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Premiere: HEXTAPE – ‘TOYOTA’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Lou Wheeler

We are pleased as punch to be premiering ‘Toyota’ the new single from sound artist Hextape aka Bridget Chappell.  Shaped by moon-lit cityscape explorations and fractured science-fiction imagery, the track oscillates between nighttime lurk and throbbing, pulse-quickening techno.

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Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 2

Words: James Frostick
Naretha Williams image: Christopher Sutherland

The year keeps on and so does the music. Volume two of Brief Breakdown charts some of the new song releases of the past month or so – everything from tooth-grinding synth-punk and dreamy scuzz to haunting organ-laced drone and unhurried, contemplative sax-laced pop. Continue reading Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 2

Listen: TOM LYNGCOLN – ‘2020 VISION’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Moodwar

Ahead of the August 14 release of his second solo album Raging Head, Melbourne/Naarm-based musician Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony, The Nation Blue) is dropping new single ‘2020 Vision’ today. Although likely penned prior to the world going to hell in a handbasket, this blistering squall perfectly encapsulates the shit-show that has been 2020 so far. 

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Track by Track: MARCUS WHALE – LUCIFER (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Artist Image: Jarred Beeler
Cover art: Jack De Lacy

Last week, solo musician/composer/performance artist Marcus Whale officially released their second full-length record Lucifer, an album that explores the idea of devotion, a recontextualisation of religious rituals and repositioning the titular figure as a queer icon – something other than a malevolent force of evil. To help give better insight into the album’s conceptual foundations and execution, Marcus has offered up an in-depth track-by-track breakdown of Lucifer in its entirety. 

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In Review: AUSTRALIAN IDOL – SELF-TITLED EP (GONE WITH THE WEED, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jake Ollett

Australian Idol – featuring members of Rebel Yell, Concrete Lawn and Set-Top Box – have released a pulse-quickening EP of blissfully dissonant techno through Parisian label Gone with the Weed. Here we have five tracks of disorienting and dystopian dance-floor mulchers created by kids disconnecting with reality in real time.  

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Video Premiere: INTRODUCTION – ‘INTRODUCTION’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Capital Waste Pictures

Just over a month ago, Adelaide/Tarndanya trio Introduction released their debut self-titled EP – a collection of six beautifully minimal synth-pop -meets-post-punk gems. Today we’re thrilled to be premiering the visuals for standout track ‘Introduction’, a suitably mellow and hypnotic statement of intent that perfectly encapsulates the band’s understated power. 

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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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