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Melbourne band Brightly create an interactive world map to help share their album

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Wednesday 20 March 2013

This is the Beginnings and Endings project. It’s a collaborative, interactive world map to help my Melbourne-based band Brightly share our debut album, for free. We wanted to prove that independent artists can still make a mark by throwing a metaphorical paper aeroplane and seeing how far it goes. When you join up, you get our new […]

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Melbourne band Pourparlour’s riotous debut EP

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Friday 23 November 2012

Melbourne-based five piece Pourparlour have pulled together a riotous self-titled debut EP. Between blistering guitar solos and a bold, defined sound (recorded and mixed by Matt D’Arcy at Sing Sing and Basin Studios, and mastered by Crystal Mastering) the four-track is well worth your attention. This is smart pop. It is rhythmic, playful, melodic and […]

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Rate, review, and share with Good Films

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By Charlie Gleason in Cool Websites on Thursday 20 September 2012

I’ve just joined the crew at Goodfilms, a social site for finding, sharing, rating and watching films. You can join your friends in checking out what they’ve been watching, what they thought of it, and whether they’d watch it again. Alternatively, you can just mock their enthusiasm for John Hughes movies. Actually, don’t do that. […]

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The Good China: We Knew That We Had To Leave

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Tuesday 28 August 2012

The eclectic new video from indie pop eight piece The Good China is a visual feast: so many great visual concepts executed in an incredibly short space of time. Suddenly I want to get a Holga, eat some pizza and take long exposures.

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The Dust We Share: music by Bare Toes Into Soil

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Thursday 23 August 2012

I’m loving The Dust We Share from Melbourne band, Bare Toes Into Soil. There is something really gripping about the melody in the pre-chorus: it’s discordant and anxiety provoking. It hints at a darker message behind the track, which revolves around the powerful vocals of Lyndal Barry and the tight production of Kim Lojoie.

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If You Get Caught We Never Met by Skyways Are Highways

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Wednesday 22 August 2012

Bursting with frenetic energy, the lead single from Skyways Are Highways double-A side, If You Get Caught We Never Met, opens with actress Anastasia Michael clutching a glass of red wine like a lifeline. What follows is three minutes of riotous 60′s inspired punk joy. Lead by Eli Hood on vocals, Angie Rose on drums, and Matt Miller on bass, the track is a glass of freezing cold water aimed directly at your face. Get ready to dance at your desk, friends.

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Awesome Melbourne, Great Job: a mixtape by Faux Pas

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Wednesday 18 July 2012

There is nothing quite like finding inspiration in your hometown, and that’s exactly what radio presenter, electronic music maker and all round nice guy Tim Shiel, also known as Faux Pas, has done. His recent mix tape, Awesome Melbourne, Great Job, hosts a range of amazing Melbourne artists, including I’lls, Coach Bombay, Andras Fox and […]

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Move Towards The Light: the new single by Mez Medallion

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Thursday 5 July 2012

Between the Vampire Weekend-esque tennis attire, the flaming pyrotechnics, the enthusiastic glitter and the catchy melodies, I have a bit of a crush on Mez Medallion’s new single Move Towards The Light. The solo project of Joshua Teicher, the sound is as catchy as it is sweet, and the message of riotous abandon is sure to light a spark.

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Weekend Complex: new music by The Fox Party

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Monday 18 June 2012

Flu-ridden and depressed, I couldn’t help but dance in my pyjamas to The Fox Party. With their debut record, Mock Dream, coming in the next fortnight, you’re just in time to jump on board. Their Facebook page has a free download of the track, Weekend Complex, sounding like a date between Vampire Weekend and the […]

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Follow the Sun: new music by Melbourne band Private Life

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Tuesday 12 June 2012

There is something hypnotic about the voice of Renee Cassar, one half of Melbourne-based indie pop darlings Private Life. Alongside Jamie Barlow, of The Melodics fame, they have crafted an incredible single with Follow The Sun. Cassar’s vocals drift, desolate, against the stark background of crunching guitars, while the pounding rhythm makes my heart race. It is trapped inside my head, and I fucking love it.

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New music by Simon Lam’s side project: Nearly Oratorio

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Friday 8 June 2012

Having being asked to play the Parklife music festival after just one gig with his main project, I’lls, Simon Lam’s side project, Nearly Oratorio, came dangerously close to sliding under the radar. After Way Too Peaceful was played on radio station Triple J’s Home and Hosed show a couple of weeks ago, however, I am […]

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Brightly: a Melbourne-based electro indie pop duo

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Thursday 7 June 2012

I am Charlie, one half of Melbourne-based electro indie pop duo, Brightly. We recently teamed up with director Mike Frencham and photographer Samara Clifford to make the film clip for our new 7″ single, Sarah. We used ten litres of paint, eight cans of powder paint, six salad rolls, four bottles of water, two blocks of chocolate and one freezing cold North Melbourne warehouse. The result is this video above and the vinyl is available via Bandcamp.

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Primadonna: a new song by Marina and the Diamonds

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Thursday 7 June 2012

Marina Lambrini Diamandis, better known as Marina and the Diamonds, has recently dropped her sophomore album, Electra Heart. A departure from the indie folk sound of her debut, the album captures the kind of synth driven pop that makes me dance like a idiot in my car, most notably to the brilliant single Primadonna.

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Robert Montgomery hijacks billboards for art

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By Charlie Gleason in New Art on Thursday 7 June 2012

Working in a ‘poetic and melancholic post-situationalist tradition’, London-based artist Robert Montgomery hijacks billboards to create pieces that challenge modern society, fame, advertising, and our consumerist culture. His pieces are as moving as they are subversive, and should be celebrated as much for their form as for their message. Brilliant.

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Ghost Train video made from Google Street View images

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By Charlie Gleason in New Music on Thursday 7 June 2012

The video for A Ghost Train’s track Chemin Vert was constructed out of panoramic images, painstakingly pulled and manipulated from Google Street View. Described as ‘a trip on the road at supersonic speed spanning across five continents and four seasons’, the result is as riveting as it is inspiring. Fantastic.

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