After two years of anticipation – including constant shows, collaborations and the magnificent teaser Thinking In Textures – Chet Faker has released his debut album. The question on everyone’s moistened lips is: was it worth the wait?
We start with some slow piano, toppling chords and atmospheric reverb. Then Faker’s voice comes in… and we’re back. From the first 30 seconds of ‘Release Your Problems’, we are pulled into his universe of signature soul and looping dub, layered under sultry vocals and suggestive lyrics.
‘Talk Is Cheap’ is familiar Faker in both subject matter and sound; a heavily textured and masterfully produced flirtation. It is hard to imagine any other Australian artist who could pull off a line like, “I wanna make you move with confidence / I wanna be with you alone.” But oh, how he does. A less sultry, lighter ‘Cigarettes & Loneliness’ is a stripped-back showcase of Faker’s experimental side – choral and slightly strange. This is contrasted by ‘Melt’ featuring Kilo Kish, the duet smouldering over pulsing downtempo beats.
Built On Glass is an album that delivers what fans want, but leaves a little room for developing and filling out Faker’s sound. It’s soulful, it’s honest, it’s sex – it’s Chet Faker, matured.
Words courtesy of The Brag Magazine.
The first time I saw Loon Lake live, I was under the big top tent at Falls Festival Lorne. Everyone was sweating from the heat, and the smell of warm cider took over. Their catchy indie rock ballads filled the crowd with an exhilarating vibe. Thursday night’s performance at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne was nothing short of what I’ve come to expect from this local Melbourne five piece. As part of their ‘Good Times Tour’ the boys gave us their best garage-infused tracks true to their energetic Loon Lake style.
The surfer indie crowd of the night swayed their long sandy locks in unison with cheap ciders in hand, to each and every track. With favourites among the night being ‘Bad to Me’, ‘On Fire’ and my personal favourite ‘Cherry lips’. Loon Lake had the packed out crowd entertained with their electric performance. Completely so that they even managed explode their kick pedal whilst belting out a rock infused cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Trouble’.
Loon Lake’s current ‘Good Times Tour’ is nothing short of its name. The Melbourne boys have a way of making you want to shake your head to and fro with a big euphoric smile across your face. Their indie rock anthems are distinctively catchy and their current direction is faultless.
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Happy Accidents is the end result of the unison between an artist, a musician and a producer, scattered across three different cities. Their aim is to deliver warm Nu Disco sound with a 90s Britpop spirit. Their recent remix of my favourite electro pop-outfit, Miami Horror‘s track Real Slow, has definitely made me happy. Proving that this threesome is true to their name. Have a listen and feel happy yourself.
Along with the wrap up their successful Australian tour, Melbourne indie-pop group Red Ink have been celebrating the release of their debut single ‘Going Insane’. The infectious indie pop track is a warm welcome to their fans who have been eagerly awaiting the bands return, who spent the better part of 2013 playing to sold out venues across Europe.
Now that they’re back on the Australian music scene, the four piece bring to life their title track ‘Going Insane’, which is none-other than dance-floor ready. Red Ink have continued to win over fans nation-wide, clocking up over a quarter of a million views on YouTube. The group has also been favourites on the live music scene for many years, having graced the stages of Pyramid Rock Festival, Stereosonic and Playground Weekender.
“We love music and that very passion has taken us to some crazy place. We’ve released EPs in the past, but this record is something altogether different. It’s our baby. We’ve never been so proud to have a body of work and we’re emotionally and physically attached to the project.” - Red Ink
Singer, songwriter, radio and TV personality Ella Hooper has announced a national tour to celebrate her single, ‘Low High’, which is set appear on her forthcoming debut solo album, In Tongues. We got to have a chat with her about all things Low and High.
1.Your latest single ‘Low High’ was produced and recorded by Jan Skubizewski, who has also worked with the likes of Owl Eyes and Illy, what was it like working with him?
Jan and I have been friends for a long time and we’d often spoken about working together one day, then the time finally came when I wrote this batch of songs.. I really wanted someone to push me out of my comfort zone and to help me realize my vision for this new dark spiky smoky retro meets contemporary kind of approach, and Jan was the perfect guy for that.
2. What response have you received for your latest single ‘Low High’ are your fans liking it?
Yeah, we sold out our 1st show in Sydney which is nice. So they’re seemingly pleased and intrigued, and apparently they’re looking forward to hearing more, which is awesome. That’s right where I want them. More is coming soon!
3. ‘In Tongues’ is your forthcoming debut solo album, was it both nerve racking and exciting producing something as a solo artist?
Definitely. Lots of sleepless nights, but then again I’m a part time insomniac, so I’m used to that! It’s a lot more rewarding but a lot more work, and a lot more pressure. Having your name on the masthead so to speak, well it makes you really consider every little detail as a part of yourself. It’s just a story I’m telling, this album, but it’s personal and I want it to come across correctly, as I envisaged.
4. In your opinion what are the perks of releasing an album as a solo artist as opposed to being part of a band?
Autonomy, though of course there’s still lots of collaborative elements, like production and artwork. But generally, the buck stops with me. Whereas in bands I tend to like democracies, wher everyone gets a say, it make a band a free happy place to be. But it’s also exciting and liberating to hire a different muso every day, have them come in and tell them what to do, then they leave offering up no opinions, only their talents for me to enjoy and work into my vision. I’ll definitely be doing it again. But I’ll also join or create a band again too. For sure. I really love both modes.
5. Despite not only being a TV and radio personality you also produce great music, will that always be part of your life regardless of what you’re doing?
BIG YES. Most definitely. (I hope to one day become a ‘renaissance woman’ and do it all, all at once.. haha)
6. You are set to go on tour across Australia in the next few months, what is the best and worst thing about being on tour?
The best is the energetic and psychic release of a good ‘locked in the zone’ gig. When they’re good, gigs are the best part of the job. Also meeting wonderful new people, I love that. The worst is not knowing where to get a good (I mean Melbourne good) soy flat white at 8 in the morning after going to bed at 4 in the morning. And grumpy, deaf sound guys. Ughh. Cheer up a bit and turn it down a bit, you bastards. ;)
7. Where on tour are you most excited to play or revisit?
I don’t have a favorite, but I always love going to WA. The vibes are good and the fans are awesome to catch up with there. But, then, Adelaide has the best op shops.
8. You’ve recently been announced as a team captain on the 2014 return of Spicks & Specks, have you always been a fan of the quiz show?
Huge fan. Obsessive. It’s surreal to now be a part of it every week. Surreal in a very excellent, exciting way.
9. Whilst co-hosting ‘The Aus Top 20’ radio show what have been your most memorable moments?
This might sound a bit sappy, but the friendship I have struck up with Benny Wasley, my co-host who has pretty much taught me everything, is the best, most special thing. We are the best of friends and I always look forward to spending my Wednesdays laughing and causing a ruckus with him. Oh and meeting and supporting all the great Australian talent that comes through, that’s great too..
10. In three words how would you describe your debut solo album, ‘In Tongues’?
Personal. Pop. Phoenix. (three ‘P’s.. how about that..)
Huxley’s initial underground success as a garage producer over his careers has now evolved into a deeper house based sound. His bass-led strain of familiar house music remixes and releases are notorious for sending mega dance vibes throughout critics, fans and the like. Hugely in demand and kind of a big deal, Huxley ‘s versatility as an artist and producer is sentiment to his renowned success.
With a DJ set that spans genres of house, garage, techno and beyond, Huxley’s Anzac Day Eve set at the Prince Bandroom is not to be missed. Loud Entertainment and Ugenious Music, are proud to present the DJ dynamo to our local Prince Bandroom and welcome his return to Australia.
The event will kick off with support DJs on the Prince balcony from 6PM with a complimentary gourmet BBQ by celebrity clubbing chef Nick Young. Local supports across the night will include the likes of Jack Love, Not Applicable, 2DotZero, Jacob Malmo and Daniel Bentley.
It’s no doubt going to be an epic night, so be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event and grab your tickets now!
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Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds is the latest single from Australian trio Safia. The track is a clever fusionof both digital soul and low slung R&B. Layered glitchy synths soft mellow vocals. With the incorporation of tech processed vocals and a choir like instrumentation, the track demonstrates Safia’s skill in keeping things vibrant and polished. Here is the track, available for a free download on their Soundcloud page now.
Falling for the northern hemisphere and the notion of life in winter and the appeal of a hibernation far away, Dustin Tebbutt relocated to Sweden for 2 years to live and work, write and record. The result is a signature of tenderly sculpted music about that move to the other side of the world. The things he left or lost along the way, and the person that came back. ‘Bones‘ was written and recorded between Stockholm, Melbourne and Armidale, and features Josh Schuberth and Rikard Lindaham on drums and bass. For the upcoming autumns and winter months. Enjoy.
Snakadaktal – Treasures – 2010 – 2014
Although today was announced as being the end of Snakadaktal, our favourite Triple J Unearthed winners will continue to pull at our heart strings. Their fuzzy synths and dreamscapes will not only timelessly exist but will always make us dancebear. Here’s an insight to Snakadaktal, complete with unreleased tracks, recordings, demos, studio experiments and ideas. Enjoy.
Bipolar Sunshine is based on a surreal world where anything is possible, the stranger the better as long as it’s done with an artistic approach. A Home for the defeated romantic, the passionately curious but in the mist of all still can see the bright side to everything.