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Music Video Highlights: Aphelion by The Valley Ends

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Melbourne alternative math-rock band The Valley Ends has caught our eyes and ears this week with their stunning music video release, “Aphelion”.

We’re taken into an old jazz club, but really, with the delicate acoustic guitars and warm strings, it feels like a spacious cabin in the woods. With so many musicians in the one space (the five band members and two guest strings players) there is incredible detail in their sound and it’s often hard to focus on any one instrument, as it all meshes together.

Check it out:

 

D’Agostino’s vocals are light and soar above the layered guitar rhythms and it’s a beautiful, complicated tune that The Valley Ends have put together this time around. It’s also awesome to see some (very pretty) Maton guitars involved in producing the sound (what can I say, I’m a sucker for Aussie guitars!).

You can check out more from The Valley Ends on their Soundcloud or listen to their EP, Falls, in full on Bandcamp.

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Song of the Week: Arrival by Japanese Wallpaper

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If ever there was a soothing song for your Sunday, it might just be this startling track, “Arrival” from Japanese Wallpaper. The tune caps off the Melbourne producer’s solid five track EP Japanese Wallpaper, with some incredible collabs, including Pepa Knight, Airling and Jesse Davidson.

This particular song features vocals from one of our faves here at Vinyl Garden, Sydney artist Dustin Tebbutt. The two artists are a match made in heaven with this collab, with Japanese Wallpaper adding colour to Dustin’s wistful melodies. They are both very gentle in their songwriting and performing styles, so it really is a treat to listen to:

I was lucky enough to catch Dustin Tebbutt at the Metro Theatre on Thursday in his collaboration show with The Kite String Tangle, and one thing I really took out of it was how wonderful it is, this trend emerging in the Australian music scene of collaboration over competition. Artists helping each other out, making incredible stuff together.

Japanese Wallpaper has been very smart about this in this EP, and at only 18 years old, I’m just keen to see what he will do next, and who we might see on his next track.

By Erin Rooney

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Band Spotlight: Interview with Lou From Alpine

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When Alpine released their first album, A is for Alpine in 2012, they really burst onto the music scene in a flash of bright, shimmering pop. Now that they’ve come back with their second album, Yuck, vocalist Lou reveals that their performance and writing style has evolved over the years, bringing a new approach creatively to the same older themes that they loved exploring, like figuring life out. I got to chat with Lou about the new album and the band’s adventures touring in America, and it seems like this album is just as fun as the first…


E: Describe your new album in five words.

L: RnB, Yuck, Assured, Heartache, Courage.

E: What were the best ideas that came out of brainstorming for Yuck

L: We finished touring end of 2013, and then we had a three month break where we went back into the studio. We knew exactly what was going on in each other’s lives, so a lot of the time in terms of what was inspiring lyrically, it was about being in your late 20s, in comparison to A is for Alpine, when we were in our early 20s. There was always kind of hope that when you get older, all these awkward feelings just kind of figure themselves out.

We noticed that from being about 27 years old, it’s sort of accepting that life is always hard and unexpected, but looking at it in a funny way. And that’s why we called the album Yuck because it’s kind of this ratty, just “Yuck!”, but it’s also kind of amazing because the more you face these challenges in life, the more you figure out about yourself, which is a really beautiful thing. I like to think of this album as a stage of our lives which is like Alpine in the truer sense.

E: What do you think you and Phoebe’s greatest strength as a team of vocalists is?

L: In terms of the writing of our vocals, I guess it’s funny – when we first started I had a very different style of singing, and now sometimes when we listen back to tracks, we can’t even tell who’s singing what! And because we’ve been together for so long, performing and always warming up, you start to create a unison sound. We’re very inspired by Kate Bush – she uses her vocal range in really different ways, and we try to push different sounds.

E: Do you prefer touring or writing?

L: They’re both so different – writing, it’s such a different part of your brain. It’s like you’re writing journal entries and trying to create a piece of artwork, and then when you’re touring it’s like bootcamp, you’re travelling around, you’re never at home, it’s quite exposing when you’re performing, and sometimes there are days where you might want to go to a friend’s party but you’re feeling really sad, and you’re like “I might just stay at home”. You can hibernate. But sometimes when you’re doing a show you feel like that but you have to do a show.

Emotionally, it’s way more challenging, but then the writing process is more therapeutic. The touring is still fun! But it’s such a different part – very yin and yang.

E: What’s your number one ‘yuck’ moment of all time?

L: I was having a long distance relationship with someone – and my reaction to anyone being in a long distance relationship was ‘yuck’, but then I ended up being in one! That was kind of unexpected. Just trying to make a long distance relationship work, and then when it ended, that was the yuckest experience. But obviously it was also the most beautiful because it was the first time I really ever felt in love.


Yuck is out now, and Alpine are touring all over Australia (including Splendour in the Grass)! They’ve got a super fun sound, so be sure to check them out.

By Erin Rooney

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Producer Spotlight: Petals by Basenji (Ft. Scenic)

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Basenji is definitely a quality over quantity kind of guy. He’s teased us with his release of “Heirloom” last year (one of our recommended songs for a ‘1 minute dance party’) and a delightful Sable remix, but after about a nine month wait he has finally released another original track, and good lord is it a beauty.

“Petals” features the ethereal vocals of Adam Tucker from Perth band Scenic and Basenji’s production, which is so careful and composed that it’s like a breath of spring in winter – you can drift off in its simple prettiness. But don’t take my word for, enchant your ears right now:

Heirloom” is Basenji’s first release after signing with Future Classic last year, and you can hear how polished his tracks have been since, which is why we just can’t wait for the release of his upcoming EP. Bring it on!

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: No One Ft. Thelma Plum by Golden Feature

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Our top track this week comes from Sydney based newbie Golden Features. Breaking onto the scene early last year, Golden Features brings a fresh sound to the Australian dance music scene.

This song is is chill enough to be relaxing, but catchy enough to make you want to hit the dance floor, so basically it is perfect for all occasions and mood swings. Additionally, Thelma Plum’s killer vocals are irresistible and blend perfectly with the interesting and sophisticated production.

Check it out:

If you like what you hear, Golden Features is releasing his new EP- XXIV June 19th and touring nationally in July, so be sure to add these dates to your calendar!

By Sophie Henry