Until today, Brisbane-based musician Tabrill has assumed the increasingly familiar epithet of ‘faceless producer,’ allowing his music to be consumed without listeners developing a personal connection to the maker. However, moving forward, Tabrill has opted to deviate from that “cliché” — as he calls it — and instead focus on the conceptual nature of his output, creating rich, complex story lines ultimately told by the notes of his productions. He explains this revelation and his new single “Sans” to NEST HQ over email —
This is the first single in which I’m branching away from the generic ‘faceless producer’ cliché, and more towards a story driven project focusing on the Tabrill universe, more specifically, Owun; the very first Tabrill unit. The Tabrill units are a secret government robot-human hybrid/weapon. The stories of Owun will be cryptically explained through a combination of music, artworks and animations over the coming years to create a deep universe and history for those who wish to seek it out. This track in particular deals with Owun rejecting his humanity for the first time, which is symbolised by him literally ripping his face off.
The song itself feels less science fiction-y than the concept, yet its youthful vocal chants and uplifting atmospherics do evoke feelings of a joyous rebirth of sorts. Listen to “Sans” in full below and follow Tabrill on Soundcloud for more chapters of his ongoing saga.