Swampland Magazine Issue 5
Swampland is your home for stellar longform stories about Australian music, young and old. Issue 05 engages Australian musos and institutions from all areas on the island continent and around the globe.
In the issue:
• Journalist Jack Latimore pens our cover story on Baker Boy, an Australian rapper dubbed the “Fresh Prince of Arnhem land”, who was responsible for penning the first track in an indigenous language to crack triple j’s Hottest 100.
• Writer and editor of Difficult Fun, Tiarney Miekus, revisits a time that MySpace, Flickr and collective memory only seems to archive: Brisbane’s experimental sound collective and performance night: Audiopollen Social Club.
• Journalist Rachael Hocking takes you to the Central Australian Desert of the ’80s, with a history of CAAMA Music—Australia’s oldest-run indigenous music studio and recording label.
• Writer, photographer, and editor of Liminal, Leah Jing, pens a celebration of one contemporary choir that is changing the face of what a “choir” looks like with an essay on the Pasefika Vitoria Choir. The choir brings together the songlines of Melbourne’s Pacific diasporas, and re-kindles traditional Pacific language and culture without the strictures of traditional choirs.
• Photographer and writer George Downing interviews Jack Grace in one of Paris’s oldest Romanesque churches, charting music education in a Conservatory, the rejection of that, and the curiosity of ‘celebrity’ as a contemporary musician.
• PHD Candidate Léna Molnar talks to synth afficionados Nun, drawing together ruminations on social welfare, 20th-century humanistic utopias, and the strange promises of the geodesic dome.
• Artist and DJ Daisy Catterall engages the wonderful Ngaiire, on motherhood, the expectations placed on female vocalists, and the cultural resonances between artists of the Pacific diaspora.
• Artist Leah Teschendorff talks of a curious link between Australia and Spain’s Basque Country with a treatise on Bang! Records, a curious record label that has championed European and Australian independent acts for two-decades.
• A number of performers, writers, curators, and cultural warriors give us their thoughts on how Sydney has or hasn’t shifted after the introduction of the city’s “lockout laws” in 2014. These mini-essays present an interesting take on the literature that has surfaced from all areas for-and-against, and present a body of opinion that runs contrary to what’s normally been offered. Featuring: Amelia Jenner (FBi Radio, Body Promise, NECTAR), Justin Tam (Sydney Opera House, Eternal Dragonz), Max Easton (Tempered), Gayatri Nair (Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement), and Triana Hernandez (Thickwave).
Photos to devour:
• Primavera 2018 artist, Hayley Millar-Baker takes prescient portraits our coverstar, Baker Boy.
• Bec Capp gives us a sumptuous photo essay charting Australia’s central desert region.
• Athena Thebus travels to NSW’s southern coast to visit Ngaiire at home.
• Kalindy Williams looks into an oculus to give us supernatural views of Nun.
• In one of Paris’s oldest Romanesque churches, Jack Grace sits for portraits courtesy of George Downing.
• A touching collection of portraits of the Pasefika Vitoria Choir come courtesy of Leah Jing.
• Reflections on the work of the Basque-based record label Bang! Records see us delve into the archives of Ross Coulter, Matthew T Ellery, Jess McCann, and Stephen Boxshall.