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Navigating a wistful path from melancholy through madness, meanwhile exploring heterogeneity, refinement and dirty rotten groove, is Steve Balbi’s first single to emerge in four years, Modern Love.

First cutting his chops on bass with Kevin Borich Express, Balbi cultivated an indelible production and songwriting partnership with Justin Stanley, founding and producing Aussie chart-toppers Noiseworks and the Electric Hippies.

In 1996, he lifted his guitar from the rack to form Universe, working with Prince and Paisley Park’s Susan Rogers, before Move Trees and Moon emerged in subsequent years. Then in 2011 Balbi accepted an invitation to front new-wavers Mi-Sex, who next year will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Graffiti Crimes and Computer Games. 

To celebrate the release of his new single Modern Love, Balbi returns to Milton Theatre for an exclusive, intimate and eclectic performance featuring a string ensemble of two cellos and violin, directed by Adrian Keating (Opera Australia & Sydney Lyric Orchestra), accompanied by Beau Golden (Daniel Johns) on keys and piano.

The equally intimate and eclectic incarnation appearing at the Milton Theatre promises a memorable evening, coalescing classical sentimentality, rock and soul, with a unique set of reimagined favourites from the back catalogue, alongside assorted out-takes and new material from Balbi’s forthcoming solo album, Humans.

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York series, Balbi’s eminently anticipated follow-up to Black Rainbow (2013) sets an entirely new course for his enigmatic artistry.

For the new work by this extraordinary composer, musician, and producer, in all its complexity, honours the virtuosity of an artist transcending the contemporary music landscape, in riff, verse and melody.

The single Modern Love is out Friday 26 October; pre-sales from Friday 21 September.

“It’s good to be alive.” – Steve Balbi