Now Playing: Charlotte OC – 'Better Off On My Own'

Friday, May 24, 2019

Charlotte OC is back with a brand new single, this time unleashing a sea of goosebumps with 'Better Off On My Own'. The track is set to appear on her upcoming EP, which is a follow-up to her exquisite debut album Careless People

The powerful and stirring track was inspired by a conversation she had with her friend in the bathroom, "I was having a heart to heart with my friend in the toilet about my love life. As I finished the conversation, a woman came out the cubical and told she had overheard everything. The woman said to me “stop trying to have ownership over somebody, you crave freedom so take it”. She was right, I needed to be on my own. It was the first time I had considered it, and this song was crucial for me to write. It’s the most honest song I’ve ever written.”

'Better Off On My Own' is the heartache anthem we all need, and we guarantee you'll feel chills each time that you play it. 

Listen to 'Better Off On My Own' by Charlotte OC below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Now Playing: Pinky Pinky – 'Mr. Sunday'

In-between playing shows in Europe, your new favourite LA-based trio Pinky Pinky have shared another incredible single with their latest 'Mr. Sunday'. Their highly anticipated debut album Turkey Dinner is set for release on June 14th via Innovative Leisure, and will also feature their previous singles 'My Friend Sean' and 'Do Me Dirty (Charlie)'.

'Mr. Sunday', which is a song about betrayal, once again showcases their superb songwriting through the use of honest observations and sharp lyrics. Despite the dreaminess of the vocals and the chilled-out energy of the track, their words portray a feeling of hurt and anger — "He betrayed me but I / Can’t seem to feel what he’s done to me / I’m numb from pain ‘cause he don’t love me / Oh Mr. Sunday, he treats me bad / Oh won't you tell me how worn I am."

Until it's time for Turkey Dinner next month, listen to 'Mr. Sunday' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Live dates:
May 24th - Manchester, UK, Dot to Dot Festival
May 25th - Bristol, UK, Dot to Dot Festival
May 26th - Nottingham, UK, Dot to Dot Festival
(Also supporting The Nude Party and The Growlers in the US, click here for more infomation)

Feature: The Ingredients of Tame Harm with Autosuggest

It's a big week for Sydney artist Autosuggest, who has just shared his debut album Tame Harm. Written over the space of over four years, the album is a reflection of his unique sound. Alec Mallia (Autosuggest) explores what impacted him when working on the LP below.

The best Kanye album, I’m not taking questions. The opening track 'On Sight' essentially turned me onto distorting the living hell out of synthesisers, and I pretty much chased that feeling the whole record. Between that record and the track 'Cracked Actor' from Bowie, that was essentially what we constantly referenced in the studio.

Live Shows
Best seen in our clip for 'Heron'. that live show revolves around myself, Jack McFarlane (Bass) and Jordan Sexty (Guitar). As we began to play more and more I wanted to showcase that dynamic in the tracks…and more or less give the boys some fun stuff to do. Initially I wanted to write a hyper-electronic record, and of course by the end of it I had half a dozen guitars strapped around me and a busted amp telling the mastering engineer; “Make it sound like the electronic version of ‘Songs For The Deaf’.”

Where to begin? Electronic music tends to fester in little separate pots around Sydney, and heaven help you if you’re trying to put shows on during Vivid….There’s a lot of frustration to be had about the cultural infrastructure of the place, but I do believe it births extremely self-assured art.

It’s our beautiful monster, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there are many weird and wonderful acts birthed from the sprawl. I’m very happy to have the mess influence me.

The Visuals
I remember standing around the little set for the 'In Lust' video with director Thom Muir and smirking like a dickhead before asking him, “So, what do you think we should do for the next one?”. This has basically been more or less now a constant for the project, I’ll write what I think is a single, and before it's even in the studio we’re working out how to get away with aesthetic murder for minimal dollars. Managing three music videos for this album, I can’t listen to the songs without thinking of the videos, and you know I won’t stop myself if I get the opportunity to do more.

My distinct lack of technical ability
I’m sure many have figured this out by now but I can’t play my instruments particularly well, but I’ve evolved a bit of a weird style to compensate for this, mostly evident in the guitar work of Tame Harm. There’s almost exclusively no chords, no rapid-fire melodies or complex patterns. What there is however is a stupid amount of nuanced bending and partially muted notes. I honestly believe that it contributed to the sort of crushing textured weight of a lot of the tracks because the bass had so much room to breathe and dominate the song structures. It’s also a pain in the arse to teach someone to play so…sorry Sexty.

Listen to Tame Harm by Autosuggest below:

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Feature: The Anatomy of 'Garden Hose Rainbows' with Nelipot

NSW Central Coast-based indie-rock trio Nelipot have shared their brand new single 'Garden Hose Rainbows' and we're certain you're going to love this tune just as much as we do. Jordan Olyslagers from the group dives into the single for us below.

We wrote ‘Garden Hose Rainbows'… earlier this year. Jordyn had most of the lyrics down for a while but it didn’t really come together until one afternoon when he and Ben were jamming out some new instrumentals waiting for me to come over to practice and Jordyn found that synth line. It all fell together right after that.

The story behind ‘Garden Hose Rainbows' is… a song about the ordinary and average things in our personal lives and kind of observe how we (as people in general) either accept the mundane or reject it in hopes of something ‘greater’. It’s something we all feel, yeah? Like, it can be a little bit shit trying to accept the insignificance of our experiences in the grand scheme of things but it can also be really liberating, a proper big breath of fresh air when you submit yourself to the idea that happiness is not synonymous with ‘big’ achievements and it can be found in the most average and insignificant of circumstances. The song came about following the end of a string of semi-unsuccessful pseudo-relationships Jordyn had and was feeling a tad blue and dispassionate (typical feelings of an angsty 20-year-old). After a few weeks of writing between playing shows and enjoying the Summer, 'Garden Hose Rainbows' was born.

My favourite lyric is… ‘Mesmerising for a moment, most mundane things are. Honey you were sweet til we became familiar’. Honestly, it captures the entire message of the song so well. Like, most things are great at first but lose their shine, their spark as soon as we begin to become accustomed or comfortable with them.

It was made… at The Grove Studios with engineer and producer, Jack Nigro. The man is a god, if you know of anyone needing their work touched by true divinity, make sure you hit this guy up. He knows what's up.

Our main inspiration was… and always will be (both musically and lyrically) great rock poets, like; Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys, Last Shadow Puppets), or James Jeremiah Murphy (LCD Soundsystem).

It sounds best when… you’re driving. Turn it up, sing along. It’s a song that also pairs with sunsets on the veranda with a $5 bottle of sale-bin shiraz or dancing alone folding the laundry, cleaning the shower, or vacuuming the house.

Listen to 'Garden Hose Rainbows' by Nelipot:

Live dates:
May 31st - Selina's, Coogee Bay (18+)
June 7th - The Yamaha, Brisbane (18+)
June 8th - Berwick Street, Brisbane (AA)
June 14th - The Penny Black, Melbourne (18+)
June 20th - Golden Age Cinema, Sydney (18+)

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Now Watching: The Ninth Wave – 'This Broken Design'

Earlier this month, Glasgow's The Ninth Wave shared the first part of their debut album Infancy and it was pretty damn impressive (check out our review here). Around the same time, they also shared the video for 'This Broken Design'. The duo have fast become one of our favourite breakthrough acts of the year and they continue to leave us utterly in awe of everything they deliver.

The video for 'This Broken Design' is ghastly and downcast, but you can't look away. In the clip, a mime wakes up face-flat with a bloody bruise and wanders around in isolation within an abandoned building. The mime continues to jump out of windows but is trapped in an endless loop that always results in him waking up bloody. It's a confronting video, but one that captures the essence of the track.

Watch 'This Broken Design' by The Ninth Wave below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Feature: We Play 'What Song...' with Midnight Pool Party

Australian duo Midnight Pool Party recently shared their sophomore EP Motions. Designed to make you groove, the EP is what you want to be playing on repeat this weekend. Darren and Oliver from Midnight Pool Party share some of their favourite songs with us. Scroll down give Motions a whirl below.

What song reminds you of your youth?
Darren: 'Sex City' by Van She. Anything by Van She is the soundtrack to my youth. It just reminds me of a carefree time of my life and being with my friends and going to gigs. I've lost count of how many times I saw them at gigs and festivals.

Oliver: 'Lady' - Modjo. This is a classic house track and was played at every festival or club during my youth. I lost my shit every time I heard it.

What song do you have on repeat right now?
Darren: 'Juice' by Lizzo. Its literally make me so happy and makes me feel sassy.

Oliver: Fisher - 'You Little Beauty'. Just a banger.

What song reminds you of your last holiday?
Darren: 'Treat You Better' by RÜFÜS DU SOL. I didn't actually listen to much music when I was on my last holiday but leading up to my holiday, I was listening to a lot of their recent album.

Oliver: 'NYC Beat' - Armand Van Helden.  Last holiday was New York City.

What song is your favourite of 2019, so far?
Darren: Well right now, I just started listening to Tyler, The Creators latest album Igor. I'm yet to unravel all the layers of this body of work so I think its too premature for me to make any commentary, but I am excited to get into it.

Oliver: Fisher - 'You Little Beauty'. It’s on repeat.

What song would you love to cover live?
Darren: '100% Pure Love' by Crystal Waters. It's a classic and it's so goddamn catchy. It's one of those songs you forget about, but every time I hear it, I have the same reaction "Oh yeah, I forgot how much I love this song". I think if we put our spin on it, it would be pretty cool!

Oliver: 'Apache' - The Incredible Bongo Band. But will need a full band.

What song do you love to play during long drives?
Darren: 'Heart Attack' by Flight Facilities, especially on night drives. It's such a vibe and almost hypnotic when you're driving and the lights passing by almost like it's in-sync with the arpeggiated synth.

Oliver: I love listening to Daft Punks’ album Homework from beginning to end. I always hear something new every time I hear that album

Listen to Midnight Pool Party's EP Motions below:

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Feature: The Ingredients of Reasons to Dream with whenyoung

London (via Limerick) three-piece whenyoung has just shared their debut album Reasons to Dream and we couldn't be more excited. The album is a reflection of their move to London and the changes they've had to experience. To celebrate the release of the album, they take us through the story behind it.

Without our strong bond as friends from back home in Ireland, not only would we not have started this band, we wouldn't have come this far or probably even survived making an album. Being able to be honest and open with each other but also to have very similar tastes and vision for our music is integral to whenyoung. We're basically three telepaths.

Blood, sweat, tears
Each of these happened at some point during the recording process. Fingers bled on guitar strings, drum takes were a very sweaty process and well, tears happened at every point in between. We really invested ourselves fully in creating something that was a true representation of whenyoung. Us being able to really focus in on the songs and stress out over the most minute details definitely paid off when we had the chance to stand back and take it all in.

Eastcote Studios, Kensal Rise
This is where we recorded the bones of the album. It was such a relaxed environment and had an old world feel rather than being sterile and state of the art. Everything seems so long ago now, from the daily walk through Kensal Rise to the studio wrapped up in our coats, to eating lots of soup and swapping remedies to ward off the oncoming colds.

Our relationship with London has directly influenced most of the songs on the album. Moving to London and being outsiders and expats carried a certain amount of excitement, loneliness, exposure and inspiration in equal parts. The experiences we've shared and the people we've met have shaped us and our music.

Live shows
Having played most of our songs in a live context before recording our album, really helped us to develop and understand them before entering the studio. This made it so much easier to have a clearer idea in our heads when it came to putting down the tracks. Some songs like 'The Others' we'd been playing solidly for a year, so just having it really tight between the three of us made it less nerve-wracking!

Listen to Reasons to Dream by whenyoung below:

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Interview: Lewis Capaldi is still the same lad, just with better moves

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Lewis Capaldi has been conquering the world, and there's no stopping him now. Last week, he unveiled his highly anticipated debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, which features twelve tracks that will tug at your heartstrings. Along with being an incredible songwriter, the world has fallen in love with his infectious sense of humour and humble nature. We had the chance to chat with him about rumours, working non-stop and whether his life has changed since climbing the charts.

Hey Lewis, how are you?

I'm very well. Thank you for talking to me. How’s things?

Very good thanks. I saw on Instagram that you literally just played on stage with James Bay. How was it?

It was incredible, yeah. I'm actually still sitting in his dressing room having a beer. Yeah, it was cool, man. It just so happened that I had a day off in London. I'm actually a huge James Bay fan. It was cool. And it is cool to get to be up there and sing with someone who you’ve come to see live. Do you know what I mean? It's very surreal.

That's awesome. And congrats on releasing the album. Has the last week felt like a whirlwind?

Yeah, a bit. I'm just kind of kicking about doing my usual thing. Every day, we get these crazy updates about how the album is doing and how it's doing in all the other countries. So, it's a bit mad. I'm just trying to keep my head down and I haven't really looked up since Friday. But yeah, I'm just trying to keep working and try and see what happens. Really looking forward to the weekend.

And how do you go about reading online stuff about you or the album? Do you like to do it or you'd rather not look at that stuff?

Oh, I fucking love it. I love reading good reviews, bad reviews, good tweets, bad tweets, anything. I fucking love it, I think you can't keep yourself insulated in the same way that you can't let criticism get you down or really dampen whatever you're doing or it'll just damage your mood. You cannot allow praise to fucking get to you too, you know what I mean? You can't allow praise to take you too far the other way. I think it is important to have balance. So, I like reading it. The ones that are nice they're always lovely, or even if it's just like a tweet or something. I think that's the major thing, to be able to talk to people. I think what's funny about the negative comments is that it's just a laugh, isn't it? I've grown up in a family where we get to slag one another or we take the piss out of each other as a sign of affection. So, I quite enjoy any kind of negative tweets I get too. It's a balancing act on both sides. I think you can't take any of it seriously, that's all.

What's the weirdest thing that you've read about yourself online that was a lie or total bullshit?

There was one thing that was going around — I don't know if you have Love Island but there was one going around about Celebrity Love Island, which is like this TV show in the UK. It's on Netflix. But yeah, there was that. The best thing that I've heard is a story that my label has hired a comedy writer to run my social media because I post stories, stupid videos and I talk about going to the bathroom and yeah, just basically I'm a child. So, apparently they've hired a comedy writer to write jokes for me or write tweets, or write stuff for me to say on Instagram. And I was thinking, if I was going to have a comedy writer, I'd definitely have them writing better jokes than I just took a poo (laughs). Do you know what I mean? Like fucking hell, but yeah, that was pretty good.

You should do Love Island (laughs).

I mean, if the money's good, I'll do it, why not. Any way I can promote the album I'll do it (laughs).

I saw a really good story the other day where a farmer named their cow after you because your face appeared on its body. Did you hear that one?

I did see the story, yeah. I kind of question the validity a bit. Do you know what I mean? I don't know. It's quite coincidental that it showed up the same day that my album came out (laughs). I mean it's cool if it's true that I'm on livestock somewhere, but yeah, it's funny. There's been loads of stuff like that. People were saying I'm on a dog spray for dogs and there's this thing called the Capaldi breakfast. So, it's been quite funny just seeing people really get on board with the fucking stupidity of my whole career.

I loved your billboards in the London Underground. I mean, you've got the vocals to match Beyoncé and you've got the moves according to the video for 'Grace', but do you have a Sasha Fierce side?

My Sasha Fierce side is Lewis Calamari. That's my Sasha Fierce. The thing is, Lewis Calamari is a bit similar to Lewis Capaldi, except I just have a different second name and I thrust, I can really... Lewis Calamari can thrust his hips on a stripper pole a lot better than Lewis Capaldi can.

Have you tested out the moves on-stage yet?

We did, yeah. We did a show in London last year and there was 2,000 people there. And then for 'Grace', we had all these topless male dancers come out on-stage, and we all redid the routine. It's on my Instagram. You should definitely go look at that if you fancy it and get yourself a look at perfection (laughs). No, it was a good laugh and it was brilliant.

I'll have to check it out (laughs).

Excellent. Please do it.

Things seem crazy for you at the moment. Has life changed much?

I'm a lot busier. And I definitely wasn't doing all this like three years ago. So that's been great. And you know, just busier and travelling a lot more. Nothing much else really. I still live with my parents at home. My mum still washes all my underwear and that. It's all good. Yeah, so I’m still a little chubby loser from Glasgow (laughs). There's not very much that's gone on except people now ask me for pictures sometimes in the street which is lovely, so that's nice. I like meeting people like that. And then sometimes there's people who film me from a distance while I'm eating my dinner, which I'm not as much of a fan of that. But it's all good. More people seem to care than they did before.

You're working really hard, will there be any room for a holiday or is it just nonstop?

I've got July 14 to July 18 off, which I'm quite looking forward to and then another four days at the end of July. So yeah, I think that for the time being, any time I get off, I'm always just like 'oh, I want to be out touring and I want to be out playing shows'. I'm young so why not just try and put as much effort in as possible?

Sounds awesome. Well, thanks so much for talking to me.

Thank you so much for taking the time, I really appreciate it.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Premiere: Oli Hannaford – 'If You Wanna' ft. Only Girl

Today, we're very excited to share 'If You Wanna', which is the newest single by UK up-and-comer Oli Hannaford (featuring Only Girl). The track is set to appear on his forthcoming EP, due for release at the end of June.

'If You Wanna' is what you want to play on-repeat at the end of the week and right through the weekend. The track features an array of smooth and intoxicating grooves, as well as a wonderland of entrancing beats. The vocals are just as stunning — the catchy words and the track's chorus will be in your head for hours.

Until it's time to enjoy the EP next month, you can devour 'If You Wanna' below.

Listen to Oli Hannaford's new single 'If You Wanna' (ft. Only Girl):

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Feature: The Anatomy of 'Rumours' with Archy Stranger

Melbourne-based producer, vocalist and songwriter Archy Stranger recently shared his debut single 'Rumours'. After spending a number of years collaborating and working with others, he's ready to showcase what he can do. He recently took some time out to share the story behind the single for us.

I wrote ‘Rumours'... probably about 3 years ago. It changed a lot through that time and went through quite a few different versions and a few alternative hooks. But I got the final version with the help of producer Ross James.

The story behind ‘Rumours’ is…  kind of about not believing everything you hear and not taking everything at face value. I think this can apply to so many different things and situations.

My favourite lyric is… “the truth’s divine”

It was made… predominantly in my bedroom studio at home on my laptop. But I recorded the vocals and few extra synth parts at Ross James’ studio.

My main inspiration… Musically, the song started while I was playing an upright piano I have at home. I used my iPhone to make some recordings of a few chords and those same recordings ended up being used in the final track. The lyrics came, later on, I was really interested in the concept of how a rumour starts, and the distortion of a message going from person to person.

It sounds best when… listening through headphones. There’s a lot of layers and small details instrumentally and to pick them all up, headphones are the best bet.

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Now Playing: Samia – 'Ode To Artifice'

New York singer-songwriter Samia continues to dazzle the world with her charming brand of songwriting, and her latest single 'Ode To Artifice' is another beautiful addition to her growing collection of singles.

'Ode To Artifice' is about the struggle between juggling different versions of yourself and wanting them to stop battling and instead become one. The words, "You're fillin' me with jealousy, it's killin' me / I give myself up willingly", are an ode to these different personas and are relatable to anyone who faces the same internal battles. The video for the single stars Golden Globe-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker, and sees Samia appearing as a nervous teen who is getting ready for her prom.

We're excited to hear what Samia serves up next, and we're certain it's going to be just as good.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Interview: Annabel Allum on writing from the heart

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Photo by Stephanie Carral

Up-and-comer Annabel Allum knows how to create music that hits you straight to the core — her newly released single 'You Got It Good' is a stirring release inspired by her friend's experience with mental illness. We had the chance to ask her about the single, songwriting and what she has planned for her new EP.

What are you currently up to?

Presently, I'm sitting in my garden drinking coffee. I've just been on tour with Alex Lahey for the past week, which has been really good fun, kind of just up and down the UK, and playing some solo shows. But yeah, I just released a single last week as well, which is good.

Congrats on 'You Got It Good'. It's such a stunning and moving single. What was the catalyst that led to you creating it?

I wrote 'You Got It Good' when my friend came to me, she was in a really low state and depressed, and she didn't really know what to do. I just said to her, "Don't worry, this will pass." It's a song that I've always wanted to write because I have a lot of friends that suffer from mental health and I've always wanted to be able to write about it and encourage people to talk to people and don't keep everything bottled up inside.

Does it ever make you nervous writing about a situation that's close to you, or something that a friend's gone through?

All my songs are all incredibly personal and they're all based on personal experiences or things that I've gone through, and I think I find that easier because it's me at my most honest state. I can be honest with my songwriting, whereas perhaps I can't in the real world. I wouldn't say I get nervous about it, I'd say I find it a relief and I find it a pure and natural thing to do.

So would you say it's easier to write about your own experiences or the experiences of those close to you, as opposed to crafting a narrative?

Yeah, I'd say so. Because it's something that I know the most about. I think it's much easier because I can relate to it a lot more, whereas if I was writing about people that I didn't know, I wouldn't be able to talk about them as I am with you now. It's more real, I guess.

Where are some of the other places you like to draw inspiration from when you're writing?

Day-to-day life. I've always picked up my guitar when I'm feeling something really deeply, something that I want to get together because I find it very hard to express my feelings, so the way that I do that is through writing. That's how I come to terms with how I'm feeling, is through writing. Other things I write about...occasionally I'll write about political situations. I've got a song called 'Rich Backgrounds', which I wrote about three years ago, and that song's about rich kids that buy themselves into the music industry and that sort of thing. Occasionally I write about them too (laughs).

Do you like to write constantly?

I feel really good afterwards when I write. I feel like I've achieved something. In fact, even if I just write something tiny every day, then I feel really good about it and it's kind of thinking about the bigger picture and just trying to progress as a songwriter as well and just try and hone in on my craft and get better at it. I'd say I try to write more than I don't try to write, even if it's just a shitty little song about the supermarket or something.

You've got a new EP coming this year, which is very exciting. How's it all going?

Really good. We finished up recording about two weeks ago, and we started recording in January, so it's kind of been on-and-off. In between playing shows, I've been hiding away in the studio, but yeah, I'm really, really happy with how it. These new songs are all, I feel like they're a new venture. They're the most thought-out songs I've ever written. Before, I would kind of go into the studio with just my guitar and kind of write lyrics, but this time around I've really thought about the drums and the basslines and the different parts before going into the studio. There was a lot of pre-production with these songs, which therefore I think allowed me to be a lot more creative once I was actually in that space. Yeah, it's been going really well, I'm really excited for it.

Has it been a more enjoyable process comparing to anything else you've done previously?

I'd say a different process. More pleasing for me I think, more satisfying. I've enjoyed really getting into the nitty-gritty of structures and musicality and parts. I think it's the most me it's ever been and the most me my songs have ever been.

What's coming up next up?

We've got another show on Thursday with Alex, and then it's festival season, so just touring, touring, touring really. Music video coming out, just kind of rolling through this campaign I guess.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Listen to 'You Got It Good' below:

Live dates:
23rd May - Oslo Hackney - London (supporting Alex Lahey)
2nd June - Camden Rocks Festival, London
8th July - Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth
13th July - HiddenHerd Festival, Brighton
26th July - Standon Calling Festival, Standon
28th July - Truck Festival Performance, Oxford

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Playlist: On the Road with BAYNK

New Zealand producer and songwriter BAYNK has just unveiled his brand new EP Someone's EP II.  2019 is a big year of huge shows for BAYNK, who played Coachella recently, and has upcoming performances at Lollapalooza in Chicago, HARD in Southern California, and Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas. His upcoming tour will see him visit five countries, including shows in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Malaysia. To celebrate the release of the EP and his upcoming tour dates, BAYNK takes us through some of the songs he likes to hit on-repeat when he's on the road.

I feel music whilst on the road is so important to maintain sanity and happiness. It’s generally hard for me to listen to music whilst I’m writing because I over analyze and forget to enjoy it for what it is. On that note, touring tends to be when I find myself obsessing over songs again because I’m not writing and what else is there to do when you’re in a car for 8 hours a day.

Rex Orange County - 'Loving Is Easy' (ft. Benny Sings)
This is the last song I put on before I go on stage. It’s so simple & carefree it lulls me into a sense of higher confidence and security. It’s also perfectly in my range so it’s a good vocal warm-up.

Tourist – 'Apollo'
More of a slow-burning 4 to the floor house track. The sound design in this is incredible and was the backing track to many of my interstate journeys across the US.

Octavian - 'Party Here'
One of my best mates and frequent tour managers Ollie is a dirty Londoner and is constantly introducing me to stuff that’s happening there so a lot of the music on here is coming out of Europe. Octavian’s more of an after show play when everyone’s a little foggy and feeling like kicking on. All of my crew I tour with currently are mates from college and no one really knows what they’re doing. A lot of the time it just feels like I’m on holiday and we’re just kids again.

No Rome - 'Seventeen'
The nostalgia in this song is very real. Generally played when coming down after a show, emotional and reminiscing on the past.

The Weeknd - 'Wasted Times'
Another pre-show song. I think the brutal honesty in his lyrics forces more confidence. Never have I felt more from a song that I couldn’t relate less to.

The 1975 - 'Sincerity Is Scary'
Feel-good jam. Usually, the first song put on in the tour bus on any one day. Sets the tone for what will hopefully be a breakdown and blizzard-free trip. About an 80% success rate on that last one.

Check out Someone's EP II by BAYNK below:

Catch BAYNK on tour:
July 4th - Melbourne - Howler
July 5th - Brisbane - The Brightside
July 6th - Sydney - The Lansdowne
July 10th - Auckland - Powerstation
July 11th - Wellington - Meow
July 12th - Christchurch - The Foundry
July 13th - Dunedin - Union Hall
Tickets and more information here

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Feature: Breaking the Ice with Golden Vessel

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It's been a busy year for Golden Vessel — along with releasing his highly anticipated debut album SLOWSHINE last week, he played SXSW back in March, toured the US, and is now heading back on the road in a few months. To celebrate the release of the album, Golden Vessel took some time to answer a couple of quick questions for us.

What have you been up to today?
Coffee with a friend, registered my car, bought some glasses and now making music with Akurei.

Last song you listened to?
Tyler the creator - 'GONE, GONE / THANK YOU'

Best gift you've ever received?
Haha can't remember tbh but I prefer just seeing my friends than receiving stuff

Best book you've read?
Murakami - Norwegian Wood

Dream holiday spot?
American road trip

What kind of secret society would you start?
I'm not very good at secrets

Favourite dinosaur?

When you survive the apocalypse, what will be your first job?
Haha gathering food I guess

Last Youtube video you watched?
Do The Right Thing (1989) - Official Trailer

Have you ever texted the wrong person?
Yeah I did it yesterday

Introvert or extrovert?

Favourite director?
Yorgos Lanthimos

Three pet peeves?
Wedding hashtags, the word vibe, and commenting "literally crying rn"

Last dream that you can remember?
Writing country songs with my friend Caroline

Favourite hiding spot?
My car

What ice cream flavour would you invent?
Choc mint already exists

What planet would you move to?
Mars cause seems like there's gonna be infrastructure there soon

Favourite soundtrack?
Call Me By Your Name

Title of your future memoir?
Just Get Me Home

Dream place to play a show?

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Video Premiere: DRMNGNOW – 'Indigenous Land' (Live at PBS)

Photo by Naomi Lee Beveridge

Community radio remains at the heart of local music, and Melbourne’s PBS 106.7FM continue to share their passion with music fans. As part of the PBS Radio Festival membership drive, we're thrilled to share with you a live performance of DRMNGNOW's 'Indigenous Land'.

'Indigenous Land' explores ideas centred around Indigenous Sovereignty and the continuous impact colonial settler occupation has had on this country.

DRMNGNOW's Neil Morris said of community radio:

"Community radio is a crucial avenue for many artists that don't fit the specifications of commercial and other extremely aesthetic driven realms of music distribution. As an independent artist who explores what can be quite challenging content, community radio has been a valuable asset in growing an audience base to get my work out to which is invaluable. That said, community radio will continue to offer this to Indigenous artists as we so often and will continue to create music with strong often cultural and politically challenging narratives that are not made with a strong commercial intent. In many ways this works for alot of Indigenous artists as this keeps our music in grassroots circles which works hand-in-hand with the community development and wholistic approach that is the pulse of much indigenous music. The beautiful thing is this is some of the most relevant music in tuis land right now in the critical times we are most with. And in community radio there is so often a place for this! As community radio recognises more and the responsibility to have indigenous and peoples of colour broadcasting, community radio can remain at the forefront of the music world in providing culturally safe spaces for the content of indigenous artists..this is crucial work that has a vital role in the now.” 

Learn more about PBS 106.7FM and the PBS Radio Festival here.

Watch DRMNGNOW perform 'Indigenous Land' below:

Now Playing: Egyptian Blue – 'Collateral'

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fresh from announcing their debut EP Collateral Damage, Brighton four-piece Egyptian Blue have shared their brand new single 'Collateral'. Mark it down in your calendars, the EP is set to be released on June 21st via Yala! Records.

The band's charged up new single features sharp guitars, a tantalising rhythm and relentless energy that can't be contained — and we wouldn't have it any other way.  'Collateral' was written by frontman Andy Buss, and was inspired by a friend with social anxiety, "He told me he’d fallen in love with someone he met online. But he was coming to terms with the realisation that they’d never be able to meet the person due to his anxiety. It broke my heart."

Hit play on Egyptian Blue's exhilarating new single 'Collateral' below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic 

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Now Playing: The Beaches – 'Snake Tongue'

Photo by Felice Trinidad

Canadian group The Beaches last week shared their brand new EP The Professional. Featuring on the EP is their fierce and empowering single 'Snake Tongue' and we're absolutely obsessed with what they've unleashed on the track and the rest of the EP.

Originally released around a month ago, the fiery track is about fighting back against unwanted advances. On the single, lead singer Jordan Miller said, "At the risk of sounding like a marketing campaign that targets women, I wrote ‘Snake Tongue’ about our own experiences, but hope that it empowers women who are constantly on the receiving end of unwanted attention to take back some control in small but meaningful ways." 'Snake Tongue' channels the frustration and bullshit many women have to deal with regularly and it's absolutely powerful.

If you love 'Snake Tongue' as much as we do, be sure to check out the rest of the EP, we promise that it's just as good.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

Listen to 'Snake Tongue' below:

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Feature: The Ingredients of III with The Gooch Palms

Local faves The Gooch Palms unveiled their new LP III a few weeks ago via Ratbag Records/BMG. The duo, who bring the party to garage-rock, have been touring overseas quite a bit in 2019 — gaining a whole heap of new fans across the world in the process. To celebrate the release of their third album, Leroy takes us through the inspiration behind it.

Batman Forever
If you don’t think Val Kilmer is the best Batman then we can’t be mates. Batman Forever has the best soundtrack ever and boy did I play the shit out of it!! The best song U2 ever made in my opinion is on this soundtrack. It’s called "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me” and of course there’s Seal's 'Kiss From A Rose', what a banger. The chord progression on both of these songs inspired me to write the last song on our album called 'I Get Out'. I tried to write it as if it was going to be on that soundtrack. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Touring as much as we do, we get to see a lot of stuff. From beautiful beaches, forests and wide open roads. We also get to see the ugly side of humanity and all of that helps motivate us when it comes to writing lyrics. Our songs 'Coast to Coast' and 'Hi-Rise Lo-Times' are good examples of that!

Small Hot American Summer
It was about 45 degrees in LA and I decided to go into our bedroom (but don’t think bedroom, think more like walk-in-wardrobe) to write some music. It must have been at least 50 degrees in that goddamn room. But despite the heat I started making an 808 drum loop then came up with 3 chords, followed by a vocal melody. It all happened so fast because I wanted to get out of that room. That song became 'Marfa Lights'. The version you hear on the album is the version made on that hot day.

Each Other
We are so lucky to be a couple and in the band together. This might sound gross but we love being around each other 24/7. It makes it easy with songwriting because at any moment we could spring into action and smash out a new song. We are also in no way passive aggressive and we say it like it is. Yes, sometimes that results in a screaming match, but after we are done its back to normal and sometimes we have a new song!

Fuck we live in some dark times but the only way we can get through it is if we all rally together and stand for what we believe in. For us we are sick of seeing beautiful old buildings being torn down to make way for a multi-story cheap ass apartments. It's so bad in Newcastle right now. There are going to be apartments and nothing else. No culture, no character, no history. I fucking hate all theses out of town developers coming into our city and fucking it! We got to air our frustration about it in our song 'Hi-rise Lo-Ttimes'.

Listen to III by The Gooch Palms below:

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Now Playing: Timi Afilaka – 'Need Me'

Photo by Tiffany N. (@TSIVITCA.ART) via Timi Afilaka's IG

Johannesburg-based artist Timi Afilaka has just shared his enchanting new single 'Need Me'. Though he's only officially released a couple of tracks via his Soundcloud, he's a name to look out for in 2019.

Timi Afilaka, who creates music from his bedroom studio according to his Soundcloud page, has delivered a reflective track that you'll have on repeat all day. Featuring warm guitar lines and calming vocals, 'Need Me' is a captivating offering by the up-and-comer. His contemplative and raw words are also another highlight of the track. There's something about 'Need Me' that reminds us of warm summer days and long nights and it feels so good.

Listen to Timi Afilaka's new single 'Need Me' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic 

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Now Watching: Haiku Hands – 'Dare You Not To Dance'

Photo by Meredith Wohl

You can always be certain that Haiku Hands will serve up the fun, and they've done it again with the video for 'Dare You Not To Dance'. They're having a massive year, including absolutely killin' it at SXSW, touring with fellow badass group CHAI in the US, as well as an upcoming tour abroad.

The music video represents everything the track is supposed to make you feel. Throughout the video for 'Dare You Not To Dance', there are scenes of people expressing themselves through the art of dance in an array of situations — including at a car wash, at work, on the street and more. The exhilarating single (and now video) is exactly what you need in your life on a dreary Monday.

Let Haiku Hands take you to another world with 'Dare You Not To Dance' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Now Playing: DRESS CODE – 'Caffeine'

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Photo by fenj via DRESS CODE's FB

A deep dive through triple j Unearthed this morning led us towards Adelaide four-piece DRESS CODE and their impressive single 'Caffeine'. Released a few months ago, we might be a little late to the party, but we're here and excited about what DRESS CODE is serving up. The band have also just released the music clip for the track.

It's early days for the band, but it certainly doesn't sound like it — their sound is incredibly polished and refined. 'Caffeine' is dreamy, but it's also the type of song that makes you pay attention to every word. The lyrics on 'Caffeine' are heavy and strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt isolated or alone.

The band are heading in the right direction, and with an EP in the works, 2019 is set to be a big year for them.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)


Feature: The Ingredients of You with Nemi

Friday, May 17, 2019

South-London alt-pop artist Nemi last month unveiled her brand new EP You. Spanning four dazzling tracks, the EP features stunning lyricism, with each song appearing as a conversation between a protagonist and their estranged lover. To celebrate its release, Nemi reflects on some of the things that inspired her when working on EP.

Songwriting has always been my primary focus. When I began, I was far too embarrassed to tell anyone I wanted to be a musician. So as time progressed there was something that became deeply personal about the process, something quite therapeutic about not having to answer to anyone else’s standards but my own. It gave me the freedom to take time over one line, without the worry that ‘so and so’ would get bored and frustrated with my irrationally obsessive behaviours.

Exmoor Emperor
The producers behind this project consist of the wonderful duo, Exmoor Emporer aka Henry and Nathan. When we began work, they were incredibly set on ensuring that the tracks would end up how we’d discussed, 80’s inspired, heartfelt, but most importantly, uplifting. The process of collaborating is a very big gamble. You never really know what you’re gonna get. It can be both incredibly rewarding and exciting, as well as draining and discomforting. Luckily, I ended up with two individuals that really understood the vision, and above all, were equally as encouraging, passionate, and determined. They went above and beyond.

Direct Conversation
A while back I attended an artist development course. During this period we had a couple of incredibly talented teachers. One was a seasoned songwriter (who’d co-written with the likes of Charli XCX.) No overreaction when I say that he enlightened ALL of us with a humongous batch of songwriting techniques. As well as opening our eyes to the power of the Zeitgeist, colours, and places etc. when used effectively in lyrics. He mentioned that for some reason, the most effective songs are usually written in the format of direct conversation. Something which I went on to experiment with throughout this EP.

Betty Blue
Every summer since I can remember I’d end up in Mem Martins. A flat on the outskirts of Lisbon, where my aunts and mother had spent portions of their late teens and early adulthood. I’d go through all the closets, filled with 80’s throwbacks, unable to fit into anything. Passing this exact film poster that to this day, still graces one of the bedroom walls. I had an admiration for the woman who I assumed to be Betty Blue, even before I knew what it was all about. The last time I stayed there, I’d finally grown enough to fill the vintage gowns I’d once drowned in. And I’d finally got the chance to watch this film. 'Can’t Get Through To You' came to me at a time where I was feeling particularly out of control. Betty is a beautiful, fiery, suffering soul, that captured a certain essence that coincidently suited the next single. I love her more than any film character I’ve ever seen before.

To me, there is nothing more perfect than the marriage between a specific scene in a movie, paired with the utmost complimentary song. It’s the way I discovered Joni Mitchell’s 'A Case Of You' (from the film Practical Magic) and 'The Chain' by Fleetwood Mac (featured in an episode of Heroes lol.) It’s been a dream of mine to create heavily emotive inducing music, that could potentially tie up a film's epic climax like David Bowie had done for The Breakfast Club. Something that I’m still striving for and that will forevermore inspire the direction of my sound.

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Now Playing: The Modern Strangers – 'Magic Hour'

Photo by Caitlin Mogridge

The Modern Strangers are on a mission to make you groove with their bewitching new single 'Magic Hour'. The band worked on new material in Los Angeles and are set to release their upcoming EP soon.

The disco-infused track draws you in with its luring rhythm and infectious grooves. 'Magic Hour' is also home to dreamy vocals and vivacious instrumentals.

On the track, the band said, "We wrote the song whilst on a trip to L.A. It was the day England played Columbia in the World Cup and after that tense penalty shoot out we took the adrenaline into a home studio in Silver Lake and recorded 'Magic Hour'. It was also our lead singer (Max's) birthday. The combination of so much excitement resulted in one of our favourite songs to date! We feel it really captures our trip and the emotions we had during that time. We wrote the entire song that day, and finished it off in the UK."

Listen to 'Magic Hour' by The Modern Strangers below.

Written by Kristy Smolcic

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Now Playing: Walt Disco – 'Strange To Know Nothing'

Photo by Dougy Hill

Glasgow is home to some of the best bands making waves right now, and Walt Disco is another name that needs to be on your radar ASAP. Today, they have unveiled their brand new single 'Strange To Know Nothing' (via IHC 1NFINITY). It's busy times for the band, who recently wrapped The Great Escape and Live At Leeds, and have an upcoming show supporting Interpol.

Their explosive new single is the moody goth anthem we all desperately need. On the track, the band said, "Strange To Know Nothing' is about the conflict many people have had when they feel stuck in a relationship. The feeling that they should seek excitement from someone else. But there is still something about the love that you already have that makes you feel sexy, freaky and strange..."

Walt Disco has come through with a tune you'll have on repeat all weekend with 'Strange To Know Nothing'.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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Live dates:
May 26th - Glasgow, SWG3 Galvanizers Yard (supporting Interpol)
June 14th - Isle of Wight
June 15th - Southampton @ Heartbreakers
July 3rd - 4th - Xpo North
July 27th - Deer Shed
August 2nd - Neverworld Festival
August 3rd - Belladrum Festival

Now Playing: Haybaby – 'Get Down'

Last week, Brooklyn-based trio Haybaby shared their brand new song 'Get Down', which will be appearing on their forthcoming album. The album, They Get There, is due on June 7th via Tiny Engines. Also appearing on the album will be their previously released single 'Total Bore'.

The band have endured a lot of pain during the past few years, including singer/guitarist Leslie Hong's dad being diagnosed with cancer, heartache and the band's tour van being burnt down. The challenges that have been thrown at the band have been channelled on 'Get Down' through Hong's impassioned vocals and Jeremy Duvall's striking drums. The words are also honest and unfiltered, "I get down on, I get down on myself / I don’t need your, I don’t need your help / I’ll take care of, I’ll take care of myself."

Listen to Haybaby's raw new single 'Get Down' below.

Written by Amy Smolcic (@amysmolcic)

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