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06 Dec Music, Beauty, Freedom – Paradise Music Festival 2016


Day 1 by Kassie Junkeer // Day 2 by Alex Gleeson // Photos by Jasper van Daatselaar


Paradise Music Festival returned for its fourth year with a stellar line-up and more features, venues and fun for both their loyal patrons and new additions. From an offering of espresso martinis to luxurious camping abodes, the team behind Paradise stepped up their offerings this year in line with the growth of the festival as a whole. Even the cold weather and misty-to-almost-sightless nights could do nothing to dampen the spirit that lives on in the unique Paradise crowd, who traverse Lake Mountain Alpine Resort annually for one sublime weekend in November.

Our team was there with you on the hill, watching as day turned into night, then onto clubland and the sheer fantastic mayhem that the artists and atmosphere creates. So here’s our review, reflections and right of passage to say that Paradise was, yet again, an unchallenged success in the Victorian festival hierarchy – and as usual we cannot WAIT until next year.


Day One

It’s liberating to be able to confidently say – to whichever group you’re spending time with – ‘I’m going to head to the stage now for a dance’, knowing that you will be safe and enjoy yourself following your feet. Paradise felt like a weekend of being surrounded by friends – my friends, friends of friends, or potential new friends. There were countless times where, unaware of the inherent corniness, I’d have to interrupt a friend and point out the sunset, sunrise or frosty sky that made the festival feel like the interior of an innately Australian snow globe.

Among the excitement and stress that goes into the preparation of leaving for a camping festival, it is both a necessary and solemn reality check to start the festival with a Welcome to Country. I would also like to acknowledge here that Paradise is held on land which was stolen from its traditional owners, the Taungurung people.

 

Hi-Tec Emotions started their set with such power and vitality, I felt like they blew open the expectations for the music we could expect to hear during the weekend. They widened our eyes and opened our ears. Acts that followed flowed so neatly, each bringing their own air to the stage.

Sui Zhen’s sound has evolved over the years in such a natural and exciting way. She has never compromised her musical identity, throughout its evolution. It was such a warm and delightful experience seeing her perform. So much of her came through her sound and stage presence – every audience member was feeling the energy of their music and bopping and rolling hips.

I hadn’t listened to much Julia Jacklin before Paradise, but seeing her live proved she lives up to the recent hype surrounding her music. Before we know it, she’ll be globally known and we will think, gosh we were so lucky to see her at play so beautifully on Friday night at Paradise 2016.

Gabriella Cohen’s set too was a journey through an array of different senses, which was what made the final part of it feel so magical. What started as quite a minimal and acoustic performance (with only a few people on stage) ended up bursting with people and friends jamming on stage and involving the audience.

I am so excited for the future of Fortunes.. Their set was so fresh and so smooth. Both Fortunes. and Baro, who followed, interacted dynamically with the audience. Baro, along with his new live band, had a set up which was striking and inviting. GL, despite the bare stage, wasted no space during her set. Her liveliness was absolutely contagious. Harvey Sutherland’s sound instils such a rare feeling of musical love in me and experiencing it live just amplifies that sensation.

 

Simona Castricum was the perfect act to open Clubland. Her set gave me this feeling I have occasionally (often at festivals or events that require a certain amount of prior preparation). The feeling when you realise you’ve been having heaps of fun and that is what you are supposed to be doing; you go to a festival to enjoy yourself and you become too carefree to remember that that’s the objective of the entire weekend. The space set everyone free from the cold. There were so many clothing items on the floor. I accidentally lost my jacket for the night behind a locker and nearly got stuck between a deep and tight gap between a locker and a wall trying to fish it out.

Clubland felt like a new club every time a new act started (despite hearing Jamie XX’s record played in full between sets) – the tailored visuals switched the vibe up really well. I loved Ocdantar’s visuals especially. They added a new plane to his music in such a tasteful way. Couture was an act I was eager to see because I believe it might have been the last opportunity to see them live as both members are now following other artistic pursuits. While Simon Lam is currently abroad touring with Kllo, Hamish Mitchell held the room well. Planéte’s sets never fail to inspire me. He always makes me feel especially proud to be from Melbourne – a feeling which Paradise as a festival amplifies as well.

At Paradise I had a lot of moments accepting my own fun, both alone and with friends, without seeking validation or doing things I didn’t want to do. A lot of other festivals have an undercurrent of pressure to be loud, or to be having the ‘most’ fun – and to broadcast that fact to the rest of the attendees. While I did feel free to be expressive at Paradise, there was no pressure to be anything in particular. Just an unspoken respect and acceptance between the crowd and performers alike to act however you felt like acting, dance however you felt like dancing, and embrace Paradise for its ability to make you feel free.


Day Two

The beauty of a chill-ridden fest is that you don’t awake from your slumber with the familiar rasp of horror, in a sun-filled tent which suddenly resembles a satanic sauna. No, instead you are woken up by the ramblings of tent friends, or the rustle of passers by. You’re given time to adjust, rather than having to scramble for fresh air and general respiratory release.

I personally find the first moment of exit from the tent one of life’s great joys. Primarily due to the great unknown of what may be happening underneath the main gazebo of the sprawling camp site. It seems, that at 11.30 am, several of my Paradise mates have decided it’s time for Espresso Martinis. I wish I could say I had the foresight not to get involved so early, however curiosity got the better of me, and I was on board.

We sipped intermittently, with the sound of Huntly floating through the campsite. Their jilted pop has never quite grasped me, however they did provide a lovely soundtrack to that Espresso hit.

 

The moment of note to kick start the day was always going to be Alice Ivy. The bopping barista has taken to the ladder of the Australian music scene with great authority in 2016, climbing with real purpose as the year has progressed. Her set had people shifting from their best impersonations of sedated souls, to moving with a bit more purpose. There’s something quite homely about her stage presence, it all seems so unabashed and joyous. It’s pretty nice seeing a musician have fun, but maybe I’m stuck in an alternate world with that mentality.

The sun began to shine, and the consequences were felt by many. A combo of hallucinogens and sunburn trickled through the crowd, leading to some truly hilarious facial expressions. It seemed a more than adequate backdrop to the performance of Saatsuma who, although still finding a cohesive sound, held some gorgeous sweeping melodies. Harmonies are undoubtedly Saatsuma’s strength, with both Memphis Kelly and sister Maddy Kelly showcasing their vocal range on more than one occasion.

I love Terrible Truths, but as is the case with festivals, I done fucked up and missed them. I bought a Bedroom Suck hat to make up for that though. I lost it twenty minutes later. They sounded great from the campsite.

 

It wouldn’t be a day two review if we weren’t to mention the creeping sense of fatigue. Keeping with the theme of “bands growing exponentially over 12 months” how FREAKING GOOD IS RAINBOW CHAN?

There’s this real sense of urgency and confidence in her stage show. It has shades of arrogance, so much bounce, and it is just god damn infectious. The juxtaposition of the power of Rainbow Chan’s ball of energy and my second day festival fatigue was real. We grooved for the first half, atop the rock 50 metres back, however by no fault of anyone, we found ourselves back on the slant, sipping away once again.

Krakatau blew my brain to pieces at Meredith 2 years back. Never had a sleepless night and relentless sunburn brought such joy. It’s difficult to pin down their style with clarity, as it seems forever changing. Without trying to genre-fy, I feel it leans most toward jazz and free form, however the tightness of their performance is seriously mind boggling. It was a joy watching the blissfully ignorant lay eyes upon this set for the first time. So many left in awe, of what was a commanding performance. It seems to be said numerous times each year, but scarcely have I seen a band more suited to the setting, not to mention set time.

 

With the exploits of the day prior having officially taking their toll, I snuck away back to my camp site for a late arvo nap. Timing was poor, and I missed Miles Brown. A past writer for the site had it pinned as ‘set of the festival’, and I do love a good Theremin.

Luckily, I was shaken awake somewhere in the early stages of friendships. I’ve always been a little ashamed of my inability to feel the same way about friendships as so many of my colleagues. It’s not that I’ve ever disliked them, they just haven’t really connected with me yet (wankerism #32). The last half of their set at Paradise was glorious. It was theatrical, it was heavy, it was near impossible to dance to. It felt abrasive, but not for the sake of being abrasive, and Nic Brown has unabashed stone-faced charisma. ‘When Feel Like Killing, I Murder’, with a little interlude monologue. Frighteningly powerful.

 

Being the band that, in many ways, sold me the ticket, I couldn’t help but feel a flurry of nerves as I waited for Gold Class to arrive. Would they disappoint me a la Chilli Peppers at BDO ’13, or would they triumph in the manner of Dizzee Rascal circa BDO ’10? Only time would tell.

Although they haven’t expressly vocalised it, I feel that strength of live performances must be a significant category in Paradise’s booking process. To one who had never seen Gold Class perform live, they were perhaps unusually placed on the lineup, in their rock-centric manner. However, Adam Curley’s mean, disaffected presence on-stage coupled with Evan Purdey and Jon Shub storming about the stage makes for a serious live show, one that is so gloriously separate to the remainder of the fest. Curley’s style does lean towards the glory days of post-punk, without seeming overly derivative, and ‘Life As A Gun‘ is a steamer of a live track.

With mulled wine and consistent shit talking on the menu for the remainder of the night, I found myself surrounded by shivering bodies at the makeshift bar. It’s quite a redeeming feature of Paradise, to note that there is no demographic here. Perhaps it’s different at 5am in clubland, but right now I feel as though all worlds of musical musings have collected under one tent, to talk trash about very little. I hear conversations of Modern Family, Thirsty Merc, and a list of things that should be brought back in 2017. I learnt that planking is ready for a triumphant return, and strangely felt completely at home.

 


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22 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (22/3/16)

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

We start at #39 with another track from the Brisbane record label Tenth Court, giving the label now three tracks in the chart. This time we have ‘Sunshine Song‘ by Sydney2000 off their new untitled six track EP. If you dig gritty, lo-fi garage rock then dig into Tenth Court’s catalog. Next we skip down to #28 with ‘Everyday‘ by Edward Vanzet from Melbourne. Edward is the younger brother of Jack Vanzet A.K.A. Thrupence. ‘Everyday’ is the titled track off a new four track EP and Washed Out fans will find it’s calm pacing, very comforting.

Galapagoose from Melbourne makes a return at #26 with ‘Free By One‘. It’s not clear if it’s a new single or what the context of the song is from, but if you dig the rhythmic patterns of Footwork music and the more spaced out moments of Flying Lotus. Then ‘Free By One’ will interest you. We stay in Melbourne at #21 for the pioneers of jazz-gaze – Cool Sounds. In-jokes aside, ‘In Blue Skies‘ will feature on their forthcoming debut album Dance Moves on Deaf Ambitions. ‘In Blue Skies’ is perfectly seasoned for Autumn with its nostalgic lust wanting to save a relationship about to end.

At #16 Sampa The Great has teamed up with Remi for ‘For Good‘. It’s the first single from Remi’s forthcoming album Divas and Demons, but it’s Sampa The Great who continues to steal the show. Her verse doesn’t kick in until the back half of the track, but it’s worth staying tuned for. She’s growing into a showstopper, who everyone is going to want to collaborate with and I’m not talking about just in Australia. The Murlocs are back and slide into #11 with ‘Young Blindness‘ off their latest 11 track album of the same name. ‘Young Blindness’ maintains the consistent standards set by the country-psych band and comes with a video-clip resembling an animation you’d find in the trippy Adult Swim series Off The Air. Next month the Melbourne band are touring Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Fremantle.

Black Cab jump into the top ten with ‘Uniforms‘ at #9. You may have witnessed the dark-electronic Melbourne band at the recent Golden Plains festival. ‘Uniforms’ has heavy roots in ’80s music, but the Perturbator-esque, trance-state synths played by Mikey Young are too euphoric to turn away from. The trio are playing their ‘Uniforms’ single launches in both Melbourne and Sydney in May.

The track of the week however belongs to White Lodge from the Gold Coast with ‘Bella-Union Creep‘ at #3. White Lodge follow in the footsteps of Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever with that carefree, hair to the wind, simultaneously loose in nature and yet tight in garage rock execution. Throw in that bridge section switch up and wicked guitar solo and ‘Bella-Union Creep’ is a flat-out jam. Can someone please bring this band down to Melbourne immediately.


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #40


39. Sydney2000 – ‘Sunshine Song’

Uploaded: March 17th


38. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #39


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #37


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th | Last Week: #36


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th | Last Week: #35


34. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #34


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #33


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #32


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #31


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #30


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #29


28. Edward Vanzet – ‘Everyday’

Uploaded: March 13th


27. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd | Last Week: #28


26. Galapagoose – ‘Free By One’

Uploaded: February 28th


25. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #27


24. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #25


23. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th | Last Week: #24


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #22


21. Cool Sounds – ‘In Blue Skies’

Uploaded: March 17th


20. Antony & Cleopatra – ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer (Amateur Dance Remix)’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #21


19. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #20


18. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #19


17. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th | Last Week: #18


16. Remi ft. Sampa The Great – ‘For Good’

Uploaded: March 16th


15. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #17


14. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #16


13. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #14


12. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th | Last Week: #13


11. The Murlocs – ‘Young Blindness’

Uploaded: March 15th


10. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 11th | Last Week: #11


9. Black Cab – ‘Uniforms’

Uploaded: March 9th


8. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #9


7. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #8


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #7


5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Gamma Knife’

Uploaded: March 8th | Last Week: #5


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th | Last Week: #4


3. White Lodge – ‘Bella-Union Creep’

Uploaded: March 15th


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #3


1. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th | Last Week: #2

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21 Mar Trading Tunes with Rainbow Chan

Rainbow Chan is a classically trained saxophonist, piano player and choral singer based in Sydney via Hong Kong, who currently makes Alt-Pop with elements of Neo-Soul. She released earlier this month her first single ‘Next‘ off her upcoming debut album on Silo Arts & Records.

On April the 16th Rainbow Chan will perform at a single launch for ‘Nest’ at Plan B Small Club in Sydney, featuring both Corin and Moon Holiday in her live show. The event is free and has special guests yet to be announced. Before you start lining up, Rainbow Chan has sent us five tunes and a paragraph describing the theme to all five of them.

“I’ve recently been listening to a lot of rappers and hip-hop artists from China and Taipei. It’s interesting how the internet really has created a flattened, global culture, particularly amongst the youth. I went to a warehouse/club in Hong Kong last month and noticed that it didn’t look or feel much different to somewhere like Goodgod. All the kids were wearing the same sort of fashion, recycling the same sort of cultural signifiers, nonchalantly head-bopping to the same sort of music. It’s confronting to think we may reach a dystopian monoculture in the future. In the following list, I have included a few different artists who I think represent an exciting, modern Chinese voice, which also looks towards an “international” aesthetic. There is an element of self-orientalising via traditional sounds and melodies, but these ideas are combined with standardised (Westernised) synths and hip-hop drum sample packs.”


Sowut ft. Penny Lim – ‘無言の雨’


Bohan Phoenix – ‘Foreign 外国人’


Jeanie – ‘Oni’


ハリキリ (≧▽≦) Harikiri ft. Bloodz Boi – ‘夏利 // Xiali’


Howie Lee – ‘Cloud Lamps’

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16 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (16/3/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 40 tracks in this week’s playlist.

We start this week with one of two new inclusions from the Brisbane label Tenth Court. At #37 we first have Mope City‘s latest offering ‘Letterbomb‘ from their new Petri-Dish LP. It’s short and sweet, but it should be enough to put the band on your radar. We head down to Sydney for #36 with Spookyland and their new single ‘Big Head‘ off their upcoming debut LP Beauty Already Beautiful. If you’re at SXSW this week in Austin, Texas, I’d recommended checking out their giant sound live in person.

The second entry from Tenth Court comes in at #35 with ‘Arrive Alive‘ by Wireheads. If you enjoy the meandering and humorous side of Parquet Courts, then keep an eye out for this Adelaide band’s next album, which will apparently feature 20 musicians including members of Bent, Day Ravies and Bitch Prefect. At #29 down in Melbourne we have Good Manners‘ latest signing Gonzo Jones and his first single ‘Misty Dreams‘. The single is off his debut EP Misty Dreams and it has a tropical vibe washed over its dream-pop roots.

The Pretty Littles from Melbourne come in at #28 with ‘Pride‘. If you’re looking for a chorus to shout out loud at a gig, then check out their ‘Pride’ single launch at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne this Friday the 18th of March. We stay in Melbourne for #24 with ‘Old Boys‘ by Smile off their second LP Rhythm Method out April 1st on Smooch Records. If you’re looking for a band in the vein of Galaxie 500, then you’ll dig this one.

At #21, Melbourne’s Amateur Dance has cleaned up the song ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer‘ by Antony & Cleopatra and turned it into a smooth house track – you know it’s a good remix when you prefer it to the original. Next, Chapter Music have just released the debut album by the Melbourne band The Goon Sax titled Up To Anything. The band, consisting of three teenagers, caught our attention with catchy singles ‘Sometimes Accidentally‘ and ‘Boyfriend‘. ‘Up To Anything‘ is the album’s opening track and proves by this point that the band already have a natural songwriting knack at their young age.

Nasty Mars provides some spaced out, lo-fi hip-hop at #19 with ‘Sundaynight‘. The Melbourne artist is often associated with another favourite of ours Baro. Nasty Mars even displays his diverse talents by laying down some additional guitar on the track. Tiny Little Houses caught our attention late last year with their debut EP You Tore My Heart and a standout performance at the Paradise Music Festival. Their new track ‘Milo Tin‘ comes in #18 and it still contains that The Smashing Pumpkins Melon-Collie sound, but it’s less heartbroken than any of the tracks off last year’s EP.

The Melbourne alt-RnB duo Hoodlem continue their promising start with ‘4 Real‘ at #14. ‘4 Real’ is apparently a ‘made for the headphones’ experience, while remaining danceable and sociable at the same time. Their self-titled debut EP is out March 25th. One of Milk! Records latest signings Loose Tooth come in at #13 with ‘Sherry‘ off their forthcoming debut EP Saturn Returns. If you’re a fan of the debut album by Wild Nothing, then you’ll get hooked by ‘Sherry’. Their EP launch is on the 22nd of April at The Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne.

András has dropped a five-track EP titled Untitled via Superconscious Records and the first track ‘T.N.T.F‘ finds itself at #12 in the chart. He’s jokingly labeled the collection of tracks ‘Horny-Australiana’, and it’s kind of hard to tell how seriously he’s taking himself on this release, but the slick moulding of sonic textures is impressive regardless. Back up in Sydney the duo The Goods have teamed up with Unkle H for ‘Only One‘ at #11. ‘Only One’ channels artists like Reggie Watts, and I don’t imagine this track remaining completely unknown for very long. After one listen, I was actually expecting The Goods to be a big act that I had somehow never heard about. Their debut LP is set for release in April via Personal Best Records.

At #5 we have the return of Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Wizard Lizard with ‘Gamma Knife‘. Their next album Nonagon Infinity will be their eighth album in four years, and while their psych-jam sound can at times feel limited, it’s hard not to enjoy ‘Gamma Knife’ when it really sounds like the band themselves had fun recording it. They went into the studio apparently looking to focus on what felt good live, and that’s a smart move if you’ve ever witnessed their memorable live sets. The Melbourne label Solitaire Records, run by the members of the former group I’lls, continues to dominate Australia in 2016 with the release of Asdasfr Bawd‘s EP Underpass. Asdasfr Bawd is a classical composer at Melbourne University who apparently also knows how to easily create a house banger. The production on the EP’s title track is a lesson in fine art. It’s heavily-detailed on a micro scale, while ultimately still able to get anybody dancing immediately.

This week’s track of the week comes very close to nabbing the #1 spot in the chart. I didn’t know anything about Sydney’s Julia Jacklin until last week, and while she may sound a lot like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, ‘Pool Party‘ is almost impossible to dislike. It’s wholesome, rich in tones, and Julia can flat out sing with character. I wouldn’t change a single thing about ‘Pool Party’. She’s currently playing all week at SXSW in Austin, Texas and then you can catch her back in Australia touring Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney starting late April.

 


40. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #34


39. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #31


38. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #29


37. Mope City — ‘Letterbomb’

Uploaded: March 9th


36. Spookyland — ‘Big Head’

Uploaded: March 10th


35. Wireheads – ‘Arrive Alive’

Uploaded: March 14th


34. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st | Last Week: #26


33. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #25


32. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #24


31. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


30. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #22


29. Gonzo Jones – ‘Misty Dreams’

Uploaded: March 8th


28. The Pretty Littles – ‘Pride’

Uploaded: March 23rd


27. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th | Last Week: #18


26. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #17


25. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #16


24. Smile – ‘Old Boys’

Uploaded: March 9th


23. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #15


22. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #14


21. Antony & Cleopatra – ‘Love Is A Lonely Dancer (Amateur Dance Remix)’

Uploaded: March 12th


20. The Goon Sax ‘Up To Anything’

Uploaded: February 24th


19. Nasty Mars – ‘Sundaynight’

Uploaded: March 11th


18. Tiny Little Houses – ‘Milo Tin’

Uploaded: March 13th


17. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd | Last Week: #13


16. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #12


15. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #11


14. Hoodlem – ‘4 Real’

Uploaded: March 11th


13. Loose Tooth – ‘Sherry’

Uploaded: March 4th


12. András – ‘T.N.T.F’

Uploaded: February 17th


11. The Goods ft. Unkle H – ‘Only One’

Uploaded: March 11th


10. Snake And Friends – ‘Missus And The Masses’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #9


9. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #8


8. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd | Last Week: #7


7. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


6. Cosmic Rays – ‘Teen Bank Robber On Heroin’

Uploaded: February 22nd | Last Week: #5


5. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Gamma Knife’

Uploaded: March 8th


4. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Underpass’

Uploaded: March 12th


3. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


2. Julia Jacklin – ‘Pool Party’

Uploaded: March 7th


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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08 Mar Ripe’s Australian Chart (8/3/16)

 

Ripe’s Australian Chart is our weekly rotation of the best new music by Australian artists released in the last month. With so much great local music coming out at the moment, we’ve got a huge pile of 35 tracks in this week’s playlist.

 

We start this week at #35 with ‘Magic Button‘ by Twelve Point Buck, who come from outside of Sydney in the Blue Mountains. The lo-fi and casual fuzzy sounds of ‘Magic Button’ come from a new three track EP titled Cheezel Dust. You can catch them supporting Zeahorse at The Record Crate in Sydney on April 2nd. At #34 we head up north to Brisbane for the three piece garage band Bent, who released a video for ‘Skeleton Man‘. The aesthetic rawness and “I don’t give a fuck” attitude of the song and video give Bent this punk edge that manages to avoid sounding whiny or immature.

We have another new track at #31 from the emerging Melbourne label Deaf Ambitions (Leisure Suite, Crepes, Redspencer and Zone Out). This time it’s Tourist Dollars with ‘Horse Girl‘ off their upcoming debut EP. ‘Horse Girl’ was mastered by Mikey Young and somewhat reminds me of Kaiser Chiefs. At #26 we have Blake Gilray from Sydney with the addictive ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’. The 19 year old samples the video game Zelda and then throws on top a glockenspiel hook with effective results. This is the third time he’s featured in an Australian Ripe Chart, making it three from three now. Look out for this young sharp producer to make big splashes soon.

Back in Melbourne for $25 with Ariela Jacobs who uploaded a video for ‘Lost‘. ‘Lost’ reminds of Bat For Lashes and contains the most moving moment of the week, when Ariela sings “I can’t wait to be alone with you”. Her EP Yesteryear is now available on her bandcamp. We stay in Melbourne at #18 with ‘After Midnight Special‘ by A.M. Limonata. The disco-house track features on a new EP titled Mansion. You can catch After Midnight Limonata playing sets every Thursday this month at Boney in the CBD.

In Sydney at #16 where Anatole has released a remix of ‘You Tore Out My Heart‘ by Tiny Little Houses from Melbourne. Anatole has managed to make an already heartbreaking song, more heartbreaking with a sprinkle of orchestral intimacy. Anatole even attempts to play the flute for the first time on this remix. The diverse talents of Anatole intrigue me as a potential producer for Australian vocalists. At #14 the Melbourne garage rock band Bad Vision have released a video for ‘Goons‘. The video is a long one-take featuring the in and out movements of housemates in a sharehouse while the band play out back. Apparently the video took 15 attempts.

Rainbow Chan pops in at #13 with ‘Nest‘ off her forthcoming debut album later this year. The Sydney via Hong Kong alt-pop talent sings about a past relationship where she “built a nest for you”, but it was apparently “not enough for you”. I can’t help but wonder if the line “you’ll only remind me of bubble gum and ice cream kisses in in the sun” is referring to a Bubble O Bill. Newcastle’s Mall Grab continues to appear in these charts with ‘Down‘ at #12. ‘Down’ carries a huge Reality Testing by Lone vibe, and the execution is just as impressive. Mall Grab is heading to Europe later this year and is currently looking for bookings.

Melbourne’s Alistair Montfort has a new project called Snakes and Friends, which he’s somehow find time for between work with Dick Diver, Total Control, Lower Plenty and UV Race. The first single ‘Missus and the Masses‘ comes in at #9. Alistair isn’t taking himself too seriously with this project and it’s really endearing. The warped keyboard sound he throws in is hilarious and fun. We stay in Melbourne with ‘Meet Me In The Middle‘ by Ciggie Witch at #7. ‘Meet Me In The Middle’ is heavily nostaglic and filled with meticulous detailed touches, which make the song very replayable. I can see myself coming back to it all year.

The track of the week at #5 comes out of Melbourne from ScotDrakula‘s lead singer Matt Neumann‘s new side-project called Cosmic Rays. ‘Teen Bank Robbers On Heroin‘ is his first solo single and it’s catchy as hell. I’ve had multiple sections of this song stuck in my head all week. It’s somewhat a cross between ‘Take Me To The Riot‘ by Stars and ‘All My Friends‘ by LCD Soundsystem. If you’re familiar with ScotDrakula, you’ll immediately notice a completely different vocal approach and it this case it works. Matt has proven to be a clever song writer in the past with ScotDrakula, but unfortunately not a diverse one up until this point. However with this Cosmic Rays project, he take it anywhere he wants at this point, making his follow-up releases a must-watch in 2016.

 


35. Twelve Point Buck – ‘Magic Button’

Uploaded: February 29th


34. Bent – ‘Skeleton Man’

Uploaded: February 29th


33. James Blake – ‘Modern Soul (Asdasfr Bawd remix)’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #29


32. Leisure Suite – ‘Shame’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #28


31. Tourist Dollars – ‘Horse Girl’

Uploaded: February 29th


30. Diet- ‘The Rip’

Uploaded: February 11th | Last Week: #27


29. Great Earthquake — ‘Thought Broadcasting’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #26


28. Stina Tester & Cinta Masters – ‘Deep Sleep’

Uploaded: February 12th | Last Week: #25


27. Charles Murdoch – ‘Open (feat. Chloe Kaul)’

Uploaded: February 15th | Last Week: #24


26. Blake Gilray – ‘Guru Glock (Preview)’

Uploaded: March 1st


25. Ariela Jacobs – ‘Lost’

Uploaded: February 29th


24. Milwaukee Banks – ‘Reincarnated’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #23


23. Lucianblomkamp – ‘The Overman’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #22


22. Arvo Tanty – ‘Forget This Mourning’

Uploaded: February 26th | Last Week: #20


21. Hayden Calnin – ‘Cut Love’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #18


20. Jen Cloher – ‘Famously Monogamous’

Uploaded: February 14th | Last Week: #17


19. Mio – ‘Morning Sun (Dave Bixby cover)’

Uploaded: February 16th | Last Week: #16


18. A.M. Limonata – ‘After Midnight Special’

Uploaded: February 28th


17. Wax Witches – ‘Morning Flowers’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #15


16. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart (Anatole Remix)’

Uploaded: March 2nd


15. Low Lux – ‘Girls (Royal Headache cover)’

Uploaded: February 21st | Last Week: #13


14. Bad Vision – ‘Goons’

Uploaded: February 29th


13. Rainbow Chan – ‘Nest’

Uploaded: March 3rd


12. Mall Grab – ‘Down’

Uploaded: February 29th


11. Lower Spectrum – ‘Masquerade’

Uploaded: Febraury 19th | Last Week: #12


10. Mexico City – ‘Rosewood Line’

Uploaded: February 9th | Last Week: #8


9. Snake And Friends – ‘Missus And The Masses’

Uploaded: February 21st


8. Summer Flake – ‘Wine Won’t Wash Away’

Uploaded: February 27th | Last Week: #7


7. Ciggie Witch – ‘Meet Me In The Middle’

Uploaded: March 2nd


6. SHOUSE – ‘Support Structure’

Uploaded: February 24th | Last Week: #6


5. Cosmic Rays – ‘Teen Bank Robber On Heroin’

Uploaded: February 22nd


4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Write Back’

Uploaded: February 13th | Last Week: #4


3. Major Leagues – ‘Better Off’

Uploaded: February 10th | Last Week: #3


2. Jamal Amir – ‘Got Something’

Uploaded: February 29th | Last Week: #2


1. Nearly Oratorio – ‘Tin’

Uploaded: February 17th | Last Week: #1


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06 Jun RAINBOW CHAN – Rabbit and Fox

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Sydney’s Rainbow Chan is an artist in the true sense of the word. She transforms pop music into this amazing soundscape of quirky beauty. Her new song “Rabbit and Fox” begins as though it were on an old VHS with stretched and scratched tape. Everything is grainy, a bit slow, slightly warped and off-centre.

This enchanting start leaves you feeling slightly crooked (in a good way), but Chan’s voice soothes you back to normal in no time. The track is, of course, accompanied by a stunning video clip, which features a pink-haired Chan interpretive dancing on a stage in front of beautiful projections. The video and the song fit so well together that it looks deceivingly easy, but then you realise that this piece of work is immensely difficult and shows so much detail that it is like magic.

This track will feature on a split EP with Brisbane’s Outerwaves, called Grains Vol 1, which is set for release on 19 June.

 

REVIEW BY CHANTELLE MATUTINI

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