Movement (band)

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Movement Band 2015.jpg
Movement, January 2015
Background information
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active2011 (2011)–present
Associated actsIllangelo
  • Jesse James Ward
  • Lewis Wade
Past members
  • Sean Walker

Movement (stylised as MOVEMENT) are an Australian minimal soul trio, blending R&B and ambient music. They consist of Lewis Wade on vocals and keyboards, and Jesse James Ward on bass guitar, synthesisers and vocals. Their self-titled debut extended play was released in May 2014 via Modular Recordings.


Movement were formed in Sydney in 2011.[1] Their music is described as "minimal soul,"[2] as well as "psychedelic" and "body music."[3][4] The songs have elements of R&B, ambient, soul and pop music.[5]

They were signed to Modular Recordings in May 2013 ahead of the label issuing their debut single, "Feel Real".[6] Their second single, "Us", was named a Best New Track on Pitchfork in September,[2] as was the third single, "Like Lust", in March 2014.[4] That single reached No. 16 on the ARIA Hitseekers Singles Chart.[7] The music video for a fourth single, "Ivory" (April), was directed by Fleur & Manu.[8]

Movement's debut self-titled four-track EP was released on 6 May 2014 via Modular Recordings, with additional production and mixing from Illangelo.[5][9] Ryan Burleson of Paste described how, "[their] songs interact with the body more than the mind, though in the right settings—driving in the desert at sunset, say, or getting high at night on the beach—they're ripe for meditation. Otherwise the goal here seems fairly obvious: To generate a soundtrack for the bedroom, the moments leading up to the bedroom, and the moments just beyond... the trio hits all its marks, and listeners would border on robotic not to feel at least a slight bit of provocation in these songs."[10]

Movement toured Australia in May 2014 and then Europe and the United States in mid-year.[1][9] They have opened for various artist including Banks on her North American tour in August 2014,[11] Darkside on their tour of Australia,[1][12] and for Solange.[4] According to AllMusic's Paul Simpson, "[their] sound combined seductive, R&B-inspired vocals with downtempo dance beats and dark atmospheres."[13]

MTV's Lisa Hamilton caught their gig in September 2014 at Newtown Social Club, "These are bedroom tracks for Millenials; between the sheets of a digital age where lust is clicked, licked and fleeting... The pulses beat the tempo of a new hook up; the Movement sounds takes strokes of James Blake-esque tones and melds them with dance tracks that whisper of chaste sensuality. The timbre of vocalist Lewis Wade’s whiskey-honey vocals grated over the synth so sensually in 'Us' and teased us into 'coming over when it feels like lust'."[14]

They performed at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival Paris in November[15] and the 2015 Primavera Festival in Spain in May.[16]


  • Jesse James Ward – bass guitar, synthesisers, vocals (2011–present)
  • Lewis Wade – vocals, keyboards (2012–present)


Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
2014 Movement


  • "Feel Real" (July 2012) – Modular Recordings
  • "Us" (19 September 2013) – Modular Recordings
  • "Like Lust" (3 March 2014) – Modular Recordings AUS Hitseekers: No. 16[7]
  • "Ivory" (30 April 2014) – Modular Recordings
    • "Ivory" (16 September 2016) – Modular Recordings (Reworked version)


  1. ^ a b c Menesguen, Clemence (July 2014). "Konbini Meets New Aussie Band Movement". Konbini. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cox, Jamieson (19 September 2013). "Movement: 'Us'". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ Scheinberg, Melissa (5 November 2012). "Introducing: Movement". Unrecorded. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Cohen, Ian (3 March 2014). "Movement: 'Like Lust'". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (May 2014). "Stream the new Movement EP". Dazed. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ Fitzsimons, Scott (14 May 2013). "Modular Sign Sydney Trio Movement". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b Wallace, Ian (12 May 2014). "Week Commencing ~ 12th May 2014 ~ Issue #1263" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1263): 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  8. ^ Breihan, Tom (25 July 2014). "Movement – 'Ivory' Video". Stereogum. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b Emma Jones, ed. (April 2014). "Movement Announce Australian Tour & New EP". Purple Sneakers. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  10. ^ Burleson, Ryan (7 May 2014). "Movement: Movement EP :: Music :: Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  11. ^ Variance staff (22 August 2014). "Movement, Lil Silva to Support Banks on North American Tour". Variance. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  12. ^ Clair, Naomi (20 November 2014). "Interview: Movement – 'When preparation meets opportunity'". Nothing but Hope and Passion. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  13. ^ Simpson, Paul. "MOVEMENT | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  14. ^ Hamilton, Lisa (9 September 2014). "Review: Movement @ Newtown Social Club". MTV. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  15. ^ "Movement Perform 'Us', 'Ivory', and 'Like Lust' at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris". Pitchfork. Kristina Pedersen (photographer). 12 November 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Primavera Sound Reveals a Spectacular Line-Up for Its Fifteenth Anniversary Through a Video Game,". Primavera Sound. 21 January 2015. Retrieved 6 August 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Official website archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Accessed on 6 August 2018. Warning: original site has been subverted for advertising of unrelated material.