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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Melbourne trio The RECHORDS all fired up with a refined sound and renewed focus



Not what you would typically expect from a stripped down trio. The RECHORDS have a full sound for Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar and Upright Bass but it’s the 2 and 3 part harmonies and varied lead vocals that give this band it’s individuality and punch. Known for their live performance energy on stage and at times, hypnotic melodies and infectious rhythms. The song choices are as eclectic as the members that write them and it’s what gives the band it’s uniqueness and sound which, if needed, would be closely related to Americana. They’ve been influenced by Old Timey Hillbilly, Bluegrass, alternative Country, Traditional Rockabilly with hints of the classic vocal groups of the 60’s and even a twist of pop vibes.




The trio have worked hard since 2009, building quite a strong local and ever growing overseas following, performing in the realm of over 450+ shows. They can thrive in a small pub or feel just as comfortable gracing the festival stages, like Falls Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster & the Wave Rock Weekender to name a few. They’ve completed two successful self-funded European tours, one in 2011 and the other in 2013 both consisting of about 10 shows each including 2 major roots festivals each tour. With their overseas tours and constant online promotion and exposure they have followers in Spain, Germany, Austria, Nederlands, UK and many states throughout the USA which helped them win the Best Roots/Country EP Category 2014 on the Independent Music Awards website with their 4 track EP titled ‘It Won’t Be Long’.



Their latest recorded works, “Mockingbird" and "Seeing Things” were created with producer/engineer, David M Turner Esq. “Seeing Things” is a jangly country number driven by a pulsating bass line and mesmerizing vocals from singer Leo Francis as he mourns a far too fleeting taste of true love. “Mockingbird” stomps along with a garage swagger below the tale of singer/guitarist Felix Potier's encounter with trickery and other such monkey business. These are songs written and delivered with authenticity from a group taking their music in an exciting new direction.










Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sydney-based groove-rock band Wolves In Fashion release debut EP "Dance With Your Shadows"


Wolves In Fashion (WiF) are a Sydney band proficient in the art of groove-rock. Made up of five quirky, sometimes charming men in their twenties, WiF fuses a plethora of different musical influences to generate sounds that are both immediately familiar yet distinctly their own. From awkward encounters with the opposite sex to lonely nights spent contemplating their mortality, the music is honest, memorable and distinctly unique. 



Their Debut EP "Dance With Your Shadows" came out July 7th  and was produced by Nathan Sheehy (Birds of Tokyo, Dune Rats). The first track "Moving On" has already been added to a number of Spotify/Soundcloud playlists including ndiemono(1.1 million Followers) and Spotify's Fresh Finds list as well as added to rotation on UK radio and sat in The Unearthed top 10 for over a month. 

FULL EP Stream HERE




Sunday, October 1, 2017

Then and Now...Australia Salutes The Beatles...various artists



This compilation sees some of Australia's finest artists covering classic Beatles songs.

"No single instance of Beatlemania throughout the globe ever came close to the intensity and sheer magnitude of the social upheaval which occurred beneath the southern cross. No street crowds, in New York or London or Liverpool ever eclipsed the antipodean hordes which, at times, comprised a third of the entire population of a city.  Not since the VE and VJ days which marked the end of WWII had the streets been filled with such celebration and abandon. No royal tour could match the displayed devotion - 350,000 in the streets of Adelaide alone, compared to 10,000 at Kennedy Airport in New York 4 months before. As tour press officer Derek Taylor once declared: "It was clear that many of eleven million people in Australia viewed the Beatles in a messianic light" - Glenn A Baker.



                                                                  
Disc 1

    From Me To You - The Bee Gees
    Yesterday - The Seekers
    For No One - Little Pattie
    It Won't Long - The Rajahs
    You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Ronnie Burns
    All My Loving - Johnny Young
    Obla-Di, Obla-Da - The Executives
    I Feel Fine - Masters' Apprentices
    With A Little Help From My Friends - Doug Ashdown
    Tomorrow Never Knows - Wendy Saddington
    Hey Jude - Max Merritt & The Meteors
    Come Together - The La De Das
    Dear Prudence - Doug Parkinson In Focus
    Eleanor Rigby - The Zoot
    Carry That Weight - Colleen Hewitt
    Nowhere Man - Sherbet
    Paperback Writer - Glenn Shorrock


Disc 2

    Help - John Farnham
    Oh! Darlin' - The Models
    Birthday - Sunnyboys
    I've Just Seen A Face - Jenny Morris
    Baby You're A Rich Man - Company Of Strangers (W/James Reyne)
    A Hard Days Night - The Hoodoo Gurus
    I'm So Tired - You Am I
    I'm Only Sleeping - The Vines
    Two Of Us - Josh Pyke & Bob Evans
    Girl - Glenn Cardier
    Blackbird - Katie Noonan
    Across The Universe - Rachael Leahcar
    Day Tripper/lady Madonna - Tommy Emmanuel
    Things We Said Today - Marty Rhone
    Like Dreamers Do - The Beatnix
    'Til There Was You - Harrison Craig
    Strawberry Fields Forever - John Waters 

Friday, September 29, 2017

THE ART release stunning, cosmic video clip for new single "Thinking About the Universe"



THE ART’s latest abstract has arrived in the form of the official music video for their latest single, Thinking About The Universe, shot by The Media Collective (producer Sze Wun Lau, director Tanzeal Rahim, and DOP Andrew Grant) in Sydney as the band prepared for their East Coast tour of the same name, in support of their latest album, All in the Mind.

Thinking About The Universe, written by Azaria Byrne, is about being in another dimension while surrounded by murmurs of the mundane, with a brattish retaliation to wasted words and dross.  Known for their pandemonium and anthemic songwriting, The Art deliver their honest and expressive lyricism with a sonic diversity that always leaves their live audience wanting more and more – and is anything but mundane. 



ALL IN THE MIND is available now via iTunes (for digital) and the SFR Store (for physical and fan bundles). 
 

GET ALL IN THE MIND BY THE ART:
SFR Store (fan bundles) | http://bit.ly/TA-AITM-SFR
iTunes | http://bit.ly/TA-AITM-iTunes
 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Sydney-based hip hop artist Merc Mason reveals his maiden EP ‘Lucid’


Following on from releasing his standout debut single ‘Pull Up, Hop Out’, Sydney-based hip hop artist, Merc Mason reveals his maiden EP ‘Lucid’ – produced by the rapper himself with collaborative efforts from Freaktaste and mixed / mastered by Sebastian Morales (Mookhi, Blondebears).

‘Lucid’ features five eclectic trap-infused cuts with intricate production, flawlessly delivered vocals and thought-provoking messaging. Taking cues from the likes of trap artists Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and A$AP Ferg, the enigmatic rapper blends an array of flows and cadences, combined with instrumentals inspired by late 2000’s southern rap.

Click to stream 'Lucid'

Merc discusses the creative process and motivation behind making the record:

“There was a lot going on while I was making this EP. It was pretty much my escape from that shit. I was at a point in my own mind where I was sick of everything that was going on around me but I was also very reserved at the time. I felt like I didn't have anyone to talk to or that if I did I'd be judged so I pretty much used this EP as a vent”.




Since its release ‘Pull Up, Hop Out’ has been played on radio by triple j, FBi and 4ZZZ, and thirty-two international stations. The track has also received support from Sodwee.com (FRA), Gems and Secrets (USA), We The Beat (USA), The Music (AUS), AAA Backstage (AUS) and MTV (AUS).

Growing up surrounded by Sydney’s underworld, drug dealing could have very easily been the career path of Merc but his feelings and ambitions changed when a close friend was jailed for three years. Throughout his songs he speaks about the highs and the lows of the world and his change of heart towards it.




To coincide with the release of ‘Lucid’, Merc Mason will launch the record live at Rare Finds Sydney club night party held at OAF Gallery Bar on Friday September 29.


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‘Lucid’ is available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Desert Moons unveil melancholy debut single ‘ROUGH TRADE’



NSW Central Coast-based indie-electronic duo, Desert Moons (Brothers Jake and Simon Dobson), have just revealed their self-produced debut single ‘Rough Trade’ - recorded at their home studio.

Combining beautifully crafted organic and electronic instrumentation, ‘Rough Trade’ is a stunning eclectic piece of experimental-electronica that melds themes of dark dream-pop, indie-rock and hip-hop; taking cues from the likes of their staple influences Radiohead, M83 and Daniel Johns.


Stream the track on Soundcloud HERE

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Dobson describes the creative process behind ‘Rough Trade’ –

“This track was originally an idea of Simon’s conceived in our home studio. We sent it back and forth to each other over a period of a week, until it became what you hear today. We had a lot of fun with this song. We tend to always produce our favourite works when we’re evenly collaborating. The lyrical theme is an ode to my past struggles with motivation. Writing songs has always been an incredibly therapeutic process and this was certainly no different; ultimately serving as a catharsis.”

Both Jake and Simon have been playing and performing music since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo and was formed with the intention of exploring song crafting boundaries. They’ve written and recorded over thirty songs, which they plan to roll out over the coming months.



To celebrate the release of their debut track, the group have also announced their maiden performance to take place at Rare Finds #33 held at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, Sydney on Friday September 29.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Sydney-based punk-rock trio Whispering Jackie release new single "Breaking Up"



Sydney-based punk-rock trio Whispering Jackie have recently released their new single ‘Breaking Up This Time’. Recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix (Gay Paris, Sound of Seasons) at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ is the lead track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘For The Moment’ (due late-2017)

Combining elements of punk, grunge and garage-rock, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ takes cues from the likes of the group’s staple influences Magic Dirt, Sonic Youth and Hole, whilst melding more modern sounds of White Lung, Best Coast and DZ Deathrays.

Stream the track on SOUNDCLOUD HERE



Front woman Sare Jackie describes the inspiration and meaning behind the track:

“Breaking Up This Time describes being in an on-off relationship and the ambiguity of not knowing where you stand. The song is sung from my point of view where I'm the one that's being left, and I'm pleading with them to stay, even though I know deep down it's not the right thing for me. It's a situation that heaps of people find themselves in, so I wanted to write a song about that struggle. Everyone's afraid of being left alone.”

Whispering Jackie’s 2016 debut EP ‘Social Isolation’ was received warmly by the Australian punk community, with single ‘Casino Mate’ getting spun on triple j’s ‘short.fast.loud’, 4ZZZ, FBi, RTR and various other community stations.

Marty's take: If it's a good dose of punk-rock you need to get the adrenaline pumping then these guys have the energy to deliver it.




“Part of me is somewhat concerned about Sare's vocal chords, but I feel that is the essence of punk rock. This is ruthless. Nice one!”
Josh Merriel – triple j (AUS)
“That's a serious set of pipes!”
Lachie Macara – triple j (AUS)


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Keep On Rockin'...Australian Pop of the 70's compilation album..original artists



This eclectic mix of 45 tracks from the early to mid 1970's has everything from rock, pop, soul, country, progressive, glam, punk and singer-songwriters. The collection of artists range from solo performers like Brian Cadd, Doug Ashdown, Renee Geyer, Kevin Johnson, Russell Morris, Richard Clapton and Jon English to groups like TMG, Flake, Ariel, Stars, Ol'55, Mississippi, Supernaut, Railroad Gin, King Harvest, Finch and Rabbit. For fans of 70's Aussie music this is an essential collection.






Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter Shristi Jade releases debut EP


Shristi Jade is a recording artist and songwriter originally from the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her debut self titled EP "Shristi Jade" was released on June 30, 2017.  The EP features lead single "Own", a song that showcases Shristi's angelic vocals and pristine songwriting.

From a young age, Shristi Jade loved singing and performing. She was always writing poems, not realising that they would one day become songs. She has cited her major influences as Jhene Aiko, Mariah Carey and Brandy. 

Back in 2015, when Shristi attended Los Angeles Fashion Week, she connected with LA based, multi-talented artists “The One” and “QB”. Following this meeting, she had a recording session with Tochi Uzo, where a promising artistic bond began. 

Following this, her music career came to fruition when she had the opportunity to work and record with James Russell, the creator of Heliport Studios in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Heliport Studios is owned by best selling authors Barbara and Alan Pease, working with the likes of international superstar, Rihanna. 

Since then, Shristi Jade has been writing and recording music in studios across LA, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and London. 

To further her flourishing music career, she has moved to London where she is working with talented producer NOSA Appollo, recording tracks at the Chocolate Factory, which has hosted artists such as Bobbi Lewis, Kz The Producer and Longlivtheplug. 



THE EP 

Shristi Jade's three track debut EP is brought to life through her ethereal sound. The record reflects a young woman's journey through losing herself to a betrayal of the heart. 

The EP comes out at a personal and musical transition for Shristi Jade. 

"Every song on the EP was inspired and written after I made a decision to live a life which was true to my passion," she said. The themes are present not only in the music, but in the album art design created by Brisbane based artist, Mosessa. 

"The album art represents a true version of myself, wearing a traditional Nepalese sari. It was important for me to present myself in a way that showcases the way I was bought up." 

Shristi Jade's father is from Nepal and her mother is Australian. 

"I have always felt so proud to be part of two unique cultures. While writing the EP, I was inspired by my upbringing and the notion of "knowing thyself." 

"Shristi Jade" EP is available on all digital music outlets. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

RAAVE TAPES unveil angsty new single ‘k bye’ and national tour dates



2016 triple j Unearthed ‘This That’ competition winners and Newcastle crowd favourites, RAAVE TAPES, have just returned with their raucous new single ‘k bye’ and announced national tour dates.

‘k bye’ tells a tale of adolescent debauchery, engulfing the listener in an atmospheric haze reminiscent of a suburban house party. Recorded in a Newcastle basement by close friends Fraser Marshall and Jack Clark, and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301 (Flume, Empire of the Sun), ‘k bye’ captures the raw energy of the Newcastle-based trio’s notoriously wild live shows.



Click to stream 'k bye'

Front man Joab Eastley describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“The track was inspired a few years ago at a Newcastle house show ~ when I was a much younger, much more naive version of myself. It was a Sunday night, I had work in the morning, so I was just stopping in on my way home. It's subtly opening a dialogue about the inextricable links between illicit behaviour & underground youth subcultures ~ all wrapped up in a neat little party track. And no, the irony isn't lost on us.”

“This is 2 minutes and 45 seconds of pure swaggering fun”
- 4/5 Stars
Gen Fricker - triple j (AUS)
“2 U xoxo is pleasantly raw, grinding along with enough attitude to force you to stomp your feet and bang your head at"
Pilerats (AUS)

The band’s most recent single, ‘2 U xoxo’, garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi, MTV, key Australian blogs and the Hype Machine blogging community. In between recording and releasing new music, the band have maintained a strenuous live schedule, playing Mountain Sounds Festival 2017 and performing alongside the likes of Hockey Dad, Winston Surfshirt, The Gooch Palms, Polish Club and Skegss to name a few.



To celebrate the release of the new track, RAAVE TAPES will traverse the country in October performing in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Muswellbrook, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne, initiating new bassist Lindsay O’Connell into the band. The trio have also teamed up with local sponsors to produce a mini-festival in Newcastle on Sunday August 20, aptly titled RAAVE TAPES Shut Down The Argyle House, featuring twenty artists across three stages, including Good Boy, VACATIONS and Kwame.

‘k bye’ is available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers  

RAAVE TAPES K BYE TOUR DATES:

WED 30 AUGUST | SOSUEME @ BEACH ROAD HOTEL, BONDI
w/ Bleeding Knees Club
SAT 16 SEPTEMBER | GROW UP! FESTIVAL, MAITLAND
FRI 6 OCTOBER | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE
FRI 13 OCTOBER | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
SAT 14 OCTOBER | FRANKIES PIZZA, SYDNEY
SAT 21 OCTOBER | BOTTOMS UP FESTIVAL, MUSWELLBROOK
WED 25 OCTOBER | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG
THUR 26 OCTOBER | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
FRI 27 OCTOBER | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE
SAT 4 NOVEMBER | THE EDINBURGH CASTLE, ADELAIDE 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Blues artist Jesse Redwing new single/video 'Turn Away' feat. Wilsn from debut album "I'm Comin' On"



Sydney blues machine Jesse Redwing is back with a heartbreaker of a new single, the titanic vocals of Melbourne soul songstress Wilsn by his side, and news of his debut album. ‘Turn Away’ featuring Wilsn, is the official first single from Redwing’s debut record, I’m Comin’ On, out now via Create/Control records. 

download and stream the single HERE

..and the album "I'm Comin' On HERE

The single’s release has been accompanied by a stunning new video that brings to life Redwing’s sorrowful lyrics and tells the story of a love torn couple, happy and passionately embracing one minute; violently splitting apart the next . The video premiered on Wickedd Childd who described the single as featuring, “a whole lot of heart.”



“This song shows my more introspective side,” Redwing concedes. “It's a straight up heartbreak song that I was lucky enough to collaborate on with the biggest ballsiest soul voice going, Wilsn.”

“I was stoked to work with up-and-coming filmmaker, Sam Powyer, on a dark yet energetic video which tells the story of the song without getting corny.”

Redwing, who’s spent the last few years earning a reputation as a ferocious live force, announced his signing to Create/Control records last year with the electrifying single ‘Round It Goes’. Having grown up on punk, Redwing found inspiration in the likes of Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to what he refers to as, "the real sh*t" – Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and other legends of Blues, to distill what’s become his own fiery brand.

Backed by his band the Real MVPs (drummer Nicholas Meredith and bass player Brendan 'Thumper' Clark), Redwing has positioned himself to explode his dynamite sound on I’m Comin’ On with the assistance of producer Stephen Mowat, who helped bottle the lightning that is the Jesse Redwing live experience and cut it to tape.

"I wasn’t born to the blues, says Redwing, but it found me somehow and now there’s no turning back." Create/Control is pumped to ride shotgun with him for the journey. 




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Friday, August 18, 2017

ARIA-nominated Sydney group Born Lion premiere new single ‘Evil K’


After what was an auspicious introduction, one of Australia’s most exciting punk-rock acts, Born Lion have made their return with new single ‘Evil K’, tour dates and announced the release date for their forthcoming and sophomore studio album titled ‘Celebrate The Lie’ (due late-October).

Produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard), lead single ‘Evil K’ combines hard-hitting, razor-sharp punk’n’roll with unapologetic monstrous pop-hooks, taking cues from the likes of staple influences The Bronx, Converge and Queens of the Stone Age.   



Front man John Bowker describes the creative process behind ‘Evil K’:

“Evil K was the first song we wrote with our new drummer, Andres. It was such an exciting time and this song felt like the start of something really special. I penned the lyrics after watching a late night doco on these ageing stuntmen whose childhood hero was 'Evil Knievel'”.

Since being crowned winners of triple j Unearthed’s 2013 Soundwave Festival competition, Born Lion have continually put out critically adored music, with three of their singles ‘D for Danger’, ‘Good Times Jimmy’ and ‘Good Dogs Play Dead’ all being added to rotation on triple j. Their 2015 debut album ‘Final Words’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album. 

In the live arena, the band have traversed the countryside multiple times on their own headline tours and supporting the likes of The Hives, The Bronx, Royal Blood, Marmozets and Karnivool. To celebrate the release of ‘Evil K’ the quartet will head out on an East Coast run performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In the coming weeks, Born Lion, will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Evil K’.

‘Evil K’ will be available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers on Friday August 18 through Four/Four.

BORN LION
EVIL K TOUR

FRI 15 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Particles

SAT 23 SEP | THE REVERENCE, MELBOURNE VIC
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Ships Piano

SAT 30 SEP | THE FLAMIN GALAH, BRISBANE QLD
w/ Special Guests Radolescents + Beth Lucas & Band

All shows are Free Entry

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Indie-Electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes new single single ‘Wake Up’



After announcing the release date for their debut EP ‘Visions IV’ (due August 25), Yamba-based indie-electronic group Nocturnal Tapes offer up another taste of the forthcoming record with new single ‘Wake Up’ – recorded and produced by the duo themselves at their home studio and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Cosmos Midnight, Kučka).

New cut ‘Wake Up’ is an intricate slice of house-infused electronica, taking cues from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads and Kaytranada. Awash with sonic textures, the dream-laden track glides along effortlessly blending organic and electronic instrumentation, and finished off with the soaring and endearing vocals of front man, Harry Suttor.  

Suttor describes the story behind ‘Wake Up’:

“Without getting too dark, the song is about how everything in your life is leading up to the ultimate moment of death; time is a way we all die. So, why are so many of us wasting our lives locked to screens and living in routine?”.


Since their 2016 inception, Nocturnal Tapes have released a slew of tracks strongly embraced by the likes of triple j, Spotify, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio and worldwide blogs; which resulted in a top twenty position on the esteemed Hype Machine Now charts.

They’ve traversed the country multiple times sharing stages with Boo Seeka, Bootleg Rascal and Tash Sultana, and performed at boutique festivals Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms, House of Voodoo and UTS Summerfest and Winterfest.

Nocturnal Tapes were recently announced as the national support for Luke Million’s national tour in September, which includes shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

"'Wake Up' marks a welcome return".
Indie Shuffle (USA)
"Be warned – you may find yourself publicly breaking into dance".
The Wild Honey Pie (USA)

‘Wake Up’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud

NOCTURNAL TAPES
UPCOMING TOUR DATES

FRI 1 SEP | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE SA *
SAT 2 SEP | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD *
FRI 8 SEP | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH WA *
THU 14 SEP | LISMORE UNI BAR, LISMORE NSW
FRI 15 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *
SAT 16 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *

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