New Weird Australia – We Are After All Here

New Weird Australia, We Are After All Here, NWA008

1. CAMRYN ROTHENBURY, Racing Across The Void (3:37) from Patina (Grave New World)
2. THE CARNAGE VISORS, Ledge (3:15) from Wailing Walls EP (self-released)
3. RITES WILD, Rites Wild Theme (4:12) from Ill Health & Rites Wild Theme Cassingle (Faux Friends)
4. STITCHED VISION, Healing Pattern (5:38) previously unreleased
5. GUERRE, Travellers Home Blues (2:41) previously unreleased
6. NO ZU, Horoscope (7:02) from New Age EP (New Editions)
7. STRANGE FORCES, Soul Window (6:04) from forthcoming debut EP
8. COLOURS, I’ve Watched You Suffer (6:22) from s/t EP (Free Loving Anarchists)
9. JAVIER FRISCO, Mad Flutes of Strange Incensed Lands (Excerpt) (6:18) from Opiate Southern Gardens of Orchids C60/CD-r (Emerald Cabal)
10. PANEYE, Misery Portholes (2:30) from Lost In A Dark Aquarium (New Editions)
11. YOLKE, Sunrise Eyes / Western Star (7:32) from Poppy Wash EP (Fallopian Tunes)
12. MARK BARRAGE, Rubicon Drive (2:32) from Rubicon Drive EP (self-released)
13. ANDREW SINCLAIR, Ritual Beat / Stolen Drums (5:30) previously unreleased
14. DESFONTANE, Cannibal Cod (3:56) previously unreleased
15. MUNDARING WEIRD, So Hard (6:00) from So Hard (Grave New World)
16. ORBITS, Feel Burn It (3:39) previously unreleased
17. EDWIN MONTGOMERY, Alone In The Museum (2:17) from Travel Ideas (Lesstalk Records)

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan.
Artwork by Camryn Rothenbury, gravenewworld.net

All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.

Sleeve Notes, February 2011:

Last year, we shifted the focus of the New Weird Australia compilation series away from a free-for-all approach to something that would have a sharper curatorial focus. Something you could put handles around (so to speak).  Something you could clearly identify as “a compilation about X or Y or Z”. “We Are After All Here”, volume eight in our compilation series, does have a theme and identity of sorts, but defining it becomes increasingly problematic. Let me explain:

Throughout 2009 and 2010, we were listening to a heap of bands and artists that were clearly starting to coalesce into some form of vague and abstract grouping. Either through sound, technique, image, a reverence for the past, or just a common, skewed take on a hauntalogical notion, there was a broad church emerging that would count these artists among their flock.

Fortunately, no one dared to define it. If you speak of the devil, he’s sure to appear, thus keeping quiet and refusing to conform to definition worked well for all concerned. Having no such definition, and thus having artists co-opted or excluded based solely on the whims of the individual listener, was the perfect scenario.

But, of course, someone had to define it, and in doing so, they killed it. Hipster Runoff dropped ‘chillwave’, The Wire started talking about ‘hypnogogic pop’.  Then followed glo-fi, witch house, drag, screw gaze and so on and so on. (Our favourite remains ‘crunk shoegaze’ – meaningless, yet somehow quite endearing).

The list of artists lumped together under these various microgenres was often contradictory and bafflingly random – they were subsumed to the will of the writer, desperate to force round pegs into square holes. And once this grouping was anointed with such dubious definitions, the scrutiny began – spotlights were shone in all manner of places, and backlashes naturally came thereafter. The edifice soon crumbled.

We, on the other hand, are (after all) here – ‘down under’ – doing our own thing, far removed from such recklessness. We have our own obliquely connected and amoebic group of similar artists, remaining unaffected by trend, hype or weak stylistic interpretation. And it is to this group that we turn for this compilation. If, by virtue of their geography, they had birthed their projects in North America, they might well have all been raped and pillaged by now – raked over the blogeratti coals for their part in an ill-defined ‘scene’.

Although our upside-down location can often be a curse, in this case it’s a blessing – all these artists survived unscathed, their mission no more or less impossible, living another day to ‘fight the good fight’. And we shall leave this group unnamed, for all our sakes. Suffice to say, it’s another new, weird slice through the unsung underground of abnormal Australian music.

Postscript: At the time that this compilation was looking for its own defining title, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Trish Keenan from Broadcast.  As a band that pursued its own unique investigation of such territory and no doubt inspired many of these artists in whole or in part, we chose to draw on a highly pertinent track title from their 2009 release ‘Broadcast And The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age’.  And it is to Trish that this release is respectfully dedicated.

New Weird Australia is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music. Our current projects include a series of artist releases on our ‘New Editions’ label, a free download compilation series, a weekly show on Sydney’s FBi Radio and an irregular program of live events. Contributions from Australian artists are welcomed and encouraged.

Artless Armchair 6

Our pals at Lesstalk Records are gearing up for the biggest Artless Armchair event yet! What originally started as a bunch of friends playing acoustic guitars on a blanket  in a local park has now developed into a massive 2 day DIY festival set on 25 acres of secluded farmland overlooking the hills of Bungwahl, a 5 hour drive north of Sydney.

The lineup includes Mushroom Family, Quiet Steps, Handsome, Crab Smasher, Michael Crafter, Pop Singles, TearJerker, Zounds, Omerta, Nice Guys, Edwin Montgomery, Tumors, Hira Hira, Penguins, To The North, The (Temperamental) Pocket, The Origami Girls + Craftanoon Club, The Brutal Poodles, Virginia Sook, Fairy Mountain, Nick Van Breda, Lobster Face, Jess Locke, Matt Spinelli, Little A, Simo Soo, and the long awaited return of Anal Discharge.

It’s all happening on the October 22 weekend, camping facilities will be available and tickets are $18.
For full event details and to order tickets online, head to http://www.lesstalkrecords.com/artless

Here is a video of The (Temperamental) Pocket at Artless Armchair #1.

Here is a video of Crab Smasher at Artless Armchair #3.

Here is a video of The Brutal Poodles at Artless Armchair #5.

Edwin Montgomery – Please Be Quiet And Play Your Guitar, Vol.1

Out now on Monstera Deliciosa is a new album from Sydney based composer Edwin Montgomery. It’s called Please Be Quiet And Play Your Guitar, Vol. 1 and it consists of 14 tracks of loopy Guitar based recordings, subtle drones, shifting moods, and delicate sound textures. Great for zoning out in the bath with your head under the water. For fans of Australian contemporaries Scissor Lock, and Seaworthy. CDR $8 PP

Tracks
1. Tuesday, 3.30pm
2. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt
3. I wish I was staying tonight again
4. Dust
5. Do you remember?
6. Falling asleep on the floor
7. Mysterious Corridor
8. Through the dark
9. 2:00am Tarkovsky
10. It’s raining now
11. Klaus Kinski
12. The return
13. The last night
14. Forever

Edwin Montgomery – Topography

Edwin Montgomery has a new digital release available titled Topography. You can download it for free below.

this was recorded in december and january, all with just a roland sh2 monophonic analog synthesizer. in an effort to avoid bad habits of over-layering synth sounds, all the pieces were improvised with just the synthesizer, a loop pedal and delay pedal (with digital reverb added afterwards). with no computer editing and layering, a more spontaneous and organic sound is (hopefully) created, any unintended sounds becoming part of the loop and in turn taking the piece in new unplanned directions.

Tracks
1. 5:42 (Descent)
2. Waves of Trilithium
3. Pools of unidentified liquid
4. The pleasance
5. Surface Tension
6. Empty
7. Linoleum
8. Solaris Highway Scene
9. Wondrous sights speeding past the window
10. Pearl Beach
11. Some sort of machinery
12. Sunday afternoon
13. Formations of Mountains
14. Evidence of Water
15. Noctis
16. Into the light
17. The longing for nothingness (Forever, Part 2)
18. Smaller And Smaller

DOWNLOAD

Magic Mushroom Mould Mountain Made Mysteriously Of Milked Moose

The next exhibition coming up at the ARThive gallery is by Marnie Vaughn (from Crab Smasher) and Miriam Montgomery. Opening night is this Saturday November 7 from 6pm. Themed food and drinks will be available.

This collaborative installation plays with the idea of the narrative in altered states of consciousness. It encourages audience interaction as they have a mystical experience of magic mushroom mould mountain, made mysteriously of milked moose. The installation aims to express a sense that all could change again upon entry, highlighting the fleeting nature of dreams and memories.

“things that grow, and things that snow, get big and small, short and tall, It’s a story, a mystery, a once upon a time of a different kind, you never know what you might find; nut cracker, mad hatter, pip the snail and her button tail, William the worm who lost his squirm, strawberry tea, for free, at three, would it be, that we would pee, from a tree.”

There will be a musical performance on opening night by Edwin Montgomery, who has a CDR titled Please Be Quiet And Play Your Guitar, Vol.1 due out on Monstera Deliciosa very very soon.

If you are unable to attend the opening, the gallery will be open between 12 -5pm Wed – Sat until the 28th of November.

ARThive
Level 1/111 Hunter Street
Newcastle

Edwin Montgomery album launch

Our buddy Edwin Montgomery is launching two new albums at Bill & George art space in Redfern tonight. Polyfox and The Union Of The Most Ghosts will open the show with his usual casio and guitar loopadelica. The show starts at 8pm and you can experience all this for free.

Sept 18
Bill & George
level 1/10-16 William Street, Redfern

http://www.edwinmontgomerymusic.com