FERAL MEDIA’s next release will be a face-off with Queensland label LOFLY – artists from each label will be remixing each other, and the results will be available as a free digital download compilation. Get a sneak preview below – FERAL MEDIA’s ALPEN remixing LOFLY’s RESTREAM. More info & tracklisting coming soon.
It’s been three years since their 2007 Feral Media album ‘Red Spring’, but Sydney’s UNDERLAPPER have been far from quiet. Last year’s ‘Red Spring Remixes’ collection was released (featuring reversions from FAUX PAS, ANONYMEYE, BROKEN CHIP, GENTLEFORCE and more), as the band simultaneously worked on their third album, ‘Softly Harboured’, due for release later in 2010. As a precursor to the release, UNDERLAPPER have also completed a remix for fellow Sydneysiders PARADES, which you can stream in the player below.
‘Softly Harboured’ sees UNDERLAPPER again delving into new musical territories, capturing the sound of the band’s live performances. The influences are still varied, yet the songs are more cohesive and show a progression from their previous work. Vocals and live drumming play a more integral part in the music and the sound is further expanded with cello contributions by Peter Hollo, and vocal contributions by members of Parades, Kaya and a return performance by Holly McKellar.
This Saturday (8th May), two Feral Media artists will be performing live at the latest Finders Keepers markets at Carriageworks, in Eveleigh, Sydney.
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ALPEN, whose new album will be the next release from Feral Media, will be playing at 3pm, followed by AFXJIM at 4pm. As always, entry to the markets is free. More info at www.thefinderskeepers.com.
Sydney’s Gentleforce follows his new Feral Media album release ‘POWWOWNine – Sacred Spaces‘ with a new mixtape for the Australian blog, ‘A Shaving Of The Horn That Speared You‘. The ‘Walking Into Sunset‘ mix blends new Gentleforce productions with music from an eclectic range of producers that inspired and influenced the album, such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Grouper, Aphex Twin, Burial, Boris, Oren Ambarchi, Chris Clark and more. Download now at spearedyou.blogspot.com.
The Gentleforce album continues to pull in positive reviews, including a deep and intuitive reading from Kid Shirt on his blog, ‘I Am Not The Real Kid Shirt‘ – describing the opener ‘Learning To Forgive’ as “quietly, unimposingly fucking gorgeous”. He notes: “You know how some pieces of music just seem so…honest – how you can just sense the love that’s been poured into them – that the person behind the music really cares about what they’re doing and you can feel that vibe rising up off the music? Well, I think that maybe that’s how Eli pulls it off.” Read the full review at kidshirt.blogspot.com.
Vorad Fils gives Sydney producer John Hassell (Seekae) the chance to explore the boundaries of sound and melody, and cross-pollinate rhythmic sensibility with the freedom of ambience. The eclectic mix of influences includes early 90s video games, 18th century gothic novels, as well as the music of Spinform, Chris Clark and Glenn Gould.
“I have been producing electronic music for more than four years now and I feel this project shows tremendous growth since I began, with still so much room to grow,’’ Hassell says. “I’ve been fascinated with the limitless potential of compositional software and its ability to alter sound so dramatically, often to the point where it is indistinguishable from its original form.” John Hassell – Vorad Fils
“One of the main concerns I had with this project was that I would hold back on ideas I felt were too risky. Luckily, I was able to express myself without restricting songs to a certain length or structure, and I take confidence in saying it is my most honest work to date.”
The Warmest Static is Hassell’s debut album as Vorad Fils and a fitting final instalment in Feral Media’s POWWOW new music series.
BUY THIS RELEASE & THE REST OF THE POWWOW SERIES IN OUR ONLINE SHOP – Full CD comes in a high quality no-plastic Feral Media recycled package, with screen-printed cover artwork designed by Katja Hartung of The Sopp Collective. Hand-stitched labels are sewn in the package’s spine. CD purchase also includes immediate download of album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC or other formats.