Nik Talbot – “Switchblade Silhouette”

“Switchblade Silhouette” is an audiobook EP by singer-songwriter Nik Talbot. Nik’s LinkedIn page says that his day-job is singing and playing guitar in The Dull Blades. Legend goes, the Melbourne duo were in the midst of recording their second album, when Talbot hit creative oil and began forming the idea that would become “Switchblade Silhouette”.

Not quite audiobook, not quite EP, this conceptual western is a mix of scripted dialogue and song. Each track is introduced by a short scene that pieces together the overall narrative. Talbot pulls his best John Wayne meets Raoul Duke in the main character, Felix Blisskill. Felix is chasing The American Dream and hopes to find it in a desert. Drugs are his tour guide.

The music itself doesn’t stray too far from The Dull Blades’ usual fuzzed-out twang. Talbot’s vocals add to the story’s atmosphere; it’s as if Rango picked up a Big Muff. As for Felix’s American Dream, it fades into the dust while he repeatedly sings, “I’m going to leave this road behind.” Enjoy.

Cateye – “Taker (Little Faux Remix)”

Recently, Melbourne-based garage rock trio Cateye went on an indefinite hiatus after a farewell show at The 27 Club. I wasn’t able to go to the show, but I did see them last year at Uncle Lou’s. Their live show was an aggressive fuzz storm, with grudge-like movements and vocals by Olivia Rogers. If you never got to experience what I’m talking about, you can still download the band’s newly released Blood, Sweat, and Beers for whatever price you wish.

Here’s a new version of Cateye’s “Taker,” remixed by electronic producer, Little Faux. Enjoy.

Hear more from Little Faux at their Soundcloud.

Now check the O.G. version!