Geoffrey O’Connor

Frontman for euphoric pop band Crayon Fields stands exposed to the world as a solo artist.


 

Crayon Fields released their unruffled, dreamy debut Animal Bells in 2006. That album’s rapturous popular and critical reception saw the band play shows with the likes of Peter Bjorn & John, Cornelius, Deerhoof and the Dirty Three.

In 2007, Geoffrey followed up with a solo album Liqourice Night under the name Sly Hats, a gently libidinous calypso-pop affair. Featuring a backing band stocked with members of Fabulous Diamonds, the Lucksmiths and others, Sly Hats scored supports for Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman and Andrew Bird. In 2007 he embarked on his first world tour, taking in the US, UK, Europe and Japan, including shows with Phil Elvrum and Jens Lekman.

In 2009, Crayon Fields followed up Animal Bells with modern-classic second album All The Pleasures Of The World. After Australian launches and festival appearances, the band made two visits to the US, appearing at both SXSW and CMJ in 2010, as well as playing their own shows on both coasts, sharing stages with the likes of Best Coast, Let’s Wrestle, Heavy Hawaii and many others. Geoffrey also somehow found time to make his directorial debut, creating striking videos for Crayon Fields singles Voice Of Paradise, Mirror Ball and Graceless.

Since returning to Australia and dropping the Sly Hats moniker, Geoffrey has played solo shows with the likes of Grimes, School Of Seven Bells and First Aid Kit. His first album as Geoffrey O’Connor, entitled Vanity Is Forever, emerged in 2011, and was both more elaborate and more personal than anything he had done previously. The album moves between seductive high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry.

Geoffrey released the first single Jacqueline from forthcoming second album Fan Fiction in late 2013.