It’s that time of year again and we are thrilled to present the fourth instalment in our annual Strain of Origin compilation series.
What started as an inter-label collaboration with Brisbane pals Lofly back in 2010 has now evolved into a showcase of some of our favourite and most exciting artists currently active in the Australian underground music scene.
This years compilation features exclusive contributions from Lower Spectrum, Electric Sea Spider, Super Magic Hats, Naps, Pimmon, 0point1, Setec, Tim Fitz, PMM, Power Moves, Shisd, Spartak, Pale Earth and Aheadphonehome.
As with the artists themselves, the compilation crosses a diverse range of styles making for a compelling and forward-thinking listen from start to finish.
As always Strain of Origin IV is provided free of charge for your listening pleasure. Consider this our gift to you for all the love and support throughout the year.
Download the comp at the Feral bandcamp page here, or listen via the player below. And while you’re there check out the previous instalments: I, II & III
We are proud to present Mialle Tapes, the debut full-length from Sydney artist Lortica aka Alister Hill.
Alister creates murky and immersive soundscapes by sampling and re-sampling found cassettes and processing them through his array of pedals and vintage cassette recorders.
The result is a challenging collection that is part euphoric sedation, part claustrophobic nightmare that burrows into your subconscious with its layers of buried melodies and decaying textures.
Fans of William Basinski, the Caretaker and Grouper take note! Lortica is a new name to add to this esteemed list of compelling artists.
Mialle Tapes is available digitally via the Feral bandcamp store here and will be released as a limited-edition cassette via Danish label Phinery later this month.
AFXJIM has just released his new album Distant, the proper full-length follow up to 2009’s outstanding Blackout Music.
The man behind the moniker is Sydney multi-instrumentalist Travis Baird who has kept himself busy since his debut, playing guitar for the likes of Melodie Nelson, Sounds Like Sunset and Founder, scoring video installations, remixing various artists, and self-releasing the odd EP.
But now he returns with his sophomore album which once again sees him channelling seemingly disparate influences, drawing on elements of indie-rock, sample-based electronica and film score ambience. The result is a surprisingly cohesive and distinct album from an incredibly talented musician.
Is it mere coincidence that another similarly named artist also recently broke his silence after an extended absence? In a word….yes!
Listen, download or purchase this incredible album which is available digitally or as a limited edition CD via the Feral bandcamp page here.
Sydney folk can also catch AFXJIM launching the album this week at 107 Projects (full details below)
AFXJIM – Distant album launch
Friday October 3rd
at 107 Projects – 107 Redfern St, Redfern
Doors 8pm | $10
Supports from Broken Chip. Reuben Ingall (ACT) and Monica Brooks
Today sees the release of Brittle As Bones, the debut full-length from Sydney artist Setec aka Joshua Gibbs.
This gorgeous album finds Joshua exploring the depths of his distinctive sonic universe, combining found-sound percussion with looped acoustic instruments, long-forgotten samples and cascading vocal layers to create a unique and compelling listen.
Brittle As Bones is a joyous, intimate affair and we couldn’t be happier to share it with you.
Listen/download the album at the Feral bandcamp store here and watch a great video for lead single Water or Concrete below
We are extremely proud to present Clean Dirt, the debut full-length from 0point1 aka Melbourne-based artist Bob Streckfuss.
Ever since we became aware of Bob’s work we knew this album was going to be special, and now that it’s finally here we are certainly not disappointed. The album follows on from his 17 minute epic The Dance of Mechanical Birds which provided an insight into his restless, creative world.
Clean Dirt is a work of startling beauty and intricate composition merging elements of dream pop and found sound electronica with complex rhythms and ethereal vocals.
The intricate manipulation of acoustic sources reveals a dichotomy between the organic and synthetic elements giving the music a frenetic, endearing quality.
Brimming with tireless creativity and a seemingly endless pool of ideas, the album is an exciting statement from a unique new voice amongst the current musical landscape.
Clean Dirt is available digitally and as a limited edition printed USB which contains bonus tracks and artworks.
Head over to the Feral bandcamp store here or listen via the player below.
We are extremely proud to present the Autumn EP, the fourth and final instalment in our acclaimed Seasons series.
The EP opens with Angel Eyes aka producer Andrew Cowie who continues to mine the rich nostalgia of 80’s synth music through the warped lens of a VHS player.
Lower Spectrum follows with Fall, an undeniably catchy piece inspired by the shifting of balance between night and day and the duality of light and dark as Autumn draws to a close and Winter looms.
Golden Blonde relish in their distinctive musical palette, combining striking drum patterns and lush male/female harmonies flanked by warm organ lines that erupt into cacophonous noodling in the track’s final moments.
Feral Media stalwart Comatone closes proceedings with Moving Along Away From It, a departure from his pummelling breakcore and drum & bass that is reminiscent of the self-described ‘valium-hop’ of his 2007 split 12″ Albert and Leonard Put Things in Holes.
The Autumn EP is a fitting end to the Seasons series, encapsulating the diversity and originality heard across all 4 EPs and providing closure on what has been an outstanding accomplishment for the label and the artists involved.
Listen/download the Autumn EP at the Feral bandcamp store here, or via the player below.
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