Electronic: Animals Dancing announce new festival, Nils Frahm is heading our way, and Willow Beats announce send off

New festival alert. The Animals Dancing team (DJs Otologic and Andee Frost) are no strangers to throwing parties – but they’re stepping things up a notch with a three-day festival called Bears Gone Bush this September. The festival site has been locked in at Tallarook, the stomping ground of rock’n’roll festivals Boogie and New Years Evie, about an hour north of Melbourne’s CBD. So far the crew have only dropped three names on the lineup; Powder, Interstellar Funk and Tolouse Low Trax, but have promised eight more internationals to come. It goes down over Grand Final weekend – Friday September 28 to Sunday September 30.
If you were excited by news of German composer Nils Frahm’s return to Australia for Melbourne Festival in October, no doubt you’ll be pleased to hear that Frahm just dropped a new five-track EP called Encores 1. As you might have guessed from its title, the EP consists of tracks originally written for his last album All Melody, which he reportedly wrote 60 songs for.While All Melody clashed elements of techno and classical into a textural sonic synergy, Encores 1 is a strictly acoustic piano and harmonium affair. Cop a listen to the blissed out tracks on all major platforms.
In other news, it looks like Melbourne electronica act Willow Beats are calling it a day. The uncle-niece duo have been going at it for seven years (since singer Kalyani Mumtaz was 14 years old), which culminated in the album Be Kind To Yourself at the tail-end of 2017. One of the year’s best releases, Willow Beats found an incredibly unique sound – blending Mumtaz’s folk-influenced emotive and strong singing style with producer Narayana Johnson’s intricately layered and melodic productions. Admittedly I only got round to listening to the album in the last few months and I’ve never managed to catch them live. Fortunately, I get one more chance to remedy that – they’ve announced a final show on Friday July 13 at Howler. Hopefully, we’ll see the pair exploring music individually in the future.