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: 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.

NEW MUSIC: Marble Arch – I’m On My Way

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More new shoegaze sounds today! This time it’s courtesy of Frenchman Yann Le Razavet who, as Marble Arch, records music that draws heavily on the likes of New Order and Ride. He makes it sound effortless with cascading melodies, obscured vocals and synths and guitars that blur into one billowing vapour of 80s indie pop.

Marble Arch have a full album on the way in 2019.

NEW MUSIC: Sail Into Night – Glass

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We get sent a ton of music submissions and there’s so much uninspiring music that when something of the quality and resonance of Sail Into Night hits your headphones it really stands out.

This is the first music we’ve featured from Dubai, U.A.E. and the group is essentially the project of Pakistani duo Nabil Qizilbash and Zara Mahmood who have been writing together for three years. ‘Glass’ is a wonderful slow-burn of a track, built on Velvets meets JAMC slow-core drums, guitars that draw from shoegaze and American indie jangle and tone, droning harmonium and the intertwining voices of Nabil and Zara that wind gently around each other like hazy wisps of incense.

NEW MUSIC: Mount Sinai – Weightless

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Mount Sinai from the United Kingdom is the work of songwriter Mark S. Aaron, formally known as Rooster Cole and frontman and songwriter of Black Black Hills. Weightless is a really nice noir-textured song that lurches along on piano and brass while Aaron intones dramatic soliloquies over the top of the dark mood below. It really hits its straps in the final minute where guitars rise to the fore and fight for space amid the skronking horns and insistent rhythm section.