GRIME, DUBSTEP & SUBURBAN MELANCHOLY
“Hurtsville is a pair of producers from south-west Sydney: Luke Vitale and Henry Luvsan Avila. They have no internet presence other than their Soundcloud, where they occasionally post the odd piece of instrumental grime or dubstep-inflected music. While the duo veers between delicate and aggressive, Hurtsville is always imbued with a curious, beautiful suburban melancholy.
While a lot of music made in this mode seems increasingly shiny and post-geographic, gesturing towards lives lived on the internet as much as anywhere else, Hurtsville’s songs (and accompanying blurry photos) feel somehow different – local, emotional and full of granular detail. When they perform, they’re usually accompanied by their friend Kevin Duo Jin, a performance artist who plays a sort of surrealist Bez to Hurtsville’s Happy Mondays – eating baklava with chopsticks, flexing, instagramming himself, and generally weirding out the audience.” – Crawlspace
Matilda Abraham is a Sydney based singer and producer. She performs her original music with vintage Casiotone keyboard, pedals and laptop. Matilda is a Red Bull Music Academy 2016 alumni. She has collaborated and performed internationally with Grammy award winning producer Chilly Gonzales alongside a handful of other international, up and coming artists.
Matilda released her debut album New Balloon in October of 2016. From feminist dance numbers to intricate and layered arrangements Matilda’s approach is warm, honest and unique.
W/ VERY SPECIAL GUESTS GRETA NOW & BABEY
Chapter Music signing Gregor is 22 year old Melbourne natural eccentric Gregor Kompar. His inquisitive home recordings, played live with a four piece band, recall Talking Heads or Arthur Russell. There are echoes from the past, but Gregor has a voice all his own – gentle, wide-eyed and slyly humorous.
SOUNDBATHING IN SUBLIME TONES & EFFECTS
In 2013 Crandles and Jenkins both realized they were at a crossroads musically. And since they seemed to be on the same page sonically, the potential for a new project felt particularly strong, even limitless.
The duo didn’t want to rush their first record, though. It took two years to wrap 2015’s acclaimed Jane’s Lament album, a prolonged creative process that paid off when several key outlets praised its heady hooks. The Guardian, for one, wrote, “After succumbing to the riptide pull of the opening track, ‘Morning’, you stay submerged, sound-bathing in layers of sublime guitar tones and effects that evoke a bevy of shoegaze legends like Slowdive, Ride, and Pale Saints. Two years in the making, the gradual build of Jane’s Lament paid off in its drowsy unhurried air.”
GLITCHED-OUT SOUNDSCAPES THROUGH PURPOSEFUL ELEMENTS
The solo electronic project of songwriter and producer Becki Whitton, APHIR, has performed her glitched-out vocal soundscapes around Australia and internationally, including her performance at Berlin’s 2016 Music Tech Fest.
Her work with indigenous singer/songwriter, Denni, saw her take to the main stage at the 2015 Falls Festival, and her new record ‘Twin Earth’, due early 2017, sees the firm foundation of her layered vocal arrangements inflected with luminous alien samples.
DIVERSE, PROGRESSIVE & ENGAGING
Sydney indie-chamber group Hinterlandt presents its brand new album ‘Ode to Doubt’. Released in 2017 by indie-prog label, Art as Catharsis, ‘Ode to Doubt’ celebrates the notion of doubt as a healthy basis for critical thinking. The album was conceived as one piece of purely acoustic music spanning 40 minutes across seven movements. Three fine vocal duets are embedded in the otherwise instrumental composition. Music and words written and arranged specifically for this ensemble by German-born musician and composer, Jochen Gutsch. The full ‘Ode to Doubt’ set was first presented at Mona Foma festival in Hobart in January 2017.
ORION has successfully raised the bar among their contemporaries with this stunning LP. Blending a sound that ranges anywhere from bands of the past like Sad Lovers & Giants, OMD, Faith era Cure, Kitchens Of Distinction, and My Bloody Valentine, then churning it into something completely their own, results in one of the best albums of 2017 so far. A true gem… – Rivet11
I think one of the biggest skills in in pop music is being able to crib little references and signifiers that already mean something to people and serve them up in a way that resonates immediately, but is also obviously your own thing. It’s difficult and takes a lot of sensitivity and smarts, which Orion definitely have. – who the hell
INNOVATIVE, MOODY & ENTHRALLING
The Sticks are a three piece band from Sydney made up of Alon Ilsar, Daniel Pliner and Josh Ahearn. All have performed together in Darth Vegas, Faulkland and Sketch the Rhyme, and other such as Eddie Perfect’s Misanthropology, Zohar’s Nigun and the BZNZZ, have include two of its members. Having only formed in late 2014, the Sticks have very quickly made their mark, performing at SydneyTedX 2015, Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2015 and Canberra International Music Festival 2015.
They have been described as ‘Innovative, moody and enthralling, [they] go beyond the realm of a standard electronic band. Their live show alone is a revelation.’ (Happy)
HONEYED VOCALS & SONIC ADVENTURISM
The album has already scored glowing reviews, including the ‘Mojo Rising’ column in Mojo magazine, who called Preservation “One of the years’ landmark releases”.
“Lovelorn folk with dirt under its nails…perfectly crafted statements from a blossoming talent” – The Guardian
“Simply breathtaking.” – Record Collector
UNADULTERATED GLEE THROUGH DARING COMPOSITIONS!
Biscotti blends elements of synth pop, disco, hip-hop and funk to create an alternative pop spectacle that commands your full attention. Through her cinematic lens Carla Ori conjures other worldly landscapes with her evocative layering of sounds, constantly astounding with her unadulterated glee and daring compositions. The time has now come to unveil Biscotti’s first full length feature – her debut album ‘Like Heaven in the Movies’
“Biscotti – the project of Carla Ori – presents a similar experience of bliss on her debut album. It’s an auditory heaven drawing on the best of synth pop, disco, film scores, hip-hop and funk.”
– Simon Winkler, RRR Feature Album
BREEZY GUITARS & SUN-KISSED MELODIC LOVELINESS
After touring consistently in 2015 and on the back of their recent single, “Someone Sometime”, Brisbane indie-pop four-piece Major Leagues are ready to enter the new year with their new EP, ‘Dream States’, slated for release April 8th. Accompanying this release, the band also dropped a fresh new music video for “Better Off” featuring clips from their East coast tour. Read more about the new video here, via Music Feeds.
“With great pride, we’re thrilled to be putting out this collection of songs that came together over the last eighteen months. It’s been way too long between drinks, and in that void we’ve lived a world of goodbyes, fleeting romances and hard realities. Many of these stories have made their way onto this EP” – Jacob Knauth
FROM DYLAN TO WES ANDERSON, HEMINGWAY TO WILCO
Lost somewhere in a melancholy haze, in the crumbling beauty of an old hotel, you’ll find Curt Manor. Part romantic, part cynic, the music that emanates from within is a cocktail of everything in between.
By combining the organic and synthetic, vintage and the contemporary, the songs formed are a harmonious collision of influences; from Dylan to Wes Anderson, Hemingway to Wilco.
Written both at home and abroad the debut ‘When the Sun is Low’ takes the themes of love, loss and the unknown and injects them with dark whimsy. You’re invited to experience the launch of ‘When the Sun is Low’ as well as the premiere of the cinematic new music video for ‘Adelphi Hotel Nightmare’ at Golden Age Cinema and Bar on April 29.
BEAUTIFULLY LANGUID & WISTFUL
During 2016, Elizabeth began focussing on her solo music. After releasing her debut single Video Shoot in August, Elizabeth scored supports with Julien Baker, Oh Pep!, Holly Throsby and Julia Jacklin and received Triple J, FBi and 2Ser airplay. Her intricate and delicate guitar playing and unique songwriting has been described by Triple J as “beautifully languid and wistful”, with Brag Magazine describing her “powerful tunes” as being anchored by “some truly impressive musicianship.” In 2016, Happy Magazine named her as one of Australia’s 20 guitarists to watch, alongside Stu Mackenzie (King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard) and Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote).
Elizabeth will be releasing her EP this May 4th, performing with a new band Blain Cuneen (guitar), Josh Spolc (bass) and Nick Meredith (drums). She will be performing material from her debut EP, as well as new material from her debut Album which will be recorded later this year.