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Various Artists
Oz Echoes: DIY Cassettes and Archives 1980-1989
Efficient Space
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March 26, 2021

Press Release

Oz Echoes peels away another layer of Australia’s ‘80s DIY hive mind. The Oz Waves successor exposes a deeper circuit of micro-run cassettes, community radio archives and irrationally abandoned studio sessions, as Steele Bonus sequences a 10-track compendium of drone pop, psyche-electronics and agitated tape cut-ups.

From the Sydney cassette network, The Horse He's Sick returns with an industrial car crash, alongside Wrong Kind of Stone Age’s pagan cacophony and primal riddims. M Squared dynamo Patrick Gibson appears in both Height/Dismay and Mr Knott, his respective studio-as-an-instrument collaborations with Dru Jones (Scattered Order) and ex-Slugfucker Gordon Renouf - the former’s worn out apparition hails from an instantly deleted 1981 7”, while Mr Knott entrust one of the compilation’s five previously unreleased tracks.

Matt Mawson represents Brisbane music media-printed matter collective ZIP, as Adelaide’s Three D Radio grants access to their vaults of live-to-air recordings and aspiring demo submissions, rescuing the slap- happy punk-funk of The Frenzied Bricks and Jandy Rainbow’s prodigious beginnings in Les Trois Etrangers and Aeroplane Footsteps. Synchronously in Melbourne, Ash Wednesday (Karen Marks, The Metronomes) leads Modern Jazz’ improvised proto-techno and EBM pioneers Shanghai Au Go-Go home record their sardonic synth-wave.

A cherry-picked cast of unusual suspects, Oz Echoes’ unfamed artist and non-band narratives are detailed by track-by-track liner notes with rarely published archival visions and artwork from Video Synth, prompting further rabbit hole ventures into this golden era of creative risk-taking and instant action.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Mother's Footsteps Height/Dismay, Patrick Gibson and Dru Jones 3:12 Buy

    Mother's Footsteps

  2. 2 Vicious Circle The Frenzied Bricks, Chris Merchant and David McCarthy 3:30 Buy

    Vicious Circle

  3. 3 Zoom Dub Modern Jazz and Ash Wednesday 5:01 Buy
  4. 4 Poor Galileo (He Has Gone Mad) Mr Knott, Patrick Gibson and Gordon Renouf 3:47 Buy

    Poor Galileo (He Has Gone Mad)

  5. 5 Arabia Aeroplane Footsteps, Jandy Rainbow and Simon Edhouse 3:13 Buy
  6. 6 I Cried All Winter Shanghai Au Go-Go, Chris Mort, Karen Harborow and Meilindah Ronalds 5:20 Buy

    I Cried All Winter

  7. 7 Open the Goddam Door Matt Mawson 3:21 Buy

    Open the Goddam Door

  8. 8 Terminal Rebound The Horse He's Sick and Ian Andrews 3:47 Buy

    Terminal Rebound

  9. 9 Ravi Dubbi Wrong Kind of Stone Age, Miriam Williamson, Gavin Williams and Andy Rantzen 3:54 Buy
  10. 10 Luna Les Trois Etrangers and Jandy Rainbow 1:55 Buy

Track List

  1. Height/Dismay - Mother’s Footsteps
  2. The Frenzied Bricks - Vicious Circle
  3. Modern Jazz - Zoom Dub
  4. Mr Knott - Poor Galileo (He Has Gone Mad)
  5. Aeroplane Footsteps - Arabia
  6. Shanghai Au Go-Go - I Cried All Winter
  7. Matt Mawson - Open The Goddam Door
  8. The Horse He's Sick - Terminal Rebound
  9. Wrong Kind Of Stone Age - Ravi Dubbi
  10. Les Trois Etrangers – Luna

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