INTIMATE & STRIPPED BACK ON THE GOLDEN STAGE
Sydney based artist BUOY (Charmian Kingston) has spent the last year steadily building her reputation as one of Australia’s most innovative and interesting electronic acts. After releasing “Clouds & Rain” last April, which earned her a Triple J addition, FBi & national tastemaker radio support, rave reviews across Australia & internationally with outlets like Majestic Casual, The Ladies Network & One A Day, as well as a spot at Splendour in the Grass, she then followed up with her Break EP in August.
BUOY’s Break EP sees her pairing her established ear for melancholy and tension with bursts of vibrant colour. While her debut EP Immersion experimented heavily with vocal layering and effects, Break strips Charmian’s striking vocals bare to create a newfound sense of intimacy and immediacy. Likewise, while her earlier output explored the space between dark electronica and textured ambience, Break mines UK garage and esoteric pop to infuse BUOY’s output with faster tempos and dance-ready syncopation.
Stylistically unique and unnervingly enigmatic, Jack T Wotton and The Wünderz occupy a dark and sleek quarter of the pop stratosphere. Based in Sydney, the band appear rarely, emerging only to stun their audiences with blinding performances of their very own version of dance music.
PASTORAL KRAUTROCK THROUGH MINIMALIST COMPOSOTION
Since Smoke Bellow’s debut release Blooming/Middling and relocation from Baltimore, USA to Melbourne, Australia, core members Meredith McHugh and Christian J. Best have been relatively publicly withdrawn. Using this period of re-establishment in a new city to re-train and reimagine the band as a two-piece, as well as to learn and integrate saxophone and west African guitar styles.
Since the band’s formation in Baltimore in 2011, their sound and approach has been touched by the spirit of that city’s kinetic pop scene and the relentless creativity of its far- reaching experimental music community. This immersion led to a writing process drawing from 70s NY post punk, high minded pastoral krautrock, modern minimalist composition, as well as west African guitar groups. Over the years Smoke Bellow has been excited and honoured to share stages with Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Horse Lords, Wume, Wye Oak, Bachelorette, Beach House, Peals, Xylouris White, Dope Body and Nerftoss.
“Mornings” is the latest single from Sydney’s Gussy. Written by Gussy and co-produced alongside Australia’s leader in grime, Strict Face (NLV Records), Mornings is a fast paced cut of left-field pop punctuated by a bouncing synth line and an instantaneous vocal hook. It comes as the follow-up to last year’s single “Looking At Myself” which included a remix from Air Max 97 and saw them perform with the likes of Kllo and Oscar Key Sung, and as part of BAD and Volumes Festival.
Drawing from their training as a ballet dancer and filmmaker, Gussy’s audio-visual work examines the agony of broken intimacy and constant self-reflection.
Watch Gussy launch Mornings with a special performance at Golden Age, supported by the breathtaking Callan.
W/ SUPPORT JACK ELIAS
Two years ago i saw Mick Turner support Cat Power in a little theatre in Milton, NSW. It was absolutely incredible, and i’ve been hoping to see him in solo mode again ever since. Well, guess what kids?! He’s coming to Golden Age Cinema to do this very thing! We could not be more excited to have one of Australia’s favourite and most distinctive guitarists perform on our little stage.
Mick Turner will be performing his highly acclaimed solo work. He has had a dynamic and celebrated career as founding member of Dirty Three and simultaneously with his solo project, releasing four LPs on the iconic US label Drag City (Bill Callahan, Joanna Newsom, Ty Segall).
Hailing from the Coal Coast, Sydney-based Solid Effort have spent the last couple of years crafting their unique brand of wonky pop. Their sound is a cross between The Go Betweens, Minutemen, Transformer-era Lou Reed & Leonard Cohen, though heavily influenced by the emergence of local scene headed up by acts like Shining Bird & The Pinheads.
In 2016 they were welcomed to join the prestigious Sydney label, Popfrenzy’s roster. They played with a selection of home-grown and international acts including Fat White Family, Alvvays, Gabriella Cohen and Peep Tempel. They also teased fans with the promise of a record with the single “Too Far Gone”, that will be taken off their forthcoming 2017 LP.
The Heart is Strange is the debut album from multi-instrumentalist & songwriter Robert Irish. The record draws influence from the likes of Nina Simone, Sibylle Baier & Townes Van Zandt, and blends a minimal approach to arrangement with the American Primitive guitar style. It was recorded and mixed by Jon Spencer-collaborator Matt Verta-Ray (Heavy Trash) at NY Hed Studios in Manhattan.
As a founding member of Australian alt-country band Devotional, Irish has shared stages with Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), Phosphorescent, Tiny Ruins and Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders. He is currently based in New York.
Southend Rainbows are a local act with a global vision. Melodic, nostalgic and just a touch political, they’ve seen most of Sydney from the stage. Interviewed on FBi Radio’s BackChat program, as well as tossed around the radio waves in Dubai and Georgia, the boys have even been endorsed by Greens Member for Grayndler Jim Casey. Their live shows are hot and heavy, with The Ocean Party’s Snowy Nasdaq calling them “Our favourite band” to watch in Sydney.