Community 3 - a compilation of Hobart music

by Various Artists

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This is a Rough Skies Records release – RSKYR 009

17 strange and striking recordings from Hobart music's radical fringe, itself made up of at least 17 separate and competing radical fringes. Many of these tracks are exclusive to this compilation; all are exclusive to this never-understood, never-estimated city. These singers and players are your new Tasmanian stereotypes, your fallback heroes when all others have failed you, your imaginary boyfriends and girlfriends to brag about to your incredulous classmates, your "How can you call me xenophobic? I listen to HEAPS of Tasmanian music".

There is still no common thread to be found here, other than geography and relative obscurity. Fidelity varies wildly, as does instrumentation, as does intent. The songs are informed as much by the ice rink at Franklin Wharf that nobody talks about as by the modern art museum in Berriedale that everybody talks about. If you, like many others, are unable to parse and process musical expression without theme and narrative, may I suggest you pretend that all artists featured are uniting in protest against a particularly odious local government policy, and every lyric and sound condemns it in some oblique way, and imagine what that policy might be. If in empathy you feel the ache of our fictitious oppression, then through these songs you will become emboldened and radicalised, and our work will be done.

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released November 25, 2013

Compiled by Julian Teakle
Mastered by Greg Wadley at Spill Studios
c & p the artists 2013
Art & layout by Brendan Boucher

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