V/A - Oz Echoes: DIY Cassettes and Archives 1980-1989 LP
Oz Echoespeels away another layer of Australia's '80s DIY hive mind. TheOz Waves(EFFICIENT 004LP, 2017) successor exposes a deeper circuit of micro-run cassettes, community radio archives and irrationally abandoned studio sessions, asSteele Bonussequences a ten-track compendium of drone pop, psyche-electronics and agitated tape cut-ups. From the Sydney cassette network,The Horse He's Sickreturns with an industrial car crash, alongsideWrong Kind of Stone Age's pagan cacophony and primal riddims.M SquareddynamoPatrick Gibsonappears in bothHeight/DismayandMr Knott, his respective studio-as-an-instrument collaborations withDru Jones(Scattered Order) and ex-SlugfuckerGordon 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 Mawsonrepresents Brisbane music media-printed matter collectiveZIP, 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 ofThe Frenzied BricksandJandy Rainbow's prodigious beginnings inLes Trois EtrangersandAeroplane Footsteps. Synchronously in Melbourne,Ash Wednesday(Karen Marks,The Metronomes) leadsModern Jazz's improvised proto-techno and EBM pioneersShanghai Au Go-Gohome 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 fromVideo Synth, prompting further rabbit hole ventures into this golden era of creative risk-taking and instant action. Includes download code.