Eight years ago, the progressive minds at City Of Melbourne kicked off Melbourne Music Week, a brand new city-wide project aiming to transform the city into a sprawling celebration of their thriving music scene.
This year, the massive nine-day festival will kick off this Friday (November 17) and wrap up the following Saturday (November 25), taking over dozens of venues, galleries, streets and signature buildings for events like Face The Music, The Age Victoria Music Awards, a special Ariel Pink headline show at Melbourne Recital Centre, and ‘Miscellanea’ – a fresh endeavour that will stretch out over all three levels of the iconic Melbourne Town Hall with a hefty lineup including HTRK, Underground Lovers, Tyrannamen, Loose Tooth, Taipan Tiger Girls, friendships and CORIN. Organisers are pushing ‘Miscellanea’ as more than just a night of music in an unorthodox venue – it’s a full labyrinthine journey of sight and sound that takes complete advantage of each winding hall and open space across every floor.
With the jam-packed program officially starting up tomorrow, we pulled together some of the most exciting artists on the ‘Miscellanea’ lineup for a special MMW edition of our ‘Quintessential Records’ series.
LAURA JEAN’S QUINTESSENTIAL RECORD:
MARK HOLLIS – ‘MARK HOLLIS’ (SELF-TITLED)
“The arrangements are highly crafted but initially come across loose and accidental and free. I can’t understand any words which I usually don’t like but it works phonetically and tonally. It’s been influencing me since I was about 22.”
SUPERFEATHER’S QUINTESSENTIAL RECORD:
KONONO NO. 1 – ‘CONGOTRONICS’
“This album is one of the heaviest groove albums I’ve ever heard and one that I come back to endlessly. Made by a band playing the traditional Congolese instrument the “Likembe” with parts salvaged from junkyards through a big single speaker P.a that distorts every instrument and makes them sound like a bunch of grainy synths and guitars. I love the way it sounds like an incredible trance rock album, that continually grooves and pushes with layers of elliptical rhythms and has these big builds and drops like great electronic music but is essentially a Congo street party with traditional instruments.”
JADE IMAGINE’S QUINTESSENTIAL RECORD:
SIBYLLE BAIER – ‘COLOUR GREEN’
“A record with the richest imagery, but the simplest instrumentation. It’s recorded so beautifully with no smoke and mirrors. Listen carefully – you might hear the chair creaking on the wooden floor…”
LOVERS OF THE BLACKBIRD’S QUINTESSENTIAL RECORD:
MORT GARSON – ‘PLANTASIA’
“This is an ode to plants performed by Mort on Moog. We’re very fond of plants, and ‘Plantasia’ is a sonic representation of the friendship, loyalty and love that many humans feel for plants. We also love another album Mort made called ‘Electronic Hair Pieces’, which is the Hair soundtrack also played on Moog. Check ’em out!”
FRIENDSHIPS’ QUINTESSENTIAL RECORD:
FAUX PAS – ‘NOISEWORKS’
“This was released the same year I (Nic) moved to Melbourne (2010). It was my gateway drug to Melbourne electronic music. I was totally obsessed with this album. I emailed Tim Shiel (Faux Pas) with adoration, and he was nice enough to reply. Now he’s someone I consider a great friend. This album and linking albums like this released by Melbourne artists introduced me to a new scene of friends and creatives. ‘Noiseworks’ gave me so effing much – more than just music!”
Melbourne Music Week kicks off on Friday and carries on through the following week (17 – 25th November). ‘Miscellanea’ will take over the iconic Melbourne Town Hall from 4pm on the 19th November (Sunday).
MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK
17 – 25th November
Sunday 19th November
Featuring HTRK + Underground Lovers + Tyrannamen + Loose Tooth + Taipan Tiger Girls + friendships + CORIN + Laura Jean + MANY more!
Tickets and more info available here.