Aural Delights 461

  • The Stress of Leisure – Interesting Times
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Every Day It’s The Blues
  • Ian & Neil – Heavily Spiced
  • Luis Leon – Des Magiciens
  • The Stress of Leisure – Professional Woman
  • Party Day – Firehorse
  • Big Youth – Honesty
  • Frank Zappa – The Ocean Is The Ultimate Solution
  • The Stress of Leisure – Shark Killer
  • Jackson Code – Those Lips Are No Longer Mine
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Where Did You Glom Your Glimmer
  • Dr Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken In Town
  • Union of Knives – There’s A River (Single Edit)
  • The Stress of Leisure – No Win No Fee
  • Wailing Souls & Ranking Trevor – War (Extended 12″ Disco Mix)
  • Luis Leon – It Won’t Be Long (Just To Dance With You)
  • Ian & Neil – Politic Dog
  • The Stress of Leisure – The Weight of the World
  • Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Ronnie Loves To Hear People Talk
  • Party Day – Stay In My Heart
  • The Stress of Leisure – All Australian Punk Band 1979
  • Lusitarian Ghosts – Soul Deranium
  • Plum Green – Eyes Shut
  • Derision Cult – Worlds Collide
  • The Stress of Leisure – The Worry

The Stress of Leisure

Featured band –

The Stress of Leisure is a sun-skewered faux wave outfit from the sub tropics of Brisbane, Queensland (Australia). Ian Powne (guitar/vocals) is joined by the femme-attack of Pascalle Burton (keys/synths), Jane Elliott (bass) and Jessica Moore (drums).

Having played alongside the likes of Shonen Knife, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, Spiral Stairs (Pavement), Dave Graney and the MistLY , Cable Ties, Hits, Nice Biscuit and toured Australia with Regurgitator and Custard, The Stress of Leisure is quite possibly ‘the band you can’t believe you’ve never heard of’ on the Australian music scene.

The band was formed by Powne, who plays guitar and sings. Powne initially wrote the moniker on his home recordings, later graduating to record the first full-length album (Self-Titled) released in 2006. With seven albums in total, the discography of The Stress of Leisure can be broken up into three parts; the first three albums being pretty much like Powne solo albums, the middle two albums featuring two different line-ups and a more collaborative approach, and the most recent two albums Eruption Bounce (2017) and Faux Wave (2020) representing the classic lineup, the fully collaborative band model.

Tracks featured are from the following

  • Single Release (2021)
  • Achievement (2015)
  • Cassowary (2012)
  • Faux Wave (2020)
  • Hour to Hour (2008)
  • Soft Approach (2010)
  • The Stress of Leisure (2006)

Dave Graney and Clare Moore – Everything Was Funny

From the new album which is out on October 1st.

Ian & Neil

The Moss Brothers return with a new single. One weird pop track and one minimalist spoken word piece , both have unsentimental observational lyrics that aim to provoke thought , this conversation may be one way but nonetheless it is communication.

Luis Leon – My Ears Have Tears

Over 2 years in the making, the debut of Luis Leon on Nie Wieder Schlafen is an expansive EP with 5 tracks, including a non-stop adventure with 3 deep and unforgiving progressive stories, gently held together in between 2 ambient tracks, the latter of them in collaboration with new and returning NWS talent Haider Uppal. From the main title track to the fast and rhythmic patterns of “It Won’t Be Long”, Luis captures an array of experimental grooves, which do not shy away from breaking boundaries and mixing various influences of his own. Filled with textures, vocal inputs and heavy dancefloor patterns, the release holds true to the sound of Nie Wieder Schlafen, while moving on to explore different sides of the atmospherical world of electronic music.

Party Day – Sorted!

Formed in 1981 in Barnsley, Party Day, with their bass-led rhythms and sharp, powerful drums, gigged extensively and released their debut single ‘Row The Boat Ashore’ in 1983. Their brand of Post-Punk Indie Rock with Gothic overtones soon got the attention of DJ John Peel and sold out almost immediately. The follow-up single ‘Spider’ from 1984 again received extensive airplay from John Peel and received rave reviews from the national music press. Their self-released debut album Glasshouse was released in 1985 to glowing reviews and has gained popularity over the years. Now very collectable, it exchanges hands for big money on the secondhand market. The Glasshouse EP followed later in ‘85 heralding a more commercial approach and widening appeal. Their second album Simplicity was released in 1986.

A remastered 31 track double-CD of all of their vinyl releases plus unreleased recordings.

Big Youth – Screaming Target

Debut album from 1972

Frank Zappa – Sleep Dirt

Uncle Frank in jazz rock mode on an album that was originally going to be called Hot Rats III. Its history is rife with litigation and there are two versions, one fully instrumental, and one with vocals on some of the tracks and some drum overdubs. Also part of the Lather box set.

Jackson Code – The Things You Need

The fourth and final album released in 1995.

Union of Knives – Endless From The Start

After a 14 year hiatus, Scottish electronic rock trio Union Of Knives return to form with the coming of their second full-length Endless From The Start. It combines the pummelling urgency of industrial music with the cathartic release of ambient theatrics for a unique sound that mesmerizingly references goth, trip hop, and warped soul.· Touching on themes such as solitude, identity, stress and hope Endless From The Start is a collection of fragmented dreams, sound-tracking an alternate reality

The Wailing Souls – At Channel One

Compilation of 7and 12 inch singles and versions.

Dr. Alimantado – Best Dressed Chicken In Town

The debut album by Jamaican deejay Dr. Alimantado. It was first released in 1978, and collects many of his self-produced singles from 1972 to 1977, employing the engineering talents of Lee “Scratch” Perry, King Tubby, and Scientist.

Lusitanian Ghosts – Soul Deranium

Portuguese-Canadian-Swedish indie folk rock collective Lusitanian Ghosts will release their second album ‘Exotic Quixotic’ in November, recorded on analogue tape and mixed by Sebastian Muxfeldt (Elbow, Peter Doherty, Teenage Fanclub) at Hamburg’s Clouds Hills Studios and featuring ancient Portuguese chordophones and other European string instruments. Ahead of this, they present the ‘Soul Deranium’ single – a vibrant taster of the sonic prism through which they present ancient sounds in the 21st Century.

Plum Green – Somnambulistic

Melbourne, Australia-based atmospheric dream folk artist Plum Green releases her anticipated Somnambulistic full-length this autumn via Nefarious Industries. Somnambulistic is an entrancing nine-track album of dark lullabies. Together, they flow on from each other to form one overarching dream as a narrative. The concept behind the album was to create something comforting; a giant protection spell against the horrors of the world without completely ignoring them; a journey through sorrow and out into the light on the other side. The offering is also a stylistic shift from previous releases. While guided by guitar, her voice travels through walls of bowed soundscapes. A variety of different instruments are featured including classical string arrangement and the Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ, which is said to be the largest musical instrument in the Southern Hemisphere. Produced and mixed by Daniel J. Cross at The Pool Room in Melbourne, Australia with string quartet engineered by Jesse Oberin at Crosstown Studios, Somnambulistic also features collaborators Tonal Noir from Macedonia and Valentina Veil (VV & The Void) from Berlin.

Derision Cult – Charlatans Inc

Charlatans Inc. is the 15th release from Derision Cult, masterminded by Dave McAnally of Chicago.

The album was created over the course of 2020, which was one of the more turbulent times in America’s modern history which is reflected in the sound and lyrics of the tracks. We live in era where outrage and anxiety are profitable businesses. Charlatans Inc is what happens when consumerism meets tribalism. News media is becoming increasingly motivated by profit to provoke emotional reactions out of people vs. reporting objective news to them, and the destructive impact this has on individuals and society. Tracks such as “The Great Reset” address corporate money and lobbying that is behind political movements that appear to be standing up for the little guy by the media, but are actually the same wolves in different sheeps’ clothing. Tracks like “Charlatans” compare Soviet disinformation campaigns called Active Measures with modern spin powered by big brands virtue signaling to a new generation of consumers. Dave doesn’t just say these things from afar, having spent nearly 20 years in the advertising industry as an executive who helped brands shape public discontent and discord in order to foster things they can align themselves to. Charlatans Inc culminates with the events of January 6 2021 and how this manipulation and conflict reduces ordinary unassuming people to anarchy

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