NEW MUSIC: My Disco Return With New Single And Album

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Melbourne trio My Disco have been fairly quiet of late but now they’re about to unleash their new album and going on the sound of first single ‘King Sound’ they’ve stripped things back even further to a dark, minimal and stealth-like piece of musical machinery. Brutal, brooding and clinical it captures the airspace between post-rock and dark electronica perfectly.

The new LP Severe has been produced by film composer Cornel Wilczek and will be released via Temporary Residence on October 28th. You can pre-order and find out more info HERE

NEW MUSIC: J M S Harrison – Precious Company

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Melbourne’s J M S Harrison, also of the band charm, has a new solo single out, the second such release ahead of the full length Tales Surround The Lighthouse Lamp due in 2015. James is playing this week as part of the Glide/William Arthur tribute at the Workers Club in Melbourne on Saturday night alongside Steve Kilbey, Peter Fenton, Jamie Hutchings, Ashley Naylor, Davey Lane and various members of Glide.

Harrison will also be on the bill at The Post Office Hotel on Friday night with Steve Kilbey, The Tall Grass (Peter Fenton & Jamie Hutchings) and MP (Matt Purcell) – FREE!

‘Precious Company’ drifts along on a meditative Justin Vernon styled vibe, guitars pushing and pulling the song beneath Harrison’s questioning, keening vocal.

 

DS 40 Favourite Albums of 2014

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Another bumper year of music eases to a close with pretty much all the year’s albums now released. This year we’ve collated our 40 favourite LPs that we heard over the last 12 months. Of course there are bound to be a few gems that we didn’t get round to hearing that we’ll discover in the months to come but as of now these are the ones that hit the spot for us here at Doubtful Sounds. Americana music was a big part of what we listened to in 2014 and that is represented in the make-up of our list. If that is your musical cup of tea you can find our full folk and alt-country best-of list over at our Post To Wire blog. That aside, there are still plenty of other styles from brutal metallic riffing to woozy indie gems, primitive electronic poetry and doomy post rock. Hopefully there are a few records here that you haven’t heard yet and might feel inclined to check out. We’d love to hear your favourites in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

  1. Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  2. Protomarytr – Under Color of Official Right
  3. Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone
  4. The Delines – Colfax
  5. The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream
  6. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes
  7. Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
  8. The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress
  9. Little Bastard – Little Bastard
  10. Infinity Broke – River Mirror
  11. Earth – Primitive and Deadly
  12. Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards – Distance
  13. Blank Realm – Grassed Inn
  14. Nikki Lane – All Or Nothin’
  15. Rosanne Cash – The River and the Thread
  16. Robert Scott – The Green House
  17. Bernie Griffen & The Thin Men – Salvation
  18. Tami Neilson – Dynamite!
  19. Shihad – FVEY
  20. East Brunswick All Girls Choir – Seven Drummers
  21. Aldous Harding – Aldous Harding
  22. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
  23. Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans
  24. Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean
  25. Damien Jurado – Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son
  26. David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone
  27. J Mascis – Tied to a Star
  28. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – Intensity Ghost
  29. Doug Paisley – Strange Feelings
  30. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  31. Justin Townes Earle – Single Mothers
  32. Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant
  33. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  34. Jep and Dep – Word Got Out
  35. Malcolm Holcombe – Pitiful Blues
  36. You Beauty  – Jersey Flegg
  37. Peter Bibby – Butcher/Hairstylist/Beautician
  38. Donny Benet – Weekend At Donny’s
  39. Sleaford Mods – Divide & Exit
  40. Shellac – Dude Incredible

ALBUM REVIEW: Infinity Broke – River Mirrors

Rating8a2126338318_10Over a couple of solo albums Jamie Hutchings has been ploughing fertile ground with more introspective and quieter material than that of Bluebottle Kiss, his band from 1993-2007. Now he’s convened a new band featuring ex-BBK drummer Jared Harrison and headed back into dense, noisy, exploratory and discordant rock music. River Mirrors takes many twists and turns such as the meditative Necks-ish mood on Termites (a re-imagined version of a BBK song), the swaggering vigor of Swing A Kitten, the krautrock repetition and eventual release that is Monsoon and the Sonic Youth does Motown shuffling groove of Gallows Queue. This is yet another restlessly creative and highly impressive release from Hutchings.

Chris Familton

this review was first published in The Music

 

VIDEO: Beach Pigs – 333

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Auckland quartet Beach Pigs have released a new clip for their song 333, taken from this year’s mighty fine LP Grom Warfare. The track is one of the many highlights of the album of which we said:

The band’s strength is in the way they combine post-rock tonality with lush Byrdsian harmonies and the structural curiosity of a band like Pavement. That band was always dripping in sarcasm and loaded barbs whereas Beach Pigs’ songwriting and musical intentions have an effortless and naive quality. 8/10

Read the full review

 

EP REVIEW: Hope Springs – Sooner Or Later

a4143374910_10For a couple of years now there’s been talk of a 90s revival in music from the slacker tones of Yuck to the many vying for the title of the new Dinosaur Jr (J is still the king). Locally here in Australia there doesn’t seem to be quite the same desire to slavishly replicate the heroics of past compatriots from that era but those doing it exceptionally well include Sydney’s Bearhug and Melbourne’s Iowa. Looking to the north one band slowly but surely cementing their place in similar fashion are Hope Springs.

Sooner Or Later is the latest EP from the Sunshine Coast trio based around the Lee brothers Tim (guitar/vox) and Joshua (drums) and it finds a solid foothold amongst the tangled lineage of post-rock and emotive indie rock that was executed so well in Australia by the likes of Bluebottle Kiss, Purplene, Two Litre Dolby and others. BBK in particular casts a long shadow over Hope Springs via the band’s quiet/loud dynamics, churning, chiming and distorted guitars and Tim’s angst-filled howl of a voice which is often a dead ringer for BBK mainman Jamie Hutchings – who even makes an appearance producing the track ‘On The Boat’.

What appeals the most about this EP is the band’s commitment to the intensity of the music, with each song they establish the tension and grip of the music, pulling it taut and drawing the listener into the turbulence. It is often a claustrophobic sound but more often than not they time their point of release just right, letting the music open up into panoramic vistas akin to blinding sunlight at the end of long tunnel. The first single and title track is built on relentless military drumming from Joshua which allows just that kind of release when it hits the chorus making it sound like a lost gem from the late 90s. ‘Broken’ dials back the bluster and allows some beautiful wordless vocal melodies to bloom in the quieter surrounds. It’s a mesmerising four and a half minutes that ebbs and flows with just the right amount of restraint.

In it’s finest moments Sooner Or Later hits lofty heights and if they can match those peaks with an album’s worth of songs further down the track they’ll quickly gain wider recognition for their music.

Chris Familton

Head over to the band’s Bandcamp page to stream the tracks and pick up a digital, CD or vinyl copy