Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra – Birdnest Hair – Audio

Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra is an experimental multi-instrumentalist solo project from Australia.

Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra - photo credit Aimee Catt Photography

Matt Hsu’s Obscure Orchestra – photo credit Aimee Catt Photography

The latest track to surface – Birdnest Hair – features Ashleigh Djokic with rap vocal – and is a just over four and two thirds minutes tracks of many elements and moods in which there is good humour, abstract thought and strong contrasts – resulting in a song that will have the listener either running for the hills or reaching forward for the continuous loop to enjoy the random texturing – the fact I am asking you to spend time in its company indicates I am in the latter camp.

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LIGHT – This Is How It Feels – Audio

The Australian dark-melody creator Luke de Zilva who performs under the sobriquet LIGHT teamed up with the Australian noir-drone creator Henry Lloyd Wilson to release an LP earlier this month.

LIGHT - photo by Patrick Ewing

LIGHT – photo by Patrick Ewing

LIGHT / Henry Lloyd Wilson – an eight track album that is available on bandcamp which distils dark shrouding shadows through the room  – though rather than reaching for a noose the listener finds themselves enraptured by the lugubrious soundtrack that wraps around the ears as it undergoes sublimation.

The opening song is This Is How It Feels.

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Phia – Oxide – Audio

The Germany based Australian synthwave creator Phia releases the EP The Woman Who Counted the Stars on the 29th.

Phia - The Woman Who Counted Stars - artwork

Phia – The Woman Who Counted Stars – artwork

The ethereal soundtrack of Oxide, from the forthcoming release, immediately holds the attention as analogue synths and fuzzy guitar drift across the room through which the vocal peers through the rising mist. Whilst there is much activity in there is an unhurried dreamy spaciousness to the song.

A month long tour around England, Germany and Austria commences on the 14th, with five dates in Australia starting on the 30th of November.

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Suicide Swans – Wall – Audio

The Australian roots-rock quintet Suicide Swans released the LP Augusta on the 1st.

Suicide Swans

Suicide Swans

A ten track album steeped deeply in country influences though burred with a whisky barrel soaking allowing Suicide Swans to create music which is retrospective of the earliest derivations of US rock ‘n roll.

The unhurried paced and even tempered compositions affords the combinations of strings, keys, percussion and vocal a natural earthiness and make the listener wish they lived near to Brisbane where it would be easier to get out to see them play live, though for those of us who don’t Augusta is an album most certainly to add to the playlists and for those who are in the Northern Hemisphere it will warm up the soon to be here autumn evenings.

The third track is Wall.

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Saskwatch – Fortress – Audio

The Australian mellow-rock band Saskwatch released the LP Manual Override yesterday.

Saskwatch - Fortress

Saskwatch

A bakers dozen track album that takes the listener on an expansive journey in the just under three quarters of an hour of its duration as Saskwatch bring to the fore a diversity of instrumentation and architecture whilst always retaining a low-key melancholic folk rooting to the compositions.

In the middle track on the LP Fortress – violin and acoustic guitar take spotlight affording the song two distinct introductory paragraphs prior to deliquescing in to a mellifluent ballad.

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