You need look no further than Berlin composer Nils Frahm’s previous two releases, 2011’s Felt, (an album recorded inside a muffled piano) and 2012’s Screws (recorded following a hand injury) to see that Frahm is a musician unafraid to experiment and flirt with an eclectic mix of genres and styles. Spaces Frahm’s latest release, in it’s own way, celebrates this eclecticism, amassing a collection of live field recordings from the last two years.
This debut EP from Castlemaine, Victoria producer and all-round talented guy Oliver Hugh Perry – a.k.a. D.D. Dumbo – is completely captivating from the off. Genre-bouncing between bluesy psychedelic jams, ambient electronica, experimental indie-folk and earthy African rhythms, yet somehow retaining a composed coherence throughout, this five-track, nineteen-minute EP showcases an intriguing and original new Australian talent worth getting excited about.
Hey Geronimo are out and about in Brisbane touring their latest EP Erring on the Side of Awesome. But I’m not going to take the fall back and call this particular EP "awesome" because Hey Geronimo have earned a more unique adjective for their transparent and fun tunes.
There's nothing quite like the feeling of sitting down, listening to an album and doing nothing but allowing the music to completely absorb itself into every pore of your body, whisking you away into the world it inhabits. It may sound crazy, but that's exactly the feeling Nashville duo Hammock manage to evoke with their sixth studio album Oblivion Hymns. A soothing, ambient collection of primarily instrumental tracks, this album finds a way to carefully reach its way into the heart of those listening and bring to the surface every little emotion in a tidal wave of hypnotic guitar work.
High Tension is a name that my punk/hardcore peeps have been telling me to give a try for a bit now, though until Death Beat, I really hadn’t found myself letting go and being completely taken in by an album of this kind. The Melbourne four-piece have made one of the best local music produce I’ve heard this year and thank fuck for the no bullshit approach that comes through the delivery of the music – it’s an attitude I think the scene in general has been missing.
Burgeoning French producer Gesaffelstein’s debut Aleph is a modern industrial techno masterpiece. The mood evoked by the album is foreboding and dark. With nods to the retro sounds of 80’s electronica, the songs alternate between loud dance tracks and softer more subtle songs.
Man, it took a long time for Eric Clapton to become cool again. Since the mid-sixties when the words “Clapton is God” were daubed on London walls in reference to the then Bluesbreakers' member's skills, the man born Eric Patrick Clapton in 1945 has been considered a master of the guitar and one of the most important axe-slingers to have stepped onto a stage.
Following last year’s release of debut album Hunting Road, lesser-known The Cat Empire member, Roscoe James Irwin, has released Wasted, a four-track EP featuring uplifting musical gems.
Screaming guitars and psych-synth bliss weave throughout the four songs on this exceptional EP by Sydney shoegazers Cull. Their love for surrealism and incredibly textured soundscapes is heaped onto subtle melodies and catchy signatures, placing Bà Nội (Vietnamese for Grandmother) as a well-placed teaser for more to come.
Once, I argued with a friend who was the greater muse behind Muse, Queen or Pink Floyd? They, a Muse diehard sat firmly in the camp of Pink Floyd, whilst I being a casual to consistent fan of the band, suggested they were more indebted to Queen.
The new direction in sound The Dunes claim to have found really shows on this five-track EP, La Musique Nouveau (The New Music for those who don’t parlez vous Francais). The former two-piece, Stacie Reeves and Matt Reiner, have expanded to a full band for this EP, released in July, the launch is set for the 7th December in their hometown of Adelaide.
Streets of Laredo are back with the second volume of their self titled EP series. Hailing from New Zealand, this indie folk gang are now out and about in New York City (check out our interview with them at CMJ HERE where they discuss these releases). Sporting a raggy-daggy gypsy look these kids are a treasure to behold. Put simply: This five track download is one of splendour.
On Aheym, the compositional style of Bryce Dessner is urgent, complicated, difficult and intense - acting in stark contrast to his guitarist role in Ohio band The National. Yet his compositions aren’t part of a half-hearted side project, they’re expressions of musical talent from someone who has worked with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Dessner has been working on commissions for the American Composers Orchestra, collaborating on David Lang records, and has now recruited the avant-classical Kronos Quartet for his newest piece of work.
Kurt Vile: GQ’s rockstar of the year, psych/indie/grunge/pop genius, and just all around talented guy has dropped his latest EP, it’s a big world out there (and i’m scared). The EP acts as a B-side to Wakin on a Pretty Daze, Vile’s most recent album release, and was recorded during the same sessions. A special edition of Wakin on a Pretty Daze, with this EP in tow is also set for release—so if you don’t have either, get both at once.
On the 29th of August 1966, The Beatles played their last live planned gig in Candlestick Park, San Francisco. They turned inwards at this point and attempted to reinvent themselves as a creative force, neglecting the notion of being a touring act.