The Sound Platform The Sun & Silver Anthology: Volume 5 Battle Music
Article written by
Ged M - Jul 2, 2012
The Anthology collects the work of various Melbourne and Geelong musicians between 1992 and 1995, under the names Thee Vinyl Creatures, The Sound Platform and the Wells Collective, marshalled mainly by Darren Smallman of Australian label Low Transit Industries. There are 5 volumes in total, representing 68 songs, all of which will be released though http://www.sunsilveranthology.com and
available on iTunes. But we’ve been sent Volume 5, performed by the Sound Platform (so dating from 1999-2005). We don’t know most of the musicians, who’ve performed with bands like Dishpan Fingers and SubAudible Hum, but we recognise The Ladybug Transistor’s Sasha Bell, whose records were released in Australia by Low Transit Industries, and whose vibrantly vocalled ‘Summer Something’ is especially memorable. Other songs are a real mix, as you might expect from a collaborative work from that period, from scratchy no-fi indiepop to psych-pop (‘She Don’t Own The Moon’) and whizzy synth-pop with a Super Furry twist (‘There’s No Rock In My Heart’). After Sasha’s effort, the standout track is the fuzzy indiepop of ‘Golden City Sunshine’ that seems to channel both Stereolab and Hawkwind.
There’s nothing exactly new here (I also hear traces of ELO, 70s rock and Britpop on various tracks) but this is DIY in the best sense of independent music. Even if it’s just a pleasant diversion it’s well worth dipping into – I’ll definitely be browsing Volumes 1-4 next.