VIDEO: Moby – “Lie Down In Darkness”

Moby recently released a video for his new single “Lie Down In Darkness”, from his 10th album, Destroyed. The song holds this symphonic atmosphere, and the when Moby and directors Luke Seomore and Joseph Bull (aka Institute For Eyes) all describe the song as “cinematic”, they hit the nail right on the head, because that’s exactly how it feels.

I’ve no doubt some will find this track boring or uninspiring, but the reality is, Moby manages to create these amazingly simple hooks (eg: those four backing vocal notes), and craft a whole song around them. To be able to take something so basic and build upon it, until it’s this mature and interesting song, is a talent in itself. And I think it’s from this base of simplicity that Moby manages to give his songs a personality – something special that separates his music from the rest.


TOUR: All Our Friends At Night 2011

Once again, All Our Friends At Night is returning to Canberra, bringing with it a small selection of Parklife artists! Which is very exciting, especially after the recent announcement that there will be no Parklife 2011 sideshows.

Check out the line up below. It looks like it’s going to be a pretty amazing night!

Wolfgang Gartner

Plus local acts:
Peking Duk

UC REFECTORY, University of Canberra

Tickets on sale 9AM MONDAY 22 AUGUST 2011
18+ event
Tickets available from​event.aspx?id=49336&ref=mo​shtix&skin
1st release: $69.95 (BF inc) 2nd release: $79.95 (BF inc)

REVIEW: Nick Wales & Bree Van Reyk – “Tsk Tsk”

First, let me begin by stating what will become quickly obvious upon first listen: “Tsk Tsk” is an instrumental track. This means that its job of entertaining the listener becomes a rather difficult one (or easier, depending on your forte of musical composition). Without any lyrical content, it’s up to Wales and Van Reyk to entrance us and hold our attention not through literary story-telling, but through the sonic landscapes they craft.

Beginning with a soft, ambient electronic melody, the song slowly builds up to a climax before fading off towards the end. But what really holds this track up are the off-beat rhythms and drums. With a sound verging on glitchy, it sounds like the drums constantly change. If it were faster, it’d be right at home in a night club, but the great thing is that it doesn’t need to be any faster. “Tsk Tsk” was composed for a dance performance titled “Happy As Larry”, and it has toured around Australia and will soon be off to entrance European audiences. I haven’t seen the performance myself, but I can only imagine the kind of fun, spontaneous choreography work that must have gone into it.

The song stands well on its own, and it’s the beat behind it that really pushes it out there and keeps it interesting. Well worth a listen, even if you’re not into this kind of stuff. Stretch your boundaries a bit and give it a go.

Verdict: Positive.


REVIEW: Yeasayer – “Ambling Alp”

I’ve been unbelievably slow in giving Yeasayer a try, but here I am. I listened to “Ambling Alp” a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised. When I first listened to it, I had one thought running through my head: this is what I imagined Animal Collective should’ve been like.

Yeasayer have merged psychedelic influences with loosely experimental electronics in a catchy way, and it really does pay off. They’ve created something that so many other bands make intimidating and difficult, but instead have made it easy and fun. Not over-populated with dense layers of noise and odd samples, the clearly discernible vocals and catchy hooks really just draw you in.

I urge any of you who have been slow, like myself, or merely put off due to them being buzzed about all over the internet to check Yeasayer out. You might enjoy them more than you think.

Verdict: Positive.

Grab a free download from RCRD LBL here.

VIDEO: Goodnight Owl – “Maps & Compasses”

The brilliant Aussie electro-folksters Goodnight Owl have premiered a new video clip! It’s for their single “Maps & Compasses”, from their debut self-titled EP. For a first clip, it’s pretty well made, and should be commended for being interesting and inventive. Check it out. If you’ve never heard of these guys you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Grab some of their tracks for free here and give them a listen while you’re at it. I feel these guys have the potential to move onto big things.

REVIEW: Goodnight Owl – "Goodnight Owl [EP]"

Goodnight Owl manage to develop a balance between soft and melodic acoustic sounds – not unlike those of a modern indie folk band – rolling off-beat drums, and lofty vocals, that despite being an odd combination, elevate them up there among bands paving the way by creating different, yet good music.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Goodnight Owl recorded their debut EP in late 2008. Eddie Alexander deferred from university in 2008, and began work on Goodnight Owl. Shortly afterward, he was joined by Joe Walker and Bella Walker, all three of whom grew up in Alice Springs.

The delicate nature of Goodnight Owl’s music is one of its defining qualities. The piano and various background effects really contribute to the texture of the songs, the layered melodies complimenting the guitar lines very well. The drums move the songs along at a pace that don’t leave them dwindling slowly behind the interest of the audience. With the interesting rhythms that change with different fills and breaks, Goodnight Owl manage to hold your attention whilst not being in your face and out there, like so much other music.

In particular, Eddie’s vocals blend into the melodies seamlessly. They’re very distinct in the way that they aren’t being shown off and over-done, they manage to fit into the mood of the whole EP. It’s true that the song’s produced here are greater than the sum of their parts. They manage to come together to form a unique combination of different sounds and textures.

Maps & Compasses is a great opener for the debut, and for a conclusion with such emotional vocals and a raw feel to it, Stale Bread does not disappoint. The 5 tracks on the EP really all fit together, and they don’t fade from your memory with repetition, like so many short EP’s do. This is a band with a distinct style, but one which doesn’t repeat itself into mediocrity.

As many people will point out, you have to work with what you have. Without the backing of a major label, Goodnight Owl have managed to create an EP that shows a developed, interesting sound, that only grows on you as you listen. With weaving melodies and catchy drum lines, interspersed between the delicate additions from the piano, this EP is not only creative, but great to listen to as well. Here’s to a full-blown LP in the future!

Score: 8/10

Having blogged about Goodnight Owl before, it was great to get an offer to review their debut EP. I’d just like to give a shout out to the band and Sabrina Robertson for giving me the opportunity to do so.

triple j Unearthed page. Download their stuff here.

MySpace page.

BRAND NEW: Groove Armada – "Warsaw"

Groove Armada continue to deliver quality electronica with this new single, "Warsaw". Featuring vocals from Nick Littlemore of Pnau and Empire of the Sun fame, the strong vocal delivery shines as the rest of the track moves at a comfortable pace. The song begins slowly, introducing various melodies gradually. There isn’t enough appeal for it to be an instant hit, but for those who give it a couple of listens, it’ll begin to grow. Fortunately, the chorus gives Littlemore a chance to show what he can really do, and it saves the song from a possible slide into electronic mediocrity.

Score: 7/10

Grab a free download of the track here.

REVIEW: Goodnight Owl – “Maps And Compasses”

Goodnight Owl are a pop/electronic duo from Melbourne, Australia, and I’ve gotta say, this music kinda blew me away. It’s just so different from what you normally hear.

“Maps And Compasses” starts off with a repeating subtle synth line, before the distant sounding vocals come in. The drum line starts, and it sounds really nice on a low level. The different layers of this song that weave in and out sound really delicate, and though they’re noticeable they blend in brilliantly.

triple j Unearthed page. Download their stuff here.

MySpace page.

Photo found on triple j Unearthed page, couldn’t find who to credit it to, sorry.