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2013 Wrap Up

2013

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!

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!

Label mix for A Closer Listen

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Recently we were asked to submit a label mix for experimental music website A Closer Listen’s ongoing mix series curated by guest contributors.

The mix entitled Scratching the Surface acts as a snapshot of the underground Australian music scene as we see it, with tracks from recent Feral Media releases alongside tracks from artists we enjoy such as Making, Reuben Ingall, Anonymeye, Option Command and Cold House.

The mix also includes tracks from new label signees 0.1 and Nimble Animal (both of whom have upcoming releases slated for 2013), as well as two upfront exclusives that bookend the mix. The first exclusive (which opens the mix) comes from AFXJIM with an amazing track taken from his forthcoming album. The second exlcusive (which concludes the mix) comes in the form of a remix of Sydney producer Loopsnake by Feral act Underlapper.

Many thanks to A Closer Listen for giving us the opportunity and thanks to all of the amazing music being made in Australia at the moment, a small fragment of which is included here.

Listen to the mix on mixcloud here and check out the full tracklisting plus a mini-interview on the A Closer Listen website here.

AFXJIM releases new EP ‘R.O.A.D’

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AFXJIM aka multi-instrumentalist Travis Baird has released a new EP entitled R.O.A.D. The EP is based on a soundtrack he created for a short film by digital artist Ken Simpson as part of the Big Bike Love and International Bicycle Film Festival Sydney in 2008.
A beautiful mix of folktronic and ambient soundscapes, the soundtrack is reminiscent of the always entertaining AFXJIM live show.

The EP acts as a prelude to a new AFXJIM album which is due for release later this year and is the follow-up to his debut album Blackout Music released in 2009.

Stay tuned for more news from AFXJIM and in the meantime listen/download the R.O.A.D EP below and watch part I of the film here

A Decade of Feral Media

After much planning, curating and compiling we are thrilled to announce the official release of Feral Media’s 10 year anniversary compilation – 10 (A Decade of Feral Media)

The release encapsulates everything that Feral Media stands for and is a true representation of our music and vision. All of the artists involved hold a special place in our hearts and we couldn’t be happier with their contributions. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to everyone who was involved in making this release the outstanding piece of Australian music history that it is.

The compilation is now available to purchase digitally or as a limited edition Playbutton from the Feral Media bandcamp site here

Feral Media turns 10!

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we are releasing a compilation featuring a slew of Feral artists and friends, all of whom have played an integral part in the label’s history.

The compilation includes exclusive tracks and remixes from AFXJIM, Alpen, Anonymeye, Mark Barrage, Because of Ghosts, Broken Chip, Comatone, Faux Pas, Gentleforce, Haunts, ii, Pimmon, Raven, School of Two, Scissor Lock, Seaworthy, Brad Stafford (The Longest Day), Underlapper, Thomas William and newcomer 0.1

The compilation will be released digitally and also as a limited edition Playbutton with artwork from our long-time design collaborators SOPP Collective.

To help fund the physical portion of the release we have launched a crowd-funded Pozible campaign and are putting the call out to all of our fans and listeners to help us with this amazing project. There are some great rewards on offer so head to the campaign page here and lend your support.

Listen to the first preview of the compilation below which comes from newcomer to the Feral family 0.1 with his track Softism.
You can also hear snippets of a few of the tracks in the video at the top of the page.

Here’s to many more years of great music!

Strain of Origin II out now!

Strain of Origin II is our latest collaboration with Brisbane label Lofly and the second instalment in what will be an annual release.

In 2010 Feral and Lofly released The Strain of Origin which saw artists from each label remixing each others work in an interstate musical swingers party. The resulting compilation was released to critical acclaim which prompted thoughts of a second compilation and the possibility of an annual release. To keep the concept fresh the labels looked outside their own rosters and put the word out to a number of like-minded artists who have helped push this second compilation into a new realm both musically and geographically.

Strain of Origin II features contributions from AXXONN, Ambrose Chapel, Anonymeye, Dot. AY, Elroy 4.0, Jonathan Boulet, Mystery Twin (who also provides the amazing covert art for the release), Outerwaves, Simo Soo and Zeal. Whose contributions are bolstered by return performances from Feral and Lofly artists AFXJIM, Aheadphonehome, Alpen, Broken Chip (aka Option Command), Comatone, Mr Maps, ReSTReAM, Subsea, Thomas William, Toy Balloon and Underlapper with Feral artist Gentleforce also joining the ranks.

This release is a true testament to the high quality of music being made in Australia and we here at Feral Media could not be happier with the results.

Head on over to the Feral bandcamp site and grab your free download