29 Sep Trading Tunes with Flamingo Jones

Flamingo Jones is the calypso creation of Nicholas Bond, former front man of Seven Year Itch. In an attempt to cultivate a sound that combines the coastal lagoons of the Caribbean with the lush gardens of the CBD, Bond presented us with an EP as ethereal as it is carefree.

Here, Flamingo Jones presents us with five tracks that have either inspired or excited him over the journey, giving an idea of the diversity of his taste.

1. NO ZU – ‘Raw Vis Vision’

“First came across NO ZU on the Cut Copy, Oceans Apart compilation. ‘Raw Vis Vision‘ is as groovy now as when I first heard it and I doubt it will ever cease to make me boogie.”

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29 Sep Thrupence – ‘New Light’

If you’ve been following Melbourne’s Jack Vanzet aka Thrupence since his early days of tracks such as ‘Synchronous Bloom‘, then ‘New Light‘ is exactly where you’ve always wanted him to take his project.

‘New Light’ has all the beauty and electronic elegance of ‘Synchronous Bloom’, but he no longer sounds trapped in a bedroom – by the end of ‘New Light’, Thrupence is free. The bass notes are lower, the high-end is higher and the mix in between has noticeable focus on defined separation.

While some other Future Classic artists are still trying to out-drop each other, Thrupence is writing music that will still be enjoyable for years to come – real future classics.

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27 Sep Trading Tunes with Flowertruck

Flowertruck recently released their unashamedly upbeat and enticing single ‘Sunshower‘ which scored a video premiere by Dom Alessio on Triple J. The four-piece are hitting the road to support their new and highly enjoyable EP Dirt, playing at Shebeen on October 1st. Here are the five tunes keeping them sane on the road.

1. You Beauty – ‘ILLYWHACKA’

“We’re all really big fans of You Beauty. Charles and Sarah lost fillings and fluids the last time at their Volumes set (not necessarily in that order). There’s also not many other bands that can cite Peter Carey as a lyrical influence.”

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25 Sep Hazel English – ‘Fix’

I was going to say that Hazel English sounds like a female version of Craft Spells, and then I saw that, fittingly, she opened for them less than two weeks ago. The Oakland-via-Australia songwriter is set to release her debut EP and, based on the three singles I’ve heard – ‘Never Going Home‘, ‘It’s Not Real‘, and now ‘Fix‘ – the EP is going to be highly addictive.

The first two singles drew from bands such as Beach Fossils and Seapony, both of which are guilty pleasures of mine. Hazel English brings (a little) more clarity than those two to the vocals, but it’s more that her lyrics are less vague and soaked in reverb. Each song has a clear message or motive behind it.

‘Fix’ in particular isn’t hiding behind uncertainty or clustered thoughts, and the layers disperse to reveal a certain honesty when she sings “I more than feel alright”. The mood is dreamy, but these aren’t the dreams you have when you’re trying to escape reality – these are the dreams you have when you’re happy. Hazel English makes happy dreams.

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17 Sep Darcy Baylis – ‘Variations On Memory’

The Melbourne electronic producer Darcy Baylis has dropped a new track called ‘Variations On Memory‘. He’s been on our radar for a while with solid remixes of Oscar Key Sung and Slum Sociable, but ‘Variations On Memory’ is the most unique piece of work he’s put out to date.

It’s not the sound that’s necessarily unique, but it’s the way in which he constantly pulls back from the listener, that actually draws the listener in. It’s a careful bluff game, where you don’t know if the song is going to drop, turn left or right, therefor making the experience rather engaging.

It’s a little more layered than say The Field and more in the vein of Any Stott. Where no layer is a throw-away texture, and each one is delicately manipulated into place. ‘Variations On Memory’ after five minutes does eventually turn into chugging, deep house track. I’m also going to suggest (based off ‘Variations On Memory’), that he may be better off without including vocals.

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16 Sep DIIV – ‘Dopamine’

I’ve been waiting, and waiting and waiting all year for the first single off their second album Is The Is Are. While it’s not the massive statement track I was expecting from Zachary Cole Smith‘s project, you have to remember that the album is expected to be 18 songs over two discs, around 75 minutes long, making ‘Dopamine‘ just 5% of the album.

However what does excite me about ‘Dopamine’, is the bands clear focus on the darker, more driven side of the project, moving them closer to the direction Beach Fossils took on their last album. The public had a feeling this might happen, when they dropped ‘Dust‘ in 2013. A song that represented the intensity of their live shows. Remember that DIIV started in Zach’s bedroom as a dreamy, nostalgic project, well before he played any of the songs live. After two years of playing the songs live, it became clear to him and anyone who attended their shows, that the band’s very exhilarating when they’re instead on the front-foot.

It’s a little hard to make out exactly what Zach is saying in ‘Dopamine’, but I assume the title has something to do with the dope charge incident with Sky Ferreira. I guess the lyrics will appear online soon and I hope more pieces of the albums puzzle do too.

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15 Sep Corin – ‘CDA’

Some of Corin‘s favourite artists like Tim Hecker and Nils Frahm are piano players, and this influence and deeper appreciation of piano scales explains her ability to generate such fluid and synthetic synthesizer parts. If you played ‘CDA‘ on a tradition piano or organ it would sound ready to be used by an orchestra.

Corin instead channels the keyboard parts of ‘CDA’ into a hypothetical scenario where the glo-fi artist Memory Tapes is playing in a Japanese Buddhist temple. It’s an interesting crossover territory that only a few other artists I can name, such as Korallreven or Southern Shores, have really delved into.

I’m not sure where Corin is taking her project, but it’s definitely worth following.

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15 Sep Nevermind Presents: Couchfest

Nevermind bar has been one of our favourite venues in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne ever since we held one of our earliest events there in Neverevermind Festival, and this weekend the bar is hosting a second iteration of their day-night party Couchfest.

It’s a dual headline with Ciggie Witch and Cool Sounds, but we think the whole lineup is worth checking out. And you know what? It’s free entry. What better way to spend a (hopefully) sunny Saturday afternoon?

Where: 336 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
When: Saturday, September 19th at 3:00pm

More info can be found here, the full lineup is below.

Cool Sounds
Ciggie Witch
Tom Moore
Little Shock
Sole Burners
Flamingo Jones (DJ)
Scott Candlish
Turn Left

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15 Sep Pearls are playing a farewell show with The SMB, Karli White and Geoffrey O’Connor

Already looking forward to next weekend? We have a suggestion to get you through the week: Melbourne rock outfit Pearls are playing a final show before they jet off to play CMJ in New York City.

Shadow Electric will be hosting the event this Friday, with Pearls being joined by the (other) Steve Miller BandKarli White, and a Geoffrey O’Connor DJ set.

Should be a fine way to usher in these warm spring evenings and show support for Pearls as they try to make it in the big smoke.

Where: Sacred Heart Courtyard, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne
When: Friday, September 18th at 8:00pm

Tickets and more info can be found here.

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12 Sep Trading Tunes with GL

GL are a retro alt-pop duo from Melbourne with Ella Thompson on vocals and Graeme Pogson providing the backing production. Ella has been a vocal hook machine for a few years in other projects such as The Bamboos, Dorsal Fins and her solo work, while Graeme is equally as important in GL’s chemistry, his crisp, detailed array of sounds really making every song pop.

In the past year the duo have dropped three instantly catchy singles: ‘Won’t You See‘, ‘What Happened To Us?‘ and ‘Take Me Back‘. While we wait to hear new material from GL, the duo have sent over some song recommendations for Trading Tunes.

1. Sugarz – ‘City of light’

“I loved the sound of this immediately, the drums are great and the sound is perfect. Very good EP by the Sugarz/Benny Badge combo.”

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