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Quiet Space — #85 — Folk Songs for Double Bass

On his debut album “Folk Songs for Double Bass”, Neal Heppleston takes a selection of popular folk songs with strong lyrical content, stripping them back to the basic melody to create worlds in which the lyrics live through the instrumentation. With contributions from Jim Ghedi, Sharron Krauss and Nick Jonah Davis, “Folk Songs for Double Bass” transposes traditional folk melodies onto the double bass and created soundscapes around them, building different worlds for them to live in.

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1/2/3/4 — #95 — Sparrow and Swan

Rob Snarski is a storyteller, a velvet-voiced troubadour. Rob has toured the globe with The Blackeyed Susans and as a guest vocalist with The Triffids, he returns with a follow up to his debut solo album, Wounded Bird, with Sparrow and Swan. Yarns about Brisbane cab drivers, football players and their protégés and sightings of Robert Mitchum at Mitcham Station are just some of the wistful tales that lie within. Excellent. Plus the clever twisting post-punky pop of Pinch Points, Monteagle’s ethereal and dreamy reworking of a track from his last album and Lisa Caruso’s new single weilds a ’90s garage attitude with elements of surf and 60s flair.

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Quiet Space — #83 — The Magic of Fabio Orsi

This is a special mix of one of my favourite composers from Italy, Fabio Orsi. Fabio is an electronic musician from Taranto (Southern Italy) specialising in atmospheric drone. In his compositions the languages of popular tradition meet the avantgarde approach. We focus on only some of the great releases from his career, with a look at his latest work, Sterminato Piano.

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1/2/3/4 — #94 — Living The Good Life

Within the broad strokes of Americana music, Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife have refined their own palette, expanding on their distinctive alt-country roots, culminating in a body of work that many believe is the band’s finest to date. I can’t wait for their album due in October, You Be The Lightning. Until then, enjoy their new single, Not Like A Brother. As well this episode music from Holiday Ghosts, Cactus Blossoms and Drugdealer.

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1/2/3/4 — #93 — From Trash to Treasure

Artist, tinkerer, tunesmith, swamp Yankee, Matt Lorenz is a one-man salvage specialist singing into the hollow of a Dumpster guitar, slipping a broken bottleneck onto the slide finger, railing on a box of twisted forks and bones, rocking till every sound is ragged at its edges, till the house is singing back. He has a brand new collection of songs out very soon on the excellent Signature Sounds label. As well, the excellent new album from Rozi Plain that features a brilliant Sun Ra cover and Jordie Lane returns with a captivating new release.

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Quiet Space — #82 — I Remember When

“I Remember When” is the sixth album from Tokyo based nostalgic ambient soloist Ex Confusion. Atsuhito Omori has been doing this type of minimalist modern compositional ambient for nearly a decade and continues to create sounds that are deeply intimate and achingly melancholic.

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1/2/3/4 — #92 — Solace in the Solitary

After playing and writing in bands for over a decade, Darvid Thor (Cactus Channel/Frida/Karate Boogaloo) has released his solo debut album, ​I’m Never Really Here. These are songs recorded alone in his bedroom, that deal with loss and change, that sparkle and stutter with a woozy charm. As well the excellent new single from Lucy Roleff, a stunning ode to the music of Brazil from Claude Fontaine and introducing Astronaut Husband.

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1/2/3/4 — #91 — Hillybilly Blues and Soulful Moves

Kristen Lee Morris has built a career on writing, singing and playing guitar in a raw and soulful fashion. It is blues music at its core but with a freedom and range that also draws on country and folk styles. We’ll hear a stunning track from last year’s Hillbilly Blues release. Plus the Soul Movers are back with a punchy collection of new songs, uptempo rootsy pop from Rach Brennan and The Pines and storyteller/larrikin Wire Bluthe.

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Quiet Space — #81 — Circling

Just over a year after the release of sophomore album Origin and Echo, Snow Palms (aka David Sheppard) returns with a powerful two-track 12”. We focus on the track Circling, a bold orchestral reimagining of one of the highlights from his last album. As well, the magical Splinter Orchestra.

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1/2/3/4 — #90 — The Hidden Worlds of Moulettes

Brighton, UK-based collective Moulettes, create a hard to pigeon hole sound that embraces prog, pop, alt-folk and rock and are visiting Australia for the first time performing at Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Music Festival and a series of shows in between. They joined me in Melbourne for a chat and performance. If you get the chance, don’t miss this stunning ensemble in action.

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