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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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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.

Video Premiere: NEIL O’HARDTY – ‘MISS YOUR MOMENT’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Endless Prowl

At the end of July, underground hip-up and electronica artist Neil O’Hardty (formerly known as Blackheart) will drop a new album. Before it hits, we’re premiering the visuals for fresh track ‘Miss Your Moment’ – a measured number that blends a loose mix of complementary genres together with grown-up sentiments about seizing opportunities when they arise.

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Video Premiere: NERVE QUAKES – ‘DIVE WRECK’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: James Taylor

Phenomenal Perth-based goth-tinged post-punk unit Nerve Quakes have stepped back into the spotlight with news of a new album close on the horizon. ‘Dive Wreck’ is the first cut from the record – a dynamic and stirring track examining the loneliness of anxious episodes and the necessity of a caring support network.

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Premiere: DISCO JUNK – ‘I’M NO GOOD WITH NUMBERS BUT I KNOW WHICH TRAM I’M ON’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Bridget Angee
Cover art: Mary Lou

Melbourne/Naarm punks Disco Junk have cooked up a brand-new ripper of a track, out digitally today as part of a split 7″ through Goodbye Boozy Records. ‘I’m No Good With Numbers But I know Which Tram I’m On’ is a scrappy-yet-infectious number brimming with energy and sporting a sarcastic sneer. 

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Listen: DOUBLE VANITY – ‘ESCALATOR’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Kalindy Williams

Melbourne/Naarm-based trio Double Vanity recently dropped ‘Escalator’ – the second track from its forthcoming length album (out later this year via Psychic Hysteria). A lush and languid effort, ‘Escalator’ is an ode to life’s relentless upward trajectory and a reminder to stop and smell the roses once in a while. 

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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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