EP Review: Tallsaint – Hard Love

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

She's been making waves since 2018, but Leeds artist Tallsaint has had a breakthrough year thanks to her unique and feeling-driven brand of alt-pop. Released via Dance to the Radio, her debut EP Hard Love is an intimate and emotional release that channels an array of surging feelings, whether its frustration, disappointment, infatuation or being in love. Tallsaint's EP presents four different and enchanting slices of alt-pop heaven.

The EP opens up with the title-track 'Hard Love', which is fierce and piercing number about feeling frustrated. The fiery opener is home to soaring synths and commanding drums that balance perfectly with her confident vocals. From beginning to end, you can feel the weight of every word she sings on multiple levels. Despite singing about feeling disappointed, she's self-assured and the cards are in her hands, "so what's it going to be, hard love?" Next up is the vibrant sounds of 'Warm Skin', which is a reflective and bewitching track about intimacy and love, and the beauty of such feelings — even when they sometimes cause us pain. Even though the track is driven by powerful and all-consuming emotions, it's playful and infectious — it's the type of song that makes you want to dance everything that you're feeling.

The EP then moves into 'Skin Deep', which is a cinematic track that was inspired by real conversations and moments.  The industrial pop features poignant words such as "Trying to be kinder to myself / my tired eyes have grown from your loaded mind." The release concludes with the tender sounds of 'Comfortable Silence', which features delicate vocals and a growing thumbing sound that resembles a heartbeat. Though her vocals remain quiet and introspective, the instrumentals continue to escalate in the background.

Each moment of Hard Love is magical and will make you feel something remarkable — Tallsaint's EP is a release that will appeal to all your senses.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Motel Carnation – 'Westside'

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Newcastle upon Tyne band and supergroup Motel Carnation recently dropped their second single 'Westside', which follows in the footsteps of their official single 'Saul'.

The shadowy track is a raw and honest exploration of their past experiences and the pressures put on bands to be a certain way within the industry. The melodic single features a mix of thrashing instrumentals with moments of reprieve and fierce vocals. 'Westside' is a powerful statement from the band, as well as an electrifying taste of what they have up their sleeves.

Listen to 'Westside' by Motel Carnation below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Watching: IDLES – 'Never Fight A Man With A Perm'


IDLES have just unleashed the music video for their charged up track 'Never Fight A Man With A Perm', which appeared on their 2018 LP Joy As An Act Of Resistance. It's been busy times for the band, who recently played a trashing set at Glastonbury.

The retro arcade game inspired clip was created by the talented folks at Fluffer Records. According to them, they were drawn to the track's words that take a swipe at toxic masculinity. They said in a statement, that "Using a British take on the classic arcade beat ’em up platform game seemed like a cool way to put this across visually." The animated clip features trippy scenes of frontman Joe Talbot battling the men he sings about.

Watch the visuals for 'Never Fight A Man With A Perm' below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic


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Now Playing: Automatic – 'Too Much Money'

Monday, July 15, 2019
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After knocking it out of the park with their first official single 'Calling It' recently, LA-based trio Automatic has unleashed another beast of a track with 'Too Much Money' (via Stones Throw). Featuring Izzy Glaudini (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals), Automatic will be taking over the world very soon and we can't wait.

Their freshly-released single is fierce and badass — the instrumentals are commanding and all-consuming. Home to confident vocals, buzzing guitars, and ominous drums, 'Too Much Money' is reminiscent of the later hours of the night when you should be asleep but you want to unleash havoc. The track's shadowy energy is distinctive and unforgettable.

Listen to Automatic's new single 'Too Much Money' below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic


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Now Playing: ARCHE – 'My Only'

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'My Only' might be ARCHE's first official release, but we're becoming obsessed with every listen of their lush and enchanting single. The single (as well as their eye-catching visuals) are a sign of exciting things to come for the French group and we're intrigued.

The track is home to dreamy soundscapes that you will want to become lost in and an undeniable groove that's impossible to ignore. Along with the intoxicating blend of psychedelic and alt-pop, 'My Only' also features lush vocals that perfectly compliment the track's production. The fun clip accompanying the track is without a doubt worth watching, and we're certain you're going to love it just as much as we do.

Devour ARCHE's single 'My Only' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Feature: The Anatomy of 'A Blackened Rose' with Alara

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NY-based artist Alara recently unveiled her reflective new single 'A Blackened Rose'. The stunning release sees her explore feelings of loneliness and isolation. To celebrate the release of the dazzling track, Alara takes us through how the song came together.

I wrote 'A Blackened Rose'... in about 15 minutes. It's the first song I've ever written that I don't mind listening to. Most artists I know can't stand to listen to their own music but I actually listen to this song for fun. I don't care if that's weird.

The story behind 'A Blackened Rose'... is pretty simple. Sometimes an asshole is an asshole and there's nothing you can do about it but leave.

My favorite lyric is.. "surrounded by the world but I feel like I'm a party of one".

It was made... in pajamas. Always pajamas.

My main inspiration... was a really great slice of Domino's pizza I had right before I wrote the song at about 1 AM. Also Radiohead's 'Thinking About You' off Pablo Honey. Thom sings, "I've bled and I bleed to please you". I mean, that's just the realest thing I've ever heard. They inspired my lyrics "What do you do when you bleed cause of the one you adore?".

It sounds best... when you're driving in your car in the winter with the windows down and the heat on.

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Now Playing: Ariel Beesley – 'Palm Springs'

Friday, July 12, 2019
Photo by Alanna Durkee (@alanna_35mm) via Ariel Beesley's FB

We've been following Ariel Beesley's music for a while now, and she never disappoints. Following in the footsteps of her 2018 EP, she has shared a sneak peek of her upcoming debut album with 'Palm Springs'.

The soaring track is about self-acceptance and the fact that being by yourself can feel satisfying, and "concluding with the concept that I’m actually fucking good by myself," as Beesley notes. Her vocals are a force to be reckoned with and her delivery is ever-so-confident. 'Palm Springs' is the exact song you want to be blasting on-repeat when getting ready for a night out on the town — it's the heartache anthem we all need when the only way to feel great again is to dance away the pain.

Devour Ariel Beesley's dazzling new single 'Palm Springs' below

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: FYE & FENNEK – 'Better Lover'


After a break and time refining their sound, German electro-pop duo FYE & FENNEK are back with a brand new single, this time sharing 'Better Lover'.

The 80s-inspired track features entrancing synths and stunning vocal harmonies, which are shared between the duo. The track is a delicate exploration of human relationships, on the track, FYE said, "The song is a dialogue between a strong woman, and a man who are trying to find a way to come together on equal footing. The man is somewhat hesitant of the woman’s strength and a little unsure." The use of harmonies captures the narrative of 'Better Lover' and the conversation between the track's two characters.

'Better Lover' is an exciting preview of what FYE & FENNEK have in-store for the rest of the year and we're eagerly anticipating their next move.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Gig Review: Emerson Snowe | Melbourne | 11.7.19


It's been quite the year for Brisbane artist Emerson Snowe (Jarrod Mahon) who played SXSW earlier this year and recently spent time in Europe and the UK on tour. 2019 also saw him unleash his impressive debut EP That's Rock 'n' Roll via Liberation Records, which spans seven tracks of reflective lyricism and stirring moments. His show at The Tote was his first headline show in Melbourne and was a celebration of the EP.  Those in attendance were also treated to a sneak peek of unreleased material. 


At the beginning of his show, he thanked everyone for coming along and supporting him. After a mesmerising instrumental that set the scene, he dived into the EP's closer 'You Say'. His set up is minimal — him, his acoustic guitar, and backing instrumentals — but it's more than enough, and this intimate setting was absolutely perfect. Next up he played 'Boy In Control', which is all-consuming in a live environment. The initial portion of his show featured the slowed-down and tender track 'Could You Ever Love Me?' After playing the instrumental from the start, he launched into the beaming sounds of 'Sunlight'. 


Though it was expected that his set would mostly include material from his debut EP, the middle portion of the show featured an array of unleashed stuff outside of the EP. The first was a heartfelt and personal track that he wrote about the passing of a fan who took their life. He then played another new track, which afterwards he asked the crowd to give him a thumbs up or a thumbs down — thumbs up covered the room. Next up was another unheard tune called 'Frankenstein', which was positively received. 




At the end of the show, fans were treated to his infectious single 'Human'.  He closed the show on a bittersweet note with 'If I Die, Then I Die'. 

Emerson Snowe continues to reaffirm his status as one of Australia's finest emerging storytellers and his live performances only amplify the immense feeling his music gives listeners. 

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)
Photos by Kristy Smolcic (Folio)



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Now Playing: Drab Majesty – 'Out of Sequence'

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It's a huge day for LA-based synth-pop outfit Drab Majesty, who today shared their new album Modern Mirror via Dais Records. Appearing on the album is their latest single and the album's fourth cut 'Out of Sequence'. They've also shared the track's video, which was created with Muted Widows.

'Out of Sequence' is an invigorating and honest exploration of one's separation from different versions of who they are. The track features words such as, "Does anybody understand this mind? / Am I out of sequence? Or in the times, the day I cried? Does anybody understand these times?" On the single, they said, "Out of Sequence points at the conscious/unconscious reworking of our personal histories to suit the image we strive to attain."

If you love 'Out of Sequence' just as much as we do, check out the rest of their album now (link).

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Fade Awaays – 'As They Do'

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Toronto-based band Fade Awaays have unleashed their commanding new single 'As They Do'. On the song, the band draw influences from 90s Britpop to psychedelia and combine them into something ever-so-special.

The mighty single is home to thrashing drums and soaring vocals. For Indie88, the band noted that the song originated from two separate songs and that they combined them to make one. The band also said that they wanted to explore the feeling of being within a large social situation, which is captured perfectly in the sweeping instrumentals and catchy lyrics.

Blast Fade Awaays' new single 'As They Do' on-repeat below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Premiere: Sir Bobby Jukebox – 'Birthday Cake'

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Brisbane-based artist Sir Bobby Jukebox is celebrating his birthday in the best way possible with the release of his song and video 'Birthday Cake'. You might be familiar with his work with underground acts such as No Monster Club, Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna & Ginnels.

'Birthday Cake' marks the first track from his forthcoming debut LP, which is due for release later this year. The video sees Bobby explore what happens when you throw a birthday party for yourself in the middle of nowhere.

On 'Birthday Cake', he said:
I can’t call Birthday Cake an "answer song" to Jimmy Webb's MacArthur Park (mainly because it offers literally zero answers), but maybe it could be called something like "a companion piece". Despite the fact that Webb’s song has been covered by everyone from Donna Summer to Albus Dumbledore, I also love that it regularly manages to top ‘Worst Song of All Time’ polls. I reckon this is because the lyrics are just too trippy for a smash hit, and it’s usually performed so dramatically that it ends up sounding completely ridiculous and absurd. Of course, these are all things that I strive to achieve with my own music. Another thing that my song and Webb's share is the central mystery of a perfectly edible cake being abandoned to rot, and all of the truly tragic symbolism associated with that. What the hell is wrong with some people?!

Listen to 'Birthday Cake' by Sir Bobby Jukebox below.

Written by Amy Smolcic

Now Playing: Emma McGrath – 'Other Side'

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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Last week saw North London singer-songwriter Emma McGrath unleash her brand new song 'Other Side', released via Young Poet Records. The track is set to appear on her upcoming four-track EP, due for release in the coming months.

The soaring single features honest lyrics and impeccable songwriting from the up-and-comer. On the track, she said, "The song is about needing honesty; I can’t fix any of your problems, but I’ll
promise to be there and help you through the ups and downs of life. I’m almost asking for
permission, not wanting to give my all to something for fear of being let down; I’m searching for reassurance."

Listen to Emma McGrath's new single 'Other Side' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: San Mei – 'Something Good'

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After an already huge 2019, San Mei is back with yet another exquisite single. Her newest single comes before her upcoming supporting slot on K.Flay's tour this month. Along with the shows, San Mei will also be touring around Australia soon celebrating the new song.

'Something Good' showcases another side of San Mei. The bursting track is accompanied by all-consuming and racing synths that are reminiscent of the electric energy of the night — her vocals add a glimmer of light onto 'Something Good' and it's magical. San Mei's fresh offering is also incredibly catchy and feels good for the soul with every listen.

Once again, San Mei has shared something very special with 'Something Good'.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Premiere: Hot Coffee – 'Golden'


Before it's officially released tomorrow, we're excited to today bring you Hot Coffee's brand new single 'Golden'.  They will be launching the single tomorrow July 11th at Coolangatta Sands Hotel, click here for tickets.

The Gold Coast-based group fuse hip-hop and dance, and it's utterly enchanting. Listening to 'Golden' will transport you to a place where the sun is always shining. Matt Hansford from the group said on the track, "Are you feelin it? We Golden. This song is about feeling yourself all year around and if you don't, well then you can for 3:35. We hope you enjoy it."

"We are getting closer and closer to a sound we love" Matt noted, "It’s really cool because when we (Wade and Matt) started this band two years ago, all the production, mixing, mastering, instrumentation was all done by us, and that sort of left a little to be desired...We have certainly come a long way."

Soak up the goodness Hot Coffee serve up with 'Golden' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Automatic – 'Calling It'

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
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Fresh from signing with Stone Throw, LA-based trio Automatic have shared their pulsating single 'Calling It'. The band have been making waves within LA's club scene since 2017, and 'Calling It' marks their first official single.

In the initial moments of the single, you're drawn to the fast-based cymbals. When the synths appear, they have an ominous tone, bringing a shadowy and darkened energy to the track. The single also features an enthralling blend of post-punk and electronica. 'Calling It' makes you feel like there is something crawling out of your skin, but in the best way possible.

Listen to 'Calling It' by Automatic below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


Now Playing: RALPH – 'Gravity'

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Pop queen and Toronto artist RALPH is back again with a brand new single, and we're feeling pretty excited. Her latest offering 'Gravity' follows in the footsteps of her dazzling 2018 album A Good Girl, which we had on-repeat in the latter part of the year.

Designed to make you feel good, 'Gravity', is home to 90s-influenced beats and house-inspired grooves. The song reflects on the importance of self-love and loving yourself after heartbreak. On the track, RALPH said, "When I was younger, Electric Circus was the coolest thing happening in Toronto. I would try to stay up late so I could watch the furry cowboy hats and tube tops on TV, and I truly wanted to grow up so I could dance at EC. This song is an ode to 90s house with a contemporary pop flair. I want to make people dance to this one."

Hit the dancefloor with RALPH and 'Gravity' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Feature: Ingredients of Underneath It All with Hein Cooper


Australian artist (now Montreal-based) Hein Cooper recently unveiled his sophomore album Underneath It All. The LP was inspired by his experiences over the past few years, including travelling and seeing different parts of the world. To celebrate its release last month, he took some time out to dissect the influences behind the record for us.

Travelling
I’ve been travelling around loads since I released my first album in 2016 trynna reach and create an audience for my music and it’s been really intense at times. I didn’t really have much money so I was basically staying in cheap hotels and getting whatever help I could from whoever was willing to lend a hand and that was a real challenge, and I was alone a lot. All of it gave me time to think a lot, and I was able to discover myself more in a way, and I also realised how much we all need each other or at least someone who can connect with us on that level where you know they understand you.

Canada
I’ve been living in Montreal since May last year. It’s always been where I make my music but I never really lived here before last year and it’s really soaked into all the tracks. There four seasons here and they’re really different from each other. I started recording the album in the summer (which is basically as hot as Australia) and finished it in the winter (which literally get’s to -30 degrees) and I can feel the different seasons through each of the songs.

Connection
This one leads from the last one. Whilst in Montreal last year I found a home with someone who is now my partner and it was a really beautiful time in my life. I was able to feel more confident in who I was and who I really wanted to be because this person was there to love that person in me. As I stayed I really developed and evolved into a better version of myself and that’s how Songs like 'Wolfe', 'Invincible', 'Like That', 'Hijack' all happened.

The Country vs the City
I’m from a small town on the south coast of NSW but I’ve also spent a load of time living in bigger cities and I’m torn between both. The purity in small towns give me this beautiful feeling that everything’s going to be ok but I get bored if I stay too long. The city gives me a buzz but it’s much less clean and it’s exhausting and I think this battle in woven through the tracks.

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Feature: The Ingredients of Serious Town with Thandii

Friday, July 5, 2019
Photo by Tom Dream
Margate-based duo Thandii have today shared their enthralling new EP Serious Town, which features their previous singles 'Honey' and 'Tides'. To celebrate the EP's release, they take us through the inspiration behind the EP and how it came to life.

Podcasts
A couple of our favourites in recent years have been The Blind Boy podcast and Adam Buxton’s one. Love to hear other artist’s philosophies on working and mental health, it’s really inspiring. Particularly those who have become a bastion for art and expression in general. Also included are books/audiobooks. Favourites have been The Descent Of Man (Grayson Perry) and Just Kids (Patti Smith).

Music
We really listen to a lot of music. We were both brought up on Jazz and Soul, particularly during the 60s & 70s era. There is a ton of incredible expression during those times and the industry was big enough to support it. We are a fan of DIY musicians in general so in recent years there has been such an explosion of beat makers, bedroom songwriters and performers creating their own unique voice and it’s so exciting. Our Thandii Roulette playlist on Spotify is good to check out what we’re currently spinning.

Margate
Maybe it’s a cliché in recent years, but our home town really is the source of a lot of our inspiration.  There’s a rich history of Art being created there; From Turner to Emin. We moved down nearly 4 years ago as did a bunch of other artists, and just asking what one of your friends is up to really gets your juices flowing.  There doesn’t seem to be a moment where someone isn’t striving to turn their mind inside out and create something unique. You are both willed and challenged there. The cover art for the EP was done by local artist Sprankenstein too. It’s a proper community.


People
LOVE. PEOPLE. WATCHING. Paris is one of our favourite cities for that. We find people so intriguing, each an absolutely potent mix of experience and environment. Sometimes they turn out incredible and inspiring, sometimes they are damaged along the way but remain resilient. They continue to be the main inspiration for our music and the stories we tell.


Travel
We both travel a lot with music and it never gets old to explore a new city. It can inspire a number of lyrics, songs and ideas. One of my favourite places recently was New Orleans, it’s a crazy electric place for music and atmosphere in general. There’s such a collision of cultures there and it’s truly infectious to be around. It left me buzzing for weeks after and that’s a great feeling to write with.


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'Honey':


'Company':


'Arcade':


'Tides':


'Suits':


'Coasting':


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Now Watching: Metronomy – 'Salted Caramel Ice Cream'


British band Metronomy are currently prepping for the release of their highly anticipated sixth album Metronomy Forever, but until it's time to enjoy their new full-length offering, they've served up the video for their most recent single 'Salted Caramel Ice Cream'. Spanning 17 tracks, the album has been scheduled for release on September 13th.

'Salted Caramel Ice Cream' channels both the exhilaration of love, as well as the panic and anxiety that can also come with the powerful feeling of being in love. Joseph Mount, who made his directorial debut with 'Lately', also directed the video for  'Salted Caramel Ice Cream'.

On the video, Mount said, "Years ago a friend of mine gave me a VHS tape of the MTV show ‘120 Minutes’. It’s something I’d get him to do every so often as I was a bit obsessed with music TV at the time. On one particular tape was the video for ‘Sonne’ by Rammstein, I’d never seen them before and it blew my mind. This video is a sort of homage to that, but with an added story about the gentrification of ice cream parlours."

Check out  'Salted Caramel Ice Cream' by Metronomy below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Video Premiere: Fierce Mild – 'No Sense'


Today, Fierce Mild have shared their brand new video for their recent single 'No Sense'. The Melbourne-based band draw upon influences from cinema, visual art and Australian history in their music and fuse them with their own experiences.

'No Sense' was inspired by the death of a close friend who died from cancer, Troy from the band said, "I tried so many different ways of expressing how I was feeling at the time of his death. To sum up our joint experience on earth. However, it just all proved too trite, in a way he would never have wanted.  In the end, the wind took all those words away and I felt myself melting into the process of grief eventually accepting that it was something I would never understand. The perpetual trading of human life as well as any other sentience that you can call life on earth."

The stirring video channels the pain behind the song through emotional scenes and powerful dancing choreography. The video for 'No Sense' was directed by Stephanie Peters and features a dance performance by Emma Riches.

Watch Fierce Mild's video for 'No Sense' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)



Now Playing: Carmody – 'Dreamweaver'

Thursday, July 4, 2019
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Carmody is back once again with a brand new single, this time sharing her mesmerising track 'Dreamweaver' via Young Poet Records. Produced with Jasper Tygner and co-written with Kevin Dailey, 'Dreamweaver' is a sneak preview of what's to come from her forthcoming EP, due for release in the coming months.

Drawing upon her own experiences as a songwriter, 'Dreamweaver' is about the life of a songwriter and the cathartic experience of crafting a narrative and discussing one's own story through music. On the track, Carmody said, "When we send songs out into the world it’s sometimes hard to know where they came from. Some writers believe they're channelling deities, others (like myself) can only really write about things they've personally experienced. But I guess there's always a hope that they will resonate in some way despite never really knowing what journey or life the song will take after it's been written."

Listen to Carmody's magical new single 'Dreamweaver' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Candy – 'Familiar'

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Melbourne-based artist Candy has come through with yet another exquisite and moving single with his latest tune 'Familiar'. Along with playing a couple of shows in Victoria recently, Candy will be joining Moaning Lisa on tour starting this week. 

'Familiar' sees Candy tenderly reflect on dementia ⁠— including forgetting who you are and those who you love. On the song, Candy said, "Familiar' came about while I was at work and was reading the Werribee newspaper. There was a pretty tragic story about a family and dementia that really stuck with me. My grandmother had passed away recently, who suffered from dementia, so I kinda took from that article and my own situation."

Listen to 'Familiar' by Candy below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Live Dates (supporting Moaning Lisa):
July 5th - Sydney - LOW 302 
July 6th - Canberra - Transit Bar 
July 10th - Melbourne - Grace Darling (Sold Out)
July 11th - Melbourne - Grace Darling (Sold Out)
July 12th - Melbourne - Grace Darling (Sold Out)

Now Playing: Liz Lawrence – 'Navigator'


Last month saw Liz Lawrence unveil her infectious and shimmering anthem 'Navigator' — which is a tune that you'll have on repeat for hours. In even more exciting news, she's announced that her album Pity Party is due for release on October 25th.

The buoyant track is about allowing others in when they offer love and support. Along with channelling feelings of self-realisation, 'Navigator' also has an apologetic tone. The track features words such as, "Gonna wash my mouth / Pray for a better view / When I'm ashamed of myself / For being a dick to you," and "Living ain't easy without my navigator / I've got no leg to stand on but I'd die to see you later / And my living ain't easy without my navigator." The release of the single was also accompanied by the track's music video, which sees Lawrence dancing up a storm on her own in a karaoke booth.

Check out 'Navigator' by Liz Lawrence below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: FRITZ – 'Jan 1'

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Up-and-comer and the ever-so-talented FRITZ has unleashed her brand new single 'Jan 1'. The track follows in the footsteps of her previous single 'Ghost Poke' (which featured on our best 25 songs of 2019 mid-year list) and her signing to Break Even Recordings.

The reflective song was written on New Years Day after a rush of thoughts the night before. On the track, FRITZ said, "I’ve never liked New Year's resolutions but it was just a coincidence for me to write this on New Years Day when everyone usually makes their resolutions...I know what makes me happy and therefore I decided to do more of what makes me happy this year and so far I have succeeded. I haven’t cried as much." Not only is FRITZ's feeling of yearning captured in her words, but also in the track's frenzied instrumentals.

Listen to 'Jan 1' by FRITZ below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Feature: The Anatomy of 'Glitch' with Janice Prix

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Swedish band Janice Prix recently unveiled their moving new single 'Glitch', which is an impassioned elegy for the victims of a tragedy in their hometown of Trollhättan in 2015, from the perspective of the murderer. Learn more about the story behind 'Glitch' with Janice Prix below.

We wrote ‘Glitch’… during a long period of time. I guess you can say that it got put aside for a while. Considering the theme, it wasn’t an easy song to write.

The story behind ‘Glitch’ is… that we didn’t know what to do with it. The music was finished way ahead of the lyrics because we didn’t know how to match that gloomy feel that had been there from the beginning. It really made us think carefully about what the song should be about and we didn’t feel like writing yet another love song.

In the fall of 2015, a masked man killed students and teachers with a sword at Kronan — a school in our hometown of Trollhättan, Sweden. Knowing people on both sides of this tragedy it left us with lots of question, anger and grief. Never really thought of this as inspiration for songwriting but the more we thought about it the more lines kept popping up. Then listening to the demo of ’Glitch’ while reading those lines, it just took off.

Our favourite lyric is… “Us (us, us, us, us) and them (them, them, them, them)” from the not unsurprisingly named Pink Floyd song, “Us And Them”.

It was made… on different locations but the recordings were mainly made at Psykbunkern, a legendary Swedish studio owned by the band kent and our co-producer Stefan Boman.

Our main inspiration was… regarding the sound and production of the song: a kind of Radiohead-esque feeling, with a glitchy and spooky soundscape, with child music boxes playing. We also wanted the sound to have the feeling of a dark landscape flashing by, hence the lyrics “Sverige flashing by” in the first verse. “Sverige” is the Swedish word for Sweden, by the way. In short, we wanted the song to be well suited for a semi-sad person on a semi-sad train looking out of the window on a semi-sad landscape.

It sounds best when… you play it louder than your neighbours would tolerate.

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Video Premiere: HyperFlora – 'Greta Oto' ft. Rahel


Today, we're excited to share the video for HyperFlora's enchanting single 'Greta Oto' ft. Rahel. The dreamy and enticing single is their first ever release, with the multi-layered track featuring glittering production, intriguing samples, smooth vocals, a distant piano and the flute.

The video for 'Greta Oto' stars dancer Lydia Kivela performing amongst the natural surrounds of a garden. On the video, they said, "In the beginning, there was no intention of a storyline but as it was being edited an idea sparked where the blurred faces play with the lyrics and idea of the ego disappearing. We wanted the video to feel like a home video from when you were a kid, a kind of nostalgia. Also, the glow animations tie into a future project we are working on at the moment which is pretty exciting."

It might be their first single, but 'Greta Oto' is a sign of big things to come for HyperFlora.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Now Playing: Faux Real – 'Second Sweat'

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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'Second Sweat' may be Faux Real's first official single, but they've been receiving a lot of love across the past year for their lively and animated live performances — including supporting slots with Kirin J Callinan. The duo, starring brothers Elliott and Virgile Arndt, have also shared the track's music video, which they directed. 

The vibrant song was designed to make you feel good — featuring captivating vocal harmonies, entrancing beats and catchy lyrics, you'll have 'Second Sweat' on repeat for hours. The music video is just as fun and sees the brothers perform a series of synchronised dance moves. 

Devour Faux Real's debut single 'Second Sweat' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: Miynt – 'Peaches'

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Stockholm artist Miynt last month shared her hazy new single 'Peaches', which is on track to appear on her forthcoming EP. 'Peaches' marks the second song to be released from the self-produced EP, the first was 'Vacation with Bond in the south of France part 2'.

'Peaches' features a delicate and enchanting blend of spacey psych-rock and indie rock. The dreamy track is also home to a hypnotic bassline, trippy guitars, and floating vocals. The contemplative and lucid words on 'Peaches' sees Miynt explore longing and passion. The music video includes a series of videos and images that evoke a sense of nostalgia.

Listen to 'Peaches' by Miynt below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)




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Feature: The Ingredients of Red Light with 0171

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Late in May, Hackney-based duo 0171 unveiled the final piece of their EP Red Light — the title-track joined their previous singles 'SMTHN RL' and '1000 Words'. Spanning three mesmerising songs, the release is an exploration of intimacy and human connection. 0171 share the story behind Red Light and how the EP came together.

The camera
In different ways, all the songs on the EP were influenced by the camera, and our increasing reliance on it to record and store memories of our lives. The name ‘1000 Words’ comes from the phrase ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. We wanted to write lyrics that reflected the way you remember complex relationships as fragmented images. 'SMTHN RL' is about a yearning for a perfect authentic experience, the kind that you might look like you’re having through a camera. “Hold me still, like a photo”. 'Red Light' is about a couple who feel that their love is the realest and most intense when they see it through a lens.

Recycling our older music
We spent a period of time quickly writing a few ideas a week some of which may never see the light of day, but we like to trawl through our earliest music (even stuff we recorded as teenagers before we knew each other) to sample fragments from them. Piano chords, fragments of vocals, badly recorded drums, we like the idea that these musical ghosts live on in the music that we do actually release.

Knausgaard
We love to sing about nostalgia and the feeling of past experiences you vaguely remember and will never get back. Joe became obsessed with Knausgaard’s series of books about his own life, ‘My Struggle’, which capture this feeling perfectly. They’ve influenced the emotion we try to create in our music quite a lot.

Close/Close
Weird one, but the first collection of recorded songs we ever put together (unreleased) we called ‘Close’. We love that word, the way, depending on how it’s pronounced, it means almost opposite things. We feel like a lot of our music is about this contrast between wanting intimacy but feeling closed or distant.

Songs like ‘You’re Not Alone’ by Olive
Difficult to pick one, but over the past year or two we’ve got so into the slightly trashy, emotional, trancey music that we used to hear playing on the radio when we were really young. ‘You’re Not Alone’ is Georgie’s favourite. We wanted some of the synth sounds in our music to have that retro, slightly over the top quality, especially in 'Red Light'.


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