Check out the amazing video below!
The lovely folk at Who The Hell have just premiered the POWER MOVES remix of Spartak’s track Nightshift stating the “remix emphasises Buckett’s penchant for loops and abstraction – not to mention footwork. It’s a frightening snippet of mutated vocals and clattering snares; a very different animal to the original track”.
Listen to the remix and read the full article at the Who The Hell website here
Nightshift is taken from Spartak’s recent Five Points EP, and the remix comes from a special edition release of the EP which includes remixes from Andrew Pekler, Scissor Lock and Gatherer as well as a limited edition T-shirt.
Grab the special edition of the EP via the Spartak bandcamp page here
The band will be hitting the road shortly to launch the EP with dates confirmed for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Check out the details below and stay tuned for further launch dates in Perth and Adelaide.
Sydney – Saturday May 24 @ FBi Social (with POWER MOVES, Scissor Lock & Reykjavictim)
Canberra – Friday June 6 @ Transit Bar (with Mornings & Power Moves)
Brisbane – Friday June 20 @ The Waiting Room (with Naked Maja & Spirit Bunny)
Brisbane – Saturday June 21 @ Sonic Masala Fest
Fremantle – July 10 @ Mojos (with Ron Pollard Quintet, Lower Spectrum & Gilded)
Perth – July 11 @ The Bird (with Flower Drums & Lanark)
For a number of years Spartak have operated in the outer reaches of indie rock, improvised jazz and modern composition and now make their return with this concise collection of forward thinking minimal electronics.
Influenced by Kompakt, the LA beat scene, Shackleton, Hood and noisy synth based dance music the trio apply these influences liberally into their music. The EP also sees them analysing their individual roles within the group, ultimately deciding what serves the song best and not limiting themselves to their previous roles and instruments.
Five Points is the culmination of these efforts, yielding the groups most immediate and accessible work to date. The EP represents a huge leap forward in both song writing and production, as well as a new found confidence in the vocals of both Ahmad and Dorrian. Vocal duties are shared equally between the two with Ahmad’s softly sung melodies complimented by Dorrian’s richly brazen baritone.
From the metallic pulse of opening track On Conditions, to the irrepressible groove of Catch/Control, to the cold desolate rhythms of Locked in Three; Five Points moves with undeniable clarity and cohesion. A bold, unique statement from a group at the top of their game.
The EP is available both digitally and as a limited edition CD from the Feral bandcamp store here
The fine folk at Mess+Noise have premiered a track from Spartak’s forthcoming EP Five Points, due out on Feral Media early April.
On Conditions – the opening track from the EP – sees the band moving away from the live improvisations of their previous album Nippon, capturing the essence of their unique forward thinking minimal electronics. Mess+Noise called it “a close mingling of experimental rigour and pop warmth…it packs emotional resonance in its soft singing and poignant lyrics”.
Check out the article on Mess+Noise here and listen to the track via the player below.
Stay tuned for full release details of Five Points soon.
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.
Feral Media and LoFly Recordings are proud to present the third edition in our annual Strain of Origin compilation series.
The labels once again act as curators enlisting a host of amazing local artists including: Aoi, Nakagin, The Townhouses, Bon Chat, Bon Rat, Children of the Wave, Scissor Lock, Spartak, Trjaeu, Anomie, Vacant Lake, Inch Time, ¹fm¹, Reuben Ingall, 0point1 and Sadglint, with Feral/LoFly label artists ReSTReAM, aheadphonehome & Underlapper making a return appearance.
The concept remains the same with each artist submitting a track to be remixed and in turn receiving a track from which to create their contribution for the release and once again the results are nothing short of amazing.
Strain of Origin III is another uncompromising entry in the series, providing a comprehensive snapshot of both new and established Australian artists.
With the undeniable musical talent showcased on this years effort, we can’t wait to continue the series in 2014.
As always the compilation is free to download so head to the Feral bandcamp site here to grab your self a copy, or listen via the player below. While you’re at it check out the original Strain of Origin and Strain of Origin II