Clifford Carpenter – Work – Audio

The Australian dark-hop creator Clifford Carpenter releases the LP Trust in September.

Clifford Carpenter - Photo by Jonno Révanche

Clifford Carpenter – Photo by Jonno Révanche

With an eye to societal malaise the music created by Clifford Carpenter isn’t intended to be an easy ride, rather, pointed commentary on the realities be they self-inflicted, unavoidable circumstance or imposed of 21st Century life for far too many around the world.

In advance of the album Work was released as a stand alone single on the 21st and is available on bandcamp.

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Alex Cameron – Candy May – Audio

The Australian melancholic-rocker Alex Cameron releases the LP Forced Witness on the 8th of September.

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron

A ten track album (available on bandcamp) which contemplates, in damning indictment, of a world where far too many want to merely capture things to share with their disconnected silos of connectivity in pursuit of ‘likes’ of what they are witnessing, rather than becoming involved in anything at all other than a passive commentator of dissociation whilst bemoaning of their own self-perceived undeserved paucity of life.

The first track to surface and the opener on Forced Witness is Candy May.

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ZERRIN – Strange Wasteland – Single Review

ZERRIN is an avant-garde project from Australia.

ZERRIN

ZERRIN

There is a luscious darkness to the undertow of the latest track to surface – Strange Wasteland – as the stunning vocals soar through the room to the surrounding compression and expansion of keys and strings which enmesh the listener in barbed wire in a composition that reflects on the detritus that soils the globe, whilst others spout glib words pretexting of ‘environmental concerns’.

ZERRIN, in Strange Wastelands, offers both a challenge and invective that casts scathing pall through the room in an aural descriptor of the reality of good intent and lax personal responsibility.

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Scott Sandwich – Sonny Gilford Snr. – It’s 1955 All Over Again – Audio

Scott Sandwich is a conceptual-ideas musician from Australia.

Scott Sandwich

Scott Sandwich




A vivid imagination and more importantly the ability to pull off the idea, earlier this month, Scott Sandwich released the twenty nine track LP Obscure Music History (Vol. 1) (available on bandcamp) which digs through various eras, through individual personas each reflective of the style of music.

It would be possible to write a tome about each persona though handily faithfully created by Tom Hogan on a site dedicated to the project, which helpfully saves you needing to spend an hour or two reading here. Word also arrives of a follow up LP to arrive later in the year.

If you enjoy creative musicians who are able to submerge themselves in to a character and have the patience to absorb their objective, no matter how obscure and long winded that idea may take to resolve, as you have tears of laughter streaming down your face, whilst simultaneously enthralled by the pure skill, ability and patience  – then you are reading the right website – if you don’t, you are reading the wrong music review space.

It really isn’t possible to either select a track that is representative of the album, nor pick a highlight, with each track being fully absorbing – however here is a song that takes Scott Sandwich to the persona of Sonny Gilford Snr. with It’s 1955 All Over Again.

To give contextualisation for the text that has preceded – here is Scott in the persona of The Swooning with Boneshaker.

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aplegate – Waterhole – Audio

The Australian lo-fi psychedelia project of Declan Kennedyaplegate released the EP Young Satin on the 1st.

alpegate - Young Satin - artwork

alpegate – Young Satin – artwork

The roughly twenty two minutes – five track EP (available on bandcamp) takes the listener on a journey across varied landscapes allowing the audience to hang up their boots and lay awhile with the hazy shadows of electronics, instrumentation and vocal to drift around the head.

The closer – Waterhole – has a pronounced dub reference around which it revolves and is my pick of Young Satin.

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