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Angel Eyes, a.k.a Andrew Cowie, is your new night-driving companion. It’s late; you’re midway between home and that unknown future, and you’re hoping whatever is ahead will be better than what you’ve left behind.
With Final Fare, Cowie delivers both nostalgia and optimism; coldness and isolation are overset by warm whisperings in your ears. An album to enjoy with either your eyes tightly shut, or firmly fixed on the horizon.
1. End Point
2. Served Neat
3. A Light Distraction
4. Final Fare
1. The Past Again
2. Golden Gleam
3. The Sighing Hours
£14.99Boomgates started as a couple of friends having a loose Thursday evening sing and strum on the couch. It felt good. So more friends were invited along to the sporadic jam sessions. It soon became obvious that this crew were now a proper band in their own right.Visit product page →
Something like a mix of Big Star, Camper Van Beethoven, Towns Van Sant, The Velvet Underground, The Church and probably a heap of something else thrown in on top, Boomgates boasts members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Twerps, Dick Diver and about a million other awesome projects.
Double Natural is their first long player.
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Weight is the first single from the eagerly anticipated self-titled debut album from Naarm (Melbourne) band Cyanide Thornton. Featuring members of Two Steps On The Water, the band was founded in early 2016 and has been steadily gaining traction in Melbourne's alternative rock circuits.Cyanide Thornton is a record wreathed in tenderness, honesty and intimacy, and will guide you from the dark corners of your mind to somewhere unearthly and supernatural.
While incorporating elements of folk and rock, Cyanide Thornton transcends its composite parts, moving into a space of raw emotion and fierce determination.
Ellah Blake (drums) and David Pesavento (bass) provide understated yet resolute punctuation for each song, holding together the music with a remarkable tenderness and affection, and providing a cradle for Sienna Thornton's masterful and harrowing lyrics and guitar work.
Thornton's voice is at once wistful and melancholic, painting narratives with a tender immediacy. The album evokes a sense of magical realism, with its lyrics transforming painfully human experiences of love and loss into magical and ethereal moments.
'There's something about this recording from Melbourne's Cyanide Thornton that reminds me a little bit of Painful-era Yo La Tengo in its patience and confidence - exploring time as secondary, irrelevant in the pursuit of getting the most out of the strongest ideas in a song.' - Eucalypt
2. I Can't Hear It
3. Violin Song
4. Hot Air
5. Rotten Tooth
6. Pilot Light
7. Heavy and Wide
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Dag play songs about the country, about the city, and about trying to find yourself somewhere in between. Always surrounded by isolation, living in your head - the company of strangers or the solitude of the bush.
Led by songwriter Dusty Anastassiou, Dag have gone through several lineups over their 3-year existence. Their new album was recorded over 2 years in Brisbane, with local musicians Matt Ford (Thigh Master, Tenth Court) on drums, Skye McNicol (Bent) on violin and Josh Watson (Sewers) on bass, also contributing to the mixing and coproduction of the album. The songs attempt to capture some of what is to live on the outskirts of a state or town - still isolated in the digital age from outside trends and current sounds.
The result is a mix of folk-rock and country, played in the bright, brittle style of 80's Australian indie bands like Tactics, The Cannanes and The Go-Betweens. Songs about love, loss, death and the dole make up the bulk of this record, delivered in a dead-pan Queensland drawl that resonates with earnest, honest lyricism - at once both comforting and confronting.
Some words: "There's doubt that Dusty Anastassiou will ever find the answers to the questions he's asking about on Dogwood'. But it doesn't matter, because simply asking those questions puts him leagues ahead of everyone else." - Ryan Saar, Soundly Sounds
"Comparisons to 90's Silver Jews wouldn't be out of place here. Listening to this album reminds one of the experience of coming across just such a band, back then. It's a wonderful discovery." - Ian Powne, 4ZZZ
"A guitar that sounds as if it might be strung with barbed wire and a voice that floats on deep clouds of fucked up country-tinged remorse and post-Jandek blues." - David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue
"Frontman / songwriter Dusty Anastassiou brings us 6 songs of backyard woe and mild joy not heard with the same guitar slingin' finesse in this crumbling town since early go-betweens." - Matt Kennedy, Eternal Soundcheck
2:Staying Up at Night
3:Not Fine Mind
4:Know Where to Go
1:Age of Anxiety
4:Benefits of Solitude
5:Endless, Aching Dance
£4.99It's difficult to think of another band as in tune with Boston's underground rock community as Fat History Month.Whether the modest two piece are demonstrating their uncanny ability to pack a basement midweek or curating shows themselves that blend the best local musicians with the finest of out-of-towners, Fat History Months only intention is what embodies the DIY music scene across the city: positivity and energy. - Clay Adamcsyk, Dig BostonVisit product page →
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Good Morning are a two piece recording project made up of Stefan Blair (Gemini) and Liam Parsons (Aries) from Melbourne, Australia. The two met in high school and have been writing songs ever since.
In 2013, they went halvies in a Foxtex 4 track tape machine; Good Morning is the result of that investment.They have released two mildly received EPs, Shawcross and Glory, and some similarly received singles.
In a live setting they are joined by James Macleod (Libra) and John Considine (Sagittarius). Together they have performed in the United States at CMJ Music Marathon and most of Australia.
Career highlights include being unfavourably compared to Mac DeMarco a lot, that time Urban Outfitters asked to play their music in stores and when Tyler, the Creator tweeted the cover of Shawcross'.
Melbourne-based independent label Bedroom Suck Records will re-issue these two beautifully produced and incredibly catchy records on one 12 - " vinyl package.
The package comes with a digital download of all 13 tracks, as well as 6 digital-only tracks including the singles Step Aside', On The Street'and A Vessel'.
1. Once You Know
2. Don't Come Home Today
3. Warned You
4. Cosmic Sass
5. Time to Try Again
7. Before My Ears Explode
2. Cab Deg
2. To Be Won
3. Give Me Something to Do
4. The Great Start
5. In the Way
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1. A Vessel
2. On the Street
6. Step Aside
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Good Morning aim to please. Besides being an incredibly friendly and charismatic band, they also have a mood which woozes and sways; like treacle slowly dripping off a spoon, if that visual could somehow become audible.
Pair that mood with crackling, lo-fi production, and you're left with tapes that perhaps were only to be distributed to friends and family - intimate recordings of intimate thoughts, they'll share them with you too, if you'd listen.
After 2017's vinyl re-release of their first two EP's, Good Morning returns to the wax (and your ears) with songs that express growth, confidence, and experimentation. No more Mac DeMarco comparison's here, no siree.
1. Plant Matta
2. For A Little While
3. Just A Man
4. After You
5. Mirror Freak
7. Who's to Blame
9. Whine Time
10. Look Around
Release Date: 11/05/2018
£16.99Perth duo Hamjam is made up of best friends Hamish Rahn (Ham) and James Ireland (Jam), two creative individuals who make music they describe as 'blissed out sadness'. Distinguishing themselves as a band, and not a type of bizarre type of food yet to be invented yet, the result is a melting pot of psych and electronica.Visit product page →
Ever the opportunists, Rahn and Ireland started recording together upon gaining access to a studio after hours. Seeing that there was plenty of potential within those late night sessions,Hamjam was born and continues to remain a sporadic, yet crucial part of the two musos'lives.
After first gaining attention with the track Cooked'which was added to triple j rotation, and clocking 80,000 plays on Spotify with the track Love', the duo are now ready to unveil their latest release, the cleverly titled EP a/s/l'.a/s/l?'is an earnest and unassuming collection of tracks that muses on feelings of inadequacy, unrequited love and insecurities in a remarkably upbeat manner.
Steered by synths that exhilarate on certain tracks and dazzle on others, the band's hazy instrumentation conjures thoughts of warm summer nights and the thrill of being young, naive and little lovelorn. Pushing sonic boundaries and enveloping the listener in their universe, HAMJAM are here to soundtrack your existential crisis.
When they're not creating brain melting compositions together as Hamjam, Rahn and Ireland tourthe world with fellow Perth troubadours Methyl Ethel and Pond respectively.
3. Sippin' Rosé All Alone
6. Good Day
7. Ballad ¯\_(?)_/¯
9. Sippin' Rosé All Alone (Robson's North Perth Bowls Dub)
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Two of Melbourne’s absolute finest are gathered here on a measly seven inches of vinyl, and they aren’t grouped together without reason! Both have migrated to Melbourne from further-flung regional quarters (Brisbane and Adelaide, respectively). Both groups also tap into an early 80's post-punk/disco sound; Terrible Truths with more of a crisp, modern sheen; while Hissey Miyake seem intent on investigating the exact point of mutation between NY no-wave and disco.
Second edition now on white vinyl!
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Through your ears, deep in your mind, down in your heart, in a way you never knew you wanted, Jaala will caress you and Jaala will entice you. Like the roots of a tree Jaala is ever growing, pruned only by themselves and never by the expectations of the public.
Like a pair of crappy old jeans you've unstitched and re-stitched, always working to make them the best goddam pair of jeans you ever imagined in your wild little noggin. Intricately decorated and lovingly crafted, Jaala's music comes from a place of deep focus and care.
In 2015 Jaala released their debut album Hard Hold'to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. We could sit here talking about Pitchfork's glowing review or how Triple J featured the album but all that is in the past and Jaala are in the now. Google is available if you are curious about these achievements. Since the release of Hard Hold'they have transformed into a completely new animal, stylistically and literally.
The addition of Carolyn Schofield (synth) of Fia Fiell fame has moved the band towards a more haunting, dreamy experimental pop movement as opposed to the guitar shredding melt your face prog rock vibes of yesteryear.
Vocalist/guitarist Cosima pay and drummer/genius Maria Moles stand firm with their intricately woven telepathy. The ornate and ever flowing creativity is still ubiquitous, only it feels different now, rather than falling down a beautiful waterfall into a pit of demons that become your mates it's more like your feet have been confiscated at the same time as you've been given the ability to fly.
Cop a feel in April 2018 when their new album Joonya Spirit'is unleashed upon the world in all it's untouchable glory.
3. Good Circuit
6. Long Live
7. Frogs Tears
8. Junior Spirit
Release Date: 20/04/2018
£4.99Melting Upwards is Knee Chin at their most anthemic and direct, to the extent that listeners would be forgiven for warping this into their own cattle and/or cane!Visit product page →
This band play a central role in the wave of new music spewing out of Brisbane, and this is the single that captures them at their best.
£16.99Lehmann B. Smith has written many hundreds of songs in search of the good one'. Some of these attempts have made their way onto his six diverse and critically acclaimed albums, from The Big Dry'(2009) to Thank God For My Body'(2015).Visit product page →
Finding his greatest success as a sideman for bands like Totally Mild and Kes Band, Smith has often been described as a musician's musician, an undiscovered talent. He is a prodigious songwriter, laboriously notating album after album of unreleased material and storing these away in his home studio for a rainy day.
With this new album written, arranged, recorded and played almost entirely by himself at this studio (reportedly somewhere in Ascot Vale), Lehmann B. Smith is like a suburban version of Prince on the outskirts of an Australian city.
He is a mystery, an enigma, something of a genius; his music will resonate in your head for days, and should you be lucky enough to witness a live performance - save that story for your children. 'His compositions are elegant gossamer tapestries that engage and inspire.
The back-porch pathos is stunningly interwoven with haunting reverie and a morbid curiosity ' about the physical nature of the human body and all it's designed to control and contain.' - Brendan Telford, The Music
1. Blame Me
2. Pave This Road
4. Do It Again
5. 10th Dec
6. Salvo's Guitar
8. Thus Must Rust
Release Date: 25/05/2018
£11.99Recently we came into possession of a box containing lost copies of the startling debut from a band once known as Look!Pond, circa 2006. Chaotic + beautiful pop, this album is raw as shit and catchy as hell. Good times all round.Visit product page →
Members of this notorious trio continued on to form bands like KITCHEN'S FLOOR, SLUG GUTS and NO ANCHOR.
£4.99First wave USA hardcore without the macho and a bit o'added weirdness - ¦one of the best bands I saw this year. - Nic Warnock, R.I.P Society RecordsVisit product page →
These guys don't wear shirts in public and have crappy tattoos and walk around their houses in the morning with their dicks flopping around, eating cereal with full fat milk.
They smoke bongs habitually, and they play fast American sounding hardcore music, practicing sporadically. They spew after they drink a lot, and they love the feeling of it. At least one of them doesn't know their real father. - Brendon Annesley, Negative Guest List
1. Light Me Up
1. Maccy D's
2. Wipe The Slate
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Melbourne's Lower Plenty share a new video for their second single "All The Young Men" off their forthcoming album 'Sister Sister' out next month on Bedroom Suck.
The video, filmed in a Brunswick backyard, debuted over at NOISEY who've dug in and described they're "reminded of Rum Sodomy and Lash era Pogues but this is a gentle reflection rather that a rowdy Irish jig.
'All the young men all the time, up and down my mind, off to work, off to war, who cares what for", sings Al as the band plays around him." Lower Plenty are comprised of some of Australia's most talented musicians.
The quartet are typically Australian in that they seem to exist on borrowed members, drawing together musicians responsible for bands like Total Control, The UV Race, Deaf Wish, The Focus and Dick Diver.
Unlike the harsh and direct approach of many of these outfits, Lower Plenty take the circular route, preferring to dwell in isolation and self-reflection, the result being some truly astonishing home recordings.
Lower Plenty is: Daniel Twomey (percussion), Jensen Tjhung (guitar + vocal), Sarah Heyward (percussion + vocal) and Al Montfort (guitar + vocal).
1. Bondi's Dead
2. Glory Rats
3. So It Goes
4. Run Run Run
6. All The Young Men
7. On Off On Off
8. Cursed By Numbers
9. Shades of Love
£11.99Marl Carx equals the past tense of Glen Schenau and Michaela-Sophie Chin, Brisbane AU.Visit product page →
After splitting up early 2009 and moving onto other projects (KITCHEN'S FLOOR, BLACK VACATION) the band finally present their debut and only release, a bizarre package of Brisbane rock n'roll.
£4.99New single Warburton sees Per Purpose finally trap and capture their unofficial theme for some time now.Visit product page →
Recorded at the now defunct Woodland Bar a couple of months back, it sees the original trio joined by violinist Josh Watson (Sewers), twisting the ornate instrument into the orange dust cloud Per Purpose disrupt around themselves with their sunburnt post-ferocious Aus rock.
£16.99Brisbane duo Primitive Motion drop their third full-length for the Bedroom Suck label, this time leaving the studio door ajar to let sound flow between worlds internal and beyond.Visit product page →
The result is a meditative suite of dreamy piano-based songs, captured live at the point of conception and teeming with the incidental sounds of both the studio and garden.
Following the extended cosmic forays and short-form pop studies of 2015's acclaimed Pulsating Time Fibre, the duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig have steered the ship to an interior sea, exploring the quiet reverie of Sunday afternoons spent in Selig's home studio in Brisbane.
With the record'button pressed, the days drift through the microphone, documenting the process of composition: the rustle of lyric sheets and unintended room sounds is accompanied by birdsong and an approaching storm.
The studio space itself becomes a palpable presence as Selig moves between rooms while playing her saxophone, the improvised melodies floating out of the studio, lilting and melancholic, a familiar whisper dreamt into existence.
In the process of reducing their sound world to the barest of instrumentation (at times just voice and piano), PM revels in the beauty of the unadorned song, creating the purest distillation of their dream-float'music to date. House in the Wave is a beautiful and intimate work by a band constantly evolving their sound.
'The Brisbane duo of Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig occupy an alternative pop continuum in common with archaic futurists like Silver Apples and Joe Meek circa I Hear a New World, sonic explorers whose music is founded on the hope that the sound of tomorrow is what the fantasy of yesterday would make of it.' - David Keenan, The Wire
Release Date: 23/02/2018
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