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Carlton North, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

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May 7, 2010
Watchoutfor.com.au - Album Review
Great Deeds Against the Dead
Chris Wood

Melbourne’s Gosteleradio are an interesting concept. Formed as a side-project from Plug-In-City and TTT (formerly known as Tic-Toc Tokyo), these three lads have managed to cultivate a soundscape that defies the traditional three-piece format.

Their debut album, Great Deeds Against The Dead, and is brimming with mind-blurring fantasy-driven musical arrangements. Upon the first listen, you get the feeling as though they bunkered down in a blue mountains hideaway subsisting on a strict diet of cheap booze, cigarettes and Pink Floyd. Regardless of how it was made, however, Great Deeds Against The Dead is quite simply put, a memorable sonic journey.

Opening with Crimean War Song, you are immediately enveloped by the ethereal sounds and concepts of the dreamy sequences formed by the instruments. The prelude to Tilted Bride bites at the heels of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and its deeply formed interludes, and the real song very much lives up to its formidible introduction.

Apart from their actual songwriting talents, one of Gosteleradio’s greatest songwriting attributes is their ability to innervate the more pop-inclined material with an honest fabric of hazy interludes that cover vast expanses of time and space.

Guilotine is the standout epic with the lyrics seemingly lost in amongst a sea of hypnotic dreariness. The Reprisal is vigourously progressive, much in the way of the Beach Boys and more recently, Animal Collective have attacked traditional conventions with harmony-driven song-writing, while Elysian Fields punches in with its overwhelmingly catchy pop-ness. A Thousand Ships brings to mind Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon with it’s precision vocal harmony’s and organ precence to match.

The similarities with sounds of Floyd are definitely present on Great Deeds Against The Dead, but it’s such a great collection of songs that the unique flavour and less pervasive influences are able to be enjoyed. As a first album too, you would assume that a development of sounds will take palce over subsequent releases, so any worries of unorginality are firmly misplaced. The arrangements aren’t there completely, but the signs are evident on Great Deeds Against The Dead that Gosteleradio do have the potential to create even more genre-blending music for a long time.


April 28, 2010
The Age (Melbourne) Magazine - Album Review
Gosteleradio
Great Deeds against the Dead
Chris Johnston

Taking their name from the body that once governed radio in the old Soviet Union, excellent Melbourne indie three-piece Gosteleradio is a side-project for brothers Ben and Josh Strong from Plug-In City and Marty Umanski from the band TTT. Guest vocals here are by Oliver Mann, a fine local singer. And what a great, richly conceptualised album full of finesse and courage it is. The songs and long and search for peaks which often come but also regularly morph unexpectedly. The feel is dramatic, polished wayward pop; the spirit of Pink Floyd – think “Money”, “Comfortably Numb”, “Us and Them”, “Wish you were here”, “Shine on you Crazy Diamond” and “Goodbye Blue Sky” – runs rampant here, with liberal doses also of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, especially in the voices. Lyrical themes seem military and kind of Napoleanic. Advancing armies and twilights and such. Which is odd. But, still, a great sounding record.


April 23, 2010
Soulshine Album Review
Gosteleradio - Great Deeds Against the Dead
Richard Wilson

Gosteleradio have created something unique in Great Deeds Against The Dead. Modern without being unsophisticated, layered without sounding excessive, calm without being subdued. It's indie pop without being a blatant attempt to find hooks. The hooks are there of course, but they come to life naturally.

The mood is set with the opening track Crimean War Song, a pacemaker for what is largely an ethereal feeling album, owing to the recurring organ and echoey lead guitar. Liberal use of synth and vocal effects contribute to create distant, other-worldly soundscapes with tracks that slowly melt into one warm ball as the album unfolds, and piano and acoustic guitars appear from time to time, usually low in the mix to just add a textured sound here or there.

Instrumentals make up three of the eleven tracks on Great Deeds Against The Dead, in a manner that's not dissimilar to the early release of The Panics, where instrumentals are used to reinforce the overall texture and mood of the album. Built up steadily by its three-minute instrumental intro The Troubles, Guillotine peaks to achieve grandeur without grandiose. This drawn-out crescendo technique is used to great effect twice more with the other two instrumentals on the album.

At two minutes, the subtly upbeat Elysian Fields (ill-gotten gains), is an immediate standout; perhaps the only thing lacking is length. Fleshed out for a minute or two longer there's a lot tha - SEVERAL


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Gosteleradio

"Gosteleradio remind me of how it feels to doze off in the late-afternoon sun and then wake suddenly from a troubling dream. A clammy film of sweat across your forehead and the back of your neck. Your head still thick with weird, half-remembered images. The aftertaste of dread.

Or as a child, when your parents put you to bed at a party. Falling asleep in an unfamiliar room, to muffled music and the murmur of conversation. Feeling both comforted and adrift on the periphery of the adult world."

- Mel Campbell

Gosteleradio began as a studio project for Ben and Josh Strong in early 2009. The brothers started writing songs in a series of Melbourne rehearsal rooms and apartments. The idea to turn these proggy, disjointed sessions into a cohesive, fully independent album quickly developed.

In June, good friend Marty Umanski was brought in to perform live drumming duties. Marty instantly transformed Gosteleradio from a studio project for Ben and Josh to a functioning three-piece band.

Gosteleradio released their debut album, Great Deeds Against the Dead, in May 2010. A lustrous pop record with dreamy, harmony-drenched choruses layered on clouds of synths, guitar and bass, the record has been featured on Edge Radio (Hobart), Three D Radio (Adelaide) and SYN FM (Melbourne), and has received rave reviews ("stunning", "absolutely bone chilling", "a remarkable sonic journey").