Inspired by the notion of spontaneity and escapism from city life, holiday home is a place that can exist both in dreams or reality. Designers, Alex and Tim Britten-Finschi play with treasured garments from holidays past to create new silhouettes — an oversized shirt of their Father’s is fashioned to become a more relaxed, loose-fit and less structured throw-over, and a well-loved button-front cardigan once belonging to their Mother is given new life as a sleeveless tank for a hot summers day.
“In these moments away from your daily life you reveal another dimension, perhaps a more experimental and free self. We wanted the clothes to harness that energy and ultimately feel like you embody that holiday spirit,” says, Alex Britten-Finschi.
Produced entirely in Australia fine-weave ribbed jersey in cool grey, lavender and muted yellow underscore the collection in long sleeve Ringer-inspired T-shirts and tanks, alongside boxer shorts and generous shirting cut from luxurious fine-finish cottons in plain white and pastel blue and white pinstripe, while vintage-style pieces fashioned from blood orange-coloured hand-crochet gurnseys and embellished tassel-fringing open shirts elevate the resort proposition.
“We feel it’s important to stay connected to the process and our approach is very much hands-on in the cutting room, experimenting with fabric and form. You have to love the artistry of doing things this way, but this is how you create garments with intangible qualities that make the wearer feel special,” explains Alex Britten-Finschi.
The POOL Spring Summer 2023 collection will be available at Melbourne’s luxury store GLDNN.
Interview: Side Sounds w/ Noise In My Head (Michael Kucyk)
Noise in My Head is the brainchild of Michael Kucyk, a legend in Australia’s subterranean music scene. Impeccable selector, former 3RRR and NTS radio host and current founder of the label Efficient Space, his ‘freeform sonic excursion’ introduced a generation to rare finds, unexplored genres and artists from around the globe. Kucyk has always treaded the line of if-you-know-you-know status.
For this edition, Kucyk has curated a decompression session centred around a "late-night swim at home".
“I wanted to do something different as I’m generally in a pretty introspective listening mood these days. I tried to keep it always flowing – jazz into dream-pop, into reggae/dub, into Latin American magic, into folk rock, into loner garage” explains Kucyk. “Incidentally, there are a lot of references to the sun but it's best listened to alone in the dark, in a body of water”
Throughout his radio show, NIMH brought together producers, DJs, and selectors from all over the world, establishing connections between Australia, Japan, Germany, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, the United States and beyond. Before ending its objective in November 2018, the carefully curated show was broadcast on London digital institution NTS.
”Noise In My Head was first and formally a radio show that ran for 13 years. It was never one thing, constantly shape-shifting as I breathed in my surroundings and shared new discoveries (often via a network of friends). I use the NIMH handle to DJ a few times a year, but these days Efficient Space absorbs all my focus.”
Predominantly devoted to rescuing recordings from history’s cracks and crevices while making select ventures into modern music, the imprint has released Yolngu songmen Waak Waak Djungi, fashion photographer-turned-blues guitarist Steve Hiett, and dub mystic YL Hooi.
Brendan Anderson of the progressive psych-electronic music group Squaring Circles joins us for the second instalment of POOL Side Sounds.
It’s a thoughtful and inspired encyclopaedic playlist, designed to take listeners on an 8-hour journey ranging from 60’s and Brazilian funk, jazz, acid jazz, psych and then all the way over into deep house, techno and everything in between. "This selection was created under the fantasy of having this spot for one day all to yourself and a little intimate crew," says Anderson.
The playlist dubbed 'Cycles of the Sun' was curated to be listened to throughout the day between AM to PM on a balmy Autumn’s day.
"It’s a narration on and a celebration of the transition of the sun. This 8-hour story speaks to the growth, peak and eventual death of the sun and how we relate to its cycle." Anderson adds.
The selections take their inspiration from one of Anderson's favourite destinations, Twin Falls, in Queensland'sSpringbrook National Park, a 45-minute cruise outside of the Gold Coast. His spot of choice is located along a two-hour walking circuit amongst the secluded and dense tropical rainforest – a place that Anderson just so happened to revisit after compiling the playlist, which resulted in an extra two hours' worth of tracks.
It’s a level of thoroughness that is evident in Squaring Circle’s approach to their sound.
“After growing tired of conventional writing methods we created Squaring Circles as an experimental recording project focused on the concept of trying to capture spontaneous expressions and jams that occur without too much conscious interference,” Brendan adds.
“Essentially it’s the idea of recording something the first time it’s being played and experienced. It’s centred on the notion of catching those dream-like fantasies that float around in our heads when we stop actively thinking and begin to passively daydream - that point where the unconscious becomes active. This makes recording really rewarding but editing and finishing pieces a nightmare. Although it’s challenging, we feel this process helps us develop our relationship to intuition and the attempt to express inner images as purely as possible.”