Album of the Week
October 15, 2018
Jassbusters is the new album from Kiwi musical oddball, Connan Mockasin. Recorded live in Paris in 2016, the album serves as the soundtrack for Mockasin’s upcoming five-part film Bostyn n’ Dobsyn. Although written to coincide with the film, the tracks on Jassbusters inhabit a smokey, enchanting space of their own volition. A concept album shaped by his thoughtful, albeit bizarre creative vision, Jassbusters is Mockasin at his most effortless. With each song possessing a tender and meandering quality, unfazed by time or urgency. Centred around a narrative 10 years in the making, Jassbusters is a warm, endearing and expectedly offbeat third album from Connan Mockasin.
October 8, 2018
Stepping out from her position as the captivating front-woman of Brooklyn indie favourites Big Thief, Adrianne Lenker has released her second solo album, abysskiss. Filled with moving lyrical imagery and the wistful, melodic phrasing that has become synonymous with her work in Big Thief, Lenker takes the opportunity to embrace an even more intimate form of songwriting on abysskiss. Cocooned in the delicate fabric of Adrianne Lenker’s fingerpicked guitar, enveloped in the subtle warmth of white-noise and supporting instrumentation, the arrangements on the album perfectly compliment her evocative storytelling. abysskiss is an album driven by Adrianne Lenker’s sentimental reflection – but instead of floundering in an endless melancholy, provides us with a generous collection of beautiful and open-hearted songwriting.
House Or Home
October 1, 2018
House Or Home is the debut full-length release from Sydney trio Retiree. A 10 track exploration into intrinsically human encounters with place, attachment, and memory, House Or Home is informed by an array of eerie, heartbreaking and affirming experiences the band had during its creation. Released through Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section International label, House Or Home showcases a growth in sound for Retiree. The album retains the band’s tight, drum-machine funk foundations but also embraces a richer and more nostalgic sense of harmony, ensuring House Or Home is a mesmerising listening experience and an impressive debut album from Retiree.
September 24, 2018
Two years on from her critically acclaimed mixtape Telefone, Chicago artist Noname returns with her debut album Room 25. Written in the wake of her breakout success and during a time of significant personal change for Noname, Room 25 defies the pressures that come with a highly anticipated debut. Instead, the album shows Noname armed with soul-baring confidence. Sitting atop a bed of evolving and sophisticated instrumentals, her presence on Room 25 is unmistakably lucid and confessional but never overly self-serious. Filled with Noname’s insightful observation, clever social commentary and guest appearances from new-generation Chicago music luminaries like Saba and Ravyn Lenae, every track on Room 25 is distinct and captivating.
September 17, 2018
Area Famous is the highly anticipated debut album from rising Sydney hip-hop artist B Wise. With an established reputation for high-energy live shows, lyrical storytelling and sophisticated flow, this release sees B Wise solidify his place as a formidable force in Australian music. Area Famous is an honest, exciting and at times gritty reflection on the realities of youth, politics, multiculturalism and relationships in the modern age. Most of all though the album is an ode to South-Western Sydney, the area that has shaped B Wise as an individual and an artist. Sporting production from beat-makers including Uno Stereo, DOPAM!NE and Horrorshow’s Adit, as well as features from artists including Kaiit and Anfa Rose, the debut album from B Wise will ensure that he goes on to gain further notoriety and become more than just Area Famous.
September 10, 2018
Visionary electronic duo Amnesia Scanner present their full-length debut Another Life. Having relocated from Finland to Berlin to further their practice, Amnesia Scanner have spent the last half-decade creating a cross-disciplinary world of music, performance art and immersive multimedia experiences for their project to inhabit. Another Life is the result of the duo’s unique approach, playing on the hope, promise and terror that each technological leap brings about in us. Drawing from industrial techno as much as current pop trends, Another Life sees Amnesia Scanner creating music that lies in the uncanny intersection between the digital world and our physical experience.
Joy As An Act Of Resistance
September 3, 2018
British band Idles have released their second full-length release Joy As An Act Of Resistance. Spurred on by a time of personal turmoil, political disaffection and a struggle with alcoholism, Idles’ frontman Joe Talbot entered a period of self-reflection after the release of their last album. Joy As An Act Of Resistance is the result of this period and sees the Bristol punks unleash a scathing critique of toxic masculinity, addiction and British politics. Talbot’s attack-dog vocal delivery is underpinned by the band’s relentless and dissonant musical arsenal, ensuring that the gravity of the message won’t be ignored and cementing Joy As An Act Of Resistance as a vital and relevant second album from Idles.
August 27, 2018
Prolific New York based musician Dev Hynes returns with Negro Swan, his 4th studio album as Blood Orange. Just over a decade after his move from London to the USA, Blood Orange continues to chronicle the experiences and anxieties of queer communities and people of colour within the United States, this time including reflections on his own childhood in the United Kingdom as well. Musically the album plays on the nostalgia of classic RNB, while also marking a continued evolution in Blood Orange’s own sound. Describing the underlying thread of Negro Swan as “hope, and the lights we can try to turn on within ourselves” to overcome times of darkness, the album is Blood Orange’s most revealing and insightful release to date.
Deep In The Big
August 20, 2018
Rabbit Island is the project of Perth based multi-instrumentalist Amber Fresh, who returns with her new album Deep In The Big. The album is an 8 track exploration of her beautiful and amorphous compositions, layering music with personal field recordings as well as instrumental contributions from other Perth based musicians including Pond’s Nick Allbrook. On Deep In The Big, Rabbit Island envelops listeners in a dreamlike warmth; her piano-based soundscapes and intimate vocal delivery providing a form of reassuring escapism, showcasing her gift for creating music that walks the line between the fantastical and the everyday.
August 13, 2018
Following on from a collection of noteworthy EPs and singles over the last few years, British R&B artist Tirzah delivers her debut album Devotion. Written and produced in collaboration with her childhood friend, the experimental-pop-artist turned film-composer Mica Levi, Devotion is built around Tirzah’s low-key but alluring vocal delivery. Her earnest lyricism and eccentric ear for melody are supported by sparse, sensitive arrangements from Mica Levi. Devotion is a striking and unique debut LP; one that lives up to the reputation that Fact Magazine set for Tirzah back in 2014 as “making some of the strangest pop music around”.