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Sideways Through Sound's pathways for the guitar take you on a 2 hour trip, with the very best in folk flavoured acoustica and shimmering psychedelia from here in Sydney, across Australia, around the known universe and beyond...

** Winner: Best Presenter - Music Show: 2SER 107.3 - 2015

** Nominee: Best Music Show: 2SER 107.3 - 2015

** Nominee: Best Music Presenter: 2SER 107.3 - 2014

** Nominee: Excellence In Music Programming: CBAA - 2014

** Winner: Excellence In Music Programming: CBAA - 2012

** Winner: Best Music Show: 2SER 107.3 - 2011

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Sideways Through Sound 01-03-2017:

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album: Sundays & Cybele - 'Chaos & Systems' (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)SnC 400

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted,” as Mary Shelley humbly admitted in her introduction to her 1818 novel “Frankenstein,” “does not consist in creating out of void, but out of chaos.”

Not out of void, but out of Tokyo, Sundays & Cybele have created “Chaos & Systems,” the monstrously overwhelming new album that could well serve as the band’s mission statement.

After (loudly) announcing their intentions on 2015’s ear-popping “Heaven,” the initial impression of “Chaos & Systems” leads one to believe that the systems have dominion over the chaos. The introductory title track begins the album as a piece of post-motorik perfection, so subtle and symmetrical as to sound wound by master clockmakers. But Sundays & Cybele, like all good lysergic psychedelicists, exist largely outside of the boundaries of time, and it doesn't take long before the chaos rises, an amplified antidote to what the systems dare build.

In the hands of Sundays & Cybele, the chaos is no threat, but rather an essential counterpart to the band’s massive sonic structures. One without the other could be dull and unsatisfying; throughout “Chaos & Systems,” Sundays & Cybele reject being defined by either.

By the time the vocal cocoon breaks and the band flies unrestrained into the nearly ten-minute time-warp of “Butterfly’s Dream,” it’s clear that the band’s creation is moving and breathing on its own terms. Threatening? Only in the way that the song toys with being built almost completely on a single string-bending blast, a clarion call from a crypto-“Caravanserai”-esque creature – yet one that contains seemingly endless dimensions of decibels and depth. Enlightening? Only in the way that Sundays & Cybele can be.

“Tell Me the Name of that Flower” presents itself as more of a regal request than a dogmatic demand, further evidence of an album in full bloom, here with an almost demented-Donovan appeal to the interplay of chaos (the never-too-far away electric guitar incantations) and systems (perfectly perfumed pastoral psych from Japan, anyone?). “Brujo” is the upbeat amuse-bouche of the album, enchanting in its echoing insistence, while serving as a worthy prelude to the album’s closing argument, “Paradise Come,” thirteen-minutes plus of poetically arranged acid-rock that threatens to leave listeners breathless, headbands drenched in sweat, murmuring, “Milton never sounded quite like this.”

“Chaos & Systems” offers not a choice, but a declaration: you can’t have one without the other. Endowed with both, the cosmic creature created by Sundays & Cybele has come to life. (Ryan Muldoon)

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Sideways Through Sound 22-02-2017: Scarborough Fore & Aft - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

Nathan Salsburg & James Elkington - Scarborough Fore & Aft [Avos]

Belles Will Ring - Trouble In Deepwater [Crystal Theatre]

Six Organs Of Admittance - Adoration Song [Burning The Threshold]

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Brokeback - The Canyons Of Illinois [Illinois River Valley Blues]

Tortoise - As You Said [A Means To An End: The Music Of Joy Division]

Moon Duo - The Death Set [Occult Architecture Vol.1]

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Six Organs Of Admittance - Under Fixed Stars [Burning The Threshold]

Sagas - Nimbus Silhouettes [Red In The Hollow]

The Greek Theatre - Paper Moon [Broken Circle]

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Dave Couri (Sydney Psych Fest): Interview 22-02-2017 HERE

1. Flyying Colours - Mellow [Mindfulness]

2. Grinding Eyes - So Clear

3. Carsick Cars - Wei Cheng

4. White+ - Silver

5. The Black Heart Death Cult - Heroin

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Sundays & Cybele - Brujo [Chaos & Systems]

Grails - The Moth & The Flame [Chalice Hymnal]

Arbouretum - Fall From An Eyrie [Song Of The Rose]

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Six Organs Of Admittance - Threshold Of Light [Burning The Threshold]

Comets On Fire - Jaybird [Avatar]

Dave Couri (Sydney Psych Fest): Interview on Sideways Through Sound 22-02-2017

Dave Couri (Sydney Psych Fest) interview on 2SER Sydney for Sideways Through Sound 22-02-2017

1. Flyying Colours - Mellow [Mindfulness]

2. Grinding Eyes - So Clear

3. Carsick Cars - Wei Cheng

4. White+ - Silver

5. The Black Heart Death Cult - Heroin

Full 2 hour radio show 22-02-2017 to listen on demand HERE

Last week 15-02-2017

Emil Amos (Grails) guest programming Spotlight Selections HERE

Sven Fröberg (The Greek Theatre) guest programming Spotlight Selections HERE

Head back to Sideways Through Sound HERE

Sideways Through Sound 22-02-2017: Scarborough Fore & Aft

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight: Six Organs Of Admittance - 'Burning The Threshold' (Drag CitySix Organs of Admittance - Burning the Threshold LP

Six Organs of Admittance’s recent output has been a fascinating exercise in relinquished control, as Ben Chasny spread the word of his Hexadic system of musical composition by creating two albums according to its principles. Now, for the first time since 2012's Ascent, Chasny is restoring his authorship of Six Organs of Admittance, and Drag City will be releasing the brand new full length record Burning The Threshold on February 24th.

As ever, a head full of ideas were driving Chasny to think and speak music as a spirituality superimposed onto a reality, with the ghosts of both whispering at each other. In the end, what sits in our listening ears is the sound of communion. Nobody plays acoustic music quite like Six Organs of Admittance, and Burning the Threshold brings a wealth of his established lightness into one of his sweetest musical meditations yet.

Ben is in a particularly expansive mood this time around, singing and playing with all the thoughts affixed to a quiver of potent melodies launching forth and arcing out through dimensions, seeking infinite space. This space radiates out from the album's first single, "Taken By Ascent", a seven minute plus burner that engulfs the surrounding realm with empathetic waves.

Those who scratch the surface will find an abundance of hidden detail rooted into lyrics, phrases, and embedded in the themes of individual songs. Each song has its own distinct story of origin, inspiration foraged from a specific selection of writers, theorists, philosophers and other musicians. Writer Wallace Stevens worthy of mention for his significant influence throughout the record (something that we can extrapolate on further). There's also a bounty of musical alchemists who appear on Burning The Threshold from Hayley Fohr, Alex Nielson, Chris Corsano, Damon & Naomi, and Ryley Walker. The album was recorded by Cooper Crain from Bitchin Bajas, who also added keys to the record.

Burning The Threshold offers further continuity to an exemplary body of work amassed over the years. It is also a window into the mind of a compelling musician when he lets the light in. Pure magic.

 

Also this week on Sideways Through Sound: a chat and some tunes from Dave Couri (Dead Radio / Sydney Psych Fest 2017)

 

SPF 2017

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Sideways Through Sound 15-02-2017: Now Is The Time - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

The Greek Theatre - Now Is The Time [Broken Circle]

Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly [She Hangs Brightly]

Grails - Thorns II [Chalice Hymnal]

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Raoul Vignal - Hazy Days [The Silver Veil]

Six Organs Of Admittance - Taken By Ascent [Burning The Threshold]

Dead Radio - Rachel [Single February 2017]

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Emil Amos (Grails): Spotlight Selections 15-02-2017 HERE

Grails - Tough Guy [Chalice Hymnal]

Patrick Cowley - Mocking Bird Dream

Volker Kriegel & The Groove Combination - Palm Dreams

Earth & Fire - In The Mountains

Grails - Deep Snow II [Chalice Hymnal]

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The Greek Theatre - Still Lost Out At Sea [Broken Circle]

Belles Will Ring - The Coldest Heart (Chris Walla Mix) [Concrete]

The Black Angels - Currency [Death Song]

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Sven Fröberg (The Greek Theatre): Spotlight Selections 15-02-2017 HERE

The Greek Theatre - Broken Circle [Broken Circle]

Lovin' Spoonful - Coconut Grove

Charles Mingus - Track A Solo Dancer

David Crosby - Guinnevere

The Greek Theatre - Fat Apple [Broken Circle]

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Goat - Goatfuzz [Requiem]

Black Voodoo Train - Brain Ticket [Cosmic Sessions]

Grails - New Prague [Chalice Hymnal]

Sven Fröberg (The Greek Theatre): Spotlight Selections on Sideways Through Sound 15-02-2017

Sven Fröberg (The Greek Theatre) guest programs Spotlight Selections for Sideways Through Sound 15-02-2017

The Greek Theatre - Broken Circle [Broken Circle]

1. Lovin' Spoonful - Coconut Grove

2. Charles Mingus - Track A Solo Dancer

3. David Crosby - Guinnevere

The Greek Theatre - Fat Apple [Broken Circle]

Also this week

Emil Amos (Grails) Spotlight Selections 15-02-2017 HERE

Last Week

Ross Hammond guest programs Spotlight Selections 08-02-2017 HERE

Head back to Sideways Through Sound HERE

Emil Amos (Grails): Spotlight Selections on Sideways Through Sound 15-02-2017

Emil Amos (Grails) guest programs Spotlight Selections for Sideways Through Sound 15-02-2017

Grails - Tough Guy [Chalice Hymnal]

1. Patrick Cowley - Mocking Bird Dream

2. Volker Kriegel & The Groove Combination - Palm Dreams

3. Earth & Fire - In The Mountains

Grails - Deep Snow II [Chalice Hymnal]

Also this week

Sven Fröberg (The Greek Theatre) Spotlight Selections 15-02-2017 HERE

Last Week

Ross Hammond guest programs Spotlight Selections 08-02-2017 HERE

Head back to Sideways Through Sound HERE

Sideways Through Sound 15-02-2017: Now Is The Time

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album I: Grails - 'Chalice Hymnal' (Temporary Residence) & Emil Amos Spotlight Selections400 grails chalice

When Grails dropped their fifth studio album, Deep Politics in 2011, it was instantly hailed as a cult classic and became the moment when Grails truly cultivated a sound all their own. Six years later, they advance that sound with their most lush, expansive album of their inspired career, Chalice Hymnal.

Rather than pick up where they left off, Grails take the sky-high riff-based heaviness of their earlier albums and distill it into a nuanced, widescreen opus. The perennial influences of mid-20th century Western film scores, obscure library music, and psychedelic krautrock are indelibly imprinted, but Chalice Hymnal exudes an eerie patience in unfurling the many layers of its subtle details.

Produced by the band over the past five years, Chalice Hymnal bears some of the European psych and experimental hip-hop production techniques of founding members Alex Hall and Emil Amos' other group, Lilacs & Champagne. Amos' meditative metal band, Om, and longtime singer-songwriter project, Holy Sons, also naturally find their way into the Chalice cauldron.

Rounding out their leaner line-up, cofounder Zak Riles (also of experimental kraut-psych trio, Watter) layers synths and programming into an electronic-prog hybrid that pushes Grails further into the deep end, displaying a profound resonance, both musically and emotionally. No one else sounds like Grails, and on Chalice Hymnal they sound more like themselves than ever before.

 

Sideways Through Sound Spotlight Album II: The Greek Theatre - Broken Circle (SR) & Sven Fröberg Spotlight Selections400 greek brokjen

As a music publicist there are rare occasions when you contact an artist to suggest helping them, such is your own personal belief in their music.

When I heard The Greek Theatre I was floored by this unknown entity, at first believing them to be hip young gun slingers from America. Their evident grasp of West Coast American rock and pop from the mid-60s through to the early ’70s does indeed draw parallels to such American acts as Blitzen Trapper and Jonathan Wilson, but there's a little more to it, something more attune with the work of Brothers era Beach Boys, something older and deeper.

So who and what are The Greek Theatre? To call them a band would be wrong as the core unit in fact consists of two friends, Sven Fröberg and Fredrick Persson, who play and sing pretty much everything bar the drums, reeds and woodwind. Drums and some sax are provided by their ongoing and very organic musical cohort Andreas Sjögren, folk musician Andreas Ralsgård complements the songs with some beautiful flute, clarinet and sax parts and pedal steel player Mathias Danielsson adds delicate nuances that take the music to the Ozarks, Big Sur and back again.

Their sophomore release 'Broken Circle' is a strange odd beast of an album. Steeped in history still sounding totally unique and of its time, easy to digest but still growing after each listen. Far too eccentric and personal to be labelled retro, this is music that communicates and needs to be heard.

Here´s what Jon “Mojo” Mills editor-in-chief of Shindig Magazine has to say about the group: “The Greek Theatre play laconic-yet-bright songs with thoughtful lyricism and delicate musicianship that update the floral elements of late 60´s pop. More dreamy than dream pop. Jangling, chiming guitars and West Coast harmonies, desolate piano driven ambience that recalls Big Star´s Third and Pink Floyd and elements of soft pop vocals and brushed drums, make for a beautiful relaxed sound. They could and should impress a large audience."

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Sideways Through Sound 08-02-2017: Hope's Refrain - playlist

Listen to the full program 'On Demand' HERE

Danny Paul Grody - Hope's Refrain [Single February 2017]

Ryley Walker - Everybody Is Crazy (Amen Dunes) [Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions]

Ross Hammond - Of Course We Will (follow your heart) [Follow Your Heart]

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Hiss Golden Messenger - Flags & Banners (The Faces) [Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions]

Israel Nash - The Fire & The Flood [Israel Nash's Silver Season]

Grails - Chalice Hymnal [Chalice Hymnal]

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Ross Hammond: Spotlight Selections 15-02-2017 HERE

Ross Hammond - Sinner Man [Follow Your Heart]

1. Mississippi Fred McDowell - Shake Em On Down

2. Alice Gerrard & Hazel Dickens - Gabriel's Call

3. Steffen Basho-Junghans - Inside The Rain

Ross Hammond - Whirlpool [Follow Your Heart]

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William Tyler - Theme From Southern Comfort (Ry Cooder) [Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions]

Monk - Necronaut [Black Earth Beneath]

Buried Feather - The Stranger [Mind Of The Swarm]

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Ross Hammond - How Does A Monkey Write It's Song? [Follow Your Heart]

Sun River - Dawn Patrol [S/T]

The Greek Theatre - Broken Circle [Broken Circle]

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Hiss Golden Messenger - Traveling The Highway Home (Ralph Stanley) [Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Sessions]

Nicklas Sørensen - Solo 6 [Solo]

Ross Hammond - Blues For Rusty Moses [Follow Your Heart]

Ross Hammond: Spotlight Selections on Sideways Through Sound 08-02-2017

Ross Hammond guest programs Spotlight Selections for Sideways Through Sound 08-02-2017

Ross Hammond - Sinner Man [Follow Your Heart]

1. Mississippi Fred McDowell - Shake Em On Down

2. Alice Gerrard & Hazel Dickens - Gabriel's Call

3. Steffen Basho-Junghans - Inside The Rain

Ross Hammond - Whirlpool [Follow Your Heart]

Last Week 01-02-2017

Steve McClennan (Buried Feather) Spotlight Selections HERE

Head back to Sideways Through Sound HERE

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