Our experimental soundtrack this week comes from Sydney’s sound explorers Hour House, who now reside in Melbourne. Consisting of Mark Leacy and Sam Kenna (formerly of Sydney-based sextet Castings), Hour House’s music explores fragmentary thoughts and experiences through field recordings, synths, samples and off-kilter melodies. Since releasing their cassette ‘Stroke’ through Altered States in January, the duo have been working on an exclusive soundtrack for Ears Have Ears listeners called Larundel, which takes us on a sonic journey about (as explained by Hour House’s Mark Leacy) “an old man who is struggling with his memories as he starts to wander away from his homestead, which is no less of a depressing scenario for him and possibly even more catastrophic… I guess that’s what happens to the best of us as we get old and loose the people we love and everything that’s familiar to us.”
Also this week – we had a rare opportunity to chat exclusively with UK’s experimental pioneer and visual artist Nurse With Wound aka Steven Stapleton, ahead of his highly anticipated arrival in Australia for Unsound kicking off in Adelaide this Friday.
This week Melbourne’s tropical goth duo White Hex (Jimi Kritzler and Tara Green) are curating the second hour of Ears Have Ears, with a mix of electronic, Italian nu-wave and experimental tracks that both White Hex and EHE fans alike are sure to enjoy. White Hex have dug through their archives to find the songs by artists that they not only love, but have influenced the duo, whether it be musically, aesthetically or in their production values.
Formed in 2011, White Hex relocated to Berlin for the winter of 2011/2012 where they recorded their debut record ‘HEAT‘. The 12″ was put out through Avant Records and Nihilistic Orbs in mid 2012, and after playing shows in Berlin, Paris and New York, they returned to Melbourne. They are due to release their first full length LP this year.
Here is White Hex’s playlist as played in order on the show tonight, with their additional commentary:
Alu- Funkturm – Autismenschen (2005) - Crippled Intellect Productions
Rare German proto electronic music. Reminds us of recording our record ‘Heat’ in Berlin- cold, primitive and sparse.
Areski and Brigitte Fontaine Le Chant des chants - L’Incendie (1973) BYG Records
Romantic and utterly beautiful.
Arthur Russell- Arm Around You – Calling Out of Context (2004)Audika;
Arthur Russell…what more could be said? We adore him.
Bernard Parmegiani - de natura sonorum - de natura sonorum (1976) - Ina-Grm
In my top records/ reissues of 2013. A masterpiece.
Craig Leon - Donkeys Bearing Cups – Nommos (1981) - Takoma
A brilliant contorted electronic album by the producer of many of New York’s finest acts of the 1970’s and 80’s.
Factory Floor - Turn It Up (Edit) – Self Titled (2013) DFA
Factory Floor are the only contemporary act on this list. Many other deserve to be on it but Factory Floor’s new album along with the last Shadowlust LP as records which relentlessly explore the outer bounds of the genre.
A side project for This Heat member Gareth Williams- an album as romantic as it is innovative.
Gianni Rossi- The Car – Star Vehicle Soundtrack (2011) – Permanent Vacation
This Italian disco icon was the primary inspiration for our flirtation with synthetic instruments on our follow up record to ‘Heat.’
Robert Gorl- Mit Dir - Mit Dir (1983) - Mute
DAF mastermind Robert Gorl branches out and produces a single so minimalist and brilliant it makes me envious.
White Hex- Black Channel 2 – Forthcoming Record Due in 2014
An outtake from our forthcoming record. A song I wrote after watching ‘New Jack City’ about the crack epidemic in New York in the 80’s.
Whitehouse- Politics – Total Sex (1980) – Come Organisation
You wanted experimental? Well here is my teenage rebellion.The band that made us who we are today.
Basic Channel - Quadrant Dub I – Quadrant Dub (1994) Self Released
Not much to say other than minimalism can be the cornerstone for great electronic music and song writing in general.