Last week I caught up with my friend Peggy and she brought over some CDs. Yep, actual CDs! We both have a lot in common when it comes to music and like me, Peggy still likes to buy CDs. I don’t always buy them but sometimes I want more than just a file to download.
I’d heard The Creases before and really like their songs, so I was super glad to see that Peggy had their Gradient EP. I love these tracks which are a perfect blend of lo-fi pop and shoegaze-y sounds. The only bad thing is that there’s only five songs – I just want more!
The other CDs were two albums by Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders – Hurtsville and Playmates. I am totally in awe of these tunes and knew it from the very first listen. ‘Hurtsville’ is one of the best albums I’ve heard in ages. Think The National meets Interpol meets Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
There’s something really beautiful, yet haunting, about Jack Ladder’s voice. It definitely has something to do with the fact that in some songs, he sounds a lot like Nick Cave (one of my all time faves). There’s a cinematic depth to this album that I don’t find that often. I’ve been playing it very loud and must have listened to it every day for the past week.
Oh and Jack Ladder’s real name is Tim Rogers, so obviously he couldn’t use that as his professional name (as it would clash with the other Tim Rogers, from You Am I). I love these little nuggets of trivia, thanks Peggy!
Both bands are Australian too, The Creases from Brisbane and Jack Ladder from Sydney. I love supporting local acts and there’s no shortage of talent in the Australian music industry.
In the underground music scene, I highly recommend you check out Melbourne band Polizia. The band members happen to be very old friends of mine, who I met at university. These guys are really creative and super talented musicians. They make their own videos which use graphics reminiscent of Saul Bass film credits. The tunes are mostly instrumental, perfect for film soundtracks and have kick arse bass lines. You can find them here.
Also on the decks this week:
Expatriate – In The Midst Of This
The Electric Soft Parade – Holes In The Wall
The Walkmen – Bows + Arrows
Jack White – Lazaretto