Sandwiched between two slices of heartache of differing perspectives we sample narration, prog-rock and garage-pop, making up a mixed bag of the best new local music of the week.
A slightly off-centre metronomic blip introduces what is expected to be a k-hole slump, a glitch-driven deep dive into the powerfully blunt world of minimal electronica. Then, with little fanfare, vocals interject, weaving around the programmed snaps and snares, both settling into a complimentary position alongside the ambient loops, as well as on occasions leaping from the robot-constructed composition with an unrestrained, emotional plea: "are you breaking me down?"
Mysterious Melbourne-based producer Braille Face is the latest signing to Spirit Level — the label run by Gotye and Tim Shiel. "Glow" is the first preview from his debut LP, due out later in the year.
It's all in the matter-of-fact tone. Plainspoken and occasionally trapped in insignificant storyline details. Execution of factual correspondence, but most effective in lulling us into a false understanding that this is simply a nostalgic story of everyday Australian suburban mundanity. Better times, simpler times and — it'll happen with a snap — times that, more often than not, are punctuated by tragedy.
ROI is a new project from Brisbane rhythm duo, Matt Schrader and Barnaby Gickel, featuring the pair partnering their bass/drums/keys combinations with a selection of different vocalists. "Maths and Engineering" is their first song and, with its delicately constructed attention to detail — both in its songwriting strength and score-like composition — sets up what should be a fascinating debut, due late May.
Constructed from contrast — whether that be quick shifts from whispered harmonies to aggressive thrusts or ambient guitar licks lurking around the corners of larger cinematic soundscapes — "Ahimsa", the new single from Cloud Cycle thunders along on its own terms. A wonderful re-introduction to the Sydney duo formerly known as Blood Brothers, the song echoes the extravagance of prog-rock yet, refuses the overblown ambitions, with every tempted sky-bound explosion reeled back down to earth with a fresh re-focus of the song's direction.
"Ahimsa", set to be officially released later this month, is the first single from the band's debut EP, due out later this year.
Every party has a morning after. A house littered with empty bottles and if these memory banks were functional, or these walls — smeared with all makes of excrement — could speak, they'd recall more than a few regrets. All inevitable, much like "So Tired", a comedown of a track from the Wollongong kids of mischief, garage-poppers Hockey Dad, who here swoon over swaying harmonies, a somewhat aimlessly crunching guitar and a dominant, consistent drum which, in many ways, could very well be mimicking your own pounding head.
"So Tired" is set to feature on the band's forthcoming debut Boronia, due August 12th.
Momentarily parking his Lionel Lee's Curse project and recording under his own name for the first time in twenty years, country-bluesman M.E. Baird (pictured above) is set to release his new album, Fall, on May 14th. Born from sorrow — with the tragic passing of his mother, father, sister and nephew circling the album's creation — Fall approaches from a far more personal perspective, with the songwriter taking a refreshingly frank, confessional tone.
Lead single, "Full of the Devil", documents the destructive activities of tempting devil within, attaching a somewhat self-depreciating sense of awareness to the confident, swaggering blues. While the follow-up, "Always Tuesday", takes a far more sombre tone, partnering both residual orchestral elements with Baird's own lingering lyrical bluntness. The song is an ode to endurance, an often overlooked aspect of a partnership whereby surviving past honeymoon lust and through all of life's darker, despairing moments is worthy of all the gushing praise the songwriter can articulate.