This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Loure, Tangents, The Ruminaters, Big White, Flowertruck, Neon Tetra, Letran, Hey Baby!, The Harpoons, Jarrow, Allume, Love Deluxe, Hymns, Em Burrows, Cable Ties, Going Swimming, Demon Days, Sarah Mary Chadwick, TV Haze, HTMLflowers, Courtney Barnett, Tiny Giants, HVNCOQ, Lehmann B. Smith, Your Girl Pho, and this week’s best new track by Tropical Fuck Storm.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 40 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Cable Ties, Katie Dey, Loure, Middle Management, Ben Houghton, Golden Syrup, Gena Bruce, No Mono, Tetrahedra, Montero, Annie Bass & Christopher Port, and this week’s best new track by Jaala.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the 50 best new Australian songs released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Amaya Laucirica, Mildlife, Totally Mild, Snake & Friends, Stella Donnelly, Liam Parsons, Oscar Key Sung, Arthur Miles, Baby Blue, Mio, Courtney Barnett, Clarissa Mei, Tram Cops, Curves, MOD CON, Darcy Baylis, The Ancients, Donny Benet, Planète, Borneo, Hachiku, Primitive Motion, The Jim Mitchells, Rebel Yell, Lowtide, Cop Envy, Straight Arrows, River Yarra + Tom Baker, Flowertruck, Lee Hannah, Cabu, Horror My Friend, Kid Fiction, Dog Futon, Nice Biscuit, Dave O’Connor, Pussy In The Dark, and this week’s best new track by Couture.
The Melbourne existential-neon five piece Curves have kindly given us the honour of premiering their latest song ‘Marcel’s Booth‘, the second single since their 2016 All Made Up EP.
If Total Giovanni is Melbourne’s modern version of Talking Heads, then Curves are Melbourne’s modern Depeche Mode. Curve’s ties to new-wave extend beyond the layers of deep synth sounds to the visual on early ’80’s MTV music videos. Singer Patrick Mooney comes from the film world, which plays an important role in Curves’ music. Every lyric reads like a script, from “Dancing alone in a New York Apartment” to “And everyone’s having fun.”
Curves transcend you to an alternative universe where new-wave revivalists James Pants and Twin Shadow are the world’s biggest stars. Everything is a little warped, the sounds suck you in and out. Even the track title was originally ‘Marcel’s Diner’ not ‘Marcel’s Booth’, so you know exactly where they are, but if you’ve seen Twin Peaks you know that weird unusual things happen in diner booths.
Even the timing of releasing the song on Valentine’s Day adds to the romantic intimate experience, a feeling you can really only get from a movie.
Curves are expected to perform regularly around Melbourne this year and release their second EP, too.
Watch Curves live in the Ripe office back in December 2017.
The wizard trio behind the fantastic Daydreams parties are DJing at By The Meadow festival between the 6th-8th of April. The line-up is already stacked with awesome live bands throughout a variety of genres, and so having the Daydreams DJs spin tunes in the night is the perfect cherry on top.
There’s only 700 tickets remaining, so you know By The meadow will sell out soon. Especially once you hear Daydreams’ selections for their Trading Tunes feature. The theme is “a bunch of tracks from the 80s, plus a new one from a guy we love that also loves the 80s.”
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 Sui Zhen, Bōnewoman, Tram Cops, Fantastic Man, Tetrahedra, Chiara Kickdrum, Arthur Miles, Albrecht La’Brooy, Distant Stars, Barking, Suss Cunts, Messy Mammals, and this week’s best new track by Katie Dey.
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.
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.
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.
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.