Rainforestation by Document Swell
Tracks 1-11: 'Gloss', compiled by Mat Spisbah for Fallopian Tunes
Tracks 12-22, 'Moss', compiled by Stuart Buchanan for New Weird Australia
Sleeve Notes by Mat Spisbah, Fallopian Tunes:
The idea of Gloss & Moss had seduced me from the beginning; two texturally different sounds with a similar headspace between them. When Stu and I first started talking about this compilation, a whole host of different ideas came up – synthetic nature, granular treetops etc…
It was always going to be interesting collecting the sonics for it. Its hard to really call anything on this compilation experimental music, all the artists have their shit locked down and know exactly what their doing. The experimenting is done well before anything is made. But all the same, experimental music in Australia is starting to gain a foothold and it’s exciting to see the scope of different things people are doing.
This collection of tracks really brings the assorted flavours of what people are up to in and around Australia and the little soundworlds they create for themselves. Everything from glacial ambience to typewriting textures is represented here, its a small cross section of the lush pool of ideas floating around the Ausmos (Australian cosmos).
Sleeve Notes by Stuart Buchanan, New Weird Australia:
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.
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