Doubtful Sounds Presents: The Ramalamas, Darren Cross, The Finalists @ The PBC

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Hey, we’re putting on a gig! Yep, we go to so many gigs and we know a good lineup when we see one so we’re putting on a Sydney show with three great acts. There’s a personal disclaimer with this in that I play bass in The Finalists.

Head to The Petersham Bowling Club on Sunday March 10th and you can catch the cosmic country, psych rock ‘n’ roll of The Ramalamas, the sonic alchemist that is Darren Cross (think a future folk version of Leo Kottke meets lo-fi, psychedelic, avant pop) and newish Sydney group The Finalists who blend twelve-string Rickenbacker jangle with post-punk and indie psych rock.

Plus a specially curated DS playlist between bands.

Petersham Bowling Club
The Green Room (downstairs)
Sunday March 10th
3PM $10

 

NEW MUSIC: Farmertan – Madness

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Farmertan might be a new name to our readers but they’ve been treading the boards since the early 90s, working away at their rootsy, indie rock n roll sound. This song ‘Madness’ comes from the Connecticut band’s brand new album Captains Of Industry (out now) and captures that parched melodic sound that bands like Big Star, The Replacements, The Lemonheads, Buffalo Tom and others perfected in their heyday.

NEW MUSIC: Kayla Painter – Sacrificial Magic

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Bristol-based Kayla Painter has released a new EP called Cannibals At Sea. Taking influence from her mixed British and Fijian heritage, Painter creates a hypnotic and mystical piece of experimental music that takes in tonal explorations, drone, ethereal vocal layers and electronic and traditional instrumentation. The result is mesmerising, haunting and alluring.

NEW MUSIC: Hercules & The Bricks – Gena Rowlands

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This track (named after the American actress Gena Rowlands) by Melbourne group Hercules & The Bricks, snuck up on us and burrowed into our synapses over the last week or two. There’s a post-punk cabaret vibe, a dramatic noir aesthetic that gives the song a timeless feel. It could have come out of the 80s art-pop underground yet it draws a line right through Melbourne bedsits across the decades, right up to the knowing styles of Jack Ladder and Alex Cameron. Get lost with The Bricks.

NEW MUSIC: Stray Fossa – Swells

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Great sounds out of Charlottesville, VA on this track ‘Swells’. Stray Fossa are a trio who deal in atmospheric and dreamy indie rock. This one rids along on a melancholic afterthought of a vocal, backed by billowing guitar textures, synths, effects and a rhythm section that maintains a warm and steady pulse. It’s one of those immersive tracks to get carried away by. Romantically bruised guitar music.

NEW MUSIC: Hark Madley – Empathy (single edit)

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Hark Madley is the immersive exploration of genre-blending soundscapes realized by Los Angeles based producer and composer Mark Hadley. This track comes from his new album Stream, released last week.

This single edit of ‘Empathy’ finds him using smeared, low pulsing sounds as the backdrop to some super minimalist piano playing. Those contrasts of beauty and sonic bruising make for a fascinating track that is as hypnotic and soothing as it is gently ominous.

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NEW MUSIC: Mother Anxiety – Father Time

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Here’s a new tune from Ben Serna-Grey (Mother Anxiety), someone I haven’t come across before. ‘Father Time’ has a really interesting mix of drone and otherworldly folk music yet it’s placed in a compositional, electronic realm where the different sonic mediums are mixed and twisted, layered and densely woven together, to the point of static decay and fractal implosion. The result is quite mesmerising.