Archive for October, 2012
Summer joints for young lovers ready to trade the colder months for the warmer. It’s reasonably clear why Perth’s Sunny named themselves so, their warm and fuzzy tunes the perfect partner to a day on the ocean. You’ll probably need a few repeat listens to fill said day since the EP only clocks in at a sum total of ten minutes but you’ll find that the decision to repeat will be based on pleasure as much as time. You might already be happy to put that whole ‘bedroom recording’ thing to bed but if you’ll stay your hand long enough to connect with just one more home project I’m sure you won’t regret it. There’s a little glock in here that reminds me of Oberhofer‘s most recent effort but at no point does it delve into dangerous hyper-twee territory. Other time’s it feels like a toothless Kurt Vile. The group are offering a full refund to anyone who doesn’t feel that they receive their whole money’s worth. Download the four songs here.
Your weekend fare is a single track from Joasiah Birrell, aka GOVS and it sounds something like a cross between Jordan Ireland and Copeland, the first for the vocals, the second for the delicate piano line. Gang vocals rise to bring good vibes at the end of the thing in what I think is a fairly lovely resolution to a fairly lovely first joint. I love this enough to drop a rare exclamation mark at the end of this sentence! Punctuation is a srs bzness. I’m going out of my way to lower the tone of this and all future posts in the hope that I won’t again be mistaken for a music ‘writer’ or ‘critic’. Hell, if you consider the editorial content of this here
livejournal site you’d be hard pressed to identify any recurrent theme. This is, and always has been, nothing more than an outlet for my passion. So if good grammar or structurally sound sentance structure (or even the correct spelling of sentence/sentance) then you’re in the wrong place. This is the repeated and unapologetic detonation of opinion bombs underneath the foundational support beams of informed prose.
As mentioned, this is the first song to make it online from the Gold coast native but I’ve heard it from a decent source that Triple J has picked this up without hesitation. That might be an encouragement or a barrier for you but it is what it is. Listen/Download below:
HTMLflowers is the name under which Grant Gronewold operates. At least it’s one of them, anyway. He’s also one half of Brothers Hand Mirror, an act that I’ve championed to death over the course of this year and one that you certainly need to be listening to if you’re not already. More than just a sonic prodigy though, Gronewold also produces some astounding graphic art, the image featured to the right of this text being one of his more recent.
What I like most about Gronewold (aside from his incredible technical creativity) is that he lets his personality permeate his songs. His raps aren’t two-dimensional bootycall rhymes but the outpouring of an embattled soul. More than most any other artist I’ve listened to, Gronewold’s heart is visibly in his music. The most recent personal deluge is ‘Almost Living’, a track that explores life with cystic fibrosis, a condition that sees him spending a great deal of time in hospital. It’ll feature on a forthcoming record he’ll be releasing that will be thematically centred around living with chronic illness. It’s worth taking the time to watch the video if you haven’t already, it’s damn compelling.
If you’re open to earnest, left-of-center hipster-hop then this is for you. He was recently interviewed over at Crawlspace and had some seriously interesting/candid responses to share with the world. Below is the explanation he gave for the seemingly bizarre moniker HTMLflowers.
“Now, HTML Flowers… I want to become everything I think I can be in terms of an artist. The name HTML Flowers is like – my dad died a while ago and I never really knew him, and we found out nine months after he died via an internet obituary. The website gave you the choice of lighting a virtual candle or leaving some flowers for him, so that’s where HTML Flowers comes from. I picked that name because I wanted a name that reminded me of how pathetic my father’s life and death were, because he was a really isolated person who couldn’t connect with people and he had a lot of addiction problems as well, and he was just someone who was so self-centred and who ruined any chance of family and love for himself.”
Give us something pretty”, you cried. “We want something gorgeous and we want it now.”
I didn’t appreciate your demanding tone but the only thing I hate more than a sense of over-entitlement is your disappointed face, so I logged on to the world wide web online and I came across this little gem, a Sydney gent who flies by the name Mammals. Guy has this For Emma, Forever Ago thing going on that works a real treat for a pair of sore ears and tired eyes. ‘Carried’ is the most recent of his singles and available to you as a free download. I must’ve listened to this and the rest of the pearls you can hear via his bandcamp dozens of times now with still no end in sight. A true pleasure. Mammals was a recent finalist in FBi’s Northern Lights competition so if you’re interested in bragging rights then you’d probably best get on this before the rest of the world does. Attention is already being paid. Enjoy.
Ugh. It’s happening again. I’m getting clingy. I never mean to, it’s just that some artists have talent in racks upon racks and what am I meant do about it and who are you tell me what’s right and wrong get off my back I’m doing the best I can. This time it’s Oscar Key Sung whose EPs and work with both Oscar + Martin and Brothers Hand Mirror have been impeccable. I have here the perfect double for you, a combination of two electronic maestros whose tandem output is better than the work of either one alone. Thomas William has provided the original beat via his gorgeous Andromeda before Oscar Key Sung has walked all over the thing with lush vocals and a straightening out of the beat. EVERYONE WINS. It’s the first track from Thomas William’s Deccan Technicolour Remix album which sees the likes of Oscar Key Sung, Option Command, Dro Carey and plenty of other Aussie beatmakers applying their vibez to Thomas William’s already strong record. There’s also this brand new collab between William and Guerre which you’d do well to take heed of.