Sydney label Art As Catharsis has been inducted into the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
The invitation comes as part of an effort from the Archive to acquire, document and preserve the work of significant Australian bands, and includes all past and future releases from the label.
“It is particularly heartening to receive this sort of official support from an institution like the National Film and Sound Archive”, says Lachlan Dale, founder of Art As Catharsis.
“For the past 6 years we’ve strived to support artists creating forward-thinking, progressive music in Australia.”
“This country produces incredibly powerful and unique music – names like The Necks, We Lost The Sea, Drowning Horse and Hiatus Kaiyote.”
“Historically, I don’t think we’ve appreciated that enough. Our ‘cultural cringe’ makes us look to bands in North America and Europe rather than those performing locally.”
“Our hope is to start building the support that our artists deserve – both in Australia, and across the globe.”
The Sound curatorial area of the National Film and Sound Archive specialises in documenting Australia’s rich audio history. Their collection spans almost 120 years of Australian audio covering a wide range of recording subjects and formats.
Art As Catharsis is a Sydney-based record label that promotes forward-thinking music from across a wide range of genres – including progressive rock, jazz, neo-classical, acoustic, ambient, metal and hardcore punk.
To date the label has put-out 75 releases from artists like We Lost The Sea, Hashshashin, Jess Locke, Mister Ott, Brian Campeau, Peter Hollo’s Raven, Serious Beak, Drowning Horse and many more.