Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Album Review: January Tapes by Cut Copy (2016)

Cut Copy are electro-pop icons of Australia. The band is  known primarily for glitchy, synth-laden and uplifting beats that are perfect background music for pool-side BBQs in the endless Australian summer. Although quite unexpectedly this September, Cut Copy released a limited edition, 44 minute collection of ambient music entitled the January Tapes. It’s their first…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

An Interview with Dreamy Dark Ambient Ingénue: Pat Moon

Pat Moon is the artist name of 26 year old musician Kate Davis. She’s a busy woman whose record label Track and Field in Portland Oregon is in its third year of existence and pulling in eclectic musical talent from LA, Australia and beyond. Don’t Hide from the Light by Pat Moon is a holy…

Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Who makes the perfect body?

34x25x36 is an off-beat film that looks at who creates the ideal body as a commodity. Norman Glaser of the Patina-V Mannequin Factory in California, has created the perfect woman: she’s tall, slender, and made of plastic. Glaser has the vaguely creepy job of being a mannequin maker, here he candidly talks about manufacturing what he calls…

The cosmic beauty of Cate Le Bon's music will stick to you like lichen

Music Review: The cosmic beauty of Cate Le Bon’s music will stick to you like lichen

Cate Le Bon is a bit like a remixed, post-post-post modern love child of Bjork and David Byrne. She hails from Carmarthenshire in Wales, a sleepy part of Britain with a lot of fond memories in my heart. There's a gentle tinkling and slow-burn epicness to this LP 'Mug Museum' from 2013, which latches onto you…

Every Picture Tells A Story: The magic of Matariki and Māori winter sea navigation

The magic of Matariki and Māori winter sea navigation

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. In Aotearoa Matariki rises in mid-winter–late May or early June.  It traditionally heralds winter solistice in New Zealand or the Māori new year. Matariki translates to the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth,…

The magic of Matariki and Māori winter sea navigation

The Māori and Matariki

Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. In Aotearoa Matariki rises in mid-winter–late May or early June.  It traditionally heralds winter solistice in New Zealand or the Māori new year. Matariki translates to the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth,…

Boring Yet interesting: Drone Music

Drone music doesn't change much in tonality or tempo. The nature of this means that it can confuse some people and attract others. Unlike most other types of music, drone cultivates a unique emotional soundscape that allows people to sink deeply into it. Some drone music is less like a warm fuzzy hug and more…

Grotesque and Fascinating Body Art by Lucy McRae

The Grotesque Body Archetype: Art by Lucy McRae

Make your Maker is a nightmarish, macabre lab setting where experiments drip and flow with gellatinous human body shapes in turquoise and lurid green colours. These body parts are harvested, sliced and then consumed greedily. Artist Lucy McRae's work has been featured in Dazed and Confused, Wallpaper and for advertising with skincare brand Aesop. She…

Welcome to the English Countryside - that's so English it's Japanese

Welcome to the English Countryside – that’s so English it’s Japanese

In Kyushu, Japan you can step into a quaint, cinematic vision of the English Lake District or Cotswalds region parked right in the centre of mountainous Japan. Although all is not as it seems. This place has a distinctly enchanted Harry Potter and Beatrix Potter vibe that will delight and bewilder you. There's a petting zoo,…

Back in the 'noughties' there was a landmark book (Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander) which lampooned all of the pop culture stuff that white people like. Of course, six years on some of these things have changed. Yet a lot still remains the same and speaks volumes about how race, nationality and class all inter-relate.…

Bianchoshock: Setting Up House in the Manholes of Milan

Setting Up House in the Manholes of Milan

Italian Street Artist Biancoshock has lived up to his name by creating a couple of stunning street art installments on the thoroughfairs of Milan in Italy. In a satirical way, this installment shows that when people are forced to seek refuge in foreign countries, with little other than what's on their backs and when forced to live…

Churches, Weeds, Wildflowers and Wonder

Decode ancient manuscripts in this online course about Medieval Spanish Burgos

A new Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) aims to involve people are volunteer historians who are needed to decrypt and decode 1,500 pages of medieval manuscripts from the Cathedral of Burgos (Spain). Even better, there is a Massive Open Online Course that accompanies the process. Read more about it here.  To Won's Father: An Ancient…

The Culinary Cosmos: A Tasty Rendering of the Universe Using Things We Eat

The Culinary Cosmos: A Tasty Rendering of the Universe Using Things We Eat

Creator Navid Baraty is a freelance photographer in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. In his spare time, this certified space geek loves to arrange common Kitchen condiments into strikingly accurate renditions of the cosmos. "I'm a really big space geek. I'll look at NASA images or Hubble images to see how things were placed in the sky, and I try…

Music Prediction: Onuka are Ukrainian #FutureGarage Dynamite

Music Review: Onuka are Ukrainian Future Garage Dynamite

From what I can gather (by way of Google), Onuka aren't really very well known yet in the Western World. Yet this #FutureHouse #Trap #FutureGarage duo from the Ukraine should be better known because they are quite frankly awesome. In the same glimmering stand alone way that Bjork, Jamie XX or Lorde are truly remarkable…

Book Review: The Tao of Winnie the Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (1982)

Book Review: The Tao of Winnie the Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (1982)

The cultural phenomenon of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne (1926) crosses generations and time. Winnie the Pooh still speaks to me as an adult within the adult world. It speaks to the child within and her curiosity and wonder at life. The characters are each archetypes of human desires and fears. Pooh: a certified glutton…

What do the longest living people in the world have in common?

What do the longest living people in the world have in common?

According to a book released in April, entitled Blue Zone Solutions, there's a methodology to living a long and healthy life.  Author of the book Dan Buettner and CEO of the eponymous organisation spent a decade visiting and studying populations or 'Blue Zones' where individuals live inordinately long and healthy lives. There were some common…

Clock at a station

Book of Hours: Eric Gill at Terse

Action is for the sake of contemplation. The active for the sake of the contemplative To labour is to pray. Work is the discipline (the yoga) by means of which The body holds its noise and leaves the soul free a little. Recreation is for the sake of work. Leisure time is for the sake…

Phoenix Rising: How Clothes Transform Women Inside

As the world of fast fashion attests - fashion is important. However cost and consumerism are besides the point. Although the dominant narrative suggests that we women should buy more, consume more in order to be fashionable - it's rather a state of being and artful expression. Clothes can make the woman and have a transformative…

The Festival of Floating Lanterns in Thailand

Book of Hours: Washington Mathews at Lauds

It was the wind that gave them life. It was the wind that comes out of our mouths now that gives us life. When this ceases to blow, we die. In the skin of our fingers we can see the trail of the wind. It shows us where the wind blew when our ancestors were…

Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline

Book of Hours: Po Chü-i at Compline

At night, in my dream, I stoutly climbed the mountain. Going out alone with my staff of holly-wood. A thousand crags, a thousand valleys - In my dream journey none were unexplored And all the while my feet never grew tired And my step was as strong as in my younger days. Can it be…