Album of the Week
Rest In Piss
July 17, 2017
Melbourne dirge-rockers Batpiss deliver some serious noise on their new record, Rest In Piss. On their third album, Batpiss teamed up with Gareth Liddiard of The Drones to help bring their ideas to life. The result is an album that rages against the deep, disconcerting apathy of modern Australia. Rest In Piss is an unrelenting sonic wasteland of raw, primal punk, tortured vocals, and lumbering noise-rock. Delivered with white-knuckled intensity and a pitch black sense of humour, Rest In Piss is a grimy slice of gritty, unapologetic Australian rock.
July 10, 2017
Prepare to be hypnotised by Auras, the lush and gloriously feedback-drenched album from Deafcult. On their debut album, the Brisbane-based shoegazers deliver a sonic kaleidoscope of swirling guitars, hazy synths and haunting vocals packed with moments of electronic introspection and majestic distortion. Evocative, moody and seductive, Auras is a triumphant debut that sees Deafcult set the bar very high for Australian shoegaze.
The Living Man
July 3, 2017
Dense, crushing, and utterly mesmerising, Party Dozen’s debut album ‘The Living Man’ is unlike anything you’ve heard before. The Sydney-based experimental drum and sax duo, made up drummer Jonathan Boulet and saxophonist Kirsty Tickle deliver an abrasive avalanche of sound that lays waste to everything in sight. Full of jazzy rhythms, skronky saxophones and pummelling, industrial drone passages, ‘The Living Man’ is a playfully savage sonic onslaught that throws the genre rule-book out the window and goes straight for the jugular.
Big Fish Theory
June 26, 2017
Big Fish Theory is the eagerly awaited second album from Californian rapper Vince Staples. Questions about the fragility of the spotlight and navigating the heartbreak of the world at large are ever present on Big Fish Theory but by declining to explain exactly what the album is about, Staples leaves it open for the listener to project their own views. He is here to write the songs, the rest is up to us. Teaming up with producers like SOPHIE, Jimmy Edgar, and Flume on a collection of sleek club tracks results in tempo being the driving force behind Big Fish Theory. But it’s his eye for detail and observational skills that remain the true winner of Staples’ work. With dense, politically charged lyrics and oddball beats, Big Fish Theory is one of the most dazzlingly progressive, innovative and unconventional hip-hop albums we’ve heard this year.
June 19, 2017
Big Skies is the highly accomplished new record from Sydney outfit Mere Women. The album explores the idea of being an outsider and the feelings of isolation and confinement felt by many women living in regional communities. This combined with their hauntingly familiar lyrics and impeccable composition sees Mere Women crafting the Great Australian Gothic of 2017. Adding a bass guitar to their line-up has resulted in the amplification of nearly every aspect of Mere Women’s distinctive brand of post-punk. The rhythmic pulse of Big Skies beats with greater urgency than with past albums resulting in their most visceral album to date. Big Skies is a living, breathing being that’s as spacious as it is claustrophobic.
Kirin J Callinan
June 13, 2017
Bravado is the long-awaited second album from Sydney’s very own pop auteur Kirin J Callinan. Admittedly, on first listen, Bravado is hard to wrap your head around. It’s off-kilter, over the top, and abrasive but on repeat listens, the album reveals itself to be a true work of art that only Kirin could make. The album also boasts a stunning roll call of guest vocalists like Mac DeMarco, Alex Cameron, Connan Mockasin, Neil and Liam Finn, Weyes Blood, Molly Lewis and yep, Jimmy Barnes. But despite the impressive list of guests, Kirin is still the king of his domain. Unlike his debut record Embracism, Bravado is daggy as hell, but that’s the point. Oscillating between heartfelt honesty and tongue-in-cheek humour, Bravado is record full of joyous electronica and sentimental ballads. It’s a wonderfully self-aware body of work that can either be interrogated or embraced. Either way, it’s a whole lotta fun. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that there ain’t nobody like Kirin J Callinan.
Sugar At The Gate
June 5, 2017
Montreal outfit TOPS have lifted the curtain on their long-awaited new album Sugar At The Gate. Sugar At The Gate, their third and most ambitious album to date, finds TOPS switching between synthy pop and jangly guitar jams. The album combines the gorgeous vocals of lead singer Jane Penny, and the scratchy, understated delivery and playful, off-kilter arrangements that draw you in from the first listen. Their flawless musicianship and profound grasp of pop fundamentals are the surest sign that at the core, Sugar At The Gate is all as real as it sounds. With a masterful awareness of space and a confident sense of restraint leaving the songs open to interpretation, Sugar At The Gate is an absolute treasure that rewards repeat listens.
I'm Not Your Man
May 29, 2017
Opening the record with an impromptu hearty laugh, Marika Hackman’s second album I’m Not Your Man is the sound of liberation, spontaneity, and joy. Breaking away from her folk roots, I’m Not Your Man is undeniably the sound of Hackman letting rip and losing control in the way she’s always wanted. With lyrics that delve into femininity, sexual identity, and millennial ennui, I’m Not Your Man is a dynamic, multi-genre album tied together by Hackman’s razor-sharp wit.
(Sandy) Alex G
May 22, 2017
After garnering a cult following through his bedroom-produced back catalogue and contributing guitars to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, (Sandy) Alex G has delivered his 8th full-length record Rocket. Not bad for someone who’s only 24. On Rocket, (Sandy) Alex G dives deeper into his world while expanding his sonic palette, experimenting with jazz, country, R&B, and noise rock. While the entire album is unmistakably him, no two songs are alike. Rocket is purposefully scattered proving that his true gift is managing these wild shifts without ever losing sight of his vision. Dysfunctional and frantic yet deeply personal, Rocket is an album more at home under your skin than in your face.
May 15, 2017
No Shape is the new romantic epic from Perfume Genius. Bringing all of the strength and charm of his past three albums together, No Shape is his most realised album to date; a tender and transcendental record merging makeout music, R&B, pop, krautrock, and soul. The album sees Perfume Genius examine the challenges of staying present, staying alive, and staying in love as a queer person in 2017. Both dramatic and ornate in its lyrical content and production, No Shape is an album of pure decadence and one we’re very excited to make Album of the Week.