Dec
14
posted by tommy

I’m not sure how this one slipped through the cracks but it hit me pretty immediately when I heard it in JayWays’ V Movement Mix last week. This might be the most fully realised song HMTLflowers has ever released. He’s found his rythm on this Polographia production, riding it without a hint of hesitation. The first chorus hits so nicely because he eschews any snare sound up until then and suddenly you’re toe tapping because you didn’t quite realise that the beat had never really resolved itself. Sure this track was actually released three months ago and HTMLflowers has even released another single in that time but here’s something you need to consider: time is a human construct and I’m hear to breakdown the wordly constraints by which we’ve been living our lives. Next week I’ll be working to deconstruct the idea of ‘place’ which I should be able to do in a 200 word post about an Anatole remix so stay tuned for some new Australian music wrapped in groundbreaking ideologies. That’s my new brand by the way. New Harpoons track? Will probably pair that with a treatise on the dissolution of gender. It’s new. It’s me. It’s the future of music gernalism.

Take the time to click through to the fella’s soundcloud and read the lyrics on this track, they’re altogether affecting.

Dec
03
posted by tommy

I’m just going to unsystematically roll out a bunch of refences for you here. Happy Hardcore, Final Fantasy, Wave Racer, Aqua, PC Music, furbies. Those are what we’re all about on this new Fresh Hex record. None of those things in particular but some beautiful hybrid of all that business combined the most colourful, fluffy elements of each and applied them to Melbourne. So think on that and see if you can create any sense of understanding from my clusterous attempts at creating context for this song. There’s a definite indescribable something about the song that means I’ve gone in for repeat listens and my best guess is that it’s something in the synths that has me hooked, or perhaps it’s those sweet, odd little vocal exclamations that ride the beat.

There’s an EP on the way that’s shaping up to be a very tasty dance floor filler.

Nov
18
posted by tommy

Rob Masterton’s new batch of electronic songs with feeling popped onto the internet this week and all of our week’s are that little bit brighter for it. He’s a Melbourne based producer that I’ve never met in the time that I’ve been living down here (wanna get a beer next week Rob?) but we chat over twitter every now and then and he invariably keeps me updated whenever new music is ready. Well, here’s an entire new EP for you to rally around. He’s cheating a little because track four is a remix but in essence it’s meant as a precursor to the full length he’ll be releasing in 2016 through the same Seattle label Hush Hush.

I’ve singled out the first track from the EP because like the last SMH track I wrote about, it’s a warmly produced piece that makes me feel a little hopeful, a little wistful, a little nostalgic. It’s called ‘Crazy About You’ and it immediately drew to mind another song that I really liked but which sat on the tip of my brain-tongue, my cognitive fingertips brushing the edge of the handle each time I tried to grab it cleanly. Lots of listens later though, and I now know that the song is Heaven’s On Fire by The Radio Department which makes plenty of sense since that song too is an absolute delight and a staple of the DJ sets I play in my car with my wife and child. Anywho, that song and this song, they’re both worth an immediate listen but if you’re got to drop some money on either, please deposit it into the SMH purse because he is about to become a dad and probably bankrupt for it.

Nov
12
posted by tommy

I reserve a certain few overly hyperbolic praise for a couple of top tier artists. Not commercially top tier, but top tier in the heartranks of this particular digital publication. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a Sound Doctrine canon but it’s always felt too self-important so I’ve settled with just covering every bit of work a certain few artists release without reprieve. Among the alumni are artists like D.D Dumbo, Oscar Key Sung and today the very, very special Lower Spectrum. His last EP/video (out through Zero Through Nine) elicited some fairly strongly worded praise from these dry lips and found itself placed squarely at the top of my best of 2013 list. So, as the glow of your monitor and my words intermingle, know that I have been anticipating these new Lower Spectrum songs for a minute or two already and the giddy praise that pours forth might be tainted by disgusting, putruid subjectivity.

‘Proxima’, like everything else that Ned Beckley has worked on, is meticulous in its clarity. He’s one part producer/musician, one part raw sound designer. Every single note is just so, a part of an overall narrative that could only be structured around sounds that speak. The attention to detail when it comes to aural nuances sees him score fashion weeks, ballets, short films and sometimes even long films which traditionally differ from short films in terms of duration. Mostly, they are longer. I won’t get too bogged down in the structural elements of this thing because I’m always more interested to talk about what I feel than what I hear and talking about me is terrific while writing about how things sound is quite hard.

This new single is an overwhelmingly heavy thing, battering you not with any ominous ‘heaviness’ as prescribed through metalcore or grind but the sense that something truly colossal cometh. There’s no fear in the face of the glacier but there sure is a whole bunch of awe. It’s no wonder it’s taken Beckley as long as it has to deliver new music, he’s evidently been tube feeding high calorie meals to this song for nigh on eighteen months until it reached suitable girth to overburden our airwaves. Now it’s in danger of pulling our silly blue planet out of orbit and plunging us all, screaming into the sun. Cheers Ned, didn’t need a planet anyway.

There’s an EP due out sometime soon via Pilerats which will redefine physics

Oct
30
posted by tommy

I was going to write about the new Drones record but I don’t think I have the requisite minutes right now to do proper justice to what is a culturally loaded song that’s also innovative as all get out. Instead, we’ve got this one, the new number from Sydney’s Ribongia, through Sydney’s October Records, getting written about on [formerly] Sydney’s Sound Doctrine. I feel like I’ve gone out early and placed this in the shadow of The Drones but here’s what I’ll say, if you’re making music anywhere, in any format, you’re probably already in the shadow of the Drones so don’t feel too hard done by. If you can hit play on this track and remain completely static then horrible, horrible news; You are in fact deceased. Sometime in the last few weeks when you were preoccupied by one task or another, you died. You’re dead now. You’ll be missing out on doing some of your absolute favourite activities over the coming months. Breathing, circulating blood, le parkour – they’re all over. You’re dead mate. RIP you. The worst thing is it could be months before anyone finds your body because you live in Preston. This is taking a bit of a morbid turn though, you don’t want to start writing about Ribongia only to later find yourself deep in a post about Preston. I’ll alert the proper authorities, you just go in on this level 13 danceable track, if you do it right then maybe you’ll be reincarnated as a thundergoose.

You can see and hear the last time Ribongia appeared on Sound Doc right here.

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