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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.

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird's Fresh Piece Of Indie-Pop Will Make You Feel The Up & Down Effects Of Love

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Melbourne musical shapeshifters Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird create an ambitious and kaleidoscopic piece of indie-pop in their new single ‘Love is Heartbreak’, foreshadowing their forthcoming record’s thematic journey from heartbreak to recovery.

As the first track from their imminently dropping sophomore LP New Romancer, ‘Love is Heartbreak’ sets the scene with sombre lyrics that strike you down, as groovy instrumental sections pick you back up, much like the effects of love tbh.

The steady rhythm of ‘Love is Heartbreak’ has an instant calming effect, reinforced by deep vocals that soothe the listener. The critical combination of electronic sounds and orchestral instruments draw us into a romance-like trance. Ending the tune smoothly, a simple piano melody is heard along with the ambient noise of birds chirping.

2019 is looking to be the year of the Firebird after amassing millions of streams, 4-5 star Unearthed reviews from 11 of the folks at Triple J as well as the praises of Matt Corby, Montaigne and Gang of Youths’ Dave Le’aupepe.

After boasting a string of sold out shows in their last tour, the band are hitting the road again during March and April in support of 'Love is Heartbreak'. Cousin Tony will be taking on bigger venues, more dates, and more locations, with the Australian journey to be followed by their first UK and Ireland tour in May, coinciding with the album’s release.

Love Is Heartbreak tour dates:

MARCH 22 | Rocket Bar | Adelaide 
 
MARCH 27 | Republic Bar | Hobart
 
MARCH 28 | Saint John | Launceston
 
MARCH 30 | The Hills Are Alive | Gippsland
 
APRIL 5 | Woolly Mammoth | Brisbane
 
APRIL 12 | 48 Watt St | Newcastle 
 
APRIL 13 | Oxford Art Factory | Sydney
 
APRIL 14 | The Basement | Canberra
 
APRIL 20 | Lucy's Love Shack | Perth
 
APRIL 21 | Sonar | Fremantle

APRIL 27 | Corner Hotel | Melbourne 

Premiere: Newsteam – Mystify on Debut Cut ‘Anna’

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Yew! Another Central Coast band, another premiere * insert shaka here *

Newsteam are a sextet comprising of Jacob Borg (ex-Jinja Safari), Eli Milojkovic, Scott Wallis, Adam Williams, Pete Sanderson and Benjamin Welch.

Today, Good Intent has the pleasure of offering up the first listen of their stunning debut single ‘Anna’ ahead of its official release tomorrow (Friday, October 26).

Setting the tone with a solid, carefree beat and dreamy ringing of delayed guitar, ‘Anna’ comes to life as the rumbling bass of Milojkovic and croons of Wallis interweave into its charismatic verse.

Shifting in direction, dynamics gently drop as Wallis’ endearing vocal “I am Mystified, Anna, I know, there you go” coasts over the top. Instrumentation continues to step down, as drums and glimmering keys pair to provide the perfect bedding for Wallis’ striking vocals.

‘Anna’ picks up the pace again as it moves through the latter part of the song, eventually building into a gradual crescendo and epic jam-outro, shining a light on the group’s deft approach to songwriting that boasts effortless navigation of builds, drops and transitions.

Drummer and lyricist of the track, Borg, describes the story behind ‘Anna’:

“A couple of years ago I was working down south on a property owned by a friend of my boss at the time. His friend was going through a separation whilst we were there. The ex-partner was still staying there and packing up her belongings and eating dinner with us. The two were all honky dory in front of us but you could sense it wasn't so behind closed doors. It was a weird situation to be in the middle of for a few weeks; we were building new structures for him and she was inside stripping things away…”. 

On top of its enticing melodies and meticulous instrumentation, it’s the subtle intricacies that make ‘Anna’ really shine. With each listen, you discover something new that differentiates from your cookie-cutter indie-rock.

Newsteam, take a bow. You have delivered one of the most impressive debut indie-rock tracks from an Australian artist in 2018.