NEW MUSIC: Under The Reefs Orchestra – Tucuman

Under The Reefs Orchestra are a Belgian trio who certainly know their way around a dark and hypnotic groove. Drums, guitar and bass saxophone combine in a haunting rhythmic mix of post rock and a dash of jazz. It works wonderfully too, conjuring squalls of guitar across a doom-laden desert backdrop. This is a live in-studio version of the song, their brand new single, of … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Under The Reefs Orchestra – Tucuman

NEW MUSIC: Waldo’s Gift – Kaleidoscope

Here’s some wild and freakish playing and composition from UK trio Waldo’s Gift. Jazz, post rock, avant prog and more combine on this fluttering, frenetic, precise yet freeing instrumental track that features an equally compelling video clip by Waveform Media. This beast grows and mutates, centred around that incessant metronomically pummelling rhythm. Hypnotic and thrilling stuff! Their debut album ‘Improvisations’, released May 10th consists entirely of music … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Waldo’s Gift – Kaleidoscope

LIVE REVIEW: Herbie Hancock @ Sydney Opera House

Herbie Hancock Sydney Opera House, June 10th 2019 Herbie Hancock has been playing jazz onstage for nearly sixty years and even though this was his second show of the day in the Opera House’s Concert Hall, the septuagenarian seemed to have boundless energy as he took the audience through a spellbinding two hours of jazz fusion. Hancock has always been one to evolve with the times … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Herbie Hancock @ Sydney Opera House

LIVE REVIEW: Khruangbin @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Khruangbin, Harvey Sutherland Metro Theatre 14 March 14th, 2019 by Chris Familton This was a night of very few voices given that both acts on the bill were primarily instrumental trios. It was the music that did the talking and it transformed the Metro into a wall-to-wall sea of bodies-in-motion and conjured up a celebratory vibe in the room. Harvey Sutherland, the self-described funk-synthesist, was … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Khruangbin @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

NEW MUSIC: Kip LaVie – Function Is Form

Taken from the brand new album This Creator, here’s a really nice track from Kip LaVie, a Portland-based producer. ‘Function Is Form’ has an aqueous feel, burbling and constantly in motion as organic and synthetic sounds intertwine and rise and fall in the mix. The arrangement and production is a standout on this track and stylistically he clearly draws on jazz, avant garde electronic composition … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Kip LaVie – Function Is Form

NEW MUSIC: Pardans – Hookers (with Hidden Depths) & Over The Moon And Beyond

Here are two live studio session tracks from the Danish jazz-punk quintet Pardans. They’ve been together since 2015 and draw equally from the jazz world of Ornette Coleman and the darker, knottier sounds of post-punk and Captain Beefheart. There’s a great intensity and drive in these songs – woozy, rambunctious and lurching, like Birthday Party falling down the stairs at a jazz joint. ‘Hookers (With … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Pardans – Hookers (with Hidden Depths) & Over The Moon And Beyond