2016 review: May

In May, we launched our debut album into the world.  It came out on digital and tape, both of which are available here as well as the usual streaming and digital places, as well as a few record shops around the Seattle area.  Here’s the awesome video for Transpose that kept our friend Tessa busy for half a year, but which won her a Vimeo staff pick for her first animation –

2016 review: April

With our album release locked in for May, we worked on our special launch live set.  A note on these: people tend to slate electronic music live for being “hit play” or whatever, or that there’s no particular skill or effort that goes into playing.  They might have a point, it is possible to just hit play and then spend the next hour occasionally pressing a button so that it looks like you’re doing something.  The thing about playing electronic music live is that there is a near infinite number of ways to do this, so there is a near-infinite spectrum that ranges from press play, have a beer, whatever, right through to improvising everything on the spot.  For our own part, we have spent the last few years constantly thinking through what it means to play live, and how to present something that is on the one side manageable enough for one person with two hands to play, but on the other side, has enough spontaneity and improvisation to make it fun.  For the last couple of years, we’ve done a full a/v set where possible, which places certain parameters on the way the set has to be laid out given the limitations we have (amount of hands, amount of RAM).  As well as this, the visual component especially takes a long time to prepare.  In this case basically all of our free time for two and a half months.  We did that specifically so that we could present a single hour of music the way that we wanted to present it.  And it was worth it.

2016 review: March

My memory is not great so I’ll be honest, I’m getting most of the info for this from Instagram.  March seems to be therefore… a time spent eating burgers.  I’m sure it was fun.  We also started demo’ing stuff for our second LP whilst waiting for the release of the first.

Hello 2017

Goodbye 2016, the year that everyone hated, in which we failed to make a single website post.  Let’s try harder in 2017.

ICYMI – we released an album.  You can get it here, on digital or a very fetching cassette.

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“As Super Magic Hats, Melbourne’s Rob Masterton has begun to explore a Caribou-like territory of gleefully catchy melodies and psychedelic wooziness in his productions. The approachability and orderliness of Masterton’s one-syllable samples lends a pop sensibility and stuttering summertime energy to his work, which has earned him airtime on BBC 6 and a featured spot for “Happy Jazz” on Bleep’s unsigned track compilation, Filtered.” – XLR8R (USA)

“One of the brightest new electronic acts out of Melbourne” – East to West Blog (Aus)

“Vibrant and energetic electronics are draped over skillfully chopped vocal samples which swiftly carry the track into a blissful momentum. It’s too good to be only enjoyed once.” – Hearing Gold (Can), on “Because of You”

 

Super Magic Hats is a Melbourne-based musician and producer whose work embraces melody, noise and experimentation.  Super Magic Hats’ sound is based around a sample-everything mentality and a love of unusual instruments and gadgets, underpinned with a gentle irreverence and playfulness, and glued together with intricate edits, delicately placed details, and washes of reverb and delay.

Super Magic Hats emerged on the Melbourne scene in mid-2011, when tracks Happy Jazz and Hangin’ were picked up by blogs and radio and received airplay on Triple J and Triple R. Out of 4,000 entries, Happy Jazz was selected by Bleep.com as a winner of their Filtered competition for unsigned tracks, achieving more blog love and play on BBC Radio 6 along the way.

Making a live debut at Revolver in September 2011, Super Magic Hats has gone on to play many legendary venues around Melbourne and interstate, supporting Rufus, The Kite String Tangle and Shigeto amongst others.  His live set has developed into something both polished and chaotic, as improvised structures and live instrumentation bring tracks to life.

Super Magic Hats’ first EP was self-released in March 2013 supported by an East Coast tour, his second EP was released on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records in October 2014, and his third and latest EP was released on Tanukineiri in Feburary 2015.

Super Magic Hats’ music has been used in commercials and syncs for a range of clients including Melbourne Fashion Week and United Airlines, and Super Magic Hats has recently delivered presentations on Ableton for live performance to the Ableton User Group Melbourne and RMIT.

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