This week on the blog we explore the immersive and eclectic local music scene, with our very own Shelby De Fazio (a talented musician herself and front woman of Bad Bangs). We thought it important to show love to our local music scene, because no matter how many live streams, and bedroom music events are popping up all over the place, try as we might, live – face to face - music (and dancing) cannot be matched. Something about the atmosphere of soggy beer stained carpet, sweat, smoko flirt sessions, dim lighting, uncomfortable underwear… it really provides the perfect alchemy that cannot be explained or clearly defined. The act of listening to a whole album, unbroken in its sequential order, can be a deeply moving and transportive experience and this is where it is at right now, in terms of deep listening and connection to the music we love, and want more of. This week we celebrate some new local releases that have been pressed, released on Spotify or Bandcamp, made into a tape, whatever! They are at the forefront of our musical minds. In the face of, or despite the loss of physical community due to the global pandemic there has been a steady flow of creative juices flowing – please scroll to get inspired and if you can, support these bands!
Click here to listen to Spotify playlist, if listening to a whole album seems a little daunting right now! Otherwise follow the links, and let the music flow…
Gordon Koang - Unity
Considered a king of south Sudanese music, this is Gordon's first album released on Australian label 'Music in Exile' since seeking asylum in Melbourne 2014. Reviews of the album say “…it attempts to articulate what it means to be an artist who exists between states. Exploring issues beyond geographical displacement, Gordon calls on his home country's many ethnic groups to find common ground, celebrating the bond between audience and musician". In the fruitful era of live gigs, Koang is often known to invite the audience to join him for a dance, so move your body and get physical for this stand out single ‘Asylum’.
Primo - Sogni
Primo is quartette from Melbourne who create catchy and plainspoken post-punk songs that speak to the times. Stuck in a capitalist world, Primo makes sweet and sour tunes that rock between poetics and politics. In Pitchfork reviewer states: “they conjure something galvanising, class-conscious, and profound” with this album Sogni, and this just may be the balm you need right now!
Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird Vol. 2
Adelaide based singer and rapper, now signed to international label 4AD came out with this gem just a few short weeks ago! Last Year Was Weird Vol.2 is a EP/Mixtape release is the second instalment of a planned trilogy. Still shaping her identity years on from her debut album; reviewers says it “feels like a second debut at a moment, when the world might be ready to process an artist with her unique combination of ambition, pop aptitude and quirkiness". We love the energy and heart she brings to every song, and have enjoyed listening to this one anytime really, such a nice companion for those lockdown days. Graphic cover art is ace!
Listen on Spotify here
Credit: Jamie Wdziekonski
Leah Senior - The Passing Scene
Leah Senior, Melbourne based folk-rock piner released her highly anticipated third LP ‘The Passing Scene’ a few months ago. This release sees Senior explore ‘humanity's collision with nature' and her anxieties for the future regarding humanities disregard for nature. Her environmentally conscious musings are in line with her record label Flightless, who also support artists such as King Gizzard who could be considered are environmental warriors within the music scene. Senior’s folk rock sound is soft and wistful. Looking back to a past she can’t capture, the album art for the record speaks to this idea as the artist appears trapped in a 70’s scene with people streaming past her. Listen while curled up like a cat in the sun.
Credit: Jamie Wdziekonski
Bananagun - The True Story of Bananagun
Bananagun was headed for a stellar year before ‘the rona casually rail-roaded all immediate plans. Having played at Golden Plains pre lock down, they were slated for a huge EU tour and so much more. Alas they haven’t wasted any time bringing the party to your headphones, and have put together a vibrant collection of tunes to keep you grooving for days! Debut release on Geelong label Anti Fade records and UK based label Full Time Hobby. Get grooving and bliss out in the backyard to Bananagun while sipping on some homemade cocktails…ooo yeah
Mouche - Live from the Bubble
This is a first solo endeavour for local musician Tim Karmouche (Crepes, Swazi Gold, The Murlocs). It is bliss. Sound is instrumental/electronic/experimental and is reminiscent of french electro pop duo 'Air'. Released on local label Research Records, the album is reflective of the solo process of recording in the studio, something that is obviously new for Tim, as he has been prolific in the past in band settings. Somehow this project feels very fitting for the times, and is an inspiring listen.
Keep the groove going with our special edition Spotify playlist...
Words by Gussie Vinall Richardson
Layout and selections by Shelby De Fazio