Triple R Soundscape: 10 June 2019
Soundscape is a weekly look at local and international releases making an impression on our musical radar. The list offers a cross section of EPs and albums arriving at the station.
We have been busily scouring the Soundscape! Check out some of our favourite finds for this week 10 June 2019
Squaring Circles - Motion (Best & Fairest)**Album of the Week
The debut album from the Melbourne four piece embodies its title of Motion. Whether it be the propulsive rhythm or constant flow of ideas, it’s a record devoted to movement, sliding through jazz-infused grooves, motorik rock, abstracted pop and electronic dance styles.
Suzanne Ciani - Flowers Of Evil (Finders Keepers Records)'
Finders Keepers - the label known for reissuing unheard and underappreciated archival releases - drops their latest find, a lost 1969 adaptation of Charled Baudeaire’s Élévation from the French poet’s 1857 work Flowers of Evil, by synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani. The four tracks feature a recital of the poem accompanied by Ciani on the revolutionary early synthesizer, the Buchla.
Bill Callahan - Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest (Spunk Records/Caroline Australia)
The unmistakable baritone of American solitude releases his first album in 6 years, turning his attention to domesticity and family life following his marriage and the birth of his son. Callahan continues his tried and tested widescreen take on folk music, collecting scraps of striking imagery and gathering moments of human encounter.
Georgia Spain - Trouble Isn't Something You Can Hold (Independent)
The debut from the Castlemain based Irish singer-songwriter is a collection of eight brooding blues songs. Recorded live to tape, the recording has a singular feel, like film photography; capturing time and place undefiled in a way that has been lost to time.
Pixx - Small Mercies (4AD/Remote Control Records)
The second release from Pixx, the moniker of London based singer-songwriter Hannah Rodgers. Following her first album’s take on the concept of anxiety, Small Mercies explores the concept of love from a nuanced and oftentimes dark perspective, revealing herself as one of the most interesting new voices in pop.
Mim Suleiman - Si Bure (BubbleTease Communications)
The latest in a series of collaborative records from Suleiman and producer Maurice Fulton finds the Zanzibar born, Sheffield based vocalist exhibiting her brassy and pliant vocals intersecting with Fulton’s rhythmic electronic compositions.
Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology (Fire Records)
With band members from Belgium, Italy, France, Japan and America, the British band vanishing Twin embody the concept of freedom of movement. Yet with their new album, The Age of Immunology - sung in the primary languages of all the musicians who made it - they recognise we live in a time in which new boundaries are being erected everywhere. Through Krautrock influenced future pop and shimmering R&B, the band call for a continuation of the pluralist dream, where otherness is embraced, and not feared.
Jai Paul - Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones) (XL Recordings)
The enigmatic pop auteur releases a collection of unfinished material, a 16-song album which was previously illegally stolen and released over 6 years ago. In an attempt to wrangle some agency over his intellectual property, Jai Paul officially releases them here, along with 2 new tracks and an online post revealing “it’s sad to think about what could have been, but it is what it is and I had to let go.”
Special Request - VORTEX (Houndstooth)
The project of electronic music veteran and ruffian Paul Woolford; Vortex is a scientifically precise collection of bangers, with nods to jungle, techno, rave, house and gabber. The sounds here are tight and engrossing, yet consistently human and tender.
Bob Dylan - The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings
Over 7 weeks in the autumn of 1975, Dylan and his band recorded five live sets and rehearsals of his infamous Rolling Thunder Revue tour. This box set features 148 tracks from the tour, including 100 never previously released recordings, giving listeners an intimate insight into the chaotic theatre tour that also featured Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and more.