Peel back the Shy Layers

Here’s to another big week of music! Read on, click through to our Spotify playlist and enjoy it all on 2SER.

SERvin’ Up! – w/c June 4, 2018

Laura Jean – Devotion (Feature Album)

Gabriella Cohen – Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love
Shepparton Airplane – Almurta
Natalie Prass – The Future and the Past
Shy Layers – Midnight Marker
Gamjee – Crooked
Neko Case – Hell-On
Sam Evian – You, Forever
Father John Misty – God’s Favorite Customer

First up are LUMP, a new duo made up of Laura Marling, and Mike Lindsay, who’s also a founding member of bands Tunng and Throws. The pair first met after they were introduced at a Neil Young show where Marling was supporting and discovered they had been long time admirers of each other’s work. They come from opposite sides of the folk spectrum, Marling with her more traditional indie-folk stylings, and Lindsay’s history with experimental compositions but the result on their debut self titled album is incredibly stirring. Full of atmosphere, heady vocals, jagged drum patterns and drippy Moog synths which at some moments skirt the peripheries of minimalist ambient. It’s not a genre where I’d thought I’d ever find Laura Marling in, but here we are!

Now not to be confused with Jefferson Airplane are Melbourne rockers Shepparton Airplane, who share members with The Peep Tempel and Graveyard Train. Their second album Almurta is an in-your-face wall of sound filled with angular, duelling guitars mixed with frenetic and no-nonsense rhythms all delivered with a punky gnarl. Having said that, there’s also an immensely warm feel to it all, with an energetic and raw pulse that takes on another life.

And US producer JD Walsh returns to his Shy Layers moniker and offers up new album Midnight Marker. Rich soundscapes with a steadfast groove borrowing from funk, Ghanaian Highlife, Ethio-jazz and east-Asian tonalities. Walsh also draws influence from cerebral alt-pop heroes like Arthur Russell and Wally Badarou, and the sweet soul sounds of Luther Vandross. A class combo and out on Tim Sweeney’s Beat in Space Records.

Plus new singles from Mutual Benefit, Fraser A. Gorman, local newcomer Gena Rose Bruce, Tony Molina, John Parish and solo work from Lachlan Denton of The Ocean Party.

Monday 4th of June, 2018

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