Clairaudience return with Sun Damage

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It’s been a long time between drinks for Clairaudience; started in 2005 by Feral Media founder Danny Jumpertz and his wife Caroline the band released an instrumental improv debut album in 2007 as part of the POW WOW new music series.

In 2013, once core members Danny and Caroline had emigrated to the USA, the band found new members in Franzi Szymkowiak, Kerrii Cavanagh and Heidi Patalano, and started gigging around New York’s Lower East Side, East Village and Brooklyn.

Sun Damage is the band’s first release with the current line up and is a summery mix of power pop soulfulness, gaffer taped together by the DIY aesthetic that drives the band. The release also marks the first results of an ongoing collaboration with producer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger).

Featuring stunning artwork by former band member Martin Kirkwood, Sun Damage is available digitally and also as a limited edition cassette via the Feral Media bandcamp store here.

Virtual Mixtape #3 – Marcus Whale

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The latest instalment in our ongoing Virtual Mixtape series with whothehell.net comes from Sydney musician Marcus Whale (Collarbones/Black Vanilla).

Marcus selected Scott Walker as the theme for his mixtape guiding us through his intriguing solo career, from the lush orchestral ballads of the late 60’s, through to the eccentric explorations of his more recent work.

Check out the full mixtape along with commentary from Marcus over on whothehell.net here

Setec releases Glassworks: Reworks

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Setec has just released Glassworks: Reworks, the third and final single from last year’s stunning Brittle As Bones.

The single is backed by four amazing reworks of the title track by Super Magic Hats, Lovely Head, 0point1, and Norwegian artist Sep Nabi.

Download the single via the Feral bandcamp store here, or listen via the player below.

Setec recently sat down with the wonderful Skydreams to discuss the single and other musical oddities. Read the interview here.

Virtual Mixtape #2 – Tim Shiel

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The second instalment in our Virtual Mixtape collaboration with whothehell.net comes from producer, radio host and all-round nice guy Tim Shiel.

Tim’s mixtape focuses on ‘modern folk’ from Australia, or as he puts it “It’s not folktronica and it’s not freak folk. It’s just a brand of evocative, dreamy folk music that I’m really drawn to and have been for many years.”

Check out the full feature and mixtape over on whothehell.net here

Software of Seagulls – Sunrise Industry

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Our first release for 2015 comes from Software of Seagulls, the electronic alter ego of Brisbane musician/composer Chris Perren.

Sunrise Industry is the result of four years of gathering, slicing, and assembling found sound, audio ephemera and recorded improvisations from a host of Brisbane musicians. The result is a unique brand of electronic music which owes as much to math rock and neo-classicism as it does to mid-2000’s folktronic artists such as The Books, Manitoba and Four Tet.

The sophistication of the compositions befit Perren’s high level of formal composition training, without losing the childlike fascination and joyful curiosity of sonic exploration.

Listen to Sunrise Industry via the player below, or download it from the Feral bandcamp store here.

You can also check out the wonderfully kaleidoscopic video for the title track here

Virtual Mixtape #1 – Jonathan Boulet

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We have teamed up with the awesome peeps from whothehell.net to bring you Virtual Mixtape, a new feature series where we ask musicians to create a mixtape based on a genre, artist or theme which they are passionate about but not necessarily associated with.

The series also features illustration from Melbourne-based artist Lucy Roleff who not only created the wonderful series artwork pictured above but is also providing an illustration of all the musicians involved (see the Jono Boulet illustration below).

The first instalment comes from Jonathan Boulet who takes us on a journey through sludge rock, hardcore, post punk and all things heavy.

Check out the mixtape over on whothehell.net here and stay tuned for the next instalment.

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Preview: Software of Seagulls

As 2014 draws to a close what better time to share a sneak preview of what’s in store for 2015.

Our first release for next year comes from Software of Seagulls, the electronic alter ego of Brisbane composer Chris Perren (Mr. Maps/Nonsemble).

Sunrise Industry, the lead single from the debut album of the same name is a sunny 3-minute collage of drums, guitars and clarinet, with raw textures and occasionally jilted rhythms offset by bright, optimistic sonorities reminiscent of artists such as Caribou, Tycho, and Cornelius.

The single is accompanied by a kaleidoscopic video in which lawnmowers, golf, and office equipment conquer all in a mid-century consumer happiness nightmare. Watch the video above and/or listen to the single via the player below.

Stay tuned for full album details ahead of its release in February.