New music update & introducing Spirit Level
2014-10-21 14:26 by TravisB
There will be no new Gotye music.
Wait, maybe there will be. I’m not entirely sure right now. There are many contingencies.
One of those is the continued human capacity for sound perception. If the world gets noisier at the present rate, and instances of early-onset deafness rise correspondingly, and I release my magnus opus in a format that requires the generation and amplification of sound waves via some form of audio reproduction technology in order to be perceptible, will anybody hear this work?
I don’t know. But I think about these things.
One thing you can count on: I will do my best to make it enjoyable for both of us.
Spirit Level: A new record label
I’ve started a new record label with Tim Shiel, a human being I like very much. It will be distributed in Australia by Inertia, a group of other human beings I like very much. We’re calling the label Spirit Level because one day, when the money’s all gone and everyone’s deaf, we might want to shift into architecture and construction. It would also give us the means to bury the evidence.
Why start a record label at this time? Quite simply, because there is incredible music being produced today.
Hahahaha. Oh, sorry. I am actually serious.
[THIS IS ACTUALLY SERIOUS]
The first release on Spirit Level is Anchor, the new album by Zammuto.
We’re honoured to be releasing this record in Australia as Tim and I have been inspired by the work of bandleader Nick Zammuto for many years, both his first record under the Zammuto moniker, and his many fine releases with duo the Books.
With Anchor, I think Nick has made a truly remarkable album. It’s the kind of record I’m always hoping to discover, but so rarely do: rhythmically complex yet effortless to follow (drummers’ brains, prepared to be explosioned), melodic and memorable despite being experimental with harmonic choices and musical arrangements, musically muscular with impressive, often virtuosic playing from ACTUAL HUMANS, yet with deft electronic production that supports the songwriting perfectly.
All in all, it’s one of the best records I’ve heard in many years, and for me it has the depth to be heard many years from now and still be transcendent, due in no small part to Nick’s excellent lyrics that are at once playful and insightful.
Being something of a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to making records, I feel compelled to mention the wonderful DIY aspect to the Zammuto project: Nick writes, records, mixes and masters everything on Zammuto releases. He also creates the group’s film clips and album artwork. It’s inspiring stuff and I really can’t recommend this work highly enough, so if you’re interested to hear something new, please listen.
Here’s a free download of Anchor’s opening track, Good Graces.
The second track from the album Great Equator has a remarkable film clip that Nick put together using an electron microscope and many texturally varied materials which, when magnified, reveal unbelievable micro-landscapes.
Stream Anchor on Spotify
Buy Anchor digitally
Buy Anchor on CD
Buy Anchor on vinyl
Follow what Tim and I get up to with Spirit Level on Twitter.
New music from the Basics
Stay tuned- Kris Schroeder, Tim Heath and I have been recording new Basics material at the incredible Abbey Road studios in London and you’ll be hearing about it soon. Via spam.
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Gotye to play Thin Green Line benefit
2014-07-08 20:24 by TravisB
Gotye plays his first gig since 2012 at Melbourne Town Hall on August 1. Gotye will be performing with Tex Perkins and Nicky Bomba as part of GreenLine Grooves with other very special guests.
It's all in aid of The Thin Green Line Foundation supporting Rangers in frontline conservation across the world. Support acts include TinPan Orange, Makana and Damian Howard.
Tickets are limited for this unique musical experience for a great cause. Grab yours here.
Gotye heads to outer space for Aphids’ Forever Now
2014-03-04 00:00 by TravisB
If you could create one minute of art to be sent into outer space, what would it be? That is the question that Gotye and American vocalist Amanda Palmer will soon answer with their original contributions (in sound or audio visual format) to Aphids’ Forever Now project.
Gotye and Palmer top the list in the first announcement of commissioned musicians and visual artists contributing to this inspired project. To date, the artists include acclaimed French composer Pierre Henry, Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustaffson, Mexican artist Ivan Puig, Australian two person art collective Soda_Jerk, musician James Ferraro and Famous New Media Artist Jeremy Bailey.
Forever Now is inspired by the Golden Record sent into space on the Voyager space probe in 1977. Curated by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, the record was intended to represent the best of humanity. Forever Now seeks to create a new Golden Record for the 21st question, ‘What is humanity now?’
The project is curated by Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes and MOMA FOMA), Aphids’ Artistic Director, Willoh S. Weiland, Jeff Khan (co-director, Performance Space) and Thea Baumann (Aphids’ Artistic Associate).
Find more info at: forevernow.me