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Strange Talk – “Climbing Walls” [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Strange Talk

Australia keeps exporting great new music, evidenced yet again by what I’m hearing from the band Strange Talk.  The group combines musical talents from different backgrounds; the ‘vocalist/producer Stephen Docker immersed in the classical world, playing violin for the Australian Youth Orchestra and bassist/producer Gerard Sidhu, crafting house and electro as a regular fixture on the Melbourne DJ circuit’. After months of songwriting together the result is a self-titled EP through Neon Gold Records and Fine Time Records, which features singles Climbing Walls and Eskimo Boy.

Their most famous track is arguably ‘Climbing Walls’, which has been picked up everywhere from surf clips to Aussie TV dramas, and even by boutique French label Kitsune for their popular ‘Maison Kitsune’ compilation series. “It was definitely good for us, the whole Kitsune thing. I guess it’s sort of a stepping-stone for an up-and-coming band, a tick in the box, so to speak. It let us know that we must be doing the right thing, and it’s a plus that their clothes are so cool.” The indie synth-pop band draws inspiration from, “our record collections, and all of the incredible local and international music getting created and toured around Australia.”

Strange Talk

“I guess it’s a good mould, as a lot of our stuff has a heavier band influence,” tells Strange Talk’s frontman Stephen Docker. “A lot of our music is structured not so much in the loop based clubby fashion but more in a basic song structure, with more of a classical element shining through. It means we have strong ideas about vocals and melody lines, which is a bit different to some other electronic bands.”

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

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Boy & Bear – “Mexican Mavis” [VIDEO]

Boy & Bear

 

Boy & Bear are an amazing indie folk rock band from Sydney Australia. The members were originally from four separate bands until they decided to leave their respective collectives and represent one ‘a-little-bit-better’ band. After performing as Dave Hosking during 2008 the band decided to re-name the project and embrace a new direction and sound of 70’s folk rock. The combination of three songwriters has resulted in songs that refuse to stay within the boundaries of one genre.

 

Boy and Bear Moonfire Tour

 

Their first EP With Emperor Antartica was very successful in Australia and features one of my favorite tracks Mexican Mavis.  Boy & Bear completed their first full length album last month and recently announced a US tour for the album – starting in Los Angeles on October 10th and ending in Boston on October 22nd.   MOONFIRE is available on iTunes and other digital outlets. The album is ethereal and an entrancing enigma of hypnotic indie that’s been transfixing listeners left and right. Everyone from tastemakers to fans has been singing their praises.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Miami Horror [ALBUM REVIEW]

Australia has some explaining to do.  Mostly because whenever I hear music that comes from that part of the world I love it.  I don’t understand.  It must be something in the water.  Before I get into Miami Horror’s most recent release called “Illumination” I have a confession to make.  When I first heard this record, well mainly the first tune I wasn’t too pumped.  That’s why it should be a global rule to always listen to at least the first 4 tracks when introducing yourself to a new artist.  I live by that motto and therefore I’m all about what Miami Horror has to say.  “Illumination” is their first full length release and it came out in mid 2010.  This electro pop dance party on plastic seems to be just what the doctored ordered for those of you who obey the rules and regualtions of “thirsty thursday” or thirsty whenever.  To get the party started here’s a track called “Holidays”.

Holidays – Miami Horror

Honestly I felt like the 80’s just slapped me in the face on first listen.  Ok fine, on the second listen and third as well.  It’s obvious where Miami Horror’s musical inspiration is drawn from.  Melbourne’s Ben Plant is the man responsible for the pop synth electro rhythms on “Illumination” having planted the roots of his music and Miami Horror in his apartment with various synths and toys.  Wanting to make Miami Horror a full on band he acquired the likes of Josh Moriarty, Aaron Shanahan and Daniel Whitechurch who round out the rest of the band.

“It started out that I didn’t want to have any guitar on the album besides a little funk guitar or disco bass,” Ben grins while explaining the turning point for Miami Horror’s evolution. “But then Josh came in and started playing all these other parts that sounded amazing. Paired with what I was working on, nobody was doing anything like it, so I knew we had to turn those sounds into a live thing and just go wild.” — MiamiHorror.com

The record sounds massively fit for any dance club or rock club.  They are refined and extremely tight as a band.  They have played major festivals at home and have opened for major acts such as Phoenix, La Roux, Friendly Fires and Lily Allen abroad.

They have a lot of sick videos up on there site here (I got scolded by youtube when I embedded them on this page).  I don’t really condone the use of drugs nor do I preach it but if you watch this videos you might as well be trippin’ your ass off.  One of my favorite tracks on the record is called “I Look to You”.  The video is a prime example of how they pair their music with psychedelic visuals.

I Look to You – Miami Horror

“We’ve spent about ten months alone mixing the album, which is a process that should normally take two weeks,” Ben laughs. “We always just said ‘f**k it, we have to make the album that we want to make’ and this is it. We made it.” — MiamiHorror.com

With a definite case of perfectionism this record is fun to listen to, dance to, party to, drink to… pretty much anything accept sleep to.  They have just wrapped up a North and South American tour and are on their way down under for a full blown Australian tour.

Grand Illusion – Miami Horror

I can’t stress enough how much fun this band is to listen to especially if you enjoy getting down with your bad self alone with only your boxers on in the living room when your roommates aren’t home.  But enough about me, I’m stoked that I gave them the four song shot because I would have hated to miss out on this band.

You can buy “Illumination” HERE.  Check out the bands FACEBOOK page HERE.

Ok fine, here’s the last track on the record just for kicks…

Ultraviolet – Miami Horror

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Closure In Moscow [MUSIC]

Closure in Moscow’s American debut “First Temple” opens with a break-neck cross sticking that sounds like frantic Morse code.  I’m no expert, but after a couple spins, I’m pretty sure it loosely translates to:

“Hang on to your butts.”

Australia’s music scene has produced a number of talented, successful groups in the past, even if most of them don’t find their way into heavy rotation in my collection (lookin’ at you, BeeGees, INXS, Men at Work, Savage Garden, Air Supply.  Okay, maybe Savage Garden…).  The bands that have captured my ears – AC/DC, Jet, and Wolfmother – tend to be cut from the same heavily blues-influenced riff-rock cloth.  Maybe it’s the pub culture I picture when I think of Australia, but those bands make music to drink and fight to.  Or at least drink and play Tekken to, depending on your comfort with live fisticuffs.  Either way, it gets my blood pumping.  I love it!  That’s what I expect from Australian rock!

Closure in Moscow is different.  Where their brethren rock with the stomp and strut of giants, Closure in Moscow slay instead with speed and precision.  From note one, the playing is focused on densely interwoven guitar lines, complex drum patters and time signatures that duck and pivot like a basketball player.

Over it all, frontman Christopher de Cinque’s vocals soar, crafting melodies that radio-rock bands would fall over themselves to record (see “Sweet#hart” below). Better still, the combination of his higher register with some unique phrasing takes the vocals into an unexpectedly funk and R&B indebted territory.

Some would call the results entry level prog rock; I’d call it highly refined.  The band has managed to take the swirling, spacey, sometimes meandering sounds of groups like Yes, Rush, King Crimson and Tool and blend it with bite and an ear for hooks that their pub rock ancestors would be proud of.

One last note: listen to this album on the best speakers if you can find.  Not only is there a small orchestra’s worth of instrumentation hidden away in some surprising places, but the drum and guitar tones at play are some of my favorites in recent memory.

“Sweet#hart”:

My favorite track – “A Night At the Spleen”:

Chris Cullari | Beat Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

Little Red – “Rock It” [VIDEO]

Have to stick to the friday vibe on this one. This Australian indie/pop group dropped an instant party classic with this one. Here is the video to “Rock It” and please check out more by Little Red here.

Introducing… Teeth & Tongue [VIDEO]

Have a look at Melbourne, Australia zouk group Teeth & Tounge with their video for “Sad Sun” by Lucy Dyson. For those who are unfamiliar with this newer genre originating from the 80s, zouk is an Antillean Creole word meaning “party” or “festival” coming from the Caribbean islands. Teeth & Tongue place themselves amongst a rare bread of music in their demographic being not one of the popular zouk areas of the world. Enjoy their new video here and you be the judge; great video editing and design work is for sure.