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.

Autumn EP preview

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On May 19th we will release the Autumn EP, the fourth and final instalment in our acclaimed Seasons EP series.
To whet your appetite we have uploaded the amazing contribution from Lower Spectrum aka Ned Beckley (pictured above). According to Beckley the track entitled Fell, represents the duality between light and dark and its transition as Winter looms.

Listen to the track via the player below or over at the Feral soundcloud page here

Stay tuned for the full EP which also features exclusive tracks from Angel Eyes, Golden Blonde and Comatone.

POWER MOVES remixes Spartak

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The lovely folk at Who The Hell have just premiered the POWER MOVES remix of Spartak’s track Nightshift stating the “remix emphasises Buckett’s penchant for loops and abstraction – not to mention footwork. It’s a frightening snippet of mutated vocals and clattering snares; a very different animal to the original track”.
Listen to the remix and read the full article at the Who The Hell website here

Nightshift is taken from Spartak’s recent Five Points EP, and the remix comes from a special edition release of the EP which includes remixes from Andrew Pekler, Scissor Lock and Gatherer as well as a limited edition T-shirt.
Grab the special edition of the EP via the Spartak bandcamp page here

The band will be hitting the road shortly to launch the EP with dates confirmed for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Check out the details below and stay tuned for further launch dates in Perth and Adelaide.

Sydney – Saturday May 24 @ FBi Social (with POWER MOVES, Scissor Lock & Reykjavictim)
Canberra – Friday June 6 @ Transit Bar (with Mornings & Power Moves)
Brisbane – Friday June 20 @ The Waiting Room (with Naked Maja & Spirit Bunny)
Brisbane – Saturday June 21 @ Sonic Masala Fest
Fremantle – July 10 @ Mojos (with Ron Pollard Quintet, Lower Spectrum & Gilded)
Perth – July 11 @ The Bird (with Flower Drums & Lanark)

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

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.

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.