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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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Premiere: OV PAIN – ‘EXCESS AND EXPENDITURE’

Words: James Frostick
Band image and cover art: Josh Watson

Naarm/Melbourne via Dunedin experimental dark wave duo Ov Pain is making some moves ahead of the release of new album The Churning Blue of Noon – out next year via It Records. The album’s lead single ‘Excess and Expenditure’ is a gripping introductory statement to the group’s next chapter; a colossal monolith wrought from dark and intimidating sound, breathtaking in its sheer density and power.

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Listen: ROMERO – ‘TROUBLEMAKER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Kaitlyn Hickey

Naarm/Melbourne group Romero returns with a brand-new single called ‘Troublemaker’, helping blow back the leaden clouds that have lingered over our heads for most of the year. Another slice of euphoric power-pop brilliance, ‘Troublemaker’ reaffirms Romero’s emergence as one of the more vital and exciting things to happen in 2020.

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Video Premiere: 100 – ‘PSYCH’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: McLean Stephenson

A year on from the release of its previous single ‘Weightless’, Warrang/Sydney crew 100 is back – announcing its signing to newly minted label Endless Recordings and the arrival of fresh material to boot. Truculent new single ‘Psych’ is a staunch and uncompromising scud of murky post-punk that lashes out at the poseurs, pricks and pinheads that exist within the masculine milieu. 

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Track by Track: GREGOR – DESTINY (CHAPTER MUSIC, 2020)

Words: James Frostick & Gregor Kompar
Artist image: Ellen Fairbairn

Naarm/Melbourne prog-synth individualist Gregor is today releasing his anticipated sophomore album Destiny through esteemed institution Chapter Music. To celebrate, Gregor is taking us through the record via a track-by-track breakdown, shedding insight into his headspace and how the album – an adventure into anomalous otherworldly soundscapes and an inquiry into the humanity that underpins it – came to be.

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Listen: RED RED KROVVY – ‘BEFORE YOU DIE’ / ‘DESPISE THE RICH’

Words: James Frostick

Red Red Krovvy – a trio of some of the country’s fiercest punk-rock pugilists – are gearing up to throw down with the establishment on forthcoming album Managing. Soundtracking a vicious scrap with the ugliest elements of the self-centred elite, the record’s first two available tracks document RRK’s dogged determination to make cracks in the foundations – no matter how much their knuckles bleed.

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