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Ivy League Records are incredibly excited to reveal Cars In Space – the first taste of new music from Melbourne outfit, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Set against the band’s revered world of driving & passionate guitar pop, Cars In Space follows the swirling words and thoughts before a break-up. Propelled by the chemistry of the five-piece and totalling 4.58, Cars In Space is bold and classic Rolling Blackouts C.F. while hinting at a new chapter to come.
Accompanying the single is the sun-drenched video, directed by Nick McKinlay alongside assistant-director Julia Jacklin. Set in broad daylight at an old-school Australian drive-in, the clip is full of charm, wit & plenty of surprises for Rolling Blackouts C.F. fans.
Making A Door Less Open, the new album from Car Seat Headrest and the first set of brand-new songs since 2016’s Teens Of Denial, is set for release May 1 on Matador Records / Remote Control. The band shares Can’t Cool Me Down, a staple of their live sets over the past year, from the forthcoming album, and its accompanying video.
Created over the course of four years, Making a Door Less Open is the result of a fruitful “collaboration” between Car Seat Headrest, led by Will Toledo, and 1 Trait Danger, a CSH electronic side project consisting of drummer Andrew Katz and Toledo’s alternative persona, Trait. To realise this, the band recorded the album twice: once live with guitars, drums and bass, and once in a MIDI environment using purely synthesised sounds. During the mixing process, the two approaches were gradually combined using elements of each, with additional overdubs.
Sydney-via-Canowindra musician Gordi, moniker of Sophie Payten, shares her new single, Sandwiches, and its accompanying Justin Ridler-directed video.
Gordi called on her long-time collaborators and Bon Iver production duo Chris Messina and Zach Hanson to make Sandwiches, flying them down with their Wisconsin studio gear to her family home in Canowindra, New South Wales. Setting up in an old cottage littered with some of Sophie’s favorite pieces of musical arsenal combined with some flown in from Justin Vernon’s April Base Studio in Eau Claire. The tiny farm town where her family has lived for over a century, Canowindra, and the heart of the matriarch, is embedded in this song, and where the video was filmed. “Her whole life was in Canowindra…we made it in a house that’s a hundred metres from her house.”
Portland-based rapper, artist, director, culture shaker and innovative ingenue Aminé delivers on promise to change perceptions and defy expectations with new track Shimmy – dropping today and paying homage to the past* while declaring 2020 as his – “let’s not front, it’s my year my n____.” He redefines his signature visual lyricism, swaggering production, and clever, catchy bars.
Produced by Boi 1da (Work Rihanna/Drake, No Limit G Easy, 0-100 Drake among countless others), Vinylz (Fake Love, BTS, Deja Vu J. Cole, Pick Up The Phone Travis Scott, Blessings Big Sean/Drake/Kanye, 0-100 Drake) and Aminé’s right hand music maker Pasqué (together behind the magic of Caroline and more) – Shimmy honours with influence and comes equipped with an Ol Dirty Bastard co-sign, sampling the Wu Tang Clan founder’s 1995’s Shimmy Shimmy Ya.
With breakneck anticipation mounting for details on their sophomore album release, Ocean Grove have finally let loose that Flip Phone Fantasy will drop on Friday March 13. The band are also offering another taste off the record with new track THOUSAND GOLDEN PEOPLE out now.
The reveal adds to the melting pot of flavours already lifted in the form of ASK FOR THE ANTHEM, SUNNY, JUNKIE$ and NEO. Ocean Grove front man Dale Tanner explains the album was purposefully crafted to pivot between genres and influences, much like a classic mixtape of the flip phone era.
“Rather than an album that streamlines in one direction of genre, ‘Flip Phone Fantasy’ has the capacity to be someone’s very own mixtape from start to finish,” he says. “This record is the first of its kind, in that its sheer diversity will appeal to music listeners from all corners of the globe.”
Dot Dash Recordings and Remote Control Records are pleased to announce a new EP from Western Australia’s Methyl Ethel. Hurts To Laugh will be released Friday 10th April via Dot Dash / Remote Control. Overnight triple j’s Good Nights premiered the EP’s lead single Majestic AF. Majestic AF stumbles into its bubbling oscillator and analogue polyrhythms, while a kick-free drumbeat marches right into an atonal synth melody supporting Webb’s equally idiosyncratic falsetto.
Gerry Cinnamon tees up a huge moment by sharing his brand new single Where We’re Going. The track emerges ahead of the release of his eagerly anticipated second album ‘The Bonny’ in April.
“‘Where We’re Going’ I wrote years ago at a dark time in my life,” says Gerry. “Folk can attach their own meaning to it but really it’s about being in a shit place with no way out, mixed with a gentle reminder to hold onto whatever wee dream you have. A mixture of dark stuff with some positive reality. If you’re in a real shit situation it can be near impossible to see a positive outcome unless you’re either an idiot or a serial optimist. I don’t want to contribute to the negative shit in my writing, there’s more than enough of that going around already. If I write songs about the bad stuff I think it’s only polite to remind the listener of the real reality. That it doesn’t matter where you’re at, it’s where you’re going that matters. Put the graft in and better times are inevitable. Easy.”
Glitoris have earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most fearlessly political, uncompromising and unforgettable live acts. After extensively played and widely received singles, Trump Card, Spit Hood and The Policy, Glitoris were crowned ‘Queens of Australian Punk’ (The Brag) and the band have wasted no time in following up with their brutal, unapologetic hard rock anthem Slut Power (out now): a raging call-to-arms dealing with the insidious nature of violence against women – and today share the black and white video produced by Glitoris and Martin Ollman.
Old Me, the introspective new single from 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS). A falsetto-laced reflection on growth and forgiveness, the track is the latest release from 5SOS’s new album C A L M, due out via Interscope Records/EMI Music Australia on March 27.
Alt-pop Yorke sets the music world a flutter with a new video for her single Treading Water and the announcement her debut EP Liberosis will be released Friday March 27th.
Treading Water was filmed on a surprisingly cold snap day in summer with the picturesque NSW South Coast as its backdrop. Imogen Grist (Kite String Tangle, Tigertown, CHLOX, Jack River) cleverly uses the juxtaposition of Scarborough’s dramatic mountains and beautiful ocean pools to employ her vision. Various textural shots of water, rocks and sand give the clip an artistic conceptual feeling.
Imogen explains, “I was struck by Grace’s strength and sensitivity as a performer, so I really wanted to capture that in the music video. This duality became a way to explore the track even further – the light and dark, the soft and cold, the overall bittersweet nature of the lyrics.”
Banoffee has shared the third single Contagious from her debut album Look At Us Now Dad out Friday 21st February via Dot Dash (AU/NZ/Asia) and Cascine (ROW).
As Banoffee describes, the video came together incredibly quickly. “Callum and Lewis first came to me with the pitch, knowing we only had a week or two to write, shoot, edit and grade, before it would need to be out in the world. Because of these time issues and our limited funds we shot the video with homemade sets, an old wedding dress, my mother’s nightgown and my brother’s motorbike. The camaraderie that forms when you’re problem solving, and the late nights and laughable moments of complete ridiculousness combined together to create a piece of art we’re all really proud of.
The video is about loneliness and the feelings of ostracisation that arise when your issues seem too much for the world to handle. It follows a woman roaming the landscape in a wedding dress, totally prepared to give herself up to something, yet completely alone and isolated by her sadness. The circles in the clip represent a safety zone, something I created for myself when I felt like I had to hide what I was going through in order to seem fit for love or friendship.”
Not one for slowing down, Green Buzzard has revealed a remix EP of his debut album Amidst The Clutter & Mess is in the works with Sydney DJ and producer Ash Moses aka Tunnel Signs, aptly titled Masquerader Versions. Buzzard shares the second cut from the EP in the form of the synth soaked Country Life (Masquerader Version).
“We wanted to make something inspired by our combined love of Andrew Weatherall’s longform Primal Scream reworks, acid house and 90’s breakbeat. A throwback to the hedonistic baggy excess of Madchester.”
Australias favourite musical misfits and auteurs of Aussie hip hop, Butterfingers are back, breaking hearts and bones (mostly their own) with a killer new single, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum), out today, January 30. Confident and with more ecstatic energy and sharp lyrical wit than ever before, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is classic Butterfingers. After a fourteen-year long album release cycle, this hectic new track is the first taste of a brand new Butterfingers album, Bad News, set for release on March 30.
With typical rhythmic brilliance and clever, incisive lyrics, Butterfingers’ new single Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) will delight dedicated fans and will appeal to the masses too. This track is rocky, powerful, and there’s no holds barred here – from start to finish, Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is like lightening in a bottle. Speaking on the song’s inspiration, band leader and frontman Evil Eddie Jacobson explains, “We’ve drawn from a lot of different artists and genres over the years but this new track and album is born from our most recent influences, which range from alternative rock to grime and trap. Of course we’ve put our twist on all of it and it’s still definitely Butterfingers! Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum) is that scene in the film when the protagonist slays the dragon, if you know what I mean. It’s just about that feeling when you’re absolutely sure and confident with who you are and what you’re doing, that no one else’s opinion matters anymore.”
A.Swayze & the Ghosts have unleashed Mess of Me, a rollicking punk anthem that’s as fun and bold as their theatrical live shows. The track received its world premiere by Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1 and is accompanied by a groundhog-day inspired video, directed by Nick Green.
Parallel to the sass and irresistible swagger of the track is a deep dive into the attitudes and habits we develop from childhood. Described in the words of frontman Andrew Swayze:
“This song discusses inheritance. Not the conventional heirloom, but the type of negative trait you may learn as a child voyeur of your surroundings. Hendrik brought the song to us with the chorus “you’re always trying to make a mess of me”. Since I don’t have any saboteur but myself, I changed his lyrics and wrote the rest around the new chorus.”
Off the back of a solid SOLD OUT National Tour across the country and the release of Skin, San Cisco release brand new follow up track Reasons. San Cisco have a knack for a great hook in their songs. Reasons is an affirmation to someone you love to share some dark shit and just “let it go”, but delivered in the most positive, catchy and meaningful way, as only San Cisco do. With added production and mixing from Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Grizzly Bear), Reasons is a continuation of the indie pop signature sound the band have become known for after the release of genre-bending previous single Skin.
“This song is about letting the person you love know that you feel their pain and it is ok to be vulnerable. We make mistakes all the time but we can heal these fractures in our relationships with communication and trust. The sentiment is not about dismissing the pain but more about sharing it.” – Jordi Davieson
Soulful and dramatic, passionate and unpredictable – Sydney based singer songwriter Odette showcases her inimitable style once again, with her first new music since 2018, Feverbreak featuring Hermitude.
Odette explains, “For me, writing this song was a relief. I could finally allow myself to feel the anger I was locking away in my heart. This song is about rage. To have been able to explore this with Hermitude was a privilege. They created this chaotic, electronic world that I was free to scream in.”
Anna Calvi announced her new release Hunted last month; set for release on March 6th, Hunted features reworkings of seven tracks from Hunter – Calvi’s Mercury Prize nominated third album from 2018.
Distilling the songs to their bare essence, Calvi additionally collaborated with Courtney Barnett, Joe Talbot (IDLEHaving previously shared the Courtney Barnett collaboration, Anna is pleased to unveil the Hunted version of Eden featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg.S), Charlotte Gainsbourg and Julia Holter to transform the tracks further.
Calvi says about the song: “Charlotte Gainsbourg has taught me so much as a singer, in how the most quiet of utterances can be the most dramatic and powerful of all. When I was writing Eden I had Charlotte’s voice in my head – there’s a secrecy and quiet power to this song that always made me think of her. It’s a dream come true to have collaborated with her.”
Grimes released her new single & video Delete Forever. Delete Forever is written, produced and performed by Grimes. It’s about losing friends to the opioid crisis and the self-hatred that arises when the grieving process mimics the behaviors that cost your friends their lives. The video is a collaboration between Grimes, Mac Boucher and Neil Hansen. It depicts a tyrant’s lament as her empire crumbles.
Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield) has shared Lilacs, the latest single and video from her highly anticipated new album, Saint Cloud, out March 27th worldwide
Of the song, Crutchfield says, “‘Lilacs’ was the last song I wrote for the record and it’s mostly just about obsessive/negative thought patterns. It’s about backsliding into old behaviours that don’t serve you and sort of letting your worst self get the best of you. I think that when people are in that mindset they can really try to turn the blame onto other people, so the song sort of plays out like a conflict you’d have with someone you love. It’s meant to capture that moment of heat that happens right when you realise you’re wrong or that your issue is more with yourself than with someone else – being flawed and fragile but making progress inch by inch. The chorus serves as a sweet little resolve. I wanted it to feel like the light at the end of the tunnel and the reminder that it can always and often does get better.”
LAMB OF GOD has revealed a brand new single and video, Checkmate, from the band’s first release in five years and the first to feature new drummer Art Cruz. The self-titled Lamb Of God is due out May 8 via Nuclear Blast Records.
‘Checkmate’ brings together all the components of the LAMB OF GOD sound that we’ve been developing over the last two decades, but with the ambition and ferocity that comes with the start of a new chapter for our band,” says guitarist Mark Morton. “Re-energised and reignited, this is LAMB OF GOD 2020. We’ve never been more excited.”
Hit Me Where It Hurts will be the third track released from Deacon Blue’s new album CITY OF LOVE which will be released on March 6.
CITY OF LOVE sees the multi-million selling band deliver eleven brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief – that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail.
Ricky Ross said of the track, “Hit Me Where It Hurts is a slightly darker cut from the record but like all the tracks it’s about love. We think it’s the end of a love story but actually it’s just the beginning. This is actually a more ‘up’ version of the original cut and the radio mix, we liked them both so we’re putting each one out so you can hear them for yourselves. Save your favourite!”
The second single from Kelly Brouhaha’s stunning debut is making waves this week, winning support from Community Radio, ABC & Triple J and topping the AMRAP charts 2 weeks ahead of its release.
Benjamin tells the story of the boy that broke her heart and stole her dog, prompting the South Australian to jump in a van to follow her dream of touring Australia full-time. Fed up with what society dictated as success and disillusioned by a consumer society, Brouhaha sold her things to join the van life community. It’s a move that’s paid off for the multi- instrumentalist joining Beccy Cole’s all female outfit “The Sisters of Twang” and building a loyal following of fellow camping enthusiasts along the way.
Big Smoke, the new single from The Smith Street Band, was recorded in the band’s own, newly built studio which operates entirely off grid, hidden in the wilderness of regional Victoria, and aptly named Bush House Studios.
Big Smoke, which was premiered on triple j Good Nights this week, will appear on forthcoming album Don’t Waste Your Anger, self produced and mixed by the band’s bass player, Fitzy.
Frontman Wil Wagner says of the track: “Big Smoke is a song about moving to the bush, falling in love, living somewhere it snows for the first time, only owning one pair of nice pants, smashing a telecaster on stage when I wasn’t dealing with things very well and being insecure. I spent a lot of last winter listening to an amazing band from Melbourne called Big Smoke, fronted by the late Adrian Slattery and this song was inspired by that band, hence the name.”
Perth based producer and songwriter Nic Rollo has announced his driving, eerie new single Monster, about identifying and quelling the monster within us all. Accompanying the track is a dark, revolving film clip, directed by Alex Montanari (Cub Sport, What So Not, Khalid) and Matthew James. Monster follows the 2019 release of Nic’s brilliant, iridescent EP What Happened to the Kid.
Monster will feel familiar to anyone who has said something in frustration or anger that they regret after the fact – the track is an introspective interrogation of that remorse, and what it’ll take to tame the inner monster who is responsible for those biting remarks. Reminiscent of synth-pop auteurs M83 and indie rockers The Wombats, and mastered by pop royalty Chris Gehringer (Harry Styles, Rihanna, Halsey), the track is buoyed by glistening synths, hooky guitar and driving percussion – while Nic’s gentle vocals and arresting lyrics take centre stage. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Nic explains, “Monster was written during a previous relationship of mine when things were a bit shaky. There were a few times that I’d said something to my ex that had started to cause fractures in the relationship and unnecessary conflict. Monster is about that side of myself that I don’t always like – the part that is impulsive and lashes out when I should just hold my tongue instead.”
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