Lachlan Denton and Liam Halliwell came in for a Ripe Podcast to talk about the end of The Ocean Party. [1:58] That time when Ripe recorded The Ocean Party live in The Tote front bar and then lost the footage. [4:50] We talk through the timeline of The Ocean Party from the beginning. [18:50] Having troubles getting shows when they moved to Melbourne. [29:43] Heading to the USA to play shows in 2014. [46:44] The influence of Mess+Noise and Dolewave being Zac’s process for coming to terms with who he was. [1:06:50] When Zac passed away, the media coverage was a real shock back home. [1:23:00] What becomes the focus after The Ocean Party.
Sweet Whirl is the latest great signing by the ever reliable Chapter Music after previous releases with the fantastic label Bedroom Suck. Working with both of those labels is a good sign, having band members from TotalControl, Laura Jean and Gregor’s live band makes Sweet Whirl’s latest EP Love Songs & Poetry an automatic must listen. Love Songs & Poetry was released on May 3rd and it doesn’t disappoint, in fact I’ve had the EP on loop all day, and it keeps getting better each time around.
The EPs mood is dreary, which seems to be a big theme with the best music of 2019 (WeyesBlood – Titanic Rising, Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow, Julia Jacklin – Crushing, Cate Le Bon – Reward, Big Thief – U.F.O.F.), maybe in 2019 everyone just feels safe at home looking out the window, the only place they can control the weather and not feel on display. A lot of the lyrics on Love Songs & Poetry could’ve been written inside of a wet window. Singer Esther Edquist sings “I put it into words, cause you never learned to” on ‘Put Into Words‘, the “you” person is unknown giving you the feeling that nobody is currently outside of this wet window. It’s space for your imagination, and when you can’t see, you’re forced to use your imagination even more so. On ‘Rubber Heart‘ Esther sings “down on memory lane, it all goes on in houses”, and this gives us another clue as to her current location and retrospective mind set. And during ‘Ray C‘, Esther gives us a more specific clue location when she sings “the last time I saw you coming up the stairs, it was the last time you turned to me and said, are you, coming up, coming ah, coming apart just a little”.
So the next time it’s wet outside your upstairs window, and you’re feeling retrospective, throw on Love Songs & Poetry and you’ll never feel alone.
You can catch Sweet Whirl launching the EP on June 14th at The Tote Hotel. To get a little more insight into Esther’s influences, she’s kindly sent us a Trading Tunes with the theme of “‘How To Catch A Killer Track’, – “all my blurbs are about personal history as a songwriter.”
Penguin Cafe Orchestra – ‘In A Sydney Motel’
“I had this song on a mixtape from my friend and ex-bandmate Kieran (from Superstar) – when James Vinciguerra (from my band and also Total Control, Trevor etc) used to borrow my car he got really obsessed with this song and wanted us to do a cover of it. I could never get my head around how to cover it though – it’s super evocative of Potts Point, in the rain, in a more lonely time.”
Palace Music – ‘Gulf Shores’
“When Liam (Barton) and I started working together on recording Sweet Whirl we were trying out different drummers, and one sweetie who joined us for a day was the fabulous (and fabulously busy!) Karla Way from Beaches. She mentioned this song to us as a reference and we both became obsessed with it – it was precisely where we were at that time in regards to the Sweet Whirl band sound.”
Morning And The Sleepy Kids – ‘Works In Savers’
“This Tassie band was released by Albert’s Basement back in 2010, and I have a hazy memory of seeing them play a reunion gig sometime between 2014-5. This album, “Songs 2004-2007” has some remarkable stuff on it, this great lyricist with her Robert Forster in a dress-up-box style theatrical vocal delivery, and the lean harmonies and melodies, home recording roughness but essentially great songwriting that captures a whole feeling of a time in a life.”
Arthur Russell – ‘”Instrumentals” Volume 1 (Part 1)’
“A track I first heard via Liam, walking into his studio and saying, “what the hell is this, Sufjan Stevens?!” But it was Arthur Russell being beautiful in the 70s. Pure sad joy. We both couldn’t believe we’d never heard it before. Another cherished reference for ideal music.”
Joanna Newsom – ‘Swansea’
“Recently I revisited this album Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom, which I was rather obsessed with when first it came out. Her lyrics were probably one of the most influential benchmarks I acquired as a young songwriter – yes, Morrissey‘s dark humour, but also Newsom’s deeply literate, intricate and whimsy wordplay impressed me so much, and left an indelible mark on my own writing. ”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Kythira, Lachlan Denton & Studio Magic, Nearly Oratorio, Shining Bird, Hatchie, Sweet Whirl, Gena Bruce, Market, Tram Cops, Clea, Skydeck, Eugénie, Mere Women, and this week’s best new track by Grand Prismatic.
Elle Young is the presenter of Headhunters on PBS 106.7FM at 5pm on Mondays. She’s also the lead singer of the neo-soul three piece Cool Explosions. [8:23] Elle recaps falling in love with South American music. [12:50] Where she finds all her music. [12:27] The time Cool Explosions played in a Sydney Karaoke bar. [33:20] How does a band reach the audience they want in 2019. [46:41] Explains what happens during the Work Your Magic Radio Festival at PBS, [56:45] The forthcoming PBS move to the new Collingwood Arts Precinct (CAP). [1:02:11] How PBS shows have diversified over this decade.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Honey 2 Honey, RVG, Emma Russack, Stella Donnelly, Hexdebt, Ferla, Frances Fox, Market, Skydeck, Retiree, June Jones, Huntly, Jess Ribeiro, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kythira, Alex Cameron, Peak Twins, Swim Team, Lucy Roleff, Body Type, No Mono and this week’s best new track by Sunbeam Sound Machine.
We sat down with Jess Ribeiro to breakdown her new album LOVE HATE on Barely Dress Records. Jess tries to remember the first time we met in Brooklyn late 2015. She tells us the story of what happened the next morning when she met Leonardo DiCaprio. Breaks down the difference between the previous album Kill It Yourself and LOVE HATE. Dissect all 12 tracks on LOVE HATE. Why a friendship in Berlin inspired LOVE HATE and why the album then took so long to be released.
July 12 – Bearded Lady, Brisbane
July 13 – 14 – Bello Winter Festival
July 18 – OAF Gallery, Sydney
July 19 – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul
July 26 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
July 27 – Grace Emily, Adelaide
August 2 – Rye Hotel, Rye
August 3 – Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine
Joanna Syme of Big Scary now runs her own music label called Hotel Motel. Joanna came on the Ripe Podcasts to talk about Melbourne real estate, what’s been happening since the last Big Scary album, the inability to search Spotify via music labels, how the Up The Guts tour works, meeting Tom Iansek and starting Big Scary, getting artists to post on social media, a break down of all the current releases on Hotel Motel, and what’s like touring India.
Hotel Motel have new EP releases from L.A. Mood and Romeo Moon, while Pieater have a new No Mono single out next month. Listen to the full podcast on the Ripe SoundCloud and Spotify accounts.
The new A Taste Of EP by trio Honey 2 Honey is one of Chapter Music‘s most recent releases and its four tracks feel like a forbidden exploration of a large prop warehouse. It’s dark, but not scary. It’s a little creepy, but also harmless fun. It’s silly, but only as fun as your imagination. It’s not always easy to understand exactly what’s happening throughout A Taste Of, but that’s often when life is its most stimulating, when humans can’t look away until they understand what’s happening. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it didn’t stop Honey 2 Honey from releasing a mix and matching of ideas that others would only keep in a secret folder on their laptop. Deep stern vocals like John Maus, minimal foggy atmospheres like Dirty Beaches and snippy keyboards with nicking hi-hats like Gang Gang Dance. By the time ‘Colony Music‘ rounds out the EP, you’re certain that they’re teasing you, and that they must have many more tracks and ideas than just these four in those secret laptop folders.
EP Track List:
1. Tone Of Voice
2. Under the Hangar
4. Colony Music
Honey 2 Honey are based in Canberra and Sydney, but you can catch them in Melbourne on May 4th at The Curtin with Simona Castricum and Waterfall Person. Until then, they’ve sent us a Trading Tunes with the theme of “touching music”:
Bill Withers – ‘Use Me’
“A Bill Withers classic, this song and this performance in particular is a masterpiece of restraint — they are all literally sitting down — nothing showy about it. There is not one note that is out of place, no part of the performance is overstated. Cool, collected and raw as. Amazing.”
SWV – ‘Anything’
“This is the intro track to SWV‘s album Its About Time. It is much more restrained than the rest of the album (which is also fantastic). I really love the repeated vocal harmony which goes behind the lead. The whole thing is just sultry and smooth. The final repeat when everything but the vocals and drums drops out — magic.”
Fafá de Belém – ‘Aconteceu Você’
“This is a song by Brazilian singer Fafá de Belém. I just google translated the title — apparently it means ‘You Happened’. Pretty nice, huh? The beginning of the song is just perfect RnB and then it goes high funk drama. The video is cool, too.”
Holy Balm – ‘Clandestine’
“This is a song by our label siblings Holy Balm. I think this song is pretty amazing. The lyrics are sincere (potentially to the point of irony) and beautiful, and musically the song performs the trajectory of its band — from post punk wonk to thumping vocal house classic. Emotion, groove, and a sprinkling of comedy — perfection.”
India – ‘To Be In Love’
“This clip is incredible. The energy of India and crowd is pretty off the charts even before she starts singing, and when she does it is just mayhem. H2H love a diva. Not much more to say — just watch the clip.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past three months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Body Type, Mildlife, Memphis LK, Nite Fleit, Static Animal, Genesis Owusu, DJ Heure, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Mount Trout, Sweet Whirl, Roland Tings, Good Morning, Skydeck, Simona Castricum, Soft Touch, Morgan Wright, Variations of Light, Erasers, Karyme, No Local, Truly Holy, L.A. Mood, Courtney Barnett, I Know Leopard, Hierophants, City Calm Down, Gold Fields, and this week’s best new track by Nearly Oratorio.
This Friday the 19th of April, the Melbourne club Yours&Mine is teaming up with Red Bull Music to present 1800-DOOF and it’s going to be one hell of a party. The line-up featuring Toni Yotzi, Moopie, DJ JNETT, Rambl, Hybrid Man, Makeda, DESTINY71z, Emelyne and Bevin Campbell alone makes the $20 buck tickets seem such a steal it should be a crime. That’s a mini festival of a line-up right there, but because it’s Red Bull Music, who know how to throw an affordable party in any country around the world, the freaking wonder maestro Lone is headlining. Lone releases music on R&S Records, one the most respectable house labels on the planet, and in my opinion he’s their franchise player. Lone is one of the few artists where I would buy a track, EP or album before even hearing it. He just comes back stronger and stronger with every release. Lone tracks will possess you and make you stop whatever you are doing.
To tide you over while you count down the hours until the event starts, local DJ Rambl has kindly sent us his choices for Trading Tunes. Rambl is also a producer, label runner and the electronic stage manager for Meredtih and Golden Plains music festivals. He has 20 years of experience throwing parties at Honkytonks, running the art and music webzine r-n-d.net, producing the RRR FM show City Rises, co-founding the label This Thing and endless other projects that have influenced the local community. It’s people like Rambl who keep the Melbourne dance scene thriving and evolving.
Rambl has picked the theme of the deeper side of dub-techno (Or just Deep dub-techno) and sent us this quote:
“Ever since I first heard the legendary MoritzMix remix of Model 500’s classic “Starlight” (1995), I have nurtured an abiding love for the deeper side of dub-techno. To me it represents the purest expression of the dichotomy of dance music – simultaneously arresting and hypnotic, rhythmically static yet constantly evolving, minimal in form while texturally complex, and equally capable of drawing you deep into a dimly-lit dance floor, lulling you to sleep on an enveloping couch or eating up the miles on a late-night drive. Before delving into some of my more traditional deep dub-techno favourites, we begin this selection with the abstract, jazz-influenced sound of “Vertical Ascent”, the first album from the Moritz Von Oswald Trio. Enjoy.”