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‘You Can’ is the latest single from Melbourne’s Skipping Girl Vinegar from their new album Keep Calm Carry the Monkey. The track is dreamy and moody, with a steady thumping bassline and will stick in your head for hours and hours after listening.

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Indigo and the Bear are a Melbourne trio who play some nice, gentle folk-pop. Consisting of acoustic guitar, piano, violin and vocals, they’re dreamy and relaxing to listen to.  And even better their upcoming EP Sorrow Down is available for free download from their website.

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You may remember that roughly this time last year I wrote about a folktonica band from Melbourne called Goodnight Owl. Well they’ve had quite a busy year and undergone a slight transformation. Now known as Love Migrate, they’re looking to move on to bigger and better things. I caught up with frontman Eddie Alexander to find out all about it.

So inspired the name chance from Goodnight Owl to Love Migrate?

The name change was inspired by watching too many David Attenborough documentaries, in particular the series ‘Nature’s Great Events’. These documentaries are possibly the best thing my eyes have ever witnessed, apart from swimming with a pod of 400 dolphins.

Is there any meaning behind the new name?

The name is an observation of human and animal life. These two things seem to be the most primary and positives incentives for existing.

The sound of the band seems to have changed quite a bit as well, how would you describe your new sound?

We sound like a band, and I would call our songs dark pop ballads. I don’t think it matters too much on what genre we fall under, if it crosses a few borders then that’s actually not that bad.

Who have been your main musical influences in forming this new sound?

There have been lots of influences and I’m sure the listener will easily notice them when they listen to our music. They include Band of Horses, Sigur Ros, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Cat Power and others.

Was it a tough decision to pretty much change the entire direction of the band?

It wasn’t tough at all. We’ve been playing more of a live sound for about a year and this is just natural progression. We did folktronica because at the time I really liked the Postal Service and Whitley’s debut record.

What gave you the idea of doing a show with both Goodnight Owl and Love Migrate?

The idea of doing this show under two names is to give people a chance to see songs from our EP again and also the opportunity to become involved with the new name and sound. It’s a nice way to show appreciation to people who’ve liked our music in the past and hopefully they get into our new songs, which in my opinion are a lot stronger and deeper then our past material.

Are you looking forward to the show?

Yes we’re all excited to begin a new chapter of our short and unprofitable music careers.

What can we expect from a Love Migrate live performance?

At our show you can expect good music to travel as sound waves to your ears and into your brain, ensuring you’ll forever be fighting with your conscience to not be a depressed being.

Are there any plans for a Brisbane visit sometime soon?

Brisbane will happen when the time is right, and that time will be when we’re supporting national touring bands. I can’t see us doing a headline show there anytime soon, purely because we’re little fish in a big big ocean at the moment. Hopefully we’ll climb up the food chain in the next 6 months.

What does the future hold for Love Migrate?

Our debut single package will be available in July which of course includes ‘Little Kid’.  Our debut mini LP then comes out in September. We then plan to record a follow up EP to be released early next year and will follow that up with a full-length album to be released in the middle of 2012. While these things are happening hopefully we’ll be touring nationally with a few bands.

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Melbourne’s Eagle and the Worm are all set to release their debut album Good Times. I got a chance to catch up with Jarrad Brown about the upcoming release, touring as an eight-piece and the importance of keeping a toothpaste stash.

Where did the name Eagle and the Worm come from?

Im not sure. It just happened. I liked the name. I didnt want to be called The Jarrad Brown Experience…After I came up with the name I started telling people Eagle and the Worm was a loose metaphor for “highs and lows”, I like the name. Sometimes it bugs me. There are so many other animal bands.Lotof Eagles. There is also a Beatles song which Lennon sings “the Eagle and the Worm”…nothing to do with our band name, but when people assume that the Beatles is the link to the band name, I claim it. Link to obscure Beatles lyrics is good.

I imagine it can be a bit difficult to get 8 band members organised sometimes, have you picked up any tips or tricks along the way?

The trick is- buy the flights 6 months in advance, steal every morsel of band rider you can, follow other cars out- bumper to bumper of private car parks so you don’t have to pay. If you fly Qantas- get free food/drinks- always ask for 2 of everything. Toothpaste- don’t rely on the other bandmate. Bring your own. Don’t tell anyone you have the toothpaste. They will either loose it, or think that you are the new toothpaste guy, and hence never bring their own.

Your debut album Good Times is coming out very soon – what was the recording process like?

Pretty damn sweet. It was loose. The sessions sounded pretty loose as raw jams, but the vibe was so good, we kept caressing them in to shape. I had different drummers, guitarists, bass players come in play on different songs, to get different “feels” and “grooves”. I personally spent a lot of time walking around the studio, shouting directions at everyone, and calling myself the “Creative Director” of the recording sessions which is an annoying high-ranking but ambiguous sounding title. It’s the kind of title that gives me a lot of sway to take credit for anything from the album artwork to the tambourine part.

What were your main influences (musical and non-musical) when writing for the album?

During the summer I would wake up most days and start demoing. My window faced the full brunt of the sun and by 2pm my room was 45 degrees+, so I’d usually crash out between 2 and 4pm and then get back into it at night. Which was VERY annoying for my housemates. We had to have “talks” sometimes. There were times when I played the same riff for about a week, til I got it just right, looping it on Pro Tools. Grinding into Adrien and Leah’s (housemates) brains….must have been hell…sorry guys, it was the only way. Bedroom recording has all kind of pitfalls. But at the end of the day, you can tell people you made your record in your bedroom. Which is much more credible than saying you recorded it in an expensive studio with some hotshot producer.

Why did you choose to release a full album first up rather than an EP?

The album is a more appealing concept to me, most bands seem to release EPs because they want to grow their audience first, or hold of on their big tracks til later. Smart idea I guess, but Good Times wouldn’t have been as cool and fun if it was an EP. I don’t really buy EPs. I don’t really have any EPs come to think of it.

You’ve had some pretty awesome support slots over the past couple of years. Who has been your favourite to play with and why?

The Cat Empire at the moment is off the hook. They play everywhere, pack it out, awesome dudes, awesome road crew, etc etc. Its just maximum pro touring 100%. EATW get to rock into a 2000 person theatre, have a full room, and bust out our set, sell our records, then hang out and watch the Cat Empire. Sweet deal.

What has been the most memorable show you’ve played so far?

Gee hard to say. I don’t know, Enmore Theatre in Sydz with the Cats was good, Junkyard hotel in Maitland NSW is a great country pub to play. We are such a young band. Even though we have toured a bit, its still early days, might be the case of “every show is getting better” so the more recent shows have been pretty rad.

What can the uninitiated expect from an Eagle and the Worm show?

Fun times. All the tracks from our album. We don’t have gimmicks. We don’t really need any- Its an 8 piece band- it crazy enough. I like an audience that wants to listen, laugh, and dance. If you can get a show that does all of that in one night then it is a great show.

What do you love about playing in Brisbane?

The weather is usually good. The people are usually good.Brisbaneseems to “get” Eagle and the Worm, even from our very first appearances, there was a connection with theBrisbanepeople. We have made some good Bris buddies- The Gin Club and Ball Park Music. Fantastic dudes, playing great music. Seems Bris is doing pretty well on the music front, better than Sydney.

What does the future hold for Eagle and the Worm?

Everything. And more of the same. You know- write songs, tour and play live shows and release albums. I mean- i just want to the band to fit really nicely into the whole world of Australian music, I want the band to have a sense of connection with all the people that come to see us I want to build on that. So Good Times is good vehicle for those things- It’s an album- people will hear it, and hopefully want to be part of our world. I value that. I like to have a real connection with the people who get into the music.



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Pete Uhlenbruch, better known as Owls of the Swamp, has been showing off his folk stylings around the southern states for a little while now, steadily making a name for himself. Go with River is the sophomore album from Uhlenbruch after 2007’s Smoky Bay, and has a similar inception to that of Bon Iver’s debut. Uhlenbruch holed himself up in a little house in Inverloch for five weeks while he wrote and recorded most of the music on the album. The end product is a warm folk-pop offering that leans more towards the folk end of the spectrum than pop. It’s a sound that’s easily comparable to that of Iron and Wine or Bon Iver, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that they are similar.

Go with River heavily features a gently plucked guitar accompanied by Uhlenbruch’s melancholy voice, enhanced by gorgeous light layers and textures. ‘Tricks and Turns’ is the absolute highlight of the album though, with a catchy melody and bittersweet lyrics; one of the few songs that will instantly catch you. First single ‘So Far Away’ is of course a stand out track as well, and one of the poppier on the album. There are snippets of songs that could have potentially been greater than what they are, opener ‘43’ for example has a nice chord progression that doesn’t progress any further than a minute long instrumental and ‘Praying Mantis’ which is at 45 second scoundscape. The album as a whole is extremely cohesive and flows easily, but can seem quite simplistic or sparse at times. For the most part it isn’t immediately striking, but after a few listens the nuances begin to shine through.

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‘So Far Away’ is the lastest single from Melbourne singer-songwriter Pete Uhlenbruch (aka Owls of the Swamp). His relaxed, minimal folk style is reminscent of early Iron and Wine. ‘So Far Away’ is musically dreamy, with escapist lyrics that showcase Uhlenburch’s timid voice. The single is available for free download from the Triple J Unearthed page.

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