Feature: The Ingredients of Made In My Head with Violet Days

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Photo by Olof Ringmar

Alt-pop's Violet Days late last month shared Made In My Head, which is a dreamy collection of seven enchanting songs. The EP tells the story of a romance between two characters and the highs and lows of the relationship. Learn more about the underpinnings of the release below.

Film
So many times that I’ve gone to the cinema and came home with 20 new notes in my phone and voice memos. Sometimes we put on a movie in the studio, switch off the sound to write a song over it.  After we watched the movie “Drive” we got so inspired that we decided to write a song that could have been on the soundtrack, that’s when we wrote “Cocaine Kisses”.

Comic books
For this specific EP, one comic book changed the whole game. We found a 60s Swedish comic book and it basically told our story, so we made our own version of the characters and applied them to the story of the EP and the whole visual idea came to life in “Made In My Head”.

Going Somewhere New  
I tend to get really bored if I stay at one place for a long time. I love travelling and seeing new places, meeting new people and get inspired by cultures and new environment.  That usually inspires me to write the best songs.

People
I like walking around town watching people trying to figure out their stories. There’s something magical and mysterious about not knowing.

Conversations
I really enjoy conversations with people that dare to talk about the highs and lows in life, people that aren’t scared to talk about the darkness and worries in life. To be honest that’s usually what’s writing the best stories. When it comes from a vulnerable and real place.

You can listen to Made In My Head by Violet Days below:

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Listen: Local Gems of the Week – 16.11.18

Friday, November 16, 2018
Photo by Sebastian Kainey via Leisure Suite's FB

Our ‘Local Gems of the Week’ feature took a break last week as we were on a mini vacay, but it’s back again and we couldn't be more excited!! Scroll through to listen to some of our fave tunes from around the country.

Leisure Suite – ‘Closer’
Leisure Suite is back! ‘Closer’ is an absolute diamond, and we're talking the rare kind.


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Chitra – ‘Better Than Before’
Chitra’s talent is truly magical and she’s one-to-watch in our books.


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Blasko – ‘Japanese Hotel’
It’s always a good day when you stumble across new sounds by Blasko. (P.S. check out this lil’ feature he did for us back in August for some wise words on love - link)


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Aikonawena – 'City Of Ghosts'
Even though we featured this one earlier this week, we think it deserves another round of love.


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Sports Bra – ‘Little Beast’
Sports Bra has crafted up something ever-so-special with ‘Little Beast’.


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Sam Phay – ‘Trace’
Quiet and reflective, Sam Phay’s ‘Trace’ is a dazzling number.


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d e n n i s. – ‘Alive’
We had the pleasure of premiering this incredible tune this week and if you haven’t listened to it yet, jam it ASAP. What a debut from d e n n i s..


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Attila Mora – ‘Melt’
Attila Mora has gifted us all with this silky enchanting present.



Hurt People – ‘Man & Art’
This one is a powerful tune by Hurt People that explores intergenerational toxic masculinity.


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Fresh Hex – ‘I'm Gone’
‘I’m Gone’ has the sweetness of a bag of lollies but it’s much better for you.

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The Flock – ‘Roses’
This gem is packed with nostalgic vibes, thrilling guitars and good ol’ rock and roll all in the one track.



Rhyen – ‘There Goes My Mind’
‘There Goes My Mind’ showcases why we all need to be talking about this young storyteller a whole lot more.



Lucy Neville – ‘Wasting Our Time’
A delightful slice of pop, I think we’re going to need seconds.


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Young Robin – ‘Spaces’
Young Robin’s shimmering new jam will fit in nicely on your weekend chill playlist.


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Feature: The Anatomy of '1,000 Opera Singers Working In Starbucks' with Wovoka Gentle

Photo by Oxge Cone

London trio Wovoka Gentle shared their single '1,000 Opera Singers Working In Starbucks' late in September, which has been creating waves since appearing on the FIFA19 soundtrack. They took some time out to break it down for us.

We wrote '1,000 Opera Singers Working In Starbucks'… To stick it to the man / for all the haters / to become famous

The story behind ‘1,000 Opera Singers Working In Starbucks' is… Finding yourself in a place that’s hard to see a way out of. It’s essentially about a last cry for help, that’s almost nightmarishly upbeat and joyful sounding - which adds to the effect of feeling out of control and a bit helpless.

My favourite lyric is… ‘And 1,000 Opera Singers working in Starbucks couldn’t sing themselves to freedom, they couldn’t sing themselves into the promise’ - it’s about needing help and needing to rely on someone or something else to bring you out of a dark or frustrating time. It’s also a comment on our current climate and situation in the arts - the amount of real talent that no longer get a ‘break’ and the widening disparity between ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ artists.

It was made… Over the course of two years, writing and developing a series of demos in many different studios and spaces - firstly in Edinburgh, then London and finally in Pembrokeshire where we finished recording the version that’s out now. I think we have tried the chorus in every key imaginable! It has gone through a lot of very different iterations to end up where it is now, which has been a rewarding journey.

Our main inspiration was… Minimalist composition, old kids TV themes and the sounds of the Pembrokeshire coastline (particularly running water).

It sounds best when… You've just got off your shift at Starbucks, blasting it in your car on the way to rehearsal.

You can listen to '1,000 Opera Singers Working In Starbucks' below:



You can listen to their newest single 'Peculiar Form Of Sleep' below:


Now Playing: The Van T's – ‘Suis-Je Cool?'

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Glasgow's The Van T's ask ‘am I cool?' on their latest single ‘Suis-Je Cool?', and after listening to the song on repeat for around an hour, we can confirm that they are indeed very, very cool.

‘Suis-Je Cool?' is a fast-paced tune designed to make you feel badass. The ferocity of the track sees the four-piece give a dose of confidence to anyone who struggles to fit in or find their place in this crazy world. ‘Suis-Je Cool?' marks their first track in around a year, and we're ready for more.

The Van T's are back and are better than ever, and 'Suis-Je Cool?' is an enticing preview of what they have cooking up.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic

Now Playing: Shadowgraphs – ‘Peninsula Park'

Photo by Bridgette Aikens

Portland's Shadowgraphs provides you with the perfect song for your Sunday chill playlists with their latest single ‘Peninsula Park'. It's exciting times for Bryan Olson and Charles Glade, who are leading up to the release of their LP Another Time, which you'll be able to listen to on November 30.

Until it's time to devour everything they bring on Another Time, ‘Peninsula Park' will satisfy your cravings for the time being and will make you feel instantly relaxed in the process. Though it's getting colder up north, here in Australia it's heating up and ‘Peninsula Park' is what you will want to be jammin' this summer. Their use of spacey vocals and shimmering guitars will take you to another world and it's a magical experience.

If you happen to be based in Portland, you can catch Shadowgraphs launching their album on December 4 at Doug Fir Lounge. More information is available here

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Now Playing: COTE – ‘Restoration'

Photo by Jen Trahan via COTE's FB 

COTE, who hails from Brooklyn, this week unleashed her single 'Restoration', which is a swirling masterpiece. COTE is the project of singer/songwriter Taryn Randall. After impressing listeners over the past two years with her reflective songwriting, she's set to unveil her debut album this Friday.

The minimal nature of 'Restoration' places full emphasis on COTE's delicate vocal tones. Her vocals are truly remarkable and she's able to capture the essence of every lyric with every word she sings. Another shining element of the single is the delicate strumming of the guitar, which weaves its way around her words beautifully.

If you love what you hear, be sure to check out her debut album this Friday. If you're in New York on November 28, you can catch COTE at her album launch show. More information is available here.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


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Premiere: d e n n i s. – ‘Alive’

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Olivia Dennis (aka d e n n i s.) gives us a sneaky taste of her debut single 'Alive', which will be officially released this Thursday 15th November.

On the single, she says "With ‘perfect’ clichés and somewhat  fairytale ideas, ‘Alive’ romanticises how easy it is to get caught up in the wrong type of relationship. In the end, an untrue love can only lead to a false sense of hope, foolishly beating you ‘Alive’. Am I right?”

'Alive' highlights not only her flawless vocals but also her reflective and thoughtful lyricism. The track also sees her work with Jarryd Shuker on production and Tristian Hoogland (Golden Vessel/Ball Park Music/Woodes), who mixed the track.

We guarantee that you're about to devour everything d e n n i s. brings on 'Alive' over and over again.

Written by Kristy Smolcic

Feature: Local Lovin' with Batz

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Photo by Clint Peloso & Alabama Blonde (Project Love Buzz) via Batz's FB

To celebrate Melbourne Music Week 2018, which starts on Friday 16th November and finishes up on Saturday 24th November, we've asked a few of the incredible artists who are appearing to reflect on the songs they've loved from around the country this year. First up is local favourite Batz, who have a knack for creating exhilarating tunes. They took some time out to pick out some of their faves for us.

Spiral Perm – 'Santa at Nasa'
Spiral Perm are a local favourite band of ours. We love the dreamy sound these mega babes have captured. They are good souls doing good things on the scene.



Mojo Juju – 'Native Tongue'
Hands down one of the most powerful songs released in 2018. From the song to the film clip. This is it.


Eliza & the Delusionals – 'Jackie'
A song about a dog? Yes please, each track the Brisbane outfit release just propels them further.


Pistol Peaches – 'Bankman'
This is hectic and so so good! The vocals are so raw and the drums are off the hook, guitars on point! Hell yes.



Amyl and the Sniffers – 'Cup of Destiny' 
The Sniffers can do no wrong! Huge vibe, sick live show! So damn tasty.


You can catch Batz at the below events during Melbourne Music Week 2018:
Sunday 18th November - Civic Sounds Laneway Party
Click here for more info

Friday 23th November - Cherry Bar
Click here for more info

Listen to 'Save Us' by Batz below:


Check out the music video for 'Save Us':

Now Playing: BYRN – ‘High For You'


Every now and then, you stumble across a track that you want to get lost in — 'High For You' by BYRN (aka Amber Louros) gives us that exact feeling. The track also features production wizardry from Danny McBride Jr.

'High For You' was inspired by a vivid dream and draws on feelings of love and longing. This dreamlike energy is captured in the soft croons of 'take me to the moon' by Amber. The track's production featuring floating and lush synth work by Danny McBride Jr helps bring about a midnight-like energy to 'High For You'. Amongst the dreaminess of 'High For You', there is an alluring love story.

Fall in love with 'High For You' just as much as we have below.

Written by Amy Smolcic


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Now Playing: Queen Of Hearts – ‘The Water Between Us'


After an extended break, Queen Of Hearts (aka Liz Morphew) is back again with her second single since the release of her 2014 debut album Cocoon. 'The Water Between Us' is her latest offering and a sneak preview of her forthcoming sophomore album, which we can't wait to listen to.

'The Water Between Us' is a mellow yet emotionally charged single by Queen Of Hearts. The song details the breakdown of a relationship and the emotional aftermath. On the track, she croons "I run out of reasons to stand and fight / I was scared when you kept your guard up too high". Her vocals are absolutely stunning and work exquisitely with the rest of the track.

Hit play and let Queen Of Hearts dazzle you with 'The Water Between Us'.

Written by Amy Smolcic

Feature: The Anatomy of 'Side Eye' with TRACE


Vietnamese-American singer/songwriter TRACE last month unveiled her single 'Side Eye'. TRACE is fast becoming well known for her enchanting brand of R&B-pop, and 'Side Eye' showcases her incredible talent. She recently shared the inspiration behind 'Side Eye' for us, check it out below!

I wrote 'Side Eye'... in an Air BnB in Silver Lake with two guys from Denmark.

The story behind 'Side Eye'... is my cheeky disposition that day after having just had an interaction with my dad recently, alongside also, a disappointing date or two. I think I was just feeling particularly affected by the male gender during that time. I

My favourite lyric... would have to be: “I’m not here to make you feel good.”

It was made... with careful intention. And to be a little hurtful.

My main inspiration... was myself when it comes to how I’ve decided to start talking about my relationship with my father and with men in general.

It sounds best... when you want to roll any of your cares off your shoulders. When you want to feel relief. When you’re feeling playful. Or simply when you’re in the car. Or walking around your neighborhood. It sounds best when you really listen and also, maybe, when you’re really not.

You can listen to 'Side Eye' by TRACE below:

Premiere: Aikonawena – ‘City Of Ghosts’



If you live in Sydney, especially if you're a musician based in Sydney, you've had to deal with the aftermath of lockout laws. Today, we're excited to share a stream of Aikonawena's new single City Of Ghosts', which discusses their thoughts and feelings on the controversial issue.

'City Of Ghosts' delicately captures the emotional effect of the lockout laws. Through haunting, yet absolutely captivating vocals, as well as intricate electronic soundscapes, Aikonawena present a track that’s equally as magical as it is thoughtful and contemplative.

Listen to 'City Of Ghosts' below.


Now Playing: REYNA – ‘Heartbeat’

Friday, November 9, 2018

Since Wickedd Childd is a sister-run operation, we get excited every time we stumble across other sisters combining their superpowers — enter sisters Victoriah and Gabriela aka REYNA, who recently shared their new single ‘Heartbeat’.

Featuring stunning pop melodies, ‘Heartbreak’ brings about a freeing feeling of release. The song is based on a true story where Gabriela and her boyfriend were at a crossroads point in their relationship. ‘Heartbeat’ channels the feelings she went through when he unexpectedly showed up to her house and how love powered through (awwww). ‘Heartbeat’ is a buoyant pop song that will make you want to find your finest dress, throw it on and groove the night away.

Press play and devour REYNA’s sparkly new tune ‘Heartbeat’ below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic

Premiere: Ead Wood – Beige Dreams (EP)

Photo by Dominka Scheibinger

Today, we’re thrilled to share Beige Dreams, which is the second EP by Bristol-based Ead Wood (aka) Ed Soles. The new EP sees Ed combine his love for all things DIY with his impressive brand of LA-infused surf-pop and shoegaze. Though the EP is only short, it provides a delightful and invigorating taste behind the incredible musicianship of Ed Soles and his Ead Wood project (as well as the band The Heights).

On the EP, Ed says, "Beige Dreams is a short collection of songs, written at a time of confusion and disorientation. Stories about a man whose boring life sends him nutty, alongside songs about miscommunication and fading relationships all mixed up with the jangly shimmer of desire to push through the haze."  

The EP also features previously released single 'Cold Hearted', which is the perfect anthem for anyone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. As we listen to 'Cold Hearted' we envision the sights of a beach on an overcast day. Beige Dreams also stars new single 'Oceans', which was created during a state of bewilderment when Ed was trying to make Pumpkin Pie in his home in Bristol.  

You can enjoy Ead Wood’s new EP Beige Dreams below:   

Stream 'Cold Hearted':  

Stream 'Oceans':  

Live dates: 
9th November – EP Launch Party – The White Rabbit, Bristol 
11th November – The Festing, Southsea

Now Playing: Conan Gray – ‘Crush Culture’

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

In a world that’s full of love songs, 19-year-old powerhouse Conan Gray has delivered ‘Crush Culture’, which is a tune for all the single folk or for anyone who becomes nauseous when surrounded by PDA.

Picture your favourite anti-love or heartbreak scene from any film you love and ‘Crush Culture’ will weave in perfectly. The track comes from the perspective on Conan, who has grown tired of watching his friends lose themselves to mushy romances. On the track, he says “Crush culture makes me wanna spill my guts out” and “Oh no, don't look in their eyes / 'Cause that's how they get you / Kiss you then forget you”.

You can listen to Conan Gray’s ode to all things anti-love on ‘Crush Culture’ below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic

Now Playing: Lean – ‘Head In The Clouds’

Photo via LEAN's FB

LA-based duo LEAN (featuring Stephen Johnson and Kyle McCammon) deliver once again on their moving new single ‘Head In The Clouds’.

Though at first glance ‘Head In The Clouds’ may appear as a chill and spacey track to play when you want to find yourself lost, its lyrics are incredibly powerful in the way they capture a real and stirring moment. The song is based on a situation with someone with sociopath tendencies, and the emotional toll of this toxicity. In a way, the breezy nature of ‘Head In The Clouds’ reflects a state of self-reflection and it's utterly beautiful.

Become mesmerized by LEAN’s honest and introspective lyricism on ‘Head In The Clouds’.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Feature: EPs You Need In Your Life Right Now

Photo by Daniel Stark

It’s been a while since we’ve done this, but we thought we would bring the feature back as there’s nothing we love me than a good EP. We’ve rounded up some of our faves recently for you to enjoy.

The Pale White – Take Me To The Strange
These talented humans from Newcastle, UK have unleashed hypnotic rock at its finest. This EP is damn incredible. They need to come to Australia ASAP.

Top track: ‘Trapped Nerve’



Bear Paw – Something More
This melodic indie-folk EP will give you a delightful taste of their impressive sound. The EP has a storylike quality and listening to it will take you on a journey that you won’t forget.

Top track: ‘Santa Maria’


San Mei – Heaven
Everything she does is absolutely magical and it’s time that the rest of the world falls in love with her.

Top track: ‘Heaven’



IVEY – GORGEOUS
This Gold Coast five-piece shine on their sophomore EP GORGEOUS.

Top track: ‘Always’



LUCIA – Cheap Talk 
We’re obsessed with everything they do, and Cheap Talk is certainly no exception.

Top track: ‘What Am I’



Joyce Muniz – 39 Degrees
This Brazilian, Austrian-based beatmaker has created absolute fire with her new EP.

Top track: '39 Degrees'


Niine – Yeah, Nah
We’ve been loving all things Niine here at Wickedd Childd in 2018, and Yeah, Nah only adds to that love.

Top Track: ‘Call Me Your Boo’




Violet Days – Made In My Head
If Made In My Head was the soundtrack to our dreams every night, we would be sleeping a whole lot better.

Top track: 'Just a Little'




Daniella Mason – Emotional State
We featured the EP's track 'Emotional Rollercoaster' a few weeks ago, but we think the EP is so amazing that it deserves another dose of love.

Top track: 'Emotional Rollercoaster'

Feature: The Ingredients of To Love You with Joey from GLADES

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Photo via GLADES' FB

Last Friday marked the drop of GLADES' highly anticipated debut album To Love You. It's been a long time coming for the trio, who have gathered a supportive and dedicated fan base across the past few years. Joey Wenceslao from the group broke down some of the influences behind the LP.

New Girl
New Girl became the go-to show that we watched to wind down with a bowl of ice cream after a long day of writing. Hated Schmitt at first but he quickly became our favourite character. So many great one-liners. Still haven’t finished it though. I promised Karina that I wouldn’t watch it without her. It’s pretty tempting though. I need closure.

Charlie Puth - Voicenotes
Karina does this thing where she finds a song she likes and she puts that song on repeat for days, nay, weeks on end hahaha. During our most recent LA trip, it was Charlie Puth songs like Empty Cups or Boy. I know Voicenotes like the back of my hand now. We didn’t consciously do it, but I guess our song Sweetheart has some Charlie Puth 80’s-throwback vibe to it too!

Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups
We went grocery shopping within the first few days of getting to LA with the intention of buying ingredients to cook dinner every night and be healthy. Then we got to the confectionary section, found a family-sized bag of peanut butter cups, and it was game over. They became one of our go-to snacks while writing, second only to hummus. The miniature size has the best peanut butter to chocolate ratio. Cam won’t admit it but he loves these too


“Party Sized” Organic Hummus
Hummus is the best dip, do not @ me. When we felt too guilty about peanut butter cups, hummus was there for us. Carrot sticks. Celery sticks. On bread. The versatility! The one we always got was “party size” and we always got this size for the novelty.


3 AM
We mention it and late nights a few times throughout the album. When we’re away in LA, there are two, 3 hour windows when we can be awake while our friends and family back home are awake. So we definitely spent a lot of nights staying up late to talk to people back home in Sydney. The world’s also so much quieter at night. So peaceful.

You can watch the new music video for 'Do Right' below:


You can stream To Love You below:

Premiere: The Jensens – 'Coma'

Photo via The Jensen's FB

The Jensens are back at it again, this time it's with their new single 'Coma', which will be officially released on Thursday 8th November. If you're an avid festival lover, there's a good chance that you have seen The Jensens dominate a stage near you, having impressed crowds at festivals such as The Blurst of Times, Deadlam, Valley Fiesta, Jungle Love and the inaugural Grampians Music Festival.

Their new single 'Coma' is set to become an immersive experience for anyone who is lucky enough to catch them live. Featuring a combination of captivating and theatrical vocals, as well as soaring and atmospheric instrumentals, 'Coma' delivers on all fronts.

If you're in Brisbane, you can witness the magic of 'Coma' live at their single launch at Crowbar in Brisbane on 24th November. Click here to find out more info.

Now Playing: MOSSS – ‘Till You Sink’

Photo via MOSSS' FB

LA-based producer MOSSS has moved into the spotlight with his incredible new single ‘Till You Sink’.

Listening to ‘Till You Sink’ feels like being caught in the enchanting daze of a daydream. Featuring lush production, the track features a calming blend of indietronica and chill wave. The track tells the story of a friendship that moved to a romance before reaching an end-point. The spacey energy of ‘Till You Sink’ feels like floating upon a cloud and you’ll fall in love with the dreaminess of the track.

You can enjoy ‘Till You Sink’ by MOSSS below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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