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"Outerwaves Remixes Emma Louise’s “Boy”"

What are the chances that two artists would meet at the CMJ Music Marathon earlier this year and end up creating beautiful music together? Like, actual music. Calm down. Well, that’s what happened with singer Emma Louise and producer Outerwaves. The two Australians met in NYC in October, which led to Outerwaves remixing Louise’s song “Boy” into a rhythmically chopped-up, vocally floating dream.

Check out the original track below, and download the Outerwaves remix for free here. - CMJ


"OUTERWAVES + RANBOW CHAN: GRAINS VOL 1"

Brisbane-based artist collective and vinyl imprint Silo Arts are proud to launch the first release from their Grains series, a limited edition collection of 7” vinyl records, showcasing some of the finest talent in Australia’s flourishing electronic music scene. For the first edition, the tastemakers over at Silo HQ have selected Brisbane’s Outerwaves and Sydney’s Rainbow Chan to submit a song each for the release.

Outerwaves’ track, “Good Inwards” is a playful adventure that pangs of happy, youthful nostalgia. With bubbling synth lines, children speaking, and soaring vocals, it makes for a great example of the cutesy psychedelic style that he has become known for. The video features the work of Brisbane-based kinetic artist Michael Candy. It reflects a psychedelic sea-party as a tongue in cheek reference to the sea punk genre. Michael’s love for robotics and electronics are clearly on display here, with all of the characters in the clip being controlled via remote controls, motors, and levers. - Live For The Funk


"Outerwaves - Big Cats"

Outerwaves is a solo producer from Brisbane, also part of the Silo collective. This is one of the greatest tracks I've heard to come from our shores in a long time. Let it's sitar riddled energy inspire you. - East to West


"Premiere Listen :: New Outerwaves and Rainbow Chan"

Today was one of those days when the early bird catches the worm. Those of you listening to Up For It with Sally Knight were treated to the first-ever listen to two gorgeous new tracks from our beloved Sydney darling Rainbow Chan and Brisbane beat-master Outerwaves.

Thankfully, however, all ye stumbling-out-of-bed-at-10am late birds can still get in on this tasty-ass worm too: we have the songs right here for your streaming pleasure.

The tracks mark the release of ‘Grains Vol. 1’: the first in a new series of limited edition 7” vinyl records, courtesy of Brisbane artist collective and vinyl imprint Silo Arts. Grains focuses on hand-picked home-grown electronic music, and this debut split release has set the bar high for the rest of the series.

Outerwaves has rounded up the kids for his track “Good Inwards”, channeling youthful nostalgia with some kindergarten vocalists and bubbling synth lines. The clip features the work of Brisbane-based kinetic artist Michael Candy. It stars an adorable cast of origami sea creatures, dancing like punk-ass little puppets at an under-the-sea disco (perhaps they were at our Winter Prom?!) – although we’re told they are actually powered by remote controls, motors and levers. No old-school puppet strings to be seen here!

Rainbow gives us a sweet slow-burner called ‘Rabbit & Fox’ (man, I couldn’t cram more cuteness into that sentence if I tried). With her signature wonky chords and teeny-tiny xylophone charm, this track starts out quietly and builds to something glorious. Rainbow’s beautiful, glassy vocals and a brooding string section charge this song with enough emotion to light a room, or perhaps bring it to tears.

The accompanying video is a stunning contemporary dance piece filmed in a quirky lo-fi style, which was shot at Asquith Girls’ High and directed by Puppet Spider (Matt Corby, kyu). Check out both videos for yourself here, thanks to our friends over at Pedestrian.tv. - FBi Radio Sydney


"PREMIERE: Rainbow Chan and Outerwaves"

Thanks to our pals at the Brisbane based vinyl imprint and artist collective Silo Arts Pedestrian is proud to present the kooky visual iterations of two tracks from an upcoming split seven inch between Brisbane’s Outerwaves and Sydney’s Rainbow Chan. Reflective of their respective singles, his "Goods Inwards" and her "Rabbit and Fox", Outerwaves (real name: Dom Stephens) goes for hedonistic origami via a deep sea danceteria rendered in paper folds while Rainbow Chan (real name: Rainbow Chan) takes the more sombre approach, adding Pina-style dance skills to a repertoire which includes consummate beat making and world class Cardigans covers. Watch 'em both below. - Pedestrian.TV


"Outerwaves / Rainbow Chan: Grains Vol. 1 (Split 7 Inch)."

Delicious pop vibes coming straight from the opposite side of the planet, Sydney-based Rainbow Chan and Brisbane’s Outerwaves joining forces and splitting sides for the first edition of Grains, “a limited edition collection of 7 inch vinyl records, showcasing some of the finest talent in Australia’s flourishing electronic music scene”, in the words of the curating label Silo Arts. Both contributions are excellent indeed, with Outerwaves’ Dominic Stephens delivering an appealing piece of outré electronics with an attractive slice of deranged croon, gently chopped up and screwed. Rainbow Chan on the flip side opts for the more introspective, careful approach, “Rabbit & Fox” being a friendly if sad, beautifully strumming ballade, complete with a four-string arrangement and subsequently spiced-up by a subtly distorted drum machine pattern.

Grains Volume 1 is out today on hand-cut, crystal-clear vinyl in an edition of 75. Order one of the lovely copies over here. - No Fear of Pop


Discography

Goods Inwards - Split 7" Vinyl (Silo Arts)
[Played throughout Australia on Triple J, FBi Radio, 3RRR, 4ZZZ]

Jonathon Boulet - You're You're A Animal (Outerwaves Hydrogen Jukebox Remix) (Feral Media)
[leading single from FBi Radio's album of the week]

Cosmic Trigger - 2 Track EP (Silo Arts)
[Played throughout Australia on Triple J, FBi Radio, 3RRR, 4ZZZ]

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Bio

Outerwaves is the name of Australian producer Dominic Stephens. Compared to Gold Panda, Shlohmo and Neon Indian, Outerwaves embraces playful psychadelia, and alternative pop stylings.

After a stellar performance at The Aussie BBQ for CMJ's 2012 Music Marathon, clocking up releases on Brisbane based boutique vinyl imprint Silo Arts, and Sydney-via-New-York label Feral Media, Outerwaves is putting final touches on a debut album, due out early 2013.

The tracks are littered with field recordings, soaring vocals, and hip hop beats, coming together to create a blissful, left-of-centre pop experience.