New Weird Australia : Eclectic & experimental Australian Music.
About New Weird Australia
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 free compilation series, a label (titled ‘New Editions’), a weekly radio show on Sydney’s FBi 94.5FM (stream online at fbiradio.com) and an irregular program of live events.
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newweirdaustralia on 05/21/2012 at 07:00PM
Our latest compilation is titled 'Gloss & Moss' - 22 tracks of new, eclectic and experimental Australian music co-curated by Melbourne-based label Fallopian Tunes, and Stuart Buchanan from New Weird Australia. Here Stuart Buchanan talks about the background of the compilation - download for free on the Free Music Archive.
Finding Fallopian Tunes’ early release ‘Berlin Mixtape‘ was nothing short of a godsend.
Hunting down music to play on the weekly New Weird Australia radio show is never a chore, the hunt can be both exhilarating and frustrating. Yet, finding one relevant new release may take hours, and only yield a single track. Hence the night when ‘Berlin Mixtape’ was discovered remains firmly etched in memory – sixteen tracks of new, eclectic and experimental Australian music, and all of them gems. The concept seemed eerily, and generously, familiar.
Naturally enough, the mixtape received a ritual flogging on the radio show – I simply couldn’t get enough of it – and it also conveniently led to the first release on the then nascent label, the stunning debut from Yolke, titled Poppy Wash. Yet, at the same time led nowhere – Fallopian Tunes had no web site, and little web presence – which, contrary to what a manager might tell you, simply added to the allure of the label.
Many months later, we finally met each other virtually, complemented each other for our respective output, and danced around the idea of perhaps linking arms and working on a shared release. ‘Gloss & Moss’ is the result: 22 tracks, 11 a-piece, representing precision and imprecision – controlled chaos and chaotic control. In splitting hairs over definitions, this ‘Australia Mixtape’ has both its cake and devours it – we can pay attention to the difference, or ignore it all together. Like Fallopian Tunes and New Weird Australia, it’s two sides of the same coin – a collection of exceptions that prove the rule.
newweirdaustralia on 03/26/2012 at 02:00PM
New Editions, an offshoot label imprint for New Weird Australia, winds up its schedule with two new albums – from Thomas William vs Scissor Lock and Strange Forces. Since launching in 2010, the series has released albums and EPs from Caught Ship, Blake Freele, Paneye, TANTRUMS, No Zu, Kris Keogh, Forenzics and Spartak. Each release has been available in both physical and digital formats.
The final two releases in the series see Sydney experimental electronic artists Thomas William and Scissor Lock coming together for their debut collaborative release, ‘Jewelz‘, as well as the first Australian physical release for Brisbane psych-rock ex-pats Strange Forces, who have been tearing up a storm in Berlin over the last two years.
Both releases are available for download in full from FMA:
Ducks Battle Satan on Thomas William vs Scissor Lock: "Like Sigur Ros mixed with Pimmon with Birchville Cat Motel producing the most wonderful chill out experimentronica ... both transcendent and challenging, Jewlez is a very fine release indeed."
20jazzfunkgreats on Strange Forces: "Rattling, monstrous invocations of acid-rock breakdowns both mental and musical ... The Old Ones would be proud."