Sep 072014

David Shea was one of the very first artists we had the pleasure to hook up with in the late 1990s. He was visited Australia via some audio-visual connections and decided it might be a good place to land. A decade and a half on, he’s one of us now! Finally we’ve had the chance to cook up a project with David, which takes the form of his first new release in too long! Rituals is a collection of Shea’s output focusing on the Asia Pacific. It features collaborations with Oren Ambarchi, Joe Talia, Scanner and Lawrence English, amongst others.

Also out this month is our long awaited edition from Chris Herbert! His new album Constants is an elegant exploration into lush electronics. Recorded over the past half decade it bares the marks of careful consideration, composition and deconstruction.

Finally our friend Paul Clipson has made an incredible 16mm film for The Liquid Casket/Wilderness Of Mirrors from Lawrence English’s latest album, check it here via our friends at Adhoc

In the early 00s, I hosted an evening of sound at Brisbane Powerhouse as part of What Is Music?. It was the first time it had headed north to Brisbane. On that evening was Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M and Mr David Grubbs. I recall being utterly transfixed by Grubbs’ ability to pull a kind of lyrical majesty out of his guitar. Seriously, the guy just made it sing in a way I just did not expect. This month he returns to AU, in support of his excellent and provocative new book Records Ruin The Landscape. He will be in Melbourne and Brisbane. Check out the events for more deets.

Our man of minimal snare actions, Austin Buckett is making his way along the east coast in the coming months. He performs at MONO at the IMA (Brisbane), alongside David Grubbs Thu Aug 21, then EMU, Elder Conservatorium (Adelaide) Fri Aug 29, Long Play (Melbourne) Mon Spt 15 and 107 Projects (Sydney) Tue Spt 30. He plays in support of the minimal master work Grain Loops.

Wilderness Of Mirrors is the new edition from Lawrence English. Recorded over the past two years it follows in the wave of harmonic distortion that coloured Kiri No Oto and continued into The Peregrine. The record bares the marks of an unwavering interest in the physicality of live music. English says “During the course of this record, I was fortunate enough to experience live performances by artists I deeply respect for their use of volume as an affecting quality, specifically Earth, Swans and My Bloody Valentine. I had the chance to experience each of these groups at various stages in the making this record and each of them reinforced my interest in emulating that inner ear and bodily sensation that extreme densities of vibration in air brings about.” The album is released July 21.