In review: THE NO – VOLUME ONE (FAUSTIAN HAUS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Max Goodman
Cover art: Yuta Matsumura

Sydney/Warrang-based post-punk crew The No (featuring members of EXEK, Whores and Circle Pit) have dropped a new tape of vicious brain-sundering clatter. Boasting lashings of operatic goth rock and the nervy unpredictability of fellow Australian murk-punk noisemakers, Volume One is a noxious and narcotic wonder, enlivening and viscerally immediate. Continue reading In review: THE NO – VOLUME ONE (FAUSTIAN HAUS, 2020)

Premiere: GLUTEN PRIEST – ‘THE EVENT’ / ‘DUNNO STILL’

Words: James Frostick
Cover art: Franzi Datz

Ahead of the September release of their debut LP Love or Labour, Melbourne/Naarm garage-noir three-piece Gluten Priest are today dropping a couple of morsels to build appetite in anticipation of the main course. These two tasters oscillate between wired skulk and slippery downhill tumble, both tethered to each other by a shared energetic backbone.

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Listen: DIVIDE AND DISSOLVE – ‘RVR’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Billy Eyers

Kulin Nation-based heavy hitters Divide and Dissolve have announced a forthcoming 7″ release due out next month. The release’s A-side ‘RVR’ is a timely soundtrack for the world’s ongoing struggle against white supremacy – a ribcage-quivering maelstrom that is perfect to listen to while dismantling oppressive systems.

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Video Premiere: JAY & YUTA – ‘MYSTERIOUS FLAWS IN THE HOUSE WE BUILT OURSELVES’

Words: James Frostick

Last year Jay Cruikshank and Yuta Matsumura teamed up to create an album of offbeat winners called Condemned Compilations under the banner of Jay & Yuta. The unheralded effort is being given a second life this month with a brand-new vinyl release via Research Records. To celebrate, Jay & Yuta are dropping the visuals for stand-out track ‘Mysterious Flaws In The House We Built Ourselves’ – a unique piece of sound composed of oblique rhythms.

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Video Premiere: MILLENIUM COWBOY – ‘WILSON TANNER’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Harriet Fraser-Barbour

Introducing Millenium Cowboy – the solo ambient electronica project of Adelaide/Tarndanya musician Harriet Fraser-Barbour. Ahead of the August release of Millenium Cowboy’s debut EP MC-MOOD, we’re premiering the visuals for lead single ‘Wilson Tanner’ – a  deeply meditative work that coaxes out a hypnotic calmness.

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In review: NEW AGE NOISE – CONSTELLATION (INFORMATION AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Milkffish and Del Lumanta image: Bethan Cotterill

Parramatta’s New Age Noise Collective has released a new compilation called Constellation – a nine-track compendium of work from several emerging and established transgender, non-binary and female-identifying musicians. The compendium is a sublime sample of sonic cartography, putting on the map a community that is flourishing outside of the city’s male-dominated scene. 

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Premiere: YIRINDA – ‘NHAYA (TO SEE)’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Matt Redlich

On Friday July 3, storied label Chapter Music will be releasing Midnight Meditations, a compilation album featuring downbeat and ambient compositions contributed by a stellar collection of musicians. Today we have the privilege of premiering the record’s lead track, which comes from improvisational duo Yirinda. ‘Nhaya’ is a suitably meditative composition that blends glittering electronica with Aboriginal language and storytelling.

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Premiere: AGENCY – WILD POSSESSION (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: ZK Photo
Cover art: Adam J Bragg

After a few years of inactivity, Canberra-born post-punk/noise act Agency return with a new collection of music in tow. The band’s forthcoming record Wild Possession is finally seeing the light of day more than three years after its creation. This clamorous collection of haywire sound is as engrossing as it is chaotic, and we’re stoked to be hosting the premiere stream of the full album ahead of its official release on Friday July 3.

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Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL 1.

Words: James Frostick
Gordon Koang image: Duncan Wright

Too many songs, not enough time. Australia’s underground music scene is as fertile as ever, with new releases spilling out into cyberspace at a rate that’s nearly impossible to track alone. Brief Breakdown is a semi-regular column that endeavours to quickly touch on some of the songs that have been released in recent weeks. The reviews may be brief, but the appreciation is enduring. For volume one, we’re listening to tracks from Gordon Koang, Introduction, Thibault, Geld, Elmo Aoyama, Syzygy, City Rose, HighSchool, Cool Sounds and more. Continue reading Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL 1.

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