A new body of work from Beyond Solutions (formally known as Javed de Costa) for This Thing available on limited USB Business Card & Digital formats. Javed’s a musician who has also worked with videos, events, and spatial occupations.
“…so much of the brutality of the world is obscured by aesthetics and utopianism. Everyone knows that the world is unsatisfying, but the ubiquitous promises and images of simplicity and satisfaction and utopia just become more seductive in the face of that, like it doesn’t seem to matter if we know they are not real. I feel like I have to hold these two realities together, not just deny the impulse to utopianism. Sometimes engaging in utopianism seems more like survival than indulgence. It’s been a necessary way of surviving anger at queerphobia and racism, to sublimate or channel that into intellectual or aestheticised versions of itself that have some force-fed utopian quality.’
I wanted to make this record sound mostly really clean, and like a finished product, but with an internal tension that upset that, upset the desirability of that finished product. A connection between these sanitised images and what they promise, and the harshness of what underlies them and the psychological trap of those promises – the insincerity of advertising, its long term preconscious effects, some way of surviving that…”
Physical purchase of this EP features additional custom alarm tones for your mobile device.
01. Body (2:58)
02. Growth (3:42)
03. Recollection & Return Inn (Hyatt Lobby) (3:53)
04. Dedication To Ellis B (4:46)
05. Skit (1:16)
06. C 6006 Relay (4:52)
Rory Glacken has been heavily invested in Perth music for some time, documenting and presenting various events and archiving outsider goings-on. Their own efforts as Tourist Kid have been subtle and considered, with their live shows capturing recent attention. This EP marks their first release for a label.
“For me, the record itself came out of continual late night on-foot commutes from city to home, usually after clubbing or seeing close friends or whatnot. I have pretty bad tinnitus that acted up a bunch whenever I would be walking home which affected listening to music and my engagement with the surroundings at the time.
Throughout the process of making this record, I became obsessed with the idea of how each person interprets & processes silence differently. I’d say live a life surrounded by, and constantly filled with other people, often the walks I take are therapeutic & have a degree of seclusion. I find the idea of cancelling out or ignoring the presence of background / ambient noise strange when It comes to listening to music, as it often filters through and affects my experience of listening. Whereas silence can often be seen as a complete vacuum of sound, I became interested in the idea of living in the presence of intrusive or ambient background noise without feeling the need to drown it out.
Tonally, I wanted to find a way of having 128KB samples – fragments and soft synths which mimic real instruments – to be able to coexist and melt into something more ambiguous through layers of signal processing. The entire record was made on a laptop which isn’t out of the norm for a lot of producers, however I feel that many feel shame or hide from that idea. I want to embrace the idea of trying to cultivate or sculpt an organic “non laptop” sound from purely digital means, whilst being able to keep both elements of natural & digital present.
Texturally, the record takes cues from ASMR & Musique Concrete however my primary focus was on cultivating spacial awareness. I understand the EP falls foremost under the Ambient / Drone category but a lot of the status quo factors in terms of time and form weren’t in my interests and structurally I wanted something that felt generative & cyclical.”
The new EP from Perth based producer, Atripat. His label first for This Thing, distinguishes itself in its structural subversion. A short yet precise, narrative that unfolds conventions, A world where joy and fear exist simultaneously.
*Available now in Cassette & Digital formats.
*Artwork by Tal Levin. Mastered by Wade M. Gilmour
Heavy and minimal genre-voyeurism. Melbourne’s Justin Cantrell, in his label debut as rituals., is exacting in his discomforting agenda. Deviating from his drenched habitat of tape-manipulated, self-released work, Infinity Plus resets into an immersive, decaying narrative of digital isolation.
In this zone of reluctant subversion, we find Cantrell meandering, suspiciously casual, into sonic collapse. Infinity Plus is clear in it’s intent – observing trends through a broken lens, remarking
at the banality, yet ultimately surrendering into a transient obscura.
Available 21/04 in Cassette & Digital formats. Artwork and video accompaniment by Rachael Archibald.
Circular Tip EP – Strung-out rhythm & drone from Kane Ikin.
Originally featured in Nic Hamilton’s recent video work of the same name, the dense
repetitive guitar lines of “Circular Tip” are paired with “Bishop”, an intense long
form rhythm excursion built for large PA’s and early hours.
Following on from his recent Warehouses EP (TT014), Circular Tip presents two sides of
Kane Ikin’s vast sound and is available as a ‘pay as you feel’ digital download.
Artwork + Video by Nic Hamilton. Release Date 02/09/2014
01. Alejandro’s Room
02. If u Want 2
03. Smelling Salts
04. Did it Anyway
06. Adult Contempt
Expanding upon ideas from the Gil Michell collaboration. Touched by an Angel repents prior
meditations, winning a pissing contest over his former self. Pervaded with acids of ghetto house
and nihilist minimal wave, Michél’s meticulous biological rhythms robustly jenga at footwork.
Representing the foundation for a spate of output, Touched stands to the side of 2012’s Boyfriend
Material, reduced to depraved stylistic throngings. Release date: 12/08/2014
01. Swim Psychedelia
03. Hammock Portal
05. Get Hi
08. Word Shapes
12. For Sale
13. Green Growth
The debut long-player from Melbourne’s naps. A world where a lo-fidelity aesthetic meets precise digital manipulation, Hydrate flexes between new age collage and decaying hip hop, encouraging the listener to keep up in their Nike Free Flyknits. Release date: 11/03/2014