Good Morning are a hazy, lo-fi garage rock band from Melbourne, who record as a two-piece in the studio and play live as a four-piece. The band consists of Stefan Blair, Liam Parsons, John Considine and James Macleod. It has been quite the debut year for the Good Morning, first releasing the seven-track EP Shawcross, then a two-single split with ‘A Vessel‘ and ‘Radiovoice‘, and then another two-single split with ‘On The Street‘ and ‘You‘.
“Tim is such a good song writer, God damn. He’s like Neil Young getting a town hall kebab at four in the morning. In my mind that’s better than it sounds. They’ve been dropping excellent new songs here and there into their sets too, which coincidentally are getting better and better. So excited to hear what happens next.”
COSMIC SATTLER – ‘A Man’
“Shameless promotion for our big dog Jesse Sattler. An Australian committing his daily life to tape in Washington D.C. It just sounds so wild. His drum kit is a box and a snare. His music goes from beautiful pop songs like this one to nine minute noise assaults, ’cause why the fuck not. Our band’s soul mate.”
TERRIBLE TRUTHS – ‘See Straight’
“I’d heard that ‘Lift Weights’ song around town for ages and never knew who it was and stumbled in on them playing it one night at The Tote, and have been in love ever since. They waste no time with fucking about, and are incredibly cohesive without ever being boring. Anyway, this album fucking slays, and they’re pretty much the best live band in Melbourne at the moment, if not planet Earth.”
JAALA – ‘Hard Hold’
“Actually, probably tie these guys with Terrible Truths for best live band on planet Earth. The drummer and bassist blow my fucking mind, and Cosi is such a commanding front person, holy shit. Makes me wanna go home and never try to make music again.”
THE DRONES – ‘Taman Shud’
“So insanely psyched for a new The Drones record, especially when the first song off it shoots them off in a whole new direction. Plus this bit of fucking wisdom from Gareth Liddiard is too good to be true:
“Why you think the whole world’s gotta be like you?
Fuck Western supremacy
I ain’t sitting around being Gallipolised
One man’s BBQ’s another’s hunger strike
Why’d I give a rat’s about your tribal tatts?
You came here in a boat you fucking cunt””
Welcome to our latest feature – Ripe’s Australian Chart, where we post an update every Sunday on our top tracks uploaded in the past month by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.
We start at #25 this week with RÜFÜS (or RÜFÜS DU SOL if you’re not from Australia) and their latest single ‘Innerbloom‘, off their second album Bloom, set for release January 22nd. ‘Innerbloom’ is over nine minutes in length, making it their most ambitious song to date, and I hope Bloom features more ambitious tracks of this kind. Next we have The Delicates from the Gold Coast with ‘Chimera’, a track you’ll enjoy if you’re into the dreamy, crisp guitar work of bands such as Widowspeak or Fear Of Men. At #23 we have Zone Out from Melbourne, who are a duo made up of Ashley Bundang (Totally Mild, Sui Zhen, Ciggie Witch) and Dove Bailey (Scotdrakula). ‘So Bright‘ sounds like Beach House covering an early The Pains of Being Pure at Heart song.
#22 is by Caleb Jacobs aka Plum out of Sydney. ‘Reveal’ is off Plum’s new EP, Black Doris. If the synth-driven work by Wild Nothing or TOPS keeps you warm inside at night, give this EP a listen. Deer have teamed up with Martin King (The Harpoons) for ‘All Alone‘. I’m not a huge fan of the EDM pre-drop, build up moments, but otherwise the chemistry between the two is definitely saucy.
Mic Mills’ remix of ‘Take Your Time’ by Oisimaat #16 is still the most impactful remix of the past month, but this isn’t the last time in this list that Adelaide producers will be using each other. We head back to Sydney for #19 with Antonio Rosselli Del Turco aka Ribongia. ‘Journeys’ is taken from the forthcoming EP, Escapisms. The scattered, Caribbean house rhythm is full of detailed surprises and interplay between all its glitchy keyboards. Tiny Little Houses from Melbourne go all Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness on ‘You Tore Out My Heart’ at #18, which sounds exactly as its title suggests it would.
I’ve found my Australian version of Wooden Wand in Max Savage out of Adelaide. His new song ‘Baby Don’t Cry‘ features my favourite lyric of the week – “Everytime I write about you, I write about me”. We’re back in Melbourne for #16 garage band Diet, who blend the liberty of Eddy Current Suppression Ring with vocals similar to those of Morrissey from The Smiths. We stay in Melbourne (and on a similar health kick) for Nutrition, who used to be a duo, but the recent decision to turn into a solo project appears to have not affected the quality one bit. ‘Advice Needed‘ has serious house chops in the vein of Daniel Avery.
No Zu spice up the this list at #14 with ‘Hi Gloss’ off their new four-song EP of the same name. This eight-piece band (who are known to extend beyond eight members at times) may base themselves in Melbourne, but they take sounds from every continent to create music that’s frankly not from this current world. Marcus Whale of Collarbonesis having a go at the solo thing ahead of his set at Paradise Music Festival. His first single, ‘If’, is apparently only a demo, but still gets a #13 rank on our list. It’s more internal than his work with Collarbones, drawing comparisons to early How To Dress Well and Oscar Key Sung productions.
Speaking of O.K.S., he’s teamed up with producer Charles Murdoch for ‘Privacy feat. Oscar Key Sung’ at #12, a track set to feature on Charles’ debut album, Point, via Future Classic on December 11. ‘Privacy‘ is far darker and thicker than any of Oscar’s previous work and it’s an interesting angle for him, really playing well into his despairing vocals. We remain in Melbourne for #11: ‘Negative Energy‘ by Asdasfr Bawd, a name I still can’t pronounce out loud. Luckily for him it doesn’t matter, because the future garage-influenced beats continue to impress all ears aware of this young producer, who is ready to break out once his EP, Underpass,is released on March 7, 2016.
I already really liked track #10, ‘Hand‘, leading up to this post, but I saw the band live at The Tote in Melbourne recently and now I can’t stop playing it. The Dead Heir remind me of a more psychedelic Magnetic Fields, and the track features on a recent EP, The Dead Heir Go Wild. We are still in Melbourne for ‘Give Me Your Love’ by Lisa Salvo, #9 on the list. This track actually first appeared on the internet as early as the start of 2014, but was recently re-uploaded on her SoundCloud account, and it’s still as effective and beautiful as the first time I heard it. Consider her as Melbourne’s younger version of Grouper.
At #8 we have a trio collaboration of emerging Adelaide producers Arthur Miles, Babicka and HVCK, who all release music through the label, Untzz Rec. I’ve been praising this label for a while now because they never let me down, and ‘The Prince’ is no exception. Every time I hear Arthur Miles before realising it’s him, I think I’m listening to one of the biggest names currently in electronic music. Lower Spectrum puts Perth on the map here at #7 with his latest track ‘Proxima’. It’s from the forthcoming EP, New Haze, and it takes the kind of gospel samples Moby used to use and thrusts them into the near future.
Back in Melbourne, Sleep D continue to validate why their label Butter Sessions are local legends. It doesn’t matter how tired you are, one spin of ‘Backstreets‘ will have you heading towards the Melbourne venue The Mercat – something I did a few nights ago to catch Sleep D’s set. Also in Melbourne, Amateur Dance just dropped a four-track EP titled It’s Really Something. The opening title track sprawls for 10 minutes as it swiftly pulses like the more recent work of The Field – very euphoric.
#4 is back up in Sydney with Movement, the band who took out the #1 position in our Top 100 Australian Songs of the Year 2014 list with ‘Like Lust’. ‘Lace‘ is only a demo, but it’s good to hear that the band haven’t lost any of that intoxicating, sexual atmosphere that’s so hard to resist. I had to double check that #3 wasn’t secretly Angel Olsen. Phantastic Ferniture may have a star in the making with the vocalist Julia Jacklin, and I’m not stretching here. The quality of ‘Gap Year‘ is what you expect from a band signed to Matador records.
It’s hard to find information on The Shards. All I know is that they’re from Melbourne and they’re lyrically on point with the smartphone generation, when they sing “You’ve got me sitting here, second guessing. I’m checking my phone, checking and checking, you’ve got me second guessing. If you’re alone”. The instrumentation in ‘Making Shape Out Of The Ground‘ is incredibly rewarding upon further spins, revealing clever minor touches, that one may miss on the first couple listens. It’s tricky to pin point who they sound like exactly, maybe Julian Lynch?
However, this week’s #1 has to be ‘Cab Deg’ by Good Morning. This young band from Melbourne impressed me at CMJ in New York last month – with ‘Cab Deg’ always closing their sets – and now that it’s online, I play it everyday. As soon as I hear that opening guitar, I get really excited for February 2016 when the Glory album is set to be released. Good luck getting the chorus out of your head anytime soon. It’s going to be a breakout summer for Good Morning.
25. RÜFÜS – ‘Innerbloom’
Uploaded: November 20th
24. The Delicates – ‘Chimera’
Uploaded: November 5th
23. Zone Out – ‘So Bright’
Uploaded: November 19th
22. Plum – ‘Reveal’
Uploaded: November 14th
21. Deer – ‘All Alone Ft Martin King’
Uploaded: November 17th
20. Oisima – ‘Take Your Time (Mic Mills Remix)’
Uploaded: October 22nd
19. Ribongia – ‘Journeys’
Uploaded: October 27th
18. Tiny Little Houses – ‘You Tore Out My Heart’
Uploaded: October 28th
17. Max Savage – ‘Baby Don’t Cry’
Uploaded: November 18th
16. Diet – ‘Your House’
Uploaded: October 22nd
15. Nutrition – ‘Advise Needed’
Uploaded: November 19th
14. NO ZU – ‘Hi Gloss’
Uploaded: November 5th
13. Marcus Whale – ‘If (Demo)’
Uploaded: November 10th
12. Charles Murdoch – ‘Privacy feat. Oscar Key Sung’
Uploaded: November 7th
11. Asdasfr Bawd – ‘Negative Energy’
Uploaded: November 4th
10. The Dead Heir – ‘Hand’
Uploaded: November 4th
9. Lisa Salvo – ‘Give Me Your Love’
Uploaded: November 7th
8. Arthur Miles – ‘The Prince Feat. Babicka & HVCK’
Melbourne producer Abelardhas sent us a premiere of his latest single, ‘I’m OK For Now‘. The artist behind ‘☆ＳＥＩＮＷＡＶＥ☆２０００☆ What’s the deal with airline food?‘ has been impressing this year with what he calls ‘glitterwave’ – a combination of chillwave, ’80s retro, and glo-fi.
‘I’m OK For Now’ even dips into RnB and neo-soul, with its slow hip sway and the sampling of reflective, relationship-focused lyrics. Meanwhile, the glitchy stutter-rhythm is reminisent of Tourist‘s old remix work under the name Little Loud.
Abelard is very meticulous when it comes weaving his lush layers together, rather than just piling them atop one another. The track also flows very organically, almost feeling as if it was a freeform performance recorded in one take.
The next step for this sound could either be bringing in a live vocalist who complements his soul-tinged sound, or simply taking a few more chances, throwing in a few more twists and turns. Either way, Abelard is definitely more than okay for now.
Jahnneis Sam Maguire, who used to play under the name Flash Forest back when he appeared at ourNevermind Festival in late 2012. Early this year he returned under a new name and proceeded to drop one of the most earth-shattering deep house tracks of the year, ‘Life In Irrational Fear’.
While we wait for new music from one of Melbourne’s sharpest producers – which we expect to hear soon, based on his recent upload of a sampler track named ‘I Miss You Too‘ – have a browse through a few of his recent personal highlights.
Friendships – ‘Pedal To The Metal’
“This song is ridiculous. It’s hectically live and intense, but pieced together so meticulously that no rhythm is compromised – really brilliant and severely underplayed according to SoundCloud. Also, it’s massive live.”
Mighty Boys – ‘Hippy Shakes’
“Mighty Boys are a rad 7/8-piece, punk/pub rock act, and ‘Hippy Shakes‘ always goes off live. It’s essentially about getting caught off-guard at a bush doof and losing yourself. Check the film clip on YouTube for sure.”
Mol One – ‘The Real (Prod. The Oil Baron)’
“The Oil Baron is stupid good and Mol One is talented as hell – a well under rated MC. My favourite Oil Baron work is yet to be released – he’s got some dusty, sampled-based house/garage stuff in the works – but this one with Mol One is a real good representation of both their works.”
Lazertits – ‘Gender Studies’
“Lazertits are five ripper people I’m fortunate to be mates with, and so fortunate that they agreed to be the guinea pigs for a uni recording assignment. I recorded this with two guys at uni, then mixed it in my crappy bedroom. It doesn’t do them justice, but it’s all they have online at the moment and they need to be heard, so it’ll have to do – you should see them live; mad fun.”
ALTA – ‘Tell Me’
“I’m a massive Alta fan; real slick production, a killer live show, and beautiful people. This isn’t one of their newer tracks, but I regularly get it stuck in my head as it sits in my favourite place in music – melancholic, but optimistic and danceable.”
Finally. I’ve been waiting to write up on ‘Cab Deg‘ since I heard Melbourne’s Good Morning closing out all their sets with it at CMJ in New York this past month. It’s the first single off their upcoming EP Glory (the follow-up to their 2014 debut EP Shawcross), due out in February.
When you’re watching about 10 bands play everyday at CMJ, it’s almost impossible to go home every night with the same song stuck in your head – but I did. There it was, the chorus of ‘Cab Deg’ looping over and over in my head, every night. Not even ‘Hotline Bling‘ could compete.
While I was previously intrigued by Good Morning, Glory may just make me a legit fan. They have a smart team behind them in label Solitaire, and have enlisted the mastering abilities of the respected Simon Lam of I’lls. My only criticism is that the recording quality sounds more like early, lo-fi Real Estate, rather than the crisp, modern Real Estate. That transition is the next step for Good Morning; everything else is firmly in place.
Gloryis out in February via Solitaire, as a digital download or black 12″.
2. Cab Deg
3. To Be Won
4. Give Me Something To Do
5. The Great Start
6. In The Way
CMJ in New York is a music week – similar to SXSW in Austin, Texas – where (mostly) independent artists from around the world come to play a series of shows throughout the week. It’s an opportunity to showcase themselves not only to fans, but also to websites, radio hosts, labels etc. It’s a great chance for Australian artists to get noticed internationally and this year 38 of them made the flight over.
The Aussie BBQ at CMJ is an annual tradition, where all the Australian artists play 25-minute sets across two stages from 2pm until almost 4am. While the sets are short and the stages are small, it’s a great way to taste-test a variety of Australian artists. At this exact event in 2012, I saw Flumeplay in the basement to about 20 people – you never know who is going to blow up next.
The first thing you notice when you see Slum Sociable live is that they look like a traditional guitar band – which is surprising, because they sound like a laptop-heavy, midi-keyboard project, but in fact there are no laptops at all on stage. The band kind of ride that post-Chet Faker sound, but for the most part the songs are well written and they’re rather effective in their use of minimal instrumentation.
The Perth band quickly stir up comparisons to Tame Impala‘s early work, with their psych-garage sound, but Methyl Ethel are less psych and are more about the lyrical content. The lead singer’s shy personality reminds me of Youth Lagoon and he has some serious high vocal pipes. While I’d like to hear more variety in their songwriting, the three-piece have great, intricate chemistry and memorable guitar lines.
The Babe Rainbow don’t exactly bring much new to a sound that was mastered in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but I always find myself falling into a spiralling vortex of thought during their sets. That combination of space-psych with sunny beach vibes allows you relax into a comfortable trance. It all feels like a summer road trip, which at times turns danceable, and at other times slow and sexual. They don’t play with as many guitar effect pedals as you’d imagine.
A member of No Zu, Sui Zhen kind of sounds like The Knife. Her songs aren’t completely fleshed out yet, but she has a vivid imagination, one that will write those songs in the future. Her Aussie BBQ set was more danceable than her set earlier in the week, and while I’d like to see her utilise the guitar player in the background more, I like the direction Sui Zhen is heading.
Another band like The Babe Rainbows who are firmly lodged in another generation, yet when it comes to pound-for-pound stage presence, Client Liaison bring it every time. Even though the tiny CMJ stages are a far cry from the elaborate festivals stages they often frequent, hey don’t let it concern them. The songs have strong melodies and keyboard hooks aplenty, and the next step for Client Liaison would be to study Kevin Parker and learn how to transform an old sound into something new entirely.
Slum Sociable have been making a stir with their unique brand of ‘lo-fo’ jazzy hip-hop, their debut EP TQ releasing today.
Opening track ‘All Night’ has been doing the rounds already – no surprise given its soulful vocal and oh-so-catchy faded synth riff that comes in towards the end. Tracks like ‘Apartment’ and ‘Luck So Far’ follow the same formula, letting the vocals croon out over a slower rhythm.
One of the more notable tracks ‘Paradigm’ exposes the trip-hop influences of Slum Sociable, an almost eerie worldliness that seems atypical for a couple of guys out of Mordialloc. The swirling piano and twisted drums shift the mood to a slightly more melancholy feel, showing slivers of Massive Attack‘s work.
The conglomeration of different sounds – from the obvious jazz, electronica and hip-hop, to the glimpses of trip-hop and acoustic – sounds like a potential recipe for disaster. However, Slum Sociable make it work without sounding scattered or indecisive.
Co-produced by Tom Iansek of Big Scary and #1 Dads fame, recently nominated for Best Male Artist at Best Victoria Music, all instruments and vocals are largely the work of the two artists Ed and Miller themselves. The EP itself is available to purchase on digital and vinyl format, right here.
There’s no secret that The Ocean Party are one of our sites favourite Australian artists, practically everyone of our writers has or has wanted to write-up on one of their tracks over the past few years. It’s easy to understand why we are on the same page, when you check out their choices for Trading Tunes. Lachlan picked all the artists we love to cover or have already featured in their own Trading Tunes.
Last week they released their latest splendid album Light Weight and it’s packed with addictive little gems. You can buy it on the Spunk Records website. The hard working band are also in the middle of a massive Australian tour.
Remaining tour dates: Tickets
Saturday, 17th October – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Sunday, 18th October – The Time Machine, Nambour
Thursday, 22nd October – Finbox, Wollongong
Friday, 23rd October – Thyme To Taste, Yass
Saturday, 24th October – The Tote, Melbourne
Sunday, 25th October – Birdhouse, Wagga Wagga
Friday, 30th October – The Eastern, Ballarat
Saturday, 31st October – The Metro, Adelaide
Friday, 6th November – The Bird, Perth
Sunday, 8th November – The Newport, Fremantle
Saturday, 14th November – The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
Sunday, 15th November – Fresh Cafe, Launceston
1. Totally Mild – ‘Nights’
“This is my favourite Totally Mild song from their debut album Down Time, which came out earlier this year. Totally Mild are a perfect pop band, every person plays their roll and no one treads on anyone’s toes. Lehmann (bass) and Ashley (drums) perfectly hold the song together while Liz’s vocals and Zac’s slide sing to heaven over top.”
2. Cool Sounds – ‘Control’
“When I First heard ‘Control‘, I knew that Cool Sounds had arrived as a band. I’ve always loved Cool Sounds, but the darkness of ‘Control’ is unlike what most guitar pop bands are doing in Australia at the moment. It’s one of those songs where the music and lyrics fit together perfectly.”
3. Terrible Truths – ‘See Straight’
“Terrible Truths are possibly my favourite band to watch live. It’s almost impossible for me not to move my body and I can be a pretty self-conscious guy. ‘See Straight‘ like most Terrible Truths songs, barely passes the two minute thirty mark and that is just fine by me. Their new album is out really soon and take it from me, it’s worth a listen or ten.”
4. You Beauty – ‘Same Damn Thing’
“I could have picked any You Beauty song, but as I was writing this list, this one was premiered and it’s a cracker. Jersey Flegg is one of my favourite local records of the past few years and if ‘Same Damn Thing‘ is anything to go by, their next one won’t disappoint.”
5. Blank Realm – ‘River of Longing’
“Blank Realm seems to have a similar drive to The Ocean Party in regards to their songwriting, each record feels more refined than the last. ‘River of Longing‘ is my favourite track from their new record Illegals In Heaven and that’s saying something because the whole album is killer.”
I know I’m a few days late on this one, but unfortunately I’m not Goro from Mortal Kombat, I don’t have multiple arms. Speaking of multiples, this new Roland Tings track ‘Hedonist‘ has several ear-pleasuring layers. He already released the best electronic Australian album of the year back in February. In fact it’s one of the best electronic albums, period, on the planet this year (although it has to said, that it’s been a below average year for electronic albums, part as a result of over saturation and general fatigue).
Now at this point ‘Hedonist’ almost feels like his just messing with his competition. Like watching an NBA player do a windmill dunk, when he’s teams up 30 points in the last quarter. It’s still got that John Talabot type of Balearic beat, but with less grey overtones. What Roland Tings does particularly well, is that he never limits exactly what his project can be, yet every song is clearly Roland Tings. You also never feel like you have heard the best of what he’s capable of making, yet what he’s already doing right now is a class above his peers.
He’s playing at Paradise Music Festival next month outside of his home town Melbourne, but before then he’s doing a North American tour.
22nd October – 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, USA
23rd October – The Belasco Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
24th October – Bang Bang, San Diego, USA
26th October – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, USA^
27th October – U Street, Washington, USA^
28th October – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, USA^
30th October – Theater Fairmont, Montreal, Canada^
31st October – The Hoxton, Toronto, Canada^
Stephanie Crase A.K.A. Summer Flake recently moved to Melbourne, but she’s a product of her home city of Adelaide. Last week she released an EP titled Time Rolls By and it contains four flawless originals and a Rolling Stones cover.
Her guitar tones and garage rock production remind me East Coast US garage bands such as Widowspeak and Dum Dum Girls, but there’s even similarities to Angel Olsen. However the Rolling Stones cover sounds like Courtney Barnett. Similarities or not to other artists, this Time Rolls By EP is simply full of well crafted tunes, with ‘Makes Me Wanna Cry‘ and ‘The Sun Won’t Shine‘ being my personal favourites.
1. The Blake Babies – ‘Rain’
“Let’s start at the start. I was ridiculously obsessed with Juliana Hatfield at school. Insanely obsessed. It’s simmered down in recent years, but it flares up now and then.”