Category Archives: Audio

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.

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.

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

Seasons Series continues with Spring EP

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Feral Media continue the Seasons EP series with the highly anticipated second instalment, the Spring EP. Once again the artists involved use the respective season as the inspiration for an exclusive new piece.

The EP opens with a track from Tim Shiel, who after recently retiring his Faux Pas moniker offers up something decidedly different with General Practice; a shimmering piece of pastoral folktronica replete with insect-like pulses and hazy acoustic guitar. Pimmon maintains the mood on Ytterbium, which opens with skittering percussion and droning brass pads which slowly dissolve into a warm and alluring closing passage.
Nakagin delivers a breezy electronic number with Bloom, which sees the producer basking in the pleasantly down-tempo surrounds that he has become synonymous with; whilst Nimble Animal sets a darker tone, rounding out the EP with his track Time Scraper; full of gurgling digital fuzz, stop-start rhythms and slightly menacing prose.

The Spring EP continues the fine form established on the first instalment, the Winter EP. And we are certain that the final two instalments will also deliver, rounding out what has already been an amazing series.
Stay tuned for the Summer EP, set for release early 2014 which will feature exclusive contributions from Bon Chat, Bon Rat, The Townhouses, Friendships and Tim Fitz.

For now bask in the beauty of the Spring EP which you can download over at the Feral bandcamp store, or listen via the player below.

Nimble Animal releases Bleak Moments

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Feral Media are thrilled to announce the release of Bleak Moments, the stunning new EP from Nimble Animal aka Dom Stephens (Outerwaves/Oh Ye Denver Birds).

Bleak Moments finds Dom at the top of his game continuing the rich sonic experiments of his debut album Dumb Dirge, and underpinning them with an indie-pop sensibility resulting in a more immediate and personal release.
The EP takes cues from early electronic artists such as Tangerine Dream and Jürgen Müller, transforming them into modern pop music ventures with Dom’s warmly inviting production and catchy vocal melodies.

Bleak Moments is a welcome addition to the Feral Media catalogue, epitomising the labels ethos in promoting interesting and eclectic local music.

Listen/download the EP at the Feral Bandcamp store here and listen to lead single Back N Forth at the Feral soundcloud page here

Seasons EP Series

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We are thrilled to announce the Seasons EP series, a 4 part series of releases inspired by the seasons.
Each EP will feature 4 artists, all of whom will contribute an exclusive piece with the respective season acting as the theme of each release.
The artwork for the series (as pictured above) has been designed by long-time Feral Media collaborators Sopp Collective, who have taken the theme and created a cohesive collection of covers featuring objects and shapes typically associated with each season.

First up we have the Winter EP which features a stellar cast of local artists, with contributions from Kane Ikin, Tuff Sherm (aka Dro Carey), Panoptique Electrical and Scissor Lock.

The second instalment in the series (set for release in October) is the Spring EP which will feature contributions from Nakagin, Pimmon, Tim Shiel (formerly Faux Pas) and Nimble Animal.
Artists for the final two instalments will be announced over the coming months and without giving too much away it is suffice to say they will maintain the high level of quality established in the first two releases.

For now let us revel in the majesty that is the Winter EP. Head over to the Feral bandcamp store here to grab a copy, or listen via the player below.

A huge thanks to all the artists involved, you’ve really set the bar for the series!

Label mix for A Closer Listen

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Recently we were asked to submit a label mix for experimental music website A Closer Listen’s ongoing mix series curated by guest contributors.

The mix entitled Scratching the Surface acts as a snapshot of the underground Australian music scene as we see it, with tracks from recent Feral Media releases alongside tracks from artists we enjoy such as Making, Reuben Ingall, Anonymeye, Option Command and Cold House.

The mix also includes tracks from new label signees 0.1 and Nimble Animal (both of whom have upcoming releases slated for 2013), as well as two upfront exclusives that bookend the mix. The first exclusive (which opens the mix) comes from AFXJIM with an amazing track taken from his forthcoming album. The second exlcusive (which concludes the mix) comes in the form of a remix of Sydney producer Loopsnake by Feral act Underlapper.

Many thanks to A Closer Listen for giving us the opportunity and thanks to all of the amazing music being made in Australia at the moment, a small fragment of which is included here.

Listen to the mix on mixcloud here and check out the full tracklisting plus a mini-interview on the A Closer Listen website here.

AFXJIM releases new EP ‘R.O.A.D’

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AFXJIM aka multi-instrumentalist Travis Baird has released a new EP entitled R.O.A.D. The EP is based on a soundtrack he created for a short film by digital artist Ken Simpson as part of the Big Bike Love and International Bicycle Film Festival Sydney in 2008.
A beautiful mix of folktronic and ambient soundscapes, the soundtrack is reminiscent of the always entertaining AFXJIM live show.

The EP acts as a prelude to a new AFXJIM album which is due for release later this year and is the follow-up to his debut album Blackout Music released in 2009.

Stay tuned for more news from AFXJIM and in the meantime listen/download the R.O.A.D EP below and watch part I of the film here

0.1 releases The Dance of Mechanical Birds

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Our first release for 2013 comes from Melbourne artist 0.1 with his 17 minute epic The Dance of Mechanical Birds.

The piece is a great introduction to 0.1′s unique sound which was hinted at on his contribution to the Feral Media 10 year anniversary compilation released late last year.

The release is available digitally and also as a limited edition CD-R with hand painted artwork by 0.1
Listen/download below or head to the Feral bandcamp store here to purchase the CD-R

0.1 on Ears Have Ears

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Late last year new Feral signee 0.1 (Melbourne producer Bob Streckfuss) created a mesmerising piece for the Ears Have Ears program on Sydney’s FBi radio as part of their ongoing artist soundtrack series.
The piece entitled Plastic Milk traverses acrosss numerous genres, showcasing 0.1‘s distinctive and unique sound.

Stay tuned for more news and music from 0.1 including his Feral Media debut to be released in 2013.

For now revel in the glory that is Plastic Milk….