Spartak release Five Points EP

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We are extremely excited to announce the release of Spartak’s amazing new EP Five Points.

For a number of years Spartak have operated in the outer reaches of indie rock, improvised jazz and modern composition and now make their return with this concise collection of forward thinking minimal electronics.

Influenced by Kompakt, the LA beat scene, Shackleton, Hood and noisy synth based dance music the trio apply these influences liberally into their music. The EP also sees them analysing their individual roles within the group, ultimately deciding what serves the song best and not limiting themselves to their previous roles and instruments.

Five Points is the culmination of these efforts, yielding the groups most immediate and accessible work to date. The EP represents a huge leap forward in both song writing and production, as well as a new found confidence in the vocals of both Ahmad and Dorrian. Vocal duties are shared equally between the two with Ahmad’s softly sung melodies complimented by Dorrian’s richly brazen baritone.
From the metallic pulse of opening track On Conditions, to the irrepressible groove of Catch/Control, to the cold desolate rhythms of Locked in Three; Five Points moves with undeniable clarity and cohesion. A bold, unique statement from a group at the top of their game.

The EP is available both digitally and as a limited edition CD from the Feral bandcamp store here

Mess+Noise premieres new Spartak track

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The fine folk at Mess+Noise have premiered a track from Spartak’s forthcoming EP Five Points, due out on Feral Media early April.

On Conditions – the opening track from the EP – sees the band moving away from the live improvisations of their previous album Nippon, capturing the essence of their unique forward thinking minimal electronics. Mess+Noise called it “a close mingling of experimental rigour and pop warmth…it packs emotional resonance in its soft singing and poignant lyrics”.

Check out the article on Mess+Noise here and listen to the track via the player below.

Stay tuned for full release details of Five Points soon.

Summer EP now available

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We are thrilled to announce the release of the third instalment in our highly acclaimed Seasons EP series. The Summer EP certainly maintains the level of quality we’ve come to expect from the series with impressive contributions from Bon Chat, Bon Rat, The Townhouses, Friendships and Tim Fitz.

The EP opens with Bon Chat, Bon Rat who contribute a cover (a first for the series) of the early INXS classic Don’t Change. The duo took inspiration from the opening synth line of the original – which they felt was particularly evocative of the Australian summer – giving the original a new lease of life with their infectious brand of electronica. Perfect for those long hot nights.

The Townhouses‘ Leigh Hannah continues to mine the slacker pop sounds heard on his most recent single Nag Champa, however the down tempo nature of Magpie, along with the simple drum machine rhythms and soft synth backing recall the minimal ambience of his debut album Diaspora. The summer themes are prevalent throughout with the more obvious references to Magpies fainting and the relentlessness of daylight savings, to more introspective notions of failed resolutions and the flawed idealism based on the hopeful nature of the season.

Friendships offer up a synth-laden jungle banger, citing early Dillinja as a particular influence on the track. Although written when Melbourne was still cold and rainy – which accounts for the dark bass edge – the summer vibes can certainly be heard via the timbale rhythms which considering the setting lend the track an almost tropical feel.

Tim Fitz closes proceedings with No Rooms Tonight, a track that is somewhat of a departure for the artist with subtle electronic flourishes and pitched-down vocals that provide ghostly harmonies to Fitz’s lead vocal melody. Despite these slightly eerie touches his penchant for vocal hooks and catchy melodies remain, immortalising the Bay Royal in Byron Bay (a fittingly summery beachside location) in the songs memorable closing passage.

Listen/download the EP at the Feral bandcamp store here, and listen to the opening track from Bon Chat, Bon Rat via the player below.

Stay tuned for the Autumn EP, the fourth and final instalment of the Seasons series due out in April, featuring contributions from Angel Eyes, Golden Blonde, Lower Spectrum and Comatone.

First preview of the Summer EP

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The fine folk at Sound Doctrine have premiered the opening track from the upcoming Summer EP, the third instalment in our ongoing Seasons EP series.

The track comes from Sydney duo Bon Chat, Bon Rat who offer up a cover of the early INXS classic Don’t Change. The duo took inspiration from the opening synth line of the original – which they felt was particularly evocative of the Australian summer – taking it to the dance floor with their distinct and infectious brand of electronica.

Check out the track over at Sound Doctrine here and stay tuned for the full EP due out this Wednesday.

Feral Media & Fallopian Tunes presents

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We are joining forces with Melbourne label Fallopian Tunes for a special showcase at FBi Social in Sydney on January 31st.

The evening will play host to a bunch of great artists from both labels including Bon Chat, Bon Rat, Trjaeu, Nimble Animal, Yolke and Haunts.

If you are in Sydney on Jan 31st be sure to get down to FBi Social at the Kings Cross Hotel – 248 William St, Kings Cross.

As a teaser to the evening check out the tunes below from some of the acts playing on the night.

2013 Wrap Up

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As 2013 draws to a close we thought it timely to review the year that was for all things Feral.

2013 started off slowly with only one release in the first half of the year, 0point1′s (formerly 0.1) epic long-form piece The Dance of Mechanical Birds.
The piece beautifully encapsulates 0point1′s sound and provided a great introduction to his unique style. He will certainly be an artist to watch next year.

After a quiet start the second half of 2013 was extremely busy with 4 releases from August onwards.
First up we launched the Seasons EP series, a set of 4 EPs inspired by the seasons and released over a 12 month period. The series kicked off with the Winter EP which saw Kane Ikin, Tuff Sherm, Scissor Lock and Panoptique Electrical each interpret Winter with an exclusive piece. The results were far beyond our expectations and set the bar high for the remaining instalments.

Up next Melbourne-based artist Nimble Animal (aka Dom Stephens) gave us the exquisite Bleak Moments EP, which saw Dom pushing the sonic experiments of his previous work into new and exciting dimensions. There are nods to electronic music pioneers like Tangerine Dream and Jürgen Müller which are counter-balanced with an indie-pop sensibility, resulting in a unique and rewarding listening experience.

November saw the second instalment in the Seasons series, the Spring EP. The artists on the Spring EP certainly rose to the challenge with Tim Shiel, Pimmon, Nakagin and Nimble Animal all providing contributions which were as beautiful and as varied as the season itself.

Our final release for the year came in the form of Strain of Origin III, the latest in our annual compilation series. We once again teamed up with Brisbane label LoFly and together enlisted a slew of amazing local artists to take part. The results were nothing short of amazing and are a true testament to the wealth of talent currently active in the Australian underground music scene.

We will certainly look to capitalise on the momentum gained over the past few months with some amazing releases already lined up for 2014; including the full-length debut from 0point1, a new EP from Canberra-based outfit Spartak, the long-awaited sophomore album from AFXJIM, the conclusion of the Seasons series with the Summer and Autumn EPs, Strain of Origin IV and some other exciting projects which will be unveiled in the new year.

We would like to thank everyone who supported us in 2013 and can’t wait to share plenty more great music with you all in 2014.

Finally as a holiday treat, and in preparation for a new release in 2014 the wonderful AFXJIM has just released Xmathis, a Christmas-themed EP featuring lost tracks and cover songs collected over the years.
….Enjoy!

Strain of Origin III now available

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Feral Media and LoFly Recordings are proud to present the third edition in our annual Strain of Origin compilation series.
The labels once again act as curators enlisting a host of amazing local artists including: Aoi, Nakagin, The Townhouses, Bon Chat, Bon Rat, Children of the Wave, Scissor Lock, Spartak, Trjaeu, Anomie, Vacant Lake, Inch Time, ¹fm¹, Reuben Ingall, 0point1 and Sadglint, with Feral/LoFly label artists ReSTReAM, aheadphonehome & Underlapper making a return appearance.

The concept remains the same with each artist submitting a track to be remixed and in turn receiving a track from which to create their contribution for the release and once again the results are nothing short of amazing.

Strain of Origin III is another uncompromising entry in the series, providing a comprehensive snapshot of both new and established Australian artists.
With the undeniable musical talent showcased on this years effort, we can’t wait to continue the series in 2014.

As always the compilation is free to download so head to the Feral bandcamp site here to grab your self a copy, or listen via the player below. While you’re at it check out the original Strain of Origin and Strain of Origin II