Title: New Weird Australia, Volume One
Catalogue Number: NWA001
Released: July 2009

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Tracklisting:

1. CLINGTONE The Intruders (1:23) From ‘Mary Had A Little Lamp’
2. ANONYMEYE If At First You Don’t Secede… (5:31) From ‘The Disambiguation Of Anonymeye’
3. LESSONS IN TIME Those Plastic Street Signs Are Not To Be Followed (2:02) From ‘Lessons In Time’
4. TELAFONICA Time And Distance (6:32) Previously unreleased
5. PIMMON On The Other Hand This Carbon Fire Is (Flammable) (4:36) Previously unreleased
6. KYU Sunny In Splodges (5:19) Previously unreleased
7. BATTLESNAKE Shadow Of The World’s Tallest Midget (5:22) From ‘Umlaut’
8. TOM SMITH Settled For Less (3:09) Previously unreleased
9. RAVEN Presumption #1 (3:10) Previously unreleased
10. LOOM Snail Shell (8:06) From ‘All You Need Is Teeth’
11. INQUIET Honey & Seeds (3:28) Previously unreleased
12. PREDRAG DELIBASICH Heartburn (13:37) Previously unreleased
13. BRUTAL HATE MOSH Roads (1:43) From ‘It’s Pronounced Kate Moss’

Compiled by Stuart Buchanan
Artwork by Adrian Elmer

Click artist title for background information and links.
All music donated by the artists for use in this compilation only, all rights reserved.
Thanks to all the artists for the leap of faith in donating their tracks for the first volume in this initiative. Special thanks to Danny Jumpertz and to Adrian and Blake for their early support.


Sleeve Notes: July 2009

Geography dictates that, to some, Australia may forever remain as the Romans once saw it, as the “unknown land of the south”.  However as technology conquers territory, distance becomes increasingly insignificant – a fact that is clearly illustrated on this first instalment of New Weird Australia. In borrowing (and expanding) ‘new, weird’ terminology, we hope to shrink the notion of distance between innovative Australian artists and their international compatriots; between the dot points on the vast map of our own land and between definitions of genre, taste or style.

For Volume One, we find ourselves narrowing the gap of the 4,000km range from the precision edit and bluegrass glitch of Brisbane’s Anonymeye, to the free-jazz of Yugoslavian ex-pat and Perth resident, Predrag Delibasich.  We simultaneously compress time – moving from Pimmon (a renowned experimentalist with a significant international back catalogue) through to Kyu, a nascent duo freshly ripped from the Sydney soil. We additionally garner exclusive tracks from Telafonica, Tom Smith (of Cleptoclectics), Raven and Inquiet, and recent releases from Clingtone, Lessons In Time, Battlesnake, Loom and the inappropriately named Brutal Hate Mosh.

Neither popular nor alternative, neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia represents a new breed of Australian musicians that find refuge in the space between us.  We hope you enjoy this selection and seek out the full library of work that these artists have to offer.


Press:

The Silent Balletfulfils the brief of a compilation better than most others I’ve ever encountered”

Impose Magazine “does a number on anyone looking for a unified front from the land down under”

A-Reminder believes that “It’s projects like this that make this whole internet/music thing really, really exciting

Alternative Media GroupA great idea, and an interesting listening experience guaranteed.”

Foxy Digitalis “there’s good, unfamiliar (free) music to be had here”


14 Comments

  1. @dam
    July 8, 2009

    Great concept.

    Great execution.

    Only question : why only at a 192 bit rate?

  2. Stu
    July 8, 2009

    Hey Dam, thanks for the kind words. It’s a valid question too – we were looking to strike a balance between quality and reasonable download times. However, I do see value in providing a higher quality version for people who have less worries about bandwidth, probably 320. I’ll look to pull that together soon for Vol.1, and we’ll more than likely make a ‘dual version’ a default from Vol.2.

    Cheers
    Stuart

  3. Peter Hollo
    July 8, 2009

    Re bitrate, I think probably using the LAME -V2 VBR codec would result in better-quality files (to my mind undistinguishable from 320k) at about the size of 192k mp3s.

    Anyway, great to be involved Stu, some really awesome tracks there.

  4. @dam
    July 8, 2009

    Hey Stu,

    Linked this site to both http://dyingforbadmusic.blogspot.com/ and on

    http://blogs.smh.com.au/noisepollution/archives/2009/07/rest_in_profit_1.html#comments.

    Hopefully, the word will spread…

    …And that TELAFONICA track is crazy addictive.

    -Adam

  5. Stu
    July 8, 2009

    Hey Adam, thanks for the link on the Michael Jackson post :-)

  6. Philippe
    July 12, 2009

    This is awesome stuff and a great concept Stu. Can’t wait for more volumes.

  7. Bronwen
    July 12, 2009

    Just heard a great track on Soundlab on JJJ from Anonymeye and heard this site mentioned – looking forward to hearing more!

  8. dan
    July 13, 2009

    who is kyu? sunny in splodges is amazing.

  9. Stu
    July 13, 2009

    Hey Dan – Kyu are a new band from Sydney, Freya Berkhout and Alyx Dennison. Upcoming dates and some live recordings can be found on their MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/kyusounds.

  10. voldermania
    July 15, 2009

    I’m liking Loom. ‘Time and Distance’ by Telafonica is some kind of amazing. It kind of made me lose awareness, it I can say so without sounding more than slightly odd.
    Thanks for this!

  11. snagglepussy
    July 26, 2009

    Great compilation! Funnily enough, after discovering New Weird America stuff a few years back I had a discussion with Dan from Loom, about how there should have been a New Weird Canberra movement in the 90s -Bedridden, P-Harness etc…
    I look forward to more volumes!
    g

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