Triple R Soundscape: 22 October 2018

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 24 September 2018

Retiree - House or Home (Rhythm Section INTL/Astral People)**Album of the Week

Debut album from Sydney/Melbourne trio. The album’s songs explore the theme of “house or home” and what that means in present day Australia for different people. They journey from an Aboriginal tent embassy on the south coast of New South Wales, a retirement village, a one room flat in Ringwood and a sleepless 17 hour stop over in Malaysia.

Neneh Cherry - Broken Politics (Smalltown Supersound)

The fifth full-lenth solo release from the iconic Neneh Cherry, produced in collaboration with Four Tet. About the title Neneh says "I like writing from a personal perspective, and the time we live in is so much about finding your own voice. People have been left feeling misheard, misunderstood, and disillusioned. What the fuck can I do? Maybe politics starts in your bedroom, or your house—a form of activism, and a responsibility. The album is about all of those things: feeling broken, disappointed, and sad, but having perseverance. It's a fight against the extinction of free thought and spirit."

LAPS - Who Me? Remixes (DFA Records)

Glasgow duo Ladies As Pimps, a.k.a. LAPS, make their DFA debut with the Who Me? EP. After first meeting each other in an analogue production course run by Green Door Studio several years ago, Lady Two Collars (Golden Teacher) and Sue Zuki (Organs of Love) have now refined their sound and produced one of the most focused and vital club releases to emerge from the Glasgow underground, with their unique and thoroughly danceable fusion of dub, house, and trip-hop.

Mr Twin Sister - Salt (Twin Group/Redeye Distribution)

Mr Twin Sister return with their first full length in four years, spanning Touching on electronica, dancefloor pop, dub, and funk of all kinds. The lyrics of Andrea Estella explore feeling lost, the difficulty of connecting with those around us; longing for change, and the fear of what that change will bring.

Cool Sounds - Cactus Country (Hotel Motel Records)

New album from Melbourne seven-piece indie/guitar-pop group, celebrated for their instrumental interplay, melodic lines and songwriting sincerity.

Null - Med (Enhancer Records)

Debut album from Melbourne producer explores modern and vintage electronic styles. Rave, breakbeat, acid, trance, big beat and intricate original rhythms abound on this exhilirating record.

William Basinski / Lawrence English - Selva Oscura (Temporary Residence)

New collaborative album from two world leaders in the field of ambient and exploratory music.

Empress Of - Us (Terrible Records/Caroline Australia)

Second studio LP from singer and producer Lorely Rodriguez, recording as Empress Of. Features collaborations with friends and peers Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, DJDS, and Pional

Yoko Ono - Warzone  (Chimera)

A deeply resonant record that collects and reinterprets songs that Yoko Ono has written across the last 48 years. Songs serve as a statement on our present age, and a telling indicator of the progress yet to be made.

John Grant - Love is Magic (Bella Union)

New album from the Michigan-born, Iceland-based artist, offering his most electronic record yet. Lyrics are characteristically vivid and vibrant and brilliant. On the title track:  “Love’s a shitshow that requires work, it’s not all lollipops and rainbows and ’67 Dodge Dart Hemis and STDs and macaroni and cheese and John Carpenter. But nothing can distract from the fact that, in spite of it all, love is still magic.”