Beloved Australian singer-songwriter and multi ARIA winning artist Alex Lloyd has announced he will commemorate the 20th anniversary of his 1999 debut masterwork Black The Sun with a series of National shows this October & November featuring the album’s original line-up, and for the first time ever, the entire double platinum-selling record played in full.
When Alex Lloyd dropped his debut album Black The Sun in 1999 it was on an unsuspecting public that quickly fell for and embraced the quirky collection of electronica inspired pop gems he had crafted with producer and Psychedelic Furs member, Ed Buller. Under the producer’s guiding hand, Lloyd’s deft amalgam of exploratory electronics and heartfelt bedsit balladry – which included the singles “Black The Sun”, “Lucky Star”, “Something Special” and “My Way Home” – went on to win triple j’s album of the year and the ARIAs for Best New Artist and Best Male Artist, igniting a long-lasting affair with a nation of music lovers and critics alike.
On its release Black The Sun virtually came from nowhere bringing with it a new artist who seemed to be pulled from the ether with his craft already fully formed on arrival. Though Lloyd had been treading the boards since his teenage years (and later at local pubs with the likes of early bands, The Beefs and Mother Hubbard), this new Alex Lloyd chapter was something different entirely … assured, accomplished and with its electro textures, perfectly timed for the zeitgeist. From nowhere all of a sudden it was everywhere, dominating the nation’s airwaves it peaked in the top ten of the ARIA national album chart and stayed in the top 50 albums for 28 weeks achieving further accolades & international recognition via the inclusion of the single ‘Lucky Star’ on the hit Australian movie ‘Two Hands’ (starring a young Heath Ledger & Rose Byrne) and album track ‘Snow’ appearing on US horror flick ‘The Scream 2. Rose Byrne also made one of her earliest ‘starring’ roles appearing in the video for ‘Black The Sun’.