ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

Black Midi Cavalcade Rough Trade / Remote Control Records The new wave of prodigious, forward-thinking and bold UK musicians continues unabated as we near the middle of 2021. With the underground jazz scene taking its divergent strands overground to international acclaim and songwriters and players of the experimental indie rock persuasion, who were barely born when Radiohead released OK Computer, soaking up and reimagining all … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

NEW MUSIC: A bLUNT jESTER – Cat Door

Rhythm and funk is the name of the game on this track from Auckland, New Zealand producer A bLUNT jESTER, who’s already had success with previous releases on student radio in Aotearoa. He dials into an 80s aesthetic of movie soundtracks that lean towards a cold wave and sci-fi dance floor aesthetic. Clinical production qualities built around a half-man/half-machine drum sound make it sound like … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: A bLUNT jESTER – Cat Door

NEW MUSIC: Magnetic Heads – Time Of Your Life

‘Time Of Your Life’ is the second single to be released from Magnetic Heads’ forthcoming debut album Moral Outage (August 13th)on Broken Stone Records/Remote Control.  In 2020, Sydney band Magnetic Heads released their first new music after a lengthy hiatus. ‘The Street’ was a glorious taste of their return to the recording studio, where singer/songwriter Des Miller and producer/musician Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring, Lewis Goldmark) have created a sublime collection of melancholic pop songs that navigate both the dance-floor and existential … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Magnetic Heads – Time Of Your Life

NEW MUSIC: Drongo – Neshorn

Drongo is an eight-piece band from Oslo, Norway, playing music belonging somewhere between Krautrock, techno, afrobeat and math rock. The band’s line-up includes a drummer, one percussionist, one bassist, two guitarists and three keyboardists.  ‘Neshorn’ is from the band’s debut album 1, that was released on April 16th. It swings with a primitive Krautrock repetitive intensity, gathering steam as it charges forth, all fractured, worn … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Drongo – Neshorn

NEW MUSIC: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – Astronaut

Jack Ladder has announced his new album Hijack! will be released on September 10th, 2021 via Endless Recordings. Below you can check out the first single ‘Astronaut’, a six minute track with some quite sublime strings, Laurence Pike’s evocative and dramatic drums and a tableau of intriguing background sounds and textures. The album was co-produced by Ladder and Pike and other Dreamlanders, Donny Benét and Kirin J Callinan colour … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders – Astronaut

NEW MUSIC: Last Wars – Get Away

This is Last Wars‘ take on the Flipper single ‘Get Away’, from the late 70s. I dig the way the different tracks and layers operate in their own segregated corners of the song. Primitive bass grooving away while synths cycle around, getting progressively weirder and wonkier with each digressive spin. The drums sound like they’re lifted from a Sisters Of Mercy practice session while the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Last Wars – Get Away

NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Persephone

The drama is high on this recent single from Melbourne artist Cong Josie. It sways, pulses and seduces like the love child of Suicide and early primitive Depeche Mode. That said, there’s a lushness to the sound. Tropical funk in a woozy state of sunstroke or The Cramps sipping piña colada’s poolside. Cong Josie is Nic Oogjes, best known as the bandleader of heat beat … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Persephone

NEW MUSIC: Cederick Knox – Autumn Leaf

Taken from his March EP Spack in the Box Allstars vol. 1, ‘Autumn Leaf’ is Cederick Knox‘s nod to the common jazz standard ‘Autumn Leaves’ – often used as an early track in learning jazz improvisation. Cederick Knox is a Brighton, UK based producer/composer and co-founder of the Ceremonial Laptop experimental music night and label. For this project he brought together members of Squid, Pelican … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cederick Knox – Autumn Leaf

NEW MUSIC: Restless Leg – The World’s A Room

Restless Leg 2021. Photos by Joshua Morris As Sydney band Restless Leg prepare to release their new LP Dream Buffet on June 11th, they’ve released the video for its second single ‘The World’s A Room’, directed by Darren Cross. The opening track to the new album, the single is an infectious, hook-laden slice of jangly guitar pop, reminiscent of the heady sounds of New Zealand band … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Restless Leg – The World’s A Room

ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

Squid – Bright Green Field (Warp Records / Inertia Music) The last year or two have felt like yet another golden period of forward-thinking UK music. There has been a fascinating sonic collision of indie, jazz, post-punk, art-rock and avant-pop that has thrown forth various musical enigmas such as Black Midi, Black Country, New Road, Shame, Dry Cleaning and the various jazz-based incarnations of Shabaka … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

VIDEO PREMIERE: Prudence – Better

Sydney musician Tom Crandles, better known as Prudence has a brand new four song 7″ Untitled EP out today (May 14th) via Endless Recordings. Featuring the tracks ‘Celestial’, ‘Chlorine’, ‘Better’ and ‘Relief’, it showcases the lush and baroque avant-pop that Crandles has been developing across a handful of tracks and an EP over the last few years. We’re very pleased to premiere the video for … Continue reading VIDEO PREMIERE: Prudence – Better

NEW MUSIC: The Goon Sax return with new single and album announcement

Brisbane trio The Goon Sax are back with the first single/video from their forthcoming new LP Mirror II, due out on July 9th on Chapter Music (Aus/NZ) and Matador Records (rest of world). The first single, ‘In The Stone’, shows the band changing gears from their quirky bedroom guitar pop and exploring no wave, avant pop and post-punk sounds. There’s still that unique homespun feel … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Goon Sax return with new single and album announcement