Words: James Frostick
Brisbane’s Blank Realm emerges after a few years of quiet with an album of largely instrumental tracks. While not continuing the dazzling psych-pop wonder of previous records, Last Seen is an engaging and impressive study in atmosphere, musicianship and sonic world building.
Continue reading In review: BLANK REALM – LAST SEEN (HOBBIES GALORE, 2018)
One of Australia’s most intriguing darkwave electronic acts is revisiting its stellar 2015 debut EP. Mollusc’s self-titled effort is a gripping example of the depth and nuance evident in the burgeoning genre over the past few years, and this remastered effort further solidifies the duo’s reputation as experts in the art and is a prophetic predictor as to the quality of their subsequent works. It Records is releasing the remastered version of the EP, which comes paired with a collection of remixes from some of Mollusc’s talented contemporaries.
Continue reading Premiere: MOLLUSC – SELF-TITLED EP AND REMIXES (IT RECORDS, 2018)
Words: Doug Wallen
The debut solo album from Perth’s Stephen Bailey is a focused and immersive collection of tracks that is devastatingly dreamy and intimate.
Continue reading In Review: STEPHEN BAILEY – SILO (DUSKY TRACKS, 2017)
Turning frustration and anger into humour and joviality, Heat Wave’s Dead Beats is the perfect soundtrack for those too burned out on life’s issues. It’s a soundtrack of synth-heavy party punk that laughs at the futility of it all – made by a band that is choosing to face the world, lumps and all, with a sneer and a playlist of jams fit to dance to.
Continue reading Premiere: HEAT WAVE – DEAD BEATS (PSYCHIC HYSTERIA, 2017)
Figures in Sight by Glitter Veils is a consummate and vivid album that blends delicate beauty with understated power.
Continue reading In Review: GLITTER VEILS – FIGURES IN SIGHT (FLEXIBLE RECORDS, 2017)
This self-titled effort from Sydney’s Orion makes good on the group’s early promise with a collection of songs that resonate and startle with bristling energy and emotional authenticity.
Continue reading In Review: ORION – ORION (COOL DEATH RECORDS, 2017)
Desire by California Girls is an album of subterranean vibrancy. Colour is illuminated by pulsing strobes, revealing silhouettes of gyrating bodies. It’s a engrossing listen, making you wonder what happens in the darkest recesses of the night.
Continue reading In Review: CALIFORNIA GIRLS – DESIRE (OCHRE BEAT, 2016)