An Edit and an EP

Late last week I finished my new EP. All I need to do is make a few minor mix changes, get some cover art, and get Cornel Wilczek to guitar solo the bejesus over one of the songs. I’m hoping to have it out as soon as digitally possible, and the whole process has inspired me to make a lot more little records. I think the rest of the year at least is going to be dedicated to shorter, more frequent releases. This first one doesn’t yet have a name, but I’ll post it up when it does.

In the meantime, I uploaded an edit of the music I made for Dark Mofo’s Ogoh-Ogoh burning (above), so you can now stream what The Guardian called “a rousing Deep Forest-esque rave-up.” If that sounds like your cup of tea.

Lots of love, and more soon.

New Song, New Album

Friends, I’m so happy to play you 'Burning Arrow', a song from the new Clue to Kalo album The Motives Records, out September 23rd.

The album was recorded at Electric Dreams here in Melbourne with the assistance and advice of my buddies and colleagues. Particular thanks go to Cornel Wilczek who co-produced the record, Jojo Petrina whose miracle vox needed to be mixed way down lest they outshine my own, and James Cecil who unwittingly played some percussion (I stole some of his multitracks from the studio computer).

The album will be digital-only at this point. I’d love to look at other formats in the future but right now it makes the most sense to me to do things this way. It allows me to publish more often in whatever configurations I can think of, to transition from releasing a record once in awhile to outputting a steadier stream of experiments, succinct or extended, that can theoretically be heard the day they’re made. For me, it means control and self-sufficiency, and I’m excited about what’s next.

Over the coming weeks I’ll be making more songs from The Motives Records available for download in the lead-up to a launch party on Saturday the 20th September at Captains of Industry. If you're interested you can even pre-order the album here. I can’t wait for you to hear it.

A Track For Dark Mofo

We took a trip down to Hobart the weekend before last for Mona's Dark Mofo winter festival. I’d attend it (and its sister summer version) every year if I could.

I like the Museum of Old and New Art because it doesn’t need to be read as a catalogue of art objects. It’s accessible because it can be enjoyed just as a day out inside a dark bunker filled with interesting things. When I walked around MOMA I was aware of the neutrality of the space. White walls and white lights to minimise distraction and funnel your attention to the main attractions. But if you’re someone who struggles for a connection to the work itself you might have nowhere to go. Mona offers an alternative way to engage. It can still be fun just to catch a ferry and burrow down into the cliff, spend an afternoon bewildered.  

The (Dark) Mofo festival is the same kind of thing. It’s not about a 'killer line-up' (although if you’re a fan of a band performing then it’s a great way to see them) but about how each of the acts can be integrated (pretty seamlessly, usually). It invites you to see it as a single thing and love it overall.

This time around, most of my time was spent at the festival’s Dark Faux Mo afterparty, run by Supple Fox. I’m biased because they’re my friends, but they have a lot to do with what’s great about Mofo. So I was excited when they asked me to knock up a 10-minute piece of music for a light show in which cat statues shoot laser beams out of their eyes at a mirror ball. I decided to make it mostly out of samples for something different. It's embedded above.

A Duet with Tim Shiel

I recently remixed a track from Tim Shiel's soundtrack to the acclaimed iOS game Duet, made by indie studio Kumobius. The result, found above and called ‘Pachinko’, can be found on Duet Duets, a pay-what-you-feel remix release featuring eight other Melbourne-based artists.