Never have experimental pop been so experimental. This feels like an edge towards New Zealand, anchored in the depths of Dunedin, in good company with no-wave pop-experimentalists Opposite Sex. But instead of forming a group, Theresa Stroetges uses her multi-instrumentalism to forge thoughtful and sincere landscapes of sound with her semi-acoustic emergence. Theresa goes by the name of Golden Diskó Ship – a solo-project that is about to venture out on the deep blue sea, unleashing her second album in November. Going on untamed waters seems like something that would happen on the get-go for her, because of how natural everything feels; while listening to her music. Having already made a mark with a track on the compilation “City Splits #1” and one on The Wire Trapper’s June 2012 compilation, it’s safe to say she knows what she’s doing – and she actually did – because her debut-album came not long after that, titled “Prehistoric Ghost Party“, recorded at the legendary Faust Studio which is Hans Joachim Irmler’s (Klangbad) workplace. She’s also got two EPs released earlier, so now one should hope that she’s nailed her own sound.
The second album is in a world of it self. There’s such a likeness to the different sound-scapes, the soothing melodies and sometimes rhythmic progressions that never leave you with a dull moment. A thin red line goes through it, connecting dots between each track and keeping it both thematically interesting and coherent. There doesn’t have to be any incoherence when it comes to experimentalism, not with Theresa’s wonderfully composed tracks which are out-of-the-box musically – but theoretically keep a sharp line that divides each track musically and topically. Repartiseraren has gotten the honor to exclusively premiere a track from her forthcoming album. The album is titled “Invisible Bonfire“, and the song of our choice was “Say Goodbye To This Island – Over And Out“. There was a thought to feature “Swan Song“, but it’s the last track on that album and we think that the aforementioned song has a bit of everything from the album. So here you go, enjoy the first publicly available track from that album. The album will be released on Spezialmaterial Records on the 25th of November.
The mastodon release of a compilation overview of the evolution in the Dunedin underground, is courtesy of the fantastic New Zealand micro-label Fishrider Records – whom I’ve had featured both in interview and with bands from the roster – now with a newcomer called Ba Da Bing Records, for outreach of the compilation in North America. This compilation features a narrowly selected crowd of people which you’d know about if you had payed attention to New Zealand. There’s a town there, a town called Dunedin, where a lot of pop-artists and groups have emerged during the last few years. Specifically from 2011-2014. Mavis Gary, Death & The Maiden, The Prophet Hens, Males, Mr Biscuits, Opposite Sex, Strange Harvest, The Shifting Sands, Astro Children, Kane Strang, Scattered Brains of the Lovely Union and Trick Mammoth – are the selected few (many) from this underground current, standing strong with their oddities that are by now their trademark. The reason why you need to have your eyes peeled is just because their sound is different, their sound is as a whole unique for that particular city. Nowhere else can you find this unimaginable creative outlet which have rendered in a sound they can proudly call their own.
Not only does this release incorporate a nice and thick black vinyl, it also is the starting point of a zine called T E M P O R A R Y – yes, just like the release. Even though I feel like the name is ironic, because I feel like this will be a timeless release, even though I haven’t laid my ears to listen to everything on the release yet. The zine features an introductory into the bands, artists and groups that are featured on the release. Repartiseraren can give you an exclusive premiere of two new tracks which were put up by Fishrider Records, it’s “Flowers For The Blind” with Death & The Maiden and “Supermarket” – a long-awaited new track for me here, courtesy of Opposite Sex.
I must congratulate Ian Henderson for this seemingly masterful release, because it was something in dire need of documenting for the rest of the world. The slick design was created by Robbie Morton and the graphic layout by Angus McBryde. Mastered by Tex Houston and tracks selected by Ian Henderson – as it should be – because that man has more insight into this than anyone else. You can either order the vinyl with the zine, the zine and a CD, or the CD, vinyl and the zine. For those of you that live in Europe, you can order T E M P O R A R Y from Occultation Recordings, if you’re in America you can find it at Ba Da Bing Recordings and if you’re nearer Australia or New Zealand; you can get it from Fishrider Records. Stream four tracks from this compilation down below.
När en väldigt opretentiös blandning utav hardcore och metal blir verklighet. Där den metal de framhärdar, påminner om en nytänd gnista inför forna tiders glans. Med öppningslåten “Queen” så bevisar dessa män att de säkerligen hade kunnat lägga ner instrumenten på direkten. Inte för att de är dåliga på något sätt, utan mest för att ta emot stående ovationer. Den första låten påminner om en blandning av det bästa från “forntiden“, när de nostalgiska minnena hopar sig och det märks sannerligen att den experimentella blandningen mellan både hardcore och metal i princip aldrig blir stel. Trots mainstream-vibbarna, så är de inte strömlinjeformade. Eftertanke är något som borde vara ett motto, om det inte redan är det, och för att inte tala om låtens struktur. Hela byggnationen står stabilt på två ben och prånglar ut det bästa från flera världar, där det finns utrymme för utsvävningar.
Ian Henderson is the man behind the “micro-independent” psych-pop label Fishrider Records from Dunedin, New Zealand. He started out in 2006 and have since then released a number of records, including the critically acclaimed, self-titled Opposite Sex record. He’s been with the band The Puddle from time to time, as a drummer. He’s also been a freelance writer for the Southland Times and also for the zines Garage and Alley Oop. I took the time to interview him about his label, the studio, pop lib manifesto, New Zealand, what he thinks about other labels and much more!
Opposite Sex is a band that originated from Gisborne but managed to settle themselves down in Dunedin. They’re a three-piece consisting of Tim, Lucy and Fergus. But sometimes when playing live, they buckle up and become a two-piece consisting of only Lucy and Tim. At the moment they’ve released their self-titled debutalbum, which draws influences from post-punk, lo-fi, no-wave and alternative pop which makes it quite a unique-sounding mixture. I got the opportunity to talk to Lucy from the band about her musical background, dunedin vs. gisborne, their first album and much more. Tune in for this, straight from New Zealand!