Scattered Order are one of the most unique bands in the history of Sydney’s experimental and electronic music scene – founders of the M Squared record label in the 1970s, a home for artists such as Systematics and Makers of the Dead Travel Fast, and a beacon for emerging underground artists around the country. Reforming their original line-up in 2009, I shot this video when Scattered Order played a set for New Weird Australia in January 2011 at the Excelsior in Sydney, in support of their new album, ‘Adjust The Terminology’. Joining them on stage was long-term collaborator and renowned producer, Shane Fahey.
Watch: Scattered Order ‘National Adjustment Scheme’ from Marks Of Provenance III – A Bushfire Fundraiser
The last few weeks have been so fucked up for so many of us. Here in Springwood in the Blue Mountains, the Gosper “mega fire” is being contained about 15 kms away. It’s been that way for the last ten days or so, and we’ve become a little too relaxed about the fact that we’re no longer in any imminent danger.
All the same, we’re the lucky ones – we’re safe and healthy and our house is intact. Of course, the same can’t be said for thousands of others. Becki Whitton and I have out together a Provenance fundraiser compilation, Marks Of Provenance III – A Bushfire Fundraiser, with all the proceeds going to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
This music recommendation is from close to home – the latest release from my Provenance label. It comes from Melbourne producer Arrom, and is a collection of reworks from her debut album Take My Lymphs. Each new variation draws on the experimental pop, ethereal choral vocals and dark, organic electronics of the original album, and moves it, with a great fluidity, into new spaces. It’s a miscellany of avant electronics – dark pop, abstract, minimal and even a momentary slice of breakcore.