Video Premiere: BABY DOLL EYES – ‘PIZZA FACE BOY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Daniel Ward

Bedroom pop made with a punk attitude, the music of duo Baby Doll Eyes is a masterclass in scuffed-up energy and campy spunk. Yesterday the two-piece dropped a nine-track cassette full of bent and subversive jams via Dero Arcade and are keeping the release celebrations going with the visuals for standout track ‘Pizza Face Boy’, a punchy encapsulation of Baby Doll Eyes’ eclectic and electric approach to danceable discord. 

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Premiere: SPIRITUAL MAFIA – ‘BODY’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Lewis Hodgson
Cover art: Roland Hlavka

An assortment of musicians from underground hitters such as Cuntz, Exek, Ausmuteants and Spray Paint have converged to form Spiritual Mafia – a five-man unit that taps into a more primitive side of post-punk. In March the crew will release its debut album Alfresco via Anti Fade Records, but not before making pulses quicken with lead single ‘Body’ – a muscular slab of vigorous and vaguely malevolent chug that is propelled by a sense of primeval physicality. Continue reading Premiere: SPIRITUAL MAFIA – ‘BODY’

Premiere: LOW FLUNG – ‘CHIPBOARD’

Words: James Frostick

New South Wales-based producer Danny Wild is kicking off 2020 with a brand-new full-length Low Flung album. Microscope Impressions – out later this week via Nice Music – sees Danny synthesising organic and inorganic sound into something both innately familiar and decidedly alien. The album’s second single ‘Chipboard’ exemplifies this dichotomy perfectly – elemental ambience is warped and re-contextualised, creating vast new sonic realms to explore. 

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Premiere: MOPE CITY – ‘ROCKET SURGERY’

Words: James Frostick

With a new full-length album primed and ready to drop at the end of April, Bulanaming/Marrickville downer-rock four-piece Mope City begin to whir and crank into gear. To build anticipation for the release, the group is whetting appetites with a somewhat unusual taster – a limited-edition four-track cassette EP containing first single ‘Rocket Surgery’ and three bonus tracks. ‘Rocket Surgery’ sets a suitably dour tone, pairing claustrophobic creep and browbeating fuzz with lashings of disaffected ideation. Continue reading Premiere: MOPE CITY – ‘ROCKET SURGERY’

Video Premire: PRETTY IN PINK – ‘LETTERS’

Words: James Frostick

Claire McCarthy of Heart Beach fame is stepping into the limelight with a new solo project called Pretty In Pink. Today marks the release of Pretty In Pink’s self-titled debut cassette, out through Eternal Soundcheck. The cassette’s ruminative lead track ‘Letters’ has been given a visual treatment to accompany the release, giving life to the wistful pondering and minimalist acoustic strum featured within.

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Video Premiere: TIME FOR DREAMS – ‘A WORLD OF YOUR OWN’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Ross Coulter
Cover art: Richard Lewer

Naarm/Melbourne dream-pop two-piece Time For Dreams is today unveiling ‘A World Of Your Own’ – the second single from its sophomore album Life of the Inhabitant (out next year via It Records). Imbued with a palpable yearning couched within a sense of desperate loneliness, this serene lullaby-like composition navigates the the illusory nature of a one-true love – a idealised companion born from fanciful imagining and wanting.

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Track By Track: PERMITS – TIME PERMITS (TENTH COURT, 2020)

Words: James Frostick, Tristan Davies, Tam Matlakowski and Dusty Anastassiou

Today marks the official release of Time Permits, the long-gestating debut album from Naarm/Melbourne “superb-group” Permits. Although described on paper as a band conceived as a way to document abandoned songs, the record’s collection of off-cuts and cast-aside ideas has come together as a remarkably listenable whole. The group has agreed to take us through the album, relaying the journeys and inspirations behind its 10 tracks of sublime strum.

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Premiere: NEW TALK – ‘AMYTIS’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Stapled Together

Two years on from the release of its debut LP A Handful of Ash, scintillating Boorloo/Perth-based post-punk quartet New Talk is back with ‘Amytis’, the first taste from the band’s sophomore long-form effort Time & Memory. Coruscating in sound and tone, ‘Amytis’ touches on displacement of culture, alienation and isolation, and a longing for home – drawing influence from a legend from the distant past to underscore the societal issues permeating the present.

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Interview: NARLA – TILL THE WEATHER CHANGES (COPPER FEAST RECORDS, 2020)

Words: Lakshmi Krishnan
Band image and cover art: Aislinn Young

Released via Copper Feast Records in late October, Gadigal/Sydney trio Narla have sealed the year with eight breezy bush-inspired singles that make up their newest album Till The Weather Changes. This road-trip-inspiring fever dream of an LP obliterates the borders connecting post-rock, heavy blues and prog-folk with the band’s no frills, genre-hopping approach to production and writing that one could say is undauntedly ‘goin’ where the wind blows’.

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Premiere: RAIN DOGS – ‘CATACOMB EYES’

Words: James Frostick

Following quickly on the heels of debut single ‘Perilous Woman’, emerging Naarm/Melbourne trio Rain Dogs unveils a second single from its forthcoming self-titled EP – out soon via .jpeg Artefacts. ‘Catacomb Eyes’ is a pulse-quickening slice of atmospheric synth-pop – its understated urgency showcasing a talent for setting mood and mindset. 

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