“Hot Palms are always great, but especially live, as proven by their mid-show recording of ‘Muss Blues’. The three-minute instrumental is the Melbourne ensemble’s half of a new split 7” with Soda Eaves, and it radiates Dirty Three-style serenity. Played by Alec Marshall (Emma Russack’s lead guitarist), Jake Core (Soda Eaves), Ashley Bundang (Zone Out), Jordan Ireland (ex-The Middle East), André Vanderwert (André) and Zahra Khamissa (Pencil), it was recorded by Astral Traveller. Soda Eaves’ side, ‘Lolly Water’, was also captured live, featuring overlapping sampled voices against slinking guitar passages. The 7” is a joint release between Hong Kong label Metal Postcard and Marshall’s own imprint Why Don’t You Believe Me?. It’s limited to just 100 copies, with handmade sleeves.”
“The calm before the storm – the penultimate band release on this relentlessly gargantuan post is the 7″ split between two unheralded acts out of Melbourne, Hot Palms and Soda Eaves. ‘Muss Blues’ and ‘Lolly Water’ are as meditative and breathtaking as ever, a somnambulist sojourn through mid-dusk netherworlds, where the feet lift from the ground and the shadows flee your body. It’s stuff like this that makes me miss Australia so much. You can buy the 7″ now – and you really really should. Soda Eaves will also be supporting Ghost Notes on theirMoonlight State tour – this show at the Public Bar at Sunday January 25.”
Krom have just inked a deal with Metal Postcard.. Here’s what the Bangkok Post had to say about their recent spate of performances
…… “Krom’s music is a touch of East meets West and is darker than the darkest night, with mournful Delta blues guitar mixing with the angelic voices of two classically-trained Khmer sisters. Their music is so dark it makes Leonard Cohen seem like a pop singer.
Read the full article at http://www.bangkokpost.com/lifestyle/music/450588/dark-sounds-from-the-cambodian-soul
Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates wonderful album “The Fates” proudly presented to you by Metal Postcard Records just got a 4 star rating in Mojo
They write……….A musician’s life can be tough, we know. But we’d be willing to bet that most musicians reading this never had their master tapes destroyed by a genocidal, totalitarian regime. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Drakkar, who went from releasing the biggest-selling album in Cambodian history to having all trace of their existence — photos as well as music — eradicated by the brutal Khmer Rouge.
The band’s guitarist, Som Sareth, and the bassist, Oeu Sam Ol, were never seen nor heard from again by the time the Khmer Rouge were removed from power in 1979.
Miraculously three members of the band survive: H.E. Touch Tana, H.E, Ouk Sam Ath and Touch Chhatha. After the Khmer Rouge were forced from power by the Vietnamese, Ouk Sam Ath and Touch Chhatha returned to work in the music industry for Cambodian National Radio. Tana now works for the Cambodian government on fisheries management and environmental conservation.
And here’s the poster that Hot Palms & Jake knocked up
To Celebrate 100 Releases on Metal Postcard we’ve Released this wonderful split 7″ by melbourne based Hot Palms & Soda Eaves – unsurprisingly there’s only a 100 of these goodies to be had
Amazing album — but why don’t we let the reviewers tell you…
‘”The Fates is a great record, blessed with snags of understated charm, originality and pure lambent beauty” 4/5 Shindig Magazine December 2014
“(Edwards is)… an urban romantic troubadour, heir to Brel and Gainsbourg, disillusioned but still dreaming (and drinking, and smoking), and determined, though impecunious, never to do or say a commonplace thing… the quality of a Scott Fitzgerald short” The Quietus December 2014
“The Fates rolling wordplay recalls Kevin Ayers; all wry wit and melancholy” 7/10 Uncut December 2014
“An altogether striking record” – Bucketful of Brains, November 2014
“An album rich with the intricacies of human experience” – StereoEmbers, October 2014
”The surprise of 2014, exquisite” MPB/Hautefort France December 2014
Previous praise for Matthew Edwards
“Matthew Edwards is quite probably the best songwriter in the world” – Big Takeover 2010
“Edwards’ love-broken lyrics to suggest a lost Graham Greene novel about seedy Brits shipwrecked in Caesars Palace rather than Port-au-Prince… immaculate.” – WORD Magazine (UK) 2010
“Gorgeous and knowing work” – AMPLIFIER (US) 2010
“Pairing silver-tongued, dour lyrics with sweet pop accompaniment… Another batch of pristine, fastidious pop for the forlorn and incurable.” Under the Radar (US) 2012
Metal Postcard release bursts into an end of year chart – yes with a bullet at the speed of sound at… wait for it NUMBER 80 !- white fang’s – full time freaks – actually we are well chuffed as it’s in the suitably named Crack magazine who must have taste because they are based in Bristol