"a very different type of sonic experience… [Simple Tactics is] all constructed (and deconstructed) with an exceptional ear for detail" - VICE
Tooms is Melbourne producer Sam Gill’s late-night, can’t-sleep project, a way to ward off the day’s demons and usher in a new morning.
In one-take sessions over the last two years, Gill (Naysayer & Gilsun, KIRA) experimented with the construction and disintegration of loops. The immediacy of this improvised process strains against the circular repetition of the samples, and creates a sonic tension that never quite lets up.
Simple Tactics, the latest Tooms release, filters the blown-out fuzzy bliss of Slowdive through the electronic expressionism of Actress, and places it in the evocative ambience of Boards of Canada. Disembodied vocals float over the mix, angelic and indecipherable, while beats drop in and out, grounding the atmospheric textures with a steady pulse. Growing from minimalism to dense unruliness and then back again, the tracks pass by the listener like a lonely train in the night.
Tooms is the sound of sleepless anxiety soothed by digital decay—mood music for the 21st century.
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Our latest release comes from Melbourne-based producer Balvinder Singh, aka Shūnya. Having been awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, Singh traveled through Malaysia and India over a number of years to train classically with various highly-regarded teachers, and is now focusing his virtuosic composition and instrumental talents on producing his own work.
While drenched in technical and compositional tradition, Shūnya has continued to build on his obsession with electronic and experimental music - drawing upon a range of diverse influences including Talvin Singh, Flying Lotus and Sigur Ros. After relocating to Melbourne from Perth upon completing his studies, Singh began to focus on this project exclusively, leading to the incarnation of a esoteric and deeply individual sound.
Having already received support from Australian institutions like Triple J, Mess & Noise and Triple R for the EP’s debut single, Akashic Record Store, Shūnya then continued to attract acclaim for its follow-up, Painted Hearts, which IndieShuffle called “an understated, dreamy concoction of breathy vocals, Middle Eastern instruments, beats reminiscent of luminaries like Baths and Shigeto, and attention to detail in every area possible… certainly one of the most beautiful, intricate tracks [we’ve] heard in a long time.”
To celebrate the forthcoming release of the All That Good Work/Blue EP, late-night curators Naysayer & Gilsun will be taking their visceral live show throughout Australia in September and October.
07 SEPT – GOODGOD, SYDNEY(DJ SET)
(w/ wordlife & Club Mod DJs) (tix through moshtix)
08 SEPT – CARRIAGEWORKS, SYDNEY (NGTV)
(w/ The Presets, Seekae, Worlds End Press & more)
21 SEPT – ALHAMBRA LOUNGE, BRISBANE (DJ SET)
27 SEPT – HI FI, MELBOURNE (NGTV)
(w/ Otologic & Two Bright Lakes DJs) (tix through Oztix)
04 OCT – MONDO, PERTH (DJ SET)
05 OCT – FAMILY, NORTHBRIDGE (DJ SET)
06 OCT – RHINO ROOM, ADELAIDE (DJ SET)
We’re very proud to share our latest signing: Melbourne producer Balvinder Singh (aka Shūnya) - an enormously talented composer and producer.
Born into a musical family, it was Singh’s father - a professional tabla player and percussionist - that initiated his love for music, first through a steady stream of Indian classical records then, later, by putting his hands onto the tabla. Singh eventually travelled to Malaysia and India to study the more esoteric aspects of Indian classical music, studying the sitar with internationally renowned musician Samuel Dass and then, after being awarded a fellowship by the Australian Arts Council, working with India’s top sarangi player and living legend, Ustad Sabri Khan.
While being drenched in this ancient musical tradition, he has continued an obsession with electronic and experimental music, drawing upon a range of diverse influences including Talvin Singh, Flying Lotus and Sigur Ros. After relocating to Melbourne from Perth upon completing his studies, Singh began to focus on his own composition and production, leading to the incarnation of a neoteric and deeply individual sound.
On his debut EP, 0, Shūnya has collaborated with a highly diverse range of musicians, including renowned Melbourne/L.A. MC Elf Transporter, Indian Bansuri-player Vinod Prasanna and vocalists Aarti Jadu, Nisha and Holly Megan.
Shūnya’s 0 EP will be released by Bossman Records in August, 2013.
Listen to the EP’s first single, Akashic Record Store, on Mess & Noise now.
Naminé will also be appearing in Sydney on July 25th for SAD CLUB at Red Rattler (alongside Golden Blonde) and in Adelaide on July 27th with Cyst Impaled. Details here.
We’re extremely excited to present, at long last, Naminé's debut LP: Celestial Love. For an album that’s been re-recorded three times since its conception and filled with songs we’ve heard live in the years since, it’s remarkable how original and candid it remains. Pure, anxious pop. Enjoy.
We’re doing this again. Last time around was just too special.
Expect no restraint and accept no alternatives.
$5 before midnight. $10 after. RSVP here.