Category Archives: Releases

Setec – Brittle As Bones

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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

0point1 releases debut album Clean Dirt

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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.

Seasons series concludes with Autumn EP

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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 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!