Thoughts on Change

I've had a lot of change in my life over the past two years. A lot of it has been really hard, but with time and space it's become easier and evident that the change has been a good thing. 

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The past two months in particular had been quite a stable time for me. I thought I was pretty done with any big changes. But I was wrong. 

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Being wrong about change sucks. Being wrong allows change to sneak up on you and swallow you whole, then spit you out broken and sad and crying. 

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But with time, the change will heal, and everything will be fine, because that's what change does, and that's how life flows. 

(on an unrelated note: Here's my latest video) 

Wooly Vintage

After yesterdays depressing post, lets talk about something a little bit cheerier: Music I've been digging recently. A bunch of friends recommending stuff to me, my own google-fu and the festival I attended recently have stocked up my ipod with a bunch of cool new rad tunes which need to be shared with the world (It's been a while since I've done one of these post, so there are a lot of artists to get through!) 

Potato Potato: At the start of the year I met a very lovely lady called Merryn Jeann. She's a beautiful singer/guitarist and songwriter (and was also kind enough to put on a house show with Shapes during our EP launch tour). I was recently stalking her artist page on facebook because she uploaded some demo's of her solo stuff, and came across some posts about her old band, potato potato. With their silky, flowing guitar parts and 4 part vocal harmonies, their sound is the musical equivalent of dripping complementary ink colours into water and watching the clouds of pigment swirl.

Eros: Now, after massaging my ears with the lovely sound of Potato Potato, I stalked their facebook page and came across Eros. This is a stunning one off duet release from a couple of peeps who used to be based up in Byron Bay. This folk duo have created a 6 track ep of intricate guitar lines and stunning vocal harmonies. 

The Bean Project: Now this quirky duo actually found me. They contacted shapes earlier in the year for a gig, and after looking up their links I fell for their classic folk songs with whimsical french horn detailing. 

Catriona McKay: Is a scottish harpist and composer who writes beautiful intricate folk songs. The album I've been listening to, Starfish, is kind of like the Goat Rodeo sessions, but with a harp as well. 

Colour: Remember how I went through a little bit of a math rock binge? Well, this is yet another band to add to my growing mathrock audio collection. This band contained tangled hair before they were tangled hair. Their music has everything I used to love about brit pop as a teen, with none of the stuff I hate about brit pop. 

Greshka: I love me some good old weird ass gypsy/klezmer/fusion music, and that's exactly what Greskha deliver. It's really fun, a little silly, and contains the best (and only) dulcimer I've ever heard. What could be better? :D 

Kalidad: Describe themselves as Mexican heavy metal, and whilst I don't necessarily agree that they're "heavy" I can hear the metallic influences in their delicious folk-fusion writing. I'm a bit of a sucker for spanish oriented classical/flamenco guitar lines, and Kalidad certainly offer that and more. 

Quantum Milkshake: There are very few bands which I would describe as "genera defying", but Quantum Milkshake fits the "genera defying" bill. They're a jazz/everything fusion band with shifting time signatures, complex harmonic structures and detailed use of texture mixed with a little bit of genius and a little bit of madness. They also have a flute in their band (everyone knows that bands with flutes are the best types of bands) To top it all off they recently released their first album, which is a bunch of fun!

Space Cabonara: These dudes are best summed up as dreamy psychedelic trip rock. Their music is clever and beautiful, and so very very lush. I can't help but crave pasta every time I look at their name. 

Tinpan Orange: I was lucky enough to see this stunning folk trio at Perisher Peak festival (which I played with the Button Collective a few weeks ago). As much as I dig their recorded sound, this is a band which is best heard live. The atmosphere they make together is like nothing else I've seen, and when their leading lady lets the fiddle loose, goodness, there are no words. Great band yo. 

So that's some of the new stuff I've been listening to recently! Enjoy :D 

Fairy in the Woods

When it comes to fashion I can be quite particular. I'm fussy about colour, material, silhouette comfort and sometimes even "category (ie, shirts, blouses, shorts etc) Until this year, a clothing category I never used to wear (and in fact would steer clear of) were jumpers (aka, sweaters) 

I don't know why it's taken me so long to start wearing jumpers (specifically knit jumpers). They're comfy, and warm, and usually super stylish. Actually thinking about it now, I use to have this preconceived idea that jumpers were to be warn as over things, not as foundation layer. (I can thank Anna from melodic, thrifty and chic for enlightening me. She always wears and layers her clothes in unexpected ways)

This upcoming winter, for me at least, wearing jumpers as shirts is going to be a big part of my style. I'm such a sook when it coms to being cold, and I highly doubt I'll be cold if I'm wearing a singlet, jumper and coat. 

In the spirit of falling in love with knit, I've been thrifting a lot of knit. I tend to gravitate towards cable knit and larger chunkier knits, with bonus points for sparkles and unusual details. I picked up this flower jumper the other day. It's super warm, and super soft. It also looks super vintage-y in a fairy princess sort of way. 

I also (begrudgingly) acquired a new handbag recently. Remember that pretty pink handbag I did a post on a few months ago? The bag wasn't well made, and the materials weren't strong. I'd been repairing the shoulder strap on one side for a few months, but when the other side of the shoulder strap decided it was time to disintegrate it was time to lay it to rest.  

I found this bag at the Channon Markets whilst we were on tour. It's slightly smaller, but fits just as much inside (with a bit of room left over).