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.
2012 saw the release of Beyond Your Skies, the stunning fourth album from The Longest Day. And to finish off the year the duo have just completed a film clip and single edit for the track Closer to the Sun.
The clip was shot entirely on Super 8mm video which provides the perfect accompaniment for what is one of the album’s many highlights.
Watch the video above and listen to the single edit of the track at the Feral soundcloud page here
Whilst the new material retains the sprawling shoegaze textures of their previous releases there is also an undeniable pop sensibility now present, making this album the duo’s most cohesive and accessible work to date.
The duo’s sonic palette is further expanded with contributions from long-time friend and collaborator Christy Romanick, as well as an appearance by Tim and Peter Hollo of acclaimed string quartet Fourplay.
Beyond Your Skies is available in both digital and CD formats (the latter in a beautifully packaged double gate-fold sleeve) from the Feral store now. Head over and immerse yourself in this stunning album.