Methyl Ethel

Methyl Ethel

Methyl Ethel is the uninhibited alt-pop project from Perth musician Jake Webb. The band started in 2013, as an outlet for the reverb soaked home recordings Webb was working on whilst developing his ambient and textural guitar playing in a variety of local outfits. Methyl Ethel has since blossomed into one of the most critically revered and publicly embraced acts coming out of Western Australia in some time.

Built from the ground up in various bedrooms, friends’ studios and quiet caverns over 2013, the exceptional EP diptych Guts and Teeth, which explore themes of anxiety, disillusionment and stasis, were released in quick succession. These intricate tapestries of melody, dripping with lush eccentricity, ascended through the ether and onto the airwaves, with Indie Shuffle, Happy, triple j, FBi Radio, 3RRR and RTRFM amongst others all taking note.

So far, 2015 has seen the band hone their sound, on debut LP Oh Inhuman Spectacle and its accompanying singles Twilight Driving and Rogues (awarded 2015 WAM Pop Song of the Year). Recorded in the same manner as its predecessors, Oh Inhuman Spectacle masterfully blends pop and esotericism to create an undeniable piece of work, which has landed at the top of many mid-year album lists and been championed by supporters new and old.

After a year of relentless touring, sharing stages with the likes of San Cisco, Holy Holy, Sunbeam Sound Machine and Courtney Barnett, Methyl Ethel are now a headliner in their own right. With their hometown album launch hitting capacity in a matter of minutes, and their Melbourne date selling out weeks in advance, the excitement surrounding the act and their breathtaking live show is palpable. October will see the band take a break from working on the follow up to Oh Human Spectacle to head stateside for CMJ, with a busy Australian summer to follow.

Vorhees

Vorhees is the nom de guerre of New York City based audio engineer and sound designer Dana Wachs. Focusing on a an ambient approach to music, from shorter pop structured songs to longer soundscapes, Vorhees is a one woman show. Live, guitar tones are processed and extracted through a haze of vintage analogue gear resulting in dulcet ringing to aggressive, sneering fuzz over muted electronic beats. Floating on top drenched in peculiar reverbs, her vocals exist in an ethereal climate, lyrically exploring intimate observations around her.
Taking a break from traveling the world as an audio engineer (previously for the likes of Cat Power, MGMT, M.I.A., Lykke Li, and St. Vincent to name a few) Vorhees continues to delve into composition (lauded a “fine collaborator.” by the New York Times for her work with choreographer Heather Kravas) and recording for a future full length.

The Y Axes are a San Francisco-based indie outfit who play a unique blend of dreamy, synth-glossed pop and rhythmically muscular rock. Having initially formed as a recording project by vocalist Alexi Rose Belchere and guitarist Devin Nelson, the duo decided to take on the project full time after premiering a set of songs at their space and prom-themed joint birthday party in July 2011.

Their lineup completed by bassist Jack Sundquist and drummer Nick Schneider, The Y Axes collaborate to create energetic and hard-hitting pop with intricate instrumentations and ethereal vocal melodies that can stick in your mind for weeks.

Their latest album, Umbra, was produced by Aaron Hellam (Finish Ticket, Rin Tin Tiger, Black Map, etc.) at Hellam Sound and released November 26.

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