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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)

Track by Track: KIM SALMON & THE SURREALISTS – RANTINGS FROM THE BOOK OF SWAMP (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Kim Salmon
Artist image: Semiconductor Media

On Kim Salmon & The Surrealists’ eighth record Rantings From The Book Of Swamp, the enduring Aus underground veterans are getting weird with it. A worldwide live-streamed improvised performance is now a double album, one that smoulders and crackles with the immediacy of a live recording, but with an off-kilter poise that could only be nailed by a crew of seasoned veterans.

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Track by Track: THIBAULT – OR NOT THIBAULT (CHAPTER MUSIC, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Nicole Thibault
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Today Naarm/Melbourne-based dream-pop outfit Thibault releases its brand-new LP Or Not Thibault via esteemed label Chapter Music. Comprised of Nicole Thibault of Minimum Chips fame and members of current-gen groups such as Parsnip, Traffik Island and The Ocean Party, Thibault revels in lush and considered sounds – music that inspires a kind of beatific calm. Nicole has kindly shared insight into the record, including the thoughts that shaped and inspired it.

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Track by Track: POP FILTER – BANKSIA (BOBO INTEGRAL, OSBORNE AGAIN, SPUNK RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick & Pop Filter

On Friday August 21, Pop Filter released its debut record Banksia. While the album is somewhat of a continuation of the at-ease sound of progenitor outfit The Ocean Party, Banksia listens like a separate entity. The band took the time to share some insight on the album at large, revealing a maturity and composure that can only have been forged through a near-decade of constant collective creation. 

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Premiere: APCO – ‘DOGGONE (GOBLIN RIBS)’

Words: James Frostick

After dropping a kiloton of blistering and hard-chugging punk on our heads back in April in the form of their self-titled LP, Melbourne/Naarm wrecking crew APCO are back with a fresh slice of bare-boned crank. ‘Doggone (Goblin Ribs)’ is a prickly demo fashioned in isolation out in Victoria’s west – a murky taster of the band’s next batch of nervy punk wallopers. Continue reading Premiere: APCO – ‘DOGGONE (GOBLIN RIBS)’

Track by Track: TOM LYNGCOLN – RAGING HEAD (SOLAR/SONAR, 2020)

Words: James Frostick / Tom Lyngcoln
Image: Moodwar

Last week, Melbourne/Naarm-based musician Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony / The Nation Blue) released his second solo record Raging Head. A collection of immediate and arresting pandemonium, Raging Head shows Tom at his most furious, twisting himself into knots and lacerating everything in reach. Tom has kindly consented to breaking down the record track by track, from its peculiar composition to its conceptual drive.

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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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Premiere: TENDER CONNECTION – AN ISOLATION COMPILATION

Words: James Frostick
Romy Fox image: Keelan O’hehir
Artwork: Ange Deadbirdflying

As the country starts to slowly creep towards a sense of normalcy, several isolation-inspired projects are starting to see the light of day. The latest is Tender Connection – a compilation album put together by phenomenal queer-feminist label Tender Collection. The mix features work from a number of artists dabbling in the realms of experimental and outsider sound, resulting in a striking work that manages to form a silver lining of sorts around an incredibly dark cloud. We have the sincere privilege of premiering the release, which launches officially today!

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Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE

Words: James Frostick
Shove band image: Bad Band Pix

Even though Australia’s live-music scene has come to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus lockdowns, musicians haven’t remained idle. Melbourne/Naarm-based punk label Blow Blood Records has assembled a killer crop of musicians to contribute to A Long Time Alone – a new mixtape of tracks composed by members of Australia’s underground in isolation. The compilation dropped digitally this week, so we chatted with Blow Blood head honcho Christina Pap about the genesis of the release and how music can unite a socially-distanced community. Continue reading Interview: ACTIVITY IN ISOLATION – BLOW BLOOD RECORDS LAUNCHES A LONG TIME ALONE