"Repetition is a form of change," reads one of Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies. Seth Haley knows the concept well, and his style of technicolour synth-wave takes the mantra as a challenge -- how much emotion can one man convey through his machines? In 2011, Galactic Melt introduced space traveller Com Truise and his journey through far-flung galaxies, before mini-epics Wave 1 and Silicon Tare expanded the story in further cosmic detail. And now Iteration (2017) concludes this sprawling saga.
Combining the fluid, reconstructed beats of late-era British bass music with lush/dense harmonies, it’s been hard to miss Jack Grace’s singular production style vibrating through the Australian underground over the past 18 months. Filtered through a prism of forward-thinking artists as well as his own releases, Grace’s surreal blend of hazy VHS soul and footwork beats first attracted attention with 2016’s River, with his last single, ‘All Lost’ championed by peers and tastemakers Flume, Nick Murphy and Kllo.
ginla is the cross-border collaboration between Jon Nellen and Joe Manzoli. The duo originally met in 2012 while recording with Nick Hakim for his first two EPs. After cutting their teeth as sidemen for Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief) and Lorely Rodriguez (Empress Of) the boys set out to start a new project distinctly their own. ginla’s self-titled debut EP was released less than a year ago on Terrible Records. Their intimate, homespun synth-pop reflected disparate influences and emotions: dream-pop, drum’n’bass, elation and isolation — these contradictions are what make ginla tick.
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