Now Watching: Maple Glider – ‘Swimming’

Friday, April 16, 2021
Photo by Bridgette Winten
 

Melbourne's Maple Glider (the project of Tori Zietsch) has this week unveiled further news about her much-anticipated debut album, titled To Enjoy is the Only Thing, which will be released on June 25th. She’s also shared a beautiful new single to coincide with the exciting news. 


’Swimming’ is a touching song that reflects on the end of a relationship. She said on the track that ’Swimming’ was originally intended to be a love song when she began working on it, but by the time she had completed the song, it “premeditated a break-up.” 


She said, “I’d been experiencing some of the most beautiful places I’d ever been in, and falling out of love was very confusing. I was trying to force myself to be happy and in love, but I was far from home, and really lonely. It made sense to record the song after the break-up. I kind of felt like I was able to handle the sincerity of it then.”


The track is home to tender and poignant words such as “You pressed your hands against the darkest spaces of my skin / Tell me my body has been so beautifully lived in / I almost fell apart when you looked straight at my hеart / And said baby, swim.”


You can watch the Bridgette Winten-directed video for 'Swimming' below. 


Written by Amy Smolcic



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Now Playing: Oscar Lang – ‘Stuck’

Thursday, April 15, 2021
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UK artist Oscar Lang continues his string of impressive releases, this time coming through with his full-throttle new single ’Stuck’. The release of the single coincides with major news about his long-awaited debut album, which has been slated for release on July 16th. 


Over the past few years, Oscar Lang has been fearless in his experimental approach with mixing up his sound. Pure ferocity from start to finish, ’Stuck’ is perfect to blast loud and on repeat — it’s chaotic in the best way possible. 


According to Lang, the tracks frantic nature reflects the state of boredom and loop of overthinking that he found himself in, “‘Stuck’ is about the feeling of replaying embarrassing situations in your mind to the point where you feel overwhelmed with all the voices in your head.”


Also adding, “I spend a lot of the time re-hashing old experiences and often it means I’m a bit spaced out and can’t pay attention to things because I’m so distracted by my own thoughts. I wanted to express that chaos of all those voices running through my head down into a song.”


Until it’s time to enjoy his album Chew The Scenery in its entirety soon, check out ’Stuck’ below.


Written by Amy Smolcic



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Now Playing: John Myrtle – ‘How Can You Tell If You Love Her?’

Monday, April 12, 2021


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With his debut album Myrtle Soup set to be revealed in the coming months, John Myrtle has shared a preview of what's to come with his most recent single ‘How Can You Tell If You Love Her?’. The album will be released via Sad Club Records on June 18th. 

Filled to the brim with charm, it's easy to fall in love with ‘How Can You Tell If You Love Her?'. Home to sun-filled melodies, Myrtle sings about the complicated feelings involved with infatuation and dating. 

The song came to him when he started seeing someone new after his relationship with his long term girlfriend ended — his new partner said that she only wanted to see each other casually. 

"I remember feeling like everyone I had known always seemed to doubt love in some way, and I wrote the lyrics to this song with that in mind. I was unsure of what the future held for me, and I felt like singing this song was quite cathartic, at least it screamed out that I wanted certainty in my life and answers," he said. 

Check out ‘How Can You Tell If You Love Her?’ by John Myrtle below.

Written by Amy Smolcic


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Now Playing: Master Peace – ‘PDA’


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UK artist Master Peace late last week unveiled his brand new single ‘PDA’, which is set to appear on his forthcoming EP Public Display of Affection, due for release on May 28th via EMI. 


On the buoyant and bright ‘PDA’, Master Peace talks about not wanting any PDA, but he might just give in, “She's gonna be a problem tonight, I might let her cop a feel / Maybe I'm just way too polite, I'm just tryna keep it real,” he says. 


According to Master Peace, ‘PDA’ is for the fans who have been supporting him, especially since the track has been a regular fixture in his live shows. “It’s the one for the real Master Peace fans. Those of you who came to a show of mine will understand the length of time this song has been circulating for. This is to say thank you for supporting me along my journey. If you’re discovering me from this song…? welcome to the Master Peace show!”


Check out ‘PDA’ by Master Peace below.


Written by Amy Smolcic



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Now Playing: Greatest Hits – ‘Palm Springs’

Thursday, April 1, 2021
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Gold Coast-based trio Greatest Hits have today unleashed their sunshine-filled new single ‘Palm Springs', which was shared alongside visuals directed by Benjamin Robinson. The three-piece are set to take their new single on the road during their upcoming East Coast dates. 


The 70s-inspired track is about how people can be charmed by the illusion that life is supposed to be easy. Lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Ryan Cooper said, "'Palm Springs' is about the illusion that everything works out “supposedly” easily for some people, without them having to try — just relax by the pool with a glass of wine, and success will find you!”


Cooper also added, “On a deeper level, it is my realisation that everyone is figuring out their own struggles, and that most good things just require hard work.”


Get aquatinted with Greatest Hits and their new single ‘Palm Springs’ below. 


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Tour dates:

Saturday, April 10 - 'Fancy That' The Brightside, Brisbane

Friday, April 23 - Vic On The Park, Sydney, NSW

Saturday, April 24 - Parkhouse, Mona Vale, NSW

Sunday, April 25 - North Gong, Wollongong, NSW

Saturday, May 1 - Retreat Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Tickets are available here.

Now Playing: CHAI – ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’


As we near closer to the release of CHAI’s much-anticipated new album WINK on May 21st, the Japanese four-piece has unleashed another exciting preview of what’s to come with their vibrant new track ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’. 


The lyrics for ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’ came to CHAI's YUUKI after watching Booksmart, particularly inspired by the movie’s protagonists deciding to attend a party before high school graduation after coming to the realisation “Nobody knows we’re fun!”. YUUKI said, “I thought, ‘We, CHAI, can really relate to that scene.” 


According to the quartet, ’Nobody Knows We Are Fun’ is “a mix of screaming our annoyances—why don’t you guys notice us!—while trying to be cute and sexy.”


Groove with CHAI and their addictive new single ‘Nobody Knows We Are Fun’ below. 


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Now Playing: Mysie – ‘Keep Up With Your Heart’

Friday, March 26, 2021
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UK artist Mysie continues to make her mark, this time with her stunning new single ‘Keep Up With Your Heart’. The track is the first to be released after signing to Fraser T Smith’s label 70Hz. She’s also set to reveal a brand new EP, Undertones, on May 21st. 


‘Keep Up With Your Heart’ is about moving on and letting go of a relationship that's gone cold due to cheating. In her lyrics, Mysie talks about wanting to move forward. She sings stirring lyrics such as “walk away so I can breathe,” and “I can’t give you what you want / so give me what I need to move on.” The track’s delicate guitar licks and drums weave in beautifully with Mysie’s exquisite and soothing vocals. 


Once again, Mysie has delivered yet another impressive track and we look forward to hearing what she has planned for Undertones in the coming months. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)






Now Playing: Tripov – ‘All Day All Night’

Thursday, March 25, 2021


Indonesian up-and-comers Tripov have this month shared their first-ever single, releasing their debut track ‘All Day All Night’. The charming single is an exciting preview of what you can expect from the trio. 


‘All Day All Night’ is an addictive slice indie-pop that will instantly make you feel good from the very moment that you hit the play button. Home to smooth vocals and equally as dreamy production, there’s a lot to love about ‘All Day All Night’. The song is also endlessly catchy and you’ll be singing along with it even after one listen. If this is their first single, we can’t wait to hear what they’ve got planned next. 


According to their Spotify profile, they've said that they're on a mission to create tunes for your at-home "shower concert" and we can't think of anything more fitting than blasting ‘All Day All Night’ in the morning when getting ready. 


Step inside Tripov’s enchanting world with their first single ’All Day All Night’ below. 


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Now Playing: Mannequin Pussy – ‘Control’

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Philadelphia band Mannequin Pussy have announced that they’re set to release an EP in the coming months. Perfect, out on May 21st via Epitaph, is set to feature the band’s newly released single ‘Control’, which was revealed this week.


‘Control’ opens with tender vocals and light guitar strumming before kicking into high gear approximately one minute in. Missy’s vocal delivery features words such as “I've come undone I sliced that I would rather feel the end / Separated / Thanks for watching me pleading out and over all your sheets / For cleaning me / And what I want I need / Is just one real bitch to set me free.”


Mannequin Pussy's new music comes after the band spent much of 2020 apart due to the pandemic. They made the decision to work in person again and book in some studio time. Missy said, “We just figured if we forced ourselves into this situation where someone could hit 'record,' something might come out. We'd never written that way before.”


Check out ‘Control’ by Mannequin Pussy below


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Now Playing: Eliza Shaddad – ‘Blossom’

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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Whenever Eliza Shaddad shares something new, you know it’s going to be something special, and she’s done it again with her mesmerising new single ‘Blossom’. Shaddad, who has Sudanese and Scottish roots, is a multi-linguist with a philosophy degree along with being an exceptional songwriter. 


Released this week via Rosemundy Records/Wow and Flutter, ‘Blossom’ is a heartfelt song about renewal and hope. Her evocative words describe the beauty of spring and the changes that happen. As you listen to her soft and tender vocals, you can't help but picture every word that you hear.  


The track opens with touching lyrics such as “Blossom grows on the trees where you last lay here / Constant grey giving way to the blue / And I’m going round, all day digging up the soil / Turning over leaves and searching for renewal."


Check out Eliza Shaddad’s beautiful new offering ‘Blossom’ below.


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Now Playing: Baauer & Omega Sapien – ‘DDOKBOKKI’

Monday, March 22, 2021


Mega-producer Baauer has linked up with Omega Sapien of up-and-coming Korean collective Balming Tiger for their brand new single ‘DDOKBOKKI’, which came about after the two connected via DMs.


It's been a busy year so far for Omega Sapien, with him coming through with new music via Balming Tiger over the past few months, including tracks such as 'JUST FUN!' and 'LOOP?'. It's also been an impressive start to the year for Baauer, who kicked off 2021 with a Grammy nomination for his 2020 album Planet’s Mad


‘DDOKBOKKI’ might be approximately two and a half minutes long but it’s action-packed from start to finish. As soon as you press play, you’re greeted by Omega Sapien’s powerful and robust vocal delivery. Partner his dynamic rapping-style with Baauer’s stellar and dynamic production and you’ve got an addictive and spicy track that you will blast on repeat for hours on end. 


Check out Baauer and Omega Sapien’s action-packed collaboration below. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




Now Watching: Hannah Jadagu – ‘What Is Going On?’

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Rising star Hannah Jadagu is set to release her forthcoming debut five-track EP What Is Going On? next month — until it's time to enjoy the release in full, she’s shared a preview of what’s to come with the EP’s enchanting title track. 


The music video, directed by Cameron Livesey, shows a contrasting view of ‘What Is Going On?’, which is about processing the world around you and handling societal pressure. 


Hannah said on the video, “When thinking of ideas for the ‘What Is Going On?’ video, I was certain that I wanted to take a different approach. Originally, I just had a loose vision of a rooftop band scene and worked hard to make that happen. However, during the editing process, Cameron and I felt we were missing something. That something was a storyline. So, I decided to bring in actors Sarah Tie and Joseph McCain. Through their work, we were able to really bring the lyrics to life.”


If you love ‘What Is Going On?’ as much as we do, stay tuned for the rest of her debut EP on April 23rd via Sub Pop. 


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Now Playing: PACKS – ‘Silvertongue’

Monday, March 15, 2021


Toronto’s PACKS (led by Madeline Link) have this month shared their brand new single ‘Silvertongue’. The new track is the second to be unveiled from their forthcoming debut offering Take the Cake, out on May 14th via Fire Talk and Royal Mountain.


Initially Link's solo project, PACKS become a quartet after Shane Hooper (drums), Noah O’Neil (bass), and Dexter Nash (lead guitar) joined. 


‘Silvertongue’ transports you back to the 90s through the addition of lo-fi guitars, true slacker-rock energy and Link’s grungy vocals. 


Link’s direct and reflective lyrics address past relationships and how it’s easy to be caught in an endless loop of breaking up and getting back together. She said, “It’s easy to be lured into the comforts of past relationships. What’s harder is dealing with years of exhaustion, mistrust, and always hoping. Ditch the whiplash of manipulation and decide what YOU want out of love!”


Check out ‘Silvertongue’ by PACKS below. 


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Now Playing: Ci Majr – ‘Guillotine’

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Ci Majr has come through with another soaring single, this time with the ever-so-catchy ‘Guillotine’. The new single follows in the footsteps of ‘Summer Drug’, with both tracks set to appear on forthcoming debut EP Side Effects, which is due for release on April 16th. The new single was produced by UK-based Féz and is accompanied by vibrant visuals directed by Danie Harris.


‘Guillotine’ came to Ci Majr when political tensions were high in the US last year. Along with drawing influence from the conversations around that moment, Ci was also inspired by a romantic relationship where communication was lacking. Ci said, “Within the romantic context, this is something that I definitely have had to learn in recent years in my current relationship.  You can so easily get caught up in the same arguments over and over only to realize that maybe you were wrong all along and it was your ego that was preventing you from coming to some sort of agreement that can appease both parties.”


Also adding, “The relationship that I’m in right now has taught me so much about this, so I guess within the romantic context this song was somewhat written to my past self. Past Ci would have been a lot better off if they would have just realized that when you’re in a relationship it’s a lot less about being right all of the time, it’s about not being afraid to be vulnerable.”


Check out ‘Guillotine’ by Ci Majr below. 


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Feature: The Ingredients of Wherever I Am with RINSE

Friday, March 5, 2021
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Brisbane-based artist RINSE (the project of Joe Agius) has today shared his much-anticipated debut EP Wherever I Am. The mesmerising EP is infused with elements of post-punk, shoegaze, dream-pop, new wave, as well as Agius' own distinct flair. The release is home to a poignant and moving collection of tracks that will find a special place in your heart from the very moment that you press play. To celebrate the release of his debut EP, Agius took some time out to take us through the influences behind Wherever I am below.


Brisbane

I grew up in a small coastal town in northern NSW and basically didn’t see a live band besides the groups that my friends and I formed in school or Rogue Traders with my family until I was around 18. My first show, when I turned 18, were Brisbane and Sydney bands Yves Klein Blue, Cloud Control & Last Dinosaurs in Coolangatta and it just changed everything for me. I suddenly knew I wanted to not only be able to go see bands every night of the week but also start my own and be a part of a community that was more like I was and I knew that meant moving somewhere else. 


I started visiting Brisbane most weekends from then on, driving myself up to gigs and events like BIGSOUND and just sleeping in my car until I was finally able to move up. I saw so many shows, made so many friends and soaked so much up over the past years and have a lot to thank to Brisbane for the musician and person I am now. Having visited every other capital city in Australia more times than I can count, I can honestly say there is something really special about it here that just makes you want to create. 


Shoegaze

Beginning to make music as a teenager really clicked for me after discovering and getting into bands like Slowdive, MBV, Pale Saints & Chapterhouse. I enjoyed watching and listening to a lot of music that bands around me were making, but I knew I didn’t necessarily want to do the same thing and couldn’t explain what I was wanting to create in my head. I knew I had a decent sense of melody but very limited skills in performing and recording, so I would just cover everything in effects and reverb and thought it was awesome, even though you couldn’t hear anything particularly well at all. It wasn’t great in any way or like my favourite bands at all, but it allowed my confidence and creativity to grow for a long time until I was able to slowly step out from behind that reverb wall.


Joy Division

I came across the film Control when I was around 16 not knowing a single thing about Joy Division. I never had money to buy CDs or an older sibling’s music collection to discover bands through, so gaining access to the internet around this age was quite life-altering for me. Joy Division & the film Control were two of the biggest discoveries and obsessions for me around then. So much so that my mum became extremely concerned with how often I was watching and listening to anything Joy Division. It probably didn’t help that I secretly used the food money she gave me to survive on for a month when she went away one time on an Unknown Pleasures tattoo on my arm. 


As someone with bipolar and depression, I found a lot of comfort in Ian’s lyrics and story, and sonically it made me feel things I’d never felt listening to music before. I didn’t know a single other person who listened to them and they felt like my little secret for a long time, while unknowingly to me outside of my little town and brain, they were one of the biggest and influential cult bands in the world. 


I find the music sometimes hard to listen to now because it reminds me of some very tough times, but I’ll always be very thankful for the musical journey they led me on, and still take a lot of inspiration from them.


Touring

Before being in a band I’d never travelled much at all besides camping up and down the coast and an odd trip to Fiji with the family, so the idea of being able to play shows for new people every night and see parts of the world I’ve never seen before playing in Hatchie has been a real dream come true. I think this past year has especially made me reflect on how lucky we’ve had it. We don’t usually get more than a few hours in each city we visit around shows but we try to soak up as much as we can. The boring parts of touring also do provide a lot of time to think about music, listen to demos and work on lyrics. I mapped out most of what I wanted to do in RINSE over the years staring out a window on tour.


Long Drives

Besides some awful bus lines there wasn’t too much in the way of public transport growing up on the coast, so having a license and car (or a friend with one) was a necessity as a teenager. I, unfortunately, was “the friend” so I spent a lot of time (and money on petrol) behind the wheel driving my mates around. Driving to and from Brisbane for hours especially gave me a lot of time to listen to records properly and as loud as I could. I began to really focus on what sounds and instruments things were rather than just enjoying the music on the surface level for the first time, and it basically became a time of study for me. I still really love taking long drives for the same reasons, especially now that I’m usually glued to my phone or laptop while listening to anything.


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Now Playing: Tyne-James Organ – ‘Sunday Suit’

Thursday, March 4, 2021

 

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Tyne-James Organ is back with another catchy track, today sharing his brand new single ’Sunday Suit’. The release of ‘Sunday Suit’ has been joined by further news of his much-anticipated debut album Necessary Evil, which you can expect to hear in full on May 21st (via Dew Process). 

The magnificent ’Sunday Suit’ is home to an undeniable sea of grooves and Organ’s vibrant yet ever-so-smooth vocal melodies — the combination is magical. He said on the song, “‘Sunday Suit’ is all about dancing away your troubles. This is one of my favourites on the record and I’m very excited to play it live!”

His forthcoming album Necessary Evil was created last year alongside longtime creative partner Chris Collins at his NSW Hinterland studio, Stokers Siding. While working on the project, he made a conscious decision to turn off the outside world (including other music) and focus on his own music and rural surroundings. 

He said, “I feel in this day and age we are influenced consciously and subconsciously by anything and everything we listen to. So, throughout the album process I only listened to my demos, which meant the only influence which would come into play was myself. I’m so glad I did that.”

Get a sneak preview of what Tyne-James Organ has in store for his album with ‘Sunday Suit’ below. 

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Watching: Brodka – ‘Game Change’


Following in the footsteps of her impressive collab with legendary label Speedy Wunderground, Polish superstar Brodka is back with another huge track, this time coming through with ‘Game Change’. 


‘Game Change’ was inspired by the effect gender roles have had on society, which is something that’s especially a problem in her home of Poland. 


Brodka said, “While making the video for Game Change, I was inspired by the story of the Albanian Sworn Virgins. Women who, by taking a vow of chastity, take on a male role in society while gaining all the privileges associated with being a man. They are treated as men but can keep their feminine names.”


“In the Brutalist city of "Brut" lives a woman who, after the death of her husband, takes over his role. The only attribute left of her femininity is a corset. As she goes about her mundane business, she encounters other male-impersonators trying to find themselves in a clearly defined, systemic male/female reality. They communicate through dance and strange tics, creating a unique gang. Together they watch a film about a hyper-feminized super-woman. Do we really need a dress and all that packaging to be feminine in people's eyes?”


Brodka is also prepping for the release of her album BRUT, which will be announced soon. Until then, check out ‘Game Change’ below. 


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Now Playing: Cariss Auburn – ‘Daydream’

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Wolverhampton artist Cariss Auburn late last month unleashed her lush disco-pop gem ‘Daydream’ (via Modern Sky). The dazzling track is a preview of her forthcoming EP Refraction, which is due for release next month. 


The cathartic number was written by Cariss as way of processing the way she was feeling. She said on 'Daydream', “Living in such a connected world I feel that we absorb so much trauma and pain daily — especially as a black woman. It’s hard to take a break from that pain without feeling this immense guilt. But we deserve that break!”


She also adds, “it’s no fix-all but I wanted to invite everyone into my personal escapist world — 80s music and reminiscing over my holiday to Japan.”


The accompanying music clip features Cariss backed by footage from her previous trip to Japan while rocking fab outfits by emerging designers such as Natsuki Hanyu, Alice Hampton and Anastasia Bull.


Step inside Cariss Auburn's world with her dreamy new single below. 


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Now Playing: CHAI – ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips’ (Feat. Ric Wilson)

Thursday, February 25, 2021
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Japanese four-piece CHAI has this week returned with another preview of their upcoming new album, this time linking up with Chicago’s Ric Wilson for ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips’. 


The album, WINK, is due for release in the coming months and is set to feature previous tracks such as ‘ACTION’ and ’Donuts Mind If I Do’. 


'Maybe Chocolate Chips’ shows a more chill and lush side of the band that we haven’t seen from the tracks they’ve shared from WINK thus far. According to bassist/vocalist YUUKI, the single is about self-love. 


She said, “Things that we want to hold on to, things that we wished went away. A lot of things happen as we age and with that for me, is new moles! But I love them! My moles are like the chocolate chips on a cookie, the more you have, the happier you become! and before you know it, you’re an original ♡.”


Check out ‘Maybe Chocolate Chips’ (Feat. Ric Wilson) by CHAI below


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Now Playing: LVRA – ‘Dead’


Scottish-Chinese alt-pop up-and-comer LVRA (pronounced loo-rah) makes her mark with her mesmerising new single ‘Dead’. The track follows in the footsteps of her debut EP LVCID, released last year. 


LVRA’s evocative lyrics, smooth vocals and experimental production is a deadly combination in the best way possible. She says on the track, “There’s a unique power you gain when you stop caring about what people think of you.”


Also adding, “It’s an ongoing battle, though, and ‘DEAD’ is about the conflict between the fantasy of not caring and how you feel in reality. The video captures that, with a version of myself who has her shit together and another that is fighting to survive.The use of red represents fear in the human condition, but in Chinese culture it also symbolises happiness. One rarely comes without the other.”


Listen to ‘Dead’ by LVRA below. 


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Now Playing: deep tan – ‘camelot’

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East London-based post-punk three-piece deep tan never fails to deliver and they’ve come through with yet another incredible track, this time with their brand new song ‘camelot’. The release of the single comes alongside news that they’re set to reveal their debut EP creeping speedwells on June 4th via Practise Music.


‘camelot’ might be short in duration, but it makes a big impact in under two minutes. The sharp and angular number is an ode to chaotic ragers. 


They said on the track, “‘camelot’ is an unashamed tribute to ‘the sesh’. a group of people have just been evicted with only 48hrs notice, leading them to have one last rager in order to forget about the stress of not finding a new home with such short notice. coming in at less than two minutes, the frenetic energy of the track sets the scene for total obliteration”


Dive into the world of deep tan with ‘camelot’ below. 


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Now Playing: Yuto. – ‘Say’


Melbourne indie-electro duo Yuto. has this week revealed their first song of the year with their track ’Say’. The new single was unveiled via triple j Unearthed’s TOPS. ’Say’ comes after a busy 2020 for the brothers, who spent Melbourne’s lockdown working on music in their home studio.  


Buoyant, dynamic and full of life, there’s so much to love about ’Say’. Daylan said on the single, “This song is what we feel Yuto. will be in the future and what the project will push to be. We have been consuming A LOT of Crooked Colours/Hayden James and have used that for inspiration for ‘Say’. This song is a chill, feel good song that will have you feel all different things, the subject matter is very reflective and uplifting.”


Brighten up your week with Yuto.’s new single ’Say’ below. 


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Now Playing: Adeline – ‘Mystic Lover’

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer Adeline this month released her sultry new track ‘Mystic Lover’. The steamy single was released just before Valentine’s Day. 


‘Mystic Lover’ sees Adeline tell the story of a woman who is madly in love with her partner. The track features intimate lyrics such as, “I don’t know what you did to me, but you turned me into such a freak,” and “light my fuse, keep my body humming.”


Partner these words with Adeline’s mesmerising croon, vibrant baselines and sprinkles of funk and you’re got the ingredients for an intoxicating romantic anthem. 


Adeline said on the single, “The music is inspired by early 70’s funk, but it’s a trip in the past taken on a futuristic neon lit flying bus. In a way, the track symbolizes the Nightshade sound. It embodies a lot of our inspirations and intentions. This is also to me the track that represents both my bass and vocal signatures. It’s a late night sexy jam that makes your head bounce and makes you wonder if you’re high.”


Check out ‘Mystic Lover’ by Adeline below.


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Feature: The Ingredients of Beta with Beige Banquet

Monday, February 22, 2021


London-based post-punk and art-punk artist Beige Banquet recently released his debut 12 track offering Beta. Tom Brierley, who is behind Beige Banquet, was living in Melbourne and amongst our music scene here before returning home to London. To celebrate the release of Beta, he took some time out to dive into some of the records that inspired him when working on his own, as well as taking us through the process of working on his debut release.


Lithics - Tower of Age

Without a doubt this has been one of my favourite records of 2020, I was a fan of their first record but Tower of Age has been on repeat consistently for the majority of last year. The tight and interweaving guitar lines feel stretched and elasticated, at times tripping over each other as they tell a beautiful native throughout the record. The sparse vocal delivery and the syncopated rhythm section leaves so much space for the guitars to really drag the record forward. There's something quite amazing that happens when two relatively simple guitar parts, that are quite similar tonally, are played at the same time and this dynamic was a huge influence on how I approached the guitars for Beta. From a production point of view, I'm a huge fan of how it's mixed, it feels like you're standing in a small practise room with the 4 members and it really hits you how effective the combination of 2 guitars, bass and drums can be. You can hear the subtle intricacies between the instruments perfectly and to me that's what guitar music is all about.


Crack Cloud - s/t
When I first heard this record it completely blew my mind. Although it's actually two EPs put together into a full length, there was something about the linear nature of the final collection of tracks that really drew me in. It musters a real sense of forward momentum that never really looks back, each song similar yet different, and their now somewhat, icon sound warps and morphs between tracks. Crack Cloud's rhythmic approach to songwriting was something that instantly connected with my brain, there's a subtle blend throughout of understated brilliance and uncompromised artistic vision, while still managing to keep it effortlessly cool. Tonally the guitars are very exciting to me, drawing influence from bands such as Minutemen and Preoccupations, I don't think I had even finished listening to the record before I was trawling the internet for a chorus pedal. I don't even know where to start on the rhythmic and off-kilter vocal delivery. This record has been a huge influence on me and is definitely one of my most played albums over the last couple of years.


Marbled Eye - EP II

Although this actually came out back in 2017, it's been a big influence on me musically and definitely felt like a bridge between the heavier music I was making with NOUGHTS in Melbourne to essentially what became Beige Banquet. It was that combination of a nonchalant vocal delivery with driving and at times quite abrasive music. These 4 raw tracks still have the ability to inspire me to make music even after listening to it heavily for 3 years. I sometimes find that I can never make it through my favourite records without having to run off and grab my guitar, there's something in certain music that I find unbearably inspiring, whatever that is, this EP has it in abundance.


Constant Mongrel - Living in Excellence

I chose CM here when I really could have picked a number of records by bands such as Vintage Crop, Gonzo, The Shifters, EYESØRES, Dr Sure's Unusual Practice or any of the bands I saw and/or played within during my time in Melbourne. My time in the city's now-famous music scene was a massive influence on how I've approached music since being back in London. A few people here in the UK have expressed a bit of surprise that I released an album so soon and didn't follow the mould by releasing a string of singles and building a following over a number of years before sharing a debut full length. There's really nothing wrong with that approach and I totally understand why people do it, but I personally feel that it's at a detriment to the reason why I'm involved in music at all, to write, record, release and share my musical ideas with the world. If you have music why hold it back? It often feels like bands are so focussed on the success that they base their decisions on business rather than art. If there's one thing that Melbourne taught me, it's that success as an artist is not based on how much money you've made, or how many people turn up at your gigs, but it's that unfiltered ability to express your musical ideas with the world.


Liiek - s/t

I recently came across this little scene based out of Berlin, centring around Mangal records and including bands such as Liiek, Pigeon and Flennen. Their DIY approach was really refreshing and exactly what I'd been searching for since moving back to London, it reminded me of the Melbourne scene in a lot of ways. I actually found Liiek through the artist Robin Roche, who did the artwork for Beta, who I sought out on Instagram after seeing the work he'd done on the lastest Vintage Crop record, I think it's amazing how a visual aesthetic can tie music together so beautifully. I've had an amazing response from the record in places like Germany and France and it's made me feel very connected with my European neighbours, almost to a point where I feel more aligned with the music scenes in Berlin and Paris than London. These ties feel quite fragile at the moment, with the current world situation, but I think it makes it all the more important to remain close with Europe at a time when our government is trying their very hardest to isolate our island and move it further into the depths of the north sea. 


Check out Beta by Beige Banquet below.



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Now Watching: Native Son – ‘Riot!’



NYC genre-blending artist Native Son shared his debut project Metro Dread at the end of last year and featuring on the release is his vibrant track ‘Riot!’. 


This month he unveiled the accompanying visuals for ‘Riot!’, which was filmed amongst his hometown Brooklyn. The clip was shot and edited by Jack Henry, with Native Son (Ano Chrispin) also contributing to the editing process. 


On the track, Native Son explains that he was inspired by two friends who were involved in Black Lives Matter marches in New York.


He said, “'Riot!' is a song about the experiences of two of my close friends who are really involved in the marches for Black Lives around New York City. I wrote this song after a protest which ended badly, and it serves as a response to the portrayal of mostly peaceful protestors as members of the riotous mob that has tried to hijack many of the demonstrations. I chose to tell their stories- and my own, to remind people that we’re not just dots on a TV screen. 'Riot!' is a reminder that for some, the fight for justice has become more of a home for them than where they live.”


Check out ‘Riot!’ by Native Son below. 


Written by Kristy Smolcic



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Now Playing: Balming Tiger – ‘JUST FUN!’ / ‘LOOP?’


Up-and-coming South Korean collective Balming Tiger last week unveiled their double A-side single ‘JUST FUN!’ / ‘LOOP?’. 


Comprising of members Omega Sapien, sogumm, wnjn, Mudd the Student, Unsinkable, and San Yawn the group have been getting global attention thanks to major singles like the commanding and addictive ‘Kolo Kolo’, released last year. 


Starring Omega Sapien, sogumm and wnjn, the very smooth ‘JUST FUN!’ sees them blend together enticing and bouncy grooves, hard-hitting raps and ethereal vocals and it's pure magic. It’s easy to lose track of time when listening to ‘JUST FUN!’ and don’t be surprised when you find yourself playing it on repeat for hours on end. 


The second track ‘LOOP?’, featuring Omega Sapien, sogumm and Mudd the Student, is shorter in duration but also makes a heavy impact from the moment you hit play.


Check out ‘JUST FUN!’ and ‘LOOP?’ by Balming Tiget below. 


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Now Playing: Genesis Owusu – ‘Gold Chains’

Friday, February 19, 2021

 

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Ghanian-born, Australian-based Genesis Owusu has returned with another taste of his highly-anticipated debut album with ‘Gold Chains’. The album, Smiling With No Teeth, is due for release next month on March 5th. 

He told The FADER that ‘Gold Chains’ came to him after he began reflecting on his job as an artist and how easily it can make one feel like a commodity. 

He said, “'Gold Chains' got me thinking about the flaws of being in a profession where, more and more, you have to be the product, rather than just the provider of the product, and public misconceptions about how luxurious that is.”

Genesis Owusu has also shared the accompanying music video for the track, which were directed by Riley Blakeway. The visual conveys the song’s message about how things don’t always appear as they seem and shiny things don’t always give you the level of happiness that you think they will.

Before it’s time to dive into his upcoming 15-track collection in its entirety, check out Genesis Owusu’s song ‘Gold Chains’ below. 

Written by Kristy Smolcic



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Now Playing: The Lounge Society – ‘Cain’s Heresy’

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Hebden Bridge up-and-comers The Lounge Society continues their ascent, today coming through with their brand new single ‘Cain’s Hersey’. The track follows in the footsteps of the UK band’s previous offering ‘Burn The Heather’, which also made an appearance on our best tracks of 2020 list at the end of last year. 


Raw and honest, in true The Lounge Society style, ‘Cain’s Hersey’ sees them reflect on the biblical story of Cain and Abel, connecting it to the spirally and disastrous path our modern world is on.


The band said, “‘Cain’s Hersey’ is a portrait of the world we’re headed to — where consumers lie sedated while ‘This Week’s Hot Trend’ and ‘101 Style Tips For Summer’ are forced down their throats by gloved hands. It’s our way of saying ‘not on my watch’. Cain and Abel were brothers at war, and this song is our last stand in the war on culture which is being waged by corporations at the moment.”


Along with sharing the single, The Lounge Society is currently getting ready to release their much-anticipated debut EP Silk For The Starving via legendary label Speedy Wunderground on June 18th.


Until then, you can check out ‘Cain’s Hersey’ by The Lounge Society below.


Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



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Now Playing: The Lazy Eyes – ‘Where’s My Brain???’

Thursday, February 18, 2021


Sydney-based band The Lazy Eyes unleashed their enticing single ‘Where’s My Brain???’ at the start of this month. The single is set to make an appearance on their forthcoming sophomore EP, appropriately named EP2


‘Where’s My Brain???’ is an otherworldly, psychedelic concoction that you'll want to devour over-and-over again. According to the band, it’s one of their favourites to play at the end of their live shows. 


The band said on the single, “We wrote ‘Where’s My Brain???’ in the developing years of the band, at a time when the setlist was lacking fast paced, energetic tracks. We needed that one last song that the audience could mosh and get sweaty to! The song is loosely about losing your mind over something and wanting to have a tantrum, but really it’s just a jam.”


Let the band take you to another planet with ‘Where’s My Brain???’ below. 


Written by Kristy Smolcic



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Now Playing: Emerson Snowe – ‘Frankenstein’

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Hailing from Brisbane, Emerson Snowe recently returned with a new single, coming through with his latest ‘Frankenstein’. 


The last time he graced our ears with something new was with his heartfelt and poignant EP That’s Rock ’n’ Roll back in 2019 (via Liberation Records). Since releasing the EP, he headed off overseas, impressing audiences over in Europe and the UK.


This year, he’s set to share another release via Liberation Records. ‘Frankenstein’, he said, was the last song to be written for his upcoming collection and took around 30 minutes to write.


“I had become lost with myself and who I thought I was meant to be. Once people in your life fall away and you’re left with yourself, you can be as self-aware as you want to be - but you’re gonna realise sooner or later you have no clue who you are. I had moved from one addiction onto another. This track, although it was written very fast, holds a lot of weight into who I was at that time. A time of self-isolation, not sleeping until midday the next day, and gripping onto any ego I thought I had at all.”


We can’t wait to hear what Emerson Snowe has in-store for the rest of 2021, we’re sure whatever he has coming up is going to be special.


Written by Kristy Smolcic



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