New music from Michelle Nguyen, Snawklor, Megan Alice Clune
Latest podcast ep also features Nat Grant, Panoptique Electrical, Sandpit Alias, Richard Pike, Jorja Chalmers, Melanie Eden and Amby Downs.
Dear Fellow Groundhogs,
Firstly, I’ve decided that I should really write these emails in the first person; and come clean about the fact that the ‘we’ in New Weird Australia is actually an ‘i’. Authoring these missives as ‘we’ makes it seem like there’s a team of people here doing very important things, when there’s really just me, myself and I - lover of weird music and compulsive sharer. Sorry if you thought it was more conglomerate, but here we are. Hello.
Today’s thing to share is the next podcast episode, number NWAP122. I love catalogue numbers (as is probably apparent); raised on labels such as Mute, Warp, Factory et al, who likewise loved a cat number. Maybe I should put a cat number on these emails to be a true completist about these things … too much? Snap.
NWAP122 is the second of the new podcast season; which I think is probably season five, after the FBi years, a couple of Resonance FM seasons and the recent interview batch. One-hundred-and-twenty-two is a lot of episodes. And a lot of cat numbers.
In NWAP122, you will find ritual electronics from Melbourne artist Sandpit Alias on new-ish Sydney label Empirical Intrigue, as well as new solo work from PVT’s Richard Pike. There’s a track from Sydney saxophonist Jorja Chalmers who unites with David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley on her new album - and I just can’t articulate how excited that makes me, after watching David’s daily lockdown Weather Reports since forever - some of his finest work to date.
I discovered interdisciplinary artist Melanie Eden only very recently, and I’ve included a piece from her new work, recorded in Korea in collaboration with Yukie Sato on guitar and Lee Han Joo on cello. You can also check out the new release from seemingly ever-mutating Little Songs Of The Mutilated collective, with tracks from Nat Grant and Michelle Nguyen. The album A Tightfisted Molten Sellout also features 31 (count ‘em) other artists; and that’s only a fraction of the 120 (count ‘em too) artists in the group.
There’s also the first album from visual-art duo Snawklor in over a decade; and a piece taken from a vast and beautiful retrospective collection by Adelaide’s Panoptique Electrical. And to round out the episode, a preview of the new album from Megan Alice Clune on Room 40 and the latest ‘decolonial ambient’ work from Amby Downs.
Let me say this - as I say it all the time - you can listen and subscribe to the New Weird Australia podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Or you can listen to it directly on the new-fangled website.
That’s NWAP122 wrapped and ready; NWAP123 will be along very soon-ish. If you’re making music, I do want to hear what you’re up to – email me some links to your work via info at newweirdaustralia dot com, or hit me up on Soundcloud.
Thanks from me / I, not we / us.
And so it goes.