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Song In Summary: Chi Glow by Fishing

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In preparation for their debut album, Shy Glow, to be released in June as part of the Vivid Sydney light festival, Sydney duo Fishing have given us a bit of a taster for things to come with their track Chi Glow

The verdict: it is tasty. With flavours of their usual ambient electronic sound and a unique digression into hip hop, this is something special. These two are genre-defying, producing rebels-without-a-cause, and we’re sure this is something we’ll see more of in their record.

 

If you want to be the first to hear Fishing’s new album, head on down to The Basement in Sydney on 5 June for their launch party.

By Erin Rooney

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Album Review: Built on Glass by Chet Faker

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Artist: Chet Faker
Album: Built On Glass
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria
Genre: Electronic

After Chet Faker‘s stunning EP Thinking In Textures of 2012, his highly anticipated debut album Built On Glass has already generated substantial hype and praise following its official release last Friday.

Maybe it’s all in his stage name (after legendary trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker), but I for one can’t get past the fact that Chet Faker (aka Nicholas James Murphy) seems to modernize a vaguely jazz influence with his electronic sounds. Just one listen to that ambient keyboard line in “Release Your Problems” and I’m instantly transported to a smokey, underground New York jazz club. It strikes me further to hear that incredible wailing sax in Talk Is Cheap, reminding me of Vancouver group Destroyer’s track “Kaputt” from 2011.

“Melt” is quite simply perfection. It’s one of the tracks on Built on Glass that reveals the intense amount of effort that Chet Faker has put into the album, with a stellar vocal cameo from Kilo Kish – a voice that has managed to match Murphy’s own unique timbre.

By the end of the album, we are reminded that Chet Faker is primarily an electronic artist, albeit a unique one at that. 1998” exhibits a memorable beat and perfect spacing when needed.

This record is one that grows on you. Upon first listening I must admit that my initial reaction was disappointment. Particularly from the second half of the album, I was a bit taken aback by the almost annoyingly repetitive loops and experimental nature of tracks such as “Lesson In Patience”. However after several more listens, I can see more clearly now how each track fits into the release – Chet Faker really has created a work of art and an important contribution to the electronic music genre. Be sure to give it the time it deserves to appreciate it in full.

And if you haven’t seen the video for “Talk is Cheap” yet, it’s about time you had a gander. Dark, but oddly mesmerizing:


You can catch Chet Faker’s glorious beard (and music of course) at Splendour In The Grass later this year (full lineup to be announced in late April), and grab a copy of his album now on iTunes, Spotify or in store.

By Erin Rooney

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Gig Review: Elizabeth Rose + SAFIA + Fishing

The Oxford Art Factory never fails to provide the perfect balance between intimacy and buzz in a crowd, the ingredients of which make for a great Sydney gig. And the audience was certainly in for a treat on Saturday with solid sets from electronic acts Fishing, SAFIA and Elizabeth Rose.

Starting with a pulled back performance by Fishing, the night took on a very chilled atmosphere as everyone had a beer and a good chat. Their simple, dulcet tones made for some very easy listening, adding a touch of danceable beat occasionally, including a stunning performance of “Choy Lin”.

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SAFIA Tearing It Down

Then Canberra electronic trio SAFIA graced the stage and pulled together a full crowd to experience a tight performance. Whilst it took a moment or two to adjust their mixing mojo and awaken the relaxed audience, SAFIA produced a standout sound, receiving particularly intense reactions from the crowd to their remix of The Aston Shuffle’s “Tear It Down” and their popular single “Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues”. An energetic and tingling cover of James Vincent McMorrow’s “Cavalier” was also just one unexpected trick up their sleeves.

Elizabeth Rose and her rockin' light show

Elizabeth Rose and her rockin’ light show

Finally, the electric Elizabeth Rose brought her own unique energy to the show with a sporty-stylish getup and her silky smooth tunes. Her echoing vocal effects engaged the crowd as she strutted her stuff with songs such as the catchy “Sensibility” and a fun rendition of Corona’s “Rhythm Of The Night”. Her positive vibes were contagious, naming the gig as the “best one so far” on the tour.

 

Elizabeth Rose is now wrapping up her tour on the west coast of Australia, and you can also catch SAFIA supporting Lorde in her upcoming Australia tour.

By Erin Rooney

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The Aston Shuffle – Photographs Album Release Party

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By now, after about 7 years of being prominent on the Australian house music scene, The Aston Shuffle know how to throw a party. But more specifically, they know how to throw a GREAT party.

Last night’s album launch at The Soda Factory was the result of two years in the making of their new album, Photographs, set to be released tomorrow (Friday 28 March).

Casual, trendy, and with a hint of exclusivity, attendees passed the doors of “Bobby’s Boss Dogs”, through a fridge door to find The Soda Factory bar, a tribute to all that was incredible about the 50’s in America (pin-up girls, suspenders and fried chicken).

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The bar in action

In addition to the past three years since their last album release, The Aston Shuffle made the crowd wait three hours for the show. The suspense was palpable.

When they finally graced the stage, it looked like they would be playing to a tough crowd. People shuffled around and nodded uncertainly to the music as the duo started their set.

But then things started picking up. They got their groove, and their energy became contagious. They had prepared some surprises for the audience along the way including the lovely Elizabeth Rose as a guest performer. Highlights included “Can’t Stop Now” and “Sunrise” picking up the mood in the room and truly demonstrating a complete visual and audio experience. As their final song “Tear It Down” arrived, the audience were greeted with the incredible spectacle of a woman dressed in a disco ball suit.

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Elizabeth Rose making an electric guest appearance

It is evident that The Aston Shuffle have taken their time to make this album a polished, energetic collection of work, every track offering something more than the last. Do not miss out on the chance to listen to what is sure to be an electronic hit. Take a sneak peak of what it has to offer here:

By Erin Rooney

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International Highlights – Feel Awake with Tycho’s latest album

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This man can do no wrong.

No, honestly he can’t. Simply put, Scott Hansen, known in the music world as Tycho, is an artist.

As with his earlier titles, including Dive and Past Is Prologue, Tycho’s latest album Awake maintains the San Francisco producer’s signature ambient sound, and after his three-year break from recording, reminds us that there is beauty in the simple things in life.

He has managed to create original tracks with this sound, compiled together in a smoothly linked album. Because whether it’s easing into your morning peacefully, practicing yoga or doing a last minute essay for uni, there is no wrong way to experience this music.

However, the genre is not for everyone. Unlike his past albums, Awake is stripped back with no vocal layers, focusing instead on the simple, looping guitar riffs. For those with short attention spans, Awake is not for the foreground.

The album is a work that should be experienced in full and is a great start to the day, true to its name. Listen here:

Keep in the loop for upcoming music and concerts here. Us Aussies can only hope that one day soon Tycho extends his tour to our borders!

By Erin Rooney