New Noise: Cylinders, Frowning Clouds, Good Heavens, Fraser A Gorman
The best new music on the internet featuring the new project from Wolfmother’s founding rhythm section.
– ‘Communion’ is a driving bit of ’70s prog-pop in the great tradition of those slightly scary records you’d unearth in your parents vinyl collection like Styx’s Kilroy Was Here, Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds or Queen’s soundtrack to Flash Gordon; you know, stuff with post-apocalyptic lyrics and analog vocoder. It’s the title track of the debut EP by Melbourne musician Matty Vehl (Bombay Royale, Charles Jenkins, Clare Bowditch). Communion will be launched at Melbourne’s Workers Club on August 2.
– You’re probably well aware what Geelong’s Frowning Clouds sound like without us resorting to redundant buzz words like “’60s”, “mod”, “garage”, “retro” or “analog”. ‘Propellers’ is the A-side of a new 7” single, the second from forthcoming album Paper Jungle. It was produced by a guy called Owen from Sydney – you may’ve heard of him.
– Since fleeing the Wolfmother coop, keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett have started several projects including The Slew and Palace of Fire with Charge Group’s Matt Blackman. Their latest incarnation Good Heavens sees them team up with Sarah Kelly (ex-theredsunband) for a sound described as “ethereal dream-pop with the brute force of heavy metal”. Recalling Bakesale-era Sebadoh, fuzzy first single ‘It’s Not Easy Being Mean’ is the first lifted from debut album ‘Strange Dreams’. It’ll be out August 17 through Rice Is Nice.
– Indie-folk has a new wunderkind and his name is Fraser A Gorman. With Sideshow Bob hair, old-world sensibilities and a fondness for dustbowl balladeers, Gorman has already supported the likes of Mark Lanegan, Joe Pug and Simone Felice since releasing a debut 7” last year. The cheery ‘Take Me To Your Grave’ is lifted from a self-titled EP out now on Courtney Barnett's 'Milk Records'.