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BON CHAT, BON RAT.

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Very rarely do you hear a song that actually does what the presser says it does. ‘Escapism’ is the new one from Bon Chat, Bon Rat. In their email, they state that “This is as aussie as Seekae and Australian Crawl having a jam session underwater in a time machine.

And, it’s bloody spot on. There’s the classic Australian songwriting evoking that sense of space. And then there’s that slightly off-kilter instrumentation that sways, and curves and has so much going on, but still manages to sound sparse and sporadic, and completely complimenting the vocals.

The track is taken off the bands new EP Burning Palms due out soon. KEEN!

Miks

LAURA JEAN.

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I wrote about Laura Jean‘s ‘First Love Song’ a little while ago, it’s one that affected me a little. Coupled with the destructiveness of the lyrics was this real intimacy, a real sense of being still and being with, present even.

The clip furthers this stillness. It feels like home video, but isn’t captured in the way that most home video is. There’s no ‘oh hey man, how can we make this footage look all retro and stuff like we rescued it from an old camera that was stuck in the attic even though we only just recorded it the other day, and hey, isn’t instagram the best?’

Instead, it’s just footage. It’s just friends being silly and stupid with each other, and intimate in a very still way. It’s beautiful footage in that it captures all that is eery, strange, and close.

The clip was directed by Laura’s cousin Alice Englert, an Aussie actress/film maker now based in London. Incidentally, Alice is also the daughter of the director, screenwriter, Australian and international film legend Jane Campion – may come in handy at that next trivia night that is rather specific because it is about female auteurs from Australia and their children.

Miks

LITTLE DEED.

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I have this playlist, and you know it is currently my favourite one.

I wouldn’t normally pick a favourite child like that, but it’s just so much more lovable than the others. For decompressing, disappearing with or even just being acceptable at dinner (at least in comparison to the grinding noises and disjointed art projects of my other playlists).

See I jammed it full of one of the more timeless sounds going right now – this minimal, spaced songtronica. A cold minimal beat, warm human voice, off time piano, VERBBBB. We’re talking SOHN, Erik Hassle – beautiful list.

But I am still wracked, WRACKED with guilt because it is currently unaustralian. You see, YOU’RE allowed to listen to whatever you want but this is an Australian music blog and WE have our responsibilities. It’s not all champagne and private jets writing for revenue-free blogs – sometimes we also need to bloody look after the koalas and have sunset beers on the beach and flaming listen Australian. There is good stuff close to the sound, but nothing native yet that has been at home in that list.

So imagine my delight when this one bubbled up from Sydney’s Little Deed. Low plays on the first track, so we shoppers are in on the first floor this time.

Neon‘ is totally in that same wonderful space. It slips from anthemic to claustrophobic, epic to personal. There’s a vintage influence too, I can’t feel if it’s a kind of blues or soul hint maybe.

This seems to be some kind of radio edit (my sleuthing has gone as far as the song title – you’re welcome), but I’d definitely eat 6 mins of this, so maybe she has a plan for an EP with a longer cut.

Thanks Little Deed, whoever you are, you’re about to break into my current fav playlist.

Adam

HOPIUM.

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The first cut from Hopium threw me a bit. It was intense – ‘a track about the prospect of loss, a track about the intimacy and physical embodiment of human emotion‘.

This new cut ‘Dreamers’, is, on the surface, far more, for want of a better, more appropriate word, up. It’s brash in it’s production, unashamedly pop in it’s sound and outlook. It also features Phoebe from Snakadaktal, that band that captured many a heart a few years ago. When you have a listen though, the lyrics actually are a little down – the chorus begins:

‘you said this would be your year,
but you fucked around now december’s here,
you must be one of the dreamers’

This cut down, the reminder that perhaps you’re actually not as good as you think you’re going to be, is incredibly depressing, sure. It’s also pretty bloody direct, in your face with it’s aggression, albeit a fierce aggression lamenting the other end of the spectrum: laziness.

Hopium are definitely on to something. They manage to capture a state of being, a state of youth if you like, that gets little honest coverage. Really keen to hear more.

Miks

DORSAL FINS.

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Mate, this guy, Liam McGorry from all those bands, has done a bit of pop perfection with his DORSAL FINS project. The new track ‘Monday Tuesday’ just feels smooth, everything is in it’s right place, nothing goes longer than it needs, and those vocals, damn.

The vocals aren’t Liam’s though (yeah, I was as shocked as you – we’re not all Andy Bull I suppose). They’re Ella Thompson‘s, who you might know from singing with The Bamboos and AXOLOTL. And although that production rollicks along, and you’d be dead inside if you stayed still after pressing play, the vocals carry it – they elevate the track into something that resembles a real, drop-dead amazing bit of crafted pop music.

If you’re down in Melbourne also, then make sure you check them out – they’re playing two shows at The Workers Club (Wed 23rd and Wed 30th July). More details here.

Miks

5THS.

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Oh man. Sometimes all you need is some smooth nu-soul production stuff to just wash over you and take you in in it’s 90s throwbacks, beaut falsetto, and just that groove.

Damn.

5ths is the new collaborative project from Pip Norman, who also goes by the Count Bounce moniker. ‘Sell It To Me’ features Jarryd Klapper, a fella from Bissie. It’s the first taste of what 5ths will be doing, and I like it heaps.

Miks

JANE TYRRELL.

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The debut solo track from Jane Tyrrell kind of nails the concept of space. There’s room to breathe in ‘Wild Waters’ – it doesn’t overbear at any point, rather, there’s a sparseness to the production – even when the big climax hits at 2:45.

And of course, Jane’s foray into solo work also speaks of space – this doesn’t sound as though it falls under the broad umbrella of hip-hop that is The Herd. You couldn’t really argue that it’s falls into the nu-soul basket either. Instead, there’s a real pop sensibility to it all, although sitting within this dark and murky bed of mood and sound. It’s smart production that does just enough. Somehow it’s managed to find where that line is and although it teeters on the edge at points, it never steps over into the over-the-topness that so much solo pop stuff does.

The track is taken off a full length, due out sometime during the second half of this year. If this is any indication as to the rest of Jane’s solo work, then I reckon’ we’re in for something good.

Miks

[PREMIERE] COOL SOUNDS.

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We’re lucky enough to premiere this new clip from those rad Melbourne guys Cool Sounds.

As a track, ‘Safe Flight’ is sort of a no-holds-bar approach to songwriting. There doesn’t feel like there’s any filler in here – everything, even the strumming patterns, the sax lines (provided by Mr Snowy Nasdaq), and those little synths at the end (provided by our mate Zac Denton of Ciggie Witch) feels done on purpose, and not just because that’s what happened when they jammed on a riff and thought it sounded good.

Similarly, the clip also takes that step above. We’ve seen clips like this before – that old VHS footage thing has been done forever, but there’s something about the way it’s all interspersed, and layered, and everything else. And although it most likely wasn’t done on purpose, the approach mimics the layers going on in the track itself rather nicely.

The track was mixed by Sam Wilkinson from Sydney guys Day Ravies and it comes from the bands new tape Melbourne Fashion due out next month on new label Whalesmouth which is run by JJ from the rad Bandcamp Hunter.

Really keen to hear more from these guys!

Miks

GRANDSISTER.

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This track, ‘Our Company’, it sounds easy. You could go as a far as to suggest that perhaps, not a lot of effort went into making it.

I think that’s an easy route though. Sure, I think lots of people might hear this and think, oh but I could make that maybe. And i’d go, hey man, wanna fucking medal? The fact that it sounds as though you could do it is not the point. I mean, it is partly the point in that it helps to make the track feel relatable, but the main point that I think is really important to get across is that this is a project that, sure, wears it’s influences on it’s sleeve (New Order, Grafton Primary etc), but it still manages to sound fresh and not like anything else being created NOW. And I think that’s where the ingenuity lies – GRANDSISTER obviously knows where he’s going with this project, and it’s being stuck in that sense of propelling, continuous motion that makes this work.

GRANDSISTER is the work of a Sydney based dude by the name of Will Colvin who you might also know as front man of HEDGE FUND. Looking forward to hearing more of this fellas work.

Miks

JUNE ’14 MIX.

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Image from JL

Oh haiiiii! How you doin? June was a bit of a rad old month full of heaps of great great music full of heaps of different different styles and things like that.

And without wanting to highlight one track over another, and also because writing something about every track would take me just a little too much time, and that be time that I don’t have, although by taking forever to finish off this sentence then that may not seem the case, i’ll write about just a few.

It’s hard to escape the impact the new LUCIANBLOMKAMP track will have and has already had on how electronic music is not only made but also where it can go.

Ex-pats Shorts (the project of Mikael Caterer from Love Connection as well as Scott and Charlene’s Wedding) continues that Aussie jangle tradition but instead combines it with a ‘clean’ production.

And then, of course, the new Dick Diver. It’s hard to write about ‘New Name Blues’ without simply repeating what every other interpretation has stated. What I will say though is that here’s a band that continually get better and evolve and aren’t afraid to enter into intelligent political discussion whilst still maintaining this accessible and lovely feel.

MAAMF – JUNE ’14 MIX. 

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TRACKLISTING:

Shorts – Berlin 1971
Melbourne Cans – Drowned Rats
The Zebras – Chase
Peter Joseph Head – One Thing (The Ballad of Breaking Bad) 
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Tobias Hengeveld – Fools Rush In
Owen Rabbit – Police Car (Right Click/Save As)
Lower Spectrum – Khlever 
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Broadway Sounds – Booby Trap
Big Smoke – Colours 
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Ilias – Fire Away
Tim Shiel – Priorities
LUCIANBLOMKAMP – Help Me Out
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Dick Diver – New Name Blues

Miks

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