Artists to Watch in 2017: friendships
In 2016, FRIENDSHIPS released an album, toured most of Australia and finally began to receive the recognition they deserve. It was huge for them and it’s quite easy to say that 2017 can only be a bigger year. friendships have a lot to give and there is no slowing down.
friendships is the audio-visual collaboration of Nic Brown and Misha Grace, a pair who have now travelled the world, championing a defining slice of Melbourne’s ever-growing experimental electronic music scene. Their track, ‘The Roof’ is an excellent example of how starkly Australian their music is. It’s a visceral experience – lyrically, production-wise and visually. Telling the story of how Misha fell off a roof in New York and Nic was left to perform alone at international music showcase. The simple way, in which Nic repeats, “Love,” in a dire Australian drawl, is exciting. The uniquely Australian familiarity is more than enough to entice. Yet, it’s the production that is beyond compare, it’s complicated, chaotic and cohesive.
friendships’ album Nullarbor 1988-1989 is an exciting release, featuring the thrilling experimental gems that we have come to expect from friendships. With past releases such as ‘When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder’ and ‘Pedal to the Metal’, Nullarbor 1988-1989 is a showcase of friendships’ consistency and range. The album seeks to investigate and explain space, with the title referring to the physical distance (Nullarbor) between Misha’s and Nic’s childhoods. The album is harsh, enticing and has looming presence. It also features their good friends, Habits and vocals from Yaw Faso and Unsoundbwoy. Nullarbor 1988-1989 is a not to be missed immersive experience of what Australian electronic music can be.
Friendships are definitely a duo to watch, not only releasing music but exhibiting in gallery spaces, pumping out music videos that are always worth the watch and playing at festivals like Paradise and more – they will never disappoint and can only maintain being one of Australian’s coolest electronic acts.
Words by Lloyd Crackett