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Happy New Year is an aptly titled act for the first real post of the year, Eleanor Logan's previous two singles 'Gold Medallion' and 'Hotel / Twins' have been featured on this blog over the past six months and "High Sea", Eleanor's contribution to a split 7" with Australian post-punk outfit Nite Fields is a worthy addition to her catalogue. The record is released next week January 9th via Lost Race Records - limited to just 150 copies it's available for 8 / 10 AUS dollars with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"High Sea" is based around a beautiful, atmospheric bass-line with repetitive key strokes and Eleanor's light, ethereal vocal. It's haunting, intoxicating and completely wonderful.
Nite Fields' side is excellent too, the Brisbane four piece are a new band to me but "Come Down" combines deep muffled vocals with dark, edgy guitars and booming drums. Another atmospheric track though, where the HNY side is hypnotic and wistful, Nite Fields' is moody and uneasy - you can find more about them on their facebook page - a compelling release to start your year off with. They play four Australian dates together next week which you can find more about on any of the above links.
You can download 'High Sea' for free at Happy New Year's bandcamp and listen below. According to her website European shows are scheduled for April with an album due before, looking forward to both!