We have teamed up with the awesome peeps from whothehell.net to bring you Virtual Mixtape, a new feature series where we ask musicians to create a mixtape based on a genre, artist or theme which they are passionate about but not necessarily associated with.
The series also features illustration from Melbourne-based artist Lucy Roleff who not only created the wonderful series artwork pictured above but is also providing an illustration of all the musicians involved (see the Jono Boulet illustration below).
The first instalment comes from Jonathan Boulet who takes us on a journey through sludge rock, hardcore, post punk and all things heavy.
Check out the mixtape over on whothehell.net here and stay tuned for the next instalment.
As 2014 draws to a close what better time to share a sneak preview of what’s in store for 2015.
Our first release for next year comes from Software of Seagulls, the electronic alter ego of Brisbane composer Chris Perren (Mr. Maps/Nonsemble).
Sunrise Industry, the lead single from the debut album of the same name is a sunny 3-minute collage of drums, guitars and clarinet, with raw textures and occasionally jilted rhythms offset by bright, optimistic sonorities reminiscent of artists such as Caribou, Tycho, and Cornelius.
The single is accompanied by a kaleidoscopic video in which lawnmowers, golf, and office equipment conquer all in a mid-century consumer happiness nightmare. Watch the video above and/or listen to the single via the player below.
Stay tuned for full album details ahead of its release in February.
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
News from the Feral camp….
Following on from the release of his brilliant debut album Brittle as Bones, Setec recently contributed an exclusive piece as part of Ears Have Ears’ ongoing soundtrack series. The long-form ambient piece entitled Jersey Street finds Setec exploring similar terrain as found on his debut EP Longer Letters. The piece was also accompanied by the wonderful artwork pictured above by local artist Leah Jean. Listen to Jersey Street here or via the player below.
In other Feral news the wonderful Mess + Noise have published a track by track breakdown of AFXJIM’s new album Distant detailing the recording process, influences and background of each track. Read the article here.
AFXJIM also recently discussed some of his favourite and most influential albums as part of Cyclic Defrost’s Cyclic Selects. The diverse selection spans from Cold Chisel and Nick Cave, to Manitoba (Caribou) and Tortoise. Check out the full selection here.
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.
Next week will see the release of Mialle Tapes, the debut full-length from Sydney artist Lortica (aka Alister Hill) who creates immersive soundscapes based on the sampling and re-sampling of found cassettes and guitar loops through an array of pedals, processors, vintage cassette recorders and his trusty Tascam 424.
Listen to Featherweight LX, the first preview from the album via the player below and stay tuned for full release details.
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