NEW MUSIC: Key Out – Chorus

 

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Straight outta Sydney come Key Out with their driving, insistent new post-punk single ‘Chorus‘. Their dark, melancholic and moody synth-rock is built on an insistent bass/drum machine combination and a melodic yet wistful lead vocal, bringing to mind acts such as Underground Lovers, Ride and New Order.

Key Out is an indie pop trio from Sydney, Australia. Its members (Paddy Haid, Rohan Geddes and Caroline Wake) have previously played in Ides of Space, Sounds Like Sunset, and with Sarah Blasko. Their forthcoming album, Anthropomorphia (June 26th), was recorded by the band at home, and mixed and mastered by Wayne Connolly (Amy Shark, Matt Corby) in his Sydney studio. The album will released on Nic Dalton’s (ex-Lemonheads) Half A Cow Records label.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: Future Museums – Leaving The Vessel

 

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Future Museums has released ‘Leaving The Vessel‘, a five minute long piece of sparkling, glistening kosmiche electronica that sounds like a robot stepping, blinking into the warm sunlight of a new day. The track from Austin TX-based multi-instrumentalist Neil Lord pulses with an analog new age Krautrock quality, the combined results of Lord’s experimentation with guitar, synths and drum machines.

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NEW MUSIC: Million Square – First Block

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Million Square (UK) released their new EP Spirit Bloom last month and one of the highlights is this track, ‘First Block’. Glitchy, effervescent, sparkly notes dart between the speakers above frantic scattershot beats. It’s IDM music but when a haunting, romantic saxophone enters the fray it takes on a new, jazz-leaning vibe and it works wonderfully.

London-based electronic duo, Million Square features double-bassist Max Luthert and saxophonist Duncan Eagles, who citing influences as diverse as Autechre and John Coltrane,  expertly blend the sounds of acoustic and electronic instruments.

NEW MUSIC: André Uhl – I Care About You, Just Not Right Now

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There are some serious sci-fi dark sonic forces at work on this new track from Berlin-based German musician André Uhl, who holds a master’s degree in futures studies and works as a futures researcher during the day. He dials into  an ominous and forbidding sound that pulses, throbs and pushes and pulls against the speaker cones. Everything is rhythmic, like the heartbeat of a city, the bass like a subterranean world of digital interconnectivity while the synth melodies teem above like a busy yet alienated metropolitan organism.

‘I Care About You, Just Not Right Now’ is the first single from Uhl’s upcoming album Relax and Implode, to be released on Berlin-based label Martin Hossbach on October 16th 2020.

According to Uhl: “The song deals with emotional confusion in a complicated relationship. It’s about proximity and distance, push and pull, and the struggle with toxic communication behavior. It tells about the kind of relationship you can’t escape from although you know you should.”

NEW MUSIC: Ria Hall – Walk

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Here’s a recently released new track from NZ’s Ria Hall, written with Laughton Kora. It’s a great slice of Pacific reggae but one that rides a minimal and dark rhythm instead of hitting summer jam heights. That works in its favour. Don’t get me wrong, it still gathers momentum and swings along with a real hook to it but it’s definitely on the lowdown tip. Dig it!

‘Walk’ comes from Hall’s new album Manawa Wera which is out now on Loop Recordings.

 

NEW MUSIC: BastienGOAT – Hexane

 

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There’s a great blend of cold industrial percussion and hot-blooded bass tones throughout this new track but US electronic producer BastienGOAT. Hailing from Pinole, CA, he’s just released his new Fumes EP – two tracks that carve some hard pummelling rhythms with haunted sci-fi sounds. A nod to the dynamics of drum & bass but firmly placed in the techno realm. There’s also a playfulness amid the heavy bass and moody atmospherics.

 

NEW MUSIC: Novelty Island – The End Of The Whirl

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Here’s some lush and immersive psychedelia courtesy of London-based musician Tom McConnell who records as Novelty Island. Recorded at the Abbey Road Institute’s studio, ‘The End Of The Whirl’ is an infectious cosmic trip that draws on the pop heavy explorations of The Beatles and more obscure English psych acts. The winning ticket is in the way he blends the hooks with a glam stomp – a warm and suitably warped cousin to Oasis, stripped of the posture and bombast.

‘The End Of The Whirl’ comes from the new Novelty Island EP Welcome To Novelty Island which takes in the art pop that Field Music do so well, Neil Finn’s bottomless well of melodicism, plus some dreamy electronica.

NEW MUSIC: Daniel McCagh – Altered States

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Australian composer and sound designer Daniel McCagh has just released his debut album Altered States, an immersive and sonically detailed collection of compositions that range from visceral sheets of digital rain to delicate filigrees and textures. He manipulates acoustic instruments to place them in evocative settings where the organic and synthetic sounds become one. It sounds futuristic yet connected to human spirit, blood flow and creativity.

The title track buzzes and shudders like a scene from a sc-fi film, all tension and a gradual gradient of intensity and right across the album there’s a sense of graceful wounded beauty.

Altered States is out now via n5MD