After some unforeseen delays we are extremely excited to finally share the fifth instalment in our ongoing Strain of Origin compilation series.
As eclectic as ever, the latest instalment pairs forward-thinking Australian artists including Tim Shiel, Dylan Michél, Wabz, WORNG, Setec, and Mannheim Rocket, amongst others, asking them to remix each other’s work with no set rules or guidelines.
The resulting pieces are as compelling and varied as the artists themselves, once again showcasing the broad talent operating in the contemporary Australian music scene.
As with previous compilations, Strain of Origin V is available as a free download from the Feral Media bandcamp site here; or can be streamed via the player below.
Thank you to all of the amazing artists who took part in the compilation, we are extremely grateful for your contributions.
The latest in our ongoing Virtual Mixtape series with whothehell.net comes from Sydney trio Making whose album Highlife was one of the highlights of 2015.
Full of discordant guitar, razor sharp bass lines and complex rhythms, the band will certainly appeal to fans of contemporaries My Disco and the now sadly defunct Ohana.
In the spirit of the Virtual Mixtape series Making explore the weird and wonderful world of avant-rap royalty Kool Keith. Of particular note is the opening video ‘98 Year Old Refrigerator’ which will no doubt polarise those uninitiated with Keith’s work.
Head over to the whothehell.net site to read the full feature here
The fourth instalment in our feature series collaboration with whothehell.net comes from Perth artist Kučka who compiles her ‘must hear Perth tunes’.
Read the full feature and listen to Kučka’s mixtape here
We are extremely excited to present Microclimates, the latest release from Canberra artist Reuben Ingall.
We have been big fans of Reuben’s music since his stunning 2012 release Dealt and we are very proud to share this latest effort.
Ingall’s music is a mix of lonely pop and glitchy, psychedelic soundscapes created by processing guitar, voice and other sources through an array of home-made software patches.
The resulting songs are at once intimate and sincere but also cloaked with a sense of detachment, as if the technology is interfering with the music, like a lost transmission floating in the ether.
It is music for a forlorn future from a unique and talented artist.
Microclimates is available digitally and also as a limited edition CD with custom UV-printed sleeves featuring the stunning cover illustration from Robbie Karmel (pictured below).
Head over to the Feral bandcamp store here to check it out, or listen via the player below.
We are proud to present Splintered Time, the latest release from Brisbane artist Perfume Garden aka Errol Hoffman.
Splintered Time finds Hoffman continue his experiments into synth-heavy post-punk drawing on past influences such as Joy Division, Cocteau Twins and the film scores of Vangelis, to modern boundary-pushing artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker.
Composed using his extensive collection of old Casio keyboards, Hoffman counterbalances the ominous, subterranean drones and primitive drum machine beats with icy melodies that pierce through the sludgy depths with glistening clarity.
The wonderful peeps at whothehell.net premiered the album earlier this week calling it “the perfect soundtrack to enjoying your own post-apocalyptic fantasy on these long mid-winter nights”.
Check out the full review from whothehell.net here.
Listen to Splintered Time via the player below or download from the Feral bandcamp store here
It’s been a long time between drinks for Clairaudience; started in 2005 by Feral Media founder Danny Jumpertz and his wife Caroline the band released an instrumental improv debut album in 2007 as part of the POW WOW new music series.
In 2013, once core members Danny and Caroline had emigrated to the USA, the band found new members in Franzi Szymkowiak, Kerrii Cavanagh and Heidi Patalano, and started gigging around New York’s Lower East Side, East Village and Brooklyn.
Sun Damage is the band’s first release with the current line up and is a summery mix of power pop soulfulness, gaffer taped together by the DIY aesthetic that drives the band. The release also marks the first results of an ongoing collaboration with producer Abe Seiferth (Yeasayer, Eleanor Friedberger).
Featuring stunning artwork by former band member Martin Kirkwood, Sun Damage is available digitally and also as a limited edition cassette via the Feral Media bandcamp store here.
The latest instalment in our ongoing Virtual Mixtape series with whothehell.net comes from Sydney musician Marcus Whale (Collarbones/Black Vanilla).
Marcus selected Scott Walker as the theme for his mixtape guiding us through his intriguing solo career, from the lush orchestral ballads of the late 60’s, through to the eccentric explorations of his more recent work.
Check out the full mixtape along with commentary from Marcus over on whothehell.net 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.
The second instalment in our Virtual Mixtape collaboration with whothehell.net comes from producer, radio host and all-round nice guy Tim Shiel.
Tim’s mixtape focuses on ‘modern folk’ from Australia, or as he puts it “It’s not folktronica and it’s not freak folk. It’s just a brand of evocative, dreamy folk music that I’m really drawn to and have been for many years.”
Check out the full feature and mixtape over on whothehell.net 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