Following a string of EPs and singles, Melbourne quartet Hideous Towns finally polish up the good silver for the release of their debut album Disquiet Living.
With their winning combination of chiming gazed-out guitars, dynamic female vocals and buoyant, no-frills drum propulsion, Hideous Towns have nonchalantly secured a stronghold on the world's tuned-in dream-pop fans.
On Disquiet Living, Hideous Towns succeed in taking their enviable pop smarts to places hitherto unexplored by the band, from the spirited new-wave of 'Jacques-Louis David' and the motorik kraut-pop of 'Lion' to the expansive, wistful album closer 'Natural Expression'.
On latest single 'Value', Alana West's urgent, powerful vocal bursts forth beyond the entangled post-punk rhythm section and further into the listener's personal space than usual, her direct delivery contrasted by some of her most abstract lyrics to date.
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Lost And Lonesome are duly excited to announce the release of Jungle Songs, the second album by Melbourne's Parading.
Displaying all the noise-encrusted melody and slacker virtue that have seen the Melbourne band elevated to heroes among Australia's bountiful dream pop scene, Jungle Songs takes Parading’s love for Galaxie 500-cum-Mary Chain pop and strings it together with their penchant for serpentine drone epics.
The album features recent singles 'Butterfly' and 'Big Heart', the latter a deftly handled Paul Kelly cover of which Tone Deaf proclaimed "the group lovingly pay tribute to the lyrical and emotional beauty present in Kelly’s original 1987 track through the restrained use of dreamy vocals and fuzzed-out guitars."
All over Jungle Songs, Parading continue to dip into their bag of noisy tricks — 'Flying' delves into heavy swamp-rock while 'Delicate Flower' recalls the heady narcosis of Brian Jonestown Massacre at their psychedelic best.
Side B of the album sees the band stretch out and explore a more hypnotic vibe with gently-picked ballads and delicious drone, lashed with sumptuous washes of guitar noise.
PARADING JUNGLE SONGS ALBUM LAUNCH
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Recalling the sublime fingerpicked purity of folk singers-past such as Bridget St John and Linda Perhacs, estimable Melbourne folk artist Lucy Roleff releases her debut album This Paradise via Lost And Lonesome on July 15, 2016.
The follow-up to Longbows — Lucy’s acclaimed EP of 2013 — was recorded with Tony Dupé (Holly Throsby, Grand Salvo) at his home studio in a hundred year-old church in South Gippsland; Tony and his partner Claire Deak adding some subtle strings, bowed glockenspiel, pump organ and cymbal washes to Lucy’s deft nylon string, harp and woodwind compositions.
First single 'Aspen' has been gathering praise from reliable sources — Happy called the track “an icy, crystallised piece of chamber folk; delicate and piercing as a stalactite”, while Scottish blog 17 Seconds suggested “comparisons could be drawn with the likes of Joanna Newsom, Nick Drake and Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins”, adding “this is one of the best things I have heard this year”.
‘Every Time’ the album’s second single (composed on a 20 euro tobacco-stained junk store acoustic guitar that Lucy acquired while residing in Berlin in a few years back), is a meditation on moments of quiet domestic solitude and moments of turmoil brought by a vagabond lover who comes and goes, stirring everything in their wake.
1) Aspen 2 Haus 3) Hotel Interstate 4) This Paradise 5) I Held Back The Hair 6) Chasing The Dog 7) Every Time 8) How Will I Get That High? 9) Two Children 10) Jessica