Tag Archives: Melbourne Music

Premiere: PALM SPRINGS – PALM SPRINGS & FRIENDS (TENDER COLLECTION, 2018)

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Erica Dunn – known to many as the magnetic guitarist and vocalist for bands such as MOD CON and Tropical Fuck Storm – has unplugged and mellowed for her solo guise Palm Springs. Palm Springs & Friends is Erica’s new album, out officially today through Tender Collection. The record is an incredible collection of outsider folk, plumbing the depths of Erica’s mind and offering eight tracks that are startling in their immediacy and lingering in their impact.  It’s our pleasure to premiere the album in full, as well as to talk to Erica about the record’s formation and creative intent.

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Listen: HEXDEBT – ‘COVENANT’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Jamie Wdziekonski

Coinciding with an incredible showing and response at their mini-fest HEXFEST, incandescent Melbourne-based quartet HEXDEBT have announced that a new album is approaching on the horizon. The first taste of the record is ‘Covenant’, a brilliant and searing example of HEXDEBT’s near-unmatched intensity and barely contained fury.

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Premiere: CRUSH CRUSH – SELF-TITLED (EASTMINT RECORDS, 2018)

Words: James Frostick

Ahead of the release of its official release on July 13 through Eastmint Records, avant-garde duo Crush Crush is giving us a preview listen of their debut self-titled album. Steeped in experimental sonic sensibilities, Crush Crush’s collection of tracks explores the possibilities of what can be done with less, resulting in a purposefully off-kilter but intriguing assembly of sounds.

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Premiere: EMPAT LIMA – CLING CLANG CLUTTER

Words: James Frostick
Banner image: Nicola Leone

After three years of work, Empat Lima is on the precipice of dropping its debut full-length album this Thursday June 28. Cling Clang Clutter showcases the Melbourne trio in full flight, soaring through styles and mind states across 45-odd minutes of astounding and perfectly executed free-wheeling pop madness. Diverse, distinct and downright irresistible – Cling Clang Clutter is a celebration of sound, paying homage to inspirations new and old. We’ve got an early listen for you to devour.

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Premiere: DRUNK MUMS – ‘ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES’

Words: James Frostick

Punchy and vagarious hard-rock outfit Drunk Mums are building up momentum towards another potent assemblage of hard-bitten noise. The band’s new album Urban Cowboy will be moseying over the horizon as the sun sets on 2018, but the Melbourne-via-Cairns malcontents are kicking the party off early with ‘Roll With The Punches’. The track is a hefty power-pop kicker about getting beaten down by life but never collapsing under the weight of its bullshit, proving beyond all doubt that nothing brightens a mood better than loud music.

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Listen: MOON RITUALS – ‘SKY DANCE’

Words: James Frostick
Image: Rebecca Liston

Sublime synth-pop outfit Moon Rituals has announced its long-awaited LP, filled with eight tracks of glittering arrangements. ‘Sky Dance’ is the album’s lead single, and depicts a meeting of opposed forces – an interaction between Yin and Yang and the undeniable attraction that draws them together.

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