Out Now on Iceage Productions/Shame File Music:
Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids ‘Surface Noise Vol. 7’ CDR – No survey of strange and confounding Australian music, such as the Surface Noise series, would be complete without a visit to Newcastle. For decades now, it’s been a hotbed of odd amalgams of lo-fi electronica, field recordings, deconstructed rock, and disturbing snippets of old records and radio broadcasts; often issued on cassettes with ‘print runs’ you can sometimes count on one hand, accompanied by hazy or downright misleading details about the identity of the culprits. ‘Surface Noise Volume 7’ all comes from a one gig featuring a visit to Newcastle by Brisbane’s masters of lo-fi not-quite-beats Club Sound Witches (Matt Earle of xNoBBQx and Nicola Morton of Bad Intentions), which then bleeds into a set of processed/bludgeoned samples from local duo The Mermaids (alumni of Cock Safari, Polyfox And The Union Of The Most Ghosts, and probably countless others).
The Surface Noise series so far:
Vol. 1 – cleaninglady/Klunk
Vol. 2 – Cat Hope / White Drummer (sold out, download available)
Vol. 3 – Joe Musgrove / Makro & Hetlev
Vol. 4 – Ben Byrne & Rosalind Hall / Anthea Caddy & Matthew Davis
Vol. 5 – Dotabata / Llara Isabell Arena
Vol. 6 – Jenny Barnes / Alice Hui-Sheng Chang, David Brown, Nigel Brown, Tim Catlin, Rosalind Hall, Michael McNab.
Vol. 7 – Club Sound Witches/The Mermaids
Vol. 8 – Snacks/Laura Altman & Monika Brooks (out soon)
Now available on Shame File Mailorder:
Todd Anderson-Kunert “A Good Time To Go ” cassette – [Anderson-Kunert’s] releases so far are conceptually strong and musically interesting…In the past I compared it to the likes of Joe Colley and Francesco Meirino, but here Anderson-Kunert continues to progress and leaves out overtly harsh tones and rough cuts; not that he used many of those before. The element of sound collage is something he does keep around, but sounds move around in a gentler way…The music is quite personal, especially a piece like ‘A Moment To Have’, which seems to be using voice as well, mumbling, sighing and slightly altered, but which comes also across as a bit sad. In his sound treatments that melancholic aspect is also used quite a bit I think with a soaring, ringing organ tone sound. This is another beautiful release from this fine composer. – Vital Weekly. Cassette comes with download code.
Todd Anderson-Kunert “Live at Magnet” download card – Live recording at Magnet Spatial Studio in Melbourne, exploring the reverberating space via bass-heavy feedback and rumbles. The package includes a download card and individually numbered/signed screen print card in an origami envelope. Limited edition of 50.
A.S. “Two Floor Toms, Two Kick Drums and a Cymbal” cassette – Allanah Stewart (of Melbourne’s Snacks and Propolis) issues her first solo percussion release, and it’s just as the title describes. Working with the basic materials of drumming, Allanah’s unmatched gentle, textural deconstruction of the drumkit is perfectly captured her in this intimate recording, where the smallest gesture means so much. Limited edition of 30 copies, hand-inscribed chrome cassettes, with small watercolour painting, all wrapped in recycled paper
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