Pivot discuss their new album, O Soundtrack My Heart

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By Zolton in New Music on Monday 27 October 2008

We featured their Secret Playlist recently, and now they have a kicking new album out. With members scattered across the globe, though with roots firmly planted in Sydney, electro mavericks Pivot create lush, onimous, and beautifully porous music that seeps through your soul, steals your heart, and renders you immobile. For a good ten minutes at least, as their latest album, O Soundtrack My Heart [which we have five copies of to give away], proves We interviewed, Richard Pike, guitarist and producer from the group, and asked him whether the making of the making of O Soundtrack was a stressful or chilled experience? ‘
It was stressful at the start as the old band was falling apart. When that business got out of the way, it was a pretty easy affair. We were all focused and ready to make something great’.

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Fujiya & Miyagi discuss their album, Lightbulbs

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By Zolton in New Music on Thursday 9 October 2008

The new Fujiya & Miyagi album, the aptly titled Lightbulbs, is a typically crackling collection of songs, ‘a pulsing antidote to the ordinary’. Formed in 2000, the electronic duo of David Best (guitars and vocals) and Steve Lewis (synths, beats, programming), have since added bass player Matt Hainsby to the mix (in 2004), and now have an album in their catalogue which is ‘littered with fragmented images, anecdotes from the sublime to the ridiculous, blurry stories that you feel you shouldn’t have overheard’. The guys have given us the inside word on each track from the album, starting with the opener, Knickerbocker: ‘A vibration of words that sound good, touching on lost innocence, child star Lena Zavaroni, the very first tragedy of X Factor-style excess, and the joy of multi-storeyed ice cream sundaes at Woolacombe Bay. Knickerbocker mixes my sister’s and my memories of watching Lena Zavaroni on TV, whilst eating ice cream as children’.

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Mr. Meeble

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Thursday 11 September 2008

Between its title and content, the Phoenix-based trio Mr. Meeble’s sensual and soulful pop meets dark electronica record will prick your ears, then spin them around and burn the damn things to the ground. It’s sparkling stuff, reminiscent of fellow French band Air, with moments of smooth, breathy vocals floating over spacey synths, chilled-out Rhodes […]

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A Push Door to Exit video made from cardboard

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By Zolton in Video on Tuesday 19 August 2008

OK, so this is the world’s first electronica music video made entirely from cardboard. The creation of London animator, Tony Comley, the track is for Push Door to Exit by Alexander’s Annexe, which is out through Warp records. Very cool.

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Cut Copy’s In Ghost Colours

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By Kate Suters in New Music on Monday 31 March 2008

It was late afternoon in Sydney on a rare sunny summer’s day when I pressed play on Cut Copy’s latest album, In Ghost Colours, and immediately felt like I was in the midst of an awesome chilled out holiday.

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White Williams on his ‘disobedient’ music

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By Francis Andrews in New Music on Friday 28 March 2008

We featured White Williams on Lost At E Minor recently, so we thought it was time to pin him down for a chat. Metaphorically speaking of course.

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Efterklang

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By Ari Stein in New Events on Saturday 2 February 2008

I checked out the annual Transmediale festival last night. It’s the premier cultural art and music festival in Berlin and runs for six days all over the city. This year they had Murcof, Pierre Henry, Mouse on Mars, and Vitalic playing, just to name a few. Danish supergroup Efterklang played last night to a packed house.

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Mum

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By Kate Suters in New Music on Friday 26 October 2007

Listening to Mum’s fourth album — Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy — for the first time, I was awash with sentimentalism. Amidst carnival trumpets and burlesque beats, there’s a sense of this being a bohemian rhapsody. Perhaps it’s the mix of cello and brass with experimental electronica. Or maybe it’s just the soft vocals […]

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