NEW MUSIC: Tan Cologne – Alien

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Tan Cologne are the American duo of Lauren Green (formerly Mirror Travel) and interdisciplinary artist Marissa Macias who began collaborating in Taos, NM.

Their debut album Cave Vaults On The Moon In New Mexico came out last week and ‘Alien’ is a shimmering, atmospheric and gently propulsive example of the cosmic psychedelia that the pair have created.

You can hear the desert, the stars, the shimmering heat of the day and the cool twilight breeze as they blend their vocals and drape the sound in reverb and delay. Everything drifts lightly via the billowing and swirling guitars. Think Mazzy Star, Warpaint at the most ethereal and CAN suspended in a dream-state.

Cave Vaults On The Moon In New Mexico is out now via Labrador Records

NEW MUSIC: Dante Mazzetti – Cold Rain

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The spirit of Tom Waits is strong on this song from New York songwriter Dante Mazzetti. The skeletal jazz bones and intimate, smoky vocal delivery bring to mind Waits but as the song progresses you can also hear a bluesy Bad Seeds-styled rousing delivery gradually encroach on the pared back sound of the song.

‘Cold Rain’ comes from his recently released new EP Hotel Vol. 2. Of the EP, Mazzetti says “The music on this EP is a mixture of accessibility and wild imagery. I’ve always enjoyed making music that goes off on a tangent but doesn’t fall off the cliff. The songs are doors that open easily into bizarre worlds rather than places of comfort.”

Born and raised in New York City, Dante Mazzetti started playing the fiddle at the age of three. By five, he was learning guitar and writing his own songs. By the time he was a teen, he was playing on New York City subway platforms and performing in music clubs. Mazzetti was accepted to the Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan where he studied voice. He then went to Purchase College Music Conservatory to study Studio Engineering before moving to Austin, TX (for 6 months) to write his first album.

NEW MUSIC: Pure Moods – Backwards World

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Melbourne trio Pure Moods released their new album Upward Spiral late last year and this is one of the feature tracks from it, ‘Backwards World’. The song has that familiar lackadaisical Australian indie jangle and strum while also drawing a line back to Trans-Tasman bands such as The Chills. The rest of the album operates in similarly pleasing territory, ambling along in its own mellow and melodic world.

Pure Moods is the recording moniker of Adam Madric who has played in various Melbourne outfits (Bad Family, Closet Straights, Pearl Bay) before creating this name for his solo material. Upward Spiral is a selection of home recordings put together between 2016-2019.

LIVE REVIEW: Moon Duo @ OAF, Sydney

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The evolution of Moon Duo has been a slow and steady one over the last decade. Originally starting as a duo of Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada, the pair have retained their minimal aesthetic and core personnel but expanded their live performance to include a drummer and most recently, a stunning light show, by Manchester-based visual projection artist Emmanuel Biard, comprised of projections onto transparent material surrounding the band on three sides, creating a 3D prismatic effect.

After a DJ set from Angus Andrews of Liars that travelled through all kinds of psychedelic dimensions before curtains parted and the band emerged in their triangular realm, silhouettes magnified large above the audience’s heads. Any Moon Duo show is a journey that doesn’t necessarily have peaks, instead there are sonic waves, carrying the crowd on stratospheric journeys through thin atmosphere, twinkling synth lines and winding, searching guitar filigrees or dragging them down into subterranean head trips to the centre of the earth. The Krautrock drive and relentless rhythms were like a superhighway – sleek and endless, the motorik bass and melodies of Yamada the perfect balanced foil to Johnson’s more traditional psych rock soloing – heavy on effects and open-ended explorations of the outer limits.

Tracks from most of their albums peppered the set and they finished off with their recent cover of Alan Vega’s ‘Jukebox Babe’, a perfect homage to one of their strongest influences. The combination of the visuals and the consistent and cohesive adherence to their musical parameters made the set a wholly immersive and transportive experience for the audience and no doubt the band as well.

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NEW MUSIC: Quivers – When It Breaks

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We’ve dug everything we’ve heard from Quivers and this single, released toward the end of 2019 is no exception. That blend of jangly/chiming guitars, melancholy and effortless momentum. It’s like a road trip soundtracked by The Byrds and The Bats. Lovely stuff.

Quivers is the lyric-driven guitar-pop project of Tasmanian Sam J Nicholson. Having moved to Melbourne, the band is rounded-out by Bella Quinlan (bass), Holly Thomas (drums) and Michael Panton (lead guitar).

NEW MUSIC: Mazeppa – The Way In

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Mazeppa are an Israeli psychedelic rock band who have recently released the video clip for their second single from their upcoming album.

Michal Perez Noy, a Haifa musician and composer, initiated in 2017 a project to compose songs by the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke. She was soon joined by Asaf Koren (guitar), Elad Bardes (bass) and Amir Noy (drums) and what started as the Rilke project became Mazeppa.

‘The Way In’ finds the band conjuring up some mystical spirits of fire and forest and twisting them into hypnotic shapes and phrases. It’s a hallucinogenic experience of the sonic variety and they tread a perfect line between the euphoric baggy vibe of the 90s and a tougher rock sound, more in the realm of The Doors and Velvet Underground.

 

NEW MUSIC: Talk Show – Banshee

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There are some really interesting new bands coming out of the UK at the moment. From Black Midi to Dry Cleaning, Shopping to Black Country, New Road. All of them are taking indie rock, post-punk and art pop and sifting in experimental elements of free-from expression.

Talk Show combine post-punk rhythm and edge really nicely on this new track which comes from their forthcoming March EP These People.

Lead vocalist and guitarist Harrison Swann says of the track; “At its core, Banshee is a frustrated lovelorn tale. We didn’t want Banshee to feel depressing or hopeless, more heartfelt and ardent. I wanted the lyrics and song to progress through a relationship which brings no resolution, nor closure for the protagonist. Focused on melodic guitar lines and the rhythm section supporting the lead vocal, it helped us to create an uplifting track with a melancholic undertone.”

Talk Show are: Tom Holmes (Guitar), Chloe MacGregor (Drums), George Sullivan (Bass), Harrison Swann (Guitar and vocals).

 

NEWS: Mick Harvey Announces New Soundtrack

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Mick Harvey will release his first soundtrack in ten years with Waves of ANZAC / The Journey via Mute / [PIAS]on 3 April 2020.

The album features two recent soundtracks to powerful subject matters recorded by Mick Harvey. The first, Waves of Anzac looks at Sam Neill’s personal family history interwoven with the history of the First World War and the ANZACs through to the modern era while the second, The Journey, is a four-part composition released in support of #KidsOffNauru, a campaign working for the child refugees and people seeking asylum who find themselves in offshore detention.

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Waves of ANZAC is represented by 13 tracks selected from the score for the ABC documentary on forgotten war stories and lives lost. The documentary is a personal history by the actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Piano) set against a contemporary increasingly divided political backdrop. ‘Why ANZAC? with Sam Neill’ (Dir. Kriv Stenders, 2015) is named for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served together in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in World War I and continued as a military unit until after WW2. The film is a look at this pivotal point in our shared history, and the impact it still has on a personal and on a geopolitical level. Harvey recently examined this period via the prism of a fictional soldier/poet for his collaboration with Christopher Richard Barker, The Fall and Rise of Edgar Bourchier and the Horrors of War.

The Journey
 is a four-part composition, recorded with The Letter String Quartet, in support of people seeking asylum who have found themselves in Australia’s offshore detention program. The piece was composed as a study of the hardships endured by the detainees on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island before and during their internment and as an expression of hope for a humane outcome to their plight.

Waves Of ANZAC
1. Turkish Theme
2. Waves of ANZAC
3. First Anniversary
4. The Somme
5. Archives
6. Poppies
7. The Lovells
8. The Cemetery
9. Modern War
10. Vietnam
11. Crete
12. Back at Kiatora
13. Return to Anzac Cove

The Journey 
with The Letter String Quartet 

Part 1: Conflict
Part 2: All at Sea
Part 3: Capture (Not Real Refugees)
Part 4: Hope