WOMB VIDEO PREMIERE ON THE WIRELESS

February 12th, 2016

Neo-folk artist Womb today brings to life a compelling new video for gently anthemic second single ‘Teresa’.

The video transports the song into a world of limitlessly reeling digital landscapes. The director, Tristan Joseph Brooks, calls on the sublime element of digital realms, exploring the never-ending wormholes of unused and decaying digital spaces:

“I spent weeks ‘location scouting’ in Second Life”, he explains. “Exploring these vast empty worlds, my avatar became non-existent… I tried to touch abstractly on ideas of loneliness and the idea of being somewhere but not really belonging. Growing out of one world and into another.”

The beauty and futility in fathoming this territory ties perfectly with the sense of loneliness and abstract longing conveyed in the song itself. Brooks’ vast infinitudes of digital landscapes are punctuated by comparatively ‘real’ visual renderings of Womb (aka Charlotte Forrester). She stands spectral-like, as though transmitting a message from an unknown palace lost in the ruins of the internet.

Check out the premiere feature & interview with Charlotte & Tristan at The Wireless!

FAMILY TIME! WOMB & A HUM OF VOICES

January 31st, 2016

VIDEO: WOMB LIVE

Charlotte Forrester, aka Womb, has united her mother’s progeny to form a live band! Here is a video from their second ever show late last year featuring Georgette Brown on drums and Haz Forrester on guitar, both of whom also created the stage setting, with projections by Erica Sklenars/Lady Lazer Light:


Womb font by Georgette Brown

TWIN TALK

The Forrester twins (ex-Athuzela Brown) were recently featured in a radio series on Musical Siblings. Listen here to their interview with RNZ’s Shaun D Wilson in which they discuss “growing and making music, together and apart”:

A HUM OF VOICES

Haz makes ethereal folk & electronic music under the name A Hum of Voices. You can listen to and freely download his beautiful debut EP here:

SETH/CRAZY

January 4th, 2016

I don’t know what the lambs get up to but this lovely pair of humans had a productive 2015!


Sean Kelly (Seth Frightening) and Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy) with Midnight and Lamb #2.
Thanks Veronica CP and Joseph Griffen for the photo!

It began with Seth Frightening’s release of But We Love Our Brothers And Sisters - his sixth in as many years & the latest in a back catalogue of unrelenting brilliance. Direct and personal while still poetic, haunting, beautiful and always in that unmistakeable Seth Frightening style.

BWLOBAS FEATURE/ REVIEW

‘…his music is full of ugly emotions. Themes include, but are not limited to; death, sex, abortion, loneliness and existential frustration, told through layers of self-deprecation and home recorded charm. It’s heavy stuff, but far from being intimidated by such subject matters, Kelly finds writing about them therapeutic’.

“I write sad songs, but I don’t write them for you to feel sorry for me. I write them because it empowers me.” - Sean Kelly

Delve into this insightful review/interview by Sam Carswell for NZ Musician > Ugly Sounds Of Undeniable Beauty

BWLOBAS VINYL!

In November, Sean and his equally talented and radical accomplice Claire Duncan (I.E.Crazy / Dear Time’s Waste) toured the country to empathise with folks and promote his vinyl that had not yet arrived. Alas, it soon after came - fashionably late in beautiful bone tone - and has since been dispatched via a network of couriers. Email sethfrightening@gmail.com if you want one!

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I.E CRAZY EMERGES FROM SHELL WITH #1 HIT

“To celebrate having lapped the sun 28 times without yet flying directly into it, I’m loosing this limping beast of a song into the world.” So wrote Claire on her birthday as she released her first track under the name I.E.Crazy:

The project is a distinct departure from previous work as Dear Time’s Waste, now expressing a harder-edged character. ‘A jilted lover’, ‘a “psycho ex”, a “crazy bitch”‘, she explains of the lyrics to You’re A Stranger To Me Now (#1 on the ODT’s 2015 NZ Singles of the Year list : D)

I.E.CRAZY SPEAKS!

Be delighted and/or disturbed by Claire’s “water-related analogies” and more in this up front interview with Emma Smith on RNZ’s Music 101:

WHEN THEIR POWERS COMBINE (w/ SHOCKING PINKS)

Lastly (but not leastly) check out this incredible Seth & I.E cover of the Shocking Pinks song, Nostalgia, released as part of a collection by A Low Hum in November:

What will 2016 bring from these talented two? Keep your ears & eyes pinned & pealed!

NEW SETH FRIGHTENING VIDEO + VINYL RELEASE + TOUR!!!

October 22nd, 2015

It’s video, vinyl and tour time in Seth Frightening town!


Video created by the marvelous Claire Duncan/ I.E.Crazy


NEW ZEALAND TOUR:

Seth Frightening 2015 Tour
Poster by Sean Kelly

21 November - Secret Location*, Wellington $15
25 November - The Grainstore Gallery, Oamaru $5
26 November - The Auricle, Christchurch $10 / $5 unwaged
27 November - Chick’s Hotel, Port Chalmers $5
28 November - The Sherwood, Queenstown $10
5 December - Audio Foundation, Auckland $10 waged / $5 unwaged

*RSVP to sethfrightening@gmail.com for Wellington location details


For VINYL PRE-ORDERS of But We Love Our Brothers and Sisters go to Seth Frightening’s Bandcamp

VIDEO: WOMB - LIONESS

October 21st, 2015

Check out the sensual and sisterly new video for Womb’s track Lioness - co-created by Georgette Brown and Dan Harris (aka Illojgali)!


“A lot of symbols come up again and again for us: like bleeding shells, insects and other flora and fauna, fire, and sisterhood. We didn’t exactly know where it was going, but we knew it would start with a bloody womb and end in flames and we just let it unfold organically from there, like sowing a dream seed. Kind of inspired too by David Lynch once saying how he’ll just see a random image in his mind and then follow that without questioning it.” - Charlotte Forrester/ Womb

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FUN TIMES AHEAD!

September 21st, 2015

I.RYOKO, S.FRIGHTENING & HUF AT AF IN AK!

Art by Georgette Brown
Poster art by Georgette Brown

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MISCELLANY 29.08.15

August 29th, 2015

Critical writing in New Zealand is being further expelled from the mainstream media as it continues on its woeful trajectory into tabloid tactics in attempts to stay financially viable. This is worrying as it may suggest the public at large would rather pay for celebrity gossip and light entertainment instead of real, important news. Still, there are encouraging signs that critical and constructive thought in this country is far from dwindling, it may just be a little harder for most people to find…

THE HOROEKA READING GRANT

Horoeka / Lancewood
Horoeka / Lancewood

The Horoeka Reading Grant was established in 2015 by New Zealand’s reluctant intellectual ambassador and Booker-Prize winning author, Eleanor Catton, in order to encourage young and emerging writers to read extensively on a topic of their choice before writing an essay to share what they have learnt. Great idea!

Congratulations to recent recipient, Wellington-based pseudonym, Richard Meros, of Lawrence & Gibson publishing who read “recent texts on post-scarcity economics and a selection of philosophical works on abundance and gifts.”

The result is an essay on lack, abundance and NZ excess entitled ‘New Bourgeoizealand’:

“…any project that makes specific demands against government needs to be augmented by a concurrent increase in optimistic alternatives. A similar compact exists in Gramsci’s saying “I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will”. Where Gramsci locates optimism in his own being – his will – the heart of this essay will focus on a similar optimism but one located in the material abundance of the world.”

Read the essay in full here > horoekareading.com/new-bourgeoizealand-by-richard-meros/

And for more essays & reading lists emerging from the grant, including one on ecology and climate change by our good pal Alex Mitcalfe Wilson, go here > http://horoekareading.com/category/essays/


DITA DE BONI SIGNS OFF IN STYLE

Dita De Boni
Dita De Boni

Siting budget restraints, the New Zealand Herald has ‘discontinued’ the opinion column of one of their last remaining voices of dissent, Dita De Boni, who signed off this week with her final scathing piece: “Government contempt too overwhelming to ignore”.

“People have asked me over the years why my columns have become more strident in tone; more “biased against” the Government. The answer’s that the examples of contempt for the public, hypocrisy, and flat-out bulls***tery have become too overwhelming to ignore.”

Read the full article here > www.nzherald.co.nz/dita-de-boni/news/

We wish her good luck and hope her passionate and insightful voice will emerge unencumbered once again!

NZIFF 2015!!! DOCUMENTARIES:

July 25th, 2015

It’s a wondrous time of year for intensive knowledge gathering and world-illuminating mind expansion - the New Zealand International Film Festival is in town!

Once again there are too many great looking films for most of us to catch them all, but to help narrow down the list here are the initial recommendations of one keen documentary enthusiast: (& they’re selling out so it may pay to >>book quick!<<)

THE LOOK OF SILENCE

This is the companion film to ‘The Act of Killing’ and rounds out a pair of truly world-changing documentaries of the highest artistic calibre and political potency. They relate to the anti-communist ‘purge’ in Indonesia in the 60s which killed upwards of 500,000 people and whose perpetrators remain in power today.

This is a must see, including Q&A with the director, Joshua Oppenheimer, who can also be heard discussing the films in this recent RNZ interview:


BELIEF: THE POSSESSION OF JANET MOSES

“This impressive doco disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a mākutu lifting.” >MORE INFO<


THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER

“A Ukrainian victim of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster discovers a dark secret and must decide whether to risk his life by revealing it, amid growing clouds of revolution and war.” > MORE INFO <


THE PRICE OF PEACE

“There’s an enlightening and moving portrait of Tūhoe activist, artist and kaumātua Tame Iti at the heart of Kim Webby’s film about the trial of the ‘Urewera Four’ and its aftermath. She outlines the perils of surveillance in her account of the trial, in which Iti and three others were accused of plotting terrorist activities” > MORE INFO <

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RED ARMY

“A sports doc for people who don’t give a damn about sports” - and produced by Werner Herzog, so you know it’s good. > MORE INFO <

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GOING CLEAR:
SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Scientology exposed! This is gold. > MORE INFO <


CARTEL LAND

“A gripping, nuanced look at two different responses to the ongoing violence and death strewn by the vicious drug cartels plaguing both sides of the Mexican/American border” - Tim Grierson, Paste > MORE INFO <

A recent interview with the director, Matthew Heineman:

This list will grow…

LAND OF THE LONG WHITE STAIN

July 21st, 2015

The Lumiere Reader have released an online music-documentary featuring Seth Frightening, Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing, Shab Orchestra and I.E.Crazy as they tour the country. A “contemplative ode to a brood of genre-bending Auckland musicians”. Stream here & get further insights below:

“While the songs themselves are the heroes of the story, behind-the-scenes footage permits a glimpse into the processes and world-views of a group of fiercely creative individuals whose work falls outside the ever-constrictive paradigms of popular music in New Zealand.” - Claire Duncan, writer & director.

Zac Arnold of RNZ’s Music 101 spoke with Claire to discuss the difficulties of capturing the essence of live performance and what it means to be a musician on the margins:

Also, keep your eye out for more in Lumiere’s web-series covering pockets of New Zealand’s underground print and cinema scenes > http://video.lumiere.net.nz

AN INTERVIEW WITH WOMB ON UTR

July 21st, 2015

Charlotte Forrester / Womb
Charlotte Forrester / Womb

Thanks to Under the Radar for this great wee interview with Charlotte Forrester of Womb:

“It’s like the womb is the most sacred, safe place. It is warm, it is floating. Then the womb is also totally sexual, and red, and passionate. And finally, in some ways it is raw and frightening, this eerie zone of amniotic fluid, and then you’re pushed out, bloody, into the world.”

Read the full interview on UTR