I wake up to RRR each morning using my trusty Sony clock-radio (made in Japan, which gives you some idea of its age). I lay there this morning after listening to the news, about to get up when an amazing number stopped me in my tracks. I hadn't had a new artist impress me this much since a few years ago when I walked past JB Hi-Fi in the city and heard Carla Werner (and promptly bought her still much-loved album Departures).
It was a few more minutes before the breakfast program announced the song details which I promptly wrote down: the song is Diving Bell off Graphite & Diamonds by Orbweaver. I was in Polyester Music in Fitzroy this evening, but they'd not heard of it, nor was it in their system. Getting home and looking them up on the web, I discovered to my surprise that they're a Melbourne band and the album is their newly released debut. The only place I could find to buy the album was their own website and I've just ordered it.
The CD is $19 including postage & handling within Australia. You can sample the music at Amie Street, my favourite music download store, and if you can work out how to buy the mp3 version, it's only US$2.20 (it seems to be unavailable to Australian accounts, or maybe there's a glitch with my computer or their website). Otherwise, you can also download it from iTunes ($16.99).
The band's Facebook site describes them as:
a Melbourne quartet, salvaged from the tangled threads of Brunswick's derelict knitting mills. Their songs wander somewhere between folk noir and "Twin Peaks-style dark country" (Inpress). Creaking violin, chiming electric guitar and percussion. Dark and dulcet.I'm no music reviewer but I can't argue that. I'd describe the sound as most closely resembling Mazzy Star - a sort of haunting New York sound. I'm looking forward to receiving the album and adding it to my iPod Touch.