May 20th, 2022

Annie Hamilton

Today, adored Eora/Sydney-based musician, visual artist and designer Annie Hamilton unveils her long-awaited debut album, the future is here but it feels kinda like the past, available on digital and vinyl formats through PIAS. The release is accompanied by visualisers for each of the album tracks.

Obsessed with memory, dream worlds, fantasies and parallel realities, the future is here but it feels kinda like the past is a transportive, mystical journey that traces the contours of a balmy, high summer night, from the muggy, red-dirt afternoons that give way to electric blue twilights, through the navy-black nights sporadically, breath-takingly lit up by the whip of treacherous forked lightning, dissolving into warm, fuzzy mornings that sit perched on the window-sill of reality, another day. Sonically and thematically, the future is here but it feels kinda like the past lives in these listless hours of liminal consciousness, a self-contained, through-the-looking-glass universe where time becomes elastic, memories blur imperceptibly into one another and seeds of deep emotional truth come to you in surreal, warped imagery.

Synthetic yet raw, polished yet organic, digital yet gritty, Annie Hamilton’s debut studio full-length hangs suspended in time, cast between a past that is irrecoverable and a future that is seemingly never arriving. Maybe this promised future will never arrive, but, then again, maybe we don’t want it to anyway – maybe we want something else. Maybe, as so many did throughout the pandemic, we would rather turn backwards towards nostalgia, elsewhere towards escapism.

“It’s about the passing of time,” explains Hamilton, “how sometimes it flies by and sometimes it drags on forever and we’re always looking ahead wanting something more or wallowing in nostalgia, stuck in a past that probably wasn’t as good at the time as we remember it… the sense that the grass is always greener. The sense that there is never enough time to do everything that we want to do, or the feeling that we should have done more with the time that has already passed.”

Working on her own, in collaboration with co-producers Pete Covington and Jake Webb (Methyl Ethel), and featuring contributions from Jenny McCullagh and Rosie Fitzgerald (I Know Leopard), Matt Mason (DMA’s) and Luke Davison (The Preatures), the future is here but it feels kinda like the past collects little moments of emotionality, snapshots now perfectly preserved in time forever.

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March 8th, 2022

Sydney-based-multidisciplinary-artist Annie Hamilton today announces her long-awaited debut album, the future is here but it feels kinda like the past, out May 20 on PIAS, also sharing latest single “Night Off.” 

“Nothing is the way that it’s meant to be, the world is ending, but it doesn’t matter because it’s your night off and you’re texting your crush. I wanted this song to capture the energy of sparks flying, the giddiness, the butterflies – full of imperfections but more alive than ever,” Hamilton shares. “This song arrived thick and fast one night last year in between lockdowns – I wrote and recorded the whole thing in the space of a few hours. Usually I edit lyrics, rearrange and re-record parts over and over again, but this song had a sense of urgency to it that I didn’t want to touch, so I left it exactly as it was, apart from the later addition of drums by Luke Davison (The Preatures) recorded remotely from his home studio during lockdown.”

The third single previewed off of Hamilton’s forthcoming debut LP, “Night Off” following the previously shared “Electric Night” and “Exist.”

“Night Off” is accompanied by a hallucinatory, kaleidoscopic video directed and edited by Jordan Kirk (XingerXanger) with cinematography by Robert Agostino.

“I had the concept for the video floating around in my head for a long time but hadn’t quite figured out how to execute it. I wanted to construct a swirling frenzied fantasy world within the confines of a one-shot video set on the staircase of my house, to convey the feeling of hovering somewhere in the space between reality, memory and fantasy,” says Hamilton, “I pitched the idea to Jordan and luckily he was into it – I knew his style would bring the perfect dark, surreal element into the mix to balance out the DIY craftiness of the props. I made hundreds of cardboard cutouts of bats, raindrops, lightning bolts, moths, stars and moons and enlisted a bunch of friends to be puppeteers – the shoot was chaotic and hilarious and perfectly matches the woozy rawness, imperfection and spontaneity of the song.”

Video director Jordan Kirk adds: “I love music videos with a strong and simple theme, and I was drawn to Annie’s initial concept due to this. I believe that working within limits helps creativity, and knew that we would be able to stick to her idea, while heightening it with the right lighting, shooting techniques and editing to achieve the crackling darkness and urgency that is present in the track.”

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February 11th, 2022

Ferris & Sylvester

Ferris & Sylvester share “Breadwinner,” the latest track from their forthcoming debut album Superhuman, out March 11 via PIAS.

“This song is a celebration of feeling lost. Of not knowing where you’re going or how to get what you want. Of working hard in your work life and your love life, and getting little reward,” says Ferris & Sylvester. “You imagined your life would be like an indie film, where boy meets girl and everyone lives in cool loft apartments. Instead life is more like an unseen episode of Peep Show. The truth is, everyone is in it together. There is an odd human comfort in that and it deserves to be celebrated. That is what Breadwinner is for.”

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September 23rd, 2021

What is the Arts Lead Sheet? It is a resource for finding grants, jobs, opportunities in the arts. It started as an ad-hoc e-mail list a few years. We are now bringing it back as a feature on FEMMUSIC. It is not restricted to music but encompasses all of the arts. Miss something? Look at the archives at: 

https://femmusic.com/wp/index.php/category/the-arts-lead-sheet/

Grants

Denver Arts & Venues: CARES Grants – September 24, 2021 – 6pm MST

https://artsandvenues.submittable.com/submit/201970/2021-denver-cares-artist-application

https://www.artsandvenuesdenver.com/covid-support/cares-arts-culture-restart-recovery-fund

Jobs

TedX Mile High –  Executive Director – Colorado

https://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com/opportunities/1002?mc_cid=d7cb8f495b&mc_eid=a8bb9eb4f8

Assistant to Senior Booking Agent – Sydney

https://thebrag.com/jobs/ad/assistant-to-senior-booking-agent/

Sales Account Manager – Sydney

https://thebrag.com/jobs/ad/sales-account-manager-contract-role/

Junior WordPress/PHP Developer – Sydney

https://thebrag.com/jobs/ad/junior-wordpress-php-developer/

Project Manager – Sydney

https://thebrag.com/jobs/ad/project-manager/

Opportunities

SeriesFest Season 8 Submissions

https://www.seriesfest.com/pilot-competitions

Events

Music Policy Form – Hurricane Ida Recovery + King County’s New $20M Relief Package – Sept 24, 2021 – 2-3pm EST

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-policy-forum-live-september-24th-2021-tickets-175952668167

Colorado Music Business Organization – COMBO – Collect Your Sound Exchange Royalties – Sept 27, 2021 – 7pm MST

https://www.coloradomusic.org/

New Music USA: What are the components of a thriving ecosystem for new music? – Sept 29, 2021 – 5:30-7pm EST

https://www.eartaxifestival.com/professional-development/event-two-gyenh-985df-3h2ke-x2gxw-lgy4y

New Music USA:  Dissolving Paradigms: Aspiring Towards a Free and Inclusive Flow of Ideas, Influences, and Innovation in the Arts  – Sept 30, 2021 – 6-7:30pm CT

https://www.eartaxifestival.com/professional-development/event-two-gyenh-985df-3h2ke-x2gxw-lgy4y-gftjz

BYXXINX Syn Camp – Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2021 – Los Angeles, CA

https://www.byaginc.com/

https://www.facebook.com/byxxinc/

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