6 awesome Australian albums to get this Bandcamp Friday
It’s time for another Bandcamp Friday, the excellent program began at the onset of COVID-19 as a way to support musicians who have seen their lives severely disrupted by the pandemic.
It’s the monthly day that Bandcamp forgoes its share of the revenue, with all revenue from the sale going to artists in a year they need it more than ever.
This month’s Bandcamp Friday takes place tomorrow, December 3rd, and it will be the last chance to support your favorite artists in this way in 2021.
With that in mind, we thought we’d compile a list of 6 great releases to consider this Bandcamp Friday. All are independent Australian artists; all the albums came out this year. Long live Bandcamp Friday.
Aborted turtle – An album
A shaking garage punk that’s terribly relentless from start to finish. The Perth band formed in 2013 and have won stellar niches of support with names like King Gizzard and The Growlers. “A dumb high school band that quickly turned into a dumb mid-20s band” (their words), don’t let their self-mockery fool you: their second album is a punk who knows when to be both thrash and playful, striking an excellent balance on each song.
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The Finks – As the world rushed in
Oscar Mestitz is one of the most underrated figures in Australian music. Under the nickname The Finks, he has been releasing tender and calm records since 2012, recalling the melancholy spirit of Belle & Sebastian. While his solemn tales of modern life featured an incisive songwriter, his new six-track EP sees him turn more inward: five of the songs are instrumental, with only the title song containing vocals. Mestitz turns his songwriter’s ears to new collected sounds – digital and analog effects combined into a powerful, enveloping ambient wave.
HMS Ash – Beach reach
Melbourne trio HMS Ash are, and always will be, indebted to Mac DeMarco. What keeps them from being underestimated by his rock slacker influence is a keen understanding of the historic pop jangle of their home country. At Beam range, their second album, Dreamy Rhythm is still rooted in a heartfelt lyricism that addresses everything from gender identity to mental health.
Dag – Pedestrian life
Coming from iconic Brisbane label, Bedroom Suck Records is Dag’s long-awaited second album. Led by the insightful songwriting and emotional existentialism of Dusty Anastassiou, their debut album, 2017’s Benefits of loneliness, is one of the best Australian releases of the last decade; he deserved to reach a much larger audience. Returning four years later, none of their power has been diminished. Honest words sung in a drawl and funny, Dag captures the melancholy beauty of the Australian suburbs like few others.
EXEK – Fortunately they tore the carpet
EXEK does playful post punk with a dreamy undercurrent. On their new album, the band covers everything from field recordings to the new romantic wave, from krautrock to dub. The songs have a thick texture, each standing firmly outside the collective. Innovative and intriguing, as much of the recent post-punk revival has become uniform, EXEK knows how to get out of cluttered terrain.
Alien Nosejob – Paint it clear
There’s a reason Jake Robertson is a low-key legend in Melbourne’s DIY music community. As Alien Nosejob, he comes out regularly without ever losing quality. He does not conform to any specific genre and incorporates all the instruments he wants to play. In 2020 he released three solid records and followed two more this year. The second of them, Paint it clear, is perhaps his best so far. He remembers the endless DIY pioneer Martin Newell (The Cleaners of Venus), a true musician and musician. Listen to Paint It Clear before Robertson has another Alien Nosejob album ready in the week.