Somewhere between dub, drone, David Attenborough documentaries, and the hazy psychedelia of fellow Not Not Fun alumnus Cankun is Olle Holmberg from Melbourne, who records under the appropriately cosmic moniker Moon Wheel and has just released his debut self-titled cassette. It’s a journey through a lo-fi jungle filled with mysterious field recordings, a calm yet persistent sense of adventure, and the soothing, off-kilter ambiance the aforementioned Los Angeles label is known for. “Walpurga” is among his more minimalist tracks, but it’s still richly satisfying and should please those listeners looking to scratch their new-age itch. This one’s perfect for a balmy spring afternoon. Bring your bug spray; leave your inhibitions at home.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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We talk with Yvonne Ambree and Jesse Barnes of Take Berlin about some of the records which influenced the recording of their debut EP, Lionize.
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