Nite Fields – ‘Depersonalisation’

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Nite Fields debut full length ‘Depersonalisation’ is officially released today via felte. The Aussie quartet craft their sound from a combination of experimental post punk, shoegaze and art rock. Sounds a little highbrow right? Not quite, it’s an accessible LP for the most part, but it is unflinchingly dark.  The album arrives following the lead tracks ‘You I Never Knew’ and ‘Winter’s Gone’, with support from The Guardian, Clash, Stereogum, Indie Shuffle, FACT and The 405. After four years in the making, it’s fair to say that it’s a much anticipated release.

Originally from Brisbane, Nite Fields are now split between Sydney and their hometown. As a result, ‘Depersonalisation’ was recorded all over the place, including “garages, bedrooms, borrowed studios, stairwells and a restaurant dining room after hours”. Surprisingly, it still sounds like it was recorded in one space, the band have done a great job with the DIY recording. Not to forget the post production talents of mixer Nigel Lee-Yang (HTRK) and mastering engineer Greg Wadley. The lo-fi grit suits the songwriting, and the electronic parts never poke out from the mix to distract you.

‘Depersonalisation’ is desperately bleak, but beautiful. The deep vocals are delivered with a crooner smoothness that draws the listener into the songs. I suppose that’s what strong singers do *tips hat to Leonard Cohen*. There’s also a distinctly Australian sound to it, like Steve Kilbey fronting The Church in the late 80s. Or perhaps The Go-Betweens or The Triffids? In fact, ‘Depersonalisation’ sounds like an album from another era. If it were released in 1988 would it be a cult classic by now? Quite possibly. I hope listeners will appreciate it as much as I do. Other than the singles, the stand outs ‘Prescription’, ‘Come Down’ and ‘Hell/Happy’ (comparable to The Cure during the ‘Faith’ / ‘Pornography’ era) will take you back for repeated listens.

Nite Fields – ‘Depersonalisation’ [Album Stream]

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J Francis – ‘To Adore’

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J. Francis returns with the lead single from his forthcoming third album ‘To Adore‘ (out early 2015). The Brisbane-based solo artist (and brother of Kigo) recently re-released his debut LP ‘Almost’ via Doomcat. However ‘To Adore’ points in a new, more mature direction. It’s a beautiful new wave tune and personally, I think it’s his best yet. Another addition to the long list of anticipated albums next year.

 
J Francis – ‘To Adore’

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Kigo – ‘Never Knowing’

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After many months hiatus, Kigo has returned with the new single ‘Never Knowing‘. It’s a brilliant shoegaze tune a la MBV, one of his strongest creations since last year’s full length ‘So Lost Now’. The Brisbane-based solo artist was unsure whether there would be any more Kigo releases, glad there is.

 
Kigo – ‘Never Knowing’

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Nite Fields – ‘You I Never Knew’

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The always impressive Nite Fields will deliver their debut LP ‘Depersonalisation’ on February 2 via felte. The post punk quartet originally hail from Brisbane, and tap into a classic Australian sound on their new single ‘You I Never Knew’. The 80s styled jangle popper recalls The Church or The Go-Betweens at their best. This is the first time Nite Fields have handed over production duties to a third party, the lucky man being Nigel Lee-Yang of HTRK. It’ll be really interesting to see what else ‘Depersonalisation’ has to offer. Pre-sales are available now.

 
Nite Fields – ‘You I Never Knew’

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Morning Harvey – ‘T.I.D.E.’ [Video]

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Brisbane rockers Morning Harvey have been perfecting their brand of stoner, psych n’ gaze since forming in 2011. The five piece are in the midst of an East Coast tour with The Tambourine Girls but have dropped a new video for the single ‘T.I.D.E.’ (download via iTunes). Morning Harvey are tapping into a classic psych sound, turning the heads at Rolling Stone Australia in the process. The hard work is paying off!

 
Morning Harvey – ‘T.I.D.E.’ [Video]

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