Hidden Shoal Recordings [HSR] are an independent music label based out of Perth, Western Australia. It is run by a very small group of creatives [which includes my good friend Stuart Medley]. They are responsible for basically everything from the signing to packaging design. HSR has been going since 2006 and currently has 41 or so bands on its roster. Great effort in such a short period.
HSR has a big international listening body and they get a lot play on Perth’s RTR-FM station. In terms of sound and character, HSR describe on their website that: ‘Hidden Shoal Recordings’ current catalogue includes releases that slip between the edges of experimental ambient work, shoegazing pop, post-rock and indie rock. The label has earned a reputation for releasing exciting and engaging new independent music unbound by genre or style. Hidden Shoal Recordings was recently chosen as one of the top ten favourite labels of 2007 by Textura magazine and has been dubbed “This generations 4AD” by prominent New York radio host DJ Mojo.” [HSR]
One of the groups signed to HSR is Stuart’s own My Majestic Star, fronted by Chris Mason. A four-piece group which is described as: “Shades of ambience flow into moments of shoegaze rock, turning through melancholic piano arcs and following the well-trodden path of obscure narrative. No manifesto, no thesis, no all-encompassing mantra. Just experimentation with guitars, keyboards and samplers, and a feeling that music should, in some instances, be allowed to evolve as an entity of itself.” [MMS about]
MMS have just released their third album, I Haven’t Got It In Me, which has been met with strong reviews. The second track from the album, Crampling, is available from free d/l on the HSR site. Give it a go and if you enjoy it, buy the album. D/l free track here
It is alway great to come across new music and labels and to support those independents which don’t have the stacks of money that facilitates big exposure. I like that any discovery such as this label particularly feels like it destined to be. Consequentially you feel honoured to share in their musical love by being part of a small but informed community and spreading around what they have to offer.
To get a greater sense of other artists on the label, you can download 5 different HSR Sampler from their site. [link to d/l and store]
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