We're happy to be presenting to you this new body of work from Melbourne-based artist Lachie Anthony aka Southes. After traveling around Europe, where he found the time to experiment with Ableton and get into making music, Anthony returned to Australia and teamed up with producer Haxx (of Melbourne duo De̊ǰa) to work on what would become his debut EP.

Fast-forward to now and it's arrived, Southes' Tidal EP. Whilst the title itself doesn't necessarily reflect any lyrical content, it certainly does reflect the sound of the EP. Rumbling, submerged sounds underpin glittering, fluid ornamentations in the brooding 'Water'; house flavours are at work in the smooth, azure-sea-lapping-at-white-sands 'Marea'; and there's the promise of a storm in the choppy abrasions of 'Filling Your Cup' – it's easy to picture huge, dark waves crashing to that last one.

That sound didn't arrive by accident. "I've always had an attraction to water," Anthony told us. "It has a calming effect on a lot of people and I'm really drawn to that."

We decided to ask him a couple more questions about the EP, which you can listen to below.

• What are the ideas that connect the three tracks together?
The common connection through the EP isn't necessarily a theme, it's just three different experiences I had. I usually write music in reaction to something or about something that I've been thinking about a lot, so usually there's a sense of resolution or resilience to each song. Only because as I write the songs they tend to solve the problems they're about, or when I listen back I can be like "Oh, I was feeling or thinking 'this' about something, and this song was my reaction to it."

• What was the main inspiration behind the sound of the EP as a whole?
Writing music completely by myself was a relatively new experience and I think the EP as a whole is a culmination of so many different musical influences throughout my life. The electronic elements are inspired in part by guys like Modeselektor, Moderat, Jon Hopkins and even Caribou. Even composition as well, electronic music lends it's hand to repetitiveness, and bringing elements in and out to create the contours of a song. And I guess vocally and with the stories/ lyrics in the songs, people like Justin Vernon have influenced me in a big way. I think listening to Justin Vernon made me embrace falsetto, and also listening to a lot of R'n'B has rubbed off on me, even though I don't think you can really hear that in the music.