Green & Gold vol. 2

29 Feb 2012 — Holly Friedlander Liddicoat

If there’s anything my experience as a music blogger has taught me, it is that people can make fantastic music no matter what their background or locale, or whether they are under the strict umbrella of management or tied to a label of any sorts. This, of course, has been understood and recognised for years before I landed amongst the musings of online publication, however, it is important to emphasise that a multitude of uninhibited and sincere sounds can be found if one chooses to look for them. So today I have decided to bring to you the most secret of Australian gems – all the shiny $2 dollar coins you find tucked inconspicuously between couch cushions. Delving straight into a city that perhaps, unfairly, has been dubbed the unlikeable relative by the ‘cool’ coastly cousins, Adelaide has had to struggle more than most to create a platform for their producers. An honest example of Adelaide’s hard-working, barrier breaking music comes from Gab Strum aka Japanese Wallpaper. At only 15 years of age (yes!), Strum has managed to put out a handful of dreamy soundscapes and remixes for the pleasure and critic of the ever-intangible Online Community. This is his latest, a staccato-like interpretation of Bon Iver’s “Woods”. Bon Iver – Woods (Japanese Wallpaper Remix) Moving in a sweeping northeast direction now, we travel to the Gold Coast, home to many a tanned beach-goer and the central party destination for the end of high school festivities. Nestled amongst the beautiful and the beer bongs, solo producer Jaocb Rohde delves into an expanse of electronic sounds. This track, Buzzin, is from his latest Moving Colour EP, relying more on his production skills than his vocals like in Lovers or I Get This Feeling. Jacob Rohde – Buzzin Sailing now down into Sydney, Jake Antoun sets up shop as soloist Silica Cove. Amongst the jittery beats and vocal snips, Antoun harnesses the essence of waves crashing into the shore combined with lost musings of bewildered teenage souls. Lather that all in gallons of ambience and you have Set Sail; the second song from this 18-year-old’s self-titled EP. Silica Cove – Set Sail While Oliver Tank is Sydney’s new poster boy for electronica, releasing a string of more than favourable releases and being interviewed last week on Earmilk, there are a few equally as talented producers who have remixed his work. On one hand there is the mysterious True North (who producers stunning solo work) and on the other there is the crazy talented BASKE (his remix of Bon Iver’s Perth you definitely can’t go without hearing). All in all though, there is definitely something bubbling in Sydney’s water. Here is MONAS’ interpretation of Tank’s Embrace. Laminating a splatter of pan flute with his glitchy signature style, MONAS is definitely one to keep an eye on. Oliver Tank – Embrace (MONAS Remix) Phondupe is a duo that has kept somewhat under the radar despite a few plugs from the good people over at FBi Radio. Slowly building in an acoustic manner, harrowing vocals turn into a delectable beat overlayed by looping vocals in their monstrous track (in both title and length) Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake. With houses/residencies/beds/etc in both Sydney and New York, it might explain their musical absence over the past few months, but hopefully that is soon to change. Phondupe - Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake Ending out this month’s Green & Gold is something a bit more quiet and a lot more magical hailing from the quiet region of Geelong. Thomas Guida is Leaks, a soul nurturing and ambient teen, whose music looks like thisStranger here is his latest, a lo-fi bedroom number which breathes as his vocals slowly dissipate to leave only sound. Leaks - Stranger In a country so geographically large, it can be difficult to bring creative people together, to find an avenue for your voice, for your talent, or just to have a space of your own to share your wonders. With each state acting sometimes more like a separate country rather than a friendly neighbour, the ability to unify on one single platform is challenging to say the least. Continuing however, at the fabulous rate we're going at, one day soon we will be able to come together and truly present ourselves to the rest of the world. Download the mixtape below.

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If there’s anything my experience as a music blogger has taught me, it is that people can make fantastic music no matter what their background or locale, or whether they are under the strict umbrella of management or tied to a label of any sorts. This, of course, has been understood and recognised for years before I landed amongst the musings of online publication, however, it is important to emphasise that a multitude of uninhibited and sincere sounds can be found if one chooses to look for them. So today I have decided to bring to you the most secret of Australian gems – all the shiny $2 dollar coins you find tucked inconspicuously between couch cushions. Delving straight into a city that perhaps, unfairly, has been dubbed the unlikeable relative by the ‘cool’ coastly cousins, Adelaide has had to struggle more than most to create a platform for their producers. An honest example of Adelaide’s hard-working, barrier breaking music comes from Gab Strum aka Japanese Wallpaper. At only 15 years of age (yes!), Strum has managed to put out a handful of dreamy soundscapes and remixes for the pleasure and critic of the ever-intangible Online Community. This is his latest, a staccato-like interpretation of Bon Iver’s “Woods”. Bon Iver – Woods (Japanese Wallpaper Remix) Moving in a sweeping northeast direction now, we travel to the Gold Coast, home to many a tanned beach-goer and the central party destination for the end of high school festivities. Nestled amongst the beautiful and the beer bongs, solo producer Jaocb Rohde delves into an expanse of electronic sounds. This track, Buzzin, is from his latest Moving Colour EP, relying more on his production skills than his vocals like in Lovers or I Get This Feeling. Jacob Rohde – Buzzin Sailing now down into Sydney, Jake Antoun sets up shop as soloist Silica Cove. Amongst the jittery beats and vocal snips, Antoun harnesses the essence of waves crashing into the shore combined with lost musings of bewildered teenage souls. Lather that all in gallons of ambience and you have Set Sail; the second song from this 18-year-old’s self-titled EP. Silica Cove – Set Sail While Oliver Tank is Sydney’s new poster boy for electronica, releasing a string of more than favourable releases and being interviewed last week on Earmilk, there are a few equally as talented producers who have remixed his work. On one hand there is the mysterious True North (who producers stunning solo work) and on the other there is the crazy talented BASKE (his remix of Bon Iver’s Perth you definitely can’t go without hearing). All in all though, there is definitely something bubbling in Sydney’s water. Here is MONAS’ interpretation of Tank’s Embrace. Laminating a splatter of pan flute with his glitchy signature style, MONAS is definitely one to keep an eye on. Oliver Tank – Embrace (MONAS Remix) Phondupe is a duo that has kept somewhat under the radar despite a few plugs from the good people over at FBi Radio. Slowly building in an acoustic manner, harrowing vocals turn into a delectable beat overlayed by looping vocals in their monstrous track (in both title and length) Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake. With houses/residencies/beds/etc in both Sydney and New York, it might explain their musical absence over the past few months, but hopefully that is soon to change. Phondupe - Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake Ending out this month’s Green & Gold is something a bit more quiet and a lot more magical hailing from the quiet region of Geelong. Thomas Guida is Leaks, a soul nurturing and ambient teen, whose music looks like thisStranger here is his latest, a lo-fi bedroom number which breathes as his vocals slowly dissipate to leave only sound. Leaks - Stranger In a country so geographically large, it can be difficult to bring creative people together, to find an avenue for your voice, for your talent, or just to have a space of your own to share your wonders. With each state acting sometimes more like a separate country rather than a friendly neighbour, the ability to unify on one single platform is challenging to say the least. Continuing however, at the fabulous rate we're going at, one day soon we will be able to come together and truly present ourselves to the rest of the world. Download the mixtape below.

Introducing: Green & Gold.

30 Jan 2012 — Holly Friedlander Liddicoat

We are very happy to introduce you all to Green & Gold — a new monthly column here on NFOP, curated by our friend Holly Friedlander Liddicoat of the wonderful Aussie blog East To West. Each month Holly will be giving you an exclusive insight into her newest finds and obsessions within the Australian music underground, which obviously swarms of musical gems yet to be discovered. Get lost in the land downunder below. Hi, my name’s Holly and I live on a big island in the Southern Hemisphere called Australia. It’s nice down here. Rather sunny, sometimes too sunny (yes, that is quite possible) and full of lots of strange animals, some being political leaders who are known to have donned this apparel. All in all though, it’s a beautiful place. On top of all that, we have a pretty great music scene too, especially of the experimental electronic vibe that I love to write about over at my blog East to West. As part of a monthly instalment, I’m super excited to be able to share that with you, thanks to those amazing legends Henning and Tonje behind NFOP. Kicking things off with someone who has amassed years of steady talent and a luscious beard to match, Melbourne’s Chet Faker is no amateur in the game of down-tempo beats and future sex sounds. Putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, Thinking In Textures, I thought I’d share one of my favourite Chet Faker remixes with you, that of Radiohead’s "Nude". Soft, building guitar chords, deep-seated bass, a subtle crescendo and the unmistakable yet slightly distorted croon of Thom Yorke make this track the auditory orgasm that it is. Chet Faker - North (Chet Faker minor edit) One thing, which is important to note, is that for me, Soundcloud is God’s platform to all that is divine and holy. Tired of pre-ordained social constraints of ‘what is music?’, monopolising labels and archaic avenues of music accessibility, Soundcloud provides the ability to sift through the pure honesty of people’s creations, both good and bad. It is here that you have humble insight into people’s thoughts and art, rough and raw, in their demo or self-released forms. While time consuming, I find this a pleasure and that is where many of my favourite artists come from. Everyday Average Normal Guy (previously known as Carpet Brick) is just the first example of this, this Sydneysider having released one of my favourite, most intense, soul shattering demos of 2011 "Without Shame". He hits back with this tidbit, turning up the happy meter just a notch with the ridiculous vocal sample and jittery symbol that dominates "FIENDISH". Everyday Average Normal Guy - FIENDISH A current forerunner in sophisticated and stylish beats and online releases is Melbourne’s current MVP, Flash Forest, whose latest EP, Twelve, created in just twelve days, contains five luscious tracks of beautiful proportions. Teaming up with good mate Thrupence for the delectable artwork, Sam Maguire closes out the release with this lo-fi, walking-through-a-storm-and-getting-drenched-by-the-heavens track. Flash Forest – Mauve, Roll Credits This next tune is from what I believe to be a debut EP, which made me come so completely undone on first hear, I struggled to regain limb control for at least an hour. Underwater sounds are the unifying theme, encompassing bubbling reverb and wicked vocal samples from this kid out of Queensland. Motion.Picture.Actress delivers tantalising track "Germs", inducing female vocalist Keiiko to dance intermediately over shimmering keys, restraining the two from completely aligning in an apocalyptic supernova. Motion.Picture.Actress - Germs.W/Keiiko Today, our biggest musical export comes from a South African kid we’ve adopted and called our own. Australia’s only musician signed to infamous Stones Throw Records, Jonti makes crazy technicolour acoustic-beat-teen-dreams. His latest release, a free download of old bits and pieces and reworks from his latest album Twirligig, contains this track "Flesh of Morning"; a culmination of lo-fi disco sounds and good vibes. On his ridiculous adventures, Jonti has collaborated with the likes of Marc Ronson, Hodgy Beats and Illa J. We are just so damn proud. Jonti – Flesh of Morning What this column will attempt to be is an insight into Australian music, past and present. Not past in the sense of ‘what was great in 1989’, rather an understanding of artists who continue to evolve, in sound and dimension. While it may not be their most recent release that graces these beautiful electronic pages, it will be something important and worthy enough to share with you, this newfound audience, who I wish to impart on a holistic view of genuine, hardworking, humble and innovative music which I have the pleasure of hearing every day. Download Green & Gold 1 in it's entirety here and get lost in it.
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We are very happy to introduce you all to Green & Gold — a new monthly column here on NFOP, curated by our friend Holly Friedlander Liddicoat of the wonderful Aussie blog East To West. Each month Holly will be giving you an exclusive insight into her newest finds and obsessions within the Australian music underground, which obviously swarms of musical gems yet to be discovered. Get lost in the land downunder below. Hi, my name’s Holly and I live on a big island in the Southern Hemisphere called Australia. It’s nice down here. Rather sunny, sometimes too sunny (yes, that is quite possible) and full of lots of strange animals, some being political leaders who are known to have donned this apparel. All in all though, it’s a beautiful place. On top of all that, we have a pretty great music scene too, especially of the experimental electronic vibe that I love to write about over at my blog East to West. As part of a monthly instalment, I’m super excited to be able to share that with you, thanks to those amazing legends Henning and Tonje behind NFOP. Kicking things off with someone who has amassed years of steady talent and a luscious beard to match, Melbourne’s Chet Faker is no amateur in the game of down-tempo beats and future sex sounds. Putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, Thinking In Textures, I thought I’d share one of my favourite Chet Faker remixes with you, that of Radiohead’s "Nude". Soft, building guitar chords, deep-seated bass, a subtle crescendo and the unmistakable yet slightly distorted croon of Thom Yorke make this track the auditory orgasm that it is. Chet Faker - North (Chet Faker minor edit) One thing, which is important to note, is that for me, Soundcloud is God’s platform to all that is divine and holy. Tired of pre-ordained social constraints of ‘what is music?’, monopolising labels and archaic avenues of music accessibility, Soundcloud provides the ability to sift through the pure honesty of people’s creations, both good and bad. It is here that you have humble insight into people’s thoughts and art, rough and raw, in their demo or self-released forms. While time consuming, I find this a pleasure and that is where many of my favourite artists come from. Everyday Average Normal Guy (previously known as Carpet Brick) is just the first example of this, this Sydneysider having released one of my favourite, most intense, soul shattering demos of 2011 "Without Shame". He hits back with this tidbit, turning up the happy meter just a notch with the ridiculous vocal sample and jittery symbol that dominates "FIENDISH". Everyday Average Normal Guy - FIENDISH A current forerunner in sophisticated and stylish beats and online releases is Melbourne’s current MVP, Flash Forest, whose latest EP, Twelve, created in just twelve days, contains five luscious tracks of beautiful proportions. Teaming up with good mate Thrupence for the delectable artwork, Sam Maguire closes out the release with this lo-fi, walking-through-a-storm-and-getting-drenched-by-the-heavens track. Flash Forest – Mauve, Roll Credits This next tune is from what I believe to be a debut EP, which made me come so completely undone on first hear, I struggled to regain limb control for at least an hour. Underwater sounds are the unifying theme, encompassing bubbling reverb and wicked vocal samples from this kid out of Queensland. Motion.Picture.Actress delivers tantalising track "Germs", inducing female vocalist Keiiko to dance intermediately over shimmering keys, restraining the two from completely aligning in an apocalyptic supernova. Motion.Picture.Actress - Germs.W/Keiiko Today, our biggest musical export comes from a South African kid we’ve adopted and called our own. Australia’s only musician signed to infamous Stones Throw Records, Jonti makes crazy technicolour acoustic-beat-teen-dreams. His latest release, a free download of old bits and pieces and reworks from his latest album Twirligig, contains this track "Flesh of Morning"; a culmination of lo-fi disco sounds and good vibes. On his ridiculous adventures, Jonti has collaborated with the likes of Marc Ronson, Hodgy Beats and Illa J. We are just so damn proud. Jonti – Flesh of Morning What this column will attempt to be is an insight into Australian music, past and present. Not past in the sense of ‘what was great in 1989’, rather an understanding of artists who continue to evolve, in sound and dimension. While it may not be their most recent release that graces these beautiful electronic pages, it will be something important and worthy enough to share with you, this newfound audience, who I wish to impart on a holistic view of genuine, hardworking, humble and innovative music which I have the pleasure of hearing every day. Download Green & Gold 1 in it's entirety here and get lost in it.