If the heart could play music it would sound like the Imprints as they fire up with groove driven gypsy inspired melodies underscored with dreamy dub/reggae grooves. They lace this together with hypnotic melodies leading the listener on a sweet voyage. Featuring the well-known Melbourne musicians Willow on violin and Linden on drums – the Imprints create a sound that is both light and dark, uplifting and menacing. A magical illusion that suggests a much bigger band! Willow seduces the listener with her violin drawing forth the sounds of double bass, guitar and keys as she builds the sound with her loop station whilst Linden provides the percussive thread that completes the Imprints unique sound.
The Imprints grew organically from the moment they started to play together in early 2010. Initially performing down tempo trip hop they layered moody string sections with dynamic live beats, quickly realising their potential as a multi-genre project with a unique sound. Seductive original music inspired by their lives and experience capture African and Eastern European gypsy musical imagery and together they provide their own soundtrack to inform a unique interpretation of the music of Bjork, Fat Freddys Drop, Massive Attack and Jimi Hendrix and others.
The Imprints have been invited to perform at events including the ‘Burton Club’, a series of whimsical nights at ACMI, coinciding with the Tim Burton exhibition being in Melbourne. They were also invited to be a part of the City of Melbourne New Years Eve celebrations in 2010-2011, performing in Alexandra Gardens. Recently, the Imprints have returned from Bali where they performed in Ubud.
Individually Willow and Linden have been a part of many other bands and projects. Willow Stahlut has worked with artists and bands including Goldfrapp, Blue King Brown, Little Birdy, Mal Webb and Phrase. She spent a year living in London in 2007 where she worked with musicians from Cinematic Orchestra and the Heritage Orchestra. Willow toured Europe and UK in 2009 with Mal Webb, playing festivals including Glastonbury and Gurtenfestival (with fellow Australian band Morph). In Australia, Willow has performed at festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Big Day Out, Rainbow Serpent, National Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival and Folk, Rhythm and Life.
Linden Lester has toured Australia, UK and Europe 2006, 2008, 2009 with Morph at festivals including Glastonbury Festival (England), World Bodypainting Festival (Austria), Boom Festival (Portugal), Gurten Festival (Switzerland), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland) and Woodford Folk Festival (Australia). He has toured Mainland and North East India with Aurora Jane, played Mosaic festival in Singapore with Saritah, Bellingen Global Carnival with Cleis Pearce and Living Things and Rainbow Serpent and Folk, Rhythm and Life with Simmer.
The Imprints have played festivals and venues including Woodford Folk Festival (QLD), Mekar Sari (Ubud, Bali), Raval (Sydney), the Cat and Fiddle (Sydney), Funky Cafe (Sydney), the Treehouse (Byron Bay), Harvest Café (Byron Bay), Mandala Organic Arts Café (Gold Coast), Gypsy Bar (Melbourne), Alexandra Gardens (Melbourne NYE party), Alley Cat (Hobart) and The Grand Poobah (Hobart).
The Imprints recently released their self produced EP ‘Reflections’, featuring five original tracks. The EP is available for download via Bandcamp and iTunes. They are currently writing for their first full length album planned for release in March 2013.