Tam Vantage (AKA Tam Matlakowski) makes his Lost And Lonesome debut with the vivid, brazenly ambitious album Life in High Definition to be released on CD on October 16.
Having self-released a string of EPs and singles, the Melbourne musician — known for his time in Pop Singles and The Stevens — has now applied his erudite Go-Betweens/Church jangle to a collection of songs linked thematically by social perception and human interaction in the digital age.
Featuring guest performances by local music-making folk of the highest order (including members of Twerps, Teeth & Tongue and St Helens), Life in High Definition’s eloquent warmth was captured perfectly by producer Simon Grounds (Bird Blobs, Bushwalking, Laura Jean).
Life in High Definition will be in Australian shops, distributed by Rocket, on Friday October 16, 2015. The Tam Vantage band (known as T.V.) will be touring the Australian east coast in Oct/Nov.
Caffeine withdrawals? No problem! Great Earthquake’s new EP Thought Broadcasting is akin to a rush of triple espresso to the blood stream.
Noah Symons is Great Earthquake — a one-man band, self-taught looping machine. Eschewing the instrumental post rock of his previous two albums, Noah has adopted a more minimalist approach this time around.
Out on October 9, Thought Broadcasting is four new songs big on melody and flow: post-punk basslines, Afro-guitars and hypnotic vocals float by alongside dubbed-out melodica and glockenspiel, and of course, that huge blast of Great Earthquake drums!
Thought Broadcasting is available to pre-order now and will be in Australian shops on October 9, via Rocket Distribution.
VINYL RELEASE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
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Following on from the acclaimed eponymous debut album of 2014, the Julia/Spring 7" single is another deep shot of Lowtide's euphoric dream pop.
Recorded in Melbourne by Matthew Hosking (VHS Dream), 'Julia' was originally written and recorded in 1988 by the French band Asylum Party. Driven by mechanical rhythms and buzz-saw guitar leads, the blissful dual vocals of Lucy Buckeridge and Giles Simon lend the Lowtide version a hazy glow that transcends the cold wave original.
'Spring', a Lowtide original, was recorded by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals) during the album sessions for Lowtide and displays what the Melbourne four-piece do best — Buckeridge and Simon combining forces on both vocals and bass, guitarist Gabriel Lewis layering lustrous washes of melody and drummer Anton Jakovljevic steering, head down, through the entire glorious racket.
With album number-one having amassed 4 and 4-and-a-half-star reviews in many of the nation’s rags, and with a string of sold out shows (and not to mention an AMP nomination), Lowtide are preparing themselves for what adventures may lay ahead… The Julia/Spring 7” single is an exhilarating stopover.
LOWTIDE JULIA/SPRING EAST COAST TOUR:
Sat, August 28 — Melbourne @ Northcote Social Club
Sun, August 29 — Sydney @ Newtown Social Club
Sat, September 5 — Brisbane @ Trainspotters