Thomas Wallis – Thumb – Audio

The Australian downtempo creator Thomas Wallis released the single Thumb yesterday.

Thomas Wallis

Thomas Wallis

Regularly putting out new material which is of varied soundscape though always of commonality is a sadness that envelopes the listener.

The most recent track – Thumb (available on bandcamp) – is a morose dystopian scratchy composition which is made more bleak by the morose vocal and self-doubting lyric that is underscored by a monotone drum beat which gives the track its menacing countenance.

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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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Jen Cloher – Shoegazers – Audio

The Australian rocker Jen Cloher released the eponymous album on the 11th.

Jen Cloher - Photo by Tajette O'Halloran

Jen Cloher – Photo by Tajette O’Halloran

An eleven track album (available on bandcamp) that injects itself in to the veins as the multi-textured songs appear in the room.

An LP that reflects on self-analysis of personal relationships, the cultural conservatism of much of Australia and wider political thought which holds the audience transfixed from start to end of the roughly fifty one minutes run time.

The fifth track is Shoegazers.

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