dream pop

Dark Arts

There is more than One band with this name (1) Raised by a pack of wolves in the slums of Ballarat, Dark Arts are a four piece post-punk band that stupidly write songs about girls. Members:
Gabriel Strachan - Keys/Vocals
Samuel Sedgwick - Drums/Percussion
Oliver Nicholls - Guitar/Percussion
David Kent - Bass Guitar Gabriel also plays keys in Ballarat band "Howl" (2) Dark Arts are an American Darkwave act from the 1980's-90's. Releases include:

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Budd

Thundering, mostly instrumental, mid 90s band from Australia. Heavy basslines with heavier guitar melodies punctuated by vintage synth sounds and chanting, Budd was a unique band. With some occasional quieter tracks that borrowed from vintage surf sounds, Budd's real claim to fame was their heavy jams. With a revolving line up and based in different cities at different times, the only constant was / is Jeremy "Budd", a respected sound engineer currently working in Brisbane. The group formed in Brisbane, Australia before relocating to Melbourne.

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Tortoiseshell

The dawn of now announces Tortoiseshell! A musical squad of dudes, cousins, and brothers. Making music for the sand pit, island sojourn, disco or pastel bedroom. Their conga cuts, energy and high spirits map a vast vista of pop taking in many mediums and times. And how would you describe their sound? Tortoiseshell ride the sunny currents of Talking Heads, ESG, afro pop, the 80s, Howard Arkley, deep wave, Roxy Music et al. They will take you to crystal, clear turquoise waters.

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Collarbones

Collarbones is a long distance experimental pop collaboration between Adelaide’s Travis Cook and Sydney’s Marcus Whale, beginning in 2007. The ‘Waiting for the Ghosts’ EP was released in June 2009. Debut album 'Iconography' is due for release in April 2011.

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Sounds Like Sunset

Sounds Like Sunset's music is a mix of simple songs taken on sort of a wild ride - freely moving in directions led by huge guitars and feedback, and drawing on influences such as BailterSpace, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and the gloomier side of The Beach Boys in equal measure. The band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1997 with David Challinor (vocals, guitar), David Hobson (bass) and Rohan Geddes (drums).

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Mercury Rev

Mercury Rev is an American rock music group, that formed in 1989 in Buffalo, New York. Original personnel were David Baker (vocals), Jonathan Donahue (vocals, guitars), Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiak (guitars, clarinet), Suzanne Thorpe (flute), Dave Fridmann (bass) and Jimy Chambers (drums). With their debut, Yerself Is Steam, the band gained an underground following, particularly in the UK. 1993's Boces was critically acclaimed for its alternative sound, and the band's next album, See You on the Other Side...

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Galaxie 500

There are 2 bands with the name Galaxie 500: 1) Galaxie 500 formed in Boston, MA in 1986 and comprised vocalist/guitarist Dean Wareham (a transplanted New Zealand native), bassist Naomi Yang and drummer Damon Krukowski, longtime friends who first met in high school in New York City before all three attended Harvard University. Wareham and Krukowski initially teamed in the short-lived Speedy and the Castanets, which split after their bass player experienced a religious conversion; upon re-forming, the duo recruited Yang to play bass, although she had no prior musical experience.

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GB3

GB is Glenn Bennie, a driving force behind the Underground Lovers, one of Australia's most innovative bands of the '90s. GB3 refers to the collaborative nature of the album - in the studio at any one time were Glenn, his studio off-sider Tim Prince, and a guest vocalist or musician. The collaborators are a mix of Glenn's musical heroes (including Steve Kilbey and the late-great Grant McLennan) and the hottest new stars in Australian independent music (including Sarah Blasko and Sianna from Love Outside Andromeda).

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Memory Tapes

Memory Tapes is a recording alias of New Jersey-based Dayve Hawk. Memory Tapes' first LP, Seek Magic was released in September 2009, through the label Sincerly Yours, and in the UK on Something In Construction.
He also has released tracks under the names Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes.

Active Child

Active Child is the project of Pat Grossi, resident of Los Angeles, native of New Jersey. Inspired by his days as a choir boy and epic nights as a member of the band Weight Room, Grossi combines his soaring vocals and crunching analogue synths with the honey drip drop of echoing harps. For Pat Grossi of Active Child, the last two years have been nothing short of enriching. Musically, Pat has worked within and appropriated a number of styles into his sound...

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