Episode 96: Unity Floors; Darren Sylvester

Unity Floors

Unity Floors
Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher.
Mixed and mastered by Harvey O’Sullivan.
Recorded at Good God Small Club, Sydney. 21st August 2014.
Originally broadcast on FBi Radio 94.5FM Sydney.

Unity Floors are an indie-rock duo from Sydney, formed by members Gus Hunt and Henry Gosling in 2010. After their well-received debut EP, Women’s Golf’ they hunkered down and got to work writing a debut LP for Popfrenzy. That album, Exotic Goldfish Blues, is a neat collection of their trademark messy pop songs. Leaning on an appreciation of 90s alternative rock, Unity Floors have more in common with contemporary shoegaze groups like Broken Water than any dolewave happening south of the border.

Darren Sylvester

Buy/Listen to Exotic Goldfish Blues on the Popfrenzy Bandcamp.

Darren Sylvester
Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher.
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan.
Mastered by Andrew Edgson.
Recorded at The Paradiso Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Festival. 16th January 2014.
Originally broadcast on FBi Radio 94.5FM Sydney.

Darren Sylvester is best known for his visual art, which is part of the collections of the national galleries of Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. His practice reflects upon the power of branding, style and wider consumer culture. Sylvester, who records all of the music himself, wears his influences on his sleave. He references the era of the power-ballad and luxurious romance. In 2013 he released his second record, Off By Heart, on Chapter Music.

Check out Darren Sylvester over at the Chapter Music site.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 14 November 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.

Episode 77: Matmos

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Matmos
Recorded by Harvey O’Sullivan and Hugh Fasher.
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan.
Mastered by Andrew Edgson.
Recorded at The Sydney Recital Hall, January 15 2014.

Their discography is too expansive to summarise in mere words. They’ve been involved with a plethora of small independent labels as well as bigger brothers like Matador and Thrill Jockey and worked with the enormously successful, Bjork, since the early 2000s. They’ve stood on the edge of cultural recognition without compromising their art or their own joyfully twisted aims.

Performing at a prestigious event like Sydney festival doesn’t happen every day for Matmos, who are more often than not playing in small bars to somewhat interested patrons. Their words, not mine. Reviews of the performance at the Sydney Recital Hall have been mixed to say the least. In fact, it’s probably safe to say that they confused most of their audience.

For this performance they welcomed to the stage Andrew Tuttle, a Brisbane based sound artist with an electric sense of humour. In the opening song you’ll hear him counting down from 15 to zero, humming some tunes and describing some big green triangles.

Find out more about Matmos at their official site or over at Thrill Jockey.

Airing details: Originally via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 4 July 2014.
Show production and engineering: Josh Watson.