SCREAMING BONES STRETCH OUT THROUGH DUB, POST ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIA

Screaming Bones is the one-man project of Mike Ludwig who lives near Darmstadt in Germany. Browsing through his Bandcamp page it quickly becomes clear that he’s a creative spirit, with a collection of EP and album releases under Screaming Bones name. ‘Not Welcome’ slowly unfurls across seven minutes of dubbed out sensory immersion. The repeating synth/bass motif casts a nod to ‘Papa Was A Rolling … Continue reading SCREAMING BONES STRETCH OUT THROUGH DUB, POST ROCK AND PSYCHEDELIA

SOFT CELL AND PET SHOP BOYS JOIN FORCES FOR NEW SINGLE

Taken from the forthcoming new Soft Cell album, *Happiness Not Included (May 6th), ‘Purple Zone’ was originally pitched to Pet Shop Boys for a remix before wheels were set in motion and a true collaboration took place. The track is pretty much exactly as you’d expect both acts to sound together, in this case a great thing. Continue reading SOFT CELL AND PET SHOP BOYS JOIN FORCES FOR NEW SINGLE

THE DEBUT ALBUM BY SYDNEY TRIO OWO IS OUT NOW

oWo possess a dark and supremely catchy sound that casts a familiar shadow back to the 90s heyday of alternative Australian rock music while still sounding like a pure product of the bars and pubs of Sydney’s Inner West in 2022. In the immortal words of oWo, “Rock’s not dead. It’s just inherently unstable.” On the back of the well-received singles ‘Super Role Model’ and ‘Exit Plan‘, the … Continue reading THE DEBUT ALBUM BY SYDNEY TRIO OWO IS OUT NOW

POPSTRANGERS RETURN WITH NEW SINGLE, ‘ARE PIGEONS DOVES?’

New Zealand (UK-based) band Popstrangers are back with a new single, their first released on Rice Is Nice Records and their first new music since 2014. ‘Are Pigeons Doves?” drifts along with a hypnotic, ethereal feel. There’s a tinge of Radiohead in the underlying tension, high register vocal and drum-less arrangement. Popstrangers explain: ‘Are Pigeons Doves?’ is about the conversation I had with a friend, where he … Continue reading POPSTRANGERS RETURN WITH NEW SINGLE, ‘ARE PIGEONS DOVES?’

NEW MUSIC from rapid-fire Perth punks Last Quokka

Metronomic mayhem abounds on this latest single from West Australian group Last Quokka. A killer stop-start bass sound kicks things off before the rest of the band lock and load. There’s a jerk and wired aesthetic to ‘Cue‘ that contrasts perfectly with the moments where the ripping guitar chords and electrically charged riffs gatecrash the track. You can hear Parquet Courts and Eddy Current Suppression … Continue reading NEW MUSIC from rapid-fire Perth punks Last Quokka

NEW MUSIC from noisy Chicago Krautrock/post-punk group Koalra

‘The Fires Burned‘ drops the gears and hits the accelerator, immediately levelling out at cruise controlled high speed sense of urgency, there’s a Krautrock insistency locked into the rhythm section – as much chug and churn as narcotised tunnel vision. Mantra-like vocals intone deep nothings across the pealing and swirling guitars. Distortion harnessed like a controlled back burn – where the forest meets the desert. This … Continue reading NEW MUSIC from noisy Chicago Krautrock/post-punk group Koalra

NEW MUSIC: Syndrom Samazvanca – Alimpijada-20

Cosmic Krautrock rhythms, mystical atmospheric electronica and psychedelic space rock are the orders of the day on this superb instrumental track from this Belarusian duo. They cite both CAN and King Gizzard as influences and that’s a good description of the heady grooves at play on this track. The song comes from Syndrom Samazvanca‘s (translated as “imposter syndrome”) new album Sonk, out now via streaming services … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Syndrom Samazvanca – Alimpijada-20

NEW MUSIC: Black Country, New Road release new single ‘Snow Globes’

Black Country, New Road have just shared a new single titled ‘Snow Globes‘, the fourth track to be taken from their second album, Ants From Up There, which will be released February 4 on Ninja Tune. Last year’s For The First Time was our favourite album of 2021 so we’re damn excited to hear the new one in a few weeks! The track sees the band shift between delicacy and … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Black Country, New Road release new single ‘Snow Globes’

NEW MUSIC: Destroyer – ‘Tintoretto, It’s For You’. New album coming in March! 

Dan Bejar (Destroyer) is back with a brand new album Labyrinthitis coming in March (25th) via Bella Union. It’s being described as brimming with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Dan Bejar’s notes woven through by a trove of allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. The record circuitously draws ever inward, each turn offering giddy surprise, anxious esoterica, and thumping emotionality at … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Destroyer – ‘Tintoretto, It’s For You’. New album coming in March! 

NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Cong! The Singer

Here’s another winner from Melbourne artist Cong Josie, the frayed nerve endings of ‘Cong! The Singer’. It’s an urgent and insistent sound, shrouded in electronic anxiety and the sweaty palmed fever dream delivery of Alan Vega from Suicide. Psychobilly meets cold wave art pop. Cong Josie is the moniker of Nic Oogjes of Heat Beat ensemble NO ZU and his new album Cong! is a … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Cong! The Singer

VIDEO PREMIERE: Wade Jackson – Sensationalized

Ahead of his vinyl and single launch this Friday at HiWay Bikini Bar in Enmore, NSW, Wade Jackson is releasing the new Jonathan Sequeira-directed video clip for his single ‘Sensationalized‘, featuring the artist wandering and searching through desolate, yet beautiful mountainous Australian terrain. The title track to his most recent album, the song sees Wade takes an extended seven minute sojourn on the dancefloor, with electrically charged notes flickering … Continue reading VIDEO PREMIERE: Wade Jackson – Sensationalized

NEW MUSIC: Gustaf – Book

Here’s some super-impressive skronking, jerky, No Wave-indebted funk and art-punk from this quintet out of New York. Gustaf‘s debut album Audio Drag For Ego Slobs was released on October 1st through Royal Mountain Records (Wild Pink, Alvvays, Mac DeMarco). Like Talking Heads collaborating with James Chance and ESG, the group have distilled their sound to taut and nervy rhythms with the bass leading the way. … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Gustaf – Book