Feature: The Ingredients of Love, Lost with Dahlia Sleeps

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In the past year, we've fallen in love with London's Dahlia Sleeps and the mesmerising stories they tell through their music. To celebrate the release of their EP this Friday, the group take us through the inspiration behind Love, Lost and why it's a special release for them.

Honesty 
The only real thing we set out to do on this EP was to tell the truth in its entirety, even if that meant making ourselves very vulnerable. That ethos runs through everything from the lyrics to the artwork. It also meant separating ourselves from any expectations and only making the music we wanted to make.

Intimacy
Most of the songs on Love, Lost are about the many colours of intimacy. Physical closeness paired with emotional distance, unresolved feelings, the challenges we face at trying to open up – across all types of relationships.

Organic Sounds
We introduced organic sounds into this EP in a way we haven’t done before. A hundreds of year old harmonium, out of tune piano, live kit. Of course, you still have the electronic sounds, synthesisers, ambience that is at our core but our live set has started feeding back into our writing process and that has meant bringing in live instruments much more.

Poetry
Reading the work of writers who leave nothing unsaid, who are fearless, or who are just exceptional at their art has inspired us to make sure that nothing is included on this EP that doesn’t have a place. Picking up books by Nayyirah Waheed, Mary Oliver, Danez Smith, Yrsa Daley Ward, Audre Lorde, Kate Tempest massively fed into the writing process. The studio was full of these pages always. It also helped us to create an EP that tied together like a story – musically and lyrically - rather than being disparate tracks glued together.

Music (New + Old)
It’s funny, that rumbling sensation you get in your gut when you hear something that you just can’t put your finger on. You can’t figure out exactly why but it just seems to drag up something in you and inspire no end. We're always looking for that, it might be an entire song or maybe even just the sound of a single note or vocal inflection, but it feeds that motivation – it just pull all of the other things to the surface. You can listen to some of the songs that inspired us on our 2018 playlist.

Love, Lost will be available this Friday. Until then, enjoy their previous singles below. If you're in the UK, click here to find out where you can catch them live.

'Love, Lost':


'Settle Down':


'Storm':

Now Playing: Lafawndah – 'Daddy'


With the release of her upcoming debut album Ancestor Boy quickly approaching, Parisian artist LAFAWNDAH has unleashed ‘Daddy’ and it’s a single you won’t forget.

The stirring track features shadowy production in the form of striking beats that hit you like waves crashing. Whereas the production is shadowy, the vocals bring light to the track and it's mesmerizing. ‘Daddy’ sees LAFAWNDAH explore themes of family and legacy. As you listen to the trance-like track, you can’t help but feel swept away by every word LAFAWNDAH sings.

Ancestor Boy is set to be released on March 22th via LAFAWNDAH’s label CONCORDIA.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Premiere: The Nicoteenagers – 'Big Thing'


Melbourne-based trio The Nicoteenagers are kicking off their year with new music and we’re excited to be able to today share it with you. Their single ‘Big Things’ follows a major month they had in December where they played a series of residency shows at The Evelyn in Melbourne.

Spanning approximately three-and-a-half minutes long, ‘Big Things’ is pure ferocity from start to finish. The band pour all their energy into the track and it’s on show for all of us to absolutely devour. On the release of the single, they said: "We’ve been a band for five years now, it’s really exciting that after that long we finally can present something we’re really proud of".

Along with the single's release this Friday, The Nicoteenagers will also be playing a show at Melbourne’s Revolver Bandroom. Entry is $15 at the door and they’ll be supported by Slomo + Go Dog Go.

Listen to ‘Big Things’ by Nicoteenagers below:

Festival News: By The Meadow announce exciting festival lineup for 2019



Time to get excited, By The Meadow have unleashed a groovy lineup for 2019. By The Meadow 6 is a three-day, two-night music festival happening from Friday 29 – Sunday 31 March 2019 in Bambra VIC.

By The Meadow has become known for having a cosy atmosphere filled with lush bushland in Bambra Hills. It's also just 90-minutes south-west of Melbourne, perfect for a weekend road trip. 


Lineup:

The Murlocs
Lucy Dacus (USA)
The Goon Sax
The Vasco Era
Harvey Sutherland
The Seven Ups
Roza Terenzi
Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange
Clea
Thando
Martin Frawley
murmurmur
Merpire
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
Hemm
Not A Boys Name
Melbourne Indie Voices
Lauren

*plus more to be announced, 


The limited release allocation has sold out, with another 300 general release tickets + camping and glamping packages available from (today) Wednesday starting from $158.00 + BF.


For more info head here 



Now Playing: Emily King – 'Can’t Hold Me'

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Photo by Bao Ngo

Get ready to be absolutely dazzled by Emily King’s latest release ‘Can’t Hold Me’, which is set to appear on her highly anticipated upcoming album Scenery. The album will be available to hear from February 15th and we couldn't be more excited.

On the single, Emily says “I got tired of waiting around for someone else to please me. It became a song about self-reliance. Realizing I didn't need anyone else to make me feel good in any way, I only needed to trust myself.” The track’s powerful message is only amplified by the dynamic sounds of the percussion. ‘Can’t Hold Me’ is the anthem we all need and you'll be playing it on repeat all day.

We can’t wait to hear what she has planned for Scenery next month, we’re sure it’s set to be a treat.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Premiere: YOMAEZ – 'Hope'


We’re always incredibly excited when we get to listen to new music by Adelaide-based producer YOMAEZ, and today it’s our pleasure to bring you his newest single ‘Hope’, which follows in the footsteps of his 2018 EP Nonsense.

‘Hope’ sees YOMAEZ play with darkness — the chilling track presents something different from the up-and-comer. Whereas his EP was full of light, ‘Hope’ is a chilling new slice of his artistry. The track also stars distorted vocals, which only adds to the moodiness of ‘Hope’. Like the rest of YOMAEZ’s work, there’s a huge emphasis on reflecting the track’s emotions in the production and it’s beautiful.

You can listen to YOMAEZ’s new single ‘Hope’ below.

Feature: The Anatomy of ‘Consumer Helpline' with GURU

Monday, January 14, 2019
Photo by Millie Davis (Supplied)

Brighton's own GURU ended 2018 in a huge way with their latest single 'Consumer Helpline'. Tom from the band took some time out to give us an insight into how the track came to life.

We wrote 'Consumer Helpline’... after getting in from a night of debauchery in Brighton. Ferg showed me the guitar part and I had some lyrics ready to go. We took it to rehearsal and the whole thing was finished in about half an hour

The story behind ‘Consumer Helpline' is... not very much really. We just wrote it you know. Another day at the office, you know what I mean?

My favourite lyric is... probably the last three lines, I feel like it all builds up to that point and when we reach it, BLAM and the dirt is gone you know?

It was made... in London by Rory Attwell. We played it live and it took two or three takes and that was it. It was the first time we’d let someone else take charge of recording and all in all it was a very pleasant experience.

Our main inspiration was... I won't lie on this one, it was 100% Talking Heads - Found a Job (lyrically, at least)

It sounds best... when you hear it live. Watching us four trying to keep it together on stage is where you should be listening to Consumer Helpline. So anyone reading this out in Australia and has spare moola to get us some Visas, please get in touch.

You can listen to 'Consumer Helpline' by GURU below:

Now Playing: Effee – 'I Wish'

Photo by Kara Smarsh via Effee's FB

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, indie-pop singer-songwriter Effee will win your heart over with her impressive new single ‘I Wish’.

On her Soundcloud page, Effee describes her sound as “electro pop meets sad rock”, and that’s the exact vibe we get from ‘I Wish’. Along with her heartfelt words that will give you instant goosebumps, ‘I Wish’ also features a mellow groove. Her emotional words, “I wish, I wish, I could get more time / before it pulls me under / and buries me alive” is partnered with rhythmic guitars and the combination is enthralling.

Blast ‘I Wish’ on repeat and groove with us below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic

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Now Playing: COIN – 'I Want It All'

Sunday, January 13, 2019

It’s always a good day when you stumble across new music from COIN, and yet again, they deliver the goods. Their latest offering ‘I Want It All’ is a sneak preview of what they have planned for their highly anticipated third LP, which we'll all hopefully hear sometime this year.

Listening to ‘I Want It All’ makes you feel good and there’s no denying it. The shimmering single brings to life feelings of summer adventures and the thrill that comes along with it. The story of the single is about dating someone who is apprehensive whilst you’re eager to go all-in. The track’s lyrics discuss feeling love-sick and impatient about the blossoming relationship, “But my love's not simple / I'm fragile / And you don't even know”.

Let COIN give you all the feelings with their latest gem ‘I Want It All’.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic

Now Playing: ViVii – 'And Tragic'

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Swedish dream-pop trio ViVii has unveiled their enchanting new single ‘And Tragic’. The track is a taste of what they have in store for their debut album, which you’ll be able to finally hear on March 15th.

Home to heavenly vocal harmonies, ‘And Tragic’ is a soaring number that will leave you captivated after one listen. The track has many intricate layers, and each works to showcase the beauty of their sound. The percussion on ‘And Tragic’ is both delicate and arresting. Amongst the sea of beautiful sounds is an utterly charming winding guitar.

The process of creating the single was natural according to the trio, “We had an idea about what this song was going to be about, but under the process, it all changed and the song took its own turn. I guess that's how we like to write music, to let the song happen and to let the music have its own way”.

Along with the release of the album in March, ViVii is also set to showcase at this year’s SXSW in Austin.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Now Playing: Jerry Williams – 'David At The Bar'

Photo by Shot by Phox (Supplied) 

Jerry Williams is back with her first release for 2019 with her newest single ‘David At The Bar’, — which is also set to appear on her forthcoming album, due for release this September.

In under three minutes, Jerry will have you covered in goosebumps with her expressive single ‘David At The Bar’. Her vocals shine amongst the raw nature of her words. The track was inspired by a true story after having a conversation with a man at a bar. On the track, she says “I just felt this weird, bizarre connection to this man. He said “If you write a song about me I promise I’ll give up drink”. The struggles brought up in the song, such as addiction, featured in her candid conversation with the man.

Jerry Williams is an exciting songwriter and talent on the rise and we’re certain the album later this year will be just as special.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic


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Premiere: Noera – 'FMLA'

Friday, January 11, 2019

Today, we're excited to share 'FMLA', which is a powerful release from Philadelphia-based artist Noera (aka Prudence Delilah). The track features on her upcoming record Pearls, which is due for release this week on January 11th.

Noera's upcoming record Pearls is set to feature "tender expressions of fear and honesty wrought through transgender pain.” 'FMLA' moves between delicate singing from Prudence to punk-like screams. It's a passionate and moving release, and one we're looking forward to seeing how it appears alongside the rest of the tracks on Pearls.

You can listen to 'FMLA' by Noera's below:

Feature: The Anatomy of 'Falling' with LEISURE

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Photo by Taylor Mansfield
Last year, New Zealand band LEISURE shared their smooth single 'Falling'. Tom Young from the band gives us an insight into how the mesmerising track came to life.

I wrote ‘Falling’...
at a beach house outside the small town of Raglan on the west coast of New Zealand. LEISURE has a healthy habit of renting isolated Air B&B’s and flipping them into studios - it helps us get into a certain zone where the only thing that concerns us for a week or so is writing music and whether or not we have enough alcohol in the fridge.

The story behind ‘Falling’ is... Josh and myself began work on the track when the other boys were in a room at the other end of the house working on something else. Josh asked me what kind of beat I’d like and I said something along the lines of “psychedelic and sexy”. We then layered it up with guitars and synths before laying the vocals down. I think the whole thing only took us about 2 hours from start to finish.

My favourite lyric is... ”Someone come save me from falling in love”

It was made... after I had just met my current fiancé. I had just gotten out of a 6-or so month relationship a week before I met her so the timing was really strange and caused a bit of friction. It’s about succumbing to your heart despite your logical mind and/or the surrounding situation.

My main inspiration was... the girl I had just met and the way she made me feel.

It sounds best when... you turn the lights down low and smoke out the room with your significant other.

Listen to 'Falling' by LEISURE below:
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Now Playing: Someone – 'Pull It Together'

Photo by Bibian Bingen

Amsterdam-based artist Someone (aka Tessa Rose Jackson) has unleashed her new single ‘Pull It Together’ via [PIAS] Recordings and you’re about to fall in love with the track just as much as we have. Utterly enchanting, ‘Pull It Together’ is an infectious tune that will be on repeat in your head for hours.

Someone’s spacey psych-pop single dives straight into a whimsical world with the sudden appearance of her words, “I don’t know why I can’t pull it together”. Her vocals are light and airy and glide over the track’s psych-pop instrumentals with ease. ‘Pull It Together’ is the type of track that provides listeners with an immersive experience and it's stunning.

Her EP Orbit will see Someone host an interactive exhibition in Groningen between 16th to 19th January where she will feature an array of abstract artworks inspired by space. When the artworks are viewed through a phone or tablet, the artwork will come to live and the associated song connected to artwork will then play. More information is available here.

If Orbit is just as magical as ‘Pull It Together’, we’re all in store for a treat.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Gig Review: Interpol | Melbourne | 4.1.19

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Photo by Eliot Lee Hazel

New York’s Interpol, featuring founding members Paul Banks and Daniel Kessler, as well as Sam Fogarino (who joined in 2000) have earnt their stripes across their journey since forming in the late 90s. The Palais, which hosted them for the evening, is the ultimate venue to showcase their entrancing brand of rock. Known for their engaging live shows, Perth’s Psychedelic Porn Crumpets warmed the night up in mighty style. Their opener ‘Surf’s Up’ provided the grooves from the get-go, whilst tracks like ‘Marmalade March’ provided further moments of pure exhilaration. It’s hard not to love everything that they do and are an act everyone needs to see ASAP. Interpol set the room alight — both metaphorically and literally. The venue had it all, from disco balls and dazzling lights, which only complimented the show they set out to create. They kicked things off with their broody release ‘Pioneer to the Falls’, which echoed throughout the entire building. Vintage Interpol continued to be on show, with ‘C’mere’ next up on the menu. After spending the initial portion of the set embracing Interpol’s classic material, it was time for a dose of Marauder to make its way into their set. The 2018 released album was widely praised by critics and reaffirmed their greatness. Our first taste of the album for the night was ‘If You Really Love Nothing’, a dynamic number that maintained the energy early on. Throughout their set, they weaved between their older material as well as fresh cuts from their most recent album. Moving between different times in their history meant that there was something for everyone, regardless of when you became a fan of the band. Though the night was positively received from everyone in the room, there were some clear crowd favourites, whether it was their famous hit ‘NYC’, ‘Evil’ and ‘Slow Hands’, the two latter tracks appeared later in their set. Another shining moment was their closer ‘Obstacle 1’, which was a powerful way to close their memorable show. Interpol delivered a performance that satisfied the cravings of long-time and new fans alike — not only were fans treated to a captivating show, they provided an engaging musical experience for everyone who was lucky enough to witness them in action.

Written by Emily O'Brien

Now Playing: Ski Mask the Slump God – 'Foot Fungus'

Monday, January 7, 2019

Rapper Ski Mask the Slump God finally delivered the album that the masses have been begging for since he emerged onto the scene during Florida's hip-hop boom. STOKELEY, which is also his real name, is home to some of his most fiery tracks yet. Featuring on the project is his track 'Foot Fungus'.

The track originally debuted on Instagram Live during one of his studio sessions a few months ago. The snippet was enough to slate 'Foot Fungus' as one of the most anticipated tracks to appear on the album.

Sampling Snoop Dogg and Pharrell's 'Drop It Like It's Hot', 'Foot Fungus' is a bass-heavy and buoyant track that is pure ferocity from start to finish. Ski Mask doesn't let the dominance of the production deter him, instead, he rides the beat with absolute confidence — this confidence is also on show in his lyrics, especially in his opening words "...baby be callin' me Hercules / 'Cause the H on my waist, but this bitch here stand for Hermes".

Ski Mask the Slump God's 'Foot Fungus' is an infectious release that you won't want to get rid of any time soon, unlike the other kind of fungus.

Written by Amy Smolcic 

Listen to 'Foot Fungus' by Ski Mask the Slump God below:

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Feature: We Play 'What Song...' with Holly Walker

Photo by Wolf James Photography via Holly Walker's FB 
London's Holly Walker closed out 2018 in a huge way by releasing her dazzling single 'Straight Line'. It doesn't stop there for Holly and we look forward to hearing what she has in-store for 2019. But, until then, she's rounded up a few of her favourite tunes for us in our latest edition of 'What Song...'.

What song reminds you of your youth?
‘Saturday Night’ by Whigfield
The indestructible ‘Saturday Night’ by Whigfield. That song blew the lid off at school discos throughout the 90s.


What song do you have on repeat right now?
'Breathe Life' by Gwilym Gold
 I saw him play a show recently at Laylow in London and have had his album on repeat ever since - impeccable songwriting.


What song reminds you of your last holiday?
'Valerie' by Amy Winehouse
Last time I had a proper holiday I went to Finland with some friends and we wrote a birthday version of 'Valerie' by Amy Winehouse for our friend Veera and called it Veera-ie. So that!


What song made you cry last?
'Missing U' by Robyn
It was Robyn's 'Missing U'. I caught it on Jools Holland when I happened to be missing someone very much and it just got me. She’s such a good pop writer — undeniable emotion in her songs.


What song would you love to cover live?
'Good Stuff' by Kelis 
I want to do Kelis' 'Good Stuff'. Effortless banger.


What song has been the best track of the last year?
'Pat Earrings' by Casisdead 
Discovered him recently. His lyrics are absolutely fire.


You can listen to 'Straight Line' by Holly Walker below:

Interview: Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines on the Power of Authenticity


With their appearance at Falls Festival fast approaching, we had the chance to talk to Freddie Cowan from West London rock band The Vaccines about authenticity, the importance of downtime and Combat Sports.

Congrats on your latest single 'All My Friends Are Falling In Love'.

Thanks!

Do you just love having it out in the world?

Yeah, we recorded it not that long ago and it’s definitely much more exciting for us to be making more new music as we go. I mean. usually, you have to record something and your sitting on it for like six months and it’s just really exciting for that pace to be just a bit quicker.



Now the single isn't part of your latest album Combat Sports, but have you guys decided if it's potentially going to have some friends and be part of another upcoming project or is it going to just be a stand-alone?

We don't know yet, I mean, I think it will be quiet easy for us to go into the studio soon and make another record of ‘All My Friends’ type of tracks, but I'm not sure we think that’s the best thing for us. It’s so fun to record it, it's really fun to record it, it’s really fun to play it, but I just think it’s a very different commitment putting out an album. You’re kind of dealing with your legacy and your future. There was a moment when I thought it would be so much fun to throw ourselves into a new record, do it quickly and get it out there, but I’m starting to think it may require a bit more time.

The new album sees you go back to your roots, how did you guys rediscover who you were?

Because we weren’t very good at being anyone else. You can try and kid yourself, and think we’re kind of doing this and we sound a bit like these people, and it works for us, but after a while, I think the biggest gift you can give yourselves as an artist is honesty. We were just trying all these different things, and it just didn't feel good. It didn't feel right and we just committed to keep making music and keep writing 'till it felt right and I think eventually we just sat down and had a bit of a talk and said, well you're particularly good at doing this and I'm particularly good at doing that and we should be doing what we're good at. I think that’s what resonates with people and with us, and I see it as a compliment. I think it’s difficult to maintain that artistic level, you really have to work twice as hard to make it as good as when you were really fresh and young and starving.

It has been about three years since your last album, what are some of the thing that you guys do to refresh yourselves in-between albums and keep making it fun?

Our touring is pretty intense, so when we have down time I try and do as little as possible. I quite like being at home in England, in the countryside. I love the very opposite to the tour life. I love going to the little town, going to the butcher and getting a pie or something.

Just some real chilled out time.

Yeah exactly. But then Justin is on a motorcycle trip around America at the moment, Arni is in Iceland, Jim has gone back to Australia, he is always desperate to get back and just not wear shoes for like three weeks. We kind of all go our separate ways and do what we have to do. I think I'm quite an introvert, so for me after spending so much time with so many people I just want to get on the top of a mountain on my own

Combat Sports seems like the perfect live album, how much thought went into how it would transition from recording to a live show?

It was a very conscious decision. I remember in the past, if we had a song that we played live before we recorded, it generally sounded much better, we found out what works about the song. Some people can just write a song and record it in the studio and it’s all it needs to be. But for us, to get the blood and sweat into the song it's very good for us to play the song live. That’s where we figure out the dynamic and what works, or if it works at all. So it’s very much a decision that if it doesn’t work live, it won’t work at all. It’s just that type of record, it’s a rock and roll record – you can’t write it and record it in front of a computer, it needs to have its own life.

So do you guys test out all of your songs live before officially releasing them?

We try to do as many as we can. Also, we are on tour so much, we can just rehearse it in the sound check, just play it live, keeping it fresh and exciting. There are certain elements you need for a band, they need to have certain things, and for us to find that balance, everyone is there and everyone is playing. Having one or two people in a studio doesn’t work as well for us.

And what is your favourite song off the new album to play live?

‘I Can’t Quite’ is my favourite song to play live.

How come?

Well, we had the song for a while, and I didn’t really like it. But once we started making the record, had the right elements and applied that to the song, it just worked. It actually took two days in the studio to get the right guitar sound for the chorus, and then when we got it, it all seemed to make sense. That song is the worst song to rehearse, it’s just so boring, coz it’s just two chords, but when you play it live and you have everything going on behind you and lots of people watching it’s really euphoric in its simplicity. It’s kind of one of those magic things, you play that song on an acoustic guitar and it wouldn’t work. Writing a song is kind of like using a metal detector, when you get it right, it’s electrifying. And it’s just so much fun to play it.

Yeah, it does sound like such a fun song!

Yeah, it’s so simple and then it’s like a rocket launcher when the chorus comes in, yeah, it's brilliant.

Now you're spending New Year’s Eve at the Falls Festival, which is pretty exciting, is there anyone on the lineup that you're particularly excited to see?

Interpol are playing aren’t they? We actually share a tour manager with Interpol and I keep missing them actually. I have seen them live once in Mexico, but not really, so I am intrigued.

Freddie, thanks so much for taking the time to chat to me today!

Of course, my pleasure.

Written by Emily O'Brien

You can catch The Vaccines at Fall Festival 2018/19 as well as the below sideshows:
3rd January - Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
4th January - Metro Theatre, Sydney
More information is available here

Gig Review: The Vaccines | Melbourne | 3.1.19

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Back in town to celebrate their album Combat Sports as well as their electrifying single ‘All My Friends Are Falling In Love’, The Vaccines put on a powerful performance for revellers at Melbourne’s Croxton Hotel Bandroom on Thursday night.

They made their way onto the stage with the sounds of Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’ beaming from the speakers, making it an epic entry for a show that was about to become the most thrilling Thursday night we were all about to have in a while.

Due to The Vaccines’ expansive catalogue and history of creating firey hits, the order of the setlist could have gone in an array of directions. Ultimately, they ended up curating a dynamic setlist that weaved in their more notable hits like ‘Wetsuit’, ‘Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ and ‘Nørgaard’ with the impressive sounds from their more recent album Combat Sports — consequently pleasing early fans of the band, as well more recent additions to their strong fanbase. 

The show opened up with ‘Your Love Is My Favourite Band’, which features on their recent album. The buoyant nature of the track slated the precedent of what they were trying to achieve with their show — a room full of grooving bodies, and possibly a few awkward moves or two. Vintage fans of The Vaccines would have been elated by their next track ‘Teenage Icon’, which sent the room wild. 

An unexpected set highlight came in the form of ‘Dream Lover’, which appeared on their album English Graffiti. The track is a sultry number that took on a whole new life in a live environment. Though it wasn’t the most upbeat track they performed across the course of the night, their performance of ‘Dream Lover’ was utterly captivating and provided a moment that I wish I could bottle up and savour for eternity. 

‘Let's Jump Off the Top’ may not be officially released yet, but that didn’t stop fans from enjoying every second of it. After this, they launched into their recent single ‘All My Friends Are Falling In Love’, which is an absolute anthem live — their performance of the single also included a fun singalong.

Towards the end of the initial part of their show, they performed ‘I’m Over It’. Not only is it one of the best tracks from Combat Sports, but the short and punchy track is also a beast when played live. There wasn’t a single soul in the room who wasn’t yelling out ‘I’m Over It’ throughout the chorus, and it was an energetic moment for a show that featured many instances of pure ferocity from both the band and fans. They then left the stage after ‘Family Friend’, leaving us all wanting more desperately. 

After a moment of reprieve, they made their way back to the stage to close out the night with ‘Put It on a T‐Shirt’, ‘Nightclub’ and slow-burner ‘All in White’, putting a full stop on a dazzling performance that will be impossible to forget. 

Written by Amy Smolcic
Photographs by Kristy Smolcic (Folio)


Now Playing: Balthazar – 'I'm Never Gonna Let You Down Again'

Friday, January 4, 2019

With the release of their album Fever fast approaching on 25th January, Belgium's Balthazar have unleashed their silky smooth new tune 'I'm Never Gonna Let You Down Again' and it's a gem.

'I'm Never Gonna Let You Down Again' features an intricate and captivating blend of sultry r&b sounds, a groovy rhythm and soulful vocal harmonies from Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez. It's a break-up song with a twist — though it channels the feelings you usually expect from a song about a break-up, there's a groovy Bee Gees-like flavour which takes it to another level. The track oozes confidence and we can guarantee that you're about to love this tune just as much as we do.

If you like what you hear and you're in Europe or the UK, you can catch Balthazar during their extensive tour dates starting in early February — more information is available here.

Written by Amy Smolcic

Listen to 'I'm Never Gonna Let You Down Again' by Balthazar below:


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