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Listen: Leaving – Modern Version

Modern Version

Leaving is the solo project of Perth’s Rupert Thomas, a sparse counterpoint to the more directly expressive forms of music he has contributed to as a part of Erasers and Split Level. ‘Modern Version’ was recorded on a four-track tape recorder earlier this year, and while it doesn’t retain the ragged shapes that often follow the four-track, it seems to have been an influential medium. There’s a sparsity here that’s surprisingly gripping.

Like most good ambient music, ‘Modern Version’ is unlikely to remind anyone of anything in particular. It recalls little more than whatever lies in the most absent recess of your mind at the time of listening. Listening to ‘Modern Version’ gave me a fleeting taste of what having an appreciable attention span must feel like – it was pretty comforting.


‘Modern Version’ appears ahead of an LP to be released at the end of this year on Perth label Pouring Dream.

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Listen: Erasers – This Stays On My Mind


Erasers has always come across as Western Australia’s answer to Fabulous Diamonds. ‘This Stays On My Mind’ doesn’t do much to change that impression: Rebecca Orchard’s nonchalant, doing-her-tax-while-watching-Stateline vocal demeanor still sounds a lot like Nisa Venerosa, and the instrumentation is pretty similar too.

Still, there’s room for two bands like this, especially when most bands in Australia sound like Wavves or Vampire Weekend. And there are elements here that distinguish Erasers: the almost schmaltzy but unaccountably effective electric guitar line drives this track alarmingly close to latter-day Pink Floyd at times, but most will prefer to blame it on German influences.

‘This Stays On My Mind’ is Erasers’ first release since last year’s Twin Spurs EP, which explored a more sedated, new age realm. No word on a longer release to come as yet.

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Listen: Leaving – Endless Paths


Leaving is the solo ambient synth concern of Perth resident Rupert Thomas. He’s released at least three digital and cassette EPs under this name, including 2012’s free-to-download New Needs. Thomas is also one half of Erasers, who released a tape and 7 inch a couple of years ago and then disappeared, so I’m assuming they’re no more (please correct me if I’m wrong).

‘Endless Path’ is a newish track which doesn’t appear on any official release as far as I can discern, but it’s worth a listen and a $0.00 download.