Triple R Soundscape: 23 September 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 23 September 2019.

Sui Zhen  - Losing Linda  (Dot Dash/Remote Control) ** Album of the Week

A surreal journey of experimental pop, Losing Linda uses Melbourne Artist Sui Zhen’s digital doppelganger as a vessel to explore the intersection between human life and technology, and the effect it has on loss, love and identity.

Vivian Girls - Memory (Polyvinyl)  

In spite of its title, Vivian Girls’ reunion album is by no means a sunny, nostalgic reminiscence. The darkness, love, loss and rage that always haunted their records remains on full display upon their return.

JPEGmafia - All My Heroes are Cornballs  (EQT Recordings)

The experimental Baltimore rapper releases his most honest and personal album yet. Billed as his 'punk musical' All My Heroes are Cornballs lays bare the complex musical and thematic priorities of his mind.

Karate Boogaloo - KB's Mixtape No. 2 (Hope St Recordings)

KB’s Mixtape #2 brings the Melbourne collective together to record an album with the underlying concept of taking songs from the 80s (Blondie, Kraftwerk, Stevie Nicks) that were sampled by 90s and 2000s artists (Destiny’s Child, Kanye West, Jay Z), and then flipped and twisted into Karate Boogaloo’s singular style.

Not Just A Pub - A Fundraising Compilation for the Brisbane Hotel (Rough Skies Records)

A collection of Tasmanian bands come together to fight for the survival of the much-loved Hobart pub, music venue and community hub, the Brisbane Hotel - home to many local bands' first gigs and famous performances by established acts.

Loraine James  - For You And I (Hyperdub)

The London musician explores the complexities of being in a queer relationship in the British capital. For You and I is a rhythmically free flowing record inspired by the diverse musical heritage of her home city - jazz, electronica, uk drill and grime.

Hiss Golden Messenger -  Terms of Surrender (Merge)

The prolific North-Carolina country-rock singer grapples with doubt and self-excoriation on his latest release. Teaming up with The National’s Aaron Dessner on production Terms of Surrender adds a vaster display of instrumentation and deeper textural detail than evident on previous records.

Fabulous Diamonds - Plain Songs (ALTER)

The newest from Fabulous Diamonds, their first on Alter, sits in its own sonic territory in their long catalogue. Plain Songs occupies an eerie, spacious and pastoral twilight zone, harnessing expansiveness through a collage of digital textures, and adapted vocal chamber music.

Alefa Madagascar - Salegy, Soukous & Soul from the Red Island 1974 - 1984 (Strut) 

Strut continues its compilation series of Indian Ocean sounds with the first compilation to document the unique sounds of soul and soukas, as well the deeply historical sounds of salegy - a fast-tempoed local dance style - from the island of Madagascar.

Buried Feather - Cloudberry Dreamshake (Self-released) 

The Melbourne psych-rockers return with their third album. Following their first tour of Europe, the band release a collection of tracks drawing on their love of late 60s British psychedelia.