GALAPAGOOSE 
COMMITMENTS ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR!

Melbourne beatmaker Galapagoose will launch his debut album Commitments in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide this month.

Galapagoose is Melbourne-based interdisciplinary artist Trent Gill. From a jazz theory background but with a distinctly DIY ethos, Trent’s musical creations take on many forms, from recording and composition, to designing studio hardware and computer software. He is well regarded in underground electronic circles for his developments in live performance-based software, focused primarily around the Monome. Though deeply multifaceted, Trent’s productions remain the central tenet of his output, harnessing a delicate soulfulness alongside brash experimentalism, with performances rooted in improvisation and spontaneous vocal sampling.

After traveling abroad throughout 2011 to tour with Young Magic (Carpark Records), of whom he produced the group’s debut album Melt, Trent found himself living in NYC. Through a serendipitous alignment, a joint performance with Daedelus occurred, laying the foundation for the release of Trent’s solo debut album Commitments on Daedelus’ own Magical Properties imprint and released in Australia through Two Bright Lakes in March 2012.

The debut full length album Commitments is available now on limited edition 12″ vinyl with handmade, hand screen-printed covers and digitally through iTunes and other online music outlets. Recorded in a flurry over a brief six-week period, the hypnotic melodies and psychedelic feel document the intensity of the moment, striking hard at the heartstrings. Already drawing plaudits from blogs and publications worldwide, and album of the week on hometown station Triple R, the album is sure to find its way into your consciousness in the coming months.

GALAPAGOOSE COMMITMENTS ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

BRISBANE
Thursday 19 April – Bar Soma

SYDNEY
Saturday 21 April – The Gate
Sunday 22 April – Serial Space

PERTH
Thursday 26 April – The Bird

ADELAIDE
Friday 27 April – Cuckoo Bar

MELBOURNE
details to be announced!

NEW SINGLE: THE HARPOONS ‘WALK AWAY’

The Harpoons begin 2012 in the same way they finished 2011 releasing another beautiful
R-n-B gem on Two Bright Lakes.

Following on from the brilliant Keep You Around is the up-tempo strut of Walk Away featuring another inspired vocal performance from Bec Rigby, it finds the Harpoons in razor sharp form with Martin King’s (Oscar + Martin) percussion tight, snappy allowing space for the base and guitar lines to play equal rhythmic parts, while Rigby continues the soul tradition of creating dancefloor bombs out of crooning heartbreak; it’s a tradition we’re very happy to indulge!

Stream the new single here:

SUGAR MOUNTAIN FINAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT!

{{mind*flower}} from Sugar Mountain on Vimeo.

{{mind*flower}} from Sugar Mountain on Vimeo.

Sugar Mountain will take over the Melbourne CBD over multiple days in January 2012, with the main event taking place at The Forum Theatre on Saturday 14 January 2012. The Festival will also utilise Federation Square, No Vacancy Gallery and ACMI to showcase a marvelous array of local and international creative talent.

Joining Deerhoof, Tune-Yards, Shabazz Palaces, Thee Oh Sees, John Maus, Julianna Barwick, Sun ArawPrince Rama, World’s End Press, Absolute Boys, DJ Yamantake Eye, Fox + Sui, Lost Animal, Pets with Pets, The Harpoons and This Thing Presents on the music program will be:

THE MESS+NOISE STAGE

 

Sugar Mountain will join forces with Mess+Noise in presenting an exciting third stage at the 2012 Sugar Mountain Festival. Taking place on the mezzanine level of the Forum Theatre, the Mess+Noise stage will feature exciting local acts STRAIGHT ARROWS, LOST ANIMAL, THE HARPOONS and FOX + SUI as well as a super eclectic DJ set from Boredoms frontman YAMANTAKA EYE (Japan). Up-and-coming Melbourne artists RHYS MITCHELL and RAPHAEL RIZZO will also contribute to the Mess+Noise stage, providing a hyper-vibrant back drop and stage set.

“When Sugar Mountain approached us to collaborate on a local stage we jumped at the chance,” says Mess+Noise Editor Darren Levin. “We were on hand to witness the festival’s debut earlier this year, and it was a really unique coming together of two complimentary mediums: music and visual arts. Australian music is an intrinsic part of what we do, and we think a venue as grand as The Forum is an appropriate setting for some truly great local bands.”

MORE VISUAL ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

Curated by artist and festival creative director Pete Keen, Sugar Mountain’s visual arts line-up showcases a selection of truly talented local and international art makers. We are pleased to announce that the following artists will join Vincent Moon (France), Maya Hayuk (USA), Kyle Ranson (USA), Ben Baretto (Perth), Kit Webster (Melbourne) and Dylan Martorell (Melbourne) on the Sugar Mountain 2012 visual artist program:

CHACO KATO (Jap/Aus) responds to the reality of our place and time in her artwork, and is currently exploring a period of over-consumerism that has created enormous debts for future societies. Most of Kato’s works are made using natural materials, which highlights her representations of natural elements such as growth and waste. Kato’s artwork explores childhood, dreams, ecology, politics and organic cycles – birth, growth, death, decay and rebirth. Kato’s art practice explores ways of separating elements from the world and restructuring them in a way that portrays the simultaneous fragility and strength of life. The childlike drawings and awkward lines in Kato’s works may be, she explains, a manifestation of her desire to evoke her own childhood. CHACO KATO will spill her brilliant, imaginative mind into the newly formed CHAPTER HOUSE GALLERY over January 2012. Opening on Thursday 19 January 2012, Kato’s new installation works will be exhibited in conjunction with the Sugar Mountain Festival.

Speakeasy Cinema presents GRACE NOTE, an oversized video work by KEITH DEVERELL on the big screen at The Forum Upstairs. Keith Deverell is a Melbourne-based artist who works with economic visual and aural languages to create ultra slow portraits of people using video, sound, photography, film, found objects and installation. Deverell focuses on the seemingly ordinary and mundane, drawing attention to the depth of the spaces in-between. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Keith Deverell will turn his lens on Australia’s most idiosyncratic musicians by creating ultra slow and huge portraits of their unique gestures and stage antics, lending a new perspective to the art of musicianship. Deverell’s work is a celebration of the unknown and a deconstruction of the overblown notion of fame. GRACE NOTE will also screen nightly in January, on the front windows of Polyester Records city store from Thursday 12 January 2012 until Sunday 29 January 2012.

LUCY BENSON is a Melbourne visual artist based in Berlin who works with live media technologies, light and performance. Her work explores notions of identity, representation and perception. In Benson’s work, sophisticated technologies are softened and tamed into intimate storytelling conduits, focused on human experience and emotion. Benson’s performances made with a collage of media and interactive tools tend towards the subliminal and sublime, and her installations and performances have featured at renowned cultural events such as Transmediale, Unsound Festival, Mapping Festival and Shift Electronic Arts. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Lucy Benson will provide visual projections specifically tailored for the performances of musicians Julianna Barwick and This Thing Presents, as well as adding a further visual element to the exciting collaborative performance between visual artist Ben Barretto
and musician Sun Araw.

MATSURI YAMANA (Jap/Aus) has created huge-scale interactive installations. Born in Tokyo but now living in Melbourne, Yamana is interested in the relationships between the artist, viewer, and work in a participatory sense. Yamana’s artwork creates a social environment in which people come together in a shared activity, and viewers can bring their own experiences into her artwork. Yamana is interested in the moment when viewers slip into their private imaginations or own memories through the physical immersion of her work. At Sugar Mountain 2012, Matsuri Yamana will contribute two of her imaginative, interactive installations, which will be hidden amongst the many upper nooks of The Forum Theatre, awaiting your exploration.

Sugar Mountain Festival
Presented by Triple R and The Thousands Melbourne
Saturday 14 January 2012
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne

MUSIC AND SOUND: DEERHOOF | TUNE-YARDS | THEE OH SEES | SHABAZZ PALACES| JULIANNA BARWICK | JOHN MAUS | SUN ARAW | PRINCE RAMA
WORLD’S END PRESS | ABSOLUTE BOYS | DJ YAMANTAKA EYE | FOX & SUI
LOST ANIMAL | PETS WITH PETS | STRAIGHT ARROWS | THE HARPOONS
THIS THING PRESENTS | and the MESS+NOISE STAGE

VISUAL AND PERFORMANCE ART: KIT WEBSTER | MAYA HAYUK | KYLE RANSON
DYLAN MARTORELL | BEN BARRETTO | VINCENT MOON
LUCY BENSON | KEITH DEVERELL | CHACO KATO
MATSURI YAMANA | RAPHAEL RIZZO | RHYS MITCHELL
and contributors Speakeasy Cinema, Body Electric Dancers and the No Lights, No Lycra Dancers

www.sugarmountainfestival.com

Tickets are selling fast.
Limited tickets are still available from Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136100.
Tickets are $85 + bf.

Sugar Mountain will also present a series of exciting satellite events over January 2012.
More information HERE.

ON MY PLAYLIST w/ TEETH & TONGUE

The lovely Jess Cornelius from Teeth+Tongue talks about the music currently on her mind.

Teeth & Tongue will play at the Melbourne Music Week closing party this Saturday 26 November, Melbourne Central Rooftop. Presented by Two Bright Lakes & Mess+Noise, also playing is Nick Huggins and Oscar+Martin + many more.

Superette – ‘Waves’

We’re covering this song for a Flying Nun birthday celebration gig and it’s reminding me how much I love this band. They were played a lot on student radio in Wellington, and this came out in 1997. They’ve been broken up for ages, though. This track is about a guy who accidentally kills a girl in the middle of a field, it’s pretty heartbreaking.

The Weeknd – ‘The Morning’

http://youtu.be/NRUKozmkPPY

This doesn’t really need any explanation. I’m hooked, just like everyone else. I didn’t realise Marc had the record until a recent drive up to Sydney, where we had it on repeat. It’s good driving music. Marc loves slinky R ‘n’ B a lot more than anyone would guess.

Laura Jean – ‘Australia’

Simon Grounds recorded this track and he was telling me about it before I heard it. He described it as the ‘anti national anthem’. It sends shivers down my spine when I see it played live.

We could not find this track online, but you can listen to more of Laura’s beautiful music here.


Ballads – ‘Your Mistake’

Listen here.

This is a new Melbourne band that have only put out a 7″ so far. But this track has had got a lovely lilting, meandering rhythm and a sweet wurlitzer vibe, but then this big droney organ thing comes in and makes it all a bit tough.

Alexandra Stan – ‘Mr Saxobeat’

This one’s on Marc’s behalf. He came to rehearsal one day raving about this really catchy pop song he heard in a supermarket. He even sang it to me to see if I’d recognise it. I think he really likes the way the singer says the word ‘freak’, kind of rolling her ‘rr’s in a very Russian sort of way. I went home and looked up the song on You Tube but I have to say, I ‘m not sure I share his enthusiasm. I like the way Marc sings it though.

 


Teeth & Tongue – Tambourine
is out now via Dot Dash/Remote Control
Tambourine - Teeth and Tongue

SUGAR MOUNTAIN PLAYLIST

Australia’s newest music and arts festival, SUGAR MOUNTAIN will return to Melbourne on Saturday 14 January 2012! The festival will be held over multiple days, with the main event taking place at The Forum Theatre.

To get you even more excited, the organisers have put together a playlist featuring some of the amazing artists playing at SM next year:

SUGAR MOUNTAIN 2012 by SUGAR MOUNTAIN

SUGAR MOUNTAIN 2012 LINE-UP

MUSIC: DEERHOOF | TUNE-YARDS | THEE OH SEES | SHABAZZ PALACES | JULIANNA BARWICK | JOHN MAUS | SUN ARAW | PRINCE RAMA | WORLD’S END PRESS| ABSOLUTE BOYS | DJ YAMANTAKA EYE | FOX & SUI LOST ANIMAL | PETS WITH PETS| THE HARPOONS | THIS THING PRESENTS and the NO LIGHTS, NO LYCRA dancers
VISUAL ARTS: KIT WEBSTER | MAYA HAYUK | KYLE RANSON| DYLAN MARTORELL| BEN BARRETTO | VINCENT MOON

Get tickets now.

www.sugarmountainfestival.com

NICK HUGGINS NEW SINGLE ‘GOLDEN HOUR’

‘Golden Hour’ is the second single from Nick Huggins’ sophomore solo album Five Lights. Drawn from a palette of national guitar, homemade electronics and Nick’s soft spoken voice, the individual sounds loop and shift, the subtle detail of each coming to the fore throughout the song. ‘Golden Hour’ is accompanied by an intricate hand-drawn animation by Lucy Fahey, the sketched studies therein mirroring the quiet observational moments in the music.

Nick Huggins – Golden Hour by 00remotecontrol

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘GOLDEN HOUR’ – PREMIÈRED BY MESS+NOISE

NICK HUGGINS – Golden Hour (Dir. & Animated Lucy Fahey) from two bright lakes on Vimeo.

Nick, along with Oscar+Martin and Teeth & Tongue, will perform this Saturday 26 November on the rooftop of Melbourne Central as part of a collaborative gig between Mess+Noise and Two Bright Lakes for Melbourne Music Week.


Five Lights
is out now via Two Bright Lakes/ Remote Control

Five Lights - Nick Huggins

OSCAR AND MARTIN NEW SINGLE & ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR

Melbourne-based electronica duo Oscar and Martin will play a series of shows and festivals this summer to coincide with the release of new single ‘What I Know‘.

Taken from their acclaimed debut album For You, ‘What I Know’ is a sweet and soulful love song, featuring the heart-melting vocals of Bec Rigby (The Harpoons). For You has received rave reviews for its heavy hitting hip-hop drum patterns, wonky baselines and killer r’n'b hooks, with Oscar and Martin being compared to luminaries like the Avalanches and Architecture in Helsinki.

Oscar and Martin recreate their genre-hopping songs in a live setting using tape loops, drum machines, synthesizers, floor toms and their own idiosyncratic vocal harmonies. Having recently supported Caribou, Four Tet and Coco Rosie, Oscar and Martin can’t wait to share their ingenious wonky pop music with you this summer.
See below for all upcoming tour dates!

LISTEN TO ‘WHAT I KNOW’
OSCAR AND MARTIN
Summer Tour Dates

SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBERMelbourne Central Rooftop, Melbourne
Melbourne Music Week Closing Party, curated by Two Bright Lakes
with Canyons, Teeth & Tongue and more
THURSDAY 1 DECEMBEROh Hello, Brisbane w/ How To Dress Well (USA)
SATURDAY 3 DECEMBER - Phoenix Public House, Melbourne w/ How To Dress Well
FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER - Meredith Music Festival - Victoria
THURSDAY 15 DECEMBER - Yours & Owls, Wollongong
FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER – Plus One @ Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide
SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER - Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart
FRIDAY 30 DECEMBER - Falls Festival, Lorne

Oscar+Martin For You is out now via Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control

For You - OSCAR & MARTIN