New Weird Australia’s label imprint, ‘New Editions’, has announced the next two releases in its ongoing artist series – ‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium’ from Sydney solo artist PANEYE, and ‘Anomie’ from Melbourne quartet, TANTRUMS.
As PANEYE, Will Treffry has produced three full-length, self-released solo albums in the last two years, and the triad of quality, originality and volume begs the question as to why his PANEYE nondeplum isn’t a more recognisable name by now. His blend of psych-folk, ambient electronica, shoegaze and dream pop certainly echoes work by overseas contemporaries such as BEACH HOUSE, DUCKTAILS or BOARDS OF CANADA. Whether this release, his fourth full-length, will do anything to change that remains unclear – suffice to say Treffry’s notion that ‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium’ consists of twenty-four “ambient ditties” underplays what is a unique and singular release from an emerging Australian talent.
Since their inception eighteen months ago, TANTRUMS have been playing regular gigs in their home town, dropping selected dates in Newcastle and Sydney, contributing to compilations and establishing a solid network of friends, collaborators and champions. Rather than crashing headlong into the studio, TANTRUMS have chosen to bide their time, choose their words and only commit to a release when the time was right. Their shared love of artists such as KRAFTWERK, DEAD CAN DANCE, NINE INCH NAILS and PANTHA DU PRINCE informs their ‘midi-evil disco’ / industrial sound, which – through reviews of their live shows – has invited comparisons with HTRK, SIOUXSIE, IKE YARD, TELEPATHE & PiL. Some of this can be found on the under-stated single release ‘Anomie’, which comes backed with remixes from COLLARBONES, WORNG and an ambient makeover from TANTRUMS themselves.
‘Lost In A Dark Aquarium’ and ‘Anomie’ are available in two formats: a run of limited-edition CDs – housed in a gatefold card sleeve, with artwork inserts – available from artist shows & New Weird Australia events; and a 320kbps / FLAC digital release, available free from newweirdaustralia.com.