GOOD FRIDAY - SPICIEST NEW TUNAS OF 30 AUG 2019

Good Friday: The feature series that shines a light on our favourite new releases from around Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Make sure you check out all the artists that featured this week up the top of our weekly playlist, which also includes some other jams we've been getting down to during the week.

 1.     ‘Devil U Know’ - Sarah Wolfe

Sarah Wolfe’s debut single ‘Devil U Know’ is a sensual, all-encompassing tune with a gorgeous glossy sheen.

The single revolves around the intricacies and vulnerabilities that surface during the first few exciting but scary weeks of falling in love.

Sarah says: “It was written with my partner Xavier Dunn in the first few weeks of dating, so listening back to the track gives me this insane sense of hyper-realism”.

The tune is bound to be successful for its flawless execution of electronic production and lyrical elegance.

Taking inspiration from the quote: “Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t,” the track embraces an upbeat pop sound that is brought to life by sensational synths, ringing vocals, and heartfelt lyrics.

Although terrifying at first, the artist says you can’t shut yourself off from relationships because you’ve been hurt in the past.

The new pop banger accurately captures the trials and tribulations that surface during the early stages of escalating love. Whether you’re in or out of a relationship, you need to hear ‘Devil U Know’.

 

2.     ‘Missing Out On’ – The Run

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Melbourne trio The Run unleash their new soaring single, ‘Missing Out On’.

Through blending choral vocals with indie soul, the story about a love lost but personal growth and strength gained becomes prominent. Moreover, the music builds as the rhythm guitar takes on an almost vintage soul throwback among the contemporary rock sounds.

The comforting and cathartic lyrics work extremely well with the steady melody, as the band captures gorgeous sounds similar to Ruel and Lime Cordiale.

Although the emotional tone of lead vocalist Connor Morel can be heard throughout the song, it’s really the rich chorus of voices that drive the lyrics home.

Member of The Run Will Conway says: “Recording the single was probably the most caffeinated week I’ve had on planet Earth and I don’t regret a thing… Trying to make sure we ‘got it right’ was something that was really important to us”.

After consistently defining and exploring their musical identity, The Run have found their sound. The application of well thought out rhythms, relatable lyrics, and infectious percussion demonstrate the group’s cohesive development. Give ‘Missing Out On’ a listen now.

 

3.     ‘Three Oh Three’ – Oly Sherman

Indie-folk artist Oly Sherman has given us a gorgeous new track ‘Three Oh Three’, part of his emotion rich EP.

The title track of his EP is a nuanced slice of music that highlights his emotional side and shows his bravery to bring darker stories to light. Sherman’s dynamic vocal notes bloom within the carefully layered production.

The Sydney-based musician demonstrates a clear songwriting prowess as he invites the listener to experience a life-changing event… a heart procedure which left the artist with a pacemaker.

He explains: “My pacemaker which I had put in two years ago would literally tick over everyday at 3:03pm and it sent me a little insane… I could basically narrow it down and describe the sensation through writing music and lyrics that I had come up with”.

Melting the hearts of fans with his all-enveloping brand of performance has drawn many comparisons to the likes of Matt Corby and Josh Pyke.

The artist has made some impressive moves over the past year, and ‘Three Oh Three’ is no different. Stream the eloquent tune now and see him live as he tours Sydney this September.

 

4.     ‘Lie’ – Jakob

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Jakob, the Yungblud and Ruel inspired artist you’re soon going to love, has released his new track ‘Lie’.

‘Lie’ is a Latin-inspired alt-pop blend that draws from R&B, hip-hop and his South American roots.

Jakob says the song is about when: “The person [he] cared for was in a toxic relationship with someone else… And she would constantly ask [him] for advice”.

“I wanted to say that she should be with me instead of telling her something she wants to hear,” he adds.

The project of 18-year-old Jakob Delgado is driven by the goal of pioneering a new wave of artist, admitting that he doesn’t just want to be like his idols, he wants to be an idol.

The young artist has spent some time in the US, working with amazing producers, finding his sound, and finding himself. Jakob will make his live debut at Music Matters in Singapore in September, and an EP is well and truly on its way, so stay tuned and remember the name.

 

5.     ‘No One’ – Holiday Party

Brisbane band Holiday Party return with their new catchy single, ‘No One’.

The band combine their trademark junkyard pop with a choir of young Brisbane singers to create an angelically captivating tune.

The song about complicated break ups is about falling out with a friend, partner or letting go of a part of yourself.

Holiday Party say: "It starts in confusion, realisation and moves on to an epiphany… You'll never get closure, but it's probably for the best".

After spending a few months in the studio, playing shows around Brisbane and supporting the likes of G Flip, the group say adding a choir component to ‘No One’ completed the song.

"The song took a few months of writing, re-writing and tinkering to put together, although the structure came together quite quickly," explain Holiday Party.

The group who have already evolved massively since their inception in 2017 have recently added Pete Bernoth to the existing duo of Mel Tickle and Luke McDonald. If this doesn’t skyrocket their success, I don’t know what will. Listen to ‘No One’ now and see them at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND next week!

Beau Lightning finds boldness in rock ‘n’ roll simplicity with debut EP ‘The Birth of an Alter Ego’

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2019 has witnessed the birth of Beau Lightning, the alter ego of Adelaide singer-songwriter, Eli Georgeson. 

From learning music at the age of eight, to partnering with bands in his teens, this marks the first time Eli has gone solo. The result: a distorted form of rock and roll. What makes this EP so fantastic is its strong adherence to what made rock such a pivotal artform: it’s pure old school fundamentals and style.

Kicking off with the track ‘Smoke in Your Lungs’, Beau brings pulsing drums and walls of warped guitars, something that wouldn’t feel out of place on an Arctic Monkeys record. The lyrics detail the end of a relationship, how he doesn’t know what to do with himself, and how his significant other will probably find someone better than him. It’s this catalyst that leads to the birth of the eponymous alter ego, and is reflected in the warped, distorted production.

‘Last Night’ continues that warped feeling, with a chugging beat and off-kilter chords that sounds like Beau is hungover from a night out drinking, questioning if he found a monster in his bed or if he is dreaming. The track, musically, feels like the eponymous character is going through the motions, because in his hungover state, that is all he can manage.

‘Don’t Get Bit’ picks up the energy of the EP quite a bit. It is a rollicking tune, pulled straight out of the Seventies playbook. However, Beau really comes into his own on ‘Rock’n’Roll Life’, with a croaky delivery about wanting to embrace a hyper aggressive personality, like an out-of-control rock and roll star smashing up the stage. The themes are matched with a nocturnal feel to the production, and guitar chords that feel cold as ice.

Finally, the closer ‘In My Hands’ brings things to an unsettling, quiet conclusion, with Beau in his final form. He repeats the mantra of “having your live in my hands”, as colour guitar plays in the background. Slow dense percussion introduces, before finally exploding with electric guitar and Beau screaming into oblivion. It is as though he has come full circle and looks ready to make the same mistakes all over again that was responsible for this transformation.

This is a nuanced, dense and unsettling EP, but one that nails its rock sensibilities and fundamentals so well. Beau Lightning has brought a vivid form of rock to life, that wears it’s influences on its sleeve. A compelling listen.

Wing Defence take flight on new single ‘Cuts’

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The Adelaide pop-punk duo will have you begging for more after hearing their latest emotional tune, ‘Cuts’.

While previous releases ‘Stuck’, ‘Listerine’ and ‘Hindsight’ gave an indication of the direction Wing Defence may take, ‘Cuts’ completely catches the listener off guard with its undeniable eminence.

The single is an angsty, inward look at the ups and downs of the modern dating scene from Wing Defence member Skye Walter’s point of view, where there seems to be a decline in traditional success.

The band say: “‘Cuts’ explores Skye’s experience with her two-week stint on the dating app Tinder, and emphatically includes the on-going experience of her friends who have also dabbled with the fickle and rather disappointing outcomes”. 

The mature, refined sound of Skye Walter and Paige Court goes off in a live environment, making it clear to see why they’ve shared stages with Polish Club, The Vanns and West Thebarton.

Embracing the start of a new chapter, the dynamic duo have well and truly found their sonic identity and the industry and audiences are loving it. It has the same refreshingly honest sound of Ruby Fields and Alex The Astronaut.

After selling out their hometown show, releasing tour dates, and announcing a 2020 EP, make sure you get on the Wing Defence train before it leaves the station!

Fletcher Gull reflects on a near death experience in new single

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Melbourne based musician Fletcher Gull recalls an icy glacial night in ‘Hypothermia’, an audacious indie-pop song that may have saved his life. 

In an experience which changed his life forever, the artist found himself sleeping under canvas in Canada’s sub-zero Rocky Mountains.

He reflects: “I was so cold I thought I might die, so I had to sit up and try to get my blood flowing any way I could in an attempt to ensure my limbs didn’t fall off".

Within the extreme conditions, Fletcher found warmth in song writing. ‘Hypothermia’ was born.

Part of his debut upcoming EP Remember That You're Gone, Fletcher infuses uplifting tones, quirky instrumentation and a dizzying bridge into the exceptionally personal effort. Additionally, the artist’s signature vocal tone floats enchantingly above the captivating melody.

The melancholic optimism within the quirky track taps into a different set of emotions for the listener, particularly in lines like: “The more I see, the less I know”.

Enduring salt, sun, and snow, you’d be kidding yourself to say Fletcher Gull hasn’t pushed himself to the absolute limit to achieve ‘Hypothermia’. Stream it now, then see him live at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND next week! (3-6 September 2019)

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #8

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 eighth edition!

1.     ‘Superstar’ – Pinkish Blu

The superstars from Pinkish Blu have returned with a new moody single ‘Superstar’. 

The alternative sad-pop Adelaide crew likened to M83 and The 1975 have skyrocketed since 2017. Their emotional, dreamy and brutally honest style of music has been known to completely stun the listener.

80’s synth-sounds are be heard within ‘Superstar’, along with nostalgic 90’s guitar tones combined with a modern pop hook.

Pinkish Blu wrote the song to express the wonderful characteristics of love, and the way in which it seeps into every facet of life. Although, they avoid being sappy to create an intriguingly realistic world for the listener.

Pinkish Blu lead singer Brice says: “When you really feel love, the sky may seem more blue, and the smell of rain might make you hungry… Love can really enhance the part of us that has brought the world all of its weird and wonderful art.” 

The band have confirmed they’ll be releasing an album in 2019, so get keen for sparkling synths and juicy jangles of the vintage quartet. Pinkish Blu are only just getting started.

2.     ‘Good Times’ - Genesis Owusu

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The innovative, multi-faceted Canberra-based Genesis Owusu is known for his incredible vocal tone and phenomenal live performance. Now, he unleashes his raw musical power in new track ‘Good Times’. 

Paired with ‘Simmer Down’ as part of his AA side release, the diverse fusion of hip hop, rap and R&B within the song work sublimely.  

Not to be confined by genres, Genesis utilises his exceptional vocal range in every track, and ‘Good Times’ is no different. The precisely sung lyrics perfectly match sharp rhymes, enticing the listener to dance along.

After taking his Smiling With No Teeth Tour to stages in May, it’s no surprise the nation is in love with his off the wall energy and hip moving rhythms. 

Cosmo's Midnight, Noname, Aminé and SAFIA are a few of the massive acts Genesis opened for in 2018, and it seems clear the high-quality musical production rubbed off on the artist.

With his fanbase growing rapidly, Genesis Owusu continues to send shockwaves and make his mark on the Australian music scene. Enjoy the ‘Good Times’ in life.

3.     ‘Take a Step Back’ – Polarize

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After gaining local momentum, Melbourne-based indie rock/heady pop band Polarize have released their new sun-drenched single ‘Take a Step Back’.

Despite being a clear pop song, the deep lyricism strengthens the message to metaphorically and possibly even physically “step back” to process a situation. While the theme is heavily communicated in the chorus, the language becomes substantially more peaceful throughout the verses. 

Polarize frontman Rudie Dodd says: “I’m basically talking to myself rather than anyone else, because I probably spend too much time in my own head”.

The exceptional layering creates a delicate soundscape that remains relaxed throughout the song. Moreover, careful application of guitar riffs and synths give a refreshing feel.   

To celebrate their recent success and the release of ‘Take a Step Back’, Polarize will be playing a show at the Grace Darling on August 30. Additionally, the talented Amarina Waters and The Vacant Smiles will be supporting the show. Before then, sit back, relax, and enjoy this smooth psych-pop ballad. 

4.     ‘Decide’ – Dopamine

Dopamine, the indie-rock five-piece from Brisbane, are giving us a candid new single ‘Decide’.

The track rich in emotional vulnerability and honesty describes the initial feelings involved in a relationship.

Frontman Finley Miller says: “The song is about… the uncertainty of where [a relationship] will go and the hesitance to put all of your trust into someone”.

With the inspiration to write a love song that strayed away from clichés, Miller included many personal lines in the song that are based on his own experiences.

Drawing similarities to Last Dinosaurs and The 1975, Dopamine create a fun, individual atmosphere on the tune.

Surprisingly, the single was recorded, produced and mixed by none other than Dopamine themselves, enabling creative autonomy and freedom. 

“We've found that when doing it this way, we can have full control of how we want the song to sound and can spend more time experimenting with sounds,” reflects Finley.  

Through combining indie-rock, pop and post-punk, Finley Miller (guitarist and lead vocalist), Ruby Lee (bass guitarist), Finn ‘Diggsy’ Diggles (rhythm guitarist), Luke Gregory (lead guitarist) and Oliver Whitaker (drummer) are becoming known for their ecstatic live shows. So, stop deciding and give Dopamine’s ‘Decide’ a listen now.

5.     ‘Fast Forward’ – Benji Lewis

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After already giving us three singles this year, Benji Lewis has given us yet another with ‘Fast Forward’.

Infused with warm, nostalgic, summery sounds, ‘Fast Forward’ explores the thoughts and feelings involved in escaping a certain state.

The pulsing beat, raw vocals, and reminiscent melodies express the desire of not wanting to think about a particular situation, relationship, or person.

Benji, needing some alone time at the time of writing the song, finished it earlier this year. The transitional moment in Benji’s life enabled him to have a clear vision about where he wanted the song to go. After creating the emotional tune with Kid Froppy, Benji knew he wanted to create his next body of work with him too. 

“I’ve always loved RnB music and that’s just what we ended up creating with this one. It feels sexy, natural and honest to me,” says Benji.

The result of Benji Lewis’ hard work speaks for itself. Listen to his smooth RnB single ‘Fast Forward’ now.

Telescreen release a tasty new piece of sugary indie-rock ‘Growing Pains’

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The five indie pop rockers from Telescreen have gifted us their new single ‘Growing Pains’, communicating the importance of not getting worked up over the little things and waiting for the right time to take the next big step in life.

Forming in 2017, the ex-high school pals would spend their time at muddy and disinhibited music festivals, fantasizing about being a ‘real’ band. After playing a few parties, the group started gigging around Melbourne during 2018 and have been quick to make a name for themselves.

The application of sounds similar to The Strokes and Methyl Ethyl create a beautiful funk-laden tune that invites the listener to dance along.

Telescreen frontman Nic says the song is “Symbolic for how often people tell you to be proactive in your life and always look to make advancements, [even if] you know that sometimes taking a step back is more in your best interests”.

The nostalgia-induced track accurately depicts the band’s natural ability for songwriting, particularly through the execution of touching lyricism. As Telescreen describe mindlessly going about the daily routine, an ode to letting life take its course comes together.

“Sometimes you can find yourself in this kind of neutral zone where you're letting life direct you where to go… You feel like you're having no influence on the next phase of your existence,” explains Nic.

2019 is looking to be Telescreen’s year after announcing the release of a debut EP later in the year, and opening for Nat Vazer, IVY and Approachable Members Of Your Local Community. Give the sincerest band around a listen now.

Overnight sensation Stevan makes his grand return with second single ‘LNT’

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After releasing his warm hit single ‘Timee’, Stevan’s strikingly mature songwriting has become explosively popular, and there’s no denying ‘LNT’ is any different.

As well as featuring smooth vocals, mesmerising guitar melodies, and lush production with a late 60’s feel, the poppy track detailing blissful young love demonstrates a completely understood direction for the artist. 

The 18-year-old Frank Ocean inspired artist knows exactly how to create a faint tune that saunters in on its back-beat and burrows itself in the listener’s head. You’ll be humming along to ‘LNT’ before you know it.

The song’s catchy innocence is prominent, specifically within lyrics like “All I need from you is just a little love and some tenderness”. Of all the places the masterpiece could’ve been written, Stevan says the song was formed in an airport terminal.

He explains: “The song captures some fun moments I had in the Sunshine Coast… Great weather, nice music, and even better company”.

Once he graduated from high school, Stevan has never looked back. He signed to US label Honeymoon Records/300 Entertainment, Niche Productions, and management team Astral People alongside other huge artists like Cosmo’s Midnight, Winston Surfshirt, and GL.

The musician with a future brighter than you’d ever expect has smashed it with the new single. Listen to Stevan’s ‘LNT’ now and if you’re still craving more, see him live at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music festival this September.

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #7

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 seventh edition!

1.     ‘When We Were Young’ – Hollow Coves

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Brisbane’s Hollow Coves, the duo who met through a shared love of acoustic music with no real expectations where their writing might lead, have proven yet again why they’re one of the best indie-folk groups around.

Their stunning, heart-melting new single ‘When We Were Young’ is a recount of a youthful past communicated through the combination of charismatic acoustics, gentle vocals, and minimal percussion.

The reflective lyrics blend beautifully with the earthy folk sound, similar to artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Howard, and The Paper Kites.

The dynamic project of Ryan Henderson and Matt Carins give a voice to their shared passion of observing the world’s contrasting cultures. As the lads have spent a fair amount of time on opposite sides of the globe, it was communication via the internet that enabled their songs to really take shape.

With an album on the way, Hollow Cove’s unique approach to creating music is a forced to be reckoned with. Get ready to be launched into their personal brand of escapism!

2.     ‘Something Good’  – Pacific Avenue 

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Pacific Avenue have given us a reason to bang our heads this Friday with their new rockin’ tune ‘Something Good’, part of their EP Stawberry Skies.

The four-piece have effectively merged old rock with the new, demonstrating their developed sound compared to previous releases.

Additionally, a vintage-looking video for ‘Something Good’ has also been released. The clip is infused with fun times and nostalgic feels that are sure to get you into a pensively good mood.

Influenced by surf-rock icons Hockey Dad and Skegss, Harry O'Brien (Vocals/Guitar), Ben Fryer (Lead Guitar), Jack Kay (Bass Guitar/Vocals), and Dom Littrich (Drums/Vocals) have cracked the code to a catchy collection of Aussie anthems.

The band have made something that they are extremely proud of, and rightly so. After playing alongside the likes of Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale, and CLEWS, 2019 is looking to be Pacific Avenue’s year.

3.     ‘See Yourself’ – Moreton feat. James Vincent McMorrow

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Moreton have released a dark slow-rock track, ‘See Yourself’, which searches for hope in a hauntingly empty space.

The heart-wrenching tune, like a lot of Moreton’s powerful releases, challenges darkness by finding the beauty and humanity inside it.

Originating from northern NSW, Moreton swing from alternative art rock to intimate orchestral sounds continually within their music.

The rock band with a folk heart band say the final recording was their first take in the studio, and their ability to use creative instrumental techniques made the process a breeze.

Moreton say: “The song is about that point in a new relationship when your less-than-perfect self, shows up for the first time”.

Although quite sombre, Moreton’s lead singer, writer and guitarist Georgia says they find comfort in sharing something beautiful out of sadness.

“A sadness elevated is a sadness alleviated,” she adds.

Moreton have visually and sonically created an intense, shining soundscape in ‘See Yourself’, and it’s one not to be missed.

4.     ‘Hazy’ – Yuto. feat. SODA

Melbourne sibling duo Yuto. have joined forces with Central Coast producer and artist SODA for their new R&B infused electronic single, ‘Hazy’.

The polished execution of every note, chord, and beat within ‘Hazy’ brings aural fulfilment to the listener. SODA’s feature undoubtedly refines the song’s soul-inspired tonal finesse. Moreover, the eclectic electronic layers provide an expansive soundscape to evoke deep-rooted emotion.

Using a new style of chords, the pair push the boundaries of their conventional sound to create an impressively fun melody.

Yuto.’s Daylan McDonald explains: “We were super inspired to make the vocal something fun, and from there it all flowed pretty naturally.”

After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to their previous releases, Yuto.’s fanbase has increased massively over the past few months.

“We love that we can make someone’s day in [two or three minutes] of audio,” say Yuto..

Make sure you listen to the endearing essence of Yuto. and SODA’s ‘Hazy’ now!

5.     ‘Stars’ – The Kava Kings

The Kava Kings have created the perfect summer song with their new organic single, ‘Stars’.

The melodic tune from the Sydney band is a small piece of a larger puzzle that focuses on the different stages of relationships and is sure to seep into your brain before you know it.

While their trademark effortless harmonies can be heard in the song, the band explore nuanced musical patterning to bring more eminence to the blissful snapshot of creativity.

Drawing similar vibes to Lime Cordiale and Ocean Alley, the components of ‘Stars’ are a vibrant, striking example of modern indie-rock. 

After relentlessly touring for a number of years, it’s clear their inner drive for the live experience has been fuelled by supporting the likes of The Rubens, Birds of Tokyo, Winston Surfshirt and John Butler.

The sun-kissed brand of laidback guitar work teleports the listener into the world of The Kava Kings, making the band’s melodic progress even more prominent. Listen to the infectiously hazy riffs of ‘Stars’ today!

LOSER’s new single ‘Out Of Luck’ is a huge winner

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Melbourne outfit LOSER have released their infectious new single ‘Out Of Luck’, reminding us why they’re such a standout in the new wave of guitar-driven alternative rock. 

After their 2018 EP Relentless Noise, an addictive dose of ‘90s grunge-infused rock, the new song about growing up and realising that nothing comes easy is sure to get stuck in your head.

From the extensive guitar riffs to lyrics such as “I’m all out of luck”, the song hits the listener in the feels in the best possible way.

The red-hot hooks and sing-along choruses felt natural to frontman Tim Maxwell. He adds: “You're always going to find yourself in tough situations and most of the time you are going to be out of luck whether you like it or not".

Along with revealing the new track, LOSER have also revealed the news that two new members in Will Maxwell and Jake Farrugia have joined the group.

Tim Maxwell says: "We are stoked to announce that two extra losers have been added... I have played with these two musicians endlessly for years on end and I wouldn't have it any other way”.

Make sure you listen to ‘Out Of Luck’ now and see them in the flesh at Brisbane’s BIGSOUND in September!

Mylk explain the life of a bad luck magnet in new single ‘Not My Fault’

The lovable Melbourne indie rockers from Mylk hone their inner Mac Demarco on the single, particularly through the use of idiosyncratic vocals and colloquial charm. 

Inspired by a simple melody, the track about being a bad luck magnet is indisputably cheeky, undeniably catchy, and an all-around banger. 

Lead vocalist of Mylk Nathaniel Peacock, both excited and relieved to release the tune, says: “We love the song… hopefully it gets stuck in people’s heads”.

The song, aiming to be energetic and fun, is not meant to be taken seriously.

The tongue-in-cheek music video for the single is the perfect match. The clip combines “A bunch of small sketches where different events occur that are seemingly ‘Not My Fault’,” says Peacock.

The lads treat every live performance like their last by ensuring the gig is a fun and safe environment for all.

“The shows give everyone a memorable experience and an excuse to shake [their] booty,” say Mylk.

Nathaniel Peacock (lead vocals, guitar), Harry Bohmer (lead guitar), Julian Addati (bass guitar), and Ewen Stewart (percussion, backup vocals) have cracked the code to making a laid-back banger, and we are keen to say the least about what’s up next.

Good Friday - Hottest New Releases #6

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 sixth edition!

1.     ‘Welcome and Good Luck (Waggle)’ - The Great Emu War Casualties 

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The quirky, eclectic and eccentric vibes of The Great Emu War Casualties have returned in their new single, ‘Welcome and Good Luck (Waggle)’.

They’ve already headlined Oxford Arts Factory and The Factory Theatre in Sydney, hosted residencies at The Evelyn and The Tote in Melbourne, and released three EPs in 2018. Now, they plan to release three singles this year.

The relentless gigging has paid off for the group, as the concoction of sounds within the song maintain a refined finesse throughout.

Influenced by the likes of Talking Heads, The Killers, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra to name a few, the summer sound of ‘Welcome and Good Luck (Waggle)’ introduces a hugely unexpected serving of nostalgia for the listener. 

Drawing similar sounds to Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club, the track is a great example of how to create a classic bright, indie-pop tune in 2019 that maintains its catchiness throughout.  

Frontman Joe, bassist Saskia, guitarist Maxi, and drummer Bibek have hit the nail on the head this time, and we are very excited to hear the remainder of their 2019 singles.

 2.     ‘Hollow’ – Akurei

Akurei has given us another taste of his upcoming second EP with a new single, ‘Hollow’.

The beautifully sweet sounds of the track exhibit some differences from his previous releases, specifically in the way it holds its restraint throughout whilst subtly intensifying.

Paired with an acoustic melody, Akurei’s flawless vocals demonstrate an impressive opening. The hauntingly alluring soundscape of the tune is strengthened by the artist’s application of R&B inspired beats, raspy synths, and heavy bass lines. Moreover, the minimalistic instrumentation within the song enables a floating melody to magnetise the listener.

As the last song the musician wrote while overseas, ‘Hollow’ takes the listener on an intricately woven, emotionally intense journey.

“‘Hollow’ is me revisiting and reevaluating the faith I had when I was younger,” says Akurei.

The bold confidence heard within ‘Hollow’ suggests Akurei is only just getting started. Watch this space.

3.     ‘Forget’ – Luboku

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Melbourne-based producer/singer-songwriter Luboku AKA Luis Kennett brings a warm sound on his new effervescent single, ‘Forget’.

Known for his dark and melancholic style, Luboku has perfectly executed a sophisticated piece of driving electronica through the use of vivid instrumental flourishes, rolling beats and wistful vocals.

Luboku describes ‘Forget’ as pushing his trademark electronic elements toward a more acoustic space.

He adds: “It's about anxiety and fear, which I find to be recurring obstacles… I like the analogy of throwing your thoughts into the waves of the ocean, letting them pass, and hopefully gaining some clarity through that process"  

The dizzyingly honest subject matter substantiates why he is one to watch in the local electronic scene.

Luboku has recently announced he will be joining the huge BIGSOUND lineup and will go on a national run of shows with LEISURE after. This multifaceted artist is set to soar, with many more exciting releases scheduled for later this year. Stream ‘Forget’ now.

4.     ‘Ruin’ – Vermont 

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Alternative rock/emo four-piece Vermont have released new single ‘Ruin’, describing the feeling of personal dissatisfaction.

Frontman Joshua Swanwick explains: "[The song describes] an inability to be satisfied with who you are”.

Whether the dissatisfaction stems from internal or external expectations, the dark subject matter paired with angsty vocals create a thumping rock song. Additionally, the Melbourne group feature a melodic backbone, distorted guitar tones and a catchy chorus to grab the listener’s attention.

Forming in late 2017, Joshua Swanwick (vocals), Jono Hnatejko (guitarist), Nathan Borg (bassist) and Curtly Lyon (drummer) strive to produce music that they love and have already left their mark on Melbourne’s local music scene.

If exploring the melancholic themes of relationships, heartbreak, pain, and inner demons isn’t enough, the overwhelming aura of emotion heard within Vermont’s sound will be sure to get you in a reflective mood. 

Vermont, the band well beyond their years, have undoubtedly smashed it with ‘Ruin’. Have a listen to the tune before their EP releases later this year!

 5.     ‘Figureheads’ – The Motion Below

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Yet another Melbourne band, The Motion Below, have made the Good Friday cut with their ferocious new single ‘Figureheads’. 

The quartet know exactly how to create a post-hardcore banger through blending raw vocals with melodic cleans to punctuate the aggressive feel. 

The track, produced, mixed and mastered at The Loud Noise Estate, is a frenetic exposition about fitting in.

Vocalist Thomas Katgert explains: “[The character from the lyrics] has spent much time alienated from involving themselves in things they’re interested in due to the ostracism of their peers”.

Most of the band’s recent and upcoming tracks explore the past traumas from toxic friendships, displacement in society and finally death and abuse.

Katgert adds: "The subject pleads with their loved ones to keep away, as the man now believes that he is beyond saving and wishes to protect those around him from his misery." 

The Motion Below have announced they’ll be supporting alongside ATLVS and Visioner for BLKLST on the Spider Love EP launch show on Saturday, August 17 2019. Get around it!

DRESS CODE mirror millennial culture on new single ‘Youth Culture’

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Adelaide’s indie-pop quartet DRESS CODE have returned with ‘Youth Culture’, reflecting the way young people romanticise everyday moments to imitate fabricated Hollywood-esque glamour.

The group have cultivated a large following off the back of their dreamy single ‘Caffeine’, released earlier this year. Despite still being in their first year of inception, the band know exactly how to mirror society within their songs through the utilisation of dreamy guitars, driving drums and silky vocals.

The band present an honest maturity in their songwriting while maintaining a youthful charm as they describe the influence of movies and TV shows, specifically on their generation.
“We expect extraordinary things to happen to us, and when they don’t, we fabricate them,”
say DRESS CODE.

Lyrics such as “When did the ceiling rise, when did the pressure rise, your eyes can collapse my lungs” refer to perspective, and the way in which people can centre their entire existence around a single person.
DRESS CODE add: “Seeing the world through someone else’s eyes can make your world explode and change the way you go about your entire life.” 

After supporting Good Doogs, Bakers Eddy and Mosquito Coast to name a few, the band gigged in Sydney and Melbourne this month before playing a hometown headline launch show.

The band have now established a clear sonic direction for their gentle yet striking style, and we cannot wait to hear what’s next. Get on the hype of DRESS CODE’s most poignant effort and give ‘Youth Culture’ a listen today.

Diamonds of Neptune blend psychedelic-pop with heavy synth tones on new single ‘Open the Door’

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After the release of a self-titled EP in 2015, Melbourne indie-rock band Diamonds of Neptune have reemerged, eager and energised to take on the Australian music scene.  

The dreamy journey of ‘Open the Door’ begins with a funk-laden retro tune which invites listeners to let loose have a boogie. The flawless combination of vocals, guitars, synths, and percussion gives an undeniably catchy spin to the conventional indie-rock sound.  

The five-piece forget about the troubles of a normal working week in the track, expressing the sentiment when heading out the door for the weekend.

From supporting the likes of Northeast Party Hours, The Bennies, Stonefield, and The Belligerents to name a few, the group has developed significantly since forming in 2012.

The song from Diamonds of Neptune, including initial input from students, alumni, friends and connections of Box Hill Institute, is sure to inject a burst of energy into your day. Give ‘Open the Door’ a listen now!

Dande and the Lion hit the dance floor for catchy banger ‘Twilight Highway’

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Sydney five-piece Dande and The Lion have been enjoying a fast-paced twelve months, off the back of performing sellout shows at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory and Wollongong’s Radbar.

Earlier this year, they dropped a lowkey synth heavier jam in ‘Stardust’. However, their newest effort ‘Twilight Highway’, which teases a new forthcoming EP, sees the outfit going in a more aggressive, catchier direction. 

While ‘Stardust’ was a easygoing synth odyssey with a soundscape that made you feel like you were flying gently through space, ‘Twilight Highway’ feels like a soundtrack to a night out at Studio 54, complete with an explosion of confetti and people dancing in the streets.

The track sees the band channelling their inner Prince to produce a cheesy, but admittedly fun and catchy banger. This is a jam that has nothing to be embarrassed about, and it knows it.

Opening with pitch-bending chords, crisp drums and guitars that seem almost Nile Rodgers-inspired, the track immediately feels like something pulled straight out of the Eighties, but the production makes the track a lot more colourful and wholesome. The lyrics are restrained to begin with, but then explode in the chorus with an infectious mantra of “we’re dancing with the stars,” matching the frenetic pace the song takes on. 

As it goes along, the lyrics get increasingly explicit and sensual, and a second mantra of “don’t take me back to my place,” brings an element of drama, one that is matched in the music as the chords and drums hit harder and heavier.

The relentless energy eventually coasts out on the back of synths, as well as letting the guitar and drums play out. Immediately after it finishes, the energy has jacked you up enough to want to hit the replay button and listen again. 

This is a song that is purely out to have fun, and as cheesy as it is, it’s great that Dande and The Lion possess the musicianship to really sell it and make it fun for the listener. It’s a feat that only a few talented artists can really conjure up. With ‘Twilight Highway,’ Dande and The Lion brings a catchy, compelling, electric energy not previously seen in their work, and if this is a teaser for their EP, we cannot wait to hear what’s next!

DOOLIE begs for attention in playful new single

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Queensland musician DOOLIE AKA Doolie Shadforth has created a playfully relatable new single, ‘Attention’, featuring South Australian electronic pop-rap duo China Roses.

DOOLIE, the 21-year-old artist who is known to blend pop, R&B and electronica, expresses the frustration that comes with not getting attention from your crush.

The artist explains: “I wanted every line in this song to be relatable; it’s all about that person you're trying to reach and just can’t quite catch”.

The contrast of DOOLIE’s voice with that of Jes from China Roses sounds completely flawless. DOOLIE says “Having China Roses feature felt like that obsessive back and forth my girlfriends and I would have about someone we liked”.

The rhythm switch up when China Roses comes in before the final chorus is an undeniable track highlight. Jes, a fan of DOOLIE, says they [China Roses] were really excited to be a part of the track. She also added that she felt really inspired by DOOLIE’s lyrics and imagery while working with her. 

“It was one of those times where everything felt like it clicked… Really smooth production, a great hook and a relatable theme,” says Jes.

Melbourne producer GXNXVS compliments the cheeky vocals substantially by introducing a smooth R&B melody with heavy, pulsing bass.

The cute, sad and needy vibes within ‘Attention’ must be heard. Stream DOOLIE’s fresh tune below.

Mijo Biscan explores the concept of mortality in new single

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Melbourne musician Mijo Biscan’s desire to extract the gold in every moment can be heard within most of his songs, specifically his new single ‘You’ve Got Your Life’.

After supporting the likes of Goyte, Missy Higgins, Clare Bowditch and Tommy Emmanuel, the artist includes a range of intimate, warm sounds in the fresh indie tune that is sure to catch your ear.

Mijo created the track in the “shockingly quiet” country of Iceland. While engulfed in nature, the artist was able to form the origin for a creative shift which saw his thoughts manifest into songs.

As he urges listeners to treasure life, the resonant vocal sends the clear message that we are here, now, alive… temporarily. Despite sounding like a light, fun tune, the sobering subject matter of mortality asks all listeners the deep question: you’ve got your life… so what are you going to do with it?

Mijo explains: “Through the loss of a close friend I reflected on the fact that he was gone, forever, yet I was still here… There is a chasm between being merely alive, and fully living a life… This song implores you to seek the latter.”

The musician says his recent songs have been created in a turbulent time, and even though “[He’s] a real optimist at heart… a fun guy… even fun guys have feelings”.

As a songwriter willing to go the extra mile, you can tell Mijo Biscan summons every fibre of his being for this colossal performance. So, instead of being wrapped up in the past or future, stream ‘You’ve Got Your Life’ now.

Vancouver Sleep Clinic releases new single infused with ethereal vocals and moody production

Vancouver Sleep Clinic AKA Tim Bettinson gives a completely new meaning to dreamy ambience with new single, ‘Bad Dream’.

While indisputably ambient, the ballad is also deeply emotive; filled to the brim with warm but eerie sounds to recollect a bad dream.

As the first track of the new album, Onwards to Zion set to be released on 18th October 2019, the artist takes a more acoustic direction with the single compared to previous releases. ‘Bad Dream’ signifies the challenging navigation through the highs and lows of life while maintaining faith and purpose.

Along with the rest of the album, ‘Bad Dream’ was created in Bali, Indonesia, isolated from civilisation. With a limited set-up of guitars, drums and synths, the musician found himself making music in an environment which embraced creativity and freedom.



Every element of the track is perfectly woven together in a unified and unassuming way, demonstrating Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s professional finesse. This song seriously has more layers than a Queenslander in a snow storm.

As Bettinson explores a newfound clarity and sense of purpose, there’s no better time to give the artist a listen and put him at the top of your playlist. Stream ‘Bad Dream’ now.

Dom Youdan creates indie anthem filled with heart and sentiment

Sydney-based musician Dom Youdan celebrates the revelations that come with the passing of time in his new single ‘Pockets’.

Through featuring similar sounds to The 1975 and The Kite String Tangle, it’s no surprise that the new single is getting incredible amounts of traction within music scene.

The sonically beautiful moments catch you completely off guard as the track surges with pop sensibilities. In the substantially personal effort, the musician took inspiration from a close friend who was navigating a failing relationship.

The ear-tickling song is a journey of emotional cleansing. Dom Youdan explains: “The song is built around holding onto the things we cherish dearly, whether they’re good or bad, and keeping them so secret that eventually, not even we can find them. It speaks to moving on but also struggling to let go.” 

While the listener becomes absorbed by the mood of the tune, the warm melodies and intimate vocals combined with passionate lyrics stir sentiment. The intelligent method used to create the lyrical narrative is unquestionably evident and validated by the euphoric yet tender auditory moments.

As Dom Youdan struts into the second half of 2019, the artist is bringing ‘Pockets’ to Sydney stages this month. You won’t want to miss out!