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Quiet Space — #221 — Careful Now

James Murray is an incredible composer and producer of slow minimal electronic music. He returns with his first solo album in three years on the Home Normal imprint. ‘Careful Now’ is a radiant, soft-focused work of wide-eyed romanticism and childlike innocence. It is an album of heartfelt humanity and purity of spirit that can indeed ‘draw light’ into our very being as the final track attests.

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Quiet Space — #217 — Isthmus

Seamus O’Muineachain is an ambient/minimal composer and multi-instrumentalist who has just released his sixth album, Isthmus. The piano based album is a sonic exploration of his hometown, Belmullet, on the remote isthmus of the mullet peninsula. The album marries piano, cello from collaborator Akito Goto, explorative synths, minimal percussion, treated guitars, and smartphone field recordings. Highly recommended.

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1/2/3/4 — #247 — Searching For The Heart Of It All

Rob Snarski is better known as the lead singer of The Blackeyed Susans, guest vocalist with The Triffids and The Go-Betweens : 16 Lover’s Lane and author of Crumbs from the Cake. Searching For The Heart Of It All, his latest releases, marks a fresh approach to previous solo albums. Adding to Snarski’s infamous honey-laden voice, he’s asked some of his “so-called” friends to loan their vocal talents to these brand new songs. It’s a stunning release from a great Australian songwriter. As well, great pop from The Orchids, The Goldhearts, Lou Turner and a magical return from Rachel Dadd. Plus lots more!

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Quiet Space — #213 — Cyanotype

A wonderful new release from Fossil Hunting Collective, aka Jamie Jones, a sound artist/musician from Guelph in Canada. ‘Cyanotype’ was made primarily, via the beautiful surprises thrown out of various guitar pedals along with re-amped loops played back through old cassette recorders. It’s in focus on this episode of the Quiet Space alongside Jamie’s other releases as well as his collaboration with Brad Deschamps (anthene) as Still Harbors and (ph)authers (with Hymns57). It’s come out on the excellent Whitelabrecs label.

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1/2/3/4 — #241 — The Joyous Looping Worlds of Phia

Phia is the entrancing DIY-art-pop music project of multi-instrumentalist songwriter and composer Sophia Exiner. On her second album, Phia brings together her two musical worlds – joyous choral harmonies and live looping – in a wholly imaginative and unique way. Simply magic. As well, some of my favourite releases this year from Goon, Folly Tree, Kevin Robertson, Field Guides and more.

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Quiet Space — #208 — Wake

Our focus this episode on a uniquely stunning work, it will be a favourite come the end of the year. Wake is the debut release from Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad. With this outing they offer a dense set of naturalistic emotional landscapes. Mason’s vocals define each piece with wordless and layered choruses, operating on a purely subconscious and sonic level to create mesmeric drones and sublimely elevated melodies. Sean is the curator of the excellent Inner Islands imprint and I weave a mix around Wake. Enjoy!

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Quiet Space — #206 — The Inventors of Aircraft

On this edition we focus on the work of UK artist Phil Tomsett (aka The Inventors of Aircraft). ‘The Edge of Imagination’ is the latest record under that pseudonym which builds on lush synths and intelligent melodies. The release on the excellent whitelabrecs label is an exploration of the space between virtual and the real, the conscious and sub-conscious and somewhere in between reality and a dream.

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1/2/3/4 — #236 — The Magic of Caelo

Abe Parsons first came to my attention as a part of a wonderful Tasmanian group, Little Island. Formed while in high school, they punched above their weight with some stellar songs. Now Abe returns with an excellent new solo project, Caelo. This nipaluna/Hobart based singer-songwriter, continues to excite with two singles to date. He’s joined by the extremely talented Harry Cook from Melbourne and Liam Judson from the Blue Mountains with outstanding releases. Lots of other essential releases as well on this edition.

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Quiet Space — #203 — Music For Listening

Music For Listening is one of my favourite ambient releases of 2022. Michael Scott Dawson over four months during the pandemic wrote the album, but fleshed it out his guitar lines with  tape loops and manipulations, accompanied by field recordings and spare piano elements. It’s our focus on this edition plus work from Maps and Diagrams, Lydian Dunbar, FernLodge and more. 

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1/2/3/4 — #232 — Beautiful Melancholy

Goon have released one of my favourite editions of 2022 with the Painting By Numbers EP Vol 1. Kenny from the group is aiming for music that offers that “really sad and comforting feeling”. It’s a stunning release. As well, magic works from Papercuts, Phia, Ethan Woods and pimpod favs, Charm of Finches.

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