Released independently in 2008, "Desire" is the debut album from Andrew Keese & The Associates.
Desire was recorded, mixed and produced at Atlantis Sound Studios by renowned Australian engineer Tony Cohen, best known for his work with Nick Cave, from early Birthday Party albums through to the Bad Seeds.
Writing in Melbourne's Beat Magazine, critic Bronius Zumeris praised Desire for its "consistently engaging melodies … challenging lyrics ... inventive arrangements and heartfelt poetry".
Patrick Lang of DB Magazine highlighted "Keese's voice, reedy and vulnerable, sometimes recalling Morrissey [or] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds during their slow, devotional period " and cited the album as "a strong debut from an obviously talented singer/songwriter” that showed “glimpses of genius amongst the distillation of influences".
Writing in Condemned To Rock ‘n’ Roll blog in Canada, Larissa Wodtke closed her review of Desire by stating: "Andrew Keese and The Associates take the gentle cadences of classical elements and marry them to the mournful essence of country/folk to achieve a record of exquisite longing cocooned in a soft solitude, filtering memory like a twilit blindfold”.
Andrew Keese - Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Rhodes, Hammond B3
Phil Smith Major - Bass and Backing Vocals
Andrew Cowie - Drums
Sunny Leunig - Guitars
Lyrics and music by Andrew Keese.
Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Tony Cohen.
Additional Engineering by Dave McCluney.
Mastered by John Ruberto at Crystal Mastering.