September 24 (Sep 27 in the US), is the first album under his own name from Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor. In his most ambitious, dynamic [...]