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Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 2

Words: James Frostick
Naretha Williams image: Christopher Sutherland

The year keeps on and so does the music. Volume two of Brief Breakdown charts some of the new song releases of the past month or so – everything from tooth-grinding synth-punk and dreamy scuzz to haunting organ-laced drone and unhurried, contemplative sax-laced pop. Continue reading Listen: BRIEF BREAKDOWN VOL. 2

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.

In review: ALBUMS RELEASED IN MARCH 2020

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Lisa Businovski

A lot of things went down in March 2020. As the nation shut its borders and everyone prepared themselves for the oncoming pandemic, a cloud seemed to hover over everything. Despite the ominous feeling permeating those weeks, the music scene kept churning out great records – some of which are candidates for best of the year. In an effort to keep track of the year’s best recorded material, Weirdo Wasteland is releasing monthly round-ups of albums and EPs that we didn’t have enough time to cover at the time of release. In no particular order, here is the best of what arrived in March …

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Premiere: ENDERIE – 3 (ANTEROGRADE, 2020)

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Sabina Rysnik

New noise emerges from the far reaches of Australia’s dance scene as Enderie releases a new collection of unsound electro thump.  3 – the new four-track EP out today via Anterograde – further charts Enderie’s trajectory from avant-rock destructor to hardware-manipulating club heretic. Exploratory and revelatory, 3 is a masterclass in deciphering how a mechanism works by taking it apart and playing with its core components. 

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In review: ALBUMS RELEASED IN FEBRUARY 2020

Words: James Frostick

In an effort to keep track of the year’s best recorded material, Weirdo Wasteland is releasing monthly round-ups of albums and EPs that we didn’t have enough time to cover at the time of release. Although these are shorter write-ups, review length shouldn’t be taken as an indicator of album quality – everything listed is good and should be given proper time of day to indulge appropriately. In no particular order, here is the best of what arrived in February …

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Listen: MARCUS WHALE – ‘A GHOST’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Louise Dietz-Henderson

Following on from his solo debut Inland Sea and Collarbones’ 2019 effort Futurity, Marcus Whale returns with full-length album on the way. New single ‘A Ghost’ is a song about resurrections, new beginnings and the unshackling of chains that bind. It’s an ode to fallen angels – regrowing wings and taking flight once more as idols to the cast offs and disowned masses on the fringe of society.

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Premiere: PARSNIP – ‘ADDING UP’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Jamie Wdziekonski
Cover art: Stella Rennex

Throw back the curtains and let the sun in – Parsnip is back with a brand-new four-song EP in tow! We’ve got the first spin of lead single ‘Adding Up’ – a signature Parsnip snappy pop-rock bop about making ends meet. 

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Listen: SPIKE FUCK – ‘BODY BY CRYSTAL’

Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of her acclaimed SMACKWAVE EP, Spike Fuck returns to the limelight with a delicate off-cut from the SMACKWAVE sessions. ‘Body By Crystal’ is a sorrowful insight back to Spike’s times of addiction – an unflinching tale coloured in blueish hues, boasting love-bruised guitar peals and sighs tinged with palpable sadness.

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Premiere: NOUGHTS – CONTENT (WEIRD PLACE, 2019)

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Photoyunist

On the eve of Weird Place Fest 2, Melbourne’s NOUGHTS are dropping its second EP Content, packed full of furious and speedy punk. Laced with a form of pressing and encompassing frenzy, Content forcibly grabs the ears of listeners and earnestly imparts its message – seemingly as if time is of the essence and everything hinges on our comprehension. 

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Listen: SWEET WHIRL – ‘STRANGE NEWS’

Words: James Frostick

Esther Edquist of Superstar fame has remerged back on the scene with news of a new EP under her Sweet Whirl guise. Ahead of the May release of the six-song effort Love Songs & Poetry, Esther has gifted our ears the delicate and velvety single ‘Strange News’. The gorgeous folky track is saturated with a rosy-cheeked dreaminess, inspired by near-romances and missed chances.
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