Vapur – Orpheus – Audio

The Australian IDM project of Joseph Nizeti – Vapur – released the EP Magnavox on the 14th.

Vapur - artwork by Brontë Hock - photo by Jack Saltmiras

Vapur – artwork by Brontë Hock – photo by Jack Saltmiras

The four track, approximately thirteen minutes, EP slides gently out of the speakers prior to building complex polyhedrons which rapidly dissolve and dissipate through the room in intricate patterns and fragile layers which degrade slowly in to silence while simultaneously the ensuing phrases undergo similar transformation.

The opening composition is Orpheus.

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Robbie Maroon – When – Audio

The Australian mellow-rock creator Robbie Maroon revealed the LP Dream Factory Volume 1 on the 30th of December.

Robbie Maroon

Robbie Maroon

Dream Factory Volume 1 is an eclectic mix of a dozen songs of easy to engage music in which, like a pick ‘n’ mix bag of sweets, the listener will discover a different flavour with each track.

Instrumentation used in various combinations include, piano, electronica, synthesiser, guitar and drum with vocal feeding through the textures.

My pick of the release being the guitar led closer – When.

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Ange Takats & Buddy Peace – Ballerina – Audio

Ange Takats & Buddy Peace are a Thailand based, Australian alt-folk creator and an English, Laos based beats creator respectively.

Ange Takats & Buddy Peace

Ange Takats & Buddy Peace

Having met in Laos they decided to work together and the result is the EP Riverside Rearview which came out earlier this month and is available on bandcamp.

An absorbing five track, approximately eighteen minutes, collection of songs which combine samples, acoustic guitar and an expressive vocal.

The second track Ballerina being my pick of the release.

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Mo•Louie – Sucked Me Dry – Audio

Mo•Louie is an Australian electro-soul creator.

Mo•Louie

Mo•Louie

Earlier this month the début LP Fire Brick was released.

A six track release of introspective electronica cloaking an evocative and distinctive voice which finds the listener wrapping themselves in a comforting counterpane as the melancholic compositions reflect on the harsh barbs of life, yet, despite the sadness the audience finds a sense of catharsis and is a release to bring out when life seems a tad glum.

My pick of the six on the album being the trumpet infused third – Sucked Me Dry.

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Victory Lap – The Afterlife – Single Review

Victory Lap is the indie-dance project of Alex Badham from Australia.

Victory Lap

Victory Lap

With considerable experience as both a musician and music video director, the début single of the solo project – The Afterlife ( which came out on the 23rd and available on bandcamp) – evidences of a songwriter and arranger who knows one end of a song from the other.

Multilayered instrumentation, synth and percussion are moulded in to exotic shapes and – rather than becoming overly complex – fold themselves around the vocal – giving the listener a sound in which they step on to the dance-floor and sway with the funky beat, or lean back and allow the dreamy washes to flush through the mind.

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