Falling Down The Stairs 7"

by Blank Realm

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NGL021, Edition of 500 copies

(Due to problems with the pressing, which were left unresolved by the pressing plant, this 7” is being sold as one sided. Exile in the Terrarium can be played but may cause harm to your needle. Play at your own risk.) - Bruce Saltmarsh/Easter Bilby


Blank Realm's first full length 7" (following their one-sided induction into our Jukebox Singles Club) sees them fire up an arcane, acoustic take on the much-loved NZ skewered pop sound on A-side. B-side "Exile in the Terrarium" plugs in the electric guitar for an elongated trip into psych/rock miasma, somewhere between Michael Yonkers and White Heaven. (Brendon Annesley/Negative Guest List)

To be honest I didn't get the gushing praise heaped on these Brisbane guys when they first started out. The early prog and psych stuff I heard was good, but not earth shattering, like so many people in Melbourne wanted you to believe. The two tracks on this new single are a pretty big step up though. They've ditched the drone for prettier pop on 'Falling Down the Stairs' with Sarah's bright synth and Luke's Flying Nun-like guitar. Probably my favourite Aussie pop song of recent times. The B-side 'Exile in the Terrarium' goes back to more psych/bean bag territory. (Tim Scott/Mess and Noise)

If you’re not yet discretely dancing to ‘Falling Down The Stairs’ and think I’m hyping this record because Blank Realm are some of the nicest dudes in Brisbane’s music scene, then think again. These guys have learnt pop. Gone is the drone from previous releases and in place a formula that will appeal to more than noise kids who already hold Blank Realm in such high esteem – verse, chorus, verse, chorus. It’s a song for everyone. Making these two tracks even more accessible is the hi-fidelity recordings, and the brightness of guitarist Luke’s twelve-string and synth player Sarah’s melodies now really ‘shining’ through the mix. That’s not even a pun about this being an essential summer record. (The Thousands Brisbane)

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released December 14, 2011

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