Singles Spin #32

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Nightwish release first single & video Noise of their upcoming album HUMAN. :II: NATURE. to be released on April, 10. When Finnish sextet NIGHTWISH announce a new studio album people tend to take notice. They know that something special is brewing. The band’s new and ninth record HUMAN. :II: NATURE. will be released on 10th April 2020 and will be a double album containing 9 tracks on the main CD and one long track, divided into eight chapters on CD 2.

Off the back of touring across the USA and Canada, then returning home just in time for Laneway Festival, Hockey Dad release new single Itch. This follows the duo’s I Missed Out which scored a casual #60 in this years triple j’s Hottest 100 only weeks after being released.

Itch is an epic fuzzed ballad, which started off as a delicate, droned out kind of feel. It grew in the studio as the band added more layers and has become a giant of a song that slowly builds to a massive finish with one of Zach Stephenson’s biggest vocals to date.

“It’s definitely the most non-Hockey Dad song we have ever recorded” shares Zach. “Itching is the worst feeling you could have sometimes. The idea comes from a person having someone under their skin and constantly invading their thoughts. But for some reason, can’t get enough of it. Can’t get enough of being controlled and held down. It’s kind of saying ‘come on in and keep me captive. I’m all yours’”

Global superstar Sam Smith (pronouns they/them/theirs) announce their much awaited third album alongside the release of new single and album title track To Die For.

The new single sees Smith once again team up with friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes and renowned production duo Stargate for this soothing, heartfelt ballad. Opening with a sample from the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko the new single sees Smith slow down the tempo with soaring strings and mellow piano, as their familiar vocals float effortlessly declaring, “I just want somebody to die for.”

Speaking about the new single, Sam Smith explains “Releasing this song is going to be a wild one – I feel like it’s from one of the deepest parts of me. I wrote this with Jimmy Napes and Stargate in LA during a time of self-discovery and heartbreak. This is for all the lonely hearts out there on another Valentine’s Day xx”

Boston Manor have revealed the hyperkinetic music video for the first single from their newly-announced third album, GLUE. Everything Is Ordinary is about how we’re desensitised to all of these major, major problems that exist in the world today,” says vocalist Henry Cox. “We’ve seen literally everything so nothing really strikes us as worrying or scary any more and, essentially, everything is ordinary to us. I was mostly thinking about the environmental crisis when we wrote this but it does apply to a lot of things that are happening right now.”

If you were going to show a stranger any one song from Ratboys’ upcoming LP Printer’s Devil in an attempt to make them fall for the band, Anj would be the one. Released everywhere, the track makes excellent use of the band’s new, full-time rhythm section, as vocalist Julia Steiner coyly examines the ever-changing nature of relationships as you progress into adulthood.

“‘Anj’ is the first song we wrote for the record,” Julia explains. “It tells the story of my childhood babysitter, a woman named Angie (Anj for short) who watched my siblings and I while my parents worked full-time. The verses recall little moments when she held me and comforted me when I was a tiny baby and then eventually as I grew into a small child.”

“As time has passed and I’ve gotten older, I’ve kept in touch with Anj, and I’ve noticed our relationship changing. One time when we got together recently, she confided in me about some trauma she had experienced. It was a fundamental role reversal — she spoke to me not just as a fellow adult, but really she leaned on me for support and comfort in that moment.”

Casey Barnes is making a clear statement of intent announcing his new single, Sparks Fly, new album, Town of a Million Dreams (Friday 17 April Chugg Music / MGM) and the Town of a Million Dreams Tour as the Gold Coast based artist lays out his plan to make 2020 the most successful he has ever had.

Sparks Fly tells a story that most of us can relate to. A guy finds himself too shy to ask a girl to dance, looks are exchanged, drinks flow and eventually sparks fly. From its intimate and sultry opening vocal through to a chorus that has an almost pop feel about it, Casey Barnes continues to show that he’s capable of delivering genre bending country hits.

After months of anticipation and teasing with fans, The Used have officially announced they will be releasing their 8th full length studio album, Heartwork, on April 24th via Big Noise.

In addition to today’s announcement, The Used have released the second single from the forthcoming album, Paradise Lost, a poem by John Milton. The song and accompanying video are larger than life and carry emotions and imagery so unique to The Used throughout, while tying in influences from one of front man Bert McCracken’s favorite authors.

“I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Paradise Lost,” shares McCracken. “I really dug deep into the poem and its author, John Milton. As I was reading a lot of his political essays I realised that a lot of what ’Satan’ says in Paradise Lost are quotes directly from John Milton’s own mouth. A lot of people thought he was the devil back then. He had a huge problem with the show of opulence from the Church. He thought it was disgusting. His poem is about the failed revolution against the Church of England, which is Satan’s failed revolution on earth. And what’s more incredible or exciting than a failed revolution?”

BAG RAIDERS have released a fresh remix pack for How Long, featuring 2 stunning remixes of current single How Long by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Close Counters.

Bag Raiders says of their choice of remixers, “Close Counters are one of the most exciting young bands / producer duos in Oz and lovey dudes to boot. We knew they’d bring something fresh to this song and love the fact they produce outside the box with a lot of live instrumentation. Stoked with the remix!

We’ve been friends and fans of Orlando (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) for a long, long time. We remixed his ‘Body Move’ tune and were thrilled to get his take on one of our songs in return. We love where he went with this remix – taking things right back to the middle of a sweaty club dancefloor where it all began.

Alex Lahey has released a new track, Sucker For Punishment. Sucker For Punishment follows her second album, The Best of Luck Club, which is out now through Nicky Boy/Caroline Aus. The song, about self-delusion, is written from the perspective of the deluded. Throughout, Lahey’s exasperated vocals are backed by buzzing guitar and a jaunty bass line.

“We’re living in an era we’re the micro has become the macro,” says Lahey. “I don’t think there has ever been a time where our actions and attitudes as individuals have had such an impact on broader humanity and the planet. Whether it’s a ‘think about it later’ attitude towards climate change, the undemocratic consequences of sharing personal data to big business online, a lethargy in the face of political engagement or the need to be validated as a worthwhile individual through obtaining arbitrary units of engagement on social media – we need to catch ourselves out before we suffer greater consequences.”

Paul Kelly’s new song, Sleep, Australia, Sleep, is now available to download or stream on all the usual platforms. The official video, directed by Siân Darling, is out today, featuring images of the glory and ruin of the natural world as well as human efforts to protect it. Much of the footage was kindly provided by conservation organisations.

Paul has said of the song: “It’s a lament in the form of a lullaby. A lullaby that sounds a warning. I hope it doesn’t come true but some of it already has.”

It is with great pleasure that I OH YOU release Namoi, the debut EP from Sydney-via-Tamworth artist Andy Golledge. In celebration, Andy has released a captivating live video for debut single Run To The River & will be playing two very special EP launch shows at Old Bar in Melbourne on Saturday 21 March and Sydney’s Lansdowne on Saturday 28 March.

“Releasing Namoi is literally a release for me too. These songs are very personal and carrying the weight of that alone is taxing. Now it’s lifted, they can go and live their lives and I can get on with mine.”

Australia’s most versatile rapper TUKA kicks off 2020 with DICKHEADS, an infectious new track featuring the unmistakeable voice of Alex The Astronaut.

Discussing the new single, Tuka said, “Dickheads is a tongue in cheek song basically. I feel like the hook kind of spells out the meaning. I wrote it with longtime collaborator DJ Morgs and Carl Dimataga of Thundamentals. We’ve made tons of music together but never for my solo project so I really enjoyed that. Mixing the old with the new, recording live instruments but making them sound like samples from the boom bap era but still programming trap drums so the pace of the track still feels current, we went all gospel at the end just to get weird with it, it really was a fun song to make”.

With their new album A Beautiful Place To Drown due to drop in a month, Silverstein are lifting the lid on the record’s blistering opener Bad Habits alongside a stunning music video.

Guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau explains the song’s themes saying: “This record largely deals with the feeling of defeat that can come from trying to overcome your demons, but ‘Bad Habits’ turns that upside down. It’s resigned rather than aspirational. ‘Bad Habits’ is a banger that takes place in that sliver of daylight between recognition and regret. After action, but before reaction. For these three minutes, we’re embracing the devil on our collective shoulder.”

Birds of Tokyo have unveiled the music video for their anthemic new single, Two Of Us. The song is already following in the footsteps of Good Lord and The Greatest Mistakes, staples at Australian radio across 2019, hitting Top 5 most played Australian song and Top 30 overall after only 2 weeks.

The band’s bassist, Ian Berney explains the backstory to the video.

We’d just blown our budget on a video clip that didn’t quite hit the mark so we decided to start again and make a video ourselves. We liked the idea of a one shot video and we had a heap of narrative ideas but we were in over our heads with how to deliver it. Enter our friend, director Zac Lynch-Woodlock and producers Helium.

The biggest challenge was resources; 30+ humans, watermelons, crab costumes, make up, bandages, key-tars, piggy heads, confetti, streamers, surfboards, cricket bats and just about anything else we could find. Many phone calls later, we were ready to shoot.

With Zac steering the ship and some of our best friends dressing up as extras, the day became a total celebration. Kenny was also happy because he only had to do seven takes! Its nice to know we can now watch the clip to tap back into the sheer joy of the experience whenever we want to.”

Diana Rouvas has unveiled the video for powerhouse new single, Can We Make Heaven, the song which she performed live at ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ this Saturday night. The video was directed by Dean Francis.

“‘Can We Make Heaven’ was inspired by the personal lessons we learn in life and how I feel we can choose to be empowered, choose to grow, create, manifest and be the light in the darkness. The last few months have been an incredibly difficult time for so many Australians affected by the bushfires and it has been so inspiring to watch the nation come together to support those in need. It is amazing to see what we can achieve when we all band together and I know our resilient spirits will see us through to find that light again,” Diana explained recently.

Just a day out from kicking off their mammoth UK/European tour, Osaka quintet Crossfaith are lifting the lid on their monster new single Endorphin. Frenetic from start to finish, ‘Endorphin’ is the first taste of new music since the band’s 2018 album EX_MACHINA.

Speaking of the track, Crossfaith singer Kenta ‘Ken’ Koie says, “Do you want a new acid?” We are so proud to reveal our new era with ‘Endorphin’, our new masterpiece to fascinate people. It will take you to another level of excitement and we can’t wait to play this song during out upcoming headlining tour.”

Fresh from an impressive summer festival run, Canberra’s young rising stars Teen Jesus & the Jean Teasers return with their new single ‘Desk Chair’ – a youthful, glittering anthem for the dramatic high school student in all of us.

The band will venture out on their first headline national tour later this month, hitting stages in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Adelaide.

“’Desk Chair’ is a tribute to teenage feelings, and the problems that seem life changing but turn out to be insignificant,” notes guitarist Scarlett McKahey. “It’s about self-sabotage and wanting what you don’t have.”

King Krule releases Alone, Omen 3, the second single from his forthcoming album Man Alive! out Friday 21 February via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records. The track comes with a video directed by Archy Marshall’s close friend Jocelyn Anquetil and was co-written by the artist and director.

Featuring Archy surrounded by his friends, band mates and collaborators, the video backs up the message that “you’re not alone”.

“I felt like I had gotten out of a dark place, and I was on a high. I appreciated the depression… but I also liked how I felt better in the here and now”.

In a short space of time Perth’s COTERIE have been making a name for themselves in the local music scene. Their debut single Where We Began naturally and effortlessly has been making an impact with 900k streams whilst building a strong supporter base from Perth to the East Coast. Today, the four-piece release their follow-up single and video Salvation as well as tour dates across the country, which is geared to take them even further.

Front man and guitarist Tyler Fisher says, “when we wrote Salvation, we were hoping to speak to the times & culture we’re living in. Everyone, no matter their situation or circumstance, needs a hand up at some point, sometimes life sucks. This song is essentially us communicating and relating to that part of humanity. There’s a lyric in the song ‘watch me through your bleeding eyes’, if that’s to resonate with the listener on how they respond to times like these or how they view others, then our art will do what we hoped it to.”

Astralwerks released the new single from Dutch artist/producer San HoloHonest featuring alternative duo Broods. The song explores the theme of pure intentions and staying vibrant in all of one’s interactions.

San Holo says, “‘Honest’ is a song I wrote a few years back about being honest in every aspect of your life. It delves into the idea of being as genuine as possible when you meet someone, even if nothing comes of it. I would rather be transparent from the start than create a false sense of who I am or what I expect.”

Following on from their critically praised single No Way, Afro-Australian group True Vibenation have today returned with their latest single You Don’t Love Me (You Love My Guitar) ft. Sylent Nqo – written and produced by the group themselves, and mixed by Chris Arnott (Friendless).

True Vibenation talk about the recording process behind You Don’t Love Me (You Love My Guitar):

“It was all written in Zimbabwe while we were inspired and influenced by our surroundings. We were playing a festival there and afterwards hired an Air BnB in the capital (Harare). We were lucky enough to have some of the area’s best young musicians come through for recording sessions. We wanted to highlight the amazing talent that the country has to offer and also create something that reflects modern Zimbabwe as well as our Australian roots. Lyrically the song invites the fans to ‘look behind the curtain’ and see that their favourite musicians are regular humans too when the smoke and mirrors disappear.”

Fruit salad and dead bodies, a curious combination for the latest video delivered by indie-pop progenitors The Naked And Famous.

Directed and produced by a creative team involving The Naked and Famous, Stefan Vlemming and Jori Teplitzky, Bury Us. The second video from The Naked And Famous anticipated album Recover, arrives a month before the duo, Thomas Powers and Alisa Xayalith arrive in Australia for Wine Machine Festival.

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