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Milkk takes first step into unknown
Milkk will play for the first time outside Sydney on Thursday.
Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Sydney trio Milkk will make their first
foray to the capital this Thursday at
Drummer Cameron Whipp said the
group looked forward to crossing the
border and playing for new crowds.
"It s out first time out of Sydney
which we are really psyched about. We
are all blissfully unaware so there are
no nerves at all, he said.
During this month, the band will
play gigs in Brisbane, Nambour,
Newcastle and Wollongong.
They will share the stage in
Canberra with Cracked Actor and Lost
Coast from 9pm and test new tracks
from their upcoming EP Open Signals
It is due for release through
independent label No Safe Place in
Whipp drew on all his technical
nous when the band travelled to a
property near Peats Ridge, on the
Central Coast, to lay down the record
using a portable recorder.
"I used all the equipment I have to
capture the sound, he said.
We had a friend of ours in
Wollongong [Jonathon Tooke] mix it
so it will be a collaborative effort when
it s done.
After hours of research, Whipp said
he had his fingers crossed things
would run smoothly as where they
stayed had no internet access and at
times relied on electricity derived from
generators. "We were pretty lucky
with it, he said.
We did it really simply with just
the three of us in a room with some
microphones on our instruments.
There was no studio trickery, it was all
live tracking on the fly. In a strange
coincidence, the owner of the property
turned out to be a former music
"One of the owners used to be quite
high up at EMI in the 1980s and signed
Savage Garden and plenty of bands we
all know. "They were so lovely and
really happy to have us there," he said.
The band plans to release a single
before the full album is out in spring.
Catch Milkk at The Phoenix on
Thursday from 9pm. Tickets: $5.
ALBUM: IN COLOURS/ARTIST: JAMIE XX
Debut album accessibly strange and deceptively cool
In Colours is a deceptively cool album.
Made by Jamie Smith -- the fearless
leader of The xx -- it is more playful
than the work of his alt-pop group,
however, not a world apart as some
critics have suggested.
The album sounds seamless and it is
very much the work of a talented
producer who can make minimal
sound out of this world. House, garage
and good old disco influences
intermingle with The xx s naturally
downbeat style and while the album s
title hints at vibrancy and liveliness, it
is rather chilled and a touch dark.
Jamie xx makes music which
sounds futuristic, intense, a little odd
and ghostly, offering dislocated beats
and sophisticated effects which are
accessible in a strange way.
And with the help of his regular
bandmates, Romy Madley-Croft and
Oliver Sim, Smith unfurls those
hushed, emotional songs with
whispering vocals -- much like The
xx s music itself with an R&B flavour
not too far removed from Chet Faker.
There is a drum and bass assault on
Gosh and the American-styled rap of I
Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
that shows Smith has expanded his
musical horizons on an album which
rewards with each listen.
Artists to chat
Canberra photographers Catherine
Laudenbach and Adam Mann will
discuss their combined exhibition
Longing at an afternoon talk on
Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at ANCA
The artists explore the idea of
longing as desire to seek, know and
Longing toys with what is seen and
what that enables us to imagine.
The pair s photographs toy with the
concept of what is seen and what it
enables us to imagine.
Longing is open from Wednesday to
Sunday, noon to 5pm, until Monday,
Enlighten festival s attendance
numbers smashed last year s record of
131,556 people by more than double,
giving the ACT economy a
$2.5 million boost.
Enlighten 2015 attracted 287,874
people with attendance at the Night
Noodle Markets exceeding all
An estimated 10,434 interstate and
international visitors came to the ACT
specifically for Enlighten, which
represents a significant increase of 97
per cent on the 2014 figure of 5302.
Visitors stayed an average of 1.9
nights and spent an average of $175.29
each day they were in the capital.
The total economic impact as a
result of staging Enlighten from
February 27 to March 7 in Canberra
was estimated at $2.5 million.
This was an increase of 76 per cent
on the 2014 figure, according to the
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said
the government was working hard to
ensure next year s markets would
provide more opportunities for ACT
businesses to participate.
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