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The Stress of Leisure

by The Stress of Leisure

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The Worry 03:15
The Rooster 03:17
Samantha 02:24
Calm It Down 03:13
The Park 03:30


"Brisbane musician and teacher Ian Powne is the man behind the self-titled, Stress of Leisure, a real treasure of a bedroom album, that was released independently late last year. And it is, dear reader, the best debut I've heard in a while. The iconic song, Jennifer Sharp ("She's an accounts clerk from the city of London") is like The Go-Betweens' Lee Remick for the 21st century: "Her name in my inbox - send prickles all over my skin." Then there's the pop perfection of Calm It Down and Yoko's Presents. There are echoes of Lou Reed, David Bowie and Television. You can't be doing too badly when only the greats will do for comparison." - Pat Whyte (The Courier Mail)


released November 1, 2006

Ian Powne - vocals/guitars/keys
Tony Strong - drums, bass on 'The Rooster'
Dan Rowan - some bass, synth and ebow
Ben Lyons - bass on 'Jennifer Sharp'
Will Grahame - piano in 'The Park', organ in 'Samantha'
Cousin Andrew - phantom cowbell

All songs by Ian Powne.

Mostly recorded and mixed by Dan Rowan at Fracas Studios in Byron Bay (NSW, Australia); except 'Calm It Down', 'Apartment to Apartment' and 'I Had A Dream' which were recorded and mixed by Neil Coombe at The White Room Recording Studio in Mt. Nebo (Qld).

Mastered by Don Bartley.


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The Stress of Leisure Brisbane, Australia

The Stress of Leisure is Ian Powne, Pascalle Burton, Jessica Moore and Jane Elliott.

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