Category Archives: Releases

Comatone drops new mini-album

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Comatone (aka Greg Seiler) has just released a brand new mini-album entitled - CUE -
The album is somewhat of a departure for Seiler who decided to create a track a day for an entire week. Here is a brief explanation from Seiler regarding the album and the process:

Sometimes, the want to talk about things….. “the how’s, the why’s, the if’s, the when’s”….. is quite strong, however, with this mini-album – CUE – I don’t really want to say too much. I want you to experience whatever you get from it with your own sensory input devices and devices for sensory input.
I know what it means to me but I don’t want to influence how you absorb it. Aside from the titles of the tracks, the only other information on the processes involved I’ll give is that I wanted to write an ambient/filmic-ish track a day for 7 days and, I did. Immediate and beard-stroking free. No hyper-complex beats, no-analysis of what chords will fit or scales used. Just make the shit and get on with the next.
This is as it is.
Like the air you breathe, the discomfort or pleasure you feel, your strengths and inadequacies, the people that love you, the people that hate you….
It’s all just there.

You can listen to the release via the player below or download it for free from the Feral bandcamp store here

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

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.

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

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!

Forthcoming on Feral Media

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After a seemingly quiet start to the year, the second half of 2013 is going to be a cracker with a number of amazing albums set for release over the coming months.

First up prolific Brisbane-born artist Dom Stephens (Pictured above) will release a new album under his Nimble Animal guise entitled Bleak Moments.
The new album sees Dom continuing with the rich sound experiments of his debut Dumb Dirge, which is countered by an indie-pop sensibility resulting in a more personal and rewarding effort.
Stay tuned for more news from Nimble Animal and in the meantime familiarise yourself with his fantastic debut album Dumb Dirge, released via Fallopian Tunes last year.

We are also stoked to announce a new album from Feral artist AFXJIM (aka multi-instrumentalist Travis Baird) which is the highly anticipated follow-up to his 2009 debut Blackout Music. Despite the gap between albums Travis has kept himself busy creating soundtracks for video installations, carrying out guitar duties for the likes of Melodie Nelson, Founder & Wibes and of course writing and recording his sophomore release.
To whet your appetite check out the recent Feral Media label mix created for music website A Closer Listen here, which opens with the first preview taken from the new album.

On top of this we have the third instalment in the highly acclaimed Strain of Origin series (check out the first comp here and the second comp here), as well as an extremely exciting soon-to-be-announced EP series featuring a slew of amazing local artists.

Stay tuned for more information on all of these releases over the coming weeks and months. We can’t wait to share them all with you!

Gentleforce drops new mini-album

Gentleforce (aka Sydney Producer Eli Murray) has just dropped a new mini-album titled Looking Through New Window on London label Exotic Pylon.

The album contains an epic 30 minute piece recorded live at Sydney’s Serial Space as part of the Refraction event in late 2010. Head over to the Exotic Pylon website and grab a download or limited edition cassette, and check out an excerpt from the album below.

New Alpen EP “Lost Friends’ released – Free Download

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny Jumpertz (Alpen) is Feral Media’s founder as well as a prolific producer (Underlapper, Minimum Chips, Barrage, The Emergency).

Lost Friends is Alpen‘s first release since 2008 and was the last project recorded at the original Sydney Feral Media warehouse prior to Danny’s move to New York City 12 months ago. Collaborators on the EP include Jon Tjhia (ii, Aleks and The Ramps), Matt Burgess (Wicked Miranda) & Greg Seiler (Comatone).

A long-awaited Alpen full length album, Inside The Sky is due in September 2011. Lost Friends is a free digital-only release & features 4 new tracks.

Download the EP now, and follow Feral Media on Facebook for more updates on the release of Inside The Sky. Listen to more music at Alpen’s Soundcloud page.

Underlapper Release New Album, Softly Harboured

Vinyl Edition (shown below) released 18th April 2011 – Now available to order (with instant digital download) at the Feral Media Bandcamp store

‘Softly Harboured’ is the third album from Sydney six-piece Underlapper, and is the follow-up to their acclaimed 2007 release ‘Red Spring’. A brilliant collision between the band‘s upfront, energetic live shows and the electronic experimentation of the studio, the album continues familiar themes established throughout their career, pushed into dramatic new territory.

‘Softly Harboured’ is – unsurprisingly – an eclectic affair, combining elements of post rock, experimental pop and downbeat electronica. Yet, despite these seemingly disparate elements, the album is a cohesive listen from start to finish and undoubtedly stands as their most accessible work to date.

The album also sees a renewed focus on vocal performance, with strong lead deliveries from band members Greg Stone and Morgan McKellar, artfully augmented with a diverse selection of guest vocalists – including Alexi Kaye and Sally Stevens (from the now defunct female a cappella group Kaya), and Dan Cunningham and Tim Jenkins, from Sydney group Parades. There is also a return performance from Morgan’s sister, Holly McKellar – who first appeared with the band on ‘Red Spring’ and who here provides the lush lead vocal on opening track ‘Kandos’. 

In addition, the band have enlisted the talents of renowned Sydney cellist Peter Hollo (Fourplay/Raven) who appears on a number of tracks and further expands the band’s already extensive musical palette.

With ‘Softly Harboured’, the band have chosen to eschew traditional distribution mechanisms and have instead enlisted the joint support of Feral Media (home to all Underlapper releases to date) and Canberra’s well-known HellosQuare Recordings. The labels will be working together to collaboratively release the album online – with CD version available from hellosquarerecordings.com and Vinyl + Digital from here at the Feral Media Bandcamp store.

The limited edition vinyl version of the album features five alternate sleeve designs created and assembled by some of Sydney’s most exciting artists, printed as black and white offset with a silver scratch-off overprint.

In support of the album, Underlapper will make their long awaited return to the stage with a launch in Sydney on April 21st 2011 as part of a New Weird Australia showcase at FBi Radio’s new venue – The FBi Social @ King’s Cross Hotel, supported by Cleptoclectics vs Scissor Lock, Edwin Montgomery and DJs Stupid Canon & Kimb Galercan.  More info at newweirdaustralia.com.

Underlapper will also look to launch the album in Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane, details of which will be available shortly.