Mutant music from the upside down.
Neither one genre nor another, New Weird Australia is designed to challenge our collective understanding of what music can and should be. We support new, eclectic and experimental Australian music through a variety of evolving projects.
Here’s a few things you might be interested in digging into if you’re new to New Weird.
Compilations & Artist Releases
We started life back in 2009 by releasing free compilations, and since then we’ve released 27 of them. The most recent is Solitary Wave – a two-volume compilation of new Australian music made, remade and reconsidered during the global pandemic. Over the years we’ve also released individual artist albums and EPs through our imprints New Editions and Wood And Wire.
Our podcast series runs to over 100 episodes and includes interviews with and performances by artists such as The Necks, Penelope Trappes, Laurence Pike, Ela Stiles, Fia Fiell, Lawrence English, Rites Wild, Severed Heads and more.
The podcast also features archive live recordings from New Weird Australia events and interviews and live sessions from the original FBi Radio program.
The recent Solitary Wave compilation was accompanied by our first film – unsurprisingly titled Solitary Wave Launch Film. Made during Corona quarantine, the launch film features fourteen clips from eclectic and experimental Australian artists, many of which were made exclusively for this release.
Buy Music Club
We’re not huge fans of Spotify, given the pittance that is paid to artists off the back of their labours. There are far more meaningful ways to connect with music on a deeper level; and some of those ways do help to put some cash money into artists’ pockets. One of those is Buy Music Club – a website for curating and sharing lists of independent music downloads. You can find New Weird Australia playlists on Buy Music Club with links to listen and buy the full releases on Bandcamp.
Our Substack newsletter is the most direct way for us to share what New Weird Australia has been up to. Subscribe to keep up to date with our compilations, podcasts and other activities and proclivities.
We’ve despaired many (many) times about social media; particularly about the ‘bait and switch’ from an original premise/promise of a thriving, engaged community; to a model that fails on so many levels to meaningfully connect us to the people and things that we give a fuck about. It seems like a simple thing to get right, but the most popular platforms are driven by other desires, and in doing so, they screw it up spectacularly.
If you’re making music, we want to hear what you’re up to – send us some links to your work. We can’t always respond quickly, but be assured that we listen to everything that gets sent our way.
New Weird Australia is curated by Stu Buchanan.