Although they vaguely knew each other while attending the same high school in their native New Zealand, it wasn’t until both vocalist Conor, and producer Barnaby relocated to Melbourne that the pair re-connected.
By chance, they ended up at the same house party where Barnaby told friends what an amazing singer Conor was. After being provoked by the crowd, Conor sang an acapella rendition of D’Angelo ‘Devils Pie’ and everyone in attendance stood in awe. Later that evening, Barnaby invited Conor to record some vocals and they ended up creating a playful cover of Pink’s ‘There You Go’. Shortly after, Fortunes. was born.
Before signing to Future Classic, the duo released two independent projects: 2015’s Hoodie EP and early 2016’s Jacket EP. Live, they have supported Shlohmo, Kllo, Lapsley, Kilo Kish, JMSN and Oddisee, sold-out headline shows and played Splendour In the Grass, Let Them Eat Cake and Big Sound Festivals. In 2017 they will support AlunaGeorge and perform at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
New single 501’s is the first offering from their forthcoming project in 2017. “It’s about when the weather is hot and you see a hot guy and he looks real good in his jeans”, says Conor of the single. It’s a day-dreamy, sunset jam with tongue in cheek storytelling, syrupy synths and stacks of vocal harmonies that builds on a sound uniquely their own.
501’s is out now on Future Classic. Stream & download here.