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Quiet Space — #156 — Mailbox

Our focus is on a small imprint from England curated by ambient artist James A. McDermid. So far James has released some beguiling works, with Ishmael Cormack’s Feral release the most recent. Ishamel is a British sound artist living in rural Somerset. His work focuses on gathering and weaving found sound with acoustics. This is a stellar release!

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1/2/3/4 — #179 — On the Punt with Adam Gibson

We continue our celebration of Ausmusic Month, showcasing seven top artists from across the country. Over a period of 20+ years Adam Gibson has forged a unique career, his blend of spoken word songs with music gaining him a deeply reverent following for his tales of love, longing and the wide open road. His words are like a time machine, taking you back to your youth, bringing laughter and tears. We feature a track from his recent album as well as his brother Simon Robert Gibson’s debut solo release. As well, legends Ups and Downs tackle some essential new wave/post punk tunes on their latest release, the brilliant new album from Caitlin Harnett and the Pony Boys and South Australian Folk Artist of the Year, Naomi Keyte in session.

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Quiet Space — #155 — The Sound of Muzan

Muzan Editions is a small label from Nara, Japan, focusing on ambient and experimental sound. On this edition of the Quiet Space, a special mix showcasing the great curation by label manager Joshua Stefane (Endurance) with works from Hirotaka Shirotsubaki, Lee Noble, Grey Magik, Günter Schlienz plus many more.

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1/2/3/4 — #177 — Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Cold Hands Warm Heart are a wonderful Melbourne collective, a part of the creative Eastmint collective. They are back with Quartz, the tranquil yet uniquely grounding and present new single from their upcoming second album. Written on a train between Castlemaine and Melbourne, Quartz reflects on the beautiful but disrupted Dja Dja Wurrung Country around the Maldon area, and main songwriter Genevieve Fry’s local family connection to the ancient volcanic region. We’re celebrating the incredible talents from across the country as a part of AUSmusic month, this is a must listen to episode with tracks from Paige Valentine, Sweet Whirl and Tim Shiel’s wonderful collaboration with Lucy Roleff.

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Quiet Space — #153 — Handstitched*

UK artist Tim Diagram runs the Handstitched* imprint and has been involved in several collaborations, as well as releasing his solo works (as Maps and Diagrams) on many, well-respected labels over the years. On this edition of the Quiet Space we highlight this excellent little label and focus on the latest release from Emba. It’s the duo of Tim and Mathieu Lamontagne who is based in Quebec, Canada. It’s a beautiful release! We’ll also hear from other Handstitched* artists Oberlin, Ishmael Cormack, Yair Etziony and Dyb.

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1/2/3/4 — #176 — No Weapon But Love

Formed in Melbourne in 1992, Icecream Hands are expert craftsmen with a knack for delivering harmony drenched, classic guitar driven melodic rock. They returned this year with their first new album in thirteen years. No Weapon But Love is a masterclass in power pop creation, with songs that will stay in your head for a long time. For AUSmusic Month, I’ll be looking at some of the excellent releases over the last couple of years with a focus on 2020. Also featuring Sydney’s Sawmill, Melbourne’s Pop Filter and much more.

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Quiet Space — #151 — Anthéne

I use the word favourite a lot as there is a lot of music I love and a lot of composers I reckon are fantastic. Without a doubt, anthéne (the solo project of bradley sean alexander deschamps, who also is the curator of polar seas recordings) is one of the most exciting ambient artists to have burst on the scene over the last 5 years. Not only is he prolific, but his sounds are on point everytime. His latest release Collide has just come out on Home Normal. Our focus is on this wonderfully blissed out minimal release, but woven throughout a special mix of his work. Simply magic.

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1/2/3/4 — #173 — The Space Between

One half of Sydney’s Jep & Dep, Jessica has released her triumphant solo debut, a shimmering beautiful album that the Rolling Stone dubbed a “Masterclass of Ethereal Brilliance”. Rightly so, this is a gorgeous listen from start to finish, produced by partner Darren Cross. One of the highlight’s of 2020 and will be high in my end of year list. Equally beguiling is Brona McVittie’s Man in the Mountain, sublime folk from a unique artist who has a pristine voice. As well, stunning new singles from luscious baroque pop from The Apartments and Jello 64 and The Maes and Monique Clare.

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Quiet Space — #150 — Loops

Melbourne composers Claire Deak and Tony Dupé team up for a brilliant debut release on Lost Tribe Sounds, The Old Capital. The duo describes themselves as a home orchestra well-suited for late night rambling, a stunning release. As well, the Covid-19 collaboration between Danny Widdicombe and Ant Aggs, Brisbane composer 801999x with some beautiful immersive minimalism and we bookend the show with some hypnotic loops from Gareth Hardwick.

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1/2/3/4 — #171 — Dark Mumurations

On A Dark Murmuration of Words, Australian/UK based folk singer Emily Barker searches out the invisible connections that shape a rapidly shifting modern world. Her excellent sixth album is a timely exploration of climate change, racism, sexism, and myths of economic progress through the lens of what it means to return “home.” As well, brilliant new releases from On Diamond, Buddy Glass, Knot and much more….

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Quiet Space — #148 — Wake

The duo Silent Vigils have released the conclusion to their trilogy of albums for Home Normal with ‘Wake’. After the deep monochromatic textures of ‘Fieldem’ and the gradually evolving impressions of hope in ‘Lost Rites’, their latest work is an exceptional celebration of new life and boundless spirit. On this edition a special mix from all 3 albums with focus on Wake, plus solo tracks from James Murray and Stijn Hüwels.

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Quiet Space — #147 — Melatonia

I’ve been championing the music of Pausal for many years. Individually, Alex Smalley has released numerous works under his Olan Mill alias and Simon Bainton has released on Hibernate Records. Their seventh album, Melatonia, was recorded during a period of significant change and upheaval for both members of the band.. As with much of their music, the material here was initially conceived through lengthy improvisation sessions and their intention was to create soundscapes conducive towards relaxation and to assist with rest and sleep. Enjoy this special mix, with a focus on this stunning new album.

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