Triple R Soundscape: 4 February 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 4 February 2019

Two People - First Body (Liberation/Mushroom Group Promotions)**Album of the Week

The debut release by Two People, comes a decade after the project first began, and the sure-handedness and confidence in their sound is immediately evident. Gentle waves of hazy synths and crackling beats copliment vocalist Phoebe Lou’s assured introspective lyrics. Two People worked on this record with Rodaidh McDonald a frequent collaborator of The xx, with whom clear sonic comparison's can be made, as well as King Krule and Sampha.

Tiny Ruins - Olympic Girls (Milk! Records)

The third release from the Auckland-based group is a shimmering folk-pop album that finds the band increasing it’s sound with expansive instrumentation surrounding Hollie Fullbrook’s ethereal vocal melodies.

Ex:Re - Ex:Re (4AD/Remote Control)

Ex:Re is the debut album from Elena Tonra, the former frontwoman of UK trio, Daughter. With Ex:Re she releases an emotionally complex break-up record. Backed by sparse drum beats, ambient synth melodies and a healthy dose of cello, Tonra has composed a polished and assured series of melancholy songs that seek resolution in honest divulgence.

Juan Wauters - La Onda de Juan Pablo (Captured Tracks)

Roza Terenzi  -  'Mwah' EP (Kalahari Oyster Cult)

The Australian producer debuts on Kalahari Oyster Cult with a 4 track EP showcasing her influences from electro, house, techno and anthemic rave sounds. Terenzi at times creates soaring euphoric moods and allowing darker tones to enter with tracks like Rare High.

Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center (Dead Oceans/Inertia)

Better Oblivion Community Centre is a collaboration between American indie-rock idols Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers. Their debut album is an languid folk-rock album exploring anxieties of the information age.

Various Artists/Leon Vynehall – DJ-Kicks (!K7)

Following up from one of 2018s best electronic releases Nothing is Still, British producer Leon Vynehall makes his first entrance in the DJ-Kicks series, curating a mix showcasing his diverse range of tastes including murky industrial, dancehall pop, 90s hip-hop, and of course, and extended run of club music.

Girlpool - What Chaos is Imaginary (Epitaph/Cooking Vinyl)

On the LA based duo’s third album, the band flesh out their sound, adding string sections, guitar solos and occasional shoegaze distortion to augment their hardened indie-rock credentials.

NKISI - 7 Directions (UIQ)

7 Directions is an atmospheric and rhythm drive techno album that is deeply marked by the places that life has taken NKISI. Firmly rooted in the Bantu cosmology of her birthplace the Congo and inspired by the Euro-rave sounds of Belgium where she was raised, 7 Directions feels right at home in London where she now lives and researches psychoacoustics, the study of how humans percieve and respond to sound.

Unloved - Heartbreak (Heavenly Recordings)

Heartbreak is the second release from the LA based trio. Unsurprisingly, given the film and television composition background of two thirds of their members, Heartbreak has a strikingly cinematic quality with singer Jade Vincent’s sultry vocals smouldering over atmospheric synths and nostalgic instrumentals.