Manic Pixie Sailor Girl

I think I've talked about this before, but I have two problems when it comes to listening to music. 1) I'm a bit of a fuss pot when it comes to what I listen to 2) I need new music all the time to keep me stimulated/ getting bored of the stuff on my Ipod. 

Usually this combination makes for a hellish nightmare of me spending hours to find new music to listen to, but not getting rewarded for my efforts. Somehow in the last few months since I did this last, my googling/youtube skills have improved because I.Found.So.Many.New.Peeps.To.Listen.To!!!! 

Without further ado, here's the first impression of the awesome music I downloaded today. 

Casa Loma: These peeps make this lovely grungy emo heavyish music that I've loved since I was a wee lass. They've only got three tracks available, because according to my internet stalking, they're a pretty fresh band. 

Land Lady: I've mentioned this many a time, but I'm not great with genre categorisation of music, which is great for this band as they describe their genre as "surprise". They're a mesh of all the good things - compositionally sound, dynamic, full of complex vocal harmonies, and feature a range of minimalist and maximalist textures.  

Giraffes?Giraffes!  : Do you like instrumental music? Do you like Math Rock? These dudes have both of these things in their music, and they do them so incredibly well. Their pieces are so intricately constructed with a variety of different textures, and never fall into the "too much going on" trap that some instrumental music falls into. 

The Speed Of Sound in Seawater: What's better than one guitar doing pretty finger picking with sweet lilting vocals? Two guitars doing pretty finger picking with lilting vocals! That's not all this band does though. Aforementioned pretty guitars and vocals are perfectly supported by a super tight bass and drum pairing. Their writing features elements of Math rock, and have a very slight folk sound. It's just good yo! 

Malvador: Sometimes these guys have those oompah circus feels, and sometimes they're more math rocky, but again, they're all things good. They remind me the tinyiest bit of Ungus Ungus Ungus who are a werid amalgamation of circus folk experimental etc. 

Tangled Hair : So much Math rock today! These guys sit down the prettier end of math rock with their glockenspiels and their british indie vocal vibes.  I adore their use of polyrhythms (Which may or may not tangle your hair) 

Delta Sleep: sit on the grungy side of math rock. The rhythms are intricate and complex, interspersed with strong rhythmic unisons. These guys scratch a music itch I didn't realise I have, as they sit partway between various genre spaces. 

Hang In Balance: Do you know what a HangDrum is? It's the mystical spaceship like object that produces the most beautiful singing percussion sound. If flute was a percussion instrument this is what it would sound like. 

The Honey Trees: Do dream pop right. Their vocals are super sweet and floaty (pretty much the sound version of lens flair and bokeh) whilst the accompaniment is moving and light. 

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Bolero: Lady Petrova, Shirt: Ebay, Belt: Kmart, Skirt: Home made, Socks: Socks and more, Boots: Dr Martens.

Speaking of dreampop... What I wore yesterday was pretty darn dreampop. I sewed this skirt in 2014 using vintage material I picked up from shop 55 in woy woy. If I remember correctly, it was from the 60's. I only had a small amount of material to work with, so I made this here boxpleat mini skirt! It also looks super rad with the Bolero I bought from Lady Petrova on Tour! :D 

Mint Fairy Dreams

wpid-20150508_153357.jpg This outfit is being posted significantly later that I would have liked! I wore this on Friday, then life happened to me shortly after taking these shots, and continued happening without any break until approximately 2 hours ago when I sat down to work on my uni work (I'm currently taking a little break because having my own opinion after formal compulsory education (Which was the last time I had to write critically) is really really hard)


So yeah! I actually had a pretty sound reason for my outfit choice. My band played at the Newcastle University HSC Music day which was a pretty rad (and somewhat emotionally confusing) experience. All of the rad parts came from performing to a bunch of people who were there to get their music on in a serious way/ being able to talk to them about srs music business  stuff after the performance. We did two lots of performing: we were the "students filing into the hall" music, and then one of our pieces was an example of unusual contemporary music (I can't remember the exact description, but the word contemporary was definitely used). I also had a couple of friends attending. One was attending as a teacher, and the other was attending as a student.


I couldn't help but feel a little sad seeing all of these students tethered to their teachers, their school uniform, and the whole formal education system. My senior years of highschool weren't the greatest. Highschool destroyed my creativity. I had a crappy music teacher, which made the silly HSC terminology, and goofball music analysis process incredibly difficult, my English teacher killed any love I had for words, and critical writing (this is something which I'm only just starting to get over now), My design and tech teacher while lovely, was incredibly vague about what the subject actually required us to do, and the process of HSC art made me burn out (I only just started painting semi seriously again 6 months ago, and I've only just started sculpting on a semi regular basis again, not to mention actually experimenting with new techniques and character creation!)

Don't get me wrong, compulsory formal education can be great if you're brain is wired for that type of learning and you have great teachers. I just don't learn well that way, and the school I ended up at was kind of a cultural/educational black hole (that is to say, it was a bit of a crappy high school) I'm actually so lucky that I had (and still have) such a great group of friends. Without them, I don't think I would have survived.


Speaking of friends! One of the main reasons this post is late is because my friend Katherine turned 21! (well, is turning 21 in a few days... She had a party last night!) HAPPY BIRTHDAY PANTS :D