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Capitol Records/EMI Music Australia recording artist Niall Horan shared Nice To Meet Ya – the first single from his forthcoming album – and the accompanying video. A sublime piece of piano-driven pop with a soulful groove and bright hand percussion, Nice To Meet Ya provides the perfect backdrop to Horan’s magnetic vocals and playful yet heartfelt lyrics. He co-wrote the song with his longtime collaborator Julian Bunetta (Maroon 5, Jessie Ware), who also produced, Tobias Jesso, Jr. (Florence + the Machine, Adele) and Ruth-Anne Cunningham (John Legend, Pentatonix).
Niall Horan says, “It’s been nearly two years since I released Flicker and I can’t wait to get going again. Writing ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ in particular, was a special one for me. It gave me a chance to experiment musically and I’m so excited to finally share it with everyone.”
Nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones continues her acclaimed series of single releases today with I’ll Be Gone, a collaboration with the legendary singer Mavis Staples. The song was written by Pete Remm, produced by Jones and Remm, and features lead vocals by Staples and Jones, who also plays piano along with Remm on organ and guitar, Dan Iead on pedal steel guitar, Jesse Murphy on bass, Brian Blade on drums, and back vocals by Wes Hutchinson. Stream or download the track here.
“The first time I met Mavis she held my hand and we sang side-by-side to honour Paul McCartney,” Jones recalls. “She is a beacon of love and light. It is always an honour, a pleasure, and a dream come true to sing with her. I hope we get to do more of it.”
Let It Go is the second single from Jarryd James forthcoming new album. Released today, the new track is co-written and produced by M-Phases (Ruel, Eminem, Amy Shark), and is the fruits of a songwriting workshop Jarryd attended deep in the Nicaraguan jungle.
The intoxicating beats and heavily effected vocals of Let It Go were inspired by the blurring of time and feelings of disorientation experienced while in the jungle. “Four in the morning, daylight crawl in,” Jarryd sings, as the track warps around him like a vinyl record left out in the sun. “How did we get like that?”
“’Let It Go’ is about the weekend; about Friday nights and Saturday mornings,” he explains. “That was the environment we were in on that trip [to Nicaragua]. It was very late nights because there was an open bar. It was getting up and making music all day and getting back in the Pina Coladas. It was a good vibe.”
On the eve of embarking on their extensive fall North American tour, Sleater-Kinney shares a new, stand-alone track, ANIMAL, available now via Milk! Records. ANIMAL follows the release of their critically acclaimed new album, The Center Won’t Hold, produced by St. Vincent.
ANIMAL shares the raw, yet meticulous sonic qualities of The Center Won’t Hold, making for a visceral, cathartic and intense listen. The band’s piercing guitar and signature vocals are front and centre, while lyrically it releases a host of pent up emotions. Corin Tucker (guitar/vocals), explains, “ANIMAL is a song about rebellion, retaliation and rage. It is a song about letting go of all politeness and filters and letting the ‘animal’ side speak. The vocals for this song were recorded in St. Vincent’s home studio, a perfect place to unleash a voice like this.”
As anticipation for the release of Thornhill’s heavily-anticipated debut full-length continues to climb, the five-piece have lifted the lid on their next audio-visual assault in the form of Where We Go When We Die. The second single to be taken from The Dark Pool, the track explores humans’ relationship with the earth.
“This song is not purely about whether religions and idols are real, or if there is anything after death, but more the fact that we try to fast track our lives to get to that ‘paradise’ more than we spend realising that we live in it,” explains Thornhill vocalist Jacob Charlton. “It’s more about killing our paradise (earth) now with hopes of finding another one or just shrugging it off to let future generations solve when it could truly become unsolvable.”
Following on from the release of their new EP 4YRLV, Australian rock mainstays Gyroscope have today revealed the accompanying video clip for the title track – shot and directed by the band themselves and Chaddy Woo, with production design by Chloe Campbell.
The DIY clip was shot at Gyroscope’s own The Skullery – a recording studio and creative working space located in Perth suburb Malaga. Using puppets and a set borrowed from the local primary school, they created characters to loosely represent the lyrics wrote by lead singer Dan Sanders. The concept surrounds subjects such as anti-consumerism, caring for ‘Mother Earth’ and what he explains as the “next distraction” probably being aliens via Trump.
“We had a drink and smoke, chucked some tunes on and we all started cutting out, painting, sticking, fucking with the lights to see what looked cool. Then we chucked black socks on our hands, hit playback a few times, tried some stuff and most of it worked which was a bonus. Brad nailed the characters movements, Zok was working the lights and I tried my best behind the lens. However, if it wasn’t for Chloe’s art skills as a talented drawer, we would have been pretty screwed really”.
Seattle indie rockers Great Grandpa return today with another brilliant single in Bloom. The track is their third to be lifted from their sophomore album, Four of Arrows, that’s out October 25 via Dew Process. It premiered recently on NYLON, who said, “Great Grandpa is preparing to show you their softer side.
“‘Bloom’ came from a desire to write a song that could achieve two distinct goals,” explains Great Grandpa songwriter, Pat Goodwin. “The first being to write a song for Carrie [Goodwin – fellow GG songwriter] that combined many of her favorite genres/artists (90s pop country, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, Taylor swift, the Beatles, etc) into something cohesive. The second being to capture this elusive spirit present in many of Petty’s great songs, where the underlying melancholy emotion is gilded or masked by joyful melodies and arrangements then slowly revealed in the lyrics. In the case of bloom, I wanted to put our own twist on this formula and instead let the music/ melodies do the reveal while the lyrics remain simple and almost naive, as if you’re giving yourself a half-hearted, almost cheesy motivational pep talk you’re not quite sure you fully believe.”
Cash Savage and The Last Drinks return to the airwaves with a new single, a Melbourne headline show at the Corner Hotel and a run of national dates with Adelaide Dreemboats, Bad//Dreems this October.
Human I Am, is the fourth single from their critically acclaimed second studio LP, Good Citizens. Ringing out with a phrase that resonates in the #NotAllMen era: “It’s okay, you’re not one of them”; a disclaimer that many minorities feel they need to use when articulating the oppression, they experience. The lyrics that follow call “time’s up” on the need to apologise; “I know what I am, I’m not yours / Not a leader / Not a follower / Not brave / Not yours / I am human”. “We’re all humans,” Cash affirms, “which means we’re all part of the problem. And we’re all part of the solution.”
Receiving its world premiere on triple j Breakfast this morning, Skegss share Save It For The Weekend, a new anthem for those who long for Friday night to come. The track – released via Loma Vista Recordings / Caroline Australia – is accompanied by a hilarious video which sees the boys checking out a Mad Max / western inspired film clip starring some actors who look suspiciously like themselves.
International superstar Adam Lambert has released new single Superpower, the opening track from his upcoming EP VELVET: Side A. Written by Adam Lambert, Ilsey Juber and Tommy English (produced by Tommy English), the track encompasses everything we might expect from the acclaimed artist – a message of personal redemption, funk-rock fuelled, with a big powerhouse vocal.
The accompanying video, directed by Millicent Hailes, is a visual celebration brimming with zest and colour. Shot on the streets of Brooklyn, a playful Adam struts with friends, grooving between kaleidoscopic shots in a fun retro spectacle which compliments this colossal track from the star.
Ireland’s Girl Band shared their third single Salmon of Knowledge. This comes two weeks ahead of their long-awaited second album The Talkies out now via Rough Trade Records / Remote Control Records, releasing almost 4 years to the day of their critically acclaimed debut LP Holding Hands.
Salmon of Knowledge, a story taken from Irish mythology and once a contender for the album title, was recorded in a more conventional way compared to the rest of the album, but by no means would this assumption be obvious. Sandwiched between the intensity of instrumental tracks Aibohphobia and Akineton, the listener is lured into a false sense of security.
FKA twigs today ends months of speculation by announcing details of her highly anticipated second album. Titled MAGDALENE, the album will be released on 25th October 2019 and is the follow up to FKA twigs’ critically acclaimed Brit Award and Mercury Prize nominated debut LP1 (2014, Young Turks).
Created in a period where her confidence was knocked following heartbreak and laparoscopic surgery, MAGDALENE is the sound of twigs reconfiguring, emotionally and physically. As she sings on Mary Magdalene, the MAGDALENE album track that opened her highly-praised, sold-out live shows earlier in the year, “A woman’s time / A woman’s work / A woman’s time to embrace / She must put herself first”.
Zac Brown Band will make you laugh and cry with the newly released official music video for Leaving Love Behind. A nod to how pets can make people smile even in difficult times, the video features an entertaining and adorable compilation of beloved pets unexpectedly set to the emotional ballad. As part of the video release, the band has partnered with Best Friends Animal Society to help animals recently displaced and in need as a result of the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
“Whether it’s funny things they do or the fact that they comfort us when we need them, we wanted to highlight how pets can make us smile even when we think we can’t. Especially in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, thousands of pets are without homes. We hope you’ll help by donating to Best Friends Animal Society who is doing incredible work taking care of the animals that need love too,” said Zac Brown.
Putting lead singer Dennis Lyxzén’s famous stage presence front and center, Refused have released their new single REV001. In the music video, directed by the band’s own Kristofer Steen, Lyxzén dances his way towards revolution, battling neo-facists in a bright cabaret of clarity and full of panache. REV001 follows Blood Red from the upcoming album War Music which will be released globally via Spinefarm/Search & Destroy on Oct. 18th.
The song’s mix of power, message and outright danceability perfectly showcase Refused’s talent for enlisting us all in the revolutionary cause, one spin at a time. Featuring Swedish singer/songwriter Mariam The Believer as guest vocalist, REV001 is a catchy call to arms that promises to get the world moving in 2019.
James Durbin has released the astounding reworking of Benny Mardones 80s classic Into The Night – one of the biggest pop hits of all time.
The New Strange, may very well be one of the most appropriately named projects to come along in a long time….
The New Strange is a unique musical partnership between James Durbin, of American Idol fame (and one who showed that a killer rock singer can be taken notice of in the tough world of Idol) and journeyman rock guitarist Alex Grossi. Grossi is known for his work with artists like Quiet Riot, Steven Adler, Dizzy Reed, Hookers & Blow, Bang Tango, Jani Lane, Skid Row and more!
Ed Sheeran has revealed the official video for his latest single South of the Border feat. Camila Cabello and Cardi B – watch here. An irreverent take on the spy genre, the video stars Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Cardi B alongside Paul Karmiryan and model, Alexis Ren.
Throughout the action-packed, light-hearted visual, we see two separate spies (played by Paul Karmiryan and Alexis Ren) set out on a mission to acquire Sheeran’s prized possessions. Adopting classic spy movie twist and turns along the way, the cast head south of the border as they continue the chase.
Australian and proud Yorta Yorta descendent Scott Darlow has announced his affecting new single Forgotten Australia, a true anthem that encourages listeners to reconnect with the Australia that once warmly welcomed all people. Scott has also dropped a video to accompany the song, fittingly highlighting the beauty of the melting pot that is Australia. Forgotten Australia is the perfect complement to Scott’s passionate endeavours as an Indigenous educator and World Vision spokesperson.
Hard Rock collective The Dead Daisies, who recently revealed that they’ve been working with legendary Bassist/Vocalist Glenn Hughes, are set to unleash the first offering from this new and exciting collaboration with Righteous Days streaming via Spotify.
Kicking off the next chapter, Righteous Days, that features Hughes at his brilliant best, is a truly outstanding song elevating The Dead Daisies’ sound to a significantly higher level. The track was originally unveiled exclusively via Planet Rock UK as well as the band’s website but after a massive amount of worldwide radio airplay generated huge demand from legions of rock fans, the song is now scheduled for digital release.
“We were in the studio recording a song that at that point in time had no title or lyrics. I went home, got some sleep and on the way back to the studio wrote the vocal melodies & lyrics to what became Righteous Days. There was an instant connection with Doug, David and Deen. The song is about acceptance and gratitude. Music is the Healer” – Glenn Hughes
Client Liaison unveil a brand new song and visual – The Beat Supreme.. Premiered last night on triple j Good Nights, The Beat Supreme follows on from the funk riff laden The Real Thin.
On the song, Monte noted “Client Liaison venture far into the outback in search of the Great Australian Sound. Looking back while moving forward, we seek to awaken a second wave of superior Australian vibration. An ode to our musical heroes ‘the groove elite’, INXS, Icehouse, Yothu Yindi, Tina Arena, John Farhnam and Christine Anu, The Beat Supreme is the sound of the Australian soil and all it’s intricate extremes”
Conceived whilst living through the military coup in Bangkok in 2014 (Des used to work for the UN in Thailand), Miles Recommends is the brainchild of Melbourne folk singer-songwriters, music producers and social critics Des Atkinson and Lou Cadell. However this time they’ve returned with full band in tow, teaming up with the Philippines answer to John Frusciante (Ken Estioko), Canadian drummer/musician-wellness guru Mike Schwartz (aka the Rock Doctor), and stoner-rock bassist Justin Duffield. An oddball collective, Miles Recommends is anything but average.
Taking their moniker from their childhood video store clerk, Miles Recommends (like the movies Miles recommended) have again defied genre confinement with Keep it Warm. One thing that remains the same however is the band’s ability to dissect the social and political climate of today. In a world so well geared towards a sedated and pacified existence, Keep it Warm is a fog-horn reminder to keep your wits about you and the fire of hope and determination burning bright.
Norway’s Sløtface share Sink or Swim, a meditative track and video that looks into the effects of climate change in intimate, personal detail. The song is coupled with lyric video visuals, highlighting the work of Rich Horner and Caroline Power, who have been documenting the littering of oceans for years, specifically the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Written while on tour during an unnaturally warm period, the new song is, as frontperson Haley Shea explains, “about the desperation that comes when I think about climate change. It’s supposed to be an honest description of how I’m definitely not doing enough to stop it, and how it feels so massive and difficult, but at the same time it in part comes down to lots of small and every-day choices.”
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