TWO LIONS DELVE INTO BELLY OF WHALE / by Kylie Cobb

Northern NSW folk duo, Two Lions release a well-crafted, haunting track, Belly of the Whale, as a prelude to the upcoming release of their debut, self-titled EP.

Having shared the stage this year with Clare Bowditch on her Winter Secrets Tour, as well as supported Ash Grunwald and Busby Marou, Chris and Kara Mallory are thrilled to officially release their music for the first time.

We’ve been blessed to work with some amazing people on these recordings, including Jordan Power, who has worked with talented artists like Xavier Rudd and Angus & Julia Stone,” said Chris, “We feel like our music has gone to a new level and we couldn’t resist releasing ‘Belly of the Whale’ early.

Through Belly of the Whale Chris and Kara explore the modern day musician's struggles to find a place in the world. "This  song is loosely based on the Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale," explains Chris, "The rich imagery of Jonah’s journey into the belly of the whale mirrors my own sometimes turbulent path as an artist struggling to express myself.”

The ominous vibe of the track is established from the outset with Vinny LaDuce on drums and Scott Owen on the Double Bass. The addition of harmonica and banjo/mandolin give depth to Chris' driving guitar rhythm.  The couple's emotive vocals begin subtly, then build in intensity coming to a crescendo when the Grail Singers Choir join the chorus, lifting the song to new heights.

Two Lions are looking forward to an exciting year releasing and performing their new music. Due for release in early 2015, the EP's lead single, Heading Home, was inspired by Chris and Kara's homeward journey from The Kimberley to Mullumbimby and sets the tone for this collection of warmhearted, antipodean folk music. 

Though the official release of the full EP isn’t scheduled until next February, Chris and Kara are making Belly of the Whale available now for free streaming and download via Triple J Unearthed.