05 Oct Trading Tunes with Shining Bird

The first song I ever wrote about on this site was ‘Distant Dreaming‘ by Shining Bird at the very start of 2013. I remember finding it on Triple J Unearthed, so I’ve been curiously following Shining Bird for a while now and I’m super eager for their second album Black Opal, out October 7th [via Spunk Records].

There’s something soothing about the bands’ temperament that is not only highly accessible and ideal for repeat listening, but they also have meaningful sentiments behind every song. Often it’s themes of Australiana, but unlike in the US, where Americana has been milked for all it’s worth, Australia could always use some new tasteful Australiana. ‘Rivermouth‘ and ‘Helluva Lot‘ have already been in popular rotation around the country for most of the year, but my favourite so far is ‘I Can Run‘, with its beautiful ‘staring-at-the-stars’ atmosphere.

Shining Bird sent us their five favourite solo and side project tracks for our Trading Tunes this week.


Atlas Sound w. Noah Lennox – ‘Walkabout’

This collaboration is Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) and Noah Lennox (Panda Bear). Bradford’s music has such a distinct sound & feel, you only need to hear the first few notes to know it’s Cox. His interplay with loops, delay, & scratchy warped sounds creates a super interesting bedrock on this track for Noah’s vocals to float over.

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights – ‘Comin’ On’

I only recently discovered David Kilgour’s solo work after an obsessed week of listening to NZ band ‘The Clean’ This tune is a standout, the melodies and sun-bleached guitar work is incredible. Another personal favourite is ‘Diamond Mine’.

Gareth Liddiard – ‘Strange Tourist’

I’m a huge fan of Gareth Liddiard and his detailed character driven lyrics. His solo record ’Strange Tourist’ is minimal in production, which in turn perhaps gives his compelling lyrics more sting.

Russell W – ‘Pastel for Alum’

A few years back our very own Russell W released the incredible solo album ‘Blue Moons and Happy Accidents’. Its a perfect example of how instrumental loop-based music can be so evocative and moving. This track is a personal favourite, and earlier in the year i had the pleasure to perform a selection of his album songs live, including this one.

Phanosland – ‘From A Different City, On A Lonely Bus’

Great tune by Phanosland from Sydney’s Solid Effort. Keep your eye on this one.


Oct 1st, 2016 Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong – Tickets here Wednesday October 5th, Transit Bar, Canberra – Free show
Friday October 7th, Crown & Anchor, Adelaide – Tickets here Saturday October 8th, Cudgee Bar, Woomera – Free show
Sunday October 9th, Monte’s Lounge, Alice Springs – Door sales only Monday October 10th, Outback Pioneer Hotel, Uluru – Free show
Thursday November 3rd, Treehouse, Byron Bay – Free show Friday November 4th, Deadlam Festival, Brisbane – Tickets here
Friday November 11th, Gasometer, Melbourne – Tickets here Saturday November 12th, The Commercial Hotel, Milton – Tickets here
Wednesday November 16th, Newtown Social Club, Newtown – Tickets here

Friday November 18th, Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul – Tickets here

Marcus Rimondini

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