It’s noteworthy when an artist is invisible on the internet, which is probably the point of the exercise, but it’s a risky gamble. Israel’s Fortuna Records up the ante with Moontribe by adding a spurious back story. The album was allegedly submitted on an unmarked two-inch tape – no names, no dates – accompanied only by the cryptic note, that it was “a snake-charming voodoo ritual, in which Moontribe is the Shaman”. Dubious it may be, but it certainly fits the vibe. Moontribe’s debut album is an eccentric collection of spacious, rolling psychedelic rituals; channelling Sun Ra and Moondog and all manner of psychic energies over an epic forty minute set. A perfect soundtrack for getting off the grid.
My program ‘Out From Under’ on London’s Resonance FM pushes Australian underground and experimental music further into the ether – and 2019 was a phenomenal year for wayward and warped local sounds.
The ‘Out From Under’ Albums Of 2019 playlist is up on Spotify, and features (in no particular order) tracks from this collective of artists, all shredding conventionalism in some form or another.
I’ve been digging deep for the Freak Wave podcast ‘Albums of 2019’ list, featuring warped, mutant music from around the world, and you can find them all gathered together on a new Spotify playlist. If you haven’t yet caught the podcast, this is the perfect jumping on point – and if you dig this, the full archive of Freak Wave episodes can be found wherever you get your podcasts.