NED COLLETTE & WIREWALKER have been carving their name deep into the underground musical landscape over the course of two albums, and “Networking in Purgatory”, the third, is the most sumptuous and accomplished yet. Co-produced by Collette and his Wirewalker partner Joe Talia, its natural full-bodied sounds befit the easy stride that Collette and his band have hit. Originally from Melbourne, Collette came out of a background in experimental music and modern composition. After the release of his first song based album ‘Jokes & Trials’, he was asked to tour Europe by Joanna Newsom, going on to share stages with the likes of The National, St Vincent, Kurt Vile and Deerhoof. He has resided in Berlin for the last four years, and the new album was recorded in both cities. Fittingly, the album cover is a photo taken of Berlin from a plane as he returned home to finish the record. As a recent Brisbane daily writes, “Collette makes music that gently suffuses into the bloodstream. Which is the opposite of how the music industry works now.” Despite the album’s own clearly distinct voice, it still manages to evoke suggestions of Pink Floyd, Robert Wyatt, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and even Joni Mitchell or Paul Giovanni. Sparse acoustic songs such as ‘Across The Frozen Bridge’, are joined by the driving minimalist electronica of ‘Vanitas Quack’, the instantaneous first single ‘Bird’, and the melancholic and luscious opening track ‘At the Piano’.