The Cat's Miaow - "Not Like I Was Doing Anything" (1:44)
The Particles - "Driving Me" (2:21)
The Ampersands - "Affected" (2:33)
Pearly Gatecrashers - "In The Summer" (3:10)
Ya Ya Choral - "Waiting Time" (3:19)
Bart & Friends - "There May Come A Time" (3:03)
Even As We Speak - "I Won't Have To Think About You" (2:32)
Maestros & Dipsos - "Dot" (2:45)
Love Positions - "Light Of Day" (2:29)
Shapiros - "Gone By Fall" (2:17)
Hydroplane - "Completed Extract From The Previous 7"" (4:14)
The Cannanes - "Lamington Lane" (3:55)
Review: Melbourne imprint A Colorful Storm here compile a collection of obscure indie pop gems, mainly from the Australian band the Cat's Miaow and their associated projects. Formed in 1992, the quartet was comprised of members of 'the incestuous Melbourne music scene' - vocalist Kerrie Bolton (formerly of the Beat Poets and Tra La La), guitarist Bart Cummings (from Blairmailer and Girl of the World), bassist Andrew Withycombe (also of Blairmailer, as well as the Ampersands) and drummer Cameron Smith (ex-Girl of the World). Over the years, the band issued a series of cassettes recorded on four-track with local indie label Toytown. Featured here are works by the band and their various side projects, not limited to their experimental offshoot Hydroplane, Bart & Friends and The Shapiros. Also included are tracks by now defunct Sydney outfits Even As We Speak (who recently reformed for a release on Emotional Response) and Pearly Gatecrashers.
Review: Prolific producer Christoph De Babalon has always been hard to pin down. In recent years, his releases have tended towards experimental electronica and techno, though he started out in the '90s making scattergun drum and bass on Alec Empire's Digital Hardcore Recordings. It's these roots that he returns to on "Exquisite Angst", his second full-length of 2018. Starting with the unearthly ambient sounds of "Gaseous Invertebrate", De Babalon fuses sharp, ruffneck jungle rhythms, creepy field recordings, out-there electronics, IDM melodies, fuzzy hip-hop beats, sludgy sounds and scattergun percussion hits. The result is an inspired, mind-altering sound soup that rewards repeat listening sessions.