Various Artists – “Bloom and Simmer”

Ah yes! If you are looking for a compilation this is the one to get. Bloom and Simmer is the inaugural compilation from the Remote Control label and features twenty one unreleased tracks from artists on their roster. The well is far from dry considering the depth of talent on their roster and it makes you wonder what gold nuggets they could have included to make it a double disc.

The compilation is a celebration of community, connexion and creativity featuring twenty one tracks you’ve never heard before from the Remote Control Records family of artists. This is the music they make when they’re not making music; a dive beneath the waves, a journey off the beaten path, a glimpse behind the curtain.

Bands and artists that we have come to love and treasure such as Methyl Ethel, Jeremy Neale, Jess Ribeiro, Carla Geneve, Jess Locke make some awesome contributions to this compilation but it is the likes of up and comers Sunbeam Sound Machine and HANDSOME featuring Essie Holt that makes you go wow, that was amazing.

But wait! That’s not all! The Dorsal Fins Heart On The Floor (Live At Newmarket) is fantastic and this band deserves far more attention. Siberian Tiger cover the free spirited Gillian Welch classic Everything Is Fine famously. The story behind Wolf & Cub’s The Watcher is a good one and fortunately for fans this didn’t get left behind on a hard drive for a Record Store Day Release that didn’t eventuate. The acoustic version of Ramona by Velociraptor is tops and honourable mention goes to Sui Zhen boldly taking on a Alanis Morrissette hit All I Really Want from the Jagged Little Pill album. So many great songs for one compilation!

Album Review By Rob Lyon

Track Listing

  1. Methyl Ethel – Holy Days
  2. HANDSOME feat. Essie Holt – The Walker
  3. Carla Geneve – Red Rocks
  4. Sunbeam Sound Machine – Worry Wart
  5. Obscura Hail – Martyr
  6. Gena Rose Bruce – Upper Hand
  7. Jess Ribeiro – Ghost
  8. Sui Zhen – All I Really Want (Alanis Morissette covered for Sissy Screens)
  9. Huntly – Tempelhof (Ahm’s Saviour Remix)
  10. friendships feat. Yaw Faso & thelovelyme – Purebred Dogs (friendships VIP)
  11. Milwaukee Banks – Hold the Phone
  12. Ryan Downey – Good Time Girl
  13. Dorsal Fins – Heart on the Floor (Live at Newmarket)
  14. Soaked Oats – Houdini (Live at The Others Way 2019)
  15. Jess Locke – Change Anything
  16. Siberian Tiger – Everything is Free
  17. Jeremy Neale – Doom and Terrorise
  18. Wolf & Cub – The Watcher
  19. Velociraptor – Ramona (Acoustic)
  20. Gabriella Cohen – Let’s Stay and Look At The Moon (Demo)
  21. Black Cab – Empire States (Live in Sydney)
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