We are super stoked to present Covers Vol. 1, the first in a series of curated EP’s featuring label pals performing cover versions of songs that resonate with them as an artist.
Vol. 1 includes contributions from some amazing local artists who each present an interesting take on their chosen piece.
Angelic songstress Lucy Roleff kicks things off with collaborator Pascal Babare for a delicately stripped back version of Saint Etienne’s saccharine dance pop number, ‘Method of Modern Love’. Followed by electronic artist Aphir, who ramps up the melancholy of recent Dirty Projectors song, ‘Keep Your Name’ with sparse production and a haunting new melody.
Ahead of his new album Aussie hip-hop wunderkind, Bilby puts his unique emo-rap spin on Snoop Dogg’s sleek R&B hit ‘Sexual Eruption’, while Canberra’s Sebastian Field pushes Bjork’s ‘Unravel’ into new ambient territory with his golden- throated, spectral harmonies.
Closing out the EP is the chameleonic Reuben Ingall with a typically sombre, low-key take on 90’s alt-rock band Failure.
Covers Vol. 1 is not only a great collection of songs but also provides a great insight into some exciting and unique talent currently operating in the Australian underground.
Download the EP here or stream via the spotify here
From Artificial Limb’s Marc Eiden: “I’m thrilled to announce that the Inner Circle EP & Outer Circle EP are finally together as 1 very limited edition Vinyl Record. Out through Feral Media. Only 30 copies in existence.”
Cover art has been created by Melbourne artists Sean Hogan & Jessie Stanley.
Setec stokes the fire once again with a second offering from his forthcoming sophomore album, Atrial Flutters (or, Raise Yr Hand If Yr Afraid).
Following the gorgeous first single, ‘Cotton Bones’, released earlier this year, ‘Loose Leaves’ finds Setec in full flight; scratchy layered percussion, forensically arranged vocal snippets and a breezy chord progression culminating in one of his catchiest efforts to date.
In his own words ‘Loose Leaves’ is about “the blessing and curse of anxious, fidgety creativity. The desire to create, but the greater need to feel some kind of comfort if it all falls apart”.
A precursor to the mood of the new album which strikes a rare and exciting balance between jubilance and terror.
Listen to the new single via the player below, or download from the Feral bandcamp site here. Stay tuned for news on the new album soon.
Ahead of their debut Feral Media EP release (Karakara) next week, The Casual Sexists have revealed this cracking music video, which the band hand-built with visual collaborator Tom Rizzuto. Already the lead title track from the EP, Karakara, has enjoyed airplay far and wide, including from these wise and forward thinking broadcasters 2SER (Sydney), WFMU (New York City) and KEXP (Seattle)! Thanks.
We’re really proud to be working with Marc Eiden’s The Artificial Limb project! With design guru Sean Hogan at the helm they’ve created this fantastic music video of the single ‘The Circle’ from 500 individual markings. It’s a throbbing piece of inspiring op-art!
Designed & Directed by Sean Hogan. Drawings: Kim Aleksandrowicz, Jessica Dean, Sean Hogan, Marc Eiden. Photos: Kim Aleksandrowicz. Post Production: Jessica Dean, Kim Aleksandrowicz, Sean Hogan. Produced & Edited by Marc Eiden and Sean Hogan.
Our latest signing is The Artificial Limb and ahead of the EP ‘Inner Circle’ we’ve just released the single ‘The Circle’. The Artificial Limb is Marc Eiden, electronic music producer and filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. Listen on Spotify.
One of the founding members of the enduring Elefant Traks record label, Artificial Limb was born out of Sydney’s underground electro and hip hop movement in the late 1990s.
Inspired by the raw energy and fearlessness of The Beastie Boys 1989-1996 catalog (Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head…), Artificial Limb’s early DIY electro hiphop was showcased as part of the SBS TV network’s Whatever Sessions in 2001.
“As producer of The Whatever Sessions, I worked with Marc to showcase his sample-based electro-hiphop. Back then, Marc’s aesthetic was lo-fi and eccentric, often quite cheeky. The grooves were proudly hand-made. This latest iteration retains those clever and engaging DIY qualities but adds full frequency dance floor energy reminiscent of Leftfield or Cornelius. I’m thrilled Marc asked me to mix this record and honoured to be releasing it,” Feral Media’s Danny Jumpertz said. Jumpertz mixed the four track EP ‘Inner Circle’ in his Brooklyn, NYC studio in late 2016.
The Artificial Limb performs live with drummer The Right Reverend AL, against a backdrop of modernistic, op-art visuals by acclaimed Melbourne designer and artist Sean Hogan (Trampoline).
The Inner Circle will be launched on Saturday, April 8 in Melbourne at the new Footscray venue & bar, The Night Heron.
Just released is the debut full-length album for Clairaudience. Based in Brooklyn but hailing from Australia, Europe and Rhode Island, this four-piece (Caroline Jumpertz, Danny Jumpertz, Franzi Szymkowiak and Heidi Patalano), has been recording and gigging in NYC for over three years. Recorded with engineer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger) between 2014 and 2016 at Transmitter Park Studios in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the album is a follow up to 2015’s acclaimed cassette/download EP Sun Damage.
Clairaudience formed in Sydney in 2006. Caroline and Danny emigrated to the USA in 2010 launching a new lineup with the additions of New York based multi-instrumentalists Heidi (guitar, bass, vocals) and Franzi (Moog, guitar, bass, vocals). Fellow Australian Kerrii Cavanagh stepped in on bass guitar, appearing on the Sun Damage EP, but relocating back to Oz soon after, leaving the band as a 4 piece.
Underlapper have just released Choking Ibis, the third and final single from their most recent album Softly Harboured.
The single features an edit of the title track as well as the full album version and is further bolstered by some stunning remixes from friends and label mates Option Command (aka Broken Chip), Alpen and Comatone.
In addition to this Tessa C. Stevens of Sydney-based music website Pyramid Scheme has directed a film clip for the Option Command remix which you can watch below.
The single marks the end of a chapter for Underlapper as they begin work on recordings for what will hopefully be a new release in 2013. To stay up to date with all things Underlapper head over to their blog here
Choking Ibis is available as a free download from the Feral bandcamp site here
Gentleforce (aka Eli Murray) has been busy working on the follow up to his acclaimed 2010 debut Sacred Spaces.
Now back in Sydney after a brief stint living in London, Eli recently guested on the Ears Have Ears program on Sydney’s FBi Radio where he discussed his new recordings and premiered a soundtrack entitled Before Us created specifically for the show.
The soundtrack featured new Gentleforce material based around filed recordings Eli collected in Gunning, NSW.
If you missed the program Before Us has now been posted on the Ears Have Ears soundcloud page where you can hear not only the Gentleforce contribution but also the previous soundtracks created for the show from artists such as Rainbow Chan, Oliver Tank and Scissor Lock vs Thomas William amongst others.
Listen to Before Us below and catch Ears Have Ears on FBi Radio every Thursday from 9pm