Premiere: Slide – 'Floating'

Thursday, January 17, 2019

We’re super excited to today bring you a first-listen of ‘Floating’, which is the latest single by Swedish indie-rock duo SLIDE. ‘Floating’ is also a sneak preview of what you can expect to hear from their forthcoming EP Into Happiness, and so far we’re in love with what we hear.

On the single, Albin said, “I think it’s about losing yourself in thought, and maybe losing yourself in love too. Ultimately anything can become a ghost and whether it’s just in your head or not doesn’t really matter. Either way you end up spending a whole lot of time in there...behind the eyes that is.” ‘Floating’ is a dreamy release by the duo and one that will make you feel like you’re literally floating — each moment of the journey is pure bliss.

You can enjoy SLIDE’s latest single ‘Floating’ below. If you like what you hear, stay tuned for their EP soon.

Now Playing: daste – 'SOBER'


Last year, daste blew us away after releasing their amazing single ‘Thinkin Of’ and now the trio has done it again with their new single ‘SOBER’, which was released via Mammal Sounds Records. If you’re looking for a new feel-good tune to add to your playlist, you’ve found it with ‘Sober’.

The lo-fi funk track will get you moving from the moment you press play. On the track, they say “The ideation of ‘SOBER’ isn’t exactly in relation to being under the influence in anyway. I think ultimately it speaks to the sense of, not being intoxicated, but rather, having a clear mind from anything taking you away from yourself”.

Regardless of how you interpret the meaning behind ‘SOBER’, it’s a track you’ll be playing on repeat for hours.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Premiere: YT DiNGO – 'Thrill of the Chase'

Photo via YT DiNGO's FB


We're incredibly thrilled to be able to today share the second instalment of YT DiNGO's audio-visual series ‘Thrill of the Chase’. Travers Ross, who is behind YT DiNGO, yet again merges his passion for music, dance and artistry and each time we’re left captivated.

The video for ‘Thrill of the Chase’ sees him collaborate with ARIA Award-winning videographer Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, who also created Her Sound, Her Story. The series allows YT DiNGO a platform for self-expression and this continues on the second instalment of his project. On the trilogy, he said “This trilogy is a raw expression of my little story on this planet in outer space at this moment in the only way I can communicate at my fullest form from experiencing all of you (people, animals, nature and what surrounds us)”.

Filmed amongst nature, the video also stars Blk Cockatoo of the Yidnji people, Carmel Vale from Dunghutti and Shae Duncan from Gamilaraay (Moree).

Watch YT DiNGO tell his story through the power of dance and music below.

Now Playing: Malihini – 'Delusional Boy'

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lo-fi pop duo (and couple) Malihini will make your week a little better after dropping their new track ‘Delusional Boy’. Based in Rome, Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo showcase their personal blend of pop and indie-rock on their latest single and it’s incredibly dreamy.

Set to appear on their forthcoming album Hopefully, Again, which will be available from March 8th, ‘Delusional Boy’ is an enticing preview of what they’ve been working on. Listening to the single gives you the same amount of goodness you would get from hours of time enjoying the sunshine. The vocals move between Giampaolo and Federica, with both voices giving the track a different kind of energy and it works well.

It’s exciting times for Malihini and we can’t wait to finally hear what they have planned for their album.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Now Playing: Ea Kaya – 'Talking'


Copenhagen’s Ea Kaya is an artist you’re going to be hearing a lot from in 2019. She's started her year in style with her new single ‘Talking’, which is set to appear on her forthcoming EP Fragile But Strong As Hell (due for release this Friday, January 18th!).

Ea Kaya’s new single is pop perfection — whether it’s her soaring vocals, vivacious melodies and infectious energy. The synths on ‘Talking’ also play a major role in elevating the track out of this galaxy. 'Talking' dives into feeling vulnerable when struggling to communicate and the fear of feeling weak.

If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the rest of her EP this Friday — Ea Kaya is certainly one to watch in 2019!

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: The Ingredients of Love, Lost with Dahlia Sleeps


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 fiancĂ©. 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
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