The Nights

The Nights is an ambient electronica trio from Sydney in Australia comprising Rob CampbellThomas Marland and Walter Flamenco.

The Nights - ambient electronica from Australia

The Nights

There is always a pleasure in breaking the national stereotype and The Nights with their soft hand cream delivery certainly break the perception as their smooth flowing silken electronics slide across the room.


As though attempting to climb a slate cliff with a pick The Nights slough the notes into the room, each gently slipping against the edge of the other in a cascading layer of sound that tumbles around the ears gaining intensity and yet pacivity in equal measure. The listener is left in a gentle embrace of music which caresses the head on a soft pillow of music.

With deft sleights of hand the synthesisers and computers slip one betwixt the other in a continual flow of notes which calm and intrigue much like a wax lamp. The listener can feel their head slow down as the music continues to pour and before long there is a seemingly natural cohesion between the synthetic and the synapse as they beat in equal rhythm.

The Nights are appropriately named, as this is music to take the helter skelter of the day away to rest the mind and settle into a slumber of calmness.

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Scenic

Scenic from Perth in Australia is the ambient electronic quartet of Adam, Eric, Doug and Nicholas.

Scenic - ambient electronic from Australia

Scenic

Scenic produce a sound which would make you think they sit squarely in the South West Coast America scene as the washes of watercolour sounds flow across the room. Generous loops of electronica are given room to explore the spaces whilst percussion and guitar define the shapes and hazed vocals blur the edges leaving the listener feeling as though they are in an immersion tank.

I really should have set this for publication on Saturday after a great Friday night out, but having spent some time having a listening to the unhurried and relaxed sounds I thought the weekend needed extending back to Thursday.

This is music which fits across much of the globe, to such an extent it was a French label – Tigersushi who gave them their first recording breaks. Now signed with the Australian label Future Classic they have recently released a five track EP – Shockwaves. Their music is gaining far broader recognition and with the Australian summer festival season just beginning to set up schedules and get into flow, I would expect to hear far more of Scenic over the coming year.

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Shockwaves – EP – Scenic is available on iTunes.*

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East River

East River is the trio of Drewbaby, Patch and Tom who make up the Sydney, Australia garage rock band.

East River - Garage Rock from Australia

East River

Like a refreshing beer East River, make the whole day seem better with their sci-fi psychedelia take on music which bustles around the room like sparklers. Brief songs, many lasting less than two minutes are stacked with poppers of delight and the listener is left slightly exhausted, but incredibly happy. The mind is left with recollections of the ’60s / 70’s Thunderbird puppets with their skittering movements and impassive expressions.


Whilst tracks are packed with exploding colours it isn’t a complicated formula and for its very basic construction of organ, vocal drums  and guitars jostled into a bag and seemingly drawn at random, the effect is one of kaleidoscopic bursts of energy which are of intense activity.

Were the band any more retro in feel you would expect them to be a black and white television re-run. However East River have been able to use the telescope of time to encapsulate the best of the influences and repackage them in a sharp and relevant manner. Providing the ears with a feast of intoxicating sounds that contain enough material within them to easily have been slowed down and run for five minutes, but it is the very brevity of the tracks which makes them such a treat to the brain.

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HEAVEN THE AXE

In Melbourne in Australia you will find Phoebe Pinnock (Vocals), Steve Watts (Guitar),  Mat Silcock (Guitar),  Trav Price (Bass) and one of Aramis SV, Tommy Rossell or Matt “Skitz” Sanders (Drums) making up the band HEAVEN THE AXE.

HEAVEN THE AXE - heavy metal from Australia

HEAVEN THE AXE

I was idling around looking at my personal Facebook news thread and spotted a video posted by a broadcaster in Australia of a band full of capital letters and despite my initial aversion to the capitalisation, I took a listen and here we are with a heavy metal band who livened up the afternoon, living up to that shouted name, HEAVEN THE AXE.

Crunching out of the speakers come flying nuts and bolts which have been through the grinder and the band spray the walls with pit marks. Control is what many metal bands lack, HEAVEN THE AXE however have learnt how to hold the ballistics in a well directed gunfire and the music just demands finding ever increasing levels of volume. The exquisite interplay of, Australian and the genre in general, misogyny is superbly played as a ruff, as Phoebe plays with the concept of her sexuality and her vituperative vocal to throw the backwardsmen a double uppercut.

I had a very brief telephone chat with Franky who handles the questions just to check on the drummer, to find there really isn’t a permanent drummer for the band so it is all on rotation. I do hope they can sort this out – the sooner the better – as a metal band without a permanent drummer is a bit like a call centre – hot desking.

As a statement concept how could I not like HEAVEN THE AXE. As superbly honed musicians I can’t do anything other than recommend spending some time with them.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Hate – Single – Heaven the Axe is available on iTunes*

Those connected with me personally on Facebook will know well of my regular sojourns to the Yarrowee River to catch Cat Unwrapped on Tuesdays and Thursdays for her two hour show on Voice FM. If not – Tuesdays and Thursdays 13:00 to 15:00 BST.

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The Wyld

The Wyld a raprock trio based in Mount Eden in New Zealand is Joe Pascoe (Guitar / producer), Mo Kheir (vocals) and Brandon Black (vocals / production).

The Wyld - raprock from New Zealand

The Wyld

I am wreathed in smiles as I find another cohesive rap / hip hop undercurrent which has found space to grow and the grin gets even wider when I find it emerges from New Zealand. The trio filter the dross to, deliver music which flows with invective and musical competence to leave a clear fluidity of sounds that buffer the head from side to side in a valedictory salute.


I oft bemoan the world of want to be ‘ghetto’ music with its perpetual racism and misogyny positing there is a legitimate ground on which to play and whilst I was able to find in My Peoples a cousin relationship , I find a direct progeny with The Wyld, so it is with some excitement that I take this opportunity to introduce a band who have a handle on the realities of the 21st Century and choose to neither  portray themselves as victims or protagonists and for that very fact are the more powerful and relevant.

The grained guitar enables the material to gather relevance and barbed wire wrist cuffs whilst the electro structures are Meccano kits of spanners and bolts, holding it all in to shape as the vocals deliver viper flicks.

A new EP – Abstract – is set for imminent release and my advice is – get there as soon as possible  – for the best of hip hop – The USA has been superseded by New Zealand.

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