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!
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.
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‘…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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want one!
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:
Hey-hooray! Today the dream-folk songstress, Charlotte Forrester, brings us her debut, self-titled, solo release as Womb! Five stunning tracks that speak for themselves… Stream below or pay-as-you-like to download. Pretty t-shirts to follow!
“With his forthcoming new album, Signal Fingers, Wellington composer, producer, and sound designer Paperghost (real name: Zach Webber) concocts a cycle of densely layered songs born from intricate stories and environments. Surreal and architectural, his music mixes imagination with reality, fictions and personal experiences so blurred you can’t quite tell one from the other.”
The full Signal Fingers album will be available for download here on Wednesday!
WOMB - AIRPLANE:
Charlotte Forrester (previously of Athuzela Brown) also shared a new track, Airplane, from her forthcoming EP:
‘Describing her music process as ritualistic, Charlotte has found she writes best within a sacred space and the correct accompanying headspace. “I feel it is necessary to return to the emotional landscapes the songs were written in, so that the recordings will harness the nature of the song I’ve written,” she explains.’
FTP is a recently-defunct gallery space and venue in Auckland. This is their compilation originally released on cassette alongside a publication of the same name. Cover cop drawing by Dylan John Scott. Tracklisting below!
SIDE A: RON GALLIPOLI - Stranglewek ORLANDO FURIOUS - Egypt
PAUL BLANCHARD - Sonnet #38
I.E. CRAZY - An Incident on the Edge of Town (Live)
SAMIN SON - Running Drum Jump & Through
JOY DISEASE - Hang Yourself
DIANA TRIBUTE - Softly
PARK TAPES - Shimmer
NEO-WACO - Hammer from the Skies SETH FRIGHTENING - We Hate You (But We Love Our Brothers and Sisters)
WET NURSES OF SODOM - Dross and Blackwater
HUF & BROWN - Trying Not to Think (Live) DICK WHYTE - The Dark I.RYOKO - The Mountebank MAD OPAL - Take It
KRAUS - Can She Excuse My Wrongs
SKYMNING - October
BLANK TAPES - Satanloves
E.N.T. - Playa Policia
SAMUEL LONGMORE - Take 14
Tonight (Friday) begins the audio-visual mini-fest, Exploded Cinema, at Wellington’s Film Archive, Nga Taonga. Starts at 7 and over by 9!
6.30 doors / 7.00 Oona Verse and Lady Lazer Light / 7.40 Samin Son and Yousuke Fuyama / 8.20 i.ryoko
6.30 doors / 7.00 Antony Milton / 7.40 Sign of the Hag / 8.20 Noel Meek and Olivia Webb
Thanks to John Heighes, aka Milky Joe, for putting together this compilation featuring Wellington favourites Ballah Playah Gnar, The All Seeing Hand, Orchestra of Spheres, I.Ryoko, Douglas Lilburn, Mr Sterile Assembly, The Golden Awesome, John White and MORE!
“Mixed by Milky Joe for The Society for the Promotion of A Fantastic Way of Life… Headphone listening recommended… With only a couple of exceptions this is a Wellington-centric mix, and represents a very small sample of the fantastic, extra-ordinary, implausible, astonishing, surprising, improbable, unlikely, incredible, unbelievable, shocking and Microsoft Word Synonym function worthy music being made here in Wellington, Aotearoa.”
This is New Zealand-born Nashville resident, Renee Louise Carafice, playing at Wellington’s Meow Bar on 13th June in support of her wonderful recently released album, Power Animals. Have a listen if you’re into (self-described) “experimental glam folk music”!
“This album is an anti-suicide note: love songs to myself and hate songs to the haters. These songs say: I am alive, and perhaps being alive is more brutal than being dead.”
“The sometimes whisperingly gentle, sometimes screamingly intense album unflinchingly covers the topic of power and power struggles in its many forms, and carries with it a sense of urgent knowing that things collapse and things can eventually rebuild.”
Before I post the pics from the South Island leg of the All Seeing Hand/ Seth Frightening tour, I’ve gotta catch up on a few posts! These red photos are from a show at Pyramid Club in Wellington on May 25th:
Seth Frightening @ Pyramid Club
Here’s a new track from the forthcoming Seth Frightening album which is very close to completion:
FANZ are a Wellington noise group featuring Antony Milton, Samin Son, Noel Meek and Fergus Nelson Moores (Mischancerie). They recently released a CDR on the local noise/psychedelic/underground label, Pseudo Arcana (check out a promo vid here), and played a release show at Newtown’s excellent ‘Death Ray Records’ on May 31st: