Yorke brings the feels on new piano ballad ‘Thought I Could’

She’s back again! 2019 has been an exciting year for Byron Bay singer-songwriter Yorke. Hot on the heels of her first single of this year, ‘Wake The City’ (which was handpicked to appear on TV show 9-1-1), Yorke has been supporting the likes of Ruel on their national tour, as well as getting ready to support Jack Gray on his East-Coast Australian tour.

This busy time has clearly rubbed off on the young musician. The indie-pop release coincides with the announcement of Yorke’s first headlining shows in August this year, which will see her perform in Sydney and Melbourne.

This piano ballad is still very much within Yorke’s wheelhouse, however it represents a significant step forward in terms of production and songwriting. However, the biggest change looks to have come from Yorke herself, who looks to have really come into her own with her vocal performance, not to mention with the great story she tells.

The track begins with foreboding, emotional pianos. The artist sings about tying up loose ends, having her suitcase back and being filled with regrets, yet she also is questioning herself about whether she should even go or not.

This dichotomy in the story she’s telling also comes through musically, with heavier bass and percussion introducing themselves in the pre-chorus; before the chorus explodes with synths, explosive drums that are front and centre. Yorke eventually admits that her mind is already far away, bringing an element of drama to the final chorus.

This is a beautiful track, plain and simple. But even better is Yorke herself. Despite the anxiety displayed on the song, this track brims with a confident delivery from an incredibly talented artist who looks to be coming into her own. I see this song going places, and given the talent that Yorke has, it certainly will.

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #5

Good Friday: the feature series that shines a light on the hottest new releases from around Australia. Make sure you check out all the artists that featured in our fifth edition!

1.     ‘Breakdown’ - Obseen

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Obseen has returned with new single ‘Breakdown’, showcasing his effortlessly honest storytelling and signature electronic production.

After the release of his debut EP Envy Me, the artist infuses playful lyrics into his new single which are paired with his signature smooth falsetto.

Obseen says he has written a lot of songs about mental issues and social media in the past but wanted to write about the stresses of society for the new single.

“I wanted to characterise the feeling of mental pressure and anxiety in a fun way in an effort to destigmatise these conversations," he adds.

Obseen's ability to craft soulful electronic music is indisputably inimitable, and you can expect new music, new shows and new concepts from him in 2019. Check him out now.

2.     ‘Give Me Your Love’ - La Felix [words by Nick Wasiliev]

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One of the most exciting indie-producers around, La Felix, has brought harmonic bliss on new EDM banger ‘Give Me Your Love’.

After scoring it big in 2017 with ‘Delicious’, the enigmatic artist has been having a busy 2019 so far, with three singles in ‘Drama’, ‘Real Thing’ and ‘Too Many Lies’ released over the last few months. However, this new single he’s dropped is a notable change of pace.

‘Give Me Your Love’ is simple in its execution, but there is a lot more to this track than meets the eye. An atmospheric, EDM banger, it sees La Felix and his most emotive, serving as a masterclass in the effects of adding elements and bringing them together to create a smooth, sublime sense of harmony.

Launching into a crisp beat with light guitars strumming in time, there is a sense of  old-school funk to the proceedings. However, once La Felix introduces himself into the mix with vocoder vocals, echoing the titular mantra into oblivion, the track takes on a more nocturnal, and compelling, feel.

The bass brings some much-needed weight to the dynamics of the song, and when it breaks into pulsating synths in the instrumental, the song brings it’s repetitive, but no less infectious, melody front and centre.

This is a song that nails its atmosphere and feel, and to do that with so many simple elements is a testament to La Felix’s musical abilities, and his mastery of production. Bring on whatever he delivers next!

3.     Underneath It All - Hein Cooper

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After supporting James Bay and Lukas Graham, Hein Cooper has released his new album Underneath It All

Born and raised Australian, Cooper has been living in Montreal for a few years. The new record is as exuberant as it gets as the artist embodies every note and line; tearing down walls to focus on the heart and soul of the entire initiative.

Cooper insists he’s determined to dive deep within his bare soul, with a string of songs filled with new hope and positivity after some much-needed time off in-between studio recording. One of the tracks on the album, ‘Like That’, deserves a special mention for its vocal range and exemplary rhythm.

Framed in folk with obvious pop sensibilities and RnB vibes, the album draws inspiration from Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Rye-X, Radiohead and Coldplay. Listen to Hein Cooper's new album Underneath It All today.

 4.     ‘Keep On Coming Back’ - Wagons

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Wagons have made a triumphant return to music with their first track in five years, ‘Keep On Coming Back’.

The band effectively hone in on their hard-hitting, outlaw inspired, swamp rock madness while still stomping together as a joint force.

The unquestionably catchy new single is a melodic masterpiece and incorporates all the elements of the classic Wagons sound, with a fresh spiralling twist.

The track is a pensive collection of recurring memories, ear-worms, strange habits, and scars, describing the way a single experience or place can prompt old memories that alter the future.  

The group have been compared to musical outlaws Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, and it’s clear to see why. Listen to ‘Keep On Coming Back’ now and see them on their Australian tour in September.

 5.     ‘Say Enough (ft. Jack Spadez)’ - Frankie Crea

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Perth-based musican Frankie Crea utilises melodic synths and blistering guitar solos in new song ‘Say Enough (ft. Jack Spadez)’.

The tune is a refreshing blend of Rock/Pop/Indie that stresses the significance of living in the moment. Jack Spadez provides exemplary backup vocals and clever lyricism. 

"[I asked Jack] to jump on the track and do a verse… He came back to me a day later with lyrics and I instantly liked… It turned out to be a cool little fun collab,” says Frankie.

Although somewhat more poppy than Frankie’s previous releases, the style is still executed with an infectious energy. The atmospheric sounds and upbeat tempo alongside Frankie’s textured vocals compliment the song.

Frankie adds: “Soon as I came up with basic ideas for this song and laid down a demo of it I knew I sort of had something unique, different and fresh.”

Frankie Crea’s new single Say Enough (feat. Jack Spadez) from Frankie’s upcoming debut album is out now on all music platforms.

Salt & Steel empower listeners on fiery new single ‘The Beast, The Devil and Me’

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Featuring an unapologetic grinding rock sound driven by loud, layered guitars, ‘The Beast, The Devil and Me’ by Gold Coast’s Salt & Steel emphasizes the significance of embracing one’s inner wildfire.

The vocalist communicates a strange yet clear message within the song, describing how she sets free a beast like creature and befriends the devil who's on his own path to redemption. 

“These characters symbolise our primal instincts and the darkness that we each hold inside,” says the musician.

Salt & Steel remind listeners that accepting their whole selves means accepting their darkness too, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
They add: “By connecting, embracing and accepting our full selves, we will become stronger and more resilient… We are taught to act, look and live a certain way to fit into society, but we think that you should be able to be who you are, dance how you feel and live the life that your soul craves.”

We need more artists like female duo Salt & Steel for their unquestionable desire to inspire through music, encouraging fans to seek their inner truth. Stream this insanely powerful song now, and check out the duo’s tour dates below.

SALT & STEEL TOUR DATES 

JUNE 8 | Howling Moon Festival | Port Macquarie

JUNE 14 | Crow Street Creative | Gladstone

JUNE 15 | Club Limbo | Brisbane

JUNE 16 | The Shared | Yandina

JUNE 22 | Beyond The Blues Festival | Tweed Heads

JUNE 29 | Miami Marketta | Gold Coast

JULY 5 | The Wickham | Newcastle

JULY 7 | Hawkesbury Hotel | Windsor

JULY 10 | The Drunken Poet (Acoustic) | Melbourne

JULY 11 | Bombay Rock | Melbourne

JULY 14 | The Taproom (Shedshaker Brewing) | Castlemaine

JULY 18 | Frankie’s Pizza | Sydney

JULY 20 | Jamberoo Music Festival | Jamberoo

JULY 22 | Jindabyne Bowling Club | Jindabyne

JULY 24 | Jindabyne Bowling Club | Jindabyne

AUGUST 4 | Russell’s Pizza | Adelaide

The Paddy Cakes bring authentic charm on new banger ‘Wasted On Me’

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Melbourne indie rock band The Paddy Cakes have been gaining fans rapidly over the course of 2019, and it isn’t hard to see why.

The Gippsland rock outfit has been having a red-hot year so far, being currently in the middle of a successful tour after dropping an outstanding EP Broken At Best two months ago, a release that earnt them comparisons to rock giants Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes.

Now, ahead of their upcoming shows in Sydney and Wollongong, they’ve dropped a new banger, ‘Wasted On Me’.

Working with Dylan Adams (of DMA’s, Skeggs and West Thebarton fame), The Paddy Cakes have come through with a track that gives them a larger sense of swagger; the production work done here giving them a lot more body compared to their previous EP.

Simple guitar chords set the stage for the track from the get-go, as the song gets started with simple, effective drums and warm bass. However, as lead singer Dalton Tripodi starts to sing about being stuck in a difficult situation, the guitars become smothered in reverb and distortion in the pre-chorus.

Finally, when that earworm chorus hits, it hits hard. The production becomes fuzzy and heavy, matching the optimistic lyrics as Tripodi admits that despite the situation, he should try his best to get out of it.

Then, a gorgeous guitar solo takes centre stage over fuzzy bass and drums to fill out the track.

‘Wasted On Me’ seems like the next perfect transition for The Paddy Cakes. The confidence the band exhibits suggest their biggest successes are still yet to come. Watch this space.

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #4

Good Friday: the feature series that shines a light on the hottest new releases from around Australia. Keep reading to see which six artists were chosen for our fourth edition!

1.     ‘Tear It Down’ - All The Colours

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Melbourne band All The Colours have returned with intoxicating new single ‘Tear It Down’ ahead of their upcoming album VOL.3

Bristling music layered with melodic charm, the track heralds a new chapter for the band, one marked by a desire for more insatiable alt-rock sounds. 

“Tear it down and start again,” goes the infectious thoroughline of the new single; the kind that can get you dancing at the front of the stage or soothe you into quiet contemplation. 

“‘Tear It Down’ is a classic four-chord alt-rock soft verse and heavy chorus anthem, taking themes from Pixies and Nirvana and realising them through the lens of the modern era,” said All The Colours.

Following the tireless efforts of the band to ensure the punchy guitars and intense drum sections are on point, the end result is slick, finessed and goes down like the smoothest of whiskeys.

The original, confident and extremely talented group are on tour this winter in Melbourne and Sydney to warm the fans with their hot new songs. Listen to All The Colours now.

2.     ‘Can’t Help It’ - Sleepy Lizard

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Adelaide’s Sleepy Lizard entice and lull the listener on new jam, ‘Can’t Help It’.

The track is capable of both simmering in the background and weaving its own path distinct from the melody. It’s clear the five-piece have utilised their signature ‘70s ballad throwback vibes to seduce the listener.

‘Can’t Help It’ is perfect for the lusting, the lovelorn and the tragic romantics at heart. Sleepy Lizard vocalist Bill Meegan’s rich vocal tone creates a nostalgically dreamy sentiment; knowing one would be better off moving on, but failing to overcome blind love.

Meegan explains: “The song is about the difficulty faced trying to move on after a breakup. It’s the tale of a dope-sick, love junkie”.  

Drawing similarities to Client Liaison, Touch Sensitive and Set Mo, Sleepy Lizard’s track comprises of layered harmonies and rich arrangements.

Sleepy Lizard have undeniably planned a strong framework for success. Listen to the funk-laden tune ‘Can’t Help It’ below.

3.     ‘Good At Waiting’ – WILSN

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 WILSN’s Self Titled EP that has been awaited with extreme eagerness is finally available to stream, and the featured track ‘Good At Waiting’ is an unquestionable gem.

The equally passionate and emotional artist has taken her time to do things on her own terms, resulting in a powerful piece of work which connects to listeners on a deeper level. 

The 6-track EP is WILSN’s very own combination of soul and pop, including songs that will get stuck in your head for days.

The soulful artist is only going to get bigger in the coming years for the insane amount of control and creative license present in everything she produces.

Influenced by Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Lauryn Hill, the Melbourne-based singer knows exactly how to make her brand of soul-influenced pop come to life.

WILSN has always had the ability to hypnotise audiences with her vocal prowess and commanding live presence while staying true to her style, which is heard in her track ‘Good At Waiting’.

The old soul that adds contemporary flare to every track, WILSN, has killed it on her new EP. Have a listen below.

4.     ‘I Just Think That You’re Cute’ – Scarlet Drive 

Perth-based alternative rockers Scarlet Drive have released their new bold single ‘I Just Think That You’re Cute’.

After two years of touring Western Australia with their staple blend of punk, funk and reggae, the band has started exploring new boundaries in the indie pop and punk realm.

Vocalist Michael ‘Milli’ Millimaci, lead guitarist Michael ‘Barry’ Madafferi and bassist Maddey ‘Pocket-Rocket’ Eccleston have created a personal, rhythmic bop that includes tongue-in-cheek lyrics.

‘I Just Think That You’re Cute’ aims to poke fun at relationships that are based on physical attraction rather than emotional connection.

Scarlet Drive have begun preparing an onslaught of new releases for the back end of 2019. This light-hearted bop is not one you want to miss.

5.     ‘Stockholm’ – Akurei 

Following his debut EP August released in 2018, Akurei has released a playfully chilled new single, ‘Stockholm’.

Joining forces with long-time collaborator Golden Vessel, the track is the first taste of the artist’s second EP which is scheduled to release later this year.

Akurei began writing the track that includes a warm sound palette full of crisp beats, glitching guitars and ambient pads when he was on a solo trip across Europe last year. 

Akurei adds: “The song came together around a recording I’d done on my phone of the guitar part before I left… I wrote most of this song while staying in a hostel in Berlin and would have to quickly put down vocal takes between roommates returning to the shared room I was in.

“Lyrically, it covers loneliness and the longing for connection you encounter while travelling alone.”

Stream the surprising sombre song ‘Stockholm’ now, it’s worth a listen.

6.     ‘Just Call’ – Latchy

Multi-faceted musician from Sydney, Latchy, has released his new synth-pop track ‘Just Call’.

The tune from Lachlan Stanley is a shining procurement toward his more personal musings, combining weird electronic sensibilities with a singular sound. 

While Latchy is a project for personal endeavours, Stanley is also part of the dance-inspired group Feather Touch.
The musician has held nothing back in 'Just Call'. Initially written as a break-up track, the song was altered during its creation to be more like a love letter to Australia… linking to Latchy’s theme of self-discovery through travel. The tune also utilises organic instrumentation while putting the artist’s catchily unique voice in the spotlight.
Latchy explains: "I was worried about keeping my personal life hidden and separate from my music but… I wanted to find a voice that was more authentically mine".  

Sounds of Passion Pit and Friendly Fires are heard in the song for its flourishing synths and bouncing overtones.
'Just Call' is only just the beginning for Latchy, as he has many more singles up his sleeve for the remainder of 2019. We cannot wait.

Tamworth-raised Charlie Collins releases her enchantingly emotive debut album, 'Snowpine'

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Describing the musical journey she’s been on since a child, Snowpine exposes who Charlie Collins is, who she has loved, what she’s been through, and what she struggles with. The artist adds:

“I hope you enjoy my life book, my story, and maybe understand me a little better.”

Collins, raised on a record collection of storytelling, was getting onto the stage of the local pub at 11-years-old. Every track on the vulnerable body of work is an authentic, unfiltered portrayal of real-life experiences.

The release of ‘Please Let Me Go’ in late May received an overwhelmingly encouraging response, setting her up well for the release of her debut record. The controlled balance within every track makes you forget the artist is only a year into her professional career.

The powerful third track of the LP, ‘Who’s Gonna Save You Now’, encompasses echoing guitars and contemplative lyrics which create an intimate connection between musician and listener.

‘Space between’, as raw as the emotions it evokes, utilises an elegantly downtempo acoustic melody for Collins’ vocals to float above. ‘Unwell’ is similar to ‘Space between’ in its sound and subject matter, though it still manages to find a beautiful contrast through acute instrumentation. Both songs reveal a gentler side to Collins’ ever-expanding discography of alt-country infused indie rock.

The energetic album, filled to the brim with strong vocals, catchy hooks, and harmonica melodies, is a captivating gem from start to finish.

Charlie Collins joined Gang of Youths on their record-breaking sold out Say Yes To Life tour in 2018, and was commended for her incredible performances. Additionally, she also performed at Gang Of Youth’s self-curated festival in Brisbane, A More Perfect Union, alongside Jack River, Luca Brasi, Thelma Plum, and Publique. Collins kicked off her 2019 with stunning sets at St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival following the release of third single ‘Beautifully Blind’.

Moreover, Charlie Collins has recently announced she’ll be supporting Kasey Chambers on her massive Australian tour in September 2019. Make sure you listen to Snowpine below; it’s not one to miss.

Live Review – Jack River Sugar Mountain Ball, Brisbane – 2019

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Following a HUGE 2018 which saw the release of her debut album Sugar Mountain, many festival appearances, and three ARIA nominations, Jack River launched her Sugar Mountain Ball Tour at The Tivoli in Brisbane on Friday, 31 May 2019.

The event, including the gorgeously hypnotic voice of Eves Karydas and dreamy vibes of San Mei, was nothing like I’ve ever experienced before; a nostalgic wonderland infused with enchantingly vintage décor. From the prom-inspired photo wall to the sparkly string hanging from the stage ceiling, Jack made the night one to remember.

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San Mei’s performance of ‘Heaven’ was a crowd favourite which got everyone into a dancing mood with sizzling guitar riffs. The bold track from the Gold Coast band, featuring equally heavy and light musical components, was the perfect way to set the tone for the night.

As people steadily arrived wearing dreamy prom outfits, the venue transformed into a ballroom reminiscent of a `90s high school dance.

The next act was the magnificent Eves Karydas. Originally from Brisbane before moving to England at the age of 21, she was welcomed home with open arms. In her first performance at The Tivoli, she shared intimate interactions with the audience throughout her set.  

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If her songs ‘Hush’ and ‘Couch’ weren’t enough to get the audience singing along, her electronic cover of Post Malone and Swae Lee’s ‘Sunflower’ sure did the trick. Predictably closing with hit ‘Further Than The Planes Fly’, Eves indisputably proved why she was the perfect supporting act for Jack River.

In the time it took me to write a few notes and get a drink after her set, Eves Karydas had already made her way to the merch stand and was meeting fans; demonstrating the value she has for her followers. After getting a photo with the pop princess, I noticed the lights began to reduce along with the volume of crowd conversations. American wild west music blasted through the speakers… I, along with everyone else, knew it was time for the headliner.

Jack River received a rockstar welcome as she waltzed onto stage wearing a sparky vintage suit, animal print boots, and a tiara. 

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After a seemingly gradual start to the set, the powerful chorus of ‘Confess’ was enough to shift the show into gear.

As the concert progressed, Jack expressed her gratitude to the crowd by explaining the somewhat dark origins of Sugar Mountain and the role music has in her life. The kind-hearted musician even held the hand of girls in the front row during her more personal songs.

In true Sugar Mountain fashion, members of the band began handing out fairy floss (cotton candy) to members of the mosh pit, making the night even more special than what it already was.

Maintaining the indie-rock fun throughout the entire set, the encore performance of ‘Palo Alto’ had the crowd bopping in every corner of the venue.

Although slightly disappointing there was no cover of Savage Garden’s ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ in the set, the order of tunes created an immersive experience filled with dancing, crying, and healing.

The future is extraordinarily bright for Jack River, and after witnessing her Sugar Mountain Ball Tour, I can promise she is only going to get sweeter. 

Tour Dates:

JUNE 7 | The Enmore Theatre | Sydney

JUNE 8 | Metropolis Fremantle | Perth

JUNE 14 | The Gov | Adelaide

Seaside overcome social anxiety on new indie-pop single, ‘Sycamore’

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Byron Bay dream-pop quartet Seaside explain the significance of overcoming social anxiety on new single, ‘Sycamore’.

Lead vocalist Darcy Dexter’s experiences with self-doubt were used as inspiration for the track. Darcy explains: 

“Life can put you in positions that make us uncomfortable,

“The line “Ghosts in my house” is a metaphor for allowing something/some situation to weave itself into the wires of your mind, leaving them tangled, making us feel like we’re being forced to explain ourselves”.

The track produced by Dylan Nash features an upbeat melody paired with undeniably charismatic energy.

Formed in 2016, Seaside are touring through Australia with Good Doogs at the moment, so make sure you don’t miss them.

Seaside have completely smashed it with their catchy new piece of indie-pop. Listen to ‘Sycamore’ below.

Tour Dates:

JUNE 6 | Lion Arts Factory | Adelaide

JUNE 8 | Stay Gold | Melbourne

JUNE 14 | The Lansdowne | Sydney

JUNE 15 | Brightside | Brisbane

JUNE 21 | Northern | Byron Bay

Carousel Club's new track 'Lost It' is full of bubbly character

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Melbourne-based band Carousel Club have released their infectiously catchy new track, ‘Lost It’.

The guitar pop band’s mixture of spicy guitar riffs, silky synth lines and catchy melodies is sure to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  

There is an unbelievable amount of character and life in ‘Lost It’; the result of carefully layered components.

The percussion and vocals are a jam from the get-go, inviting the listener to bop along.

After the positive response to their previous single ‘Bitter’, 2019 is looking to be a very exciting year for the musicians.

‘Lost It’ is a huge step in the right direction for the band; exhibiting colossal improvement from their other releases. Don’t miss this one.

Dan Webb's new single 'Haloperidol' is the work of a genius

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Dan Webb has released his new synth-heavy instrumental single ‘Haloperidol’. 

The track was first written on April 29th 2017; time stamped to stay organised among the hundreds of ideas, demos and offcuts which don’t make the cut.

After already exploring rock, pop, prog, electronica, jazz, reggae, soul, funk and beyond during his extensive career, the artist is never one to do the same thing twice.  

“The concept of the album can be traced back as far as 2015,” Webb reveals.

His previous music has been hailed as “the work of a genius,” and ‘Haloperidol’ is nothing short of that.

Check out the electronically catchy, futuristic-sounding single below.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets take music scene by storm with new album ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’

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And now for the long-awaited third album from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’

After selling out their last Australian and UK tours and receiving global recognition for previous releases, the Perth band and their undeniably epic psych sound have taken the music scene by storm.

Their new LP takes the listener on a psychedelic journey, chopping and changing between sky-high riffs and elaborate vocal layers. The album is a culmination of experiences from the last few chaotic years for the band - a testament to the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets’ unrelenting, vivacious attitude and hungry approach to music. The energy captured on the album undoubtedly mirrors that of the band’s live presence.

Song five ‘Native Tongue’ includes an enticing and engaging blend of guitars, fuzzed out melodies, and swirling vocals, while ‘Social Candy’ features an urgency in lead vocalist Jack McEwan’s lyrics and maintains a constantly switching pace for its four-minutes-and-20-seconds duration. The line “Commence ignition for face control” around the 3:54 mark hits hard.

The wailing guitars, heavy rhythms, and off-the-wall lyricism of ‘And Now For The Whatchamacallit’ also demonstrates the dynamic band’s ability to diversify sonically.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets say it best themselves:

“The original concept was to take a 1930’s carnival that had been re-imagined for future generations, a collage of Punch and Judy, Carousels and coconut shy’s that progresses in musical concepts and travels with the listener.

“Then as we started traveling, I was swept off into my own kind of circus, the odyssey of touring life. Large nights out, larger characters, drunken recollections of foreign cities and rabbit hole-ing into insanity”.

The first track of the album, January’s ‘Keen For Kick Ons?’ was met with an overwhelmingly positive response for its catchy rhythm and general fun nature.

The kings of blistering psych rock continued to assert their dominance with ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ in April, featuring manic guitar riffs and a trippy interlude. The track was a fitting continuation of pace from previous singles ‘Keen For Kick Ons’, ‘Social Candy’ and ‘My Friend’s A Liquid’. Self-described by the Crumpets as “a sprawling slap of psychedelia, trudging guitars, and screeching vocals,” ‘Bill’s Mandolin’ is an undeniable banger for any rock lover. 

‘Hymn For A Droid’, the third song of the LP, similarly slaps you in the face with an insane guitar riff before launching straight into heavy percussion. I can only imagine the state of the mosh when that chorus is played live. One of my favourites on the record.

The lads exhibit their instrumental range in ‘Fields, Woods, Time’. Although slightly more lowkey than the other tunes on the album, the fourth track of the LP isn’t any less of a banger.

Released earlier in the year, the head-banging groove of single ‘My Friend’s A Liquid’ recalls some seriously chilled vibes that are sure to get you in a good mood.

The Porn Crumpets’ signature soaring sound is on full display during ‘When In Rome’, which also incorporates a steady and memorable melody.

‘Digital Hunger’ is the undeniable outlier within the LP, and it could not be more perfect. A much calmer, hazed-out end caps off this masterful blend of sounds and rich psych textures.

The final song of the record, ‘Dezi’s Adventure’, begins with a pleasant bopping noise that recalls an old-fashioned carnival. The uniquely curated musical atmosphere makes the song stand out from any other you’ve heard within the genre.

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have an extremely exciting set of Australian tour dates commencing in June, including the incomparable Splendour In The Grass. See all dates below. The band has undoubtably brought their A-game on their third album and we can’t wait to hear what’s next.

JUNE 12 | Lion Arts Factory | Adelaide 

JUNE 13 | The Triffid | Brisbane

JUNE 14 | The Croxton Bandroom | Melbourne

JUNE 15 | The Factory Theatre | Sydney

JUNE 21 | Astor Theatre | Perth

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #3

Good Friday: the feature series that shines a light on the hottest new releases from around Australia. Keep reading to see who made the cut for our third edition!

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1.     ‘Conditions’ - Jayden McGrath

Emerging pop artist Jayden McGrath explores acceptance in the face of unfortunate circumstances on his debut single ‘Conditions’. 

‘Conditions’ is sure to attract fans through its intriguing blend of pop, rock, and RnB. Driving percussion and intricate guitar work compliment the sweeping synthesisers and distinctive vocals. 

Jayden says: 

“’Conditions’ is a track that came up for me in a rather dark period of my life… after some big changes, I started to question the meaning and purpose of my life… at the time it felt like every step forward sent me two steps back.  

“’Conditions’ is a kind of morbid acceptance of everything being dull for me at this point in time”.

The song is a fitting debut for the artist, paving a bright future for what’s to come. Jayden McGrath will be celebrating the release of ‘Conditions’ with a headline show at Melbourne’s Evelyn Hotel on June 7.

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2.     ‘Walkabout’ – Parkville

From the Dandenong Ranges of Victoria, Parkville turn melancholy into a joyfully relatable sing-along on their new single ‘Walkabout’.

The heartfelt song by the folk-pop trio about falling out of touch with friends was inspired by violinist Dylan Knur's experiences with dissolving friendships and messy breakups.

Subverting expectations with its contemporary eclectic instrumental arrangement, ‘Walkabout’ successfully trades the manic Latin-rock of recent single ‘Rooks’ for feel-good folk-pop.

After busking on the streets of Melbourne, the band developed a polished Mumford & Sons style emphasized by their three-part vocal harmonies and soaring violin riffs.

Parkville's live shows have become “nothing short of spectacular,” bringing international support opportunities with high-profile acts like Kodaline and Saint Sister. Listen to the trio’s new single ‘Walkabout’ below.

3.      ‘Warrior Games’ – KAYEX

Aiming to eliminate fear and bring confidence back into people’s lives, electronic duo KAYEX have released their timeless new single ‘Warrior Games’.

Co-written and produced by Lionel Towers (Gypsy & The Cat), and mastered by Mike Marsh (Calvin Harris, Chemical Brothers), the funky indie-pop track has an addictively unique quality. Released during Crooked Colours’ tour which KAYEX are supporting, it radiates warmth and originality.

KAYEX members Palassi Kailis and Tom Derick explain: 

“We wrote ‘Warrior Games’ while we were dealing with a few creative and personal obstacles…  When people listen to this song, we want them to feel as if they have no fear but complete confidence in their path, whatever that may be. Trust the process and have faith in the work you’ve put in.”

The track has now been paired a with a colourful and quirky new music video, complimenting throwback sonics through featuring a vintage ‘80s aesthetic.

Drawing inspiration from Daft Punk, Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, KAYEX have indisputably asserted themselves into the Australian music scene in 2019.

4.     ‘The Other Side’ – Radolescent

The fun-loving larrikins from Gold Coast band Radolescent have released their cheeky new track ‘The Other Side’. 

The track is perfect to get your mosh onto; a certified surfy banger which won’t disappoint. Far from a one-trick-pony, the track also explores some pretty sombre subject matter.

"Our favourite beach break on the coast has been under the threat of corporate development for the past ten years… This song represents a movement by locals, to SAVE OUR SPIT," Radolescent explain.

Band members Isaac Atkinson (guitarist and vocalist), Lachlan Barker (bassist), Kurt Pearce (drummer), and Kerrod Chant (guitarist) live and breathe the sea, scum, and sweat of surfers; all of which are evident in their distinctive sound.

Now, with the upcoming release of their debut album ‘Prehab’ and an East Coast tour over June and July, Radolescent are ready to take on the country.

"We go as hard if we played to 10 people as we would to 150”, they add.

2019 is Radolescent’s year to take their music to places it’s never been previously, and we can’t wait to hear more.

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5.     ‘Drowning’ - Güs

Brisbane's Angus Hayes has launched his solo project Güs with a glistening debut single ‘Drowning’.

The track conjures memories of summers gone by, inviting the listener to dance like no one is watching.

Hidden beneath the upbeat, happy melody, however, the band discusses some unexpectedly heavy subject matter.
"’Drowning’ was written at a time during which I had recently lost a loved one… To the casual listener, drowning is a track that will get your body grooving, but there is deeper meaning to be found for those that look," said Hayes. 
Hayes, no stranger to the music scene, made the decision to venture on his own after previously playing in bands Gus & Jim and Blood Bank. In fact, Gus & Jim’s ‘Boyhood’ charted at #1 in the Netherlands, and Blood Bank played at highly regarded Brisbane venues such as The Triffid

Hayes explains: "This is something I’ve been working on for a long time, and it feels amazing to finally bring everything together at a level which I’m happy to send off into the big bad world." 
Check out the ambient electronic sounds of ‘Drowning’ now.

Electro-funk outfit daste bring their A-game on new EP, Palette

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Palette has been a long time coming for electro-funk trio daste.

After teasing fans with several tracks over the last few months, the group has finally released their eclectic debut EP ahead of their upcoming June tour, which will see them trek down Australia’s east coast, performing in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Sydney.

And it is clear, after listening to this record, that the songs had been worked on for a very long time. Each of the five tracks brings its own style, yet as a whole product the EP feels like a full experience: a clear electro lo-fi style, and tracks slipping silently into one another.

The stage is set early with opener ‘Myself’, that introduces breezy synths and bassline; instrumentation that permeates across the entire record. Lyrically, the song tells a story of a protagonist who wants to be free, be themselves, and leave a relationship. ‘Thinkin’ Of’ keeps that easy-going feel, bringing the trio’s outstanding production to the forefront; with glitches and distortions making the track feel warped and intoxicated, as though we are inside the protagonist’s head. 

‘SOBER’, by comparison, picks up the tempo and presents something more within the band’s wheelhouse, with funky bass and upbeat percussion; yet, it also still keeps the warped feeling from the previous track, something that fans of acts like Running Touch would appreciate.

Penultimate track ‘Overload’ brings that warped feeling back front and centre, matching the lyrics about losing control from spending too much time burning at the candle at both ends. The breezy synths give a merry-go-round feeling to the proceedings.

However, the undeniable highlight is the closing title track: a low-key, sensual, in-a-little-spotlight piano ballad. The addition of glamourous horns is fantastic, filling out the track with a sense of mystical, romantic grandness. Add to the positive lyrics that ‘the music is yours to keep,’ and you have something irresistible, down to its sublime jazzy outro and stiff percussion that, on paper, seems like it wouldn’t work with the live, glamorous instrumentation, yet it does.

Palette is intricate, detailed and captivating, yet it only feels like it scratches the surface of this talented trio of musicians. daste are a group going places, and those places look excitingly bright. A must listen.

Velvet Bloom brings smooth style onto latest soul ballad ‘Teach Ya’

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When it comes back to laidback music, few can claim to be as laidback as jazz soul-pop outfit Velvet Bloom.

Fresh off a debut EP release earlier this year, this Melbourne-based musical project has been turning heads for its catchy take on jazz and ambient music; a sound that has caught on with listeners on Triple J and Triple J unearthed.

With a new tour set to begin in June (playing shows in Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Port Macquarie and Forster), Velvet Bloom has coincided the beginning of this tour with the release of their latest gem, ‘Teach Ya.’

From the get-go, the track welcomes you in with a very easy-going style, meandering guitars and gentle percussion. The track comes across with a relaxed feeling, but a soulful swagger mixed with pop sensibilities. This is a tune that is going at it’s own pace, and won’t be rushed. The bass here is subtle, but underrated, and serves as a gorgeous counterpoint to lead vocalist Maddy Herbert’s tender vocals.

These vocals however are what really wins you over though, as Herbert sings about being fair to yourself, and to focus on trying to not get worked up over trivial things. The lyrical themes match delightfully with the easy-going musical approach the song takes. Her performance is tender and considered, especially when she introduces extraordinary harmonies in the verses and in the outro.

If there is a way to describe this song, it would be bubblegum soul. It’s smooth textures and jazzy finish immediately allows the listener to relax and be put at ease. If Velvet Bloom set out to achieve a gorgeous sense of tranquillity, they more than achieved it with this track: a sublime example of musical craftsmanship, and a damn smooth tune to boot!

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #2

Good Friday: the feature series that shines a light on the hottest new releases from around Australia. Keep reading to see who made the cut for our second edition!

1.     ‘Glass Arms’ – FEELDS 

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Melbourne songwriter/producer Feelds (James Seymour) has produced yet another immersive soundscape with new single ‘Glass Arms’.

The artist invites the listener to be a part of an evocative journey, using vivid imagery and complex storytelling to bring each piece of music to life.

Seymour describes the construction of 'Glass Arms':

“A Eureka moment that spilt out during post-Bigsound downtime in a Brisbane studio late last year… a rare moment that had to be captured instantly”.

Dubbed a “woozy slice of indie that will leave you intoxicated”, Feelds explores the ideas surrounding trust and conforming to the usual paths in life within the song.

Give the soothing new single ‘Glass Arms’ a listen below.

2.     ‘I Never (Strings Version) feat. Dan Sultan’ – The Bamboos

One of Australia’s best soul acts The Bamboos team up with Dan Sultan on an extensive new version of their 2012 single ‘I Never’.

The track encapsulates a lush setting with sweeping strings, woodwind and brass which coaxes both an epic and intimate vibe. 

The tune comes ahead of the new album filled with orchestral reinventions ‘By Special Arrangement’ set to release August 2nd.

The Bamboos member Lance Ferguson says:

I have wanted to work with Dan Sultan for many years now… there is definitely something unique about his artistry and I regard him as one of this country’s finest vocalists”.

This is one you are not going to want to miss.

 3.     ‘Dreams’ – Sunshine & The Disco Faith Choir 

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Sunshine & The Disco Faith Choir have brought a completely new sound to a Fleetwood Mac cover in ‘Dreams’.

After cutting her teeth on Melbourne’s club circuit, Sunshine has continued to combine global influences with her house and techno roots. The energising track is filled to the brim with musical textures, taking a soft rock classic into a banging rave realm.  

A foot-stomping, heart-pounding anthem for any occasion, Sunshine & The Disco Faith Choir have brought their ‘Dreams’ to reality in regional Victoria.

 4.     ‘Too Many Lies’ – La Félix

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New Zealand producer La Félix has returned with yet another disco-pop electro-funk banger, ‘Too Many Lies’.

Joined by Los Angeles based vocalist Max Green, the bright up-tempo summertime single features melodic piano chords, nu disco synthesizers, and catchy guitar work to depict a lie-plagued relationship.

Co-writing the song via email, Green said: 

“Too Many Lies is a song about integrity. In an attempt to reduce anxiety in my life, I’ve personally found the most relief through being honest to both yourself and others. In this particular song, I’m talking about a relationship that was at one point very strong but lost its weight after too many lies were told.”

La Félix’s layered bass and rhythm echoes an anthemic sentiment that invites the listener to dance like no one is watching.

After taking nine months to create the track, ‘Too Many Lies’ is finally available to the public and we can’t wait for you to hear it.

5.     ‘Jane Doe’ - Wallace 

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Sydney-based Kiwi artist Wallace shares her first release of 2019, ‘Jane Doe’.

Following a handful of acclaimed singles, the soulful vocalist’s new track is a call to women to unashamedly find their name and claim their place.

Wallace explores feminist ideals and her interest in true crime stories within the tune:
“I had the many mantras of a podcast I’m obsessed with, ‘My Favourite Murder’ running through my mind while writing the lyrics. They implore women to “F*ck Politeness" in uncomfortable situations and trust your intuition when your inner alarm is going off.” 
 

Described as a vibrant mosaic of soul, hip-hop and pop, the musician’s artistic identity has become globally recognisable though her ability to captivate an audience.  

As well as being able to listen to ‘Jane Doe’ below, you can experience Wallace’s trademark jazz-influenced vocals and magnetic presence live when she goes on tour with I Know Leopard during May and June.

Salibu Macey encourage listeners to embrace good times in new single, 'Dog Days'

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Adelaide-based three-piece indie-rock band Salibu Macey have brought the heat in their booty-shaking new single ‘Dog Days’.

After grabbing the attention of the nation in March with 'Bonnie', Salibu Macey want nothing but positive vibes on 'Dog Days', inviting the listener to embrace the good times when the going gets tough.

Vocalist James Catford said:
“Dog Days' is written about a time in my life where it didn't matter what happened externally or internally, I was content and at peace… however, I knew that wouldn't last forever and would find myself in darker moments again.
The theme of the song is to embrace the good moments in life… know that in dark times to persevere because those moments of light are just around the corner."

The inspiring tune ‘Dog Days’ is out now on all major streaming services. Have a listen below.

Cult Shotta compliments Golden Vessel's signature style in new lo-fi pop track, ‘TONIGHT’

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Producer Golden Vessel (aka Maxwell Byrne) has just released his debut LP SLOWSHINE which has been awaited with extreme frothage, including lo-fi pop track ‘TONIGHT’.

The tune, which features Sydney rap duo Cult Shotta, was the last song written for the album and is based around the feeling of being introverted, but still making an effort to get out and see people.

Cult Shotta's idiosyncratic flow seamlessly compliments the Brisbane-orientated musician’s signature production style of textured, intelligent beat-making on the song, as together they explore themes of friendship and relationships.  

“I’d spend most days trying to piece together different synths and vocals until it worked,” Golden Vessel explains. 

“I really loved the idea of having multiple voices inputting their own experiences and stories into a broader song topic.”

‘TONIGHT (feat. Cult Shotta)’, which features on Golden Vessel’s new album SLOWSHINE, is out now.

Jamie Lane gets sensual and atmospheric on new R&B banger, 'Desire'

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Jamie Lane is back! Hot on the heels of his eclectic single he dropped last month ‘Say It Again’, the enigmatic Queensland artist has returned with a new R&B banger, ‘Desire.’

Lane has been carving out a name for himself in the underground over the last year, achieving some crossover success with the song ‘Sink.’ However, 2019 has shown the forward-thinking R&B artist is looking ahead to bigger and better things.

Known for his experimental approach to hip hop, Lane keeps that eccentric style that made ‘Say It Again’ so interesting, but at the same time, has brought a real sense of smooth catchiness to this track. This is a low-key, nocturnal effort, filled with bass, reverb and atmosphere.

On the surface, this is a very sensual track, with heavy, bassy verses contrasting nicely with shrill instrumental choruses, with punchy synths introducing themselves into the mix to compliment Lane’s unique singing style. Flying solo on this effort, Lane is able to take centre stage a bit more and it is needed; his performance here is a much more emotionally driven one than his previous efforts, which is a welcome change of pace.

However, the lyrics detail a much more sombre story, as Lane details how he is fighting in a romantic relationship, almost to the point where he’s barely able to feel good about being in love, restoring the fire in the relationship, and attaining the eponymous desire he so desperately craves.

A sign of a great artist is when they are able to push forward and create experimental music that not only pushes boundaries, but also appeals to people. For Lane, this track signals a confident step in the right direction. More, please!

Fluir encourages listeners to break away from dull daily routines in new single 'Higher Ground'

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Empowering Sydney-based songwriter and producer Fluir has released her stellar new single ‘Higher Ground’, encouraging listeners to break away from the dull routines that can take over our lives. 

The hook-laden track combines dance, electronic and pop genres in a sophisticated, naturally catchy way. Fluir’s gentle vocals compliment the propelling percussion and intricate production, paying tribute to the central influences RÜFÜS DU SOL, Kilter and Alice Ivy. Fluir explains:

“In the past I've spent unnecessary energy worrying about what to say and how to say it lyrically.  For this song, I wanted to be free from that and allow the music to be at the forefront.” 

She continues: 

“I'm constantly inspired by fellow DIY musicians and artists. Being a self-managed independent artist, being able to connect and collaborate with like-minded creatives always inspires me.”

Fluir has well and truly hit her stride after relocating to Sydney to pursue music as a full-time career; selling out shows, receiving radio attention, and making festival appearances. If the response to her track ‘Higher Ground’ is any indication, 2019 is going to be an exceptional year for the musician. Have a listen below.

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #1

Good Friday: the feature series that shines a light on the hottest new releases from around Australia. Keep reading to see who made the cut for our first edition!

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  1. ROSE GOLDD FT. LIL SPACELY - ‘MY WAVE’

After an extremely positive response to her last three releases, Rose Goldd has killed it with yet another gorgeous track, ‘My Wave (feat. Lil Spacely)’. 

The Brisbane-based hip-hop artist has been making waves all over the country, gaining numerous brand endorsements, collaborations with the likes of Vic August, blog attention, and streaming placements.

The tune, well beyond its years, features one of the hottest Australian rappers in the game right now Lil Spacely, and includes the perfect mixture of sweet, infectious lyrics, with energizing flow and finesse.

The artist has shown she’s not here to play games and is shaping up to be one to watch in the uprising of Australian Hip Hop, specifically after releasing ‘My Wave (feat. Lil Spacely)’. Watch this space.

2. THE SUNDAY ESTATE – ‘WE WERE KIDS’

New Sydney-based band The Sunday Estate have launched their nostalgic second single ‘We Were Kids’.

The tune provides a deeper edge to the band’s repertoire, exploring subject matter relevant for many listeners.

They explain:

“[The] lyrics [are] inspired by the struggles that are synonymous with navigating your 20’s particularly in dealing with fading or souring friendships, finding the balance between priorities such as new careers and studies whilst of attempting to maintain and hold onto the relationships that keep us grounded and solid.”
Although a slight shift from their debut single, ‘We Were Kids’ still proudly conforms to The Sunday Estate’s classic ‘Nostalgia Pop’ sound.
“It’s a little bit slower and focuses on soaring synths, punchy and gated drums, and sparkly guitars.”
After already receiving a lot of praise for their music, 2019 is looking to be the year for the five-piece band.

3. OBVIOUS CREATURE - ‘PERFECT’

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Obvious Creature, the solo project of producer Pete Sanderson, has returned with the track ‘Perfect’.

The Central Coast-orientated artist announces the tune ahead of his third LP ‘Next Year Might Be Different’ set to release May 31, representing a culmination of sound and artistic direction.

“The album is a bleak commentary on cruel optimism and human desire to always be something more,” he says.

The new direction for the producer explores rich textures of organic instruments combined with effected samples and layered vocals.

The alternative, hypnotising sounds of ‘Perfect’ will transport you to your happy place. It’s worth the listen.

4. GRAACE – ‘HAVE FUN AT YOUR PARTY’

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GRAACE, the sad girl we’ve all been waiting for, has blessed our ears with her first release of 2019 ‘Have Fun At Your Party’. 

The empowering yet lonely vibes make for a relatable track, heightened by her fearless vocals and unabashed storytelling.

Lyrics such as “Go have fun at your party, I'll be sitting here sipping on thoughts of your body" depict the reflectively honest testament to the push and pull of a turbulent relationship. 

Amassing over 15 million streams on Spotify, GRAACE takes your traditional party pop song structure and twists it into the ultimate sad girl anthem

We've certainly fallen for GRAACE's vulnerable and danceable ‘Have Fun At Your Party’.

 5. MIDNIGHT POOL PARTY – ‘SLIDE’

Midnight Pool Party demonstrate their mature, polished sound in their new track ‘Slide’. 

Released on May 7 with their EP ‘Motions’, the duo takes us on a sonic voyage by packing ‘Slide’ with an explosion of vibrant and lively sensations. The track opens with the simplistic sound of a wurli and vocals before it immerses the listener in a complex melody.

The disco/funk style of music was inspired by many opposing eras, specifically by the work of Chic, Dafter, Touch Sensitive and Cosmos Midnight. However, the pair say you can hear some elements of rock and hip hop in their music due to the eclectic musical tastes they both have. 

Midnight Pool Party say they wanted to create an immersive experience for the listener which is why they experimented with different sounds within ‘Slide’.