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Saintseneca - Blood Bath

I have a soft spot for Appalachian mountain music, which is a bit weird considering I was raised in the sprawling metropolis that is Melbourne. So when I heard the fast paced picking style of Ohio band Saintseneca’s latest track, Blood Bath, I was in Appalachian mountain music heaven. By the time the soaring vocals and somewhat grim and cryptic storytelling kicked in, I was swooning like a giddy school girl.

But here’s a warning to you. Don’t get too comfortable on the mountain, as half way through this regrettably short track, the aural landscape changes quite dramatically. You’re whisked off the mountain, plonked atop a trusty steed and taken on an unsettling journey through a ghost town full of tumbleweeds and broken bottles. Just when you start feeling scared and alone, your horse bucks you off and you’re flung into the middle of a raging Indie music festival teeming with cool looking hipsters with massive beards.

Not that we weren’t sufficiently excited about their forthcoming album Dark Arc when we featured their previous single, Uppercutter, but the poetic lyricism and genre bending nature of Blood Bath definitely seals the deal. Dark Arc is due for release on April 1st through Anti Records.


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Oh Land - First To Say Goodnight

I think it’s wonderful that Danish artist Nanna Øland Fabricius, performing under the moniker Oh Land (do you see what she did there?), would write a song about being a bit of a party pooper but then make it so damn lively and zhoozhy that you just can’t help but bop along to it. In fact, this is the type of song that brings you back to the party after you’ve already said your goodbyes. It’ll catch you as you try to walk out the door, and drag you back for “just one more” dance!

Yes, in the past I have been known to stay up all night – and sleep in until the afternoon (just ask the 7SecondsOfSound bosslady – she knows all my dark, dirty secrets). But these days, I’m happy to admit that I am no longer the party animal I used to be. Early to bed, early to rise suits me just fine. Boring?? No! Just listen to “First To Say Goodnight” and you’ll come around to my way of thinking.

Or maybe your bed just isn’t as comfortable as mine.  ;-)

By Chryss Stathopoulos


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Holy Fuck - Sabbatics

True story. When I first heard this track, my internal dialogue was “Holy Fuck! My mind has just been blown into a million tiny little pieces”. I needed a few moments to pick up all the bits of my shattered brain before I registered the band name and decided that it was the most fitting name for a band that I’d ever heard.

The fast paced tribal beats of Sabbatics bring out my inner warrior princess. Luckily I don’t have a pile of mud, a paintbrush and a camp fire close by or I’d definitely make a complete fool of myself.

Sabbatics is the B-side off the Canadian bands 7-inch, coming out on April 24th. The release coincides with their Australia tour. They will be here for the Groovin the Moo festival and will also be playing the following sideshows:

24th Apr    The Zoo                         Brisbane
30th Apr    Northcote Social Club    Melbourne        
7th May     GoodGod Small Club     Sydney
8th May     Rosemount Hotel           Perth
9th May     Norfolk Basement          Fremantle 


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The Townhouses - Magpie

Last week I experienced a severe case of Fussy Music Bloggers Syndrome or FMBS, as it’s more commonly known. I found myself shouting horrible profanities at my computer such as “THAT’S SO DERIVATIVE!”, “HOW PEDESTRIAN!”. It was a difficult and trying time in my life.
 
The only thing that kept me moderately sane was listening to this absolutely lovely tune by Melbourne’s Leigh Hannah (aka The Townhouses). I must have played it approximately 532 times to remind me that there is still uniqueness, passion and beauty in this world. That’s kind of hard to remember when you’re onto your thousandth track that starts with “Yo Yo Yo, Check It Out”.

Magpie is a beautifully measured, thoughtful and gentle track that would sit perfectly well on the Lost In Translation soundtrack. It makes you stop, take a deep breath and feel completely at peace with your surroundings for a glorious 6.4 minutes.

Magpie is available on Feral Media’s Summer EP. Make sure to keep an eye out for The Townhouses next LP, due in April\May.


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Mix Tape #10 - February 2014
Don’t know what happened in Feb but looks like every muso in the world had a lovely Christmas\Jan break, revitalised their creative souls and kicked arse. So many great tunes!
I’d like to feature all 8000 that I loved but that would be annoying so here are 8 of our favs. One or two are a teensy bit older than Feb but, like the old ‘If a tree falls in the forest’ thing, I’m pretty sure that they didn’t exist till I listened to them so it’s OK.
Mr Little Jeans - Good MistakeYour Friend - Tame OneSALES - Chinese New YearTeebs - View PointRokwell&Groom - OMAHABelgian Fog - Loveless WayGo Yama - Kiki’s Delivery Bump TruckRioux - Maze1









Play the whole mix on Soundcloud here.

Mix Tape #10 - February 2014

Don’t know what happened in Feb but looks like every muso in the world had a lovely Christmas\Jan break, revitalised their creative souls and kicked arse. So many great tunes!

I’d like to feature all 8000 that I loved but that would be annoying so here are 8 of our favs. One or two are a teensy bit older than Feb but, like the old ‘If a tree falls in the forest’ thing, I’m pretty sure that they didn’t exist till I listened to them so it’s OK.

Mr Little Jeans - Good Mistake
Your Friend - Tame One
SALES - Chinese New Year
Teebs - View Point
Rokwell&Groom - OMAHA
Belgian Fog - Loveless Way
Go Yama - Kiki’s Delivery Bump Truck
Rioux - Maze1

Play the whole mix on Soundcloud here.


Tags Mix Tape Electronic Indie Mr Little Jeans Good Mistake Your Friend Tame One SALES Chinese New Year Teebs View Point Rokwell&Groom OMAHA Belgian Fog Loveless Way Go Yama Kiki's Delivery Bump Truck Rioux Maze1






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Potato Potato - Morning Sun

If my lover snuck out the door with a suitcase and headed south for the winter I think I’d be totally OK with their horrible betrayal if they wrote a phenomenal folk tune about the experience.

It would have to be a pretty exceptional one though. I’d expect some fast-paced guitar strumming so I could do a merry jig to forget my worries (or to imagine I’m stomping on their face), and the vocals would have to be gentle and soothing so as to calm my inner rage. And I really, really would have to insist on some lovely harmonies.

In fact, forget about it. If it ever does happen, I’ll just pretend that Morning Sun by Byron Bay’s Potato Potato was written by my heartless lover as there is no way they could come up with a better song or sing it more sweetly. And, man what a voice! You’d really forgive any and all indiscretions just to have that voice back in your life.

Morning Sun is just one of four beautiful songs on Potato Potato’s latest EP, Hopeless. If four tracks aren’t enough then Louie and Patrick, two of Potato Potato’s band members who we’ve featured previously, have also released a dreamy track called Mexico which is well worth a listen.


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Interview with Nancy Leticia
In December last year we reviewed electronic/classical artist Nancy Leticia’s wonderful song, Perma-smile, and she was kind enough to talk us through her creative process, where she finds inspiration and her love of long showers.
So, I hope you don’t mind that I’ve done a little cyber-stalking (as I’m sure all good music journalists do to prepare for an interview) but I haven’t really been able to find much bio info on you. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself? Mostly I like playing the piano. If I could, I’d play Beethoven and Bach (and all those other composers) all day. But that’s not really possible, so I make up for it by making music on my computer and having lots of coffee, cake, and alcohol. How I got into music? When I was 11, I was once locked out of my house and decided to hang out at a friend’s place while I waited. She had a piano and I asked her to play me something. She played Für Elise, pretty badly I think, but at the time I thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world. That night I begged my mom to put me in piano lessons and wouldn’t stop until she conceded (we were poor, so I reeeally had to beg). Other things about me: I live in Vancouver. I mostly like staying in. Mornings are my favourite time of day, especially because I have them off. I really like tacos. I went to school where I studied jazz piano for a while. Leticia is my middle name and it’s pronounced Le-tee-seeya. I like taking long showers.How dare you be so charming?! Actually the last person I interviewed was also a Vancouver. Are you exposed to a particularly “creative” vibe in the city? You said that you mostly like to stay in – is all your inspiration in your head, or do you need to get out from time to time to plug into external stimulus? If so, where do you go? What do you do? Who do you see for that??I get inspired by the internet! You’re not confined to your own city when you’re on the internet. I get to see what people are doing all over the world. I also like that I have complete control over what I see and do on it; I’m never at the mercy of anyone else’s plans (as opposed to when you’re out in real life). Also, my boyfriend is an artist and we live together; we’re usually inspiring each other creatively. I have a friend who has a policy of only accepting Facebook friend requests from people she would have a coffee or a beer with. You have over 4000 Facebook friends. It’s unusual for an artist to make their personal FB page so accessible. Is that the way you “connect” with your fans and admirers? Would you have coffee or a glass of wine with all of them? Have you ever had any “trolls” or bad experiences??It’s my main ‘blog’, and as an artist I want it to be as accessible as possible. Facebook feels more intimate than some of the other platforms and I think that’s cool. I like that it’s interactive; I feel more like I’m sharing my music with friends and not just fans. I also like that I get to mix my music posts with my regular posts, it makes each more interesting. There are a lot of people that I don’t see or have any clue about, so no, I wouldn’t have coffee with all of them. But of course, I would have coffee/wine with many of the ones I know. In a way, I already feel like I get to experience that just by seeing their posts and chatting with them. I’ve had a few trolls, not enough to make me feel bad. They’re mostly just funny because the accusations have been random and dumb.OK, I guess that some people might suggest that, as a female piano player, you could be compared to Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, Alicia Keys. Do you relate artistically to any of those performers? If not, what makes you different? (PS I don’t actually think you’re anything like those artists.)No, I don’t relate artistically to them at all (nor have I listened to much of their stuff). I feel like I’m going in a very different direction. My music is about the computer and the internet and social media. There are so many amazing producers and artists I’ve discovered through social media who have influenced and inspired me more than any of those big artists. I’m a lot more interested in performing on the internet, and while I do some offline performing, online is a bigger priority. Also, I don’t care about making money off my music, I just want people to easily be able to listen to it. I’m fascinated that you say you don’t care about making money from your music. Obviously, artistically the most rewarding thing is getting your music out there for people to enjoy. But why would you not want it to be your career? Is it too difficult a market to crack into? Does the idea of it being a business take the romance of it away or is it something else entirely?I wouldn’t say no to making money off my music, but it isn’t my objective. My only objective right now is to make music, and to make the kind of music that I want. I’m more inspired this way. I feel that if I want to make money off my music, then that’s what my music making will be about, in which case, it becomes a job.Your Perma-Smile EP is completely instrumental. Do you sing?? Are vocals something that you are interested in playing around with in future recordings (whether your own or someone elses?). I don’t sing, which I actually feel is a good thing. It forces me to focus on making beats. I do have some friends who rap and sing that I’m excited to make beats for. So yes, working with vocals is definitely something that I plan to start doing more of!I just watched an amazing YouTube video of you playing a very difficult Rachmaninov piece. So, you’re a classically trained pianist who makes modern electronic tunes. What kind of music do you prefer to listen to for enjoyment? It depends on my mood and what kind of day it is. Right now I’m listening to Wagner’s Parsifal, but an hour from now, I’ll probably be listening to Mariah Carey or something like that. To be honest, I feel like I don’t get to listen to as much music as I’d like to because I’m either playing the piano or making music when I have free time. To get back to Facebook, your Xmas Day status read “my dad saw my fb and bought me pants for xmas” which was quite amusing, as you do indeed post a lot of photos of yourself in varying stages of undress. Also, the art that accompanies your music across various sites includes a lot of female nudity. Are you trying to make a statement? Is it a form of self-expression? Did you Dad really buy you pants for Xmas??He really did buy me pants for Christmas! He saw my piano videos and said I looked like I could use some pants, hah. It feels odd to say that showing skin and being sexual is making a statement. It’s perfectly natural. I grew up in a super religious household where showing skin and being sexual was immoral and shameful, and I never agreed with that. So I guess in that sense, I’m making a statement, but as an artist it’s more about self-expression. Making music, and especially playing classical piano, is totally sexy and romantic. I listened to your recent track “12 notes on tumblr” and really loved it. It seems quite melancholy and fragile which ties in with a few things you’ve mentioned on FB. Is sadness something that inspires you to create? Is the old saying true, that artists need to be tortured on some level to produce? LOL, being sad inspires me to drink. And drinking inspires me to write, so… Honestly, I don’t know. It’s something that influences my art, but I’m not sure that it is what inspires me to make it. I think it keeps me sensitive, which is important to music making. What’s next for Nancy Leticia? Musically, professionally, artistically, personally?I’m not sure. All I know is that I want to make as much music as I possibly can for the next while; then I’ll see where I can go with that…
By Chryss Stathopoulos

Interview with Nancy Leticia

In December last year we reviewed electronic/classical artist Nancy Leticia’s wonderful song, Perma-smile, and she was kind enough to talk us through her creative process, where she finds inspiration and her love of long showers.

So, I hope you don’t mind that I’ve done a little cyber-stalking (as I’m sure all good music journalists do to prepare for an interview) but I haven’t really been able to find much bio info on you. Can you start by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Mostly I like playing the piano. If I could, I’d play Beethoven and Bach (and all those other composers) all day. But that’s not really possible, so I make up for it by making music on my computer and having lots of coffee, cake, and alcohol. How I got into music? When I was 11, I was once locked out of my house and decided to hang out at a friend’s place while I waited. She had a piano and I asked her to play me something. She played Für Elise, pretty badly I think, but at the time I thought it was the most beautiful thing in the world. That night I begged my mom to put me in piano lessons and wouldn’t stop until she conceded (we were poor, so I reeeally had to beg). Other things about me: I live in Vancouver. I mostly like staying in. Mornings are my favourite time of day, especially because I have them off. I really like tacos. I went to school where I studied jazz piano for a while. Leticia is my middle name and it’s pronounced Le-tee-seeya. I like taking long showers.

How dare you be so charming?! Actually the last person I interviewed was also a Vancouver. Are you exposed to a particularly “creative” vibe in the city? You said that you mostly like to stay in – is all your inspiration in your head, or do you need to get out from time to time to plug into external stimulus? If so, where do you go? What do you do? Who do you see for that??

I get inspired by the internet! You’re not confined to your own city when you’re on the internet. I get to see what people are doing all over the world. I also like that I have complete control over what I see and do on it; I’m never at the mercy of anyone else’s plans (as opposed to when you’re out in real life). Also, my boyfriend is an artist and we live together; we’re usually inspiring each other creatively.

I have a friend who has a policy of only accepting Facebook friend requests from people she would have a coffee or a beer with. You have over 4000 Facebook friends. It’s unusual for an artist to make their personal FB page so accessible. Is that the way you “connect” with your fans and admirers? Would you have coffee or a glass of wine with all of them? Have you ever had any “trolls” or bad experiences??

It’s my main ‘blog’, and as an artist I want it to be as accessible as possible. Facebook feels more intimate than some of the other platforms and I think that’s cool. I like that it’s interactive; I feel more like I’m sharing my music with friends and not just fans. I also like that I get to mix my music posts with my regular posts, it makes each more interesting. There are a lot of people that I don’t see or have any clue about, so no, I wouldn’t have coffee with all of them. But of course, I would have coffee/wine with many of the ones I know. In a way, I already feel like I get to experience that just by seeing their posts and chatting with them. I’ve had a few trolls, not enough to make me feel bad. They’re mostly just funny because the accusations have been random and dumb.

OK, I guess that some people might suggest that, as a female piano player, you could be compared to Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor, Alicia Keys. Do you relate artistically to any of those performers? If not, what makes you different? (PS I don’t actually think you’re anything like those artists.)

No, I don’t relate artistically to them at all (nor have I listened to much of their stuff). I feel like I’m going in a very different direction. My music is about the computer and the internet and social media. There are so many amazing producers and artists I’ve discovered through social media who have influenced and inspired me more than any of those big artists. I’m a lot more interested in performing on the internet, and while I do some offline performing, online is a bigger priority. Also, I don’t care about making money off my music, I just want people to easily be able to listen to it.

I’m fascinated that you say you don’t care about making money from your music. Obviously, artistically the most rewarding thing is getting your music out there for people to enjoy. But why would you not want it to be your career? Is it too difficult a market to crack into? Does the idea of it being a business take the romance of it away or is it something else entirely?

I wouldn’t say no to making money off my music, but it isn’t my objective. My only objective right now is to make music, and to make the kind of music that I want. I’m more inspired this way. I feel that if I want to make money off my music, then that’s what my music making will be about, in which case, it becomes a job.

Your Perma-Smile EP is completely instrumental. Do you sing?? Are vocals something that you are interested in playing around with in future recordings (whether your own or someone elses?).

I don’t sing, which I actually feel is a good thing. It forces me to focus on making beats. I do have some friends who rap and sing that I’m excited to make beats for. So yes, working with vocals is definitely something that I plan to start doing more of!

I just watched an amazing YouTube video of you playing a very difficult Rachmaninov piece. So, you’re a classically trained pianist who makes modern electronic tunes. What kind of music do you prefer to listen to for enjoyment?

It depends on my mood and what kind of day it is. Right now I’m listening to Wagner’s Parsifal, but an hour from now, I’ll probably be listening to Mariah Carey or something like that. To be honest, I feel like I don’t get to listen to as much music as I’d like to because I’m either playing the piano or making music when I have free time.

To get back to Facebook, your Xmas Day status read “my dad saw my fb and bought me pants for xmas” which was quite amusing, as you do indeed post a lot of photos of yourself in varying stages of undress. Also, the art that accompanies your music across various sites includes a lot of female nudity. Are you trying to make a statement? Is it a form of self-expression? Did you Dad really buy you pants for Xmas??

He really did buy me pants for Christmas! He saw my piano videos and said I looked like I could use some pants, hah. It feels odd to say that showing skin and being sexual is making a statement. It’s perfectly natural. I grew up in a super religious household where showing skin and being sexual was immoral and shameful, and I never agreed with that. So I guess in that sense, I’m making a statement, but as an artist it’s more about self-expression. Making music, and especially playing classical piano, is totally sexy and romantic.

I listened to your recent track “12 notes on tumblr” and really loved it. It seems quite melancholy and fragile which ties in with a few things you’ve mentioned on FB. Is sadness something that inspires you to create? Is the old saying true, that artists need to be tortured on some level to produce?

LOL, being sad inspires me to drink. And drinking inspires me to write, so… Honestly, I don’t know. It’s something that influences my art, but I’m not sure that it is what inspires me to make it. I think it keeps me sensitive, which is important to music making.

What’s next for Nancy Leticia? Musically, professionally, artistically, personally?

I’m not sure. All I know is that I want to make as much music as I possibly can for the next while; then I’ll see where I can go with that…

By Chryss Stathopoulos


Tags Nancy Leticia Interview