Fait – ‘Reverie’ [‘Sonder’ EP]

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Amazing surprise from Fait this week; she’s released her new single ‘Reverie’ and a four track EP called ‘Sonder’! The Aussie solo artist (Elise Higgins) was joined in the studio by bassist Rob Stephens and her long-time producer Darren Lawson (My Bloody Valentine, White Lies). ‘Reverie’ is a lush instrumental track with hypnotic bells and strings set over a breakbeat. It’s another stunner, but certainly different from previous efforts. It leads into the dissonant ‘Siren Song’, a progressive ambient piece with loads of pitch bending goodness. It’s a little less dark than her 2014 debut ‘Atmosphere’, but has the same cinematic scope. ‘Sonder’ is a brilliant listen, Fait is all class once again! Australian fans can catch her live on the east coast next month (dates below). ‘Sonder’ is available now through Inertia.

 
Fait – ‘Reverie’ [‘Sonder’ EP Stream]

Fait Australian Tour Dates:

September 8 | BIGSOUND, Brisbane (New Globe Theatre, 8:50pm)
September 9 | Workers Club, Geelong (with Katy Steele)
September 10 | Hugs & Kisses, Melbourne (with Katy Steele)
September 15 | Plan B Small Club, Sydney (headline show, supports TBC)

Visit Fait @ WEB @ Facebook.

Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’

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Fans of stormy post punk should mark September 16 in their diary because Preoccupations are on their way. ‘Degraded’ is the second single (following ‘Anxiety’) from their forthcoming LP, it’s dripping with nostalgia; the lyrical hopelessness is backed by a scratchy 80s sound that’s bound to draw some obvious comparisons. It needs more reverb *grin* other than that I’m sold! The Preoccupations self-titled album will be available from Inertia/Jagjaguwar.

 
Preoccupations – ‘Degraded’

Visit Preoccupations @ Jagjaguwar @ Facebook.

Fait – ‘Chasing Youth’ [Video]

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Elise Higgins (aka Fait) has enlisted the help of Matsu to shoot her latest video ‘Chasing Youth’. The stunning clip features Elise’s very own “nieces & nephew”. Since delivering her last single ‘Solace’, the Perth native has signed to Inertia, relocated to Sydney, played a spot at Laneway Fest and now finds herself in London, hard at work on her next EP. Not to mention the 1 million Spotify plays she’s accumulated since 2014’s ‘Atmosphere’! The new EP can’t come quicker.

 
Fait – ‘Chasing Youth’ [Video]

Visit Fait @ Inertia @ Web @ Facebook.

Batrider – ‘Piles Of Lies’

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Good news! Batrider have released a new album ‘Piles Of Lies’ and its full of rocking goodness! The title track ‘Piles Of Lies’ feels like its on the verge of collapse the whole way through which is where the charm comes from. The Wellington accent pops out singing ‘not coming back’ or should I say ‘beck’! Love it. Batrider are kindly giving ‘Piles Of Lies‘ away for free.

Visit Batrider.com, Batrider @ Myspace or if you’re really bored… check out the original Bat Rider video game! ‘Piles Of Lies’ out now through Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control Records / Distributed by Inertia.

J Mascis – ‘Very Nervous and Love’

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If you’ve ever seen J Mascis or Dinosaur Jr live you’ll know how ricidulously loud they are. I have memories of standing in the foyer during the middle of their set because I couldn’t hack it anymore, complete with toilet paper earplugs – sexy huh!?

Only now, Mascis has mellowed out and released a solo acoustic record ‘Several Shades Of Why’. He’s brought with him an impressive list of friends to play along with, including Kurt Vile, Ben Bridwell (Band Of Horses), Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession), Suzanne Thorpe (ex-Mercury Rev) Sophie Trudeau (ex-Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and more.

Despite not having a wall of fuzz behind him, this album is full of gems. Its no easy task to make a voice and an acoustic guitar sound so immediate. But with tracks like ‘Very Nervous and Love’ its clear that no matter what instruments are on hand, good songwriting is good songwriting.

Artist Marq Spusta created an incredible album cover for the record which you can now pickup as a limited edition print, here. There’s still a few left at $USD70 each (not bad at all) and they come individually signed by Spusta and Mascis.

More info @ jmascis.com or grab ‘Several Shades Of Why’ on CD/LP from $10USD @ Sub Pop + iTunes.