By The Meadow is a small festival held 1.5 hours out of Melbourne in Bambra. With both Paradise Music Festival and Shady Cottage taking a year off this summer, By The Meadow is this summer’s most eclectic festival line-up of local musical artists.
Held from the 6th-8th of April, tickets are only $97.20, which is absurd for the talent ratio per dollar. There’s a wide range of talent and genres, from Fazerdaze to Tiny Little Houses, The Harpoons to Billy Davis and The Good Lords, and The Senegambian Jazz Band to the DayDreams DJs. But here’s five artists your future self may proclaim with pride to have once seen at the small festival called By The Meadow.
Darcy Baylis isn’t entirely sure what his sound is, but his hardworking quest to discover himself has made him fascinating since he was a teenager playing as Naminé. His EP last year had enough talking points to write a thesis — it’s not always perfect, but when he get’s it right and it clicks, it’s eye-opening stuff. The man does it all himself, an all-in-one package who could easily disappear off the map or become the next big thing. So catch him now, in case of either scenario.
In late 2015 the Sydney band Flowertruck dropped one of the more underrated Australian EPs of recent years, an EP I still listen to regularly. Five songs that glisten with optimism, fun and skill that make it all sound so simple and effortless. Lead singer Charles Rushforth is full of joy and character — he draws you in but he’s not demanding. Nor is he the only star in the band; Sarah Sykes who also provides vocals is a another talent to keep an eye on, with her own band Sunscreen dropping a great EP last year. Watch out for Flowertruck’s next album release, they have too much talent not to take the next step.
Thank fudge this awesome trio moved to Melbourne from Perth. Perth’s lovely and all, but they deserved far more exposure and respect. These three women are a powerhouse live, playing at 100% every time on stage. I mean, you don’t move across an entire country unless you take your craft seriously. Dianas have the kind of band chemistry that makes you want to start a band.
I always enjoy Leah Senior — you’d have to be soulless not to. But it wasn’t until BIGSOUND 2016 when I watched them in person, that I really become mesmerised by Leah. There’s a lot of singers out there that sound a little too close to their idols. There’s a huge wave of Angel Olsen singers right now for example, but Leah comes across genuine with her vocals and delivery. Leah truly has a beauty inside her and she translates it magnificently with light finger play and her angelic vocal range. The world could use more Leah Seniors.
File Stella in the “catch her before she’s huge” folder. Stella continued her rise throughout 2017 and is set to play all over the world in 2018, at SXSW, Live in Leeds Festival and is opening for Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever around Europe. But before she takes over the world, you can catch her intimately at By The Meadow. Which honestly suits her better than the larger stages she’ll soon be playing; her music needs the quietest of crowds to be truly appreciated.
Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 30 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Camp Cope, Dasler, Lowtide, Blaire, Hektor, Jules Sheldon, SIAMESE, and this week’s best new track by Nai Palm.
30. SIAMESE – ‘Slaughterhouse’ | Uploaded: January 18th
29. Jules Sheldon – ‘The Waves’ | Uploaded: January 20th
28. Hektor – ‘Blue Heaven’ | Uploaded: January 24th
27. Hector Gachan – ‘East – West’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
26. Ju Ca – ‘Wilt’ | Uploaded: December 6th | Open with SoundCloud
25. Rings Around Saturn – ‘Night Swim’ | Uploaded: December 24th | Open with SoundCloud
24. Shame On Us – ‘NAAM (Fantastic Man Remix)’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with SoundCloud
23. Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘Last Light’ | Uploaded: January 23rd | Open with SoundCloud
22. The Citradels – ‘Pictures of Uncle Arthur’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud
21. Solo Career – ‘Let Down’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud
20. Corniglia – ‘Strange Desires’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud
19. Tim Coggins – ‘Embers’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud
18. Telete – ‘Basketball Boy’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud
17. James i.V – ‘Freda’s Jam’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud
16. Elizaband – ‘Old Australis!’ | Uploaded: December 24th | Open with SoundCloud
15. Oscar Key Sung ft. Ah Mer ah su & HTML Flowers – ‘Fools’ | Uploaded: January 1st | Open with SoundCloud
14. Doona Waves – ‘Losing Focus’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud
13. The Plastic Fangs – ‘Kickback’ | Uploaded: December 2nd | Open with SoundCloud
12. K a r y m e – ‘Angus’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud
11. Primitive Motion – ‘Feed the Signals’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud
10. Montero – ‘Running Race’ | Uploaded: January 17th | Open with YouTube
9. Blaire – ‘Youth’ | Uploaded: January 18th
8. Lowtide – ‘Elizabeth Tower’ | Uploaded: January 18th
7. Dasler – ‘Forever’ | Uploaded: January 26th
6. Camp Cope – ‘How To Socialise & Make Friends’ | Uploaded: January 30th
5. Amaya Laucirica – ‘All Of Our Time’ | Uploaded: December 24th | Open with SoundCloud
4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Mainland’ | Uploaded: January 22nd | Open with YouTube
3. Donny Benet – ‘Melodie’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud
2. Nai Palm – ‘Homebody’ | Uploaded: January 24th
1. Totally Mild – ‘Lucky Stars’ | Uploaded: December 1st | Open with SoundCloud
There’s a fine line when it comes to cryptic lyrics. You can either come off extremely pretentious or you can stimulate curiousity — the second outcome is how I felt after hearing Bōnewoman‘s new single ‘Activ8‘. With lyrics such as “Beautiful mind map explosive aptitude” and “Cultivating a moss heart in a mother of pearl terrarium. Incubating a resilient dynasty,” it’s not super clear what narrative Bōnewoman is describing, unless you really investigate. Which may be annoying for the average music fan, but that level of lyrical depth is fascinating to myself and I’d like to come across it more often in the local neo-psychedelic-jazz scene.
When Lorien sings other lyrics that are a little more relatable such as “be what you want to be” and “move like water,” instead of these being the notable moments, repeated over and over, they’re used to give you enough time to process the more cryptic lyrics. The group vocal delivery adds to the mystery, because the credits actually say only Lorien-Summer Moysey, despite there clearly being layered vocals. Again, the more mystery the better. It’s not just Lorien that’s impressive, the band is both tight and in sync, while containing just enough sporadic energy. Especially the drums, which don’t just keep up the time, but add some oomph and spice to the chorus.
You can hear clear influences or comparison from groups such as Dirty Projectors, Hiatus Kaiyote, early Tune-Yards or even more recently Tetrahedra. But instead of coming across as a poor imitation, there’s a sense of purpose and knowledge behind all their decisions. They’re not just throwing random ideas out there, their cryptic lyrics teases and leaves me curious for future release. I need to know more about Bōnewoman and in their own lyrical words – “A cryptic mind is infinite.”
Bōnewoman are aiming to record a 7 inch in the coming months. The video clip was produced by Lorien with the help of Felix Billington Kleinman and Mark Luman Millhouse. You can catch Bōnewoman at their single launch at The Evelyn on January the 31st.
Photo by Sarah Chavdaroska
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 30 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Amaya Laucirica, Montero, Albrecht La’Brooy, Fantastic Man, Rings Around Saturn, Gamirez, Deer, and this week’s best new track by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
30. Deer – ‘On My Own (Drum Edit)’ | Uploaded: January 18th
29. Roland Tings ft. HIGH HØØPS – ‘One Hundred’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
28. LETRAN – ‘Rider’ | Uploaded: January 2nd | Open with SoundCloud
27. Pond – ‘Fire In The Water’ | Uploaded: January 10th | Open with SoundCloud
26. Gamirez – ‘U KNXW’ | Uploaded: January 12th
25. Total Control – ‘Laughing At The System 1, Pt. 1’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
24. Hector Gachan – ‘East – West’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
23. Dasler – ‘Someday’ | Uploaded: November 28th | Open with SoundCloud
22. Ju Ca – ‘Wilt’ | Uploaded: December 6th | Open with SoundCloud
21. Rings Around Saturn – ‘Night Swim’ | Uploaded: December 24th
20. Shame On Us – ‘NAAM (Fantastic Man Remix)’ | Uploaded: January 23rd
19. Albrecht La’Brooy – ‘Last Light’ | Uploaded: January 23rd
18. The Citradels – ‘Pictures of Uncle Arthur’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud
17. Solo Career – ‘Let Down’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud
16. Corniglia – ‘Strange Desires’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud
15. Tim Coggins – ‘Embers’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud
14. Telete – ‘Basketball Boy’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud
13. James i.V – ‘Freda’s Jam’ | Uploaded: January 15th | Open with SoundCloud
12. Polygon Woods – ‘Royalty’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud
11. Elizaband – ‘Old Australis!’ | Uploaded: December 24th | Open with SoundCloud
10. Oscar Key Sung ft. Ah Mer ah su & HTML Flowers – ‘Fools’ | Uploaded: January 1st | Open with SoundCloud
9. Doona Waves – ‘Losing Focus’ | Uploaded: January 8th | Open with SoundCloud
8. The Plastic Fangs – ‘Kickback’ | Uploaded: December 2nd | Open with SoundCloud
7. K a r y m e – ‘Angus’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud
6. Primitive Motion – ‘Feed the Signals’ | Uploaded: January 9th | Open with SoundCloud
5. Montero – ‘Running Race’ | Uploaded: January 17th
4. Amaya Laucirica – ‘All Of Our Time’ | Uploaded: December 24th
3. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Mainland’ | Uploaded: January 22nd
2. Donny Benet – ‘Melodie’ | Uploaded: December 17th | Open with SoundCloud
1. Totally Mild – ‘Lucky Stars’ | Uploaded: December 1st | Open with SoundCloud
Photo by Kathleen Mary Lee
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 30 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Primitive Motion, K a r y m e, Doona Waves, Oscar Key Sung, Elizaband, James i.V, Telete, Tim Coggins, Corniglia, Solo Career, The Citradels, Pond, LETRAN, Oswolf, H.eund, Minor Premiers, and this week’s best new track by Donny Benet.
30. Minor Premiers – ‘Memphis’ | Uploaded: January 9th
29. H.eund – ‘Mango Bongo’ | Uploaded: January 16th
28. Oswolf – ‘Exile’ | Uploaded: January 5th
27. Roland Tings ft. HIGH HØØPS – ‘One Hundred’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
26. LETRAN – ‘Rider’ | Uploaded: January 2nd
25. Pond – ‘Fire In The Water’ | Uploaded: January 10th
24. Total Control – ‘Laughing At The System 1, Pt. 1’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
23. Hector Gachan – ‘East – West’ | Uploaded: December 5th | Open with SoundCloud
22. Arthur Miles – ‘Untitled #010’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with SoundCloud
21. Dasler – ‘Someday’ | Uploaded: November 28th | Open with SoundCloud
20. Ju Ca – ‘Wilt’ | Uploaded: December 6th | Open with SoundCloud
19. The Citradels – ‘Pictures of Uncle Arthur’ | Uploaded: January 8th
18. Solo Career – ‘Let Down’ | Uploaded: December 17th
17. Corniglia – ‘Strange Desires’ | Uploaded: January 9th
16. Tim Coggins – ‘Embers’ | Uploaded: January 8th
15. Telete – ‘Basketball Boy’ | Uploaded: December 17th
14. James i.V – ‘Freda’s Jam’ | Uploaded: January 15th
13. Sunscreen – ‘For My Brother’ | Uploaded: November 20th | Open with SoundCloud
12. Darcy Baylis – ‘We Sleep in Different Rooms Now, Part 2’ | Uploaded: November 23rd | Open with SoundCloud
11. Polygon Woods – ‘Royalty’ | Uploaded: November 29th | Open with SoundCloud
10. Elizaband – ‘Old Australis!’ | Uploaded: December 24th
9. Oscar Key Sung ft. Ah Mer ah su & HTML Flowers – ‘Fools’ | Uploaded: January 1st
8. Doona Waves – ‘Losing Focus’ | Uploaded: January 8th
7. Winters – ‘Dedication’ | Uploaded: November 21st | Open with SoundCloud
6. The Plastic Fangs – ‘Kickback’ | Uploaded: December 2nd | Open with SoundCloud
5. K a r y m e – ‘Angus’ | Uploaded: January 9th
4. Primitive Motion – ‘Feed the Signals’ | Uploaded: January 9th
3. Donny Benet – ‘Melodie’ | Uploaded: December 17th
2. Dianas – ‘Priorities’ | Uploaded: November 22nd | Open with Bandcamp
1. Totally Mild – ‘Lucky Stars’ | Uploaded: December 1st | Open with SoundCloud
16 Jan Trading Tunes with Lossless
LOSSLESS consists of two of Melbourne’s most natural on stage male performers, Oscar Key Sung & HTML Flowers. If you haven’t seen either of them live, you’re either living under a rock or haven’t been to Collingwood at night time. Moving past the fact that the two artists went to the same high schools, there’s a sweet brotherly love presence between them while on stage. HTML Flowers provides fire, while Oscar brings the cool ocean breeze, creating this beautiful natural tension.
This Thursday sees the Southern Comfort presents Southern Sounds, a summer live music series inspired by the spirit of New Orleans visiting Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane this summer. A wide range of artists consisting of Oscar Key Sung, Silentjay, Mira Boru, Samsaruh, The Slingers and D’Arcy Spiller will perform across four venues in Melbourne. It’s another great and diverse event, keeping Melbourne exciting and full of activity choices.
Lossless actually performed last week, but in the spirit of communal support, HTML Flowers has sent us five tracks he’s currently digging.
Southern Sounds events in Melbourne – Thursday, January 18:
The Night Cat: Oscar Key Sung, Silentjay (live) & Mira Boru
The B.East: Samsaruh
The Grace Darling Hotel: The Slingers
The Spotted Mallard: D’Arcy Spiller
Lil Zubin, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal – ‘Overdose’
“I’Il still wanna be bad with you, even though you never really asked me to.”
When you stay up late, window open, naked in bed in the burning summer, looking at that text, that selfie from that person with whom you never quite quenched that crush. Drowning in a dream of them. Lusting summer nights. Wicca Phase comes in off a wobbling spectral synth, singing out of key and reminding me of my own heart, while Lil Zubin holds it down start to finish, singing like the embodiment of straight
lime cordial. “I might overdose on you.”
Eilish Gilligan – ‘Creature Of Habit’
“I think that you should know when I see a horoscope, I’ve been checking yours, and checking mine.”
I’m about to run out the door screaming, looking for strangers to fight, strangers who don’t live for Eilish Gilligan when she dips from high notes down to low notes in her narcotic voice. Honestly I am ready to go to war if you’re not supporting Eilish Gilligan, damn. Full offence. She creates fever dreams for earth signs and my Taurus rising can’t get enough.
HABITS – ‘Shame/Desire’
This track holds me up when I’m walking barefoot to 7/11 to restock my Red Bull supply in nothing but a very long t-shirt at 3am. I’m always working on some painfully personal project and listening to Angel croon “My insecurity isn’t cute anymore” before a club kick comes in to invade my fragile heart, helping me feel strong even though the world rejects me. Mohini appears like a ghost lost in a torrent of metallic violence to remind me that it’s ok to disappear into myself. HABITS’ debut album could never come to soon.
Ah Mer Ah Su – ‘Klonopin’
“I think that I might have a problem, but I still ain’t hit rock bottom.”
The synths talk to the drums in the same way your heart talks to your mind when you’re lost in a pill haze, knowing you have a problem but feeling so elevated you can’t feel disappointed in yourself. Last year, I started AA & this year I went clear of all drug use. I’m going to wake up early this summer & let Ah Mer Ah Su lead me into the sun. Not to forget but to remember and heal.
Uli K – ‘Airplane Mode’
I love the way this song is produced. The production niclas has made is so sensitive and minimal, yet feels full and has strong rhythm. This (in part) is because of the flow of Uli K’s lyrics. It’s so sick when a track can have a strong groove without drums. Songs like this which are made up of cheap sounding VST synths (like a beat clearly made on a laptop) and earnest naturally delivered vocal auto-tuned, to me are kind of like the 2018 equivalent of a simple song accompanied by acoustic guitar.”
15 Jan Trading Tunes with Kult Kyss
With the music festival By The Meadow only days away from taking place, Melbourne duo Kult Kyss have sent us five of their current favourite tunes. If you’ve never seen them live, don’t think you’re out of the loop, By The Meadow will be their first live performance. Which is a little unusual, considering they’ve been uploading songs for more than a year.
Any debut performance can swing either way, from disaster to enthralling chaos. It’s hard to even know what kind of high-octane electronic music their full set will contain, but you know at least Kult Kyss will be coming in hot and heavy and ready to give it all they’ve got. And just to add to the pressure, they’re playing after GUM at 12:40am Sunday morning. I just hope the crowd knows it’s their debut set and forgives any miscues, but considering the warm appreciative crowds at the previous By The Meadows, I think they’ll dig what Kult Kyss are putting down.
Moderat – ‘Ethereal’
“This tune opens with so much promise and delivers every step of the way. A textural masterpiece featuring many different production styles all seamlessly transitioning into each other.”
Tampa, Adam Port & ME – ‘Muyè’
“This track gently coasted into the background one day and really captured my attention. A slow burner that achieves so many feels, but never tries too hard. A lot of nuance is achieved with some detailed automation, making the payoff really feel like it’s worth the wait.”
Icarus – ‘No Sleep’
“Damn I love this song. The sample selection & drum production are perfect. It’s so harmonically rich and the textures of all the elements fit together perfectly.”
Kidnap – ‘Birds That Fly’
“Love the kooky synth design in this track, it’s got quite a singular sound. I’m also a sucker for a cute sample, which this track delivers in spades. The drop is really sweet but it’s not gonna make your rinsed mate feel too hectic. I appreciate that in a drop.”
Rodriguez Jr. – ‘An Evidence Of Time (Claude VonStroke Remix)’
“A great remix featuring one of the best kick drums I’ve heard recently. Some really dank synths in there which up the rave cave appeal.”
It’s been another big year for the Wax’O Paradiso crew in Melbourne. Throwing parties left, right and centre and playing everywhere from the Fairfield Boathouse to the Collingwood Arts Precinct, RMIT to shows throughout Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. In other words, they haven’t slept and the parties aren’t stopping for Wax’O Paradiso, with a New Years Day set at Freedom Time in the Coburg Velodrome.
This year Freedom Time is also in Perth on New Years Eve and in Sydney January 7th, making it quickly the national festival for electronic music around New Years. Some of the artists on the tour include Larry Heard, Johnny Osbourne, Sassy J, Harvey Sutherland, CC:Dissco, Nai Palm, Sampa The Great, No Zu, Bradley Zero, Silentjay & Jace XL, Sassy J, Krakatau, and many more. It’s an amazing collection of international and local artists, hosted by people who understand how to create a friendly and fun environment for everyone.
Wax’O Paradiso have sent us their installment of Trading Tunes with a little comment attached: “Theme is Sassy Music for Sassy J who is playing on our stage on NYD.”
De De – ‘S & M (Sexy Music – Rated X)’
“Sexy music for the freaks.”
Ce Moi – ‘Just Give it up (Instrumental)’
“Killer dubbed-out boogie cut with a shimmering intro and attitude to boot. Goes perfect with a full size harp and a glass of the orange stuff.”
Magnifique – ‘Magnifique (Part I)’
“Fantastique cosmic disco that sits perfectly between the paradiso/dystopio divide. The question is, can u take it??”
Perfect Taste – ‘It’s over’
“Absolutely huge dub/street soul version of the Odyssey classic. Play it loud, rewind selectah, play it again.”
Blondie – ‘Rapture (Special Disco Version)’
“We’re fashionably late to the party on this one, soz about it. 10 minute version of Blondie’s Rapture. Not one, but two Debbie Harry rap verses to bookend the breakdown. Sass.”
Nite Fleit from Sydney has played at almost every exciting local event this year, from Daydreams to Cool Room and Club D’érange, from Lucid to even bigger events like Peel Street Festival and Splendour In The Grass. Nite Fleit has become a must see and feel experience, especially after 2am when she transforms venues into a wild vortex of varied deep house bangers.
If you’ve never had the chance to see Nite Fleit play in person, she’s playing at both Let Them Eat Cake and Pitch Music Festival. Two big stages with large enough PAs to do her super sonic onslaught justice.
To get you excited, Nite Fleit has sent us her five current favourite tracks!
Umwelt – ‘Strange Attractor’
“This is newish from Umwelt, who I am obsessed with. Electro dystopian vibes.”
A Credible Eye Witness – ‘Episode 9’
“I first heard of A.C.E.W. when Helena Hauff put Episode 6 in her Essential Mix – all episodes are great to be honest, but 9 is my favourite – binge-worthy viewing.”
Scratch Massive – ‘Girls On Top’
“More electro – a lol, but sick vocal.”
Minimum Syndicat – ‘1991’
“Rave track / Sxc clip.”
I Hate Models – ‘Last Kiss Before Death’
“Huge track – my favourite to play at the moment.”
Women and all-female bands were kicking serious ass in 2017, with Dream Wife helping lead the way in the UK. Rakel Mjöll, Alice Go and Bella Podpadec pack a serious stage presence — a memorable 1, 2, 3 punch! Dream Wife take influences from 70’s punk all the way up to the 2000’s garage-rock revival.
‘Let’s Make Out‘ is a cross between Does It Offend You, Yeah? and The Hives, two 2000’s bands who had explosive live shows. ‘Somebody‘ has the charm of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the tightness of The Kills. Nostaglia is definitely part of the Dream Wife charm, but there are plentiful modern peer comparisons to be found in their music, such as Ex Hex, Speedy Ortiz, and the Sleater-Kinney comeback. These influences help Dream Life attain a diversity that keeps their sound as electric as their natural energy, making them a perfect fit for the hot afternoon time-slot on the Laneway Festival touring circuit.
Their self-titled debut album is set for release on January 26th and they’ve sent us five tracks that inspired it!
Laneway Festival Tour Dates:
Singapore: Saturday 27th January
Auckland: Monday 29th January
Adelaide: Friday 2nd February
Melbourne: Saturday 3rd February
Sydney: Sunday 4th February
Brisbane: Saturday 10th February
Fremantle: Sunday 11th February
The Strokes – ‘Last Nite’
“It’s just a really really good pop song. The spikey hooky sounds of the Strokes have been with us on this journey so far with the debut album. The Strokes’ pop sensibilities are something that as a band we would definitely align ourselves with and you can hear coming through on the album. There is no shame in pop.”
Le Tigre – ‘Deceptacon’
“This pumped up Kathleen Hannah anthem is one of our faves, and Le Tigre are a constant inspiration to us. We play this track a lot at our DJ sets. The ‘up’ guitary vibes and fun bouncey vox on this track were in our conversations when in the mixing stage of the record. We really tried to channel the same energy on certain tracks, from upping the beat, to driving the axes just a little more.”
Bikini kill – ‘Rebel Girl’
“Another one from Kathleen, the raw power on this track really revs you up, makes you wanna go cause some mischief with your girl gang. We were really aiming to nail the live sound on record, and the sonic quality of Rebel Girl was in our minds.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Maps’
“From the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s debut album, Fever to Tell, this track is soft yet powerful. When writing the album we were definitely thinking about this song and album, and the softer sides of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs clashing and playing off their wild energy. This similar sonic juxtaposition is a technique we definitely incorporate, and have tried to hone in on with our album. Karen O’s vocal in Maps is a really great example of the tone we tried to achieve on our album, with the vox. There is a real power and also a sensitivity to her voice.”
The Cribs – ‘Hey Scenesters’
“This lil classic was a teenage favorite for us, from 2005’s golden age of british Indie. The guitar riffs and tones on this track are hooky and raw, a sound we have definitely tried to achieve axe-wise, on our debut.”