On Tuesday the 14th of January 2020, Francesca Gonzales and Marcus Rimondini went down to The Gasometer during the daytime soundcheck to interview five of the artists on the amazing Music That Matters Bushfire Benefit lineup. Ripe wanted to capture the thoughts on this crisis, and ask how the artists feel about not only the horrific fires, but the unbelievable response by the music community in raising funds to support the ongoing recovery efforts. We start with Good Morning and Joe Alexander of Bedroom Suck Records. (17:42) Then Leah Senior and band member Jesse Williams. (28:18) Tim Harvey, Mimi Gilbert of Julia Jacklin‘s band come in. (40:39) Tanya Batt who performs as Batts. (52:45) We finish with artist El Tee and Sarah who was one of the sound engineer’s on the night.
Thank you Lorrae McKenna & Emily Ulman for putting on such a special event, and allowing us to record a podcast during soundcheck. Thank you Sunbeam Sound Machine for music featured in the podcast.
Link to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities:
1. 2x tickets to Weyes Blood at Theatre Royal in Castlemaine on 7th March, plus accommodation for one night at The New Northern Hotel, plus a $60 food + drink voucher for Theatre Royal. Very generously donated by Mistletone.
2. Bumper vinyl and Merch pack, with items donated by Barely Dressed, Bedroom Suck, Caroline Australia, Chapter Music, Dot Dash, Inertia Music, I OH YOU, Milk Records, Music In Exile, Our Golden Friend and Remote Control Records.
3. The Festival Frenzy pack, with double passes for Grampians Music Festival 2020, Meadow, Boogie Festival and Jerk Fest (ANTI FADE records).
4. A beautiful, original piece by Frances Cannon Artist “Regrow”, framed and ready to hang.
5. The penny drop golden ticket, which includes a double pass for all Penny Drop shows for one year.
6. The Our Golden Friend golden ticket, which includes a double pass to all Our Golden Friend artists headline shows for one year.
100% of funds from this auction will be donated directly to the NSW RFS, CFA (Country Fire Authority), Wildlife Victoria & The Fire Relief Fund For First Nations Communities to support those directly affected by the fires.
Good Morning may not be one of those well-known household names in Melbourne at the moment… But they should be. With a recent signing to Bedroom Suck Records, it was an absolute no-brainer to take the opportunity to chat to the Melbourne pair Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons to find out how they’re going.
In the world of laid-back, mellow and subtle artists, it is a rarity to see any bands or solo artists rise up the ranks. For instance Mac DeMarco would be one of the more recent artists to achieve this, and the “feature” that separates Mac from his peers is his humour, whether lyrically or on stage. This is something that Good Morning share with Mac, their ability to laugh and enjoy a good joke. Although I feel at times a more serious nature could help them on their way up, their playful approach to life and music translates to curiosity, and an eagerness to keep an open mind. Their signing with Bedroom Suck (who I feel are heavily underrated, signing some of the best bands in the country) could be that final step-up Good Morning needs to break out and become an industry staple.
So Good Morning is where my money would go at the moment, with a brand new album already recorded, I get the impression that the boys are in a good head space right now. They seem to be taking leaps, with a Europe Tour being the biggest one, and I can’t imagine they’d take these risks unless they believed in the new album. Until it comes out, let’s play catch-up below with Good Morning.
Marcus Rimondini: Where have you been hiding for most of this year? Liam Parsons: Recording, slowly. Stefan Blair: Mixing some stuff. Liam: [laughs] Taking ages to finish it. It’s been nice though, no time restraints or anything. We checked out of the whole thing for a while there.
Did you not know the next step after the initial releases? Liam: We’ve had demos of what the album’s going to be for a year and a half or so… Stefan: We started mixing it, but it was a bit fucked. So we went back and started again just a few weeks ago.
Are you two mixing it? Liam: Yeah, [we] tried to do everything this time.
Have you always done everything yourselves? Liam: It has slowly progressed that way. The first thing we did was recorded and mixed with our friend Hamish Mitchell (I’lls). Then with the second EP we recorded it all ourselves, then mixed with him. Now, with this one, we’re recording and mixing it all ourselves.
How did the Bedroom Suck Records signing happen? Stefan: One day Joe Alexander just sent me a message on Facebook [laughs]. I think he was just plotting away things, like he usually does, and was interested in doing this re-issue. Which was coincidentally around the time we were thinking about the record and wanted to send it to him anyway.
So he snuck in by just asking about a reissue, but was secretly looking to… ? Liam: I think secretly we were trying to get the album in.
So you were both secretly trying to play it cool? Liam: [laughs] Pretty much. I think we both got what we wanted in the end.
It looks like you barely have a break from touring until October, is this the longest you have ever toured? Liam: We have actually never really been on tour… we did go on a trip to New York once for CMJ, but that was just staying in the same place. Stefan: It was sort of more of a holiday. Liam: I guess we’ve been to Sydney a couple times? And went to Brisbane once.
Does this tour make you excited or daunted? Liam: Excited! I haven’t been overseas since CMJ. Stefan: I’m into it. I like getting out of Melbourne, and visiting somewhere near like Switzerland will be exciting.
Question… Do you get paid more or screwed over more in Switzerland? Liam: … I don’t know actually [laughs]. Stefan: [laughs] We’ll probably end up spending way more money than we should. Liam: The beers cost more, that’s for sure.
Has it always been just the four of you in Good Morning? Liam: Yeah, just the four of us playing live. Stefan: And Joe’s coming too this time. Liam: And our friend Kim Ambrosius is over there in Copenhagen. She’s been helping Joe with Bedroom Suck so it should be good. It’s going to be busy I guess.
What’s the jamming/recording process like in Melbourne? Stefan: We mainly work at home and Liam’s beach house in Lorne. Liam: … And I guess we are mixing it in my bedroom in Fairfield [laughs].
Did the beach house influence the sound or the atmosphere of the recordings? Stefan: It kind of sounds glassy? Liam: [laughs] There’s glass windows everywhere. We recorded the Glory EP there and had a construction site going on next door the whole time. So yes, you can hear hammering and drills in the background. However, there’s no WIFI, no people… it’s good for that. You just kind of sit there, and all of the sudden you’ve been there for 14 hours. Stefan: You sit there until very early in the morning, go to sleep, wake up and do it again. It’s a nice routine. Liam: There’s nothing else to do, maybe rent DVDs? [laughs]
Do you do anything creative outside of music? Liam: Not really, we’re not very good at anything else [laughs]. Stefan: We play in other friends bands and stuff like that. Liam: We try to do our own artwork, posters, and t-shirts! Stefan: Although, they are usually thrown together in a couple minutes [laughs].
… Is ‘we’ actually just one person? Stefan: Nah, whoever wants to do it. Liam: [laughs] Whoever can be bothered.
Is it just you two who record the music? Or do you bring in the band when it comes to recording? Stefan: We record it all. Some of the songs we will play with the band before we go in and record them. But most of the time we just record them as demo’s and show it to everyone else and see what they make of it.
Has the band always been the same four members? Liam: It’s always been the four of us because there are more shows at the moment. Not everyone can always make them, so we’ve had Joe filling in on drums and Stefan’s brother on bass for a while as well.
How was the Tasmanian tour? Liam: So good! Stefan: It was pretty wild. Liam: There was this crazy bar called Dan’s Bar in Franklin. It was this weird little alternate universe [laughs]. Stefan: We ended up having an after party at this woman’s house named Jane – she was 82 I think. She had a bunch of us back at her house for drinks and weird stew. Liam: She was just sitting there drinking goon and chain smoking [laughs]. Liam: There were some good, weird pub shows as well – especially in this place called Wynyard. People were just shouting at us to play covers [laughs]. So it was us TRYING to do that, and making up covers on the spot.
Do you guys have any directional changes moving forward? Anything new you want to add to Good Morning, or just more refining? Liam: We’ve been thinking more keyboard. It’s probably cleaner. Stefan: Yeah, more saxophone as well. A lot of it was written on keys, there wasn’t much of that before. Liam: No huge effort put into changing things, but it has naturally changed I guess.
Are the songs more internal or external? Stefan: I feel like they’ve stayed somewhat the same. Liam: They go deeper, maybe. We tried to be somewhat less whiny, tried to whinge less [laughs]. Stefan: The vocal performance hasn’t improved whatsoever. Liam: [laughs] I don’t know how it panned out though, it’s really pretty whiny.
Do the track lengths vary more this time around? Stefan: They are all pretty short still. Liam: There’s a couple of four minute ones… Or almost four minutes [laughs]. One’s about 3 minutes 50 seconds, but at the end of the day, it’s like 10 songs in 27-28 minutes.
Have you been playing the new album on the recent tours? Liam: Yeah, we’ve been playing most of the tracks for a fair while. There’s still a couple that we don’t know how to play live because of the arrangements – trying to figure out how to make it a band song. Stefan: Yeah, how to tune without having four guitars on stage. Liam: [laughs] Like Wilco. Stefan:Jet [laughs].
What’s your connection to Baro? Stefan: We still play in his band – I play bass. Liam: I’m on guitar. Stefan: We recorded a couple tracks with him on the EP that he just put out.
Is it nice being able to defer to somebody else? Liam: Yeah, it’s great [laughs]. Stefan: You just rock up, you’ve got your instrument and that’s it. It’s nice to add another genre to what we can do I guess. I think we’re going to try and make a record with him at some point, but we will see if that happens.
Have you learnt much from that type of experience? Liam: It’s definitely helped me play the guitar better, expand the range I guess.
Some guy named Alejandro Tafurth made the ‘Warned You’ video on YouTube, did he ask you? It has 660K views Stefan: Yes! So he sent us a message and said: “I made this video, can I put it up on the internet?” I was like “Sure!” [laughs]. Liam: Me and Joe were talking about that yesterday, people think it’s the actual video. It’s quite funny. The video is very sexual [laughs]. There’s a couple of those, where people go on skiing trips or hiking trips and they’ll make little holiday videos. Stefan: It’s like those videos you see of like two twelve or thirteen-year-old kids hanging out with their iPhones, filming some shit. It’s just their day, hanging out. Liam: There’s this one where some kids in America played one of our songs at their high school talent show [laughs]. It’s wild, and actually really beautiful. Stefan: There was also a band in Japan that used our track in some sort of battle of the bands.
Have you guys gotten any other weird requests in your DMs? Liam: Not exactly weird, but a lot of people ask for lyrics because we never put our lyrics online. I guess we mumble a lot, so nobody ever knows what we’re saying [laughs]. We just sort of ignore them. I think we used to send them out. Stefan: There’s a lot of Genius.com incorrect lyrics out there [laughs]. Liam: The reissue has a poster in it with all the lyrics that we did, it’ll be interesting to see if that actually changes anything.
Have you seen what’s happened to your Spotify? There’s an album in your profile clearly not by you… Liam: [laughs] Yeah it’s so good. Stefan: That shit got us a lot of weird messages. People were quite confused. Liam: There’s some great tweets actually. Stefan: There’s a really funny one that we got this morning. A girl in South America sent us a message saying “Come play!” Then we got another message this morning and she changed her mind: “My girlfriend and I just listened to your new album, it sucks, don’t come” [laughs]. Liam: [laughs] Here’s another one: “Confused as to what the fuck you just released, did you just record some pre-made beats and just loop them?” — “I am sorry if you spent a lot of effort on the new album, but it sucks” [laughs].
What’s planned after the Europe tour? Liam: More touring and more writing.
Have you played any festival circuits? Liam: The only festival we’ve played was Paradise Music Festival. We did a few with Baro over summer which was funny. It’s a whole different world and pretty entertaining. The problem was we just got drunk and tried to meet semi-famous people all the time. Stefan:Jamie T side of stage [laughs]. Liam: I don’t think we met anyone at Laneway, but we used a bunch of their resources, someone got a free massage. Stefan: I did get a free massage! Then we just took all the free beers and went to the nearest fish and chip shop. Liam: Cheers Laneway! [laughs].
After a bit of a break from the live scene, we decided to get together with some of our favourite Melbourne acts at the Gasometer Hotel to share an evening of music with you all. We’re chuffed to have been able to curate a night of such great melodic guitar music that truly showcased the strength of Melbourne’s up-and-coming talent, and we hope to share more amazing Australian talent with you all in future shows down the track.
The first band to grace the stage was five-piece surf outfit DIET. who have impressed us right off the bat with their releases like ‘Your House’ and more recently ‘Life Limbo’, a new single to be included on their forthcoming EP release.
DIET. // @diet.music
Hollow Everdaze with their beautiful cinematic guitar pop that suits a live setting so well were up next. Their single ‘Last Laugh’, reminiscent of a journey and night setup under the stars, have their new album Cartoonson the way – expect more wondrous releases that take you away.
Hollow Everdaze // facebook.com/HollowEverdaze
Our third act for the evening Good Morning have had a massive year. Their Glory EP, released in February via Solitaire, demonstrated innate songwriting ability – melding lo-fi style with genuine musicianship. Lead single ‘Cab Deg’ drilled into our brains, and we’ve been hooked ever since.
Good Morning // facebook.com/goodmorningisaband
Our headliner Summer Flake is the harmony-laden project from mastermind Stephanie Crase. Her sound is a glorious melange of genres and styles, equal parts Sonic Youth and Mac DeMarco, Hole and Karen Dalton. Crase, along with band members Antony Bourmas and Joel Cary, having just released the wonderful LP ‘Hello Friends’, were a joy to watch on stage as they brought our evening of wonderful Melbourne talent to an end.
A small but enthusiastic crowd were being thoroughly entertained by Great Outdoors as I entered the Gasometer Hotel for what was a sold out launch of SMILE’s much anticipated second LP ‘Rhythm Method’. Frontman Zacary Schneiders vocal qualities were on full display as I took up a prime position on the second floor balcony. I was in the perfect spot to bear witness to an eclectic mixture of bands, brought together by their undoubtable talent and vast potential.
The crowd began to stream in as Good Morning took the stage, being the first time I had seen them perform since becoming captivated by their acclaimed EP ‘Glory’, I gave them my totally undivided attention. It’s rare for a live performance to give me goose bumps, but their rendition of ‘Give Me Something To Do’ went one further by literally giving me numb hands (…Yes, I should probably see a doctor). Good Morning play with such a confidence in their unique sound that even a wrong note doesn’t sound out of place. It’s just a pity that vocalist Liam Parson’s guitar lacked the cut through and prominence necessary to make the performance of a couple of tracks including their hit ‘Cab Deb’ outstanding.
Tim Richmond Group (TRG) were the next cab off the rank, a special mention must go to their fantastic drummer who’s energetic performance was a contrast to talented frontman Tim Richmonds’ subdued and hesitant vocals.
The Gaso was well and truly buzzing after TRG’s groovy and pulsating final track, setting the scene for Melbourne music stalwarts The Ocean Party to take the stage. Despite a small stage, this six-piece put in an energetic and charismatic performance in contrast to the laid back, subdued stage presences of their predecessors. It was a performance which certainly testified to the bands much evolved sound. The Ocean Party is truly the sum of its parts, with each member being absolutely critical to creating such a mammoth sound: their individual talent and dynamism on display as vocalist duties were shared amongst three of the band members.
All eyes were on SMILE as they performed their short but sweet new release, with the sound quality at an absolute premium as they opened with their instant classic ‘Holiday’. A droney, soft-rock style gave way to a more atmospheric, jammy brand of music as a a fifth member joined the band to play synth during the set. Whilst there is no doubting the quality of ‘Rhythm Method’, I believe that their live sound could do with some refinement if SMILE are to properly convey the impressive diversity of this album. A special mention has to go to guitarist Max Turner who managed to play slide guitar using a bourbon bottle, really innovative stuff.
Ripe’s Australian Chart is updated each week with our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud.
At #30 we have Melbourne’s Daniel Trakell, who is set to release a six track EP titled Paradisein April. ‘Wasted Light‘ is the first single, and if you’re a fan of Tobias Jesso Jr., you’ll dig it. Also out of Melbourne, producer Asdasfr Bawd returns at #28 with a choppy dance remix of the new James Blake track ‘Modern Soul‘. I OH YOU‘s latest signing MOSSY has released his debut single ‘Electric Chair‘ that will appear on his debut EP in May, and jumps in at #27. It’s a cross between the vocals of Oasis and the slower jams on Tame Impala‘s latest album Currents.
The Melbourne duo at Stina Tester & Cinta Masters come in at #22 with ‘Deep Sleep‘ via Listen Records. It starts off a little like ‘She’s Lost Control‘ by Joy Division, before hitting a gothic spiral of ’70s analog keyboard. It’s not exactly The Doors; more like Blondie, or today’s comparison would be Austra. At #21, Sydney’s Charles Murdoch has released ‘Open‘ featuring Chloe Kaul from the duo KLLO. This soothing tune featured on Murdoch’s recently-released debut album Point.
Jumping up to #15, we have ‘Famously Monogamous‘ by Jen Cloher from the Milk! Records family. It’s from a collective Febraury release by the label, and it moves back and forth between sounding like Yuck in the verses, and Weezer in the chorus. Next at #14 is Mio, the project of Melbourne’s Lisa Miosku. Her lo-fi cover of ‘Morning Sun‘ could be mistaken for a single recorded back in the ’40s, her gentle, feather-light sound providing more tension headache relief than paracetamol.
Sliding in at #11 is Ned Beckley aka Lower Spectrum from Perth, who just dropped the second single ‘Masquerade‘ from his upcoming New Haze EP. The track tends to bobble up and down like a ’90s movie trailer theme song – which isn’t a bad thing, because by moving himself away from the strictly dance side of electronic music, he’s quietly carving out his own niche. At #10 is Mall Grab from Newcastle, who has uploaded the third (and title) track from his upcoming four-track Sun Ra EP. If you’re a fan of deep, minimal techno like Leon Vynehall, then start following Mall Grab.
Bendigo’s Fountaineer are set to release their first album later this year, and ‘Still Life‘ finds itself at #6. If Matt Berninger (The National) covered the album Slave Ambient by The War On Drugs, it would likely sound like ‘Still Life’. A lot of my appreciation for ‘Still Life’ sits within its subtle guitar details and effective, restrained vocal delivery. Another country Victorian band, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, continue their hot form with ‘Write Back‘ at #4. With every new R.B.C.F. tune at this point, I automatically assume it will have me shaking around in my chair, due to their endless slick guitar interplay and upbeat nature.
Brisbane band Major Leagues write dreamy garage-pop melodies as well as anyone in the country, and ‘Better Off‘ is another strong example. They make it sound effortless and that’s why ‘Better Off’ comes in at #3. The EP Dream States comes out in April, but I recommend catching them next month on their Australian tour with Alvvays, a band who impressed me at SXSWlast year. Melbourne’s I’lls singer Simon Lam has a long-running solo project called Nearly Oratorio, and has nabbed the #2 spot this week. ‘Tin‘ will feature on his new EP in April and it has feels attached all over it when he sings “I’m home sick, when I’m out of you”. I loved the potential of I’lls, but I also can’t help but think that the stripped-back clarity of his own project will work even better. Nearly Oratorio has potential to be the project that makes Simon Lam a household Australian name.
At #1, Good Morning replace themselves with another track off their GloryEP called ‘Give Me Something To Do‘. You know you’re in a class of your own when you’re only competing against yourself. ‘Give Me Something To Do’ is their most versatile song to date, starting at a breezy pace with a casual saxophone before fading out, only to re-emerge with a guitar riff that gives me an excited smile every time. Damn these cheeky Melbourne buggers and their wizardry.
30. Daniel Trakell – ‘Wasted Light’
Uploaded: February 14th
29. Robert Muinos- ‘Mum’
Uploaded: January 31st | Last Week: #30
28. James Blake – ‘Modern Soul (Asdasfr Bawd remix)’
Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded 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 #30 with ‘Baker‘ by Robert Muinos from Melbounre. ‘Baker’ is the third track on his latest EP titled You Are Alone. Robert channels the quiet sorrow of Elliot Smith with life observing lyrics you’d hear from Sun Kil Moon or Father John Misty. At #27 Diet from Melbourne are back with a follow up to their highly addictive first single ‘Your House‘. You’d likely slide ‘The Rip‘ into the surf rock genre, but it’s not the sunny surf rock kind, more the rainy and wearing a bodysuit kind.
Up in Sydney; Marcus Whale from Collarbones dropped his first official single that’s not a demo. ‘My Captain‘ finds itself at #23 with its industrial pop sounds. I can now see where Marcus Whale is trying to take his sound, and there’s definitely an interesting market for it. Back in Melbourne at #20 with the trio The Sanctuary, who pushed past that post-Flume sound with their first single ‘Miss You‘. The vocals carry a defeated and vulnerable tone that Oscar Key Sung routinely pulls off effectively.
The most moving track of the week goes to Hayden Calnin at #18 with ‘Cut Love‘. Hayden sets a very bleak landscape via Sigur Rós with Bon Iver vocals. It’s a combination I’ve heard many times before, but he sells the emotion well when he sings “cut love!”. The next producer is a little mysterious; I only know that Nolan House is based in Melbourne. At #15, ‘On The Wall‘ pops with ear-grabbing sounds that carefully get pushed and then released. It’s meticulous without sounding robotic.
We jump up to #8 with the Melbourne duo Back Back Forward Punch, whose name always reminds me BadBadNotGood. They’re back with the most addictive song of the week called ‘Machine Believing‘. It’s vintage Miami Horror with a deep house bassline. Not the most complex recipe, but good luck not wanting to dance immediately. The Vacant Smiles are next up. At #5, ‘Drenched‘ jumps out at you like early Surfer Blood or even The Strokes without the classic guitar hooks, but instead with a smooth and sneaky slow down change up one minute in. If you dig ‘Drenched’, I suggest giving the whole new album You’re Not Really Here a listen.
However the track of the week at #3 goes to Ara Koufax with ‘Makers‘. The confidence is glowing in the Melbourne duo right now. ‘Makers’ sounds like they’re just toying with us, that’s how effortless it sounds. When you feel like an artist is both teasing you and pleasing you at the time, you know the creative juices are flowing. The best part is that it’s hard to directly trace the influences behind ‘Makers’. Ara Koufax are coming into their own in 2016.
Overproducing an album can often be a sign of perfectionism, but just like any food manufacturing process, it can result in a loss of natural goodness. Many musicians love to write music, but they just aren’t natural songwriters and need to overproduce in order to achieve anything substantial. Then there’s Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons of Good Morning who, just like the titular character in the movie Good Will Hunting, are so naturally gifted and yet may not even be aware of their own potential.
Even other respected Australian songwriters such as Courtney Barnett or Marty Frawley (Twerps) may appear to write songs straight from a pure stream of thought, but even they need to chisel away at their craft in the studio. Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons often sound like they’ve just woken up, written a song, nailed it, and then recorded it straight away. The EP’s first track is even titled ‘Overslept‘, where they sing, “What in the world should I say?” They’ve recorded the song before they’ve even realised it’s recorded.
This isn’t to say that the duo are stumbling buffoons who keep getting lucky. They’re clearly talented guitarists who, by the end of ‘The Great Start‘, had me convinced that they had travelled from the future with an arsenal of stolen guitar parts. Then there’s the endless amount of memorable melodies that would make Mac DeMarco jealous because they sound far less formulated than Mac’s. That dreamy, soft, Brooklyn lo-fi period between 2008-2012 is definitely an influence on the duo, but whereas many of those bands were style over substance, Good Morning are substance over style.
You can’t often clearly hear what they’re saying outside of song titles, but it works as an exclamation point, in the same way you might think to yourself before making a statement out loud. When the band could just ride the assertive guitar hook in ‘Cab Deg‘ to carry the song, they pull off a catchy duo harmony in a way only conjoined twins should be able to pull it off. If you’ve seen their stage banter, which consists of regularly making fun of each other without any possible threat of truly insulting each other, you’d think they were brothers.
I’ve seen them cover the Victory Curtains & Blinds jingle at Paradise Festival, but it’s not all fun and games. They sing, “I’ve been drinking / It doesn’t change how I feel” in ‘Give Me Something To Do‘. ‘To Be Won‘ paints of the picture of a sorrowful person, staring out of a window while it rains outside, an image that actually featured on their first EP cover. There’s a longing for something more in the distance. The young band already travelled to NYC last year to perform. The ambition is there. The songwriting is there. The talent is there. Just exactly what Good Morning want to be is still a work in progress. The two main influences I keep hearing, Broken Dreams Club EP by Girls and Halcyon Digest by Deerhunter, are positive steps in an interesting direction. I’ve even seen the guys attend several electronic events in Melbourne, which would bring another dimension altogether to Good Morning.
Gloryisn’t the album that’s going to make them a household name just yet. Maybe if they had condensed the 17 tracks they’ve released in the past 14 months into one album, that album would’ve made a bigger statement. However, the subtle diversity of Glory confirms that Good Morning aren’t restricted by parameters. Their only restriction is themselves. Once they start taking risks and the vocals become slightly more prominent, they’ll find themselves up the top with Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett.
Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded by Australian artists, ranked all the way to #1. You’ll find our chart below, and a weekly playlist on the Ripe SoundCloud. Flume surprised us with ‘Smoke & Retribution‘ at #25. He has Vince Staples and Perth’s own Kučka to thank for injecting new life into his upcoming second album. It’ll be interesting to see if Flume settles into a producer role for singers similar to that of Disclosure and Rustie, or if he aims to remain the focal point of his project.
At #24 River Yarra out of Melbourne is on the Solitaire record label with other favourites of ours Good Morning, I’lls and Asdasfr Bawd. He has uploaded a reflective down tempo track called ‘Song For Tan‘, which seems to be dedicated to the passing of his dog. Rest in piece, pup.
Sliding in at #15 is ‘Mikrowave‘ by S M Jenkins from Sydney’s Step-Panther. The vocals sound like Kevin Mitchell from the ’90s Australian band Jebediah, but the vibe is more in the vein of Dick Diver or The Ocean Party. This is a strong start to his solo project I’d say.
Annika Schmarsel aka Alice Ivy from Melbourne comes in at #14 with ‘Touch‘ featuring Georgia Van Etten. It’s a throwback to artists such as Air France and The Tough Alliance. You can catch her perform in Sydney, Geelong, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart this month.
Adelaide’s Summer Flake caught our attention in October last year with her Time Rolls By EP, and now she’s already back with the first single ‘Shoot And Score‘ off her second record Hello Friends. There’s a heavier grunge element present on ‘Shoot And Score’ then her previous material, and I’m curious to see how the new album plays out live.
At #12 we head up north to Brisbane for the catchiest guitar hook and chorus of the week: Chook Race with ‘At Your Door‘. This very addictive single is the first from their Around The House LP due out later this year via the severely-underrated Brisbane label Tenth Court.
The biggest mover and shaker of the week however is from Melbourne’s Hoodlem with ‘Kintsugi‘. The track has jumped up into #7 with its fusion of oozing bass lines, soul, and soft electronic dabbles. The duo follow in the steps of our local heroes The Harpoons and provide, via sharp craftsmanship, a genuine sexiness that’s often missing from Australia’s music scene. I expect to hear the name Hoodlem a lot more in 2016.
Ripe’s Australian Chart is back for 2016. Once again we’ll be posting an update each week on our top tracks recently uploaded 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 this week with an old track from Melbourne’s own Thrupence, who uploaded the down-tempo track ‘Thought 02‘ from his 2012 album Thoughts. It was recorded in 2010 and is an interesting retrospective insight into the progression of one of Australia’s currently most respected electronic musicians. Next we have the Melbourne producer Andrei Eremin, who made ‘?̸̷̶♩̸̶♫̸̷̶⁽ؙ?♬♩҈҉҈̸̷̺̩̩̩͞͞͞ͅͅͅͅ٫̷̸⠀ ♪̶̷ ҈̞҉̝҈̽҉̽҈̻̾҈͟҉͟͝҉̼͡҉̺͠͝҉͛͝҈̸̼̺҈̷̵̼͢͟͡͞҈̻͟♯̸̶..‘ while waiting for his air conditioning to get installed in his apartment.
At #18 Spookyland out of Sydney have released the second single ‘God’s Eyes‘ off their upcoming debut album Beauty Already Beautiful – it’s expectedly climactic. Melbourne’s Roland Tings has remixed another Melbourne artist Banoffee at #17, by stripping away most of the vocals and crafting ‘With Her‘ into almost an original track that could easily feature on a new Tings album.
Govs from the Gold Coast provides a soft, groovy, yet deep track at #16 with ‘Let’s Go‘. A slick number filled with textures that really shine through quality speakers. Melbourne’s Wabz does an impressive impersonation of Actress at #15 with ‘Forest Of Feels‘. It even sounds a little like the experimental and thought-provoking moments of Death Grips.
Eastern Seaboard Electric Soul Ensemble aka Melbourne’s Esese provide a slow, sensual RnB jam to the playlist at #14 with ‘For Nuria‘. The debut single by the mysterious Melbourne producer Letran titled ‘71221325-02‘ makes it in at #13, sounding a little like ’90s techno, but more like the future. Continuing the Melbourne run, Smile deliver another track from their upcoming sophomore LP Rhythm Method with ‘Holiday‘. It’s a rather sombre experience, especially if you’re expecting a light summer song as implied by the title.
The 19-year-old Sydney producer Blake Gilray makes it in at #11 with ‘Coolabah‘. After also impressing us with ‘96‘ and ‘B-Side‘ a few months back, Gilray may just be the best teenage producer in the country. Coming in at #10 are Mangelwurzel, led by Jaala – although you’d quickly figure that out when you hear her distinctive voice. The Melbourne band even got Stu Mackenzie and Mike Young to help with the recording of the debut album Gary, which contains ‘I.O.U.‘. That’s already three positive ticks on this project so far.
The always-reliable The Drones drop in at #9, claiming that the new album Feelin Kinda Free is “really out there”. However the music in ‘To Think That I Once Loved You‘ isn’t particularly experimental, which makes me think that he’s instead referring to the bold lyrical statements. Courtney Barnett also returns with ‘Three Packs A Day‘ slotting in at #8. While I know a lot of people are tired of her, ‘Three Packs A Day’ (and her disappointing showing in a certain recent countdown) is a reminder that she’s not exactly a millionaire just yet and, even if she does become one, she’s still likely to sing about regular day to day life.
Coming in at #7 is Liluzu with ‘Gunko‘. The Melbourne producer is known more for his chill mixes, but ‘Gunko’ is both fun and interesting house music for sunny park parties and dark basements. It’s a clever track that you could easily throw in a mix, but it’d also feel at home in a cafe in Brunswick. Sydney rocker Le Pie has managed to get the lyric “and now I’m up all night, but not the fun type” stuck in my head all week thanks to her new track ‘Up All Night‘. She just makes songwriting sound effortless, and takes out #6 this week.
Cale Sexton is part of the Melbourne-based Butter Sessions label, which includes two other favourites of ours in Sleep D and Dan White. His almost 10-minute-long track ‘Open Minded Meltdown‘ comes in at #5. Its dark, subtle progression gives me the itch to spend the night in the dark basement of the Mercat. At #4, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever from outside Melbourne have dropped a video for ‘Wither With You‘, off an upcoming mini-LP titled Talk Tight. It’s old-school rock n’ roll, but it doesn’t sound tiresome; instead it’s full of innocent youth.
No Zu continue their hot streak with ‘Spirit Beat‘ at #3, a track that’s quickly becoming my favourite of theirs and the hardest to critique. Maybe it’s because deep down inside I thought there was a limitation to their sound? Yet they keep proving me wrong and now I’m all aboard the No Zu train.
It was never going to be easy for Good Morning to follow up the front-footed ‘Cab Deg‘, which placed at #8 in our 100 Best Australian Tracks of 2015, so the Melbourne band cleverly decide to follow it up with a track going the other direction completely, titled ‘To Be Won‘. I was already convinced that Glorywas going to be a critics’ darling album, and now that we hear piano at the end of this track and saxophone in another, my anticipation for this album is ridiculous at this point.
The first #1 for 2016 comes from the most in-form super group in Melbourne, Free Time. Consisting of members from Twerps, Totally Mild and Terrible Truths, it’s is a project that most people here in Melbourne still don’t know that much about, being led by Dion Nania who spends more time in New York. However, the upcoming sophomore album In Search For Free Time is off to a promising start with ‘Who Owns The Moon?‘. It’s unclear how long this super group will stay together, but hopefully it’s long enough for Free Time earn some well-deserved recognition.
20. Thrupence – ‘Thought 12’
Uploaded: January 21st
19. Andrei Eremin – ‘?̸̷̶♩̸̶♫̸̷̶⁽ؙ?♬♩҈҉҈̸̷̺̩̩̩͞͞͞ͅͅͅͅ٫̷̸⠀ ♪̶̷ ҈̞҉̝҈̽҉̽҈̻̾҈͟҉͟͝҉̼͡҉̺͠͝҉͛͝҈̸̼̺҈̷̵̼͢͟͡͞҈̻͟♯̸̶..’
Uploaded: January 7th
18. Spookyland – ‘God’s Eyes’
Uploaded: January 20th
17. Banoffee – ‘With Her (Roland Tings Remix)’
Uploaded: January 27th
16. Govs – ‘Let’s Go!’
Uploaded: January 8th
15. Wabz – ‘Forest Of Feels’
Uploaded: January 9th
14. Esese – ‘For Nuria (Lo-Fi)’
Uploaded: January 23rd
13. Letran – ‘71221325-02’
Uploaded: January 13th
12. Smile – ‘Holiday’
Uploaded: January 13th
11. Blake Gilray – ‘Coolabah’
Uploaded: January 25th
10. Mangelwurzel – ‘I.O.U.’
Uploaded: January 12th
9. The Drones – ‘To Think That I Once Loved You’
Uploaded: January 20th
8. Courtney Barnett – ‘Three Packs A Day’
Uploaded: January 11th
7. Liluzu – ‘Gunko’
Uploaded: January 19th
6. Le Pie – ‘Up All Night’
Uploaded: January 19th
5. Cale Sexton – ‘Open Minded Meltdown’
Uploaded: January 26th
4. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Wither With You’
Without a doubt 2015 has been the best year in the history of Australian music. The amount of quality tracks and artists that we couldn’t fit into this list was astounding.
What’s particularly exciting is the fact that most of these artists are new, which makes the prospect of putting together next year’s list seem even more daunting.
We would like to thank all the artists for making the music, the readers who share our site’s content, the writers who contributed this year, and everyone else who makes the Australian music scene extremely enjoyable to be a part of in our own small way.