It is with mixed feelings that we today announce the end of the Happy Endin’ label.
Over the last four years, we put out 15 releases and hosted a number of events. It’s been such a pleasure working with talented artists and building relationships with such beautiful people in the Melbourne community and abroad. We would like to thank everyone who has worked with us and supported us.
Our digital presence will now begin to fade away with time. We will leave our catalog of digital releases available through Bandcamp – free for you to enjoy. Thank you everybody – go gently, with love.
“There’s too, too much water flying over the bridge, but I see a happy ending.”
– Arthur Russell
We’re baaack on freeky Friday the 13th for the second Happy Endin’show in a series for 2018, showcasing label artists + friends at MESMA Studio
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The first Happy Endin’ show in a series for 2018, showcasing label artists + friends at MESMA Studio
PLAYING 4 U:
++ DJ YOUNG NONNA
Join us for the launch of the new Papaphilia cassette “À L’état Brut” at MESMA Studio.
With special guests:
- Cheap Present
- Video Ezy (Nina Buchanan and Del Lumanta )
Doors at 7:30pm. $5 entry.
This is a licensed event and 18+ only.
“À L’état Brut” prioritises the negative and the adverse, but represents it without overcoming. It’s a slow acid sting that drags the pavement on to the dance floor, blurring the blissed-out in to a slurry of psychedelia in a mode reminiscent of futuristic escapism. In a grander horizon of post-tipping point dystopia, cultural detritus is plucked from its surrounds and warped into juiced slabs of unresolved sound.
O.K sweetheart we’re going on a little trip to the merri if you stop biting your nails and start enjoying yourself and your heart feels like a little pinwheel in its broth and if your head is pushed into the window of the 8 and a stranger comes up to check if you’re okay because you look so sad and you politely say you are actually very happy inside behind your eyes and ears but also remember there’s that gap between the voice that speaks and the ear that hears which is less of an impossible gambit than a portal where we glimpse our finitude as talking animals but underneath you hope they just hear exactly what you hear which at that moment is the thong song at full volume and a stiff window being closed or opened.
“People with fresh flowers in their homes are more likely to feel relaxed, less anxious and more empathetic towards others.”
Melbourne-based producer Crescent layers elements of low-fi hip hop and footwork with warped, pulsing synths to create a meditative electronic soundtrack for vehicle interiors. “Ride With Me” is Crescent’s second release, following on from a debut on This Thing.
Our second poster release from Tom Rogers, Night Moves is an A3 2-colour risograph print on 250gsm card stock.
Rogers has collected a myriad of day-to-night vibes from memory and experience, which he has used to recreate the transitional and emotional period that is sunset and ensuing night-time. Night Moves refers specifically to a time when change in perspective repositioned this everyday duality as significant: as a movement from light to dark; of opportunity, poetic exploration and creativity rather than one of mysterious limitations.
Handmade, cyanotype concertina book and cassette by Rita Revell and Isabella Capezio. This release is made to order, each print being unique with imperfections from the printing process. Comes with a jewel case cassette and handmade o-card casing.
Happy Endin’ is very excited to present the debut long-form release from Melbourne-based producer Cassidy.
Made while living in a boat shed on Dangar Island, Bore unearths the ghosts of Cassidy’s unreleased and archived tracks. Bore is an exploration of this isolated existence on the island; translating introspective tensions into compelling compositions.
These super limited edition Rat Columns cassettes were recently dug up in a time capsule, and are now available to buy from our online store.
We are hosting a stall at the Melbourne Art Book Fair this weekend, from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. There’ll be a suite of exclusive limited edition items available to purchase including new cassettes from Cassidy and Upper Room, a brand new print poster from Tom Rogers, photo books from Isabella Capezio and Oliver Garlick, and much much more.
Check our Facebook for sneak previews of the exciting material we’ll have on show.
Label darling Tom Rogers is showing works in a joint exhibition with Kalem Bruce at INTO THE VOID this Saturday in Perth. This is the first instalment in a large body of work by the two artists, running as part of Public 2015.
Saturday, April 18 at 6:00pm
Dream Studios, 369 Oxford Street, Perth WA 6016
Nirvana returns with a 10″ acetate, cassette & digital release titled ASMR.
Continuing a weirdo footwork trajectory, ASMR expands upon the jittery melancholy of Marines, delivering a series of pulsing dance-floor compositions. Super limited run.
Dynamic Casual is a beautiful limited-edition large-format poster by artist Tom Rogers. Rogers explores the phenomena at play in ordinary experiences in a series of intricate dot drawings informed by a brief narrative of summer day meandering. Details extracted from frozen moments contrast with depictions of the flowing motion between points in time, capturing a state which is simultaneously actively passive, and passively active. This print entertains Roger’s interest in “casual mysticism – the bridge between meditation and movement, thinking and doing.” Responding to music from artists ranging from Alice Coltrane and D/P/I, Roger’s pointillist style thoughtfully reconsiders the humbling minutia of existence in a Schröderian interpretation worthy of Giacomo Bala.
Happy Endin’ is very excited to present the debut release from Rita Revell in a limited run C30.
Droning synths, radio transmissions and stuttered mechanical rhythms weave through residual noises of hardware to produce a murky and melancholic tapestry. Repetitious and regretful dance music. But your ear is the coeval apparatus — and you’ve come this far — So, please, have a very bad time.
Captured from a dusty old cassette engraved with the words “White Medicine,” this release serves as the post-humous follow up to Splendid Friends’ Black Drugs. Recorded circa 2010 in two live takes, White Medicine documents some of the duo’s most compelling psychonautic adventures.
Old material from Mundaring Weird, who have been previously described as “weirdo, ethereal, dark psalms from the deepest realms of the fifth continent.” Mundaring Weird’s portfolio consists of a collection of lo-fi bedroom recordings, incorporating repetitive loops, eerie, amorphous vocals and an expansively screwy and drugged out atmosphere.
Like a broad smear of Vaseline on a lens, or a fly in the ointment, Nirvana maps a terrain of lo-fi anarchist footwork from an Australian perspective. Tropes of dance music are muddied by static and clipping, intertwining on the wisps of cyclonic winds. Stifled by the heat, La Nina, and high pressure regions of technological saturation, ‘Marines’ is a mutational sitwork – with one foot in the shoebox, and the other trepidatiously hovering the precipice.
‘Drop out of Collage’ is a kaleidoscopic tour through the mental and physical hard drive of David West (known from projects such as Lace Curtain, Rat Columns, Rank Xerox, Burning Sensation, Total Control and others). A melange of recordings dating as far back as 1998 and as far forward as the present.