SELF INFLICTED, NO SYMPATHY
Released January 8, 2015
“Finding beauty in our blackest moments; mining the depths of our despair for gold. A celebration of sadness beautifully done." - James Dapice, themusic.com.au
"Stages of grieving in bittersweet triumph. As suggested by the title, which reflects the sometimes lacerating but clear-eyed self-assessments inside, this is another breakup album, whether real or imagined we are not told. The point is, it certainly seems real, and these are the kinds of insights that resonate with most of us.
Self Inflicted, No Sympathy is a triumph, if that’s the right word for 16 songs in all the autumnal shades of melancholia. Close attention to these songs reveals a song cycle where the writer works through the aftermath of a breakup, from anger and shock to despair, self-awareness and philosophical acceptance. Human repair is not a straight line though, and neither is this album.
How many ways is it possible to say this stuff, you might be thinking? When distilled to this kind of dew-drop-about-to-fall intensity, there is always another way." - 4 1/2 Stars, Noel Mengel, Courier Mail
Written and recorded by Nick Batterham. Mastered by Adam Dempsey at Deluxe Mastering.
Cover photograph taken in Pripyat, Chernobyl by Matthew Chuang in February 2014