Mad Music is the third album by Ciggie Witch and it comes to you lovingly this Friday, October 13 on cassette and digital only.
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Chiming guitars and lush synth soften the blow of the anxiety-laden lyrics you've come to know so well from the Melbourne six-piece who share members with the likes of The Ocean Party, Pregnancy, Monnone Alone, Totally Mild and Jade Imagine.
Over the years Ciggie Witch have perfected their sound but it's never going to be perfect – the feeling that everything might fall apart at any minute might even be enough to keep the millennials listening past the one minute mark.
Recorded in the bedroom of founding member Zac Denton, Mad Music is twelve tracks spanning odd-ball pop, heartbreaking ballads, spoken word and straight-up jangle.
Taking a more collaborative approach than in the past has made for a diverse and interesting album that never takes itself too seriously, but in true Ciggie Witch fashion can be heartbreakingly honest.
"It continues to amaze me how consistently good these guys are; some artists are prolific to their own detriment, but as Zac and
his pals illustrate, there’s not a bad track this round." – Austin Town Hall
At last!! It's been a long time coming but we now have the scouts' honour from the vinyl pressing plant that we'll be receiving the Last Leaves Other Towns Than Ours LPs back next week in time for the (latest) release date of October 20!
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It’s been worth the wait. The ten songs here showcase a band already at the top of its game, from the perfect fuzz pop of first single ‘The World We Had’ and the irrepressible jangle of ‘Something Falls’ to darker moments like mesmeric closer ‘Where I Lived and What I Lived For’ and the downbeat Silver Jews swagger of ‘The Nights You Drove Me Home’.
Having premiered the latest single 'The Hinterland' a few weeks ago, we're now also excited to announce the video which stars Shannon Dowling from Melbourne band Spit and was filmed by Geoffrey O'Connor in the Dandenong Ranges.
And don't miss Last Leaves performing a free all-ages instore at Polyester Records in Fitzroy this Saturday, October 14 at 4pm.
Formed from the scattered remains of The Lucksmiths, Last Leaves combine songwriter Marty Donald’s lyrical sleight-of-hand with the jangle and racket of his former band mates Louis Richter and Mark Monnone, and drummer Noah Symons of Great Earthquake fame.
Sounding like a lost classic from the Summershine imprint, The Hinterland’ recounts a country convalescence: “From an upstairs window at your parents’ place/You saw the sun set where the highway cuts across the hinterland/Tail-lights fading in the twilight/It was more than you could stand”.
Guitars interweave throughout the verse—Richter’s joyous leads recalling variously Big Country and Stone Roses atop Donald’s staggered rhythm—before bursting anthemically into the harmony-laden chorus.
Exclusive b-side 'Nora Creina' borrows its title from a pin-prick hamlet on South Australia's Limestone Coast and its chorus from a short story by the Canadian writer Alice Munro, its shamble-footed groove giving way memorably to a majestic shoegaze outro.
Produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, Foals, The Breeders), Other Towns Than Ours is due out on October 20 via Lost And Lonesome (Aus) and Matinée Recordings (US).
Last Leaves will launch The Hinterland 7" single with an in-store performance at Polyester Records, Fitzroy on Saturday, October 14 at 4pm. FREE! ALL-AGES!