Triple R Soundscape: 4 March 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 March 2019
Solange - When I Get Home (Saint Records / Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment Australia)**Album of the Week
The surprise follow up to the hugely acclaimed A Seat at the Table,When I Get Home reflects deeply on issues of identity and origin. With numerous references to her hometown of Houston, Solange explores the long history leading to her present state of being, through sounds of jazz, hiphop, and drum and bass.
Hand Habits – placeholder (Milk! Records/Remote Control)
Placeholder is the second release from Hand Habits aka Meg Duffy, a former member of Kevin Morby's band. Placeholder is her second release following 2017s entirely self-produced and recorded debut Wildly Idle. With Placeholder she chose to work in the studio with collaborators, emerging with folk recordings as intimate and personal as ever but with greater refinement and nuance.
Little Simz - Grey Area (AGE 101 MUSIC/Inertia)
Thus far flying under the mainstream radar, the Kendrick-Lamar signed Little Simz seems destined for greater critical and commercial recognition with this bold, unapologetically self-confident release, pairing her precise, sometimes lacononic flow with Inflo produced orchestral floruishes, soul beats, guitar fuzz and cleverly selcted vocal collaborators.
Maria Somerville - All My People (Not on Label)
Recorded across Ireland in Dublin, Cornamona and Inis Óirr, Somerville draws on the dispirate sounds of folk, post-punk, traditional Irish motifs, glittering pop and ambient drone loops to create a unique and ethereal exploration of dense Irish wilderness.
Angel-Ho - Death Becomes Her (Hyperdub Records)
Self-described "trans goddess" and co-founder of cross-continental electronic collective NON Worldwide, Angel-Ho celebrates pop and luxury with her new release, rapping and singing for the first time, in stark contrast to her past work as an abstract sound and conceptual artist.
Robert Forster - Inferno (EMI)
The former front-man of the Go-Betweens releases his seventh solo album with Inferno. Produced in Berlin by Victor Van Vugt, the album is paradoxically lush and tropical, recalling Brisbane heatwaves and languid Australian nights.
Pond - Tasmania (Positive Feedback)
On Tasmania, The Perth based psych-rockers revere our southern island as the last vestige of paradise as the rest of the world burns. With their most politically engaged album the band also explore inequality, white privelage and rampant consumerism. The tracks fully embrace pop songwriting, with the melodically strongest album of their career.
My Disco - Environment (Downwards)
With their debut album for British label Downwards - engineered by Boris Wilsdorf of Einstürzende Neubauten - the long-running Australian industrial act moves towards a more sparse, minimal aesthetic, ambandoning the drum-heavy sounds of yore and embracing ambience and space.
Teen - Good Fruit (Carpark Records)
With Good Fruit the trio of Canadian sisters have crafted their own dynamic, hook-laden take on the familiar breakup album. While still retaining their melodic and joyous sound, Teen here explore what happens after love fades.
Durand Jones & the Indications – American Love Call (Dead Oceans/Inertia)
With an aesthetic steeped in the dreaminess of '70s soul music, layered strings and rich harmonies, American Love Call is truly memorable for the powerful voice of truly gifted singer Durand Jones, which soars above the meticolously produced grooves.