Enigmatic Production Duo Breathe.'s Second Single 'London' Is A Moody Late Night Chiller

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Breathe. are a fairly new act hailing from Sydney. While the project is in its infancy, there are already signs of something exceptionally interesting to come from the duo. Breathe. are a self-proclaimed audio/visual project and aesthetically, they are already bang-on point. 

Their first single ‘Are You All Good’ came out late 2018 and has done well in the streaming world, as well as getting some love from Rufus Du Sol and Ta-Ku. 

The sophomore track, ‘London’, is more ambitious than its predecessor, which was a solid first step, but somewhat restrained comparatively. The vocal is warm and lush, immediately compelling and quite literally pulls you in. It’s supported by sparse and subtle production – immaculately refined and impeccably sophisticated, particularly considering it’s the second release for Breathe. 

There are a couple of moments that bring artists like Massive Attack and Rufus Du Sol to mind, but Breathe. are well on their way to developing a unique sound with ‘London’. 

Layer Cake Use Sweetness & Extra Tang In Their Boppy New Single, ‘Empty Promises’.

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Brisbane-based band Layer Cake, likened to The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, and The Kooks, have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response since the release of their explosive debut, ‘Keep Me Awake’, and new bop ‘Empty Promises’ will undoubtedly keep the hype train rolling. 

The song gives a completely new spin on the word ‘catchy’, maintaining an upbeat, rhythmic vibe throughout with electric guitar bringing the authentic rock feels.   

Like that dollop of tomato sauce in Paul Kelly’s gravy recipe, no one saw this saucy band coming.  

Their debut self-titled EP was produced, engineered and recorded by Matt Redlich, at Head Gap Studios and The Aviary in Melbourne, and is set to be released soon.  

Packing Lefty's Old Time Music Hall (250 capacity Brisbane venue) like a can of sardines for their very first show, the group has already been compared to many world class bands. 

“You can compare us to whoever you like, as long as they are incredibly more successful than us and we can live vicariously through an over fluffed complimentary comparison,” is what they have to say.  

Be sure to give Layer Cake’s new tune ‘Empty Promises’ a listen now on all music streaming services! 

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 

Sydney's Masked Wolf Stands Out From The Hip-Hop Pack On New Single, 'Vibin'

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After his last-minute debut in 2018 with ‘Speed Racer’, trap-tinged Masked Wolf is straight out of the gates in 2019 with his strongest release yet, ‘Vibin’.

Harry Michael, aka Masked Wolf, shows his dedication to the hustle and being true to yourself in ‘Vibin’, asserting the ethos “I do me, you do you”.

Teaming up with internationally acclaimed producer Tyron Hapi, the fresh track is complete with huge drops, booming bass and eccentric synths to complement his intense verses. Masked Wolf exhibits a refreshingly unique style and sound in the song, with the trademark finesse heard in his other music.  

In today’s rap game there are so many different sounds which often makes it difficult for new artists to be heard. However, Masked Wolf has separated himself from the pack in ‘Vibin’ by focussing on unleashing his ambition and drive.

“I want to tell my own stories in a way that remains true to who I am,” he says.

If his other upcoming tunes are as spicy as ‘Vibin’, 2019 is set to be one hell of a year for the fresh-faced Sydney producer.

SACHI’s Bubbly New Electro-Pop Anthem ‘Worst Behaviour’ Is, Ironically, The Best

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New Zealand producer pair SACHI have teamed up with rising NYC singer Sam DeRosa to dish up a festival-ready EDM sugar-rush dubbed ‘Worst Behaviour’.

The infectiously melodic piece of anthemic electro-pop is the type of song you’d crank up for a group singalong with your girlfriends on the way to the club; as cheeky, sweet and uplifting as a chilled glass of bubbly.

As one half of SACHI, Nick Chrisp, explains:

“‘Worst Behaviour’ is about a lopsided relationship where one half is playing games while the other is smitten. It came together super quick because it was something we all related to and thought others could too.”

The duo will be taking the flirtatious banger on the road for a bunch of national and international festival dates… fingers crossed it won’t be long before we see them plot a course for Australia!

For now, you can take ‘Worst Behaviour’ for a spin below.

PNK FME’s Brooding ‘Infatuation’ Is A Dreamy Drunk-Drive Through The Electro-Pop Clouds

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Vocalist and producer PNK FME is our new musical infatuation.

The Adelaide shooting star landed on the Good Intent team’s radar this week with a mesmerising new dollop of minimalistic electro-pop that is a straight-up MOOD.

Dubbed ‘Infatuation’ (see what we did there), the tune is driven along at a slow, cruising pace by softly clanking percussion samples that loop beneath throbbing synths, buoying PNK FME’s delicate, verby vocal melodies up to soar as he gives voice to “internal musings of falling helplessly in love and the associated desires”.

The woozy, introspective soundscapes he crafts here instantly ensnare, and it’s little wonder his talents have already netted him sync deals with Mercedes Benz, Adelaide Fashion Festival and the South Australian Tourism Commission.

Similarly, we recommend ‘Infatuation’ as the perfect soundtrack to your next late night party drunk-cry, because it will instantly add a touch of class and poignance to proceedings.

Low Key Crush - Sing about unreciprocated love in their new track ‘Swimming Laps’

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Melbourne indie-pop band Low Key Crush sing about unreciprocated love in their new, softly percussed and harmony-rich track, Swimming Laps’.

The light tune expresses the desire for love that doesn’t exist or has not yet taken off. It serves as a reminder to the listener that - even though one may want to experience requited love - it’s important to appreciate the unrequited kind too.

Low Key Crush utilise consistent acoustic melodies and chilled lyrical references to create the perfect mixture of sincerity and reclusive acceptance in the song.

‘Swimming Laps’ was initially written by singer/guitarist Tim Haines, and was brought to life with the help of his close musical pal, bassist and vocalist Ella Francis of Mac’s Peake, and his new friend, drummer Taycian Lord.

Together, their shared love of guitar-based pop music has grown into a completely unique sound. Their influences include 90’s idols The Cranberries, Lemon Heads and Max Martin, with nods to modern torchbearers Soccer Mommy, Snail Mail and Hatchie.

Live Review - Laneway Festival, Brisbane - 2019

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This year’s St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival marked the 12th year of the event in sunny Brisbane and with its outstanding rep I had high expectations for my first Laneway experience. As the day began and I tried to get by bearings, stumbling across the Print Fest (Comic, Zines and Print store) and Jet Black Cat (Vinyl store), instantly making the occasion dissimilar to most, if not all concerts usually held at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

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The girl power was strong right from the start, with killer performances from dinosaur-loving Ruby Fields and multi-talented G Flip. The musicians pumped the crowd up by inviting them to sing and dance along to their tunes.

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While the hot, sticky temperature peaked in the arvo sun, Triple J Unearthed winner KIAN burst onto stage looking far too cool for the weather. The young star had an instant effect on the crowd by sending the girls into a frenzy with his charismatic blend of charm and lovability. After he performed some of his moving new songs (yet to be released), recently dubbed Young Australian of the Year Baker Boy joined him to sing their track ‘Cloud 9’. To no surprise, KIAN finished his set with his breakout single ‘Waiting’, proving the future of Aussie music scene is in safe hands.

I was in desperate need of a feed and a beer after the first half of the festival and the short break gave me a chance to observe one of the other most entertaining things about festivals – the fashion. Most guys went straight to striped button-up shirts with chino shorts and Vans, unless of course they wore something completely and utterly random. The ladies on the other hand wore almost anything imaginable, with an odd trend of train conductor hats.  

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Methyl Ethyl were next up and having never seen them live, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The band’s alternative look and sound had everyone vibing hard, especially when they gave a wholesome recital of their 2018 hit ‘Scream Whole’.

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As the searing sun sunk into the surrounding buildings, Skegss lit up the ‘Good, Better, Best Stage’. The fun-loving trio knew exactly how to energise the rowdy Brisbane crowd, banging out ‘L.S.D’. Whether you were a fan of the band’s Australian rock tone or not, the Skegss audience shifted the intensity into fifth gear when bass guitarist Toby Cregan began crowd surfing as he belted out ‘New York California’.

Cosmos Midnight were next on the ‘Never Let it Rest Stage’, forcing me to make the trek across the showgrounds yet again. After having a seemingly slow start to their set, the twins took the show to a completely new level with the addition of a guest vocalist.

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I was unsure what to do/who to see next as I was already exhausted from all the walking, but Wil Wagner of The Smith Street Band drew me towards the ‘Dr. Martens Stage’ with his strong Aussie accent and wholesome guitar riffs. The Melbourne band brought an unexpected sense of vitality to a somewhat drained crowd, including myself.

After listening to a few homegrown Aussie rock songs from Courtney Barnett I decided to get ready for my most anticipated set of the day – What So Not. The DJ instantaneously lit up the stage and blew every other act out of the water. The electronic timelessness of What So Not made the show completely different to anything else, even security nodded their head along to a few songs. In particular, ‘Jaguar’ was one to remember, as every crowd member sang along to the buildup of the bass-heavy track. The DJ demonstrated to any aspiring producers in the audience how to execute an exceptional electronic set.

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Gang of Youths closed out the festival, and I was sceptical about whether they could top What So Not’s blinder. It didn’t seem possible, but the energy shot up yet again for the last act. Lead singer Dave Le'aupepe’s mention of life lessons throughout the performance brought the audience closer both physically and spiritually, while making me realise the significance of transcendent connections at any music gig. The group put on an exquisite show, which was infused with tender masculinity and sex appeal. In a massive explosion of confetti, Gang of Youths closed the day with the legendary guitar riff from ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2019 was without a doubt one of the most impressive displays of Australian and international music talent I’ve witnessed at a local event, and I cannot wait to see how they build on it for next year.   

All photos by Charlie Dally-Watkins.

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Asha Jefferies’ Glorious Debut EP Will Hit You Where It Hurts & Then Heal You Again

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Off the back of three widely-adored singles, Brisbane teen singer-songwriter Asha Jefferies has unveiled her full debut EP, Hold Yourself Together, in all of its heartfelt glory.

Asha’s dizzying soprano deftly switches from sparrow mode to hawk mode across this disc’s sublime six-track soundscape, fluttering delicately in the tear-jerking acoustic passages of title track ‘Hold Yourself Together’ before soaring with a ferocious strength in the guitar-powered bars of ‘Absence & Copyright’.

For anyone feeling particularly vulnerable in the feels department when listening to this, a warning: Jefferies’ deeply personal and emotionally wrought lyricism will cut you right to the core, and after it breaks you down, it will lift you back up again. Which is a pretty damn magical accomplishment, especially for someone so young.

Talking about her first body of work, Jefferies explains:

"This EP took so long because I decided to value honesty over everything else. The way in which I write is so subliminal and is difficult to seperate myself from. It is dripping in sub-conscious truths. Hearing that shit back through speakers as a teenager can be terrifying. A lot can get swept up and away when you lay tracks down and mark them for what they are in recordings. This two year climbing and building mountain was one of learning how to present myself and my work in its most authentic form, no matter how ugly, scary and real it is. Diving deep into vulnerable waters is murky territories, but it’s the only format in which music matters - to connect."

Produced over the last 12 months with Miro Mackie (St. Vincent, Dirty Projectors, Bishop Briggs) and Simon Nelson, Hold Yourself Together is available now and you can take it for a spin right here.

And to celebrate the big release, the exquisitely talented crooner is hitting the road on a massive national tour this month. Peep all the dates below.

Asha Jefferies Live Dates

FRI FEB 8 | BLACK BEAR LODGE | BRISBANE (QLD)

SAT FEB 9 | BYRON BAY BREWERY | BYRON BAY (NSW)

THUR FEB 14 | GOLDEN AGE CINEMA | SYDNEY (NSW)

FRI FEB 15 | RETREAT HOTEL | MELBOURNE (VIC)

SAT FEB 16 | THE ESPY | MELBOURNE (VIC)

SUN FEB 17 | THE PORCH SESSIONS | BRIGHTON (SA)

FRI MAR 1 | NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL | NANNUP (WA)

Lime Cordiale’s Slinky New Slice Of Surf Rock Is The Damn Money

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Northern beaches-reared duo Lime Cordiale are back with another cool glass of tune water dubbed ‘Money’.

True to its name, ‘Money’ makes bank with its slinky basslines, hazy synths and laid-back surf rock grooves, with the addition of jazzy horn lines and Motown harmonies to cap off a vibe of effortless chill... like a musical version of the sunglasses emoji.

Produced by Dave Hammer - the man behind the group’s 2018 debut LP Permanent Vacation - the single also comes packing a hilarious (and, tbh, slightly disturbing) music video starring brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach as the hired help working at an opulent summer mansion (spoiler alert: they also play the rich snoots who live there, with transformative Eddie Murphy-like skill).

“Some people have an obsession with money. This one is for those that think that money is more important than what really matters” Louis explains of the meaning behind the song.

To toast the release, the lads are currently in the midst of a huge tour across Australia and New Zealand.

Check out the music video for ‘Money’ and catch their remaining list of tour dates below!

Lime Cordiale Live Dates

FRI FEB 8 | Narrabeen Hotel | Narrabeen

SAT FEB 16 | Dunedin University | Dunedin (NZ)

SUN FEB 17 | Galatos | Auckland (NZ)

WED FEB 20 | San Fran | Wellington (NZ)

THURS FEB 21 | Lincoln Uni | Christchurch (NZ)

FRI APRIL 5 | Republic Bar | Hobart

SAT APRIL 6 | Mode | Launceston

FRI APRIL 12 | Lion Arts Factory (AA) | Adelaide

SAT APRIL 13 | HQ (U18) | Leederville

SAT APRIL 13 | Amplifier | Perth

SUN APRIL 14 | Newport Hotel | Fremantle

Windwaker’s Anthemic New Groover ‘The Sitch’ Will Have You Feeling Aggressively Optimistic

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Melbourne’s Windwaker have walloped us about the ears with an aggressively uplifting new hunk of metalcore dubbed ‘The Sitch’.

The anthemic groover should go down well with fans of Emarosa or Don Broco, combining an infectiously danceable, pounding drum beat with lashings of heavy, rhythmic guitar lines and vocals that seamlessly switch between soul-infused pop and throat-tearing sceamo.

TBH I’d never actually heard of these dudes before this track landed in my inbox but they’ve converted me straight up. If Good Intent worked on any kind of star system I’d give this a solid 5/5, but failing that, I’m just going to say it. bloody. RIPS!!!!!

With his optimistic chorus refrain of “I’m still breathing”, vocalist Will King explains that the band wanted to move away from their sadboi beginnings on this newbie:

"Coming out of our last record, a record deeply rooted in post-adolescent feelings of pain and loneliness, as a band, it’s safe to say that we all had this strong desire to redeem ourselves of those sole qualities. I think we have always feared trapping ourselves in a box, kept in by 1-dimensional expectations, and we are very conscious of not allowing that influence to hinder our creativity. We are absolutely not a band who is going to sit around all day writing the same songs over and over again. It’s just not going to happen."

‘This Sitch’  has just been revealed as the maiden cut of Windwaker’s brand new EP, Empire, which is set to drop on Friday, 22nd March (pre-order here).

It also comes packing a pisser music video filled with wall-to-wall band hijinks, which you can check out below.

NZ Funk Aliens LEISURE Cross Over To The Dark Side On New Toe-Tapper ‘Easy Way Out’

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Critically-acclaimed New Zealand-based five-piece LEISURE are getting our toes tapping and heads bopping with their brooding new slice of electro-funk, ‘Easy Way Out’.

An infectious tapestry of rhythmic guitar lines powered by a dark, driving offbeat that skulks beneath a drunken alien-like synth and sinisterly hushed vocal melodies, this artfully constructed groover is the perfect soundtrack for a midnight drive. 

...Maybe through one of those sleepy little rural towns with a water tower where something just seems off.

With lyrics based on overcoming personal challenges and self-empowerment, ‘Easy Way Out’ has been plucked off the LEISURE’s forthcoming sophomore album, and arrives on the heels of the group signing on with Auckland-based Saiko Management, also home to widely-frothed acts like E^st and Glades.