Our selection of the best new music across a range of genres from the week ending 14 February 2020.
Multifaceted solo artist and producer Louise Terra has dropped her new electro-pop song,‘J.B.’ ‘J.B.’ is the second single offering from Louise Terra since she launched the ‘Nature Calling’ single and VR video clip in August 2019. Louise Terra will be launching ‘J.B.’ with an accompanying video clip in Melbourne on Thursday 5 March at Common Rooms, with an all-female line-up of local solo-electronic artists. Lifted from Louise Terra’s forthcoming debut EP Follow the Moon into the Ocean (due for release May 8), ‘J.B.’ chimes with characteristic shimmering electronica atop brooding drones and instinctual rhythms. The track pairs layered vocals and sonic soundscapes that echo the likes of FKA Twigs or Bjork, whilst maintaining Terra’s distinct supernatural pop edge.
English singer-songwriter Jack Peñate has just released an expanded edition of his recent album After You. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed album Everything Is New, After You was originally released on 29 November 2019. The expanded edition that includes a full-live version of the album, is available on all DSP’s. The live version of the album was also captured on film, and you can watch The Church Studio Session from Jack Peñate below.
Produced in collaboration with Paul Epworth, Info and Alex Eption, After You is Jack’s first full length record in over a decade. It’s already been met with widespread critical acclaim, described by the Sunday Times as “so effortless-sounding, so brimming with riches, you wonder what took the Londoner so long”.
“Smoulder or Ignite” is the new single from Wheatbelt WA, singer-songwriter Michael Dunstan. The track is lifted from his forthcoming debut album In The Grand Scheme (February 28th). Dunstan will be heading out on a national tour in support of the album. Dunstan’s Australian tour will also be donating $1 per ticket to Happy Monday, the mission of his friend and touring member Daniel Hedley, who is riding 6500kms from Brisbane to Perth on a Penny-Farthing, with the aim to raise $1 million for a variety of mental health organisations, including Beyond Blue and Headspace.
Tour dates are:
Thursday 27th February @ Rosemount Hotel Perth, WA
Friday 28th February @ Link Theatre Northam, WA
Saturday 29th February @ Cannery Arts Centre Esperance, WA
Wednesday 4th March @ Beer Garden Brewing Port Lincoln, SA
Thursday 5th March @ Jive Bar Adelaide, SA
Thursday 12th March @ Northcote Social Club Northcote, VIC
Friday 13th March @ The Boardwalk Bendigo, VIC
Saturday 14th @ Macedon Ranges Music Fest 2020 Gisborne, VIC
Thursday 2nd April @ The Factory Floor Marrickville, NSW
Friday 3rd April @ The Baroque Room, Carrington Hotel Katoomba, NSW
Saturday 18th April @ Byron Bay Brewery Byron Bay, NSW
Friday 24th April @ The Solbar Maroochydore, QLD
Saturday 25th April @ Milk Factory Kitchen And Bar Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 13th May @ The Basement Belconnen, ACT
Arvo Pärt & Shostakovich sees Australian Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and Principal Violin Satu Vänskä take centre stage in one of the most intoxicating pieces of music from the 20th century: Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa.
Pärt is one of today’s most distinctive and revered composers, and since 2010 has been the most performed living composer in the world. Tabula Rasa represents his first foray into his unique musical language: tintinnabuli, named for the Latin word for bell, which has defined his work right up to today. His music extends beyond the borders of 20th and 21st century ‘classical’ music, with musicians as diverse as Björk, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and PJ Harvey crediting him as a major influence.
The concert will also see ten violinists of the ACO unite to perform Prokofiev’s fiendishly challenging Sonata for Solo Violin in D major in unison, before the Australian premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s short piece of resistance, Nymphea: Misterioso. The program concludes with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony – a string orchestra arrangement of the composer’s famous Eighth String Quartet – a searing and deeply emotive lament for the victims of war, that leaps from despair to attack to haunting acceptance.
Arvo Pärt & Shostakovich performances:
Woolongong – Wollongong Town Hall: Thu 19 March, 7.30 pm
Canberra – Llewellyn Hall: Sat 21 March, 8 pm
Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne: Sun 22 March, 2.30 pm; Mon 23 March, 7.30 pm
Newcastle – Newcastle City Hall: Thu 26 March, 7.30 pm
Sydney – City Recital Hall: Tue 24 March, 8 pm; Wed 25 March, 7 pm; Sat 28 March, 7 pm; Sun 29 March, 2 pm
Brisbane – QPAC Concert Hall: Mon 30 March, 7 pm
Adelaide – Adelaide Town Hall: Tue 31 March, 7.30 pm
Perth – Perth Concert Hall: Wed 1 April, 7.30 pm
American electronic dance music pioneers, The Crystal Method finally return to Australia for the first time since the Big Day Out in 2007. Along with The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy, The Crystal Method were pioneers of the big beat genre and electronica movement. Together they took electronic music out of the warehouses and blank spaces and to some of the biggest festival fields in the world. The crossover also meant that they were asked to be part of travelling festivals like The Family Values Tour.
The Grammy Award®- nominated, platinum-certified trailblazing duo—Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current zeitgeist. Jordan retired in 2016 with Kirkland adopting The Crystal Method as a solo moniker. Since then Kirkland has toured all over America and Europe, including shows opening concerts for Tool.
The Crystal Method Australian June 2020 Tour
Friday 19th – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Saturday 20th – Adelaide – Lion Arts Factory
Tuesday 23rd – Auckland – Tuning Fork
Thursday 25th – Brisbane – Triffid
Friday 26th – Melbourne – 170 Russell
Saturday 27th – Sydney – Manning Bar
Tickets are on sale now from https://metropolistouring.com/the-crystal-method-2020/
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David Edwards is the editor of The Blurb and a contributor on film and television