Brisbanites Morning Harvey are setting out on a tour of M̶a̶d̶c̶h̶e̶s̶t̶e̶r̶ the East Coast to mark the release of their new single ‘Girl Euphoria (Come Back to Me)’.
I used to think that unnecessary uses of parentheses’ were just superfluous things you used when you weren’t really sure if the first line of your chorus was better than the second – or just stupid gimmicks Iceladic people applied for their own entertainment. Beyond the brackets, ‘Girl Eurphoria (Come Back to Me)’ is sharp slice of psych-pop. Much like The Laurels, Morning Harvey aren’t slinging anything ‘new’, but their dreamy re-appropriations are comforting for anyone who finds solace in big melodies, pedal panning and the rest that comes with deft hands and a great sound guy.
The new track follows on from the band’s 2012 debut EP Well For Wishes, which we reckon is worth revisiting if you like what you hear.
We’re presenting Morning Harvey’s upcoming tour with Spark & Opus and have 2 double passes to give away to the band’s Melbourne and Sydney shows. Email us at email@example.com.
Who The Hell + Spark & Opus present:
MORNING HARVEY – East Coast tour
Saturday April 5th – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane w/ Salvadarlings
Thursday April 10th – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney w/ The Jones Rival & Dead Radio
Friday April 18th – Alia Arthouse, Melbourne w/ The Citradels & The New Pollution
We get a lot of band write-ins that end with many, many kind regards and other polite fluff. Among my favourite are the submissions which leave nothing but a trail of obscure hyperlink crumbs and not much else for us blog-types to deliver accurate, real-time information to the people. Milkshake got our attention late last year after sending us a funny abusive rant. An email apology a week later blaming life on drunk existentialist haiku was also noted.Fergus Miller from Bored Nothing plays guitar in Milkshake. He showed up to our last warehouse party reasonably wasted and spent most of the night scrambling hands and knees on the floor trying to locate his glasses. Fergus fangs around on guitar in here, Matt Connelly of Retro Culture makes nice noise, Geoffrey Thorsen also does the same and some other people do other things in this band which I can’t decipher beyond the flavour alias in the ‘about’ section of their Facebook page.
To provide some visual context to Milkshake’s second EP, Milkshake II sounds like backflipping through space. Wet snow sock. Murky optimism. Midi sound crackles between dude-chants and rousing chord work make for some soothing listening. Could be the biopic soundtrack to a stoned Jonathan Boulet eating packet noodles in the dark.
It’s mildly comforting knowing that the bands you put on pedestals have ‘normal people’ jobs like the rest of us. I struck up conversation with someone at a friend’s birthday who recalled seeing Saskwatch vocalist Nkechi turn into a howlin’ she-force on the Meredith main stage. The week after, he stopped her in a much quieter setting when he asked her for directions to the history isle at his local library. In the same way, Saskwatch’s new track is a bit of a comedown – albeit a pleasant one at that – the bloody mary / beanchairs respite after the storm. The perky Saskwatch we all know has taken a quick retreat; the horn section has been mulled back a tad; the syncopated beats have been swapped for all the makings of pop panache in ‘Born To Break Your Heart’.
Lochlan Funston & Jessica Barclay Lawton went along to set day to take some stills shots from the video. There’s a lot of fake blood and drinking in the bathtub, which is essentially an apt description of the new direction I think this record’s going to take. Saskwatch’s new album Nose Dive is set for an April release.
Yon Yonson recently visited Mongolia, Russia and China – not for gigs though, more a family holiday. Andrew from the band has provided to us all the photogenic landscapes, Mongolian national costumes and soviet kitsch you can nuzzle up next to like fluffy white snow. Photos appear alongside tracks from Yon Yonson’s latest release, Hypomantra. If you haven’t had the decency to wrap your cheap mits around Hypomantra yet, I highly suggest you do. Listen and look below.
Andrew climbed a fairly perilous rock formation out in the desert and took this photo. He genuinely nearly died.
Lake Baikal is the largest lake in the world in terms of volume and it completely freezes over during winter. It just looked like a really cold beach.
Dog sledding isn’t a common traffic issue in Australia.
We stayed in a yurt in Mongolia, which is like a little hut out in the snow. This is us in the local get-up performing a ritual execution.
As much mixed press has been riled around Sochi 2014, it’s still clear that these kind of seemingly trivial global get-togethers do have some significance in bringing people together to fight over some small coin.The Music Alliance Pact kind of works in the same way, except we’re all much less competitive – instead working damn harmoniously to bring you the best new stuff from each part of our world. Along with us, there are over 26 blogs who take part in MAP each month. All the tunes you’ll hear below are as diverse as they get.
This month, our submission on behalf of Aus is a track by Promise Land, the new project of visual artist Johann Rashid (Home Travel, Eastlink) and producer Paul Harmon. Don’t forget to listen to Robbie’s accompanying podcast for this month’s Mapcast! This month, Mapcast features an extra tune from Russia to celebrate topical Sochi, the qualifying Jamaican bobsled team (the Cool Runnings dream!) AND of course, the Russian Police Band delivering a rather illustrious version of Get Lucky’.
____ Click the play button icon to listen to individual songs, right-click on the song title to download an mp3, or grab a zip file of the full 26-track compilation through Ge.tt here.
Jimena Lopez Chaplin is one of the finest emerging voices from the local scene in Buenos Aires. She has been a part of different musical projects, including the Varias Artistas collective formed by Lucas Marti. However, in order to fully appreciate her songwriting and musical talents, you should listen to her two solo albums, Ojos De Plástico (2009) and El Espíritu De La Golosina (2013). Hombre Estrella is a magnificent rendition of David Bowie’s Starman, with Spanish lyrics and arrangements by Jimena.
Promise Land is the new project of visual artist Johann Rashid (also a member of Melbourne post-punks Eastlink) and producer Paul Harmon. Their first single Recall has just been released on Hole In The Sky, the imprint run by Modular band Canyons. The track aims to inject a bit of the occult into contemporary urban life, with deep noir production from Harmon featuring eerie vocal samples and an agitated no-wave tick. Meanwhile, Rashid delivers a slick, strained flow that’s almost closer to chanting than song.
The battlefield is set: an infantry of soldiers carrying swords made of static, a volley of cotton candy-covered cannonballs and the melodic noise of instruments imploding. This is the sound of Montreal’s Look Vibrant in their element. Surrender now and face aural annihilation.
Jumper Joy is the moniker for musician and composer Diego Palma who, since 2013 and after being a member of El Último Dinosaurio, decided to go solo on this playful power-pop project, splattered with references to psychedelia and shoegaze. Calma Que No is taken from his second EP released in January.
WOULD YA LISTEN TO THIS?! I keep having deja-vu that we’ve written about these guys somewhere on this blog before, but I’m just probably under the auspice that everyone should know about Contrast already.
The Melbourne band describe themselves as ‘just a coupla blokes who like skateboarding and loud music’. Humility. Nice sentiment. The behemoth of whatever the heck is happening here really deserves your ears. Contrast play a sort of pepped-up ‘dreamgaze’, something that perhaps Slowdive coupled with a bit Primary Colours-era Horrors could have plotted in a small echoey bathroom. There are a lot of dull shoegaze bands out there, but this track is a decent show of how Contrast have cut up the genre’s lineage and nailed it right down the line. ‘Pipe Dreams’ is a reasonably huge track; everything from the explosive percussion to the euphoric pedal-driven swell diving in and out of Jack Crook’s casual delivery just DOES IT.
You can catch Contrast launching ‘Pipe Dreams’ on Friday the 7th of March at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne, with supports from Hollow Everdaze, Sagamore & Atolls.
‘Pipe Dreams’ is the first single from Contrast’s upcoming EP, set for release on April 4th. Super impressive band.
We’re putting on a show in Melbourne next weekend. Whether you’ve spent the last three months of Summer watching Parks & Rec re-runs or weeping in the Gelato Messina line or just doing plain ol’ nothing, we won’t judge you, people of the internet.
It’s the last weekend of Summer. It also is the weekend when Melbourne’s CBD is open 7AM for White Night, where this lob of a city transforms into into a giant pedestrian gridlock/ the most expensive government funded acid trip ever. On your way to White Night, join us from 8PM at Alia Arthouse for some pre White Night Melbourne jams with the best from the West; Hollow Everdaze, surf chumps Seven Year Itch and WDYBM label faves Zone Out.
After spending the last two years touring on-off across Scandanavia and Europe (and developing a penchant for snus and Henrik Ibsen), Emma Russack is back with a new single.‘You Shouldn’t’ is the first track from her new LP You Changed Me.
2012‘s Sounds Of Our City and her earlier Peasants EP introduced us to Russack’s plenary lyrics and earthy alto. Russack, Alec Marshall (who Russack plays alongside in Hot Palms), Cameron Potts and Jake Phillips recorded the new album in rural Yowrie, south of Russack’s hometown of Narooma in just four days. More hands helped to bring record together in Cairns, including Jordan Ireland of The Middle East on backing vocals.
‘You Shouldn’t’ is either a meditative on regret or a smug note-to-self. Russack’s lyrics are frank, even obvious at times – but there’s something both strange and familiar about her delivery, almost like an old friend singing barefoot in your lounge room. That warm wah-guitar chimes in and out like photographer’s bokeh – and there’s enough two by two on drums for a slow dance with a former flame.
You Changed Me is out via Spunk on April 4th, but if you already like what you hear, the record is available for pre-order here.
Emma Russack is playing a handful of local shows this week in diverse places…including a bowling club with Cass McCombs and WTH faves Shining Bird & The Ocean Party, and a house somewhere in Coledale. Details are below.
Feb 4th – Scarborough Wombarra Bowling Club, NSW (w/ Cass McCombs, Shining Bird & The Ocean Party)
Too bad I love easy/sleazy listening. I cultivated this when Portishead was apparently a thing, when torrenting Ministry of Sound’s ‘Chillout Sessions’ catalogue was a thing and more recently when someone ousted me for listening to Sade’s greatest hits after leaving my Spotify on public.
Anyway, new Sydney duo Twin Caverns (Louise Millar and Michael Macias) recently did nice things to my ears and feelings. The pair draw similar parallels to other beat/vocal heavy duos like Alta and Audego – and more recently, every internet person’s rework of that Japanese Wallpaper x Wafiatune. Millar isn’t related to fellow Sydney vocal cameo star Nicole Millar, although the two do share an affinity for making a soundtrack for pool days and vanilla coated vocals.
Twin Caverns recently released their second single ‘Undiscover’. Similar to previous track ‘Swell’, the duo lean towards a more simple equation. That incandescent treble guitar line that starts the track off leaves Millar’s vocal refrain hanging from the ceiling. Thankful that this is probably one of the few decent duos that aren’t milking the drop vocal effect or the Flume formula which makes every downbeat sound like it’s being wrung through the ass end of a Microsoft vocoder. Twin Caverns need to give themselves a big midi hi-five here. Slick composition x thoughtful chords work perfectly together. This needs to happen IRL.