Mickey – SEETHE – Single Review

The Australian funk-rock project Mickey released the single SEETHE on the 6th.

Mickey

Mickey




A track that, like a virulent virus, vaccinates the veins as it slips in to the room.

Prefacing the journey of SEETHE opening with the sound of a record player winding up to full speed as through the three and almost half a minutes of the track the pace steps up incrementally, with the listener joining with a slow-step glide over the dancefloor and ending up rattling round the room, as though a whirling dervish, prior to finally collapsing in exhaustion.

Mickey demonstrates through the track an innate skill and ability in songwriting and delivery as although the song not only changes pace it also switches bar timing and chord structure, all without the listener ever being jarred as it occurs, rather – like melting butter – the transitions are seamless.

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Madi Leeds – Water to Me – Video

The Australian alt-folk creator Madi Leeds released the EP Spinning on the 10th.

Madi Leeds

Madi Leeds

Don’t go anywhere near the play button before finding some dayglo socks and equally garish brothel creepers and as you make your way back to the turntable – ensure you have left space behind you to stretch the limbs and sway with the breeze.

A five track album of sonorous landscape which wends its way through easy glide to full on stomp. The fulcrum around which everything revolves is the alluring vocal which akin to a powerful magnet draws the listener to its unseen, yet, irresistible gravitational force.

The closer – Water To Me – is the bounciest track – rockabilly too and therefore necessarily my pick of the release.

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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 dour 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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