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EP Highlights: Vessel by The Kite String Tangle

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Artist: The Kite String Tangle
Album: Vessel
Hometown: Brisbane
Genre: Electronica

On this lazy and very rainy Sunday, there’s nothing more simple or beautiful than listening to the oscillating notes of Brisbane producer Danny Harley (aka The Kite String Tangle). His debut six-track EP is a collection of pensive exploration into love, human connection and letting go.

Harley has certainly started developing his voice in this EP, presenting trembling rhythms and swells throughout the songs that work like a musical filter to create a consistent, powerful sound. His vocals fill gaps and create a connection that keeps the listener engaged.

Looking past his already-successful singles, a particular highlight in Vessel is the development of beats and use of African drum samples in “What If”. You can detect the growth in his song writing in this track from his earlier singles.

 

Though developing his own signature sound, there are some interesting influences coming into play. “Words” feels very Oliver Tank, pulling everything back a notch and allowing gentle reflection. “Stone Cold” features a Kimbra-esque vocal appearance from Tiana Khasi which brings nice diversity to the EP.

 

There’s always been something particularly special about TKST that we’ve held close here at Vinyl Garden, and what this EP really brings home for us is the sheer feeling that goes into his music. The work seems to be an extension of his heart – incredibly emotionally-driven both melodically and lyrically, expressing great depth so early in his career.

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: Arcadia by The Kite String Tangle

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It’s the relatable, personal voice of Danny Harley AKA The Kite String Tangle that draws listeners in time after time. His new single release “Arcadia” feels like a continuation of his fascination with relationships, and pulls at them heartstrings.

This track follows the signature style of his much loved “Given The Chance”, with longing vocals and slow builds. “Arcadia” sumptuously explores the idea of an ‘unattainable’ state of a relationship that’s been lost, whether it be the ‘honeymoon’ period of a long-term relationship, or reminiscing on one that’s been lost altogether. “Sometimes things don’t come full circle” is the cry that rings out and makes you just want to give Harley a big ol’ hug.

“Arcadia” is another enticing listen from The Kite String Tangle, and merely a taster we’re sure for the release of his highly-anticipated EP in August. Don’t miss Harley’s Sydney show for his EP tour at Manning Bar on Friday 12 September.

 

By Erin Rooney

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Album Review: Puddinghead by Ball Park Music

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Artist: Ball Park Music
Album: Puddinghead
Hometown: Brisbane, QLD
Genre: Indie Rock

Brisbane five-piece Ball Park Music released their new album Puddinghead last Friday, exhibiting a renewed indie-rock style and healthy amount of angst in their catchy tunes.

The first half of the album is particularly strong. Just check out their opening track “She Only Loves Me When I’m There” for one, a great introduction to a fantastic record. With a powerful hymn-like style vocal line and eerie keys, it feels like Sam Cromack forms a full choir. Then it’s back into a more rock-y feel, some catchy lyrics and it’s here that we get an idea for what the rest of the record is going to be like.

We are lead swiftly onto a standout track of the album with “Next Life Already“, where we can experience a high-school-teenager level of indie rock angst. With lyrics like “I just wanna float downstream, I just wanna forget everything” to a great rocky beat, this track makes for some very good headbanging to get it all out of your system.

By track three, A Good Life Is The Best Revenge”, we’re really starting to see some recurring themes here. It’s almost as if we’ve had a bad break to a friendship or relationship and it’s time to start expressing some of these emotions through motivation! Then Teenage Pie” leaves us back wallowing again. But hey, those back up vocals from Jennifer Boyce are really something.

After these, it’s time to “get your mojo back” and “feel 100%” with “Trippin’ The Light Fantastic”. Another highlight of the album for sure, and a solid singable tune.

The second half of the album hosts some gems too. I haven’t figured out what a “Cocaine Lion” is, but the song itself has some beautiful moments, particularly the build towards the end of the song and magical rock harmonies. “Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You” is also either really depressing or really sweet, I still haven’t decided which. Nevertheless, it’s a very fun listen.

Eventually we are led out of the album by “Girls From High School”,  with a ‘wub-y’ bass line and a folky-indie feel vaguely reminiscent of the hopeful tunes of The Format, and told aptly “I never got to say goodbye, bye bye“.

 

This is a lyrically strong piece of work by Ball Park Music and an album absolutely worth listening to in full. Sing, hum and dance highly embarrassingly along (in the comfort and privacy of your room of course).

Puddinghead is out now. Grab a copy in store or hit up Spotify to experience Ball Park Music’s latest masterpiece.

By Erin Rooney

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Album Review: Winter by Vancouver Sleep Clinic

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Artist: Vancouver Sleep Clinic
EP: Winter
Hometown: Brisbane, QLD
Genre: Indie

Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s outstanding first EP Winter offers a poetic and chilling arrangement of tracks, taking the listener on a seasonal journey of heartbreak, loss, regret and acceptance.

As you listen, the effortless and sleepy tracks slowly emerge, bringing with them a refreshing spirit, melancholy attitude and at times revitalising tone. The musical arrangements, angelic vocals, and outstanding lyrical artistry make for unique and at times exciting experience.

Starting off with a “Collapse” the listener is given a chilling taste off what Winter has to offer.  This track leaves you feeling a bit empty and regretful but definitely wanting more. It feels bitter yet optimistic, a perfect collision of emotions. “Collapse” is a slow start, but a perfect opening, providing space for growth, seems fitting as the song proclaims “we’ve been outgrown”.

Before too long we begin to see some “Flaws” of Winter. This track was my favourite to begin with, but has slowly fallen down the ranks. Although catchy, and very beautiful, after a couple listens the repetition gets rather tiring and tone draining. This song kind of confuses me, because I really love it, but I also really hate it.

I really do like that there is a sound that is carried out across all the tracks of the album, connecting them and turning them into a collaborative story. “Stakes”, is a strong addition to the narrative, it has a rather enchanting sound that you can easily get lost in. It’s strengths lie in the high’s and low’s of the song, and the buildups that happen in between. It also reveals a shift in mood for the EP, moving away from the bitter optimism of earlier tracks into a more hopeful realm. Hinting at a readiness to let go and “wash away”.

Acting as a perfect intermission, the beautifully instrumental “(Aftermath)” takes the stage, allowing for a moment of thought, slowly lifting spirits and letting go of the iciness of Winter: 

Oh lover, asleep at last
Oh lover, it’s in the past
Of dust we rise and dust we part
So bless these lungs and save my heart.

As if to say spring has arrived “Vapour” is introduced, ready to accept the past and move forward. Another favourite from the EP this track has been exceptionally crafted, there is not much more that can be said, just listen- it is lovely:

“Rebirth” is the finale of the album, an incredible track that beautifully brings the Winter story to an end. The song allows for the past to be forgotten and somehow creates a special calmness that leaves the listener feeling fearless and happy. The song is very reflective of the EP as a whole and carefully takes the opportunity to find a sense of completeness as the journey comes to a close: “It’s taken the winter to find who I am”.

Winter is available for your ears now, be sure to check it out on iTunes or Spotify, it is wonderful. 

By Sophie Henry