Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 3

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Louis Oliver Roach

The world keeps spinning, as does the Australian underground music scene. Volume three of Brief Breakdown features an eclectic mix of new music, including Time For Dreams’ warped electro-pop, bruised and boozed rock’n’roll from Knifer, an energetic exercise anthem from Hearts and Rockets, brutal hardcore from UAV, dystopian techno pop from Mahne Frame, dilapidated improvisational noise from Deepfake, experimental electronica by Bridget Chappell and soothing psych-pop from Muma Ganoush. 

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PREMIERE: SUPER-X – SUPER-X (SPOILSPORT RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Krister Bladh

Today marks the official release of SUPER-X’s debut self-titled album – a collection of head-rattling noise punk that delivers on the band’s early potential. Although blistering, bullying and blunt in tone and aesthetic, SUPER-X imbue their aural brouhaha with a rugged beauty that elevates the collection out of the murk.

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Video Premiere: SCREENSAVER – ‘STRANGE ANXIETY’

Words: James Frostick

Naarm/Melbourne-based darkwave crew screensaver are today releasing the visual accompaniment for their new single ‘Strange Anxiety’. Set to a shadowy sonic backdrop rippled with slashes of incandescent beauty, screensaver convey feelings of emotional dissonance and a growing disconnect with our current form of isolated existence.

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Track by Track: ELA STILES – SONGS ON HARMONIUM WITH VOICE (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Ela Stiles
Artist image and cover art: Cait Burgoyne

Today marks the official release of Songs On Harmonium With Voice – the new seven-track album from Ela Stiles. Comprised of old and new compositions – reworked utilising a spartan sonic palette – the record presents a haunting reimagining of tracks born at the opposite end of the musical spectrum. Experimental and pop-driven compositions become grounded and solemn, unveiling a hidden beauty discovered via Ela’s powerful vocal performance. 

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Premiere: MOON RITUALS – ‘AURA’

Words: James Frostick

Moon Rituals – the enigmatic creative pairing of Sarah Hardiman (Deaf Wish) and Mikey Young (Total Control / The Green Child) – have teamed up once more for a brand-new 7″ single as part of i heard a whisper’s Club Seven series. The single’s A-side track ‘Aura’ is a peppy piece of minimalist synth-pop on the surface, but it’s imbued with lyrical undertones that hint at serious conceptual beginnings.

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Track by Track: FRIENDSHIPS – FISHTANK (ANTEROGRADE / DOT DASH, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Nic Brown

Earlier this week friendships officially dropped FISHTANK, a brand-new album of multifaceted electronic music and visual accompaniments – a reverberating opus that might be one of the year’s most remarkable releases. Nic Brown takes us through the album’s distinct movements via a track-by-track breakdown – a tour as surreal and otherworldly as the listening/viewing experience itself.

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Video Premiere: DOLPHIN – ‘WINE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Eden Meure
Cover art: Amber Perez-Wright

Today marks the release of If You’re Cold They’re Cold, the debut album from Tasmanian group Dolphin. To celebrate the release, the band (which is comprised of members of The Foxy Morons and Slag Queens) is sharing the visual accompaniment to lead single ‘Wine’ – a downcast lo-fi jam that hints at an inner unhappiness and the unhealthy coping mechanisms we often rely on to persevere. Continue reading Video Premiere: DOLPHIN – ‘WINE’

Track by Track: CHRIS SMITH – SECOND HAND SMOKE (IT RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick

On Friday September 25, songwriter and guitarist Chris Smith released his long-anticipated record Second Hand Smoke via It Records. Assembled and recorded over the better part of a decade, Second Hand Smoke is a compendium of dog-eared ideas accumulated over years – musings that have been given time to mature and settle, creating a lived-in and fully realised end product. Chris has kindly shed insight into the record via a track-by-track breakdown – a wonderful accompaniment to the listening experience. Continue reading Track by Track: CHRIS SMITH – SECOND HAND SMOKE (IT RECORDS, 2020)

TRACK BY TRACK: SaD – SATURN RULES THE MATERIAL WORLD (TRANS-BRUNSWICK EXPRESS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Laura Du Ve

Today marks the official release of Saturn Rules The Material World – the debut album from SaD (Simona Castricum and Daphne Camf). This is a record that manages to navigate the choppy current of propulsive and murky techno and the leisurely eddies of minimal synth-laced balladry with equal amounts of poise. SaD have shared with us a track-by-track breakdown of the album in its entirety – not only its compositional origins and inspirations, but insight into the emotional heft the album carries. Continue reading TRACK BY TRACK: SaD – SATURN RULES THE MATERIAL WORLD (TRANS-BRUNSWICK EXPRESS, 2020)

Premiere: EGGY – ‘JOHNNY WHOOP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Fabian Hunter
Album art: Ashley Goodall

This November, Naarm/Melbourne-based surrealist-pop wunderkinds Eggy will be releasing its debut full-length record Bravo! through Spoilsport Records. Today the band is sharing the first listen of Bravo!‘s lead single ‘Johnny Whoop’, a superb glimpse at the group’s sonic eccentricities – playfully odd, sitting at the more outré end of the indie-pop spectrum.

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