This new video from I.E.Crazy features footage of the New Zealand housing industry in vibrant colour, with the dark tones of Maggie Magee in stark contrast. “Dedicated to health, happiness and housing.”
“A nation’s prosperity isn’t measured in exports and show and false fronts. It’s in the way people live and how much sun they get… where the kids grow up and how sanitation works.” – Public Works Department Film Unit, 1945.
ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES – TRAPDOORS
The dreamteam of Georgette Brown & Dan Harris have made a kaleidoscopic wondervid for Orchestra of Spheres!
(Side note: Georgette & Dan are currently working on a new vid for All Seeing Hand in collaboration with Erica Sklenars (Lady Lazer Light) & Nathan Taare! Stay tuned.)
GPOGP – LAND OF THE LONG WHITE STAIN
Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing have made an alternative national anthem with a video to suit, featuring a classic kiwi scene of a sheep corpse burial:
As if making amazing, intricate music isn’t enough of a mission, Zach Webber (of Paperghost) has been chipping away at the colossal task of animating & scoring a lofi mini-series! Here’s the latest wacky installment, Ep2: The Geese:
TO SPEND MORE TIME LOOKING AT THE GROUND THAN AT THE SKY – AN INTERVIEW W/ I.E.CRAZY
“Maybe if I was a happier person and the world were less fucked up, or if I could just stomach the putrid bullet of being a good capitalist and expressed myself through home renovations and new curtains, I wouldn’t feel the need to write music at all.”
WFLS, NEW MUSIC FROM ZACH WEBBER (PAPERGHOST) & A DEAD FOREST INDEX ALBUM/TOUR
May 3rd, 2016
WORKS FOR LOUDSPEAKERS
WFLS is an ongoing series of listening parties put on in Newtown by the curator, Emi Pogoni. The event provides a friendly and focused listening environment – and a great excuse to make adventurous music for such!
Below is the beautiful contribution to the Autumn 2016 event by SC artist Zach Webber (aka Paperghost) (all works available online >here<).
ZACH WEBBER – THE PSALMS ONLY FEED AT NIGHT
A DEAD FOREST INDEX – IN ALL THAT DRIFTS FROM SUMMIT DOWN
Basically the choice we have been left with is whether or not to remove a symbol of our colonial ties and replace it with the logo of a sports team. It’s a decision that inspires in me nothing but indifference and boredom. But that’s no reason not to vote in the referendum!
The pro-change campaign ad raises some valid points, such as “the flag should reflect the vibrancy and interesting nature of the people that we are” (Gary McCormick) and “I don’t want my three grandchildren to grow up under a colonial symbol” (Dame Jenny Shipley). I agree we should change it, but not yet, not like this.
Neo-folk artist Womb today brings to life a compelling new video for gently anthemic second single ‘Teresa’.
The video transports the song into a world of limitlessly reeling digital landscapes. The director, Tristan Joseph Brooks, calls on the sublime element of digital realms, exploring the never-ending wormholes of unused and decaying digital spaces:
“I spent weeks ‘location scouting’ in Second Life”, he explains. “Exploring these vast empty worlds, my avatar became non-existent… I tried to touch abstractly on ideas of loneliness and the idea of being somewhere but not really belonging. Growing out of one world and into another.”
The beauty and futility in fathoming this territory ties perfectly with the sense of loneliness and abstract longing conveyed in the song itself. Brooks’ vast infinitudes of digital landscapes are punctuated by comparatively ‘real’ visual renderings of Womb (aka Charlotte Forrester). She stands spectral-like, as though transmitting a message from an unknown palace lost in the ruins of the internet.
Check out the premiere feature & interview with Charlotte & Tristan at The Wireless!
Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb, has united her mother’s progeny to form a live band! Here is a video from their second ever show late last year featuring Georgette Brown on drums and Haz Forrester on guitar, both of whom also created the stage setting, with projections by Erica Sklenars/Lady Lazer Light:
Womb font by Georgette Brown
The Forrester twins (ex-Athuzela Brown) were recently featured in a radio series on Musical Siblings. Listen here to their interview with RNZ‘s Shaun D Wilson in which they discuss “growing and making music, together and apart”:
A HUM OF VOICES
Haz makes ethereal folk & electronic music under the name A Hum of Voices. You can listen to and freely download his beautiful debut EP here:
I don’t know what the lambs get up to but this lovely pair of humans had a productive 2015!
Sean Kelly (Seth Frightening) and Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy) with Midnight and Lamb #2.
Thanks Veronica CP and Joseph Griffen for the photo!
It began with Seth Frightening‘s release of But We Love Our Brothers And Sisters – his sixth in as many years & the latest in a back catalogue of unrelenting brilliance. Direct and personal while still poetic, haunting, beautiful and always in that unmistakeable Seth Frightening style.
BWLOBAS FEATURE/ REVIEW
‘…his music is full of ugly emotions. Themes include, but are not limited to; death, sex, abortion, loneliness and existential frustration, told through layers of self-deprecation and home recorded charm. It’s heavy stuff, but far from being intimidated by such subject matters, Kelly finds writing about them therapeutic’.
“I write sad songs, but I don’t write them for you to feel sorry for me. I write them because it empowers me.” – Sean Kelly
In November, Sean and his equally talented and radical accomplice Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy / Dear Time’s Waste) toured the country to empathise with folks and promote his vinyl that had not yet arrived. Alas, it soon after came – fashionably late in beautiful bone tone – and has since been dispatched via a network of couriers. Email email@example.com if you want one!
I.E CRAZY EMERGES FROM SHELL WITH #1 HIT
“To celebrate having lapped the sun 28 times without yet flying directly into it, I’m loosing this limping beast of a song into the world.” So wrote Claire on her birthday as she released her first track under the name I.E.Crazy: