Here we are in the last month of the year. Quite a tumultuous year… but life has gone on. Life still goes on, and I’ll be playing new music right up to the end of the year I think!
built from sticks – I Wish That I Could Help [built from sticks Bandcamp]built from sticks – Without Stopping [built from sticks Bandcamp]
Best known as a member of Brisbane postrock/instrumental band Ghost Notes, Jamie Curran has been releasing lovely lo-fi postrock-influenced indie stuff as built from sticks since 2011. His new album is his first studio album, but it loses none of the homemade charm across its guitar and piano-based songs and occasional instrumentals. I love how the songs can start with simple guitar or piano & vocals and open into full band arrangements near the end.
Shoeb Ahmad – “rinse (noise)” [Shoeb Ahmad Bandcamp]
Experimental musician Shoeb Ahmad has been slowly working up to releasing her new solo album next year with a selection of singles and remixes. While the album itself moves deliberately away from the postrock/glitch/improv mode to thoughtful, heartfelt songwriting, but alternate versions abound. This one has been released in response to the urgent plight of the asylum seekers trapped by the Australian government on Manus Island, whose situation has been worsening as they are all but abandoned by our government, while simultaneously being denied safe harbour in New Zealand… All the money raised from this single will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
The Seaport & the Airport – The Dream Punch [Perfect Hair Records]The Seaport & the Airport – Sook [Perfect Hair Records]
Lovely, lovely stuff from Oscar Wuts, half-Dutch NZ native now based in Sydney, for his second album of drum’n’bass-influenced electronica as The Seaport & the Airport. Expertly chopped breakbeats at various tempos, head-nodding good stuff.
Palf – Drip Dry (JV‘s 130 Pressure VIP) [Palf]
One half of IljustWifmo, Max Palfrey releases his debut solo EP in a similar vein to Iljus: razor-sharp beats’n’bass for dancefloor and mental enjoyment. Here he’s remixed by fellow Sydney bass artist JV.
friendships – GUT ROT [Body Promise Bandcamp]Marcus (Not Singing) – To Be Possessed [Body Promise Bandcamp]Impart Amiss – Wait, Wait [Body Promise Bandcamp]Fake – lo res [Body Promise Bandcamp]
Presented by FBi Music Manager Amelia Jenner along with Doug Wright every Tuesday evening, Body Promise is one of the best electronic shows on FBi. They’ve now put together two fantastic compilations of forward-thinking Australian electronic music. We’ve got the twisted bass emanations of Melbourne’s friendships, Marcus Whale making beats but (Not Singing) over them, and Sydney’s Impart Amiss chopping up vocals in gorgeous fashion. And finally, one third of BV alongside the aforementioned Marcus, and probably best known as Cassius Select, Lavurn Lee here appears under his Fake guise, bringing screwed bass/hip-hop/trap.
Telefon Tel Aviv – Sound In A Dark Room (feat. Lindsay Anderson) [Hefty Records]Same Waves – my way [flau]Slicker – Prader [Hefty Records]
I first came across Lindsay Anderson not through her beloved indie/postrock/electronic band L’Altra, but through her guest vocals with New Orleans electronic/folktronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv. TTA were released on Hefty Records, run by John Hughes III (yes, the son of beloved movie director John Hughes) aka Slicker. Fast-forward to 2017, and Japanese label flau are releasing a new single from Hughes & Anderson as Same Waves, with more music on the way. It’s lovely shoegazey electronic pop.
CoH feat. Anna Yamada – Sleepwalker [Editions Mego]CoH – part I Sidereal As If Not i.ii andante facile [raster-noton]CoH + Cosey Fanni Tutti – Lying [raster-noton]CoH Plays Everall – State Calm [Hallow Ground]
Sweden-based Russian electronic artist Ivan Pavlov is CoH, pronounced as if written in Cyrillic, as “son”. Thus his new album on Editions Mego, CoHngs is a trans-lingual pun, pronounced half in Cyrillic and half in the Roman alphabet, as “songs”. This album collects various vocal collaborations Pavlov has worked on into a very cohesive LP. There’s a track from a 7″ with Little Annie, and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson of Coil / Throbbing Gristle (big influences on Pavlov’s music, and frequent collaborators) among others. It’s nice to hear Pavlov’s glitchy production with the J-pop vocals of Anna Yamada. Not present is Throbbing Gristle’s Cosey Fanni Tutti, with whom CoH produced an entire album of extraordinary vocal sampling & reconstruction. From a similar time period, we heard some gorgeous flittery piano sampling from the Strings album. And finally, Hallow Ground have released Pavlov’s constructions of material in collaboration with the late John Everall, industrial/noise/ambient artist who passed away from cancer in 2014. Sequenced analogue synths meet digital processing in a range of styles – tonight’s track is a beautiful bit of ambient synth stuff.
Tomaga – Greetings From The Bitter End [Tomaga Bandcamp]Tomaga – A Perspective With No End [Tomaga Bandcamp]Tomaga – A Perspective With No End (Shit & Shine Version) [Tomaga Bandcamp]
So excited to have discovered the arcane, wyrd sounds of English duo Tomaga, a recent album of whose was playing at Flashback Records on Essex Rd in Islington when I recently visited London. It turns out they’re remixed by the one & only Shit & Shine on their latest EP (he of a billion released in 2017), but I was enchanted by their very strange sounds – surprising to hear in a record store, albeit a venerable & adventurous one. Tuned percussion and rhythmic elements of all sorts are played by Valentina Magaletti, with postpunk bass and electronics from Tom Relleen. It’s sometimes quite disturbing, often quite ecstatic. Highly recommended.
This is an Australian track.
This is a local artist.