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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Premiere: HIDEOUS SUN DEMON – ‘DISTRACTIONS’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: James Morris

Ever-entertaining Perth/Boorloo three-piece Hideous Sun Demon are making a racket of late – creating new music in anticipation of a to-be-announced release later this year. On Thursday the crew will officially drop a fresh single called ‘Distractions’, but we’ve got the pleasure of giving it the first spin today. Hideous Sun Demon have pivoted from the psych-fuzz of their earlier releases, crafting a gripping post-punk churner that explores our constant need for a diversion from life’s underwhelming reality, especially after the methods we use to offset it have lost their efficacy. 

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Premiere: CHLOE ALISON ESCOTT – ‘I KNOW THE SOUL BY ITS PRESENCE IN OTHERS’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Sarah Rhodes

Chloe Alison Escott – one half of Tasmanian noise-punk duo The Native Cats – will be releasing a new solo record in October via Chapter Music. Stars Under Contract is an album of pared-back piano and voice compositions – twin foundations supporting a collection of reflective thoughts and musings. We’re thrilled to be premiering the video for the album’s new single ‘I Know the Soul By Its Presence in Others’ – a delicate piece showcasing the tenderness and subtle majesty evident on the record at large. 

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Video Premiere: THE WERM – ‘SKINCRAWLIN”

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Emily Herbert

Simon Maisch from Melbourne/Naarm-based post-punk outfit Bitumen is stepping away from slithering industrial sonics with his new iso-project The Werm. Dipping into the realm of subterranean club music, Simon has fashioned a five-track EP of addled groove called Skincrawlin‘. We’re stoked to be premiering the visuals of the EP’s title track, which boasts mulched-up elements of conventional breakbeat that have been refashioned into a sublime slice of snappy downtempo EDM.

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Premiere: CHRIS SMITH – ‘ANIMAL’

Words: James Frostick

Melbourne/Naarm guitarist and songwriter Chris Smith is today announcing his fourth album Second Hand Smoke, his first full-length release since 2007’s Bad Orchestra. Lead single ‘Animal’ is a downcast self reckoning – a melancholy country-blues ballad about picking the stitching of the soul and plucking at the stuffing inside. 

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Premiere: CURED PINK – ‘THE NEW PUBLIC’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Josh Watson

Brisbane/Meanjin-born unconventional sonic outfit Cured Pink return with Current Climate – the first full-length album from the project in five years. Lead single ‘The New Public’ is a resonant and exhilarating listen, harnessing the outfit’s unbound ingenuity and knack for crafting singular sounds into something animated and engrossing. 

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Premiere: WYTCHINGS – ‘PATENT REDUX’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Hyun Lee

Ahead of the release of her forthcoming EP Oculus, Sydney/Warrang electronic artist Wytchings is dropping new single ‘Patent Redux’. Constructed out of ghostly threads of soothing ambience and delicate synthetic pit-a-pat, ‘Patent Redux’ is a luminous and crystalline composition that belies its genesis as a way of reclaiming identity.

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Video Premiere: DR SURE’S UNUSUAL PRACTICE – ‘COLLAPSE’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Tara Lea

A few months removed from the release of their new EP, Remember The Future? Vol. 1, oddball-punk outfit Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice are releasing the visuals for standout single ‘Collapse’. Make in conjunction with Ballarat-based Cake Industries, the mind-bending clip is a suitably warped accompaniment underscoring the grim prognostication at the core of the song itself.

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Listen: DAG – ‘I WILL MISS THE OCEAN (I WILL MISS THE TREES)’

Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of its debut LP Benefits of Solitude, Melbourne/Naarm-based group Dag has just dropped a new two-track release called Breathe Deeply. Lead single ‘I Will Miss The Ocean (I Will Miss The Trees)’ is a pristine piece of introspective songwriting – an ode to how the little things can tether and ground us when life’s errant gusts threaten to carry us off course. Continue reading Listen: DAG – ‘I WILL MISS THE OCEAN (I WILL MISS THE TREES)’

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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