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Sunday, 6th of September, 2015

Playlist 06.09.15 (9:06 pm)

Ambient electronics, glitchy indietronica, folky indie and more... just your usual Utility Fog hey!

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Starting with the lovely ambient electronica of Liminal Drifter, with whom we finished the show last week. A veteran of Perth's music scene, he's released his new album on Hidden Shoal inspired by '90s ambient and it's a dreamy, relaxing but occasionally disquieting listen.

Rand and Holland, mostly the vision of Brett Thompson, held a legendary position in Sydney's music scene for a few years, drawing from local experimental musicians but presenting a selection of catchy country/indiefolk songs. The new album, however, is a posthumous document of the band's end - it's unrelentingly dark, sometimes quite intensely harsh, although at other times contemplative. Production-wise it's got some country ballads but also distorted drums, psych-rockouts, and on the B-side an incredibly-extended repetitive coda to the last track. It's pretty amazing, truth be told, whether you hear it on the cassette Room40 put out, or a digital format (as I did) (but the cassette's a lovely object, maybe grab it anyway?)

Next up, a bit of a feature on a digustingly talented fellow from Canberra called Reuben Ingall. Reuben manages to combine very esoteric electronic processing - Max/MSP patches doing crazy things to his instruments and voice - with passionate indie songwriting. Unsurprisingly it's right up my alley... He actually does this live - decaying guitar loops, stuttering chords, live-sampled microwaves (wait, what?) and tapes alongside dinky keyboard controllers, and self-effacing but affecting vocals. And then on the other side, there's his Dead DJ Joke persona that spurts out ridiculous mashups at regular intervals. We also heard one of his destructive but totally sensitive remixes, and a couple of gorgeous covers... the second of which leads handily into our next feature...

We're talking Peter Broderick, and we follow Reuben's cover with one by Peter's sister Heather Woods Broderick, who is the feature of our next special tonight. Her brother may be better-known and more prolific, but Heather is a marvellous songwriter & singer as well as cellist and multi-instrumentalist too. Her debut album came out on Sydney's own Preservation Records, and it's been six long years between albums, with only a few compilation tracks here & there (while she toured along with Peter in Efterklang among other things). Her music is perhaps similar in outlook & approach to Peter's - folky songs, lush but low-key arrangements with acoustic instruments & strings along with subtle electronics - although there are occasional shoegazey rock bits in there too.

We cap off tonight with a couple of tracks from a new collaboration between Peter Broderick and another Utility Fog feature artist from this year, French musician Félicia Atkinson. Recording as La Nuit for Portland, OR record store & label Beacon Sound (closely associated with Peter), it's lovely to hear the clear influences of both artists in the sound - the restraint of both, the mystery of Atkinson's concoctions and the violins and dub moments of Broderick. Atkinson sings and whispers in French & English, Broderick hums in PeterBroderickian. It's beautiful and available now on vinyl and digital (CD fans snubbed again!)

Liminal Drifter - Verterons Ambo Flow Cut [Hidden Shoal]
Rand and Holland - Walking The Plank [Room40]
Reuben Ingall - Wetlands [Feral Media]
Reuben Ingall - mountains [Reuben Ingall Bandcamp] {originally by Cathy Petöcz}
Dead DJ Joke - foXXXy holidaze [Reuben Ingall Bandcamp]
Reuben Ingall - to lose [Reuben Ingall Bandcamp]
Spartak - Catch/Control (Reuben Ingall remix) [hellosQuare]
Reuben Ingall - Microwave Drone Ritual (Side A) [Moontown Records]
Reuben Ingall - Road [Feral Media]
Reuben Ingall - Eyelids [Feral Media]
Reuben Ingall - sideline [Reuben Ingall Bandcamp] {originally by Peter Broderick}
Heather Woods Broderick - Outside In Here [Peter Broderick website] {originally by Peter Broderick}
Heather Woods Broderick - A Call For Distance [Western Vinyl]
Heather Woods Broderick - Something Other Than [Preservation Records]
Heather Woods Broderick - From the Ground [Preservation Records]
Heather Woods Broderick - Old Son [Preservation Records]
Heather Woods Broderick - Suture [Second Language Music]
Heather Woods Broderick - Up In The Pine [Western Vinyl]
Heather Woods Broderick - Wyoming [Western Vinyl]
La Nuit (Félicia Atkinson & Peter Broderick) - Road Snakes [Beacon Sound]
La Nuit (Félicia Atkinson & Peter Broderick) - The Sun Is Folded In Eight [Beacon Sound]

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