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newweirdaustralia on 03/25/2013 at 09:00AM

New Australian Experimental Electronic Releases from Drill Folly and Hollow Press

This month on Wood & Wire we're delivering new, experimental Australian music from two exceptional solo artists, Melbourne's Drill Folly and Hollow Press from Adelaide.

No Love Lost (WW15) is the debut release from electronic producer Sarah Phelan, under the name Drill Folly. Sarah has been making music for a number of years as a founding member of Melbourne's Tantrums, whose debut EP Anomie was released on New Weird Australia in 2010, featuring remixes from Collarbones & Worng. As part of Tantrums, Sarah has played live supporting Unkle, Mount Kimbie, Caribou, Four Tet, PVT, Xiu Xiu, My Disco, Jason Forrest and more.

This debut release is designed to be listened to on your own, in headphones. Sarah notes: "This is about expressing human emotion through machines. This is about therapy ... immersion ... escape ... about words being insufficient ... about trying to remember and remembering to forget. This is about not letting things sit on your hard drive until you die."

Beginning in early 2012, Adelaide’s Hollow Press has been using drone, glitches, field recordings, voices and industrial sounds to create his work. His first two albums, Fleeting Joy and Between Us were released digitally and on CD by US label Drug Arts. A remix album of his work was released in early 2013 with reworks from The Atlas Room, Shisd, Delphine Coma, Amanda Schoepflin and more.

The third Hollow Press album in the span of a year, Heads in Dust (WW16) is a collection of blissful and at times unsettling songs - an abstract soundtrack to someone’s innermost, darkest thoughts, as it drifts seamlessly though sonic atmospheres. Clearly Hollow Press loves the darker shades of experimentalism, exploring ambience, mingling sounds, wave-like-synths, bells, and distorted voices, resulting in a captivating and significant Australian experimental album.

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newweirdaustralia on 03/01/2013 at 08:44PM

New Experimental Electronic EP from Melbourne Solo Artist The Vainglories

Solace is the new EP from The Vainglories, the solo project of Melbourne artist Gillian Lever. Described as "lullabies for the nightmare-prone," Solace blends dark undercurrents with deceptively pretty melodies, shifting rhythms and synthetic textures.

Gillian has been writing as The Vainglories since 2003, creating scores for imaginary films. Whilst living in Melbourne she played in melodic pop band Tempted and electronica duo Sweet Violentine, and contributed music to theatre, live improvised comedy and (actual) short film. In 2007, she moved to Brighton in England and created a live performance set from The Vainglories' back catalogue of extraterrestrial lullabies, playing at celebrated Brighton venues such as Komedia and The Basement. Now based in Melbourne again, as The Vainglories she constantly struggles with the grammatical difficulties that arise from being a solo artist with a name more suited to a band. 'Solace' is her first release since 2010's 'Violets' and her debut release for Australian experimental netlabel, Wood & Wire.

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SomethingNewNow on 01/19/2012 at 04:01AM

Java Starr

Java Starr In Concert With Coughee Brothaz North

Java Starr's Bio:

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa Java moved to Minneapolis, MN in the 4th grade. He played college football until 2004 when his life took an unexpected turn. He was convicted of robbery and spent two years in prison. A blessing in disguise, Java used that time to write lyrics expressing himself and putting his life experiences into music. He began recording in 2006 with local Minneapolis producers Sinister Grinch, Pquan and Future along with local rap artists Drissola and Metasota. Through them he met the founder of the northern division of Devin the Dudes Houston based record label, The Coughee Brothaz, Jesse Zaske aka Dream. Music is in his blood; it is his life, his passion, and purpose for existence. He works hard at his craft and has a deep seeded drive to succeed. He comes with a professional attitude ready to do whatever it takes to further his career. Java wants people to feel the depth of who he is and what he is about through his music, from his darkest moments to his richest joys. Java wants to reach through the headphones and speakers with music that everyday people can party too, make love too, smoke too, even fight too, but most importantly, music that they can relate to because we are all connected in one way or another. Java’s story will be told but even more, he offers a fresh perspective on the story of the streets and all who have lived the struggle to be heard by millions. Java has performed for 5,000 + crowds-opened up for Lil Wayne, Twista, Young buck, Yukmouth, and Tre songs. He has worked with talents such as Chicago producer "The Legendary Traxter", the Gramhis winning rap artist “Yukmouth", rapper “Smit D” of the group Facemob, Johnny P of the group Do or Die, and Houston’s “Devin the Dude” and "The Coughee Brothaz.”


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