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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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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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Track by Track: MAHNE FRAME – MAD WORLD (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Mahne Frame
Artist image: Tex Crick

Last week, Warrang/Sydney-born and Tokyo-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mahne Frame released MAD WORLD – an album of dystopian no-hoper club thump. A vivid reflection of contemporary millennial malaise, the search for purpose and holding on to love and positivity in a world quickly going to the dogs, the record is the perfect soundtrack for our turbulent times.

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Premiere: GLITORIS – THE SLUT POWER SESSIONS – LIVE AT THE BASEMENT (BUTTERCUP RECORDS, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Martin Ollman

Heralding the beginning of a rebuild for much of Australia’s music scene, Canberra-based punk four-piece Glitoris is releasing a live album filled end-to-end with scorching, apoplectic and unapologetic sonic pummelers. The Slut Power Sessions – Live at The Basement is more than just a scintillating recorded set of Glitoris’ greatest hits (so far), it’s a reminder of the band’s vital middle-finger-to-the-patriarchy ethos and the enlivening nature of the unadulterated live music spectacle.

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Listen: RATH – SELF-TITLED EP

Words: Connor Drum

RATH is the COVID-19 bedroom solo project of Sean Bailey (also of LAKES, GRANE and TOL), and his self-titled three-track tape is an excellent gothy response to the extremely grim reality of contemporary Australian life, and an interesting sketch for a concept that boasts a lot of potential.

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Track by Track: ELA STILES – SONGS ON HARMONIUM WITH VOICE (SELF RELEASE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Ela Stiles
Artist image and cover art: Cait Burgoyne

Today marks the official release of Songs On Harmonium With Voice – the new seven-track album from Ela Stiles. Comprised of old and new compositions – reworked utilising a spartan sonic palette – the record presents a haunting reimagining of tracks born at the opposite end of the musical spectrum. Experimental and pop-driven compositions become grounded and solemn, unveiling a hidden beauty discovered via Ela’s powerful vocal performance. 

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Track by Track: FRIENDSHIPS – FISHTANK (ANTEROGRADE / DOT DASH, 2020)

Words: James Frostick and Nic Brown

Earlier this week friendships officially dropped FISHTANK, a brand-new album of multifaceted electronic music and visual accompaniments – a reverberating opus that might be one of the year’s most remarkable releases. Nic Brown takes us through the album’s distinct movements via a track-by-track breakdown – a tour as surreal and otherworldly as the listening/viewing experience itself.

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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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