Album Of The Week

TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ERUPTION BOUNCE BY THE STRESS OF LEISURE

November 15 – November 21

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The band was formed by Ian Powne, who plays guitar and sings. Ian initially wrote the moniker on his home recordings, later graduating to record the first full-length album (Self-Titled) released in 2006. Ian is joined in the band these days by the femme-attack of Pascalle Burton (keys/synths), Jane Elliott (bass) and Jessica Moore (drums).

Like all the best bands, The Stress of Leisure is a party band in the art-school mould. Imagine a Brisbane backyard full of misfits dancing and sweating their hearts out. It’s Queensland post-punk and irreverent as all hell. Brisbane community radio station 4ZZZ describes the band as “off-kilter dancefloor filler.”

The latest release Eruption Bounce (2017) is the sixth album released and sees the quartet really having a lot of fun with what they do – essentially more songs about buildings, food and the internet. It finds the band yearning for positivity in complicated times.

When legendary Australian musician Dave Graney describes you as “weird and freaky in the most positive ways, joyous and gleeful, a beacon of creativity”, you know you must be doing something right.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: A BLACK MILE TO THE SURFACE BY MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA

November 8 – November 14

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Manchester Orchestra return with ‘A Black Mile To The Sun,’ their follow up to 2014’s hugely successful and critically acclaimed ‘Cope.’

‘Black Mile to the Surface’ is a bold record of vision and purpose, inspired by and dwelling in a sensory and imaginative experience. It’s a reinvention of sorts, both musically and personally — a sort of cosmic worldview shift.

But in the end, the record’s themes are universal.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ECCA VANDAL BY ECCA VANDAL

November 1 – November 7
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The self titled debut album from Melbourne’s genre-defying Ecca Vandal, features singles “Broke Days,” “Party Nights” and “Future Heroine,” and guest appearances from Sampa The Great, Dennis Lyxzén (Refused) and Jason Aalon Butler (letlive).

Although the old identifiers are still there – Vandal’s commanding aggression, vocal dexterity, natural magnetism and unique ability to meld rock, punk, rap, soul and pretty much whatever she felt like – what really stands out about this record is its explosive, irrepressible energy.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LOTTA SEA LICE BY COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE

October 25 – October 31

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most acclaimed and gifted songwriters of our generation have joined forces to release a collaboration as unique and unusual as their talents, in the form of a brand new album Lotta Sea Lice.

In Lotta Sea Lice Barnett and Vile have delivered something utterly unpredictable and original – an instant-classic record which sounds as if the two have played together for decades, completely organic and candid. This is a conversation between friends, documented in raw, unvarnished song form, brimming with personal history, crackling with energy and shot through with humour. There’s an unforced ease to the record, helped by the fact that the pair have been not just friends, but hardcore fans of each other’s work for years, and have also roped in colleagues such as Mick Thomas and Jim White of the Dirty Three, Stella Mozgawa from Warpaint and even Mick Harvey to play.

The shared chemistry is immediately apparent in the breathtaking jam of opener and first single ‘Over Everything’, with dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar stylings from the pair. The lyrics play out as a rambling dialogue as they compare notes about song-writing and inspiration – it was the first song written for this project. Other tracks including the bluesy ‘Let it Go’, which itself was inspired by texts and emails between the duo, and the drop dead gorgeous ‘Continental Breakfast’, which showcases a more melodic side as the two harmonise over finger-picked acoustic guitars.

There are even more surprises in store, however, when the pair tackle each other’s tracks, with Vile delivering a delicious, souped-up version of ‘Outta the Woodwork’ backed by Barnett herself, and Barnett taking on Vile’s ‘Peepin’ Tomboy’ completely solo, to spine tingling results. The overall effect is that of Barnett and Vile throwing open the doors to their house to listeners – this is certainly Courtney and Kurt’s party alright, but this time, everyone is invited.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: I LOVE YOU LIKE A BROTHER BY ALEX LAHEY

October 18 – October 24
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‘I Love You Like A Brother’ is the long awaited full-length debut album from superstar singer/songwriter Alex Lahey!

Alex Lahey announced herself to the world in 2016 with her debut EP ‘B-Grade University’. The EP saw the Melbourne singer songwriter catapulted into popularity with fans and critics alike. Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Rolling Stone, Sterogum all got on board as she scored spots on festival bills from SXSW to Splendour.

Now in 2017, she is ready to release her debut full length album, ‘I Love You Like A Brother’, and with it, the first single, Every Day’s The Weekend.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WEIGHT_FALLS BY KIM CHURCHILL

October 11 – October 17
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Australian songsmith Kim Churchill releases his new album ‘Weight_Falls!’

After releasing the record’s first single, the triple j fave “Breakneck Speed” earlier this year, the album is now preceded by the newest single “Second Hand Car.”

Churchill spent 18 months working on the follow-up to his breakout LP, 2014’s ‘Silence/Win,’ but the new record – polished and accessible – didn’t quite feel right. At the last minute, Churchill decided to throw it out and start again.

Those familiar with Churchill’s radio smash “Window to The Sky,” which reached number 42 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2014, will recognise signature elements in these new recordings: intricate guitar work, intuitive vocal melodies and a wonderful feeling of space and warmth. His newest single “Second Hand Car” is immediately identifiable as Churchill’s with its retro keys, propulsive guitar line and rousing chant-a-long chorus.

What sets ‘Weight_Falls’ apart from Churchill’s previous releases is its sense of adventure and unpredictability, characterised by chopped-up drum samples, unusual harmonies and moments of disarming lyrical honesty.

Churchill credits two years spent “growing up” for much of the shift in sound. After touring ‘Silence/Win’ around Australia in 2014 and 2015, he embarked on a series of high-adrenaline overseas trips that included performances at the Glastonbury and Telluride Blues Festivals and adventures in the Peruvian Andes and along the coast of Sri Lanka.

“I worked really hard on the follow-up record for a long time,” he explains – “and it sounded good. But some very subtle layer of my consciousness was saying to me, ‘It’s not all that inspiring.'”

So Churchill picked up his guitar. He wrote a second version of the album in one frenetic week, then spent two months piecing together the new recordings with ARIA-winning producer Ian Pritchett in a garage in Western Sydney. The resulting LP, ‘Weight_Falls,’ is a kaleidoscopic collection that is bound to take both fans and critics by surprise.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE KITE STRING TANGLE BY THE KITE STRING TANGLE

October 4 – October 10
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With a sold-out tour in support of his recent single “Selfish” behind him and an upcoming appearance at Splendour In The Grass, ARIA nominated artist The Kite String Tangle shares new single “The Prize” feat. Bridgette Amofah (Rudimental), plus the news the producer will release his highly anticipated self-titled debut album via Exist Recordings / Warner Music Australia!

Written, performed and self-produced, the album is mixed by Grammy Award Winning Engineer Eric J Dubowsky (Flume, Flight Facilities, SAFIA).

The Kite String Tangle album was produced over a three-year period and saw the bedroom producer move his recording process into a studio with live drums, strings, horns and more. With features that include elusive Gold Coast artist and I OH YOU signee Montgomery, The Kite String Tangle describes his debut as “a process of discovery. It really was a long road to get this thing to where it needed to be in my head and I learnt a great deal about my songwriting and production, but more poignantly, about myself and those around me.”

The triple threat producer, vocalist and songwriter made waves with his single “Given The Chance,” a track that reached Gold status in Australia, “Arcadia,” “Stone Cold” and “What If” followed; tracks that by now – are ubiquitous to the Australian music landscape. Alongside sold-out national headline shows, celebrated festival appearances including Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival and Groovin the Moo, The Kite String Tangle landed in the Top 20 of both the 2013 & 2014 triple j Hottest 100’s. His West Coast support slot on the RUFUS tour followed on from a series of sold out shows on his co-headline tour with Dustin Tebbutt to celebrate their collaborative Illuminate EP.

With a debut album on the way and festival spots lined up, this year is set to be the biggest yet for arguably one of Australia’s most talented emotive electronic artists.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BACK YOURSELF BY BEN SALTER

September 20 – September 26

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‘Back Yourself’ is the third solo album from acclaimed singer/songerwriter Ben Salter, following 2011’s ‘The Cat’ and 2015’s ‘The Stars My Destination,’ and his second album to be released through ABC Music.

The album was made over a twelve month period at locations around Tasmania and predominantly recorded with producer Chris Townend (Augie March, Daniel Johns, Tim Finn, Portishead) at his White Light studio, located on the edge of Tasmania’s Huon Valley.

‘Back Yourself’ continues some of Salter’s long held thematic preoccupations – love, dreams, armageddon, video games; the ocean and the stars; the intersection of myth and science; and the nature of reality itself.

“Isolationism” the first single from the album was written with long time Gin Club collaborator Conor Macdonald, whilst final track “End Of Days” was written in Lyttelton with NZ songwriter and performer Marlon Williams.

Back Yourself features guest appearances by well known Australian guitarist and songwriter Jeff Lang, Peter “Blackie” Black of underground legends The Hard Ons, and Something for Kate drummer Clint Hyndman.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SCIENCE FICTION BY THE BELLIGERENTS

September 13 – September 19

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Having refined their craft with a series of impressive EP and single releases – along with an attention-commanding live presence – The Belligerents are primed to elevate to the next level with their debut full-length statement, ‘Science Fiction.’

The five-piece have flourished from their Brisbane base, exploring the far reaches of worldly psych-pop with their sights aimed squarely towards a celestial realm. After humble beginnings, The Belligerents stepped up with a more sprawling vision on the 2015 EP ‘Outside:Inside.’

‘Science Fiction’ features album favourites “Caroline,” “Before, I Am” and the Madchester-influenced “Flash.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ZONE BY CLOUD CONTROL

September 6 – September 12

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‘Zone,’ Cloud Control’s brilliant third album, sees the band at their rawest, most inventive and most evolved, but still unmistakably Cloud Control.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BULLS AND ROOSTERS BY TOGETHER PANGEA

August 30 – September 5

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On their latest album ‘Bulls and Roosters,’ Together Pangea managed to hit a sweet spot between writing rock ‘n’ roll songs worthy of being hummed twenty years from now and maintaining the brash and ballsy bite fans know and love.

The Los Angeles quartet – William Keegan [guitar, vocals], Danny Bengston [bass], Erik Jimenez [drums], and Roland Cosio [guitar] – essentially get louder by dialing the volume down.

The band co-produced the album with longtime friend and collaborator Andrew Schubert, and it was mixed by Chris Coady (TV On The Radio, Beach House.)

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 TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MANUAL OVERRIDE BY SASKWATCH

August 16 – August 22

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Fourth album from the Melbourne-based indie six-piece Saskwatch!

‘Manual Override’ follows 2015’s ‘Sorry I Let it Come Between Us’ which received press from Hhhhappy, Rolling Stone AU, and Renowned For Sound.

‘Manual Override’ features lead single “December Nights,” and is out via brand new label Grow Yourself Up from esteemed Australian artist manager Greg Carey (The Rubens, Urthboy, Bec Sandridge).

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 TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: OLD LOCOMOTIVE BY THE MURLOCS

August 9 – August 15

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Five-piece The Murlocs release the rollicking ‘Old Locomotive,’ their third album, via Flightless Records!

Stu McKenzie of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard produced the LP, with songs by frontman Kenny Ambrose-Smith (also of King Gizz).

All aboard!!

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PERENNIAL BY VERA BLUE

August 2 – August 8

 

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Unstoppable singer-songwriter Vera Blue releases her debut album, ‘Perennial!’

Following the release of singles “Private” and “Mended,” the record introduces a fully-formed Vera Blue, seamlessly synthesising her folk past with a bold, electronic pop future. An intensely personal record, it traces the often-circular pathways between love and loss across its 12 tracks.”‘Perennial’ is a term for plants that come back year after year, and I like to relate that to memory, feelings and emotions,” says Vera Blue. “It’s what the record is all about; relationships can be very cyclical, or never-ending, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just part of life.”

The album is arranged into three chapters, which chronologically trace the development of Vera Blue; from her very first week writing, raw after the breakdown of a relationship, towards a place of renewed strength and vivacity.

Recorded between Los Angeles and Sydney, ‘Perennial’ was written with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Tina Arena, Bertie Blackman) as well as engineer Jackson Barclay. It’s the product of countless hours spent crafting songs in the studio as a team.

Album tracks “Lady Powers,” “Regular Touch” and “Magazine” also bring out unabashed dance elements in Vera Blue’s songwriting.

But despite its new sonic elements, the album is underpinned by the classic songwriting that has defined Vera Blue’s musical growth. Each song started its life organically, created on either piano or acoustic guitar, as evidenced on “We Used To” and stunning album closer, “Mended.”

Produced by Andy Mak, and most recently co-produced with Adam Anders, ‘Perennial’ arrives on the eve of Vera Blue’s fast- selling national tour, including her second appearance – and first as a solo artist – at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass in two years.

‘Perennial’ sees Vera Blue finding arresting new ways to channel a voice Australia has already fallen for. Unflinchingly honest, it’s the album she had to write, with a sound that is entirely her own.

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: RESOLUTE BY STU LARSEN

July 26 – August 1

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Australian singer/songwriter Stu Larsen will return with Resolute, the follow up album to his debut release Vagabond. Larsen recorded Resolute with impromptu voice memos on his phone, architecting a primitive framework for the songs. As Larsen combed through hundreds of files, he tucked himself away in different locations to write the demos – a cottage in Scotland, an apartment in Spain and an army bunker in Australia.

Long-time friend, producer and songwriter Luke Thompson eventually joined him at Mike Rosenberg’s (aka Passenger) studio in Brighton to finish up the demos. With the ideas solidified, Larsen got more than he bargained for on a stopover for a wedding in Indonesia before formal recording took place in Australia…

“My appendix burst,” he sighs. “I had to have the operation there. I couldn’t fly. I was recovering for about 10 days. Luke knew the songs so well that he was able to start the recording without me, thankfully. Although, I wasn’t there for the first two weeks, it was pretty amazing to come into what he put down.”

Back on his feet, Larsen finished the new album’s ten songs. Larsen previewed Resolute with a rough demo of “By The River” that quickly earned half a million Spotify streams. “By The River” is an airy love letter to a New Zealand river that was an arduous process to complete. The song culminates on a wiry and wild solo that, as he describes it, “is the sound of frustration being worked out through my guitar.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HUG OF THUNDER BY BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE

July 19 – July 25

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Following up their triumphant return to music with “Halfway Home,” Toronto’s Broken Social Scene have now shared details of their first album in seven years, ‘Hug Of Thunder,’ released via Spunk Records!

Produced by Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, The Strokes) and mixed by Shawn Everett, ‘Hug Of Thunder’ includes contributions from all fifteen original members of the band, plus new guest vocalist Ariel Engle.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: QUIET FEROCITY BY THE JUNGLE GIANTS

July 12 – July 18

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The Jungle Giants 3rd album ‘Quiet Ferocity’ features Triple J high rotation singles “Feel The Way I Do” and “On Your Way Down!”

Both previous albums ‘Learn To Exist’ and ‘Speakerzoid’ have been Triple J feature albums and have cracked the Top 10 digital charts and the Top 15 and Top 25 ARIA album charts.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: YOU DON’T KNOW LONELY BY TEX, DON & CHARLIE

July 5 – July 11

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Bonafide legends of the Australian music scene, Tex Perkins, Don Walker, and Charlie Owen are set to take back their collective crown once more with the announcement that their alt – country supergroup, Tex, Don, & Charlie returns with a brand new album ‘You Don’t Know Lonely!’

True masters of evocative, story – driven song writing, we last heard from the trio on 2005’s ‘All Is Forgiven’ and their spectacular 1993 debut ‘Sad But True,’ itself widely regarded as one of the great Australian albums.

‘You Don’t Know Lonely’s lead track, Tex’s “A Man In Conflict With Nature,” is darkly hilarious – sketching the kind of louche, uninhibited character your grandmother warned you against: the layabout who, after a winning tip at the dogs, celebrates with “three hookers and some sushi.”

“The Hitcher” is an older, wiser, more calibrated view of the world that’s on offer: “You don’t know lonely/Till you’ve looked back down the road/From one more town/Knowing she’s no longer there/And here’s as good as anywhere.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PUNCHBUZZ BY HUSKY

June 28 – July 4

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‘Punchbuzz’ may be the work of the same band that became overnight sensations thanks to their 2011 debut ‘Forever So’ and continued that hot streak with 2014’s ‘Ruckers Hill,’ but now the duo behind Husky are tapping into something that hadn’t previously come to the fore.

Sharp, lean, and driving, and including the singles “Late Night Store” and “Ghost,” ‘Punchbuzz’ more than lives up to the dynamic imperative of its title.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HOW DID WE GET SO DARK? BY ROYAL BLOOD

June 21 – June 27

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After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood releases their eagerly anticipated second album ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’

Royal Blood’s breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK and #3 on the ARIA chart, as well as going Top 20 in twelve countries and selling over a million copies. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York and being presented with a BRIT Award for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god. Their ascendency was further underlined with major awards courtesy of Kerrang!, NME and Q.

The ten tracks that feature on ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ were written in instrumental form during sessions in Brighton, Hollywood, Los Angeles and Nashville. Always trying to explore ways of stripping their enormous sound back to give it more space and impact, inspiration for the lyrics came from events in vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr’s life since the band first found huge success.

In November 2016, Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, along with producer Jolyon Thomas, spent six weeks in a studio in Brussels that was decked out like a New York diner and featured a warehouse of antique gear. ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ was subsequently completed after a final session in London with their debut album’s co-producer Tom Dalgety.

The album’s first single “Lights Out” ups the ante from their debut with a wrecking ball of a groove cemented by Thatcher’s thunderous rhythms, while Kerr wrangles the twisted invention of his bass riffs to a whole new level. Their patented two-man artillery of carefully constructed melodic aggression is prevalent throughout, especially in “I Only Lie When I Love You,” which is a compelling cowbell-assisted reminder of the power of a stop-start riff and a strident chorus. There are times where Royal Blood are more visceral than ever – notably the gargantuan introduction to “Hook, Line & Sinker” and also the intense denouement that brings “Looks Like You Know” to a close.

While the album finds Royal Blood refining their melodic might, there are other moments that fulfil their aim to create songs that will add new dimensions to their live sets. Adorned with Kerr’s falsetto, “Don’t Tell” drops the intensity to mesmerising effect, while “Where Are You Now?” pulsates with a bounding energy that’s quite a step apart from anything else in their catalogue. The Royal Blood palette is also expanded with the complementary addition of piano or keyboards on four tracks, including the foreboding album closer “Sleep.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THROUGH THE DISTORTION BY KILTER

June 14 – June 20

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After an intensive two years of writing, recording and touring the world, one of Australia’s most listened to producers is set to unveil his debut album. Following the global acclaim of singles “They Don’t Know Us”, “Count On Me” and recent cut “I Hear You”, Kilter’s highly anticipated full length record, Through The Distortion will be released June 9 via etcetc.

A body of work that mirrors countless hours spent in the studio, Through The Distortion features unheard tracks and the Sydney artist’s most recent singles. Tropical in flavour with Kilter’s distinctive grit, the record is one of patience and boundary-breaking versatility. Owing to his talents as a drummer, Kilter cleverly tackles elements of dancehall, garage, breakbeat, hip-hop, bigbeat, RnB, electro and chill throughout with his telltale

production finesse.

Kilter proudly hosts an all-Australian cast of collaborations throughout, with the exception of South African rap sensation Espacio Dios on “Treasure”, who makes OkayAfrica’s “Top 25 South African rappers under 25 killing the game”. Opening track “Ritmo” is a tranquil preparation of delicate layers, that prepares for a leap into the timeless “Count On Me” ft. LANKS. Sweeping synths open Yaw Faso’s bouncing verses on “Shut It Down”, while “Shatter” shifts the mood to a late night dance floor. Contemplative tones soothe on
the Woodes featured “Waste Time” and darker slow turning “Badai”, before the high whistled call out of “I Hear You”.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BRUTAL DAWN BY BERNARD FANNING

May 31st – June 13

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‘Brutal Dawn’ is part two of a series of two albums from Bernard Fanning! The anticipated new album follows part one, ‘Civil Dusk.’

‘Brutal Dawn’ is the much anticipated second installment in a two album series from singer-songwriter Bernard Fanning and follows last year’s ARIA award winning ‘Civil Dusk’ (#2 ARIA Debut). Renewal, realisation, reconciliation and evolution are the ‘brutal’ answers to ‘Civil Dusk’s lyricism, revision, tenderness and romance.

Fanning’s band The Black Fins give full force to songs that speak to the perils and benefits of deep reflection. Much of the same personnel from Civil Dusk create a dynamic record that has minimal instrumentation that reinforces the lyrics. Fanning and Nick DiDia’s La Cueva Recording in Byron Bay again provided the backdrop for this second installment in the series that was recorded through the summer of 2016/17.

This is an album that has been carefully realized but manages to stay free of artifice or contrivance. It is an adept answer to the questions posed on its predecessor and points to a way forward for an artist that is wholeheartedly dedicated to the craft of songwriting and presenting them in an album format.
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‘Civil Dusk’ is the anticipated third solo album by multi ARIA and APRA Award winning singer-songwriter Bernard Fanning!

Recorded at Byron Bay studio La Cueva, the album was produced, engineered and mixed by Nick DiDia who has worked with artists including Powderfinger, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Aimee Mann and Matthew Sweet. With recording wrapping up over Easter 2016, the songs are characterised by a sense of warmth, space and the earthy treatment of timber based instruments – acoustic guitar, piano, strings and violin.

With his solo career now spanning a 10-year period, Fanning has firmly cemented his position as one of Australia’s finest songwriters and lyricists. From the country folk-tinged charm of his multi-platinum debut solo album ‘Tea And Sympathy’ (#1 ARIA Debut) to the synth beats and horn breaks of its follow up ‘Departures’ (#1 ARIA Debut), Fanning is a songwriter in continuous motion, his trusty notebook never far from his side.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SLOWDIVE BY SLOWDIVE

May 24th – May 30th

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UK shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are pleased to announce their self-titled fourth album, out via Dead Oceans!

It is their first new album in over twenty years, since their landmark trio of albums in the 90’s: ‘Just For A Day,’ ‘Souvlaki,’ and ‘Pygmalion.’

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: COMMON AS LIGHT & LOVE ARE RED VALLEYS OF BLOOD BY SUN KIL MOON

May 17th – May 23rd

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Latest record from Sun Kil Moon, out through Rough Trade via Inertia!

In the words of Mark Kozalek, “‘Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood,’ for the most part, captures events from January to August of this year and how I processed it all while traveling. […] I’m blessed to have met the very talented Justin Broadrick and to have made these beautiful albums with him. These two new albums capture more than my reactions to mass murders or the passing of beloved heroes like David Bowie or Muhammad Ali. The Sun Kil Moon and Jesu / Sun Kil Moon albums are also full of love, humour, and my gratitude for the gift of life.”

Features the single “God Bless Ohio” and “I Love Portugal.”

YOU CAN SEE SUN KIL MOON WHEN HE PLAYS THE TRIFFID ON WEDNESDAY THE 31ST OF MAY. TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE – https://tickets.thetriffid.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=71060

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MORNINGSIDE BY FAZERDAZE

May 10th – May 16th

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The brainchild of Amelia Murray, Fazerdaze began as a string of bedroom recordings created late in the night, emerging fully-formed in 2014 as her debut eponymous EP. A succinct collection of intimate, beautifully produced dream-pop written, produced and performed by Murray herself. It’s a significant first outing for the young New Zealander with layers of softly crunching guitars swirling over consistently driving drum machines, and sparse electronica.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HUMANZ BY GORILLAZ

May 3rd – May 9th

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Gorillaz are back!

The world’s most successful virtual band will make their highly anticipated return with a new studio album titled ‘Humanz,’ released by Parlophone Records!

Produced by Gorillaz, The Twilight Tone of D /\ P and Remi Kabaka and recorded in London, Paris, New York, Chicago and Jamaica, ‘Humanz’ comes seven years on from the release of album ‘Plastic Beach,’ which peaked at #1 on the ARIA chart and was certified Gold in Australia, and ‘The Fall.’

Murdoc Niccals (bass), Noodle (guitar), Russel Hobbs (drums) and 2D (vocals) are – as always – joined by a stellar line up of featured artists which includes Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra Katz, Kelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis, to name a few.

A six-minute Jamie Hewlett-directed epic animated film features four ‘Humanz’ tracks – being “Saturnz Barz” (feat. Popcaan) in full, plus highlights of “Ascension” (feat. Vince Staples), “Andromeda” (feat. D.R.A.M.) and “We Got The Power” (feat. Jehnny Beth). The film – “Saturnz Barz (Spirit House),” supported by YouTube – also affords an extraordinary cutting-edge VR video (360-3D).

With interludes narrated by Ben Mendelsohn

Gorillaz are singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, guitarist Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs. Created by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, their acclaimed eponymous debut album was released in 2001. The BRIT and Grammy Award winning band’s subsequent albums are ‘Demon Days’ (2005), which peaked at #2 on the ARIA chart and was certified Triple Platinum, ‘Plastic Beach’ (2010) and ‘The Fall’ (2011).

A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz have topped charts around the world and toured the globe from San Diego to Syria, picking up hundreds of millions of streams and record sales along the way. Gorillaz have achieved success in entirely ground-breaking ways, winning numerous awards including the coveted Jim Henson Creativity Honor and are recognised by The Guinness Book Of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: GUTFUL BY BAD//DREEMS
April 26th – May 2nd

 

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The second album from Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems featuring lead single “Mob Rule,” and new single “Feeling Remains!”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: GUTFUL BY BAD//DREEMS
April 26th – May 2nd

 

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The second album from Adelaide’s Bad//Dreems featuring lead single “Mob Rule,” and new single “Feeling Remains!”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PURE COMEDY BY FATHER JOHN MISTY
April 19th – April 25th

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‘Pure Comedy,’ Father John Misty’s third album, is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity.

Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman, who many moons ago (2008-2012, to be precise) drummed for Seattle indie-folk act Fleet Foxes.

Fewer moons ago, he released his acclaimed albums ‘Fear Fun’ (2012) and ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ (2015), plus the recent “Real Love Baby” single, as Father John Misty, and contributed to songs by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Kid Cudi.

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SHAPE SHIFT WITH ME BY AGAINST ME
April 12th – April 18th

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You can never accuse Against Me! of being same-y. With every release they push their own musical and lyrical boundaries resulting in a natural evolution of their punkrock sound and that’s why we love them!

‘Shape Shift With Me’ is an urgent album with AM delivering powerfull anthemic punk-rock!

You can catch Against Me when they play The Triffid on Saturday the 3rd of May. You can purchase tickets – HERE

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PAINT BY HOLY HOLY
April 5th – April 11th

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Australian duo Holy Holy are back with their hotly anticipated sophomore release, ‘Paint!’

The album is the follow up to ‘When The Storms Would Come,’ which debuted at #11 on the ARIA chart, spawned 7 songs on high rotation on Triple J, and had the duo play several sold out tours across the country and supports with Vance Joy, The Preatures & Boy & Bear, along with many festival tours including Splendour in the Grass & Falls Festival.

Stunning reviews for both their album & their electric live shows plus an APRA PDA Songwriting award, have seen them touring Europe twice selling out both their London shows, playing London Calling Festival in Amsterdam twice to thousands, with airplay in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and spending a significant time in the Speciality Charts in the US.

You can catch Holy Holy when they play The Triffid on Saturday the 8th of July. You can purchase tickets – HERE

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE PAST BEATS INSIDE ME LIKE A SECOND HEARTBEAT BY URTHBOY
March 29 – April 4

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Urthboy introduces his fifth album, ‘The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat!’

As Urthboy explains: “This project was to be released in 5 EPs, with each covering a decade between 1950 and 2000. The working title was Decades and the vision was to give life to the relationship between the past and present. Just like a million writers before me, I dreamt up a beast so daunting, that I spent three years trying to tame it. Everything changed when I wrote my family into the story.”

“Long Loud Hours” set the tone – voted in at #33 in 2015’s Hottest 100 – while new single “Second Heartbeat” switches gears to summer, setting up Urthboy’s most intriguing record to date.

The album is executive produced by Pip Norman & Hermitude with additional production by Nic Martin, Styalz Fuego and Rahj Jordan.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WHEN WE FALL BY ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
March 15 – March 28
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All Our Exes Live In Texas are four of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – combining in four-part, indie-folk harmony heaven.

On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess.

Fair warning: this foursome is the most badass female folk band around.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: AFTER HOURS, CLOSE TO DAWN BY KINGSWOOD
March 8 – March 14
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‘Creepin’… a smoky bait-and-switch that draws you in with moody guitar and vocalist Fergus Linacre’s soulful growl before broadsiding you with dirty, leather-scuffing riffage” – triple j

“Kingswood attempt to further accentuate the darker edges of their soul-slanted rock…  brash and bluntly bold stadium-sized rock.”– Rolling Stone

‘Creepin’ captures the darker sides of the mind, portrayed with psychedelic guitars and soothing vocals – a juxtaposition of innocence and darkness. “-  The Brag

Powerhouse rockers KINGSWOOD today confirm the details for their second studio album After Hours, Close To Dawn, set for release in Australia on March 3, 2017 via Dew Process. The band also announce they will be heading out across the country for their national album tour throughout March and April next year. The fourteen-date After Hours, Close To Dawn tour, proudly supported by triple j, kicks off in Belgrave on Thursday March 23 before hitting up capital cites as well as a handful of shows off the beaten track. Special guests to be announced and tickets are on sale 9:00am Friday, December 9.

KINGSWOOD members Alex Laska, Fergus Linacre and Justin Debrincat spent the earlier part of 2016 bunkered down recording the follow up to their ARIA #6 and ARIA nominated 2014 debut Microscopic Wars at the legendary Sound Emporium in Nashville, USA. Owned by musical legend Johnny Cash’s producer Jack Clement – the studio has recorded hit albums from some of the greats, including Robert Plant, Cyndi Lauper, Alabama Shakes and Pharell. The new album was produced by English-born and Nashville-based producer Ed Spear, who the band befriended when he engineered Microscopic Wars.

The first offering from these recordings is their commanding new single ‘Creepin’’. The track premiered via the airwaves on triple j Drive with Veronica and Lewis was added straight to the triple j playlist and has gained close to 200,000 streams online.

WATCH & SHARE THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘CREEPIN’ HERE!

Good bands follow the path in front of them, but the great ones forge their own trail. With their new album, After Hours, Close To Dawn, KINGSWOOD prove they’re part of the latter’s rich, rare lineage: risk-takers who refuse to acknowledge the easy boundaries that demarcate popular music. The group have made a record that’s bursting with diverse ideas, extraordinary sounds, and heartfelt emotion. “There’s no direction we can’t take now,” believes Linacre. “KINGSWOOD can go anywhere we want.” “Any perspective on what we should sound like has been thrown out the window,” adds Laska,

After Hours, Close To Dawn puts KINGSWOOD on the front line of innovators. It mixes compelling R’n’B grooves with soaring rock & roll, garage soul and space-age experimentation. It’s an eclectic collection of music, but the defining element is the through line of the trio’s creative DNA. No matter what shape they take, these songs still instantly recognizable as KINGSWOOD.

For the latest KINGSWOOD touring and release news go here: http://www.kingswoodband.com/

You can see Kingswood when they play The Triffid on the 7th and 8th of April.
Buy tickets for Friday the 7th of April here
Buy tickets for Saturday the 8th of April here

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PRISONER BY RYAN ADAMS
March 1 – March 7
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Prolific American singer/songwriter Ryan Adams returns with the first new music since covering Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ in it’s entirety, and first studio release since 2014’s self-titled album!

“Do You Still Love Me” is the first single from the hotly anticipated new album, announced whilst in Australia playing a very special, sold out show at The Enmore in Sydney.

His new album – entitled ‘Prisoner’ – is his 15th studio album. To date, Ryan Adams has been nominated for Grammy awards, Brit Awards, Q Awards and NME Awards.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: POSTCARDS FROM THE SHELLHOUSE BY BUSBY MAROU
February 22 – February 28
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Busby Marou – aka Thomas Busby & Jeremy Marou – have announced the release of their third studio album ‘Postcards From the Shell House,’ featuring the first single “Getaway Car!”

‘Postcards From The Shell House’ was recorded over the last 18 months with Jon Hume at The Stables studios in Gisbourne, VIC as well as during sessions on Great Keppel Island and on a boat. Yes, a boat.

‘Postcards From The Shell House’ returns the pair to their roots in a number of ways. The shell house in question, an old heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of their native Rockhampton, has great significance. Early in their career Tom and Jeremy would sit around a campfire there and sing songs, one or two of which ended up on record. Last year, with producer Jon Hume (Evermore) in tow, that same method in the same location produced a few songs for the new album.

In the lead up to their new album, Busby Marou hit the road for their “Getaway Car Single Tour,” selling out all seven shows and treating select fans to exclusive premieres of their new material.

“It’s always been difficult to verbalise the energy and emotion that goes into writing a new album, so it’s exciting to finally be able to start sharing the new material with our fans,” said frontman Thomas Busby.

Although they have come back to being a duo, there were plenty of collaborators on hand during the songwriting process, among them Hume, who co-wrote three of the 11 songs; celebrated female songwriter Alex Hope (Broods, Troye Sivan), who worked on “Drink the World Dry” and “Full Moon;” and John Mayer’s guitarist David Ryan Harris, an idol of Jeremy’s, who added guitar and influence to “Getaway Car.”

“Getaway Car” is accompanied by an acoustic music video filmed on Great Keppel Island, where much of the album was written and recorded. The island is a place that Jeremy and Tom hold close to their heart, which they discuss at the beginning of the video.

Busby Marou’s self-titled album was certified ARIA Gold in Australia in July 2014, while their follow up album ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ debuted at #5 on the album chart.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE KIDS WILL KNOW IT’S BULLSHIT BY DUNE RATS
February 8 – February 14

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The mighty Dune Rats are back with their ripper new album ‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit!’

The 11 track album was produced by FIDLAR’S Zac Carper and was recorded at Head Gap Studios in Melbourne, and features the blistering new single “Scott Green” – the follow-up to lead album single “Bullshit!”

‘The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit’ is the second full length album by Dune Rats, with most of the tracks being written in beach shacks across the east coast of Australia, although Scott Green had its own unique origins in the US.

“We made ‘Scott Green’ out at Joshua Tree in America with Zac from FIDLAR. We had 5 days to write some songs in between tours in the US & UK and we busted out a fuck load of tunes having a blast in the middle of bum fuck nowhere.”

The official video for “Scott Green” is a first not only for Dunies but for Australian music videos in general and it’s fucking awesome. The interactive visuals take the viewer on a ‘choose your own adventure’ style journey through a house party and invites them to choose which room the band will enter and how they will party. The aim is to help the band solve the mystery of ‘Who’s Scott Green?’ – If the joke hasn’t hit you yet, check out the boys’ Facebook page for more info.

Video director Mac De Souza from Hype Republic says of the Scott Green video “The concept is the band are heading to a house party, and have their stash of weed stolen off them out the front by our ‘Scott Green’ character who runs into the house. The chase for Scott Green begins and they search for him high and low throughout this fantasy-like house party with 4 different themed rooms based on drugs you’d see at a typical Aussie houseparty (weed room, ecstasy room, cocaine room and LSD room). The viewer gets to choose which door they go in, and each room provides a ‘clue’ to where Scott Green might be hiding in a ‘Where’s Wally-like game adventure.”

BC Michaels of Dune Rats adds “Had a fucking blast making this clip, we jumped straight off the plane from Europe, filmed for three days straight and then got on a plane to the states. Stoked with how it turned out and everyone who put in effort! Good shit legends.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE BY JAPANDROIDS
February 1 – February 7

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Canadian rockers Japandroids are back with their anticipated third studio release, the magnificent ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life!’

The hot new album is the follow up to 2012’s critical acclaimed ‘Celebration Rock’

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LOVE WITHOUT CO-DEPENDENCY BY MATT HENRY
January 25 – January 31

 

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After first picking up the guitar at 15 years of age Matt Henry finally found the courage to start performing live at 35 and hasn’t looked back since. Five years later Henry has toured with the likes of Kasey Chambers, released a successful EP and is now setting the scene to drop Love Without Co-Dependency, an album that’s been 20 years in the making.

“The Best That They Could Do” is the first release from the forthcoming album and was written whilst reflecting on a relationship that had initially ended with a question mark. “This song for me was about erasing that question mark and replacing it with a full stop” said Henry. It is, in essence a country song but expresses strong blues influences and showcases the amazing backing vocals of Jen Mize. The track is a great example of Henry’s collaboration with celebrated producer/songwriter Shane Nicholson (Catherine Britt, Alex Lloyd) as Henry explains “This song was the last one I sent to Shane. I had just written it and only really sent it because he said to send as much as possible. I thought it was the least finished and I had no real intention of recording it. When I arrived at the studio for pre-production sessions he said it was one of his favourites. The sessions for that song were among the easiest. Because it was new I had no real pre-conceived ideas as to how I wanted it to sound. So essentially Shane just spun his wheels and was left unencumbered”

After many years writing music by himself Matt Henry’s collaboration with a Shane Nicholson was a unique and refreshing experience that allowed his songs to evolve in a way he could never of imaged. “The process was really intense. I had so many expectations going in and I quickly learnt that the process of recording /collaborating is a process of letting go and finding mutual points of common ground. There were times when we both refused to yield on some points but I can see in hindsight the dynamic actually worked really well and I think brought the best out of both of us.” Explains Henry.

You can catch Matt Henry live when he plays The Triffid’s Americana Sessions on Sunday the 29th of January.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WE MOVE BY JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
January 18 – January 24

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James Vincent McMorrow releases his hot new album, ‘We Move,’ via Believe Recordings / Harvest.

The new album follows 2010’s platinum-selling ‘Early In The Morning,’ which also reached number 1 in Ireland, and acclaimed follow-up ‘Post Tropical.’

Beginning with “Rising Water,” ‘We Move’ continues a remarkable journey for the Dublin-born singer and songwriter, whose early work offered little clue as to the sounds and situations that would follow. It’s a remarkably assured collection, informed by this idea that you might not have to listen to others when they tell you how they think life is supposed to go; and that as you grow up, you lose things along the way. .

Rather, ‘We Move’ suggests it’s possible to keep what you want to keep, and lose what you want to lose.

You can catch James Vincent McMorrow when he arrives at The Triffid on the 3rd of March – BUY TICKETS

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LOVE & HATE BY MICHAEL KIWANUKA
January 11 – January 17

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Michael Kiwanuka is very pleased to release his second album, ‘Love & Hate,’ and the unveiling of its first single, “Black Man In A White World!”

‘Love & Hate’ – released through Polydor Records – recorded in LA and London, and produced by Grammy Award winner Brian Joseph Burton AKA Danger Mouse, and young British producer, Inflo.

‘Love & Hate’ is a fascinatingly assured and resonant body of work, and follows Michael’s acclaimed 2012 debut LP, ‘Home Again.’ Having introduced himself and that voice to the world in 2011 with the raw soul of ‘Tell Me A Tale,’ ‘Love & Hate’ is a record that sounds as though it has been unearthed from a long forgotten studio canister in the seventies, but is permeated with a timelessness that defies any artist of any specific era. If the ‘death of the album’ is still an ongoing conversation, Michael Kiwanuka’s new record is a startling, emphatic response to its enduring importance.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TEENS OF DENIAL BY CAR SEAT HEADREST
December 14 – December 20

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‘Teens of Denial’ is the thirteenth album in Car Seat Headrest’s (aka 23-year-old Will Toledo) oeuvre, second on Matador, and first to be recorded in a proper studio with a full band and producer (Steve Fisk).

On ‘Denial,’ Toledo moves from bedroom pop to something approaching classic-rock grandeur and huge (if detailed and personal) narrative ambitions, with nods to the Cars, Pavement, Jonathan Richman, Wire, and William Onyeabor. By turns tender and caustic, empathetic and solipsistic, literary and vernacular, profound and profane, self-loathing and self-aggrandizing, he conjures a specifically 21st century mindset, a product of information overload, the loneliness it can foster, and the escape music can provide.

At the heart of the album sits the 11:32 ‘Ballad of the Costa Concordia,’ which has more musical ideas than most whole albums (and at that length, it uses them all). Horns, keyboards, and elegant instrumental interludes set off art-garage moments; vivid vocal harmonies follow punk frenzy.

The selfish captain of the capsized cruise liner in the Mediterranean in 2013 becomes a metaphor for struggles of the individual in society, as experienced by one hungover young man on the verge of adulthood.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FREEDOM, LOVE AND THE RECUPERATION OF THE HUMAN MIND BY BEN LEE
December 7 – December 13

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Ben Lee has been writing songs about the inner workings of his mind and heart for almost 25 years. Whether the subject matter was trying to impress girls in his Year 9 class, the existential poetic yearnings of an 18 year old, his wrestling with ambition and fame, or over the past decade and a half – grappling with matters of spiritual and psychological development, you can never accuse Ben of not wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Beginning with his lo-fi punk band Noise Addict, discovered by Sonic Youth & The Beastie Boys in 1992, and throughout his solo career, he has always been transparent as a songwriter, attempting to take his most intimate struggles, observations and yearnings and turn them into accessible, catchy songs that his loyal audience could digest. He has had topped Triple J’s Hottest 100, won ARIA awards, starred in movies, toured all over the world, but one can clearly sense that these have never been the main goal for Ben – rather, it has been his artistic and spiritual journey that has driven his decision making in his personal life and career.

His new album, Freedom, Love & the Recuperation of the Human Mind continues this tradition. It is a largely acoustic based album that is deceptive in its simplicity, as its beautiful and tender little folk songs contain some of the most conceptually provocative concepts and material of his career. Set against a bed of quality players from the highest eschelons of roots and folk music (Grant Lee Phillips, Sara Watkins, Nick Gaffaney), we find Ben in a completely organic and heart-felt musical landscape. Recorded between his home studio in Laurel Canyon, CA and Grant Lee Phillips’ home studio Nashville, TN, this album represents the fruition of a musical vision that began for Ben as a teenager. “I have always loved folk and acoustic based roots music, but when I produced my records in that way as a teenager, there was no gravity or weight. I hadnt lived enough yet!”. Now, this framing seems the perfect fit for Ben, a lifetime singer/songwriter whose deep and varied career carries has a reputation around the world.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT BY DINOSAUR JR.
November 30 – December 6

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American rockers Dinosaur Jr. release their anticipated new album ‘Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not,’ the follow up to 2012’s ‘I Bet on Sky.’

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: OFFERED IT UP BY KINGFISHA
November 23 – November 29

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Brisbane roof raisers Kingfisha have been laying down weighty reggae and dub, and bringing their passionate music to eager audiences for 5 years, in the process cementing themselves as Australia’s premier reggae act.

The 6-piece band deliver crafted and modern reggae music by coupling their love of Jamaican rhythms with personal depth and style.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BY DEFAULT BY BAND OF SKULLS
November 16 – November 22

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Band Of Skulls release new album ‘By Defaulton!’

Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, Patti Smith). The English trio made up of Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals), Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) and Matt Hayward (drums), the new record came about via a conscious decision to take a step back from their relentless world-wide touring schedule (having never spent more than a month off the road in the last 2 years) to decamp to and write songs in a Southampton Baptist Church-cum-makeshift HQ.

“We went back to Square One,” says Matt Hayward.

In the church – between visits from the vicar, bringing tea and biscuits on his trolley – they found the new songs in hours of woodshedding on ratty old practice amps.

“It’s definitely a new era,” says Russell Marsden. “The first three records were like a trilogy, a piece of work in of themselves. We wanted to do those things, and we did them all. We took a breath, took a look at what we’d done, and started from scratch again.”

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SPURTS! PUNK & POST-PUNK FROM THE ’70s & BEYOND BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
November 9 – November 15
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A bargain-priced 93 track compilation to celebrate the so-called 40th Anniversary of punk, ‘Spurts!’ (which takes its name from a Richard Hell song) features many of the biggest names of the genre, from Ramones to The Damned to Patti Smith to the Buzzcocks to Nick Cave’S first band Boys Next Door to The Dead Kennedys, through to more recent things like The Offspring, NOFX, The Living End and even Eddy Current Suppression Ring.

The compilation actually goes back further than the 40 years, to ‘pre-punk’ groups like The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, The Mc5 and Joe Strummer’s band The 101ers. It also includes a disc of classic ‘post-punk’ stuff – Joy Division, Public Image, The Birthday Party, The Cure, Talking Heads and The Models.

The album was compiled with the assistance of Joe Hansen, original guitarist for current Melbourne punks Clowns (who are also featured), and the group featured on cover is the Teenage Radio Stars from Melbourne, who are included as well and who featured a young James Freud and Sean Kelly circa 1978.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: RUMBINATIONS by CONOR OBERST
November 2 – November 8

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In the winter of 2016, Conor Oberst found himself hibernating in his hometown of Omaha after living in New York City for more than a decade. He emerged with the unexpectedly raw, unadorned solo album ‘Ruminations,’ available on Nonesuch Records.

“I wasn’t expecting to write a record. I honestly wasn’t expecting to do much of anything. Winter in Omaha can have a paralyzing effect on a person but in this case it worked in my favor. I was just staying up late every night playing piano and watching the snow pile up outside the window. Next thing I knew I had burned through all the firewood in the garage and had more than enough songs for a record. I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone,” says Oberst.

Oberst began publicly releasing music in 1994 at the age of 14. Those early recordings, made in Omaha on four-track cassette by Oberst and his friends, were an introduction to the work of a prodigious songwriter whose creative outpouring would soon be widely lauded. Writing and recording prolifically over the next two decades, first with his band Bright Eyes and later under his own name — and at special moments as a member of Desaparecidos and Monsters of Folk — Oberst became known, the Los Angeles Times said, as an artist who “sees the world with fresh and fearless eyes.” The Times continued, “He weaves his findings into intimate songs whose melodies are as timeless as a hymnal and whose images are hauntingly poetic….He can command your attention with long narratives that have more words than a pocket dictionary, or stop you cold with a single line.”

In Nebraska last winter, songs that hark back to that earlier era unexpectedly began to take shape. Oberst went to ARC, the studio he built with his Bright Eyes bandmate and longtime friend Mike Mogis, to record that music. With the help of engineer Ben Brodin, he recorded all the songs in the span of 48 hours. The results are almost sketch-like in their sparseness, and they ultimately became the songs that comprise Ruminations. These tracks do not have the multi-layered instrumentation of the most recent Bright Eyes and solo albums: This is Oberst alone with his guitar, piano, and harmonica; the songs connect with some of the rough magic and anxious poetry that first brought him to the attention of the world, while their lyrical complexity and concerns make it obvious they could only have been written in the present.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TKAY by TKAY MAIDZA
October 26 – November 1

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Highly Anticipated Debut Release From Tkay Maidza!

In the past few years, singer/rapper Tkay Maidza has risen out of the underground to emerge as one of Australia’s most electrifying artists. With her rapid-fire flow, frenetic beats, and fiercely inventive lyrics, the Zimbabwe-born 20-year-old is now set to shake up audiences worldwide with her unstoppably magnetic debut album, ‘TKAY.’

Maidza brings that dance-ready yet reflective dynamic to each track on ‘TKAY,’ an album that endlessly warps genres and shows her intense affinity for UK garage, grime, throwback hip-hop, and trap.

Joining forces with producers like Salva (Young Thug, A$AP Ferg) and Dre Skull (Major Lazer, Snoop Dogg), Maidza continually pushes to the edge of chaos but keeps grounded in her pop-perfect melodies and masterfully heavy grooves.

And in her lyrics, Maidza strikes a rare balance of boldness and vulnerability that gives ‘TKAY’ a potent emotional charge.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SMOKE FIRE HOPE DESIRE by HARTS
October 19 – October  25
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Musical phenomenon Darren Hart, aka Harts, has already had a huge year in 2016. Having released two massive singles in “Peculiar” and “Power,” he’s been touring non-stop both locally and internationally, including a barnstorming UK and European tour and a triumphant return to the hallowed Splendour In The Grass stage, playing a spectacular set backed by a horn section and driving fans wild with his captivating on stage showmanship.

All that hype and build up has served as the perfect intro to Harts’ latest album, ‘Smoke Fire Hope Desire’ – set for release via Dew Process/UMA.

Recorded in Hart’s home studio in Melbourne, the LP is the culmination of the often labeled “one-man music-making machine,” (he writes everything, plays all the instruments, records and produces all his music single handedly) spending the past few years developing his sound, both on the road and in the studio.

The record is the sound of an artist who has locked his own identity and his voice into his sights and looks poised for global stardom.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS by LEANNE TENNANT
October 12 – October  18
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With songs inspired by a movie about a nymphomaniac, named after a 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson blues number, Qld Music Award Winner, 2016 Billy Thorpe Scholarship finalist Leanne Tennant is set to release her sophomore record RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS on August 5th followed by an extensive national tour. Apart from playing shows in capital cities the tour will also include regional North Queensland dates around her home town of Cairns.

The lead single from RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS Gentle Annie” has had an amazing response since its June release scoring official rotation on Double J and picking up huge praise from Rolling Stone Australia alongside the songs online premiere.

“The first track lifted from her forthcoming second album, Red Wine, Late Nights — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric explosion (dependent on your own perspective), as Tennant (pictured above) slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world, with her indirect, dissipating pleas perfectly matched by the clip’s personal imagery of flickering recollections and fading memories.” Rolling Stone Australia

The record is full of ‘real moments’, which have been beautifully captured by Brisbane producer, Jamie Trevaskis (Robert Forster, The Good Ship), in his all-analog studio in Mt. Nebo just outside Brisbane.  Tennant worked with musicians including Ben Ely (Regurgitator), Ben Carstens (Mexico City), and Jamie Trevaskis himself to bring together a truly unique, dark and untouched record.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HONEY BONES by DOPE LEMON

September 28 – October 4

 

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Dope Lemon is the new musical project from Angus Stone. ‘Honey Bones,’ the album, has been three years in the making, recorded on Stones’ farm, at his own personal recording studio, Belafonte Studios.

The making of ‘Honey Bones’ became the ultimate reflection of Angus’s existence, a world where reality and fantasy, creativity and practicality flow together unobstructed, to form things tangible but that feel like a dream

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ANIMAL by BIG SCARY

September 21 – September 27

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This is the album Animal. For many albums, the thematic tying together of a group of songs into a conceptual whole is often done outside the realm of thought and reason and therefore can’t often be pinned down in words alone. We can’t say exactly where the title came from. What we can say is that the idea of the animal within was a recurring theme throughout the song-writing process, as well as being an undercurrent to our personal lives. The extent to which we are all just animals with drives, urges and instincts was a question that particularly interested us.

It is fascinating that we, as human beings capable of love, kindness, creativity and incredibly nuanced and complex thought are often in the same moment dealing with base drives, desires and hungers to be fed and satisfied; that we seemingly have a mind that is both a treasure and a torment; a mind that can equally throw up the twisted and perverted alongside the good and the Godly.

There is clearly something more to us than just the need to survive. We have the capacity to operate as something greater than just the animal, but we are both within one vessel and we are left to live with and balance these often-conflicting aspects of our existence.

I believe we can rise above the Animal but the Animal cannot be conquered or even neglected. The album is structured to reflect this with a move from dark to light: an evolution of the Animal. The start is abrasive, immediate and basic whereas the end is more delicate, dynamic and complex in structure. It is intended that the listener feels a level of discomfort with the start of the album as we want them to work through it, as we work through our own base urges and desires to reach something of more substance, something higher. There is also playfulness and love in this album but there is a flow between these and the darker elements, a connectedness as there is within all of us.

Alongside this, the album has been quartered into separate bundles of tracks, which we are calling the 4 Stages of the Animal. These stages are ‘Hunting’, ‘Lurking’, ‘Resting’ and ‘Waking’. Being a double vinyl each of these stages will have its own vinyl side. This way each vinyl side will be its own self-contained unit and can be listened to as so if preferred. The vinyl will not be marked with a chronological order. We intend this to emphasize a lack of a fixed starting point. In this way the album can start at whatever side of vinyl is placed down first. This cut up way of listening can be seen to work against the flow from dark to light as mentioned earlier but it is intended to emphasize the continual movement between these elements. The artwork has a parallel agenda. It may provoke an immediate reaction of disdain or even disgust. There is not meant to be a ‘right way up’, it is designed to disorient as well as reinforce the idea of no fixed starting point and thus a continuity.

We believe this is our most challenging album yet. It certainly was in many ways the most challenging album we’ve ever made. Many listeners may not be able to get past the artwork or perhaps the first few tracks but we want it to be all the more rewarding for those who do.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: HOW TO BE A HUMAN BEING by GLASS ANIMALS

September 14 – September 21

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Glass Animals return with their highly anticipated new album, ‘How To Be A Human Being’ – released via Wolf Tone / Caroline Australia – and features the new single “Life Itself!”

The British four piece are made up of childhood friends: Dave Bayley, Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer and Joe Seaward.

Their debut album ‘ZABA’ was released in June 2014 through Caroline Australia / Wolftone, produced by frontman Dave Bayley and executively produced by Paul Epworth.

‘ZABA’ features the breakthrough single “Gooey,” certified GOLD status in Australia (their first anywhere in the world.) The track crashed into Triple J’s Hottest 100 at #12- the highest placed UK act for 2014.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: ACTIVE GALACTIC by THE DELTA RIGGS

September 7 – September 13

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With the sound of an airborne Elliott Hammond, girl’s hips moving, guitars chiming, moogs mooging, saxes gronking, Monte Monte’ing and kick drums kicking asses, The Delta Riggs have returned from outer space with a brand new album ‘Active Galactic!’

If the clash played studio 54 in NYC in 1979. If N*E*R*D covered the Stones ‘Some Girls’ album from front to back. It’s desert disco, it’s tough disco, it’s the Rock in the Roll, it’s the Mothership descending, it’s The Delta Riggs 2016!

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: YOU CAN’T CATCH A FISH FROM A TRAIN by THE WILSON PICKERS

August 24 – August 30

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The Wilson Pickers return with their third album ‘You Can’t Catch Fish from a Train.’

Recorded in the round at Church Farm Studios in Billinudgel, NSW over three days in February this year, the ten songs on the album feature the raw ebullience for which The Wilson Pickers are known, alongside heartfelt reflections on some of what life has thrown at this band of deft musicians and close friends. Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against The Machine, Bernard Fanning) mixed and mastered the album and has brought this passionate and powerful recording to brilliant fruition.

There are guest appearances by Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and Rod Coe (Slim Dusty) making this highly anticipated release a very well credentialed recording with a lot of heart.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: TOTAL DEPRAVITY by THE VEILS

August 17 – August 23

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UK-based The Veils have announced details of their forthcoming album ‘Total Depravity,’ featuring lead track “Axolotl.”

‘Total Depravity’ reunites the band with the aforementioned producer Adam ‘Atom’ Greenspan and also sees co-production from Run The Jewel’s El-P.  Andrews and El-P met up in various locations to collaborate together over a two-year period, with Total Depravity recorded at Estúdios Sá da Bandeira in Portugal, Konk Studios in London, Casa Lynch in Los Angeles and El-P’s studio in Upstate New York.

“Over a period of roughly 2 years an album began to take shape,” says Finn. “There is a large cast of characters on this record. L. Ron Hubbard, Axolotls of course, kind natured crocodiles, a psychotic truck driver, The Pope and Ingrid Bergman all get a look in. The songs are all stories of various kinds; some experienced firsthand, others fabricated for my own amusement. It’s the first time I’ve ever written songs using mutilated loops and sounds as a starting point, though some of the songs also began on piano and were messed with later.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CIVIL DUSK by BERNARD FANNING

August 10 – August 16

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‘Civil Dusk’ is the anticipated third solo album by multi ARIA and APRA Award winning singer-songwriter Bernard Fanning!

Recorded at Byron Bay studio La Cueva, the album was produced, engineered and mixed by Nick DiDia who has worked with artists including Powderfinger, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Aimee Mann and Matthew Sweet. With recording wrapping up over Easter 2016, the songs are characterised by a sense of warmth, space and the earthy treatment of timber based instruments – acoustic guitar, piano, strings and violin.

With his solo career now spanning a 10-year period, Fanning has firmly cemented his position as one of Australia’s finest songwriters and lyricists. From the country folk-tinged charm of his multi-platinum debut solo album ‘Tea And Sympathy’ (#1 ARIA Debut) to the synth beats and horn breaks of its follow up ‘Departures’ (#1 ARIA Debut), Fanning is a songwriter in continuous motion, his trusty notebook never far from his side.

‘Civil Dusk’ is part one of a series of two albums. The second installment ‘Brutal Dawn’ will follow in early 2017.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SUPERCRY by EMMA LOUISE

August 3 – August 9

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Talents like Emma Louise are rare. A true artist in every sense of the word, the Brisbane songstress’s music is closely entwined with her being. It draws you in, urging you to dig deeper, creating a long-lasting impression.

The eleven songs that make up ‘Supercry’ are no exception.

Here, intelligent and emotive songwriting is coupled with intricate instrumentation and production, to produce a masterful new offering that is destined to see Emma Louise bound for big things.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WILDFLOWER by THE AVALANCHES

July 26 – August 2

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Maybe you forget about the unprecedented sixteen-year gap between albums and all the revolutions the world has made during that time. Forget about ‘Since I Left You’ perfectly capturing the hazy millennial zeitgeist and how the band’s rare live shows invariably ended in total chaos or broken limbs.

Constructed from woozy harmonics, infectious rhythm tracks and the dangled clauses of archival field recordings, ‘Wildflower’ feels almost narcotic when followed from start to end (this is categorically not a record to play on shuffle). On repeated listens, the record gradually reveals a whole new world of hobo folklore, comedic pioneers and traveller musicians.

‘Wildflower’ – the album – is nothing less than a journey into a kaleidoscopic secret world of sound; a wormhole that leads to a place most of us didn’t even realize existed. It’s a timeless, untouchable, gloriously affectionate celebration of those musical mavericks who never gave a damn what anyone else thought.

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: MIDNIGHT AT THE PLUTONIUM by THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS

July 15 – July 21
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As far as six piece bands from Brisbane named after a toy horse go, The John Steel Singers are certainly the best!

Formed in 2007, the band has released two previous albums, to much critical acclaim, and five EPs. The band exploded following a Triple J Unearthed competition win, they even featured in the Hottest 100 and were even named Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2008. Since then it has only been going up for the group!

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: LIFE IN THE DARK by THE FELICE BROTHERS

July 8 – July 14
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The Felice Brothers return with nine songs in their unique blend of folk, country, rock and soul!

Uncut magazine has described the band as, “just glorious.” ‘Life in the Dark’ was recorded in the garage on a farm in upstate New York, with no distractions and no outside influences.

So, it’s not surprising the band produced the album themselves. Highlights include, “Aerosol Ball,” and “Plunder.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: CAR BOOT SALE by BOB EVANS

July 1 – July 7
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With the car stereo loaded with his favourite singer-songwriters – Lucinda Williams, Elliott Smith and, notably, Ron Sexsmith – Mitchell wrote the first few songs for his surprisingly simple yet ornate fifth album, ‘Car Boot Sale.’ The title refers to the “travelling salesman style” of his old school solo tour.

“Don’t Give Up on Yourself” and “Stuck On You,” warm hugs rendered in acoustic guitar and strings which bookend the album, plus “Some People” – a ballad worrying about the potential impact of online trolling on his girls – were penned on tour.

The trio of “struggle songs,” as Mitchell describes them, set the tone for ‘Car Boot Sale,’ a shift back to Bob Evans’ acoustic roots away from the widescreen pop of ‘Familiar Stranger.’

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: BLASTOMA by NGAIIRE

June 24 – June 30

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Recently named as one of Monster Children’s 50 greatest living people on earth, Ngaiire delivers her highly anticipated 2nd album and follow up to 2013’s ‘Lamentations,’ with her new album ‘Blastoma.’

First single “Once” came in at #73 in triple j’s 2016 Hottest 100 and second single “Diggin” has continued this star’s rise on an even steeper trajectory. She has previously supported the likes of John Legend and Alicia Keyes, played Glastonbury and CMJ, recently toured Nationally with Sufjan Stevens.

‘Blastoma’ was co written with Paul Mac and Jack Grace, features Megan Washington in the writer credits for two tracks and was mastered by Ben Feggans @ Studio 301.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE RIDE by CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN

July 17 – July 23

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Catfish and the Bottlemen, winners of the Brit for Best British Breakthrough, unleash their much anticipated new album ‘The Ride,’ via Island Records / Caroline Australia!

Written by Van McCann and produced by D Sardy, the album was recorded mostly in LA and features 11 bold new songs that verge on the anthemic. With explosive new single “Soundcheck” already taking over the airwaves, Catfish and the Bottlemen are ready to make 2016 their year.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: WHY ARE YOU OK by BAND OF HORSES

July 10 – July 16

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Beginning with their first LP ‘Everything All The Time,’ Band of Horses have been a mainstay of indie rock for a decade with 4 studio albums in total, including 2010’s Grammy-nominated ‘Infinite Arms’ and ‘Mirage Rock,’ produced by the legendary Glyn Johns.

Formed and led by singer and songwriter Ben Bridwell, the South Carolina-based band have given us many much-loved singles, including “The Funeral” and “No One’s Gonna Love You,” and have played globe-spanning tours, including 5 Australian runs to date.

Next on the horizon, Band of Horses are releasing their highly-anticipated fifth studio album, ‘Why Are You OK,’ co-produced by the band and Jason Lytle and executive produced by Rick Rubin.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: STRANGE LOOP by PAUL DEMPSEY

July 3 – July 9

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On ‘Strange Loop,’ his eclectic yet incisive second solo album, Paul Dempsey confirms yet again his standing as one of Australia’s crucial composers and lyricists, returning with 11 tracks that enclose surreptitious dry wit, the irregularity of the everyday, and the pathos of longing in a mix of magic hour melodies, striking instrumentation, and tenderly charged vocals.

‘Strange Loop’ is the sound of expanding musical horizons: of guitarmonies colliding with baritone sax; relentlessly driving rhythms and pianos being pounded; whispered vocals and reckless yelps; abandonment and containment; Queen and Kraftwerk; a room full of guitars and a notepad full ideas.

For those who fell in love with the folk-tinged beauty and intelligence of his first solo album, ‘Everything is True,’ ‘Strange Loop’ reveals a super-charged Dempsey; his voice more potent and powerful than ever, his stories and characters magnified, his instrumentation more adventurous and playful. It’s an album that sounds like doing what you want, and actually getting it right.

Most musicians would be content with being involved in a single much-loved project, especially one as constantly rewarded as Something for Kate (double figures for ARIA Awards nominations, winners of Triple J’s Album of the Year, multiple top ten albums), but ‘Strange Loop’ is confirmation that Paul Dempsey will alternate between the beautifully rigorous noise he makes with Stephanie Ashworth and Clint Hyndman and his own diverse solo career.

Arriving seven years after the Something for Kate frontman’s acclaimed solo debut, 2009’s top five ARIA charts success ‘Everything is True,’ ‘Strange Loop’ is freewheeling in form but precisely executed; it’s a record that knows what it wants to say, what it needs to be.

You can catch Paul Dempsey when he plays The Triffid with Olympia on the 12th of August. You can buy tickets here.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: I WASN’T BORN TO LOSE YOU by SWERVEDRIVER

May 27 – July 2

UK indie/shoegaze kings, Swervedriver announce their first album in over 15 years! Called ‘I Wasn’t Born to Lose You,’ out via Poison City Records, the new album contains first single “Setting Sun!”

Swervedriver released four albums in their original run between 1989 and 1998. They went on hiatus for a decade before reuniting in 2008. They appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2012, and a year later, they shared their single “Deep Wound,” which will be included on the album.

You can catch SWERVEDRIVER when they play The Triffid on the 22nd of June. You can buy tickets here.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SHIFT by The Living End

May 20 – May 26

 

Shots have been fired. The Living End’s seventh album, ‘Shift,’ is the hard-line sound of a band on the warpath. Pity the fool in its sights. The Living End has a history of tough talk. There have been riots, revolutions and resistance, and Chris Cheney, Scott Owen and Andy Strachan have never been afraid to break out the artillery. What makes Shift so different is the unflinching candour. ‘Shift’ is a first-person fight club.

“It’s not a feel-good record,” Cheney confirms, “but it’s a good record. It’s saying something isn’t working, and sometimes the only way to fix it is to break it, then put it together again. As hard as it can be, the only way something changes is when something changes.”

Since forming at high school and busking the streets of Melbourne, The Living End has gone to number one, had four platinum plus albums, been awarded APRA’s Australian Song of the Year and scored six ARIA awards.

They’ve played world tours, ute musters, every festival everywhere and, in 2012, a 35-night Retrospective Tour, performing their entire back catalogue in five cities – a feat that would make anyone murderous.

But no band survives all that without experiencing a seismic shift, and when the trio congregated on Melbourne’s Red Door Sounds, the changes that needed to happen became apparent.

Whatever had gone on before with The Living End didn’t apply now. Every idea and sound was to be warped beyond recognition.

Cheney says Shift is no random collection of songs. “It’s a record. A document. It’s 11 songs about old friends and new enemies, of triumphs, mistakes, greed and regrets, warts and all.”

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: IF THIS IS ALL WE’RE GOING TO BE by Luca Brasi

May 13 – May 19

In just the last six months the intrepid, ever passionate quartet Luca Brasi have nailed a wall to wall sold out out national single tour, seen two new singles scoop up triple j, community radio and media adoration alike, and brought their most energetic performances to The Hills Are Alive, Party in the Paddock and NYE on the Hill Festivals. Heck, they even found time to book and host their own music festival and tee up a split release with the UK’s Apologies I Have None. Luca Brasi are the archetype of a band on the up and up, and they’re taking it all in their stride with customary charm and ease.

If preceding LP’s ‘Extended Family’ and ‘By A Thread’ sound like a young band experimenting excitingly with the elements of punk rock, ‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ sees the band nail their unique, cracking formula. They’ve perfectly married melody, their trademark meandering guitar lines, big drum sounds and self-examining lyrical content with the foundational punk and rock ideals that inspired the band. It is cohesive, powerful and moving, packing a dynamism no better reflected in the contrast of first two singles “Aeroplane” and “Cascade Blues.”

‘If This Is All We’re Going To Be’ was written over a couple of years amidst a demanding touring schedule and a period where the band were living in different parts of Tasmania. Keeping things close to home (as always), the band recorded at Red Planet in Hobart with Adelaide producer Jimmy Balderston, with US producer Brian McTernan (Hot Water Music, Circa Survive, Converge) taking the mixing helm. The result is bright but punchy, a no-frills good time that deftly challenges mid-twenties thought processes and hometown mentalities.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: NONAGON INFINITY by King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

May 6 – May 12

Clear the launch pad – Melbourne septet King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have confirmed the release of their 8th LP, ‘Nonagon Infinity’ on Flightless / Remote Control Records!

This high-octane, face-melting 9-song collection has been ingeniously crafted as the world’s first infinitely looping LP – each track seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener. Zane Lowe premiered lead single ‘Gamma Knife’ on his Beats 1 radio show.

Recorded at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, work on the album began in 2014, around the release of the band’s acclaimed LP ‘I’m In Your Mind Fuzz.’ Ever-prolific, it took King Gizzard two years (in which they slipped out a couple more albums) to fine-tune the concept and music that would become ‘Nonagon Infinity.’

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: PANACEA by Sahara Beck

April 29 – May 5

 

The great temptation for young artists has often been to try and be something they are not. To put on a costume so to speak and play make believe. It’s a pitfall that, thankfully,SAHARA BECK spotted years back, and she ain’t going there.
There are no big name producers and over the top stylists here, Sahara is an independent artist in the truest sense of the word – finding her own sound and in the process emerging as a true artist and not just another remarkable voice.
And it is that energy that she has poured into the production of new album PANACEA – out APRIL 22, 2016 through Create Control.
Built around a week long session at the legendary 301 Byron Bay studios – just days before it closed for good – the record may be full of experimentation, but it never strays from the simple formula of wonderful songs performed with genuine passion. Working with long time collaborator and engineer Jeff Lovejoy, Sahara and her band had one of those recording experiences most artists dream about. Everything just clicked with her ambitious arrangements and wildly diverse influences – from jazz and soul to glitchy beats – gelling together into something that feels completely new.
For all its diversity and imagination, PANACEA is a collection of songs connected by an unmistakable honesty and identity, led by first track ‘Here It Comes’.
“Seemingly innocent, ‘Here It Comes’ waltzes in with a chorus of childlike harmonies chanting “la la la…” before unfurling into a staggeringly contagious stomp of whizzing electronics, dizzying guitar melody and strutting percussion. The song speaks of the pressures of day-to-day life, from the infinite unknowns to the fear of isolation. Before closing on an unexpected and impressive high, courtesy of Beck’s jaw-dropping vocal maelstrom. Starting a new chapter is always daunting, but in Beck’s case, it feels like a daydream. She’s awakened the passion that has always been inside her, and ignited it in a new glorious form, and we like it a lot.”SONG OF THE WEEK – BITTER SWEET SYMPHONIES (UK)
Tickets are on sale now for the PANACEA Tour with a range of ticket bundles available including special advance release copies of the album.

 

You can see Sahara Beck Live when she plays The Triffid on Friday May 27th

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: THE GOLDEN HALFWAY RECORD by Halfway

April 22 – April 28

Legendary Brisbane 8-piece Halfway return with their hot new 5th album, ‘The Golden Halfway Record!’

For a band that redefined a quintessentially Australian sound on their 2014 classic ‘Any Old Love,’ Queensland’s Halfway travelled halfway around the world to record their follow up ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ in Nashville, Tennessee.

Working with lauded producer Mark Nevers (Calexico, Bonnie Prince Billy, George Jones) and releasing for the first time through ABC Music, the band left to find a global sound and returned with an ode to adolescence in Halfway’s core duo John Busby and Chris Dale’s hometown of Rockhampton.

The album’s first cut “Bret Canham’s Leather Jacket” tells the story of a kid they knew who, with his penchant for ‘weird’ clothes, hairstyles and music, stood out and suffered for it.

The followup, ‘The Golden Halfway Record’ has reclaimed the band’s love of rock while retaining the country feel of a group of troubadours ready to not just tell their story, but continue to tell the story of Australia.

You can see Halfway Live when they play The Triffid on April 29th

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA by Melbourne Ska Orchestra

April 15 – April 21

Only three years from Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s critically acclaimed debut album – sees the release of their second album, ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ – picking up  where they left off, taking the age old style of Ska and adding to it with aplomb.

‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s own history – a nod to the past with an eye firmly on the future, dangerous and free.

Recorded at the ABC and Freeburgh studios in Melbourne, in the winter of 2015, ‘Sierra-Kilo-Alpha’ throbs with hope, excitement and freshness.

You can see Melbourne Ska Orchestra Live when they play The Triffid on April 23rd

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: The Stars My Destination by Ben Salter

April 8 – April 14

 

It’s been nearly five years since the release of Ben Salter’s debut album ‘The Cat’ in 2011. Since then, Salter has been anything but idle, as you would expect from a man who has performed on over thirty albums and EPs and written over 200 songs in over fifteen years of service in the Australian music industry, both solo and with bands such as Giants of Science, The Gin Club, The Young Liberals and The Wilson Pickers.

In winter last year Salter decamped to Prior Park, the cattle property in central Queensland where the last three Gin Club albums were recorded.

He bought with him Dan Luscombe (Paul Kelly, The Drones, Courtney Barnett) as producer/guitarist/keyboard player, as well as fellow Gin Clubbers Adrian Stoyles and Gus Agars on bass and drums respectively. Over the course of seven days, Salter’s vision slowly came together, the band playing a large part in which songs ended up making the cut.

The results speak for themselves, a selection of tracks very much rooted in the melodic head-space of good pop music, but each with a somewhat unconventional sensibility.  Songs like “Boat Dreams,” all jagged electric guitars and thunderous drums, sit alongside more introspective pieces like “I Gotta Move,” with its slide guitar and stirring string fugue; the oddly time signature and blistering sax of “Vile Rat;” the haunting acoustic balladry of “Parrot Day;” and the epic Velvet Underground-esque space-rock of the title track. It is Salter’s most ambitious statement to date.

You can see Ben Salter N’ His Band perform Saturday the 9th of April at The Triffid

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Waco by Violent Soho

April 1 – April 7

Violent Soho have about as much in common with cult leader David Koresh as an echidna does with a banana, but their hugely anticipated new album Waco  “named for the small Texas city that was the site of the Koresh-led Branch Davidian siege with the FBI in 1993” is similarly dismissive as federal agents were of the idea of “restrained response”.

The brand-stonking-new array of crashing grunge riffs and revelatory singalong anthems “the type that, after one listen, feel like you”ve been listening to for years” are just the sort we’ve come to expect from Violent Soho. Waco is an album that blows any and all expectation out of the water, making for a fitting companion-piece to their breakthrough 2013 album, Hungry Ghost, which introduced a screamed “HELL FUCK YEAH!” into common, everyday Australian parlance.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Hills End by DMA’s

MARCH 25 – MARCH 31

After bursting onto the scene and into the hearts and stereos of many back in early 2014 with their debut single “Delete,” the three friends who make up Sydney by DMA’S are now ready to present their highly anticipated debut LP, ‘Hills End!’

Since releasing their critically acclaimed debut EP the band have spent the last 18 months touring the world and winning over critics and punters alike with their catchy guitar driven indie pop songs – playing festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Reading & Leeds etc.

While being praised by media such as NME, Stereogum, Nowness and Fader, DMA’S have been tinkering away on their debut LP for the last 12 months, eventually enlisting the skills of Spike Stent (Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Massive attack) to put the final mixing touches on the record.

Although being a relatively young band with only one EP under their belt, it’s fair to say that DMA’S have already made a considerable impact but with ‘Hills End‘ the band are set to take the next step.

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop

MARCH 18 – MARCH 24

“A lot of geezers my age don’t work out of their comfort zone anymore because once you become legendary you don’t want people challenging you.”- Iggy Pop
The existence of the sublimely secretive desert opus conceived by Iggy Pop and Joshua Homme was just confirmed to an unsuspecting studio and home audience of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

And now the world at large can know: March 18 will see the release of Post Pop Depression (Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline International), the 17th Iggy Pop album, and a worthy addition to the 22 album legacy spawned with the immortal trilogy of The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power, spanning massively influential solo outings including 1977’s opening 1-2 combo of The Idiot and Lust For Life, and 1990’s gold-certified Brick By Brick.

The first Iggy Pop album co-created with producer/guitarist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Homme, Post Pop Depression began with a succinctly worded text from Iggy to Joshua, and was realised in seclusion with Homme’s enlisted aid of his Queens Of The Stone Age bandmate and Dead Weather-man Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Both became instantly integral in creating and shaping the Detroit meets Palm Desert by way of old Berlin vibe of Post Pop Depression. Interweaving with and augmenting even more superhuman than expected – Iggy’s vocal performances, Homme’s tapestry of guitar, bass, piano and backing vocals, Fertita’s talent for wringing the most out of only the most essential notes worked in seamless tandem with Helders’ pushing himself and his new bandmates to unforeseeable heights and depths.

 

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: We Can Do Anything by Violent Femmes

March 4 –MARCH 10

 

The 15 year silence is broken with this new album by Violent Femmes, after 2000’s album Freak Magnet the boys return with We Can Do Anything, is The Triffid album of the week!

We Can Do Anything follows 2000’s Freak Magnet and marks the group’s ninth LP. It was recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Denver during their summer tour. Jeff Hamilton — a multi-instrumentalist in the Femmes’ ever-changing backing band, Horns of Dilemma — served as producer, while John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr.) mixed.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Off The Edge Of The Earth And Into Forever, Forever by Art Vs Science

February 26–March 3

The epic sophomore album by Art Vs Science, with an equally epic title, Off The Edge Of The Earth And Into Forever, Forever, is The Triffid album of the week!

The stellar new record is the follow-up to the band’s debut album which won an ARIA Award and debuted at #1 on the AIR Album Chart.

Off The Edge Of The Earth And Into Forever, Forever features 10 tracks that traverse the terrain of pop, dance, rock and ’70s-styled funk, demonstrating a new-found sophistication without losing the sense of F.U.N. that made them so popular from the outset.

Make sure you catch Art Vs Science when they play The Triffid on Friday 19 March.

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TRIFFID ALBUM OF THE WEEK: It’s You, by Gold Class

February 19–24

It’s You, the intoxicating debut album from Gold Class, is The Triffid album of the week!

This Aussie 4-piece have impressed mightily with It’s You. They channel such legends as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Fugazi and Radio Birdman, while bringing plenty of their own unique spin, and hooks, to the genre.

This 9-track debut will have you pondering life, and how soon you can see them live!

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