We have been big fans of Canberra 4-piece Cracked Actor since the release of their incredible debut album Iconoclast (via hellosQuare recordings) in early 2015.
After touring in support of the album the band returned in early 2016 with the Duo EP, a stripped-down collection from members Sebastian Field and Matt Lustri.
Now to round out the year the band joins the Feral family for a new EP, Upstructures. Revolving around the title track – taken from Iconoclast – the EP features previously unheard material, plus remixes from Feral cohorts Broken Chip and 0point1.
All the elements which made us fall in love with their music are still intact; the razor sharp song writing, lush arrangements, and glistening vocal melodies.
We are extremely excited to help the band bring this latest offering into the world. Listen via the player below, or head over to the Feral store to download here
Sydney band Underlapper have been fairly quiet since their album Softly Harboured was released in 2011. In fact the only new material to surface since was a one-off track titled ‘Stockholm’, released on Feral Media’s 10 year anniversary compilation.
The original line-up has since disbanded, and despite a few of the original members occasionally working on material it’s unclear at this stage what form it will take.
In lieu of anything new on the immediate horizon the band have gathered together all the remixes they created over the years into a single release titled Counterweight: Collected Remixes
The collection features remixes from a number of talented acts including Children of the Wave, Telafonica, and the now sadly defunct Sydney band Parades. The collection also includes a previously unreleased remix of the wonderful FourPlay String Quartet.
Listen to the collection via the player below, or head to the Feral bandcamp store to grab a free (or name your price) download here.
Setec has just released Glassworks: Reworks, the third and final single from last year’s stunning Brittle As Bones.
The single is backed by four amazing reworks of the title track by Super Magic Hats, Lovely Head, 0point1, and Norwegian artist Sep Nabi.
Download the single via the Feral bandcamp store here, or listen via the player below.
Setec recently sat down with the wonderful Skydreams to discuss the single and other musical oddities. Read the interview here.
Our first release for 2015 comes from Software of Seagulls, the electronic alter ego of Brisbane musician/composer Chris Perren.
Sunrise Industry is the result of four years of gathering, slicing, and assembling found sound, audio ephemera and recorded improvisations from a host of Brisbane musicians. The result is a unique brand of electronic music which owes as much to math rock and neo-classicism as it does to mid-2000’s folktronic artists such as The Books, Manitoba and Four Tet.
The sophistication of the compositions befit Perren’s high level of formal composition training, without losing the childlike fascination and joyful curiosity of sonic exploration.
Listen to Sunrise Industry via the player below, or download it from the Feral bandcamp store here.
You can also check out the wonderfully kaleidoscopic video for the title track here
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
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.