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Month: September, 2012

ALBUM REVIEW: Collarbones ‘Die Young’

There are only so many ways you can work with electronic music. Artists have come and gone leaving their listeners with the thought that they’ve just endured a half hour track after hearing an entire EP that was intended to display a series of songs. Because, let’s face it, this type of music has the ability of “all sounding the same.”

Thankfully, this is not the case with COLLARBONES.

Sydney based Marcus Whale (aka Scissor Lock) met Radelaide’s Travis Cook (aka Cyst Impaled) over the Internet back in 2007. They constructed an album through clicks and buttons as they sent each other material – the grand outcome being their debut album Iconography released via Two Bright Lakes.

Since then, they’ve worked on and finished their sophomore LP Die Young and are finally ready to release it this Friday! Get excited – it’s very, very good.

The boys have proven that they are fantastic at what they do. Die Young in itself is super versatile. Place it next to Iconography, as well as their remixes and mixtapes [that can all be found on their Soundcloud and Bandcamp] and you are presented with the artistic minds of an extraordinary duo.

Die Young is not just an album, it’s a tribute to the “modern mythology of youthful desire” as it was inspired by teenage love and all the experimenting and awkwardness that comes with being an adolescent. It also mourns the loss of our late idols.In a way, it’s a coming of age story but at the same time it’s not.

Collarbones have been known to match up their cover art with certain aspects of their music. This is noticed through the clip for ‘The Ghostship’ as director Justin Mclean created it to compliment Lucien Alperstein’s album artwork for Iconography. This idea has been aesthetically explored again as Die Young‘s cover art works collaboratively with the short film that is to be released with the album. Created by Paris-based artist Michael Salerno, the trailer should solidify this viewpoint as it breathes down your neck in all its eeriness. Having said that, it’s visually stunning.

With Iconography creating moods predominantly through sounds, Die Young pays more attention to lyrics.

Their current single ‘Hypothermia’ opens the record. An extended version to what you’ve heard on your radio, the track consists of a bunch of layers, repetitive beats, Whales’ soothing vocals and clever rhythms. Just by this one track, you can already expect very different things from the entirety of Die Young as opposed to their fantastic Iconography.

The title track is quite a beautiful composition as the synths create the illusion of violins being played throughout, backing a slowed down beat. If you’re attentive enough to the lyrics, you can hear Whale telling the story of what this record is about. Collaborating with HTML Flowers, the track introduces rap to Die Young.

Another slowed down track, ‘Too Much’ highlights that tasteful R’n’B that Collarbones are so damn good at evoking. It’s charming, thoughtful and a little bit sexy.

‘Missing’ delves into the more haunting corner of the record. The focus on the vocals are painfully good. Personally, I think this track resonates with the concept of youthful desire the best. This is probably one of many reasons as to why it was picked as the album’s first single.

A consistent beat allows ‘Cocooned’ to travel in a balanced environment. It’s the rollercoaster-esque vocals that give it that little push into the unknown. It’s a delicate little joy and a little bit mysterious.

‘Teenage Desire’ really reflects on this world of youthful desire. Sonically, it’s a combination of slow, underlying synth samples with racey beats. The lyrics are quite cutesy yet pitiful as it tells a story of an unsuccessful lover.

If you’ve watched the trailer to Die Young‘s companion film, you’ll notice that ‘Soul Hologram’ is what plays underneath the narration. It’s breathy and fragile, yet you get the feeling it’s building up towards something, which it does. Not for long though. This is an intriguing and unexpected track.

The middle of Die Young is respondent to a mysterious theme, up until ‘One Day’. Lyrically suggesting a moment in the future, we are reintroduced to the R’n’B side of Collarbones.

‘Losing; spills in from the get go. Rich in its endeavours, the multitude of this track is a must for any chillwave lovers’ music library.

‘Red’ finishes in the same way it begins. It’s long, chilling and concludes quite a promising and hypnotic record. Expect heavy, almost distorted instrumentation, as well as a level of intimacy through lyrics such as, “I can feel your bones moving” and “This is the air of my body come breathe it.”

Die Young is to be co-released via Two Bright Lakes and Remote Control on Friday 28th September. To celebrate, Collarbones have announced four Australian shows for the launch of the new record. They’re also on the bill for Sydney’s OutsideIn Festival at the Factory Theatre Saturday, 10th November as well as Newtown Festival the following day at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park.


Friday, 28th Sepetember
Liberty Social, Melbourne
With guests I’lls, Oscar Key Sung, Major Napier, TBL DJs
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com

Saturday, 29th September
Out The Back, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
With guests Outerwaves
Tickets available at www.qtix.com.au

Friday, 5th October
Rocket Bar, Adelaide
With guests Gold Bloom, Brokers
Tickets only available at the door

Friday, 12th October
The Standard, Sydney
With guests Naysayer & Gilsun (more TBA)
Tickets available at www.moshtix.com

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Gary Clark Jr at Sasquatch! Festival 2012

Going to Big Day Out next year? Making sure you catch GARY CLARK JR, regardless of who he may clash with on the clustered timetable? Well you’d be silly not to.

If festivals aren’t your thing but you’re dying to see the man who has been described by the New York Times as the “singer-guitarist who may be the next Hendrix,” then you’re in luck as Love Police have announced that the man will play three intimate shows along Australia’s East Coast!

The artist, hailing from Austin, Texas, will be playing Australia for the first time ever in January of next year. Having shared the stage with legends such as Mick JaggerEric Clapton and Buddy Guy, expect a truly impeccable show. After all, this man of funk has been known to produce some pretty stellar performances.

With his album Blak and Blu set to be released 22nd October, make sure you check this guy out!


Saturday, 19th January
The Factory Theatre, Sydney
Tickets available from factorytheatre.com.au and lovepolice.com.au/tours

Tuesday, 22nd January
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets available from cornerhotel.com and lovepolice.com.au/tours

LISTEN: Big Scary ‘Bad Friends’ (Collarbones Remix)

Originally built by delicate guitar picking, deep piano, subtle bass and traveling percussion, COLLARBONES have worked their magic into Big Scary’s ethereal track, ‘Bad Friends’.

With almost all instrumentation scrapped and replaced with ambient and quivering synthesisers overlaying each other, this version would be better classified as a sonic reimage rather than a remix.
The construction of this rendition is the same as the original in that it does not exceed or build up to anything. Having said this, it is a tune to adore as it releases a blissful energy for listeners to completely chill out to for almost four minutes.

They’ve just released their second single ‘Hypothermia (Featuring Guerre) as a follow up to the well-received ‘Missing’, as well as a film trailer; all for their forthcoming LP Die Young that is to be co-released via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control on 28th September. Obviously keeping themselves busy in the most creative way, look out for Collarbones as the new record is proving to be an exciting work of art.

Oh, and if you ever get the opportunity to see them, make sure you do. Those boys know how to dance.

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WATCH: Saint Lou Lou ‘Maybe You’

SAINT LOU LOU was created out of sheer boredom by twins Miranda and Elektra Kilbey. Just one year later, this boredom has evolved into a project consisting of two beautiful girls making charming and delightful music.
At only 21 years old, the Swedish-Australian sisters have released a single titled ‘Maybe You’ via the ultra cool French label Kitsune.
The clip for the track was created by fashion director Philippe Tempelman and director of photography Mattias Montero and offers an emotional hardship as the two girls struggle to sustain a relationship with the same guy.

The cinematography is more than gorgeous as Tempelman and Montero encapsulate the emotional setting through the use of fantastic angles, exquisite lighting and raw expression.  It’s completely shot in crisp black and white and is sophisticated in how certain emotions are evoked. The clip is softened not only by the breathy vocals, but also by the amount of slow panning used throughout. This tends to be further exhibited through the use of the elements – earth, water, wind and fire. Whether it be the purity of the ocean or Elektra pouring half her body out of the window so that it blends into the wind, these elements offer depth to the clip and give it a natural flare.

Upon watching, you’ll soon understand that this stunning video documents the beauty and emotion in people. It’s equally enthralling as it is breathtaking.

Only just recently digitally released, grab an audio file of ‘Maybe You’ on iTunes now, as well as a handful of remixes.

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Fishing Sign To Yes Please Records

It’s official. Sydney duo FISHING have been reeled in by the Yes Please crew as the boys have just signed to the label!

Starting out in 2010, Doug Wright and Russell Fitzgibbon joined forces and starting writing melodic jams together, infused with blended samples, synthesisers and percussion. As a result, Fishing was born and could only be described as electronic, experimental and catchy as hell. To gain a better insight, the boys have described their music as if to say “your hand is in a toaster, but you’re also catching a lovely breeze from the ocean.”

They released their first single ‘OOOO’ two years ago and received love from both Pitchfork and FBi Radio almost instantly.

Since then, the boys have gone on to tour Australia and the UK extensively, as well as supporting the likes of SBTRKTRichard In Your Mind and Dappled Cities (to name a few). They’ve also worked their signature sound into their remixes for Cloud ControlGuerreAlpineJonothan BouletJinja Safari and Book of Ships.

Signing to the label that is already home to the beloved Oliver Tank and GuerreFishing will be releasing a 7” containing two sweet new tracks this Spring, available in Australia and New Zealand.

If you’re heading to BIGSOUND next week, catch the boys play the Magic City Stage Wednesday, 12th September.

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WATCH: Regular John ‘Slume’

Ever wanted to gaze straight into Ryan Adamson‘s eyes as he serenades you with his rock and roll brilliance? Well look no further than REGULAR JOHN’s new clip for their latest single, ‘Slume’.

Shot in just one take, the band’s lead singer breaks down the fourth wall in this very engaging video. Its visual simplicity is rather stunning as it virtually consists of a bare-chested Adamson, battling out the lyrics with every feeling he has towards the meaning and depth to the track. He stands before a beige wall in a low-lit room and holds nothing but a microphone. These neutral tones in the clip highlight the honesty and emotion in the lyrics and instrumentation of the song. All potential bullshit that this clip could have exhibited was thankfully not considered as you are left with nothing but Adamson confronting you with his powerful execution.

‘Slume’ comes from the band’s forthcoming LP Strange Flowers. A record that was basically built on a breakup, expect heartfelt expression from these Sydney rock legends. It’s available through Difrnt Music/MGM 14th September, and will be toured nationally throughout September and October.

Tickets on sale now!


Fri 21st September:
Enigma Bar

Sat 22nd September
The Toff in Town

Fri 28th September
Alhambra Lounge

Sat 29th September
The Northern
Byron Bay

Friday 5th October
The Patch

Saturday 6th October
Transit Bar

Fri 12th October
The Great Northern Hotel

Sat 13th October
The Annandale

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