Sunday, October 25, 2015

Charles Murdoch: Frogs + Straws + Privacy

Brisbane producer Charles Murdoch drops his debut album 'Point' December 11 on Australian label Future Classic. Two superb singles have been released so far: "Straws" and "Frogs", the latter featuring stellar vocals by fellow Australians Ta-Ku and Wafia as well as Hak of Brooklyn hip hop group Ratking.

UPDATE November 18: Murdoch's equally superb third single "Privacy" has been released. It features the vocals of Melbourne producer/singer Oscar Key Sung.

Film maker team J√ľnglinge, consisting of director Faraz Shariat and producer Paulina Lorenz, both 20 years old and based in the historic city of Hildesheim in Northern Germany, created a three-part video series to accompany Murdoch's music. The powerful Part 1 and Part 2 were published in June and last week and feature an outstanding performance by Bernhard Geffke. Part 3 drops soon and will be added to this blog post.

UPDATE November 18: Part 3 has been published and completes the flawless trilogy by J√ľnglinge.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Good Boy: Transparency + Waste Days Or Ease Your Temper

Rian King (bass, vocals), Tom Lindeman (guitar) and Stu McKenzie (drums) make up Australian trio Good Boy. Their brand new 7" vinyl contain the outstanding singles "Transparency" and "Waste Days or Ease Your Temper" and can only be purchased at gigs at this point, but will also be available online in November.

An as of yet untitled EP will be out in the first half of 2016.

A video for "Transparency" was published Friday and is utterly irresistible despite the fairly blatant product placement of a popular Aussie beer as well as clear evidence of FUI (Football Under the Influence).

The band is currently on a mini tour and have two dates left: first up is a show at the Old Bar in Melbourne Monday October 19.  They wrap up at The Bearded Lady in their hometown of Brisbane Friday October 23. Here's hoping they'll also be touring outside Australia in the new year.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Steven A. Clark: Can't Have + Not Ready

Arkansas born/North Carolina raised Steven A. Clark has been based in Miami since 2006. He released his mostly self-produced debut nine-track EP 'Stripes' in 2011 and followed it up in early 2012 with the not so subtly titled full-length 'Fornication Under Consent of the King'.  He dropped his third full-length album 'The Lonely Roller' last month. (NOTE: 'The Lonely Roller' will be released in the UK and continental Europe November 13.)

While the (video) track "Can't Have" is quite good, the superb "Not Ready" from 'Fornication Under Consent of the King' is my personal favorite, especially owing to the sublime vocals. Unfortunately, since no video was ever produced to accompany 'Not Ready', the audio will have to suffice.

Tour: Clark will be at next week's CMJ Music Marathon in NYC, performing October 13 and 16. Between November 2 and 8 he has four shows in the UK and continental Europe. November 11-25 he has close to a dozen shows in North America, including two dates in Toronto and Montreal.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Make Suggestions For Roskilde Festival 2016

I normally don't promote any contests, but I decided to make an exception because, for the most part, it's a very cool one:

Register your artist/band wishes for Roskilde Festival 2016, share your five choices (max) on Facebook (sadly, no other social media qualify which truly sucks) and you may win two tickets.

My suggestions entered into the online form (see link below), were - in random order - five favorite artists/bands that I have blogged about this year and hope will be invited to perform next summer at Roskilde. It was difficult - nay, torturous - to choose only five, but here goes:

Wyles & Simpson (UK)
Silicon (US)
Daye Jack (US)
MINX (Australia)
Hannah Joy (Australia)

Here are the links to my posts on these fantastic artists:

NOTE: The contest must be entered before October 23!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Silicon: Burning Sugar

I try my best not to stick a fantasy hybrid label on any music when I blog, but there are times when it's impossible not to. Such is the case with the track "Burning Sugar" by Silicon. After hearing only a few notes I imagined Marvin Gaye meeting up with Kraftwerk in 1981 during his self-exile in Belgium, traveling to the band's Kling Klang studio in Dusseldorf to record an utterly sublime mutant masterpiece, the kind of brilliant pop confection that Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk might whip up when truly inspired.

The musical magician behind Silicon is Hawaiian-New Zealander composer/singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Kody Nielson, younger brother of Ruban Nielson of Portland band Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Kody made significant contributions to UMO´s third album 'Multi-Love', released in May.) The two brothers were members of the experimental quartet Mint Chicks which recorded three albums before disbanding in 2010.

The Auckland-based artist named his ten-track debut album 'Personal Computer'; it was released the last week of August and is already generating buzz.

He opens for Chet Faker October 30 (Melbourne) + 31 (Brisbane) as well as November 6 + 7 (both dates in Sydney) and will also open for Tame Impala November 24 (Auckland) + 25 (Wellington.) He also has several gigs scheduled for February at the Laneway Festival; see more details in link below.

The video was co-directed by Nielson and Ralph Brown; additional animation by Natalia Stuyk. (Remember: just say no to drugs and cigarettes.)