My friend Paul Gough aka Pimmon from Sydney, Australia, has just introduced me to literally tons of great new music. Here’s three releases that stand out.
Purdy – Deviant Nature
This album of Kevin Purdy, a Sydney based musician and producer, has been released on his own label Soft Records in October 2010. It was my first listen to his very eclectic and elaborate music. At first I was struggling a bit with those longish, sometimes kinda ethno instrumental sequences, but then began liking it a lot the more often I listened to it. His arrangements are a strange mix of late Beach Boys/Van Dyke Parks/early Belle & Sebastian (I love the horn arrangement & sound!) paired with (forgive me Kevin if you read this) a bit Nick Cave-ish vocals. Anyway, take a look at the man’s influences, listen to his music and you know what I’m talking about (see Kevin’s comment post on the bottom of this article).
Conclusion: Great album.
Pospulenn: Sun People Sleepwalker
This amazing piece of guitar-based ambient/drone/soundscape music has only been available on cassette (see image), limited to 50 copies. You may read a very nice review over at Olive Music. According to this review, Pospulenn is one of the recording names of a young guy named Kane Pour from Florida, USA. Some or perhaps most of the tracks seem to have been recorded live. This blog post has a download link for the release.
Btw, the weblog of the Housecraft cassette label remains a mystery to me as at least for the moment there seems to be no content. – would have loved to browse through the other releases.
Jacuzzi Boys – Island Ave EP
Only thing I don’t like is the band’s name as it sounds much more like some clubby TechHouse act (and in fact there is one of the same name right here in Offenbach/Germany), so don’t confuse: The Jacuzzi Boys very briefly reviewed here are one nice, young post-punk outfit from Miami, Florida, in the vein of Memphis Goons or the wonderful Captain Beefheart. I’ve only listened to the Island Ave EP (see video below) so far and all I can say is that it’s great and suggests their new LP Glazin (Hardly Art - iTunes) seems definitely worth to be checked out.