May 152016
 

In the earliest days of Room40, I was lucky to have John Chantler to hand. He was a central figure in the growth of the label, offering us much support and energy to push outward. It’s with great pleasure we’re welcoming him back to Australia for a series of concerts this June including two as part of our curated series at MUMA and the MONO at the IMA. He also performs in Japan…details are HERE. John Chantler’s appearance is made possible with support from Konstnärsnämden — The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

We’ll also be announcing new music from John in the coming month.

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May 092016
 

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I’m not sure what it is about the music of David Toop that haunts me so deeply. In my younger years, Toop’s records defined a way of approaching sound that transcended music, sound design and acoustic art. He married the seemingly disparate in a restrained but intensive tapestry of events.

After a gap of 10 years between albums, I gently encouraged David to step back into the studio. He replied with Entities Inertias Faint Beings, easily his most detailed and exploratory record to date.

I can say without a shred of doubt David Toop’s music and writing have changed by life irrevocably. I invite you to enjoy this phenomena yourself through this latest masterwork.

Feb 242016
 

My good friend Mr. Jamie Stewart kindly introduced me to the solo work of Norman Westberg and since that time I have been a huge admirer of his reductive guitar explorations. In 2012 he recorded MRI, which I had the pleasure of remastering and post-producing. The resultant edition is the second is our series of re-issues of his ‘home made’ material.

As was mentioned by our friends at Tiny Mixtapes, Norman is also headed to Australia for his first solo touring outside the USA. He appears at the Institute Of Modern Art’s MONO series on April 14, Monash University Museum Of Art on April 16 and Babushka at the Leederville Hotel April 17.

Feb 122016
 

Our dear friend and long time ROOM40 family member Chris Abrahams has a new edition brewing, Fluid To The Influence, which is available for pre-order now. Many of you might know Chris’s work with The Necks, one of our favourite groups here at Room40.

Over the course of three records to date; Thrown, Playscar and Memory Night, Chris has created some of the most hauntingly beautiful music on the label. It’s with great pleasure then that we can share his first cut, titled Receiver, from the new LP.

Feb 042016
 

In 2015, we had the pleasure to enjoy Room40’s 15th anniversary. It was quite a year and absorbed a great deal of our time. Now that it has passed, we’re able to refocus our attentions and the first place our attentions are headed is to reawakening the Someone Good label.

Someone Good was started almost ten years ago by myself and Bec English following an incredible demo submission from the then unknown Akira Kosemura. Our first edition ‘Add To Friends’ charted out the orbit of music we were interested to explore. In short, we could be called avant-pop.

In 2016 we’re pleased to announce two new editions from the label. First is an album from Nara based artist Ytamo. Her work is unspeakably beautiful, coloured with oceanic vibrations. I had the pleasure to perform with her in 2006 and again in 2009, on both occasions she flawed me with her performances. Joining her is Brisbanite Andrew Tuttle, who delivers an instrumental lp of electro-acoustic pop songs. Andrew’s work brings together distant references to folk, pop and contemporary electronics in the most unexpected ways. These two editions are the first in a series of new editions from one of our label family.

Jan 132016
 

Launching our releases for this year is the stunning new edition from Ross Manning. I’ve had the pleasure to know Ross’s work for over a decade and in that time he has constantly exploded my expectations of instruments and music more generally. A master of creating unusual instruments – both acoustic and electronic – Interlacing is the first widely available edition of his works to date. It’s a masterful journey through the unexpected and unfamiliar. Check it HERE.