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:: NED COLLETTE ::
NED COLLETTE & WIREWALKER have been carving their name deep into the musical landscape of Australia over the course of two albums, and “Networking in Purgatory”, the third, is the most sumptuous and accomplished yet.
Originally from Melbourne, Collette has resided in Berlin for the last four years, and this album was recorded in both cities. Fittingly, the album cover is a photo taken of Berlin from a plane as he returned home to finish the record.
As a recent Brisbane daily writes, “Collette makes music that gently suffuses into the bloodstream. Which is the opposite of how the music industry works now.”
Despite the album’s own clearly distinct voice, it still manages to evoke suggestions of Pink Floyd, Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and even Joni Mitchell or Paul Giovanni.
Sparse acoustic songs such as ‘Across The Frozen Bridge’, are joined by the driving minimalist electronica of ‘Vanitas Quack’, the instantaneous first single ‘Bird’, and the melancholic and luscious opening track ‘At the Piano’.
“It has a sort of grandness about it, like all the best and most intricate pop” Single of the week - DROWNED IN SOUND
“Dark and revelatory” THE WIRE
“Australia doesn’t have many better songwriters, neither past nor present” MESS & NOISE (AUS)
:: DEAN ROBERTS ::
DEAN ROBERTS (NZ) Dean Roberts is one of New Zealand’s leading practitioners in the field of contemporary music and has produced a number of albums to critical acclaim.
His releases on Staubgold, Mille Plateaux and Kranky Records are regarded as touchstones of contemporary experimental music. Weaving elements of rock, electro-acoustic, minimalism and free improvisation into unusually affecting song cycles that sound equally avant-futuristic and hauntingly ancient, like ghost of songs past.
He has worked extensively in the USA and Europe collaborating with some of the big names of Experimental music from Sonic Youth, Otomo Yoshide, Jim O’Rourke, Phill Niblock, Tower Recordings, Mike Cooper, Martin Brandlmayr, Werner Dafeldecker, Eugene Chadbourne, Kevin Drumm, Fennesz, Tony Buck among others.
In a seated and hushed environment his unusual juxtapositions of instrumentation, verse and sonic experiments reveal the art of the song as a far more suggestive, highly experimental medium that one could assume. Akin to popular or “folk” music were it given the treatments of an avant-garde composer.