Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cyclic Defrost Review



Here's what Tim Koch had to say for Cyclic Defrost mag:


Purdy - Body Variations (Soft Records) 

Kevin Purdy is somewhat of a Sydney institution with his long history in music production spanning acts such as Tooth and most notable in his solo guise, with a series of mysterious and wonderful audio documents over the past ten years.
Body Variations is a forty minute exercise in psyched-out and delightfully dusty cinematic pop. In some ways a return to the tone and feel of his 2004 pop ubermensch Fairytale Insurance,  
Body Variations is refreshingly idiosyncratic and freeform. I have always interpreted Purdy’s style as an advanced form of melodic-Krautrock, incorporating effective repetition and driving percussion that provides a rock-solid bedrock for deft improvisation and playful melodic movement.
The six minute introductory piece offers the jaunty and playful melodic crux of the whole movement, then seamlessly and startlingly segueways into a wistful yet beautiful cascading groove. Transient two bar loops of static and whirrs appear nestled around the more formed pieces with recurrent melodic motifs developing, then deconstructing. Morse-code-like single note synths chirp away amongst the mix of organic washes of sound and chords.
Unexpected vocal and instrumental sampling introduces what appears to be the second movement, and lingers just long enough to be a very effective transition into a more beat driven jam, only to reduce back to esoteric spookiness and spoken word, with the ever present crackle of vinyl surface-noise.
A Hoedown space jam then briefly ensues before traversing back to the recurring theme of the entire piece (a two part drone-style chord). Fantastic lilting string lines then magically appear (courtesy of Peter Hollo of Fourplay). Said string part is then countered by some more sombre sounding horn parts that offer suitable segway to the second half of the work.
The twenty minute mark heralds a short respite of sorts, with magpies squawking as an introduction to the playful and oddly farmyard/barnyard-themed reprise conjuring up scenes of dusty open roads and endless optimism. The piece eventually retracts to reveal beautiful shards of cello accompanied by flowing monosynth bass runs, motioning toward the thirty minute point that arrives with very clever use of found sound and speech snippets that effectively act like punctuation marks throughout the entire record (something that works startlingly effectively for a concept so deceptively simple).
A more brooding minimal groove then materialises, teasing with its hooks, yet never blooms into full stride, instead managing to intrigue and perplex in the best way possible. Eventually a wonderful dusty groove surfaces, featuring the lilting percussion and ever-playful basslines that remain a colourful feature throughout the whole experience. The ebbing groove subsides to reveal the ever-shimmering cello and piano refrain that concludes the album.
A more satisfying and inventive forty minutes I can not say I have experienced in a very long time, all the more impressive taking into account the improvised feel of a lot of the playing. 
Purdy remains a unique, wonderful and undervalued Australian artist whose repertoire is gradually becoming a stellar pastiche of the melodic, found and or sampled sound, live playing, and very very clever production and arrangement. Body Variations is such a logical and satisfying progression from his Illumination album of 2012, and I for one will wait with delight and anticipation for his next adventure in audio. 

Check Cyclic Defrost for more great stuff!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Story So Far






Body Variations is off to a lovely start. 
The album has received some beautiful reviews, as well many radio features, including: Tim Ritchie's 'Sound Quality', on ABC RN and Andre Calman's 
'The Space Inbetween' on 2SER, Presenting the album in full. 
There were also special features on 'The Art of Bleep' on 3PBS and Jonathon Alley's 'Under the Sun' on 3RRR.

3RRR's current Top 10  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Body Variations arrives!


At last! the new Purdy LP 'Body Variations' has arrived.

Body Variations is a suite, a single work, a song cycle with a reoccurring theme.
A luscious soundtrack to your own private cerebral cinema.
Purdy takes his own progxotic sound techniques to even greater heights with this beauty.
The listener is taken, over the 40 and a bit minute journey to lands of calm, exhilaration, 
beauty, darkness, rocking shapes and signatures bathed in many colors.
This good lookin', chunky, loud, limited edition LP is all yours to have and hold.
It sounds amazing too!
You can buy it through Bandcamp, as well as Title (around the country), Pigeon Ground, Egg Records, Revolve and Red Eye in Sydney. In Melbourne you'll find it at Title and Round and Round Records.
Body Variations is also available as a download through Bandcamp, iTunes and so on.






Australian artist Purdy has just made his 5th solo album entitled 'Body Variations', and it is a song cycle without lyrics. Beguiling and straight forward, it is in the actual time it takes to listen to the whole piece that you find the complexity and treats that make it really worthwhile.

Tim Ritchie ABC RN

Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Purdy track on New Weird Australia Broadcast Four


The wonderful folks at New Weird Australia (formerly of FBi FM fame) and Feral Media have released the 4th release in their radio broadcast series.
This latest mix includes a 'live on the radio' version of the track "First Light Through Mist" by Kevin Purdy, from the 'Illumination' LP.
You can download the album for free at Bandcamp


Thursday, August 23, 2012

August Update

Things have been moving along nicely for our latest release Illumination by Kevin Purdy.
It's been getting some lovely exposure by fine folks such as: Tim Ritchie (Sound Quality Radio National), Paul Gough (Quiet Space Radio National), Peter Hollo (Utility Fog FBi), Evan Carr (Art of Bleep PBS), Stu Buchanan (NWA FBi), Adrian Meade (4ZZZ) and Dr Strange Dub (Echo Chamber KFAI Minneapolis US). Most of these presenters have put up podcasts of their programs.

Check the reviews section for additional niceness.

As mentioned before, lots of new projects on the way.

We've put this track up for free for a while - Enjoy
 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Beginnings

Welcome to the new Soft Records Blog

Due to ongoing difficulties we have moved over to Blogger. We hope you enjoy the new version, we've even been able to put in some Buy Now buttons, so check out the Releases Page.
Lots of stuff on the go here at Soft Records, but most importantly, our most beautiful new release 'Illumination' by Kevin Purdy






 'Illumination' the long-awaited new LP by Kevin Purdy has finally arrived on our shores. This beautiful 140gm vinyl lovely is loud and very good-looking. Kevin has stripped back his multi-layered production style, creating an album of deep and rich textural sound voyages. 
Focusing on his Ebo guitar and synth work, often heard floating around on Tooth and Purdy releases, Kevin has created a wonderous collection of ambient, minimal dub and improvised works. This is essentially a Kevin Purdy solo LP, excepting the last track, 'Cloud Shadows on Hill' which features a vocal performance by the legendary Amanda Stewart (Poet, performer: Machines For Making Sense, Metalog, etc). You can order the LP here or through Bandcamp, where you can alternatively download the album if you wish.You can also get yourself a copy of 'Illumination' in Sydney at Title Music, Egg Records and Red Eye Records, in Melbourne it's available at Round and Round Records in Brunswick. There will be stock in other states soon. All LPs come with a free download card and a specially made sticker.

 Here Above, In Silence - Kevin Purdy