19 Oct Trading Tunes with Retiree

Sydney’s own tropical-pop group Retiree are back after last year’s This Place EP with their new single ‘Continental’. The song was written in Venice, recorded in Berlin and Sydney, and mixed and mastered in Melbourne – confirming my belief that travel provides a fair bit of inspiration when it comes to creating music.

Retiree have always carried curious potential with them and I think ‘Continental’ is a sign of a band ready to make a bigger cross-over/splash early next year. Before we hear more releases from the trio, they are set to play a single launch at Boney in Melbourne later this month with the equally awesome Shouse and Corin.
More information and tickets available here: Retiree “Continental” Launch

To get a better idea of what direction the new songs are likely to take, they’ve kindly sent us nine tracks that feel like they should never end.


Donnie and Joe Emmerson – ‘Baby’

Tori: “Holdin’ hands and makin’ love”. Never get over this diamond. Any song that pulls off a fade in is pretty sick. It’s surprising it doesn’t have a fade out too. Regardless it’s one of those tracks you flip back to the start at least five or six times the first time you listen to it.

Dick Diver – ‘Amber’

Marco: One of my personal favourites from Dick Diver. The overall dynamic, which then lead into a driving outro could go on for days.

Vangelis – ‘Blade Runner Blues’

Matt: This already goes for eight minutes, but you get so deep in it & so used to it that when its over its like being woken up from a deep, naughty sleep. The little tease about a minute from the end makes it all the worse, you think its over, but its not, but then you only get another minute, so kind of like hitting the snooze button.

Wings – ‘Love Is Strange’

Tori: This song can get me out of bed just as easily as it puts me to sleep.

Tornado Wallace – ‘Thinking Allowed’

Marco: Hands down, one of the best dance tracks written in recent years, an instant classic. It has everything you would want in a dance track. The pulsating arpeggio and solid drum work is addictive, I’ll be coming back to this one for many years to come.

B52’s – ‘Give Me Back My Man’

Matt: It’s probably because the drums don’t stop once for the whole song that it feels like this song should just keep propelling forward forever into naughty town. Very easy to accidentally leave on repeat for ages. The black & white video also makes it even more enjoyable, with Cindy in a dress & barefoot & Fred pretending to play a Tambourine.

Marijata – ‘I Walk Alone’

Tori: I just really love this song & every time I hear it I think ‘fark I wish this song would never end’

Chris Rea – ‘Josephine (Shamrock Diaries Version)’

Marco: There is a particular version of this track that builds from a lonely acoustic guitar accompanied by a soft kick, until it builds to the end of the track that fills the journey with a piano progression, a balearic electric guitar lick and a more solid drum rhythm. And then it just fades out, and I’m sitting here thinking to myself…”why?”.

Prince – ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend (live/movie version)’

Matt: The fact I’m only aware of a YouTube version of this song is eminently frustrating & I have to do all sorts of extra stuff just to listen to it on my phone, in the car, while I’m walking. The outro sounds like its about to go somewhere else & then its all over and I’m clicking replay. It only being on youtube is also one of its best features though I guess because every time you listen you get to see Prince doing some naughty facials & It makes the whole experience even better.


Marcus Rimondini

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