I was working with a sound technician the other day, who had seen Habits by accident at their show with Friendships in July at The Night Cat. He couldn’t stop raving about how immersive the show was, and even wanted to relive it via the footage we shot. It was all a reminder for me that Habits are amazingly still relatively unknown, even in Melbourne, among sound technicians, despite blowing minds every time they perform live.
Speaking of performing live, their single launch for ‘Shame/Desire‘ is on the 28th of September at The Curtin with Huntly and Sexistential Waterfall. ‘Shame/Desire’ was our track of the week last month, but don’t just take our word for it – listen and enjoy above. And below you can listen to Habits’ six ‘ultimate dev breakup songs’.
The Irrepressibles – ‘In This Shirt’
“This fucken song. Those strings when they climax is a goddamn punch in the heart. We stumbled across this when we were queer babies and the Anohni-esque vocals and tender orchestral arrangement have haunted us ever since. Simply describing wearing a shirt left behind by a lost love is such an effective vessel for exploring the deeper complexities of those feelings.”
Nils Bech – ‘A Sudden Sickness’
“This one captures the feeling of jealousy, insecurity and/or remorse of being the one who chose to end the relationship. The sudden hot, tingly uncomfortable feeling of being devastated. ‘I drink to get numb/to shut you out’ — literally name a more relatable lyric. To start a new beginning independently post break. We’ve been completely obsessed with this album, and finding a visibly queer Norwegian performance artist-cum-singer, since his album ‘Echo’ came out in late 2016 which is full of the different stages of breakups.”
Kwabs – ‘Perfect Ruin’
“‘Who said we had it all, ur hearts no longer lie’.
It’s a break up song in the wake of a relationship that was supposed to end. Kwabs captures that feeling where you know you’re wrong for each other but you still can’t help feeling sad about the situation and curious about how it could have gone.”
Rowland S Howard – ‘Shut Me Down’
“One of my (Mo’s) fave Rowland tracks, it had me from the first sad strum of the guitar and the repetitive pining ‘I miss you so much’. It has the defeated loneliness that you feel in the middle of the night, the song equivalent of that hurt in your heart and stomach. One of my favourite homegrown songwriters ever.”
Adam Tensta ft. Sibille Attar – ‘Let Me’
“This one forces you into reality. This track is about when you’re too raw to be rational. Maybe one day we’ll be friends but for now, don’t tell me about your new man and I won’t talk about myself either. That bassline itself is a ‘goodbye’ bassline.”
Jennifer Hudson / Dreamgirls – ‘Let Me’
“The ultimate. The everything. A desperate and hopeless plea for a lover to stay. An iconic drag queen number. Our favourite karaoke song. In this version Jennifer Hudson is a goddess and this performance gives us chills even after countless listens (and watches). Some people think musicals are bullshit and that’s their problem because this song is a healing and electric emotional tidal wave.”
On the October 6th, local legend CC:DISCO is throwing (and playing at) an event called Club Coco (2017 Finale) at Banana : Peach AKA The Bottom End, with international big names Mark Grusane (Chicago) and John Gomez (UK). This event will also features local collectors Positively Positive Party who understand not only how to have a fantastic time, but be creative with the process. Expect to see this trio of musical minds behind PPP regularly this summer as the season warms up.
Positively Positive Party have sent us five Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis tracks to shake an absolute leg to.
“One of the most powerful production teams ever formed, the red hot combined talents of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are responsible for some of the funkiest music ever laid down. From their unstoppable run of smash hits with Janet Jackson to their buttery smooth work with boogie king Alexander O’Neal, and their slamming New Jack Swing tracks with outfits like New Edition, these guys nailed it every time. With their signature swing and crafty synth work, Jam and Lewis were masters of the dancefloor heater. Everybody would know at least one Jam and Lewis jam whether they realise it or not, and there has yet to be a Positively Positive party thrown without at least one of their tracks making an appearance, so here are 5 of their spiciest tracks for your aural pleasure.”
Janet Jackson – ‘Nasty’
Sounds Of Blackness – ‘The Pressure Pt. 1’
New Edition – ‘Crucial’
Mint Condition – ‘Are You Free (10 Inch After Dinner Mint Mix)’
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Julia Jacklin, Courtney Barnett, Kirkis, Beaches, Demon Days, No Mono, Tourist Kid, Kllo, Furious Frank Ft. Mic Mills, Billy Davis ft. Jace XL, Tambo’s House, The Goods, Hachiku, HTMLflowers ft. Banoffee, ORB, Tam Vantage, Two Steps on the Water, Wireheads, Leisure Suite,DIET., Jordan Ireland with Purple Orchestra, Noire, Going Swimming, Maureen, Blanket, Rat & Co, JW Ridley, Principal, Rainbow Chan and this week’s best new track by Emma Russack.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from SHOUSE, River Yarra, Albrecht La’Brooy, Peter Bibby, S.M. Jenkins, Ethan Reed, Robert Muinos, NiceBiscuit, Notaeb, H.eund, Twelve Ballet and this week’s best new track by Beaches.
Corin is truly unique talent. Beyond the realms of Corin’s frenetic sci-fi synthesiser landscape, the artist is also the keyboardist in Rainbow Chan, generating hook after hook. Her Virtuality EP last year brought something different to the Australian music scene, part Perturbator, part Emeralds, part AraabMuzik. The Virtuality EP felt as though Corin was only just entering another dimension, yet to fully explore the parameters of this new world.
Corin is a reminder that electronic music doesn’t need to be dancey, or ambient, or part of a new-wave revival. It can also be challenging, thought provoking and inspiring in many other ways. You can catch Corin on August 31st thanks to the Red Bull Sound Select event at the The Toff in Melbourne with NO ZU and Various Assess.
Corin: “Here are some of my favourite soundtracks from sci-fi films from the past three years. They are all very different scores but I think there are some underlying similarities in they way they draw attention to the uncanny, cerebral aspects of the narratives within the films. Synths have always been imagined as the ‘sound of the future’ in sci-fi — it’s interesting to see how these sounds continue to be reimagined.”
Alien Covenant Original Soundtrack – Jed Kurzel
Under the Skin Original Soundtrack – Mica Levi
Ex Machina Original Soundtrack – Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow
The Adelaide voyaging-garage rock band Workhorse have crafted an exemplary video for their anxiety filled song ‘Alone‘. Not only this, but their debut seven track cassette titled No Sunhas also just been dropped via a digital release, thanks to the Brisbane label legends Tenth Court.
The star of the video is Harriet Fraser-Barbour, whose other band Wireheads makes regular appearances in our weekly playlists. The song expands with exploratory guitars and a twangy sense of freedom, paired with softly spoken vocals and a sense of nervous energy. This energy is met and reinforced with lyrics such as “Everytime I see your face, I get scared of my new age” and “And now I know”. The lyrics capture a sense of concern and realisation, the emotive narrative of the track oscilating back and forth between these concepts.
Fittingly, the video reflects these mind frames, blending the nostalgic and the new. There’s a montage of vertical mobile phone footage inside of 16×9 ratio landscape footage. The vertical footage deals with themes both familiar yet isolating — selfies, mirror shots, skateboarding alone, drinking alone and driving alone. The landscape footage captures something more esoteric and less tied to the every-day, with shots of the outback, animals playing, sunsets and a rainbow.
I’ve likely looked too deep into the video for ‘Alone’, but just like any piece of art, my interpretation could serve others well. The next time you’re feeling alone, play this video to remind yourself to look outside of your own state of mind and experience the world around you.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, No Sister, Good Boy, Christopher Port, Michael Beach, Boat Show, Kllo, Nutrition, Peppermint Showers, Kathleen Mary Lee, Jess Locke, Darts, Backyard and this week’s best new track by Kirkis.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Escape Artist, Principal, Body Type, Tre Samuels, Wireheads, Gold Class, Hymns, Oil, Hamjam, Heart Beach, Saatsuma, Rat & Co and this week’s best new track by Jen Cloher.
On the 2nd of June the Melbourne band School Damage released one of the most addictive Australian albums this year via the always reliable local music label Chapter Music. The self-titled album is packed with immediately enjoyable singles such as ‘The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down‘, ‘Tall Poppies‘ and ‘Try Something New‘. It’s quite a remarkable album, that captures all the innocent vibes typically found on a memorable debut. Although, the four piece band isn’t entirely made up of rookies — Carolyn Hawkins is from Chooke Race and Parsnip, and Jake Robertson is in Ausmuteants, Hierophants and Frowning Clouds. That experience and new band enthusiasm bodes well throughout the album’s 13 tracks, which all feel fully fleshed out yet still remain raw and in the moment.
The band are about to embark on a semi-national Australian tour and have sent us their favourite sad songs of all time. Love it, enjoy!
Television Personalities – ‘A Life of Her Own’
Jake: “Nobody wants to grow up. Nobody wants a crappy life. The lyrics in this song are very hard-hitting, reminiscent of The Rolling Stones – ‘Mother’s little Helper‘, but it’s more than just the lyrics that are drenched in sorrow. The guitar in the 2nd verse kinda sounds like somebody crying. There is so much distance in this song, makes me wanna shed a lil’ tear.”
The Shangri-Las – ‘You Cheated, You Lied’
Dani: “The Shangri-Las have so many great melodramatic songs. Mostly about love and heartbreak. This song is less melodramatic than the others — really! Have you heard ‘Leader of the Pack‘? It’s sad in that uplifting way, acknowledging that something can be a cathartic release. Even though it’s sad –maybe desperate?! ‘Oh please try to love me / Love me like I love you’ — it’s still sassy. ‘Love is something you know nothing about.’ Yeah, take that you lying cheat!”
The Beach Boys – ‘Til I Die’
Jeff: “Realising how small you are in the grand scheme of the universe might be depressing at first. The way Brian Wilson conveys those feelings of insignificance and mortality gets me every time. Brian set out to recreate ‘the swell of emotions’ (surfs up!) he felt in the beach one night pensively pondering death. Take away a man’s sanity (and orchestra) and leave him to his own devices at home and this is what you get. Simple, honest, beautiful music.”
Kevin Ayers – ‘All This Crazy Gift of Time’
Carolyn: “I don’t know if this song makes me cry from happiness or sadness, I think it’s both. It communicates something about the passing of time and life that I can’t put my finger on… the feeling of experiencing the past, present and future all at the same time, the feeling that life is long and short, big and small, the feeling of letting go of things but also, like, holding onto them forever.”
Nico — ‘These Days’
Carolyn: “Oh man. What an absolute doozy – a total tearjerker. Such a perfect, tragic, beautiful track from a really amazing album. The first time I heard this I was listening to Triple R while doing my year 12 Geography homework and I think my heart burst. Even after so many years of listening to this song, I still get a lump in my throat when I hear it.”
T O U R D A T E S
Friday August 18th – Melbourne @ The Tote w/ Terry, RVG & The Faculty
Saturday August 19th – Castlemaine @ Sound Recordings w/ Leon & Permits
Friday August 25th – Canberra @ Lacklustre HQ w/ California Girls & Passive Smoke
Saturday August 26th – Sydney @ Vic On The Park w/ Tim & The Boys and Sachet
Sunday August 27th – Sydney @ The Hollywood w/ Greta Now
Friday September 1st – Geelong @ The Barwon Club w/ The Stroppies, Traffic Island Sound @ Bananagun
Saturday September 2nd – Ballarat @ The Eastern w/ Terrible Truths, Spotting & Tropical Snakes
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from ORB, Tram Cops, Lowtide, Total Giovanni, Maureen, Blanket, River Yarra, Brassau, Coloured Clocks, Alex Cameron and this week’s best new track by Habits.