After exploring some of the most beautifully unique terrain Australia has to offer in spectacularly remote places such as Alice Springs and Uluru, Shining Bird have this week revealed their stunning new video for third single “I Can Run”. The single offers yet another slice of deeply moving and utterly impactful songwriting that offers more than a heady mix of aquatic ambience and booming low-end. There’s a terrific sense of understanding that underpins Shining Bird’s music – a passion for Australia’s past, present and future state. With ‘I Can Run’, it’s no different. The clip, which premiered on The Guardian today, features Waangenga Blanco; the Senior Dancer at Bangarra Dance Theatre, and according to him, the story told through this dance all comes down to “the fight to keep Indigenous stories and wisdom alive.”
Sydney trio Seekae are back with their first release since 2014 and it’s a certified barn burner if we may say so ourselves. Today’s featured tune ‘Turbine Blue’ sees the band exploring new sonic territory along with themes of isolation, loneliness, risk and confession at the forefront. It’s a heartbreaking tale that sees vocalist Alex Cameron offers his most magnetic performance with the band yet – the compelling tones, syncopation, and lurch of the song unfurl into one motion with ease. The official, Kris Moyes directed video is a brief yet vivid look into the lives of seven very different individuals along the famous canals of sixth street in Los Angeles. Here’s hoping there’s more to come from Seekae sooner rather than later!
DZ Deathrays have released a ripping new video for their latest single, ‘Pollyanna’. The video sees the boys take a hazy late night trip through New York City before tearing into the track in 3-piece mode. The band are jetting off to Europe but will be back soon for a lap of the country with Ecca Vandal. Dates below.
The original quickly became a highlight of 2016’s musical landscape – D.D Dumbo really went and did it with his latest single from forthcoming album Utopia Defeated, ‘Walrus’. Now, we’re thrilled to be sharing a re-interpretation which ascends to the dizzying heights of the original. Washington-born Electronic composer Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has taken the single through the ringer completely, with warped vocals, samples and just enough hook to recall the swirling melancholy of the original. It’s truly something special. Smith said, “I wanted to give the listener the feeling of plugging and unplugging their ears, or when you cup your ears with two cups and pull them on and off.” Dive in below – the visuals are care of D.D’s collaborator and director Jim Elson. Bring on the album!
Posted in Parties | Posted on: October 5th, 2016 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
We’re psyched to be teaming up with the homies at Motorik to present a very special, one off headline live show for MSTRKRFT on 30th December at Mercat Basement in Melbourne..
MSTRKRFT is the alter ego for Death from Above’s Jesse F. Keeler and long-time friend and producer Al-P (Alex Puodziukas). Hailing from Toronto, Canada the duo makes a move from DFA 1979’s abrasive rock to robotic electronic complete with vocoders and handclaps. Along with their own ground breaking productions MSTRKRFT have remixed songs by such artists as diverse as Justice, Bloc Party, Ayumi Hamasaki, Metric, Wolfmother, Annie and The Kills to name but a few.
Their third long-player OPERATOR is their strongest work to date; gritty and electrifying from start to finish. The new live show aims to bring the band’s material to life in new ways with each appearance. No two shows are ever the same. Join us in the basement for a night to remember..
Posted in Label News | Posted on: September 28th, 2016 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
Today, we are incredibly excited to share ‘Palo Alto’, the brilliant new single from the newest member of the I OH YOU family, Jack River. The track is the second to be released from her forthcoming EP Highway Songs No.2 which is set to be unleashed on the world next Friday (October 7).
Jack River is the alias of Holly Rankin who hails from Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast. Receiving its world premiere via Linda Marigliano on triple j ‘Palo Alto’ further reinforces the immense talent that is Jack River. Rankin describes how the song came to life:
“I wrote and recorded Palo Alto through so many times in my life that the song became a kind of folder for memories and sentiments over a long stretch of time. I started writing it in my hometown, then continued it in Sydney (my friend lived in a building called Palo Alto), and then wrote the rest in different trips to the studio.”
“It was always destined to be sun-drenched and gritty and gilded in synths and electric guitars – I wanted to find the line between the 90’s, early 2000’s and now, and blend all my dreams of a highway song into one. The moment this song came together, production-wise, it felt like the beginning of Jack River. It’s about letting go but not giving up, melancholic-but-sure endings, and people realising magic when it’s too late – even though you knew it all along.”
Melbourne duo Indian Summer labelled the time between their Late Nite EP and the release of today’s featured tune ‘a long time between drinks’. This one definitely goes to show that good things come to those who wait. Their next crop of tunes is led by ‘Been Here Before’, featuring the vocal stylings of Wollongong’s Eloise Cleary. Skittish beats underpin a welcome smattering of uptempo, new wave synths – working in (and out) of sync to instil the sense that there’s organised chaos playing out as each second passes. Cleary shines, exhibiting her self described brand of ‘metlting pop’ via some slinky R’n’B phrasing and instantly recognisable hooks. It’s a step up in every possible way for the duo. Perhaps Indian Summer aren’t done with 2016 just yet – and we’ll be waiting for more when it comes.
Been Here Before (Feat. Eloise Cleary) is available now via Sweat It Out! Grab a copy HERE & fight the good fight!
Posted in Label News | Posted on: September 19th, 2016 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
Fresh off the back of performing two electric sets at BIGSOUND 2016, today we are psyched to present you with ‘Pollyanna’, the infectious new single from Bundaberg’s DZ Deathrays which premiered overnight on triple j. Along with this new earworm, we’re real hyped to announce that the thrash party duo will be heading out on tour in December for their biggest headline shows to date playing a combination of all ages, under 18 and 18+ shows across the country.
Although 2016 was technically supposed to be “a year off to write the new record” for DZ Deathrays, Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley have somehow managed to fit in an insane amount. The duo released their ferocious single ‘Blood On My Leather’, supported Violent Soho on a huge national tour, played Groovin The Moo festival and managed to squeeze in two tours through North America. They’ll see 2016 out touring through the UK, Europe and North America on a co-headline tour with buddies Dune Rats.
As they continue to perfect their third studio album under the helm of producer and friend Burke Reid (of Gerling), we are gifted with ‘Pollyanna’ to tide us over. Featuring all the things that fans and critics have come to love about the two friends’ music, ‘Pollyanna’ sees DZ Deathrays continue their musical exploration as they develop their sound which ultimately has produced a hugely contagious track that will have you bouncing off the walls.
Having been a favourite of the Australian touring circuit for sometime now, these gigs will see the two lads from Bundy turn things up to 11 and with all age groups covered no one has to miss out! Along for the ride to warm up the crowd on all shows will be the insanely cool Ecca Vandal, who is running hot after impressing at this year’s BIGSOUND where she also joined DZ onstage to cover Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’. Opening proceedings at each show will be local acts WoodBoot in Brisbane, Sox in Perth, Rackett in Sydney and Heads of Charm for Melbourne and Adelaide.
Posted in Label News | Posted on: September 16th, 2016 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
Ya boys Violent Soho are stateside at the moment taking WACO and a whole bunch of the older cuts to the masses. Just because you’re stuck back in AUS doesn’t mean you miss out on all the fun though, the band dropped by SideOneDummy to play a live set and included a cover of ‘The Prick’ by Dogs On Acid. An absolute pearler in its own right, the band deliver a menacing take on the song with their own unique spin. Come to think of it – if you haven’t checked the Dogs On Acid record yet, go hit it up as well.