The lo-fi dreamers Body Type from Sydney caught my attention immediately a year ago with ‘Ludlow‘ — its contrast of nostalgia and electric energy make it a rare example of introverted and extroverted song-writing combined. The follow up ‘264‘ displayed their ability to cut the pace in half and still be just as engaging, a beautiful Shoegaze ballad with a mini Explosions In The Sky kind of finish. However, their latest track ‘Silver‘ is the tightest, fullest and most defined Body Type song. They’re still defining their output, but there’s a thrust in ‘Silver’ you often hear in hungry bands that are edging closer and closer to nailing their unique sound.
We’re not the only ones intrigued by Body Type’s future. Sugar Mountain festival have booked them for next year’s event on the 20th of January, but if you’re in Sydney, you can actually catch them next month opening for another favourite of ours this year — RVG at Oxford Art Gallery on the 2nd of November.
Body Type’s theme for their Trading Tunes is “Videos featuring iconic silver things”.
The Melbourne via Ballarat chillers Crepes released their debut album Channel Four last Friday through Spunk, and they’ve sent us five tracks that were inspirational during the making of the album. Channel Four is about as sunny sounding as you could get in 2017, making the just-before-summer release perfect timing. No doubt, it’ll be an album of choice for many upcoming road trips.
Lead singer Tim Karmouche constructs songs that help you ease anxiety and keep your heart rate at a healthy pace. There’s no hidden agendas or self-indulgence, Crepes are the honest nice guys, who bring the right amount of vibrancy and spark to avoid being the boring nice guys or the crazy nice guys. The best example of this is the instrumental title track, that both feels like a carefully constructed piece of music and also an improvisational jam session. A fine line Crepes consistently ride perfectly throughout Channel Four.
“Plantasia is one for the soul as well as the plants. This album has an extremely beautiful warmth & simplicity to it with incredible synth tones. Good to listen to while lying on the floor.”
Haroumi Hosono – ‘Coral Reef’
“I traveled to Japan in the middle of making Channel Four, when I was over there I discovered Haroumi Hosono. I was lucky enough to track down a couple of his records when I was over there.”
Mental As Anything – ‘Nips Are Getting Bigger’
“I discovered Mental As Anything a little later in life & my mind was absolutely blown. I think we identify with them as a band because we are also dorks who write uncool & cheesy pop. We covered this song once. Reg Mombassa is a lord.”
Onyeka – ‘African Woman (Instrumental)’
“This song is the ultimate jam.”
Graham Nash – ‘Better Days’
“From a lovely album. We were going for this 70’s studio rock kind of production when making Channel Four.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Rudolf C & Shedbug, Winters, Alta, Crepes, Sampa The Great, Tulalah, Backyard and this week’s best new track by Totally Mild.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Tram Cops, Ciggie Witch, Cry Poor, A. Swayze And The Ghosts, Morning TV, Full Flower Moon Band and this week’s best new track by Arthur Miles.
The Melbourne artist Loure caught our attention with his Westside Movements EP in April this year. His fluid, jazzy, and silk style is easy to digest whilst proving to be quite detailed under the microscope. The track ‘Step In‘ featured in our top 50 tracks so far this year post, and almost every other song on the EP made it on to one of our weekly playlists. A very impressive start, which made it a no-brainier decision to ask Loure for a guest mix — and he has delivered 47 minutes of world class, pure Ecstasy. Floating in and out of micro-tech, soft-tech, Detroit-house, disco-house, with everything in between, Loure delivers a broad palette, without making a questionable move or ever stretching too far. By the time he cools things off with the Lone track, you’ll wish the mix went for 2 hours more.
Early 2018 will see the physical release of Loure’s Westside Movements EP via Apparel Music, and you can catch him live at The Toff In Town on Monday November 6th and at Hopkins Creek Music Festival on December 1st.
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Tambo’s House, Godtet, Kirkis, Christopher Port, Sampa The Great, Sloan Peterson, Carla dal Forno, Department., The Vacant Smiles, Kllo, H.eund, Jah Loon, Subjoi, Jack Grace, Crocodylus and this week’s best new track by Winston Surfshirt.
The Brisbane band Good Boy caught our attention last year with the infectious track ‘Poverty Line‘ and it’s rushing guitar lines and down-your-throat vocals about not wanting to work a normal job. That could come across as lazy, but these three gentlemen clearly have some serious work ethic if they’re capable of producing music this tight. Good Boy proved this year with ‘Braap‘ that they might be the modern old-Grinspoon; less nu-grunge, more dolewave. While that might not sound like much of a compliment, bands that give you head[-]shaking energy, while not making you feel like a 15 year old brat again, have value in today’s current music market.
If you’re curious to see if the enigmatic recordings translate to a live setting, Good Boy are supporting The Orwells at The Gasometer along with Press Club tonight (28th of September). This is part of the monthly Red Bull Sound Select events.
To get you pumped about their show, Good Boy have sent us five songs that they listen to before playing. If there’s free Red Bulls, your heart may explode.
Wolf Alice – ‘Giant Peach’
“I only started listening to this band about 6 months ago but I haven’t stopped since. The guitars in the introduction are enough to get me hyped for a gig. I also listen to this song whenever I’m at an airport. I don’t really know why at airports specifically.”
Death Grips – ‘I’ve Seen Footage’
“I think Charles from Flowertruck gave me this one. This introduction of this song triggers me as soon as I hear it.”
Trust Punks – ‘Good Luck With That’
“Rian got me on to this band and I’m gonna take this opportunity to thank him for that. Cheers mate. This song fucking rules. Listen to it once and you’ll find yourself going back for more.”
Title Fight – ‘Chlorine’
“Another band that Rian got me onto. Thanks again man. Just listen to the guitar riff and you’ll know why this songs gets me goin’.”
High Tension – ‘Bully’
“Another band that I’ve recently started listening to. This song (and the video clip) is bad to the bone. Listen to this track before a show and you’ll be rarin’ to go.”
This is our updated weekly playlist of the best new Australian music released within the past two months. This week’s guide includes new entries from Courtney Barnett, E.Davd, No Sister, Morgan Wright, Montero , Hector Gachan, Swim Team and this week’s best new track by Milk Teddy.
Back in July, the Melbourne band The Stevens dropped probably my favourite Australian album of the year, just ahead of the RVG and Tornado Wallace releases.
Goodis sprawled out brilliantly over 18 relatively short tracks, all sparking in different directions whilst remaining true to the identifiable sound of the band. The album’s lack of prominent formula and predictability make the replay experience feel as erratic as a Rick and Morty episode. The radio friendly songs with immediate hooks — ‘Chancer‘, ‘Cruise‘, ‘Pulling All The Facts Together‘, ‘Keep Me Occupied‘, ‘I Know (Charles and Jerry)‘ and ‘Thirsty Eye‘ — are spread out evenly, while the tracks in between keep you guessing as to what’s going to happen next. Basically, the album manages to feel like both the scattered friend who keeps life interesting and the friend you can always trust.
“I’ve been going through an absurd love affair with the Beach Boys that has lasted the better part of a year and a half. I had always liked them, but recently something clicked. I feel like their records (pre Brian’s mental breakdown) have the tone of great home recordings, albeit with an absurd budget and the best recording technology available for the day. If you listen closely though you can hear coughs under organ solos and tape dropping out. The Smile Sessions plays like a big American pastoral from Plymouth Rock down to LA and is the sound of a band grappling with themselves and coming to terms with the fact that their saccharine vision of California was falling well out of synch with the turbulence of the times. I wish I knew Brian Wilson.”
Archie Sheep – ‘Things Have Gotta Change’
“Indeed they do. A squealing 16 minute incantation to rally against the trauma of the times. A sentiment that is still pertinent today, unfortunately. I wish things would change.”
Jimmy Campbell – ‘Another Vincent Van Gogh’
“This was the greatest punt record purchase i ever did make. Dug the cover and picked it up for a measly price and was totally blown away. It’s kinda dandy and very earnest. I don’t know much about him, but much like the protagonist of the song, his expression was lost in the glut of artists vying for space on the hit parade at the time. There are some beautiful word pictures painted in this song and throughout the whole album. I wish Jimmy Campbell had become famous – he deserves it.”
Jeanne Lee – ‘Your Ballad’
“I think this song is so captivating. It heaves and pulsates, and like most jazz from this period of time, it sounds like its wheels are about to fall off at any given moment — although I’m sure the musicians involved knew exactly what they were doing. I wish I could sing properly. “
Guided by Voices – ‘The Deeds of Fertile Jim’
“Guided by Voices are the greatest. How do you write so many god damn hits? Even the songs that aren’t hits reveal themselves to be hits once you develop an ear for them. They burn through melodies and ideas and commit them to tape in such a haphazard alarming rate that you can only deduce they have a direct main to whatever great unconscious wellspring creativity comes from. This is a Tobin Sprout song. The melodies are triumphant. the arrangement is earnest. It’s Perfect! I wish Guided by Voices would tour outside of the United States.”
I was working with a sound technician the other day, who had seen Habits by accident at their show with Friendships in July at The Night Cat. He couldn’t stop raving about how immersive the show was, and even wanted to relive it via the footage we shot. It was all a reminder for me that Habits are amazingly still relatively unknown, even in Melbourne, among sound technicians, despite blowing minds every time they perform live.
Speaking of performing live, their single launch for ‘Shame/Desire‘ is on the 28th of September at The Curtin with Huntly and Sexistential Waterfall. ‘Shame/Desire’ was our track of the week last month, but don’t just take our word for it – listen and enjoy above. And below you can listen to Habits’ six ‘ultimate dev breakup songs’.
The Irrepressibles – ‘In This Shirt’
“This fucken song. Those strings when they climax is a goddamn punch in the heart. We stumbled across this when we were queer babies and the Anohni-esque vocals and tender orchestral arrangement have haunted us ever since. Simply describing wearing a shirt left behind by a lost love is such an effective vessel for exploring the deeper complexities of those feelings.”
Nils Bech – ‘A Sudden Sickness’
“This one captures the feeling of jealousy, insecurity and/or remorse of being the one who chose to end the relationship. The sudden hot, tingly uncomfortable feeling of being devastated. ‘I drink to get numb/to shut you out’ — literally name a more relatable lyric. To start a new beginning independently post break. We’ve been completely obsessed with this album, and finding a visibly queer Norwegian performance artist-cum-singer, since his album ‘Echo’ came out in late 2016 which is full of the different stages of breakups.”
Kwabs – ‘Perfect Ruin’
“‘Who said we had it all, ur hearts no longer lie’.
It’s a break up song in the wake of a relationship that was supposed to end. Kwabs captures that feeling where you know you’re wrong for each other but you still can’t help feeling sad about the situation and curious about how it could have gone.”
Rowland S Howard – ‘Shut Me Down’
“One of my (Mo’s) fave Rowland tracks, it had me from the first sad strum of the guitar and the repetitive pining ‘I miss you so much’. It has the defeated loneliness that you feel in the middle of the night, the song equivalent of that hurt in your heart and stomach. One of my favourite homegrown songwriters ever.”
Adam Tensta ft. Sibille Attar – ‘Let Me’
“This one forces you into reality. This track is about when you’re too raw to be rational. Maybe one day we’ll be friends but for now, don’t tell me about your new man and I won’t talk about myself either. That bassline itself is a ‘goodbye’ bassline.”
Jennifer Hudson / Dreamgirls – ‘Let Me’
“The ultimate. The everything. A desperate and hopeless plea for a lover to stay. An iconic drag queen number. Our favourite karaoke song. In this version Jennifer Hudson is a goddess and this performance gives us chills even after countless listens (and watches). Some people think musicals are bullshit and that’s their problem because this song is a healing and electric emotional tidal wave.”