Dot Dash/Remote Control
Sunbeam Sound Machine in the project of Melbourne's Nick Sowersby, and this impressive debut release comprises two previously released EPs. 'One', featuring the earliest recordings, is raw and immediate, a collection of garage and psych-pop tracks. 'Sunbeam Sound Machine', the second EP floats in a haze, a smokier series of songs with strong melodies that linger with the listener.
Drag City/Rocket Distribution
Psychedelic Chicago-based quartet Cave return with their highly anticipated album Threace. Formed in 2006, the band’s third release blends a variety of influences, including experimental rock music of the late 60s and early 70s with blues, funk, fusion and jazz. Cave are performing two shows in Melbourne this week, December 6th at Kelvin Club Melbourne and December 8th at Boney with Kelpe, and RRR’s own Dan Dare and Woody McDonald.
Anti Fade/Rocket Distribution
The second LP from Geelong's The Frowning Clouds sounds like a lost mod classic with it's reverb-heavy rock and RnB sound. The faithful reproduction of 60s recording techniques are matched with fresh songwriting ideas and strong melodies, making Whereabouts a memorable and impressive album.
Drag City/Remote Control
'Don't Tell The Driver' is the fourth solo album from Melbourne's Mick Turner, an acclaimed songwriter and guitarist for Dirty Three amongst other influential bands. The songs are intricate and absorbing, delicate yet robust multi-instrumental arrangements produced in collaboration with musicians such as bassist Peggy Frew, and percussionists Ian Wadley, Jeff Wegener and Kishore Ryan. Guest vocals from Caroline Kennedy-McCraken and Oliver Mann are also featured.
Thrill Jockey/Twelve Suns/Rocket Distribution
'Back To Land' is the latest album from American psych specialists Wooden Shjips, and is perhaps their most melodic and accessible record to date. The distorted riffs and hyponotic rhythms are joined by brighter guitar lines and crisp percussion to create a summery set of absorbing rock songs.
Celebrated Melbourne band Cut Copy return with a euphoric fourth record that distills the energy of decades of dance music into a cohesive album of modern club sounds. The origins of house, the advent of acid, and the sounds of modern psychedelia all feature in this broadranging, but focused collection of new material.
Reflektor is the anticipated return from Canadian rock group Arcade Fire, and one that explores a fresh range of influences, including traditional Haitian and Jamaican music. For this release the band worked with James Murphy of DFA and LCD Soundsystem, leading to a strong emphasis on dance and electronic sounds throughout the record.
With the radiance and benevolence suggested by the title, Montero's debut album offers a generous and open-hearted collection of glam rock jams and triumphant, transcendental synth-psych nuggets. The project of multi-disciplinary artist Ben Montero, his band also features the talents of local music luminaries Guy Blackman, Geoffrey O’Connor, Cameron Potts, all united in a shared celebration of emotive pop and power balladry.
From 1990 to 1996 California based Mazzy Star produced three beautiful and subtly influential records of ethereal and etherized rock music. Seventeen years later the band are back with a perfectly preserved sound, and it's a very welcome return for their blues, folk, psychedelic and country inflected music. Meditative, reflective, and captivating, the music is guided by the unique singing and performing styles of Hope Sandoval and David Roback, the creative core of the band.
Flightless / Remote Control
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have demonstrated extraordinary versatility and skill over the course of now three albums. Their debut '12 Bar Bruise' in 2012 was a dynamite collective of garage jams, and earlier in the year the Melbourne seven-piece released 'Eyes Like The Sky' an album of spoken word Western adventure tales narrated by Broderick Smith and accompanied by suitably atmospheric guitar rock. 'Float Along-Fill Your Lungs' is another extremely impressive release, and incorporates strong psychedelic elements into the mix.
Long admired for their live shows, singles and EP releases, the debut full length from World's End Press captures all of the energy and dynamism of their earlier work, and extends the band's sound into new territory. Produced with Tim Goldsworthy of LCD Soundsystem, UNKLE and DFA Records, the self-titled album from World's End Press embraces all forms of dance music, with elements of house, post-punk, disco, synth-pop and funk featured throughout the record.
Travis Stewart, best known for his recordings as Machinedrum, has earned a strong reputation for consistently inventive and pioneering electronic music production. Over many solo releases, collaboratiions and side-projects Travis has explored a diverse range of genres, leading to demand from various leading labels around the world. The latest album sees Machinedrum in top form, releasing on legendary UK imprint Ninja Tune. Travis has indicated 'Vapor City' is inspired by recurring dreams of an imaginary city, and appropriately presents an atmospheric array of fragmentary and uniquely constructed drum n bass, soul, footwork, ragga and hip hop styles.
The follow-up to Adalita's self-titled solo debut in 2011, "All Day Venus" is an enthralling rock record of great energy and intensity. Adalita's commanding vocals, powerful lyricism, towering riffs and resonant rhythms captivate the listener throughout this record.
The sixth album from Neko Case is a powerful, personal exploration of universal themes including family and identity. The record features Neko Case's inimitable songwriting, blending melodic folk, country and rock sounds. Guests on the record include Kelly Hogan, M. Ward, Howe Gelb, and members of The New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, Los Lobos and Visqueen.
Bushwalking, the Sydney/Melbourne trio of Ela Stiles, Nisa Venerosa, and Karl Scullin, introduced their distinctive rock styles on last year's brilliant 'First Time' LP. Their unique and compelling exploration of atmospheric and harmonic rock continues on No Enter, released on influential Melbourne label Chapter Music.
Julia Holter's third album is a beautifully realised musical narrative, inspired in part by the 1944 novella Gigi, and more broadly around themes of the loudness of society - media, and celebrity obsession. The impressively crafted songs blend experimental pop, neo classical and jazz elements, offering densely textured and inventive arrangements.
Beginning life as the solo project of Melbourne artist Evelyn Morris, Pikelet has grown considerably in size and scale over the years to become a formidable four-piece of adventurous musicians. Calluses builds upon their last record Stem to create a fascinating, unique synthesis of experimental synth-pop, pschedelic rock and folk styles.
August 9th-18th, 2013
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Blackbird is the third studio album from Wellington's celebrated 7-piece band Fat Freddy's Drop. The record builds upon the outfit's numerous strengths, offering extended dub and reggae jams as well as soulful funk and jazz grooves.
Fuse/Two Fish Out Of Water
Rock legends Ron S.Peno and Kim Salmon return for their long-awaited third record as The Darling Downs. Named after a line from a favourite Henry Lawson poem, 'In The Days When The World Was Wide' is a beautifully played album of folk, country, pop and rock music that illustrates the great art and careful craft of both artists, and their supporting collaborators.
The second album from Melbourne's Cash Savage and the Last Drinks is an impressive and immensely moving record. Cash's profoundly affecting and vivid storytelling is matched with soulful musical arrangements that span country, blues and gospel styles. The instrumental range of the record is broader than before, with strings, horn section and a choir soaring in harmony with the band.
Siberia Records/Remote Control
The third album from Melbourne's Midnight Juggernauts is an exciting, innovative and adventurous record, filled with memorable synth-rock and psych pop songs. Driving rhythms, creative lyrics and memorable melodies prevail to create a new wave album of great narrative and musical scope.
Jessica Pratt's self-titled record is a timeless collection of classic folk material. The songs contained within blend Jessica's extraordinary vocals with captivating acoustic guitar melodies to create an atmospheric, soulful, and memorable listening experience.
Freeform Patterns / Fuse
A classic album from Melbourne's music history, and still an incendiary collection of punk and blues, the 1993 debut LP from Powder Monkeys receives a welcome reissue on its twentieth anniversary. Remastered by Mikey Young Smashed On A Knee sounds sharper than ever, giving new definition and edge to the rock tracks that first introduced Powder Monkeys to the world. Bonus material includes a rare Isaac Hayes cover version, and alternate album takes.
Acclaimed English musician and producer Jon Hopkins delivers arguably his most accomplished and cohesive album to date with 'Immunity'. The record is expansive in scope and highly detailed, blending experimental electronic sounds, textural techno and modern classical styles.
'Antenna To The Afterworld' is the strange, imaginative, and highly enjoyable latest record from the ever-inventive Sonny And The Sunsets. Where previous album 'Longtime Companion' offered country-rock reference points, the new songs presented here explore post-punk, new wave and garage pop styles. A psychedelic tone permeates each of Sonny Smith's interstellar and otherworldly tales.