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We could all use a salve for the soul right now; not a way to forget the world, but a way to remember that some of the really important things in life are still within reach. Matt Corby releases his new track, If I Never Say A Word with the official video out now.
Directed by Madeline Johnson and produced by Coralie Tapper, the official video features a dancer performing some inventive choreography to If I Never Say A Word, with the picturesque Byron Bay hinterland as the backdrop. The clip is filmed at a rustic farmhouse which was built 40 years ago for sustainable living.
Offering a fresh take on the soulful, richly textured sound Corby has honed over the past few years, If I Never Say A Word bursts with a bitter-sweet blend of old-world heart and cosmic imagination. Started before the current pandemic swept the planet, and completed during the strange pause it has brought, the ARIA-award winning musician says, “Work started on ‘If I Never Say A Word’ pre-lockdown, and I was originally going to put it into storage until a whole new record was ready, but with the extended period off the road I was able to dive in and bring it to light.”
If I Never Say A Word was co-produced by Matt himself and Matthew Neighbour (Avalanches, Missy Higgins), It marries an otherworldly piano part to Matt’s timeless voice, delivering a subtle rumination on the virtue of holding your tongue and listening to the world.
“The past year I’ve been collaborating a lot and working in a production and engineering capacity with different acts like THE RIOT, Great Gable and Budjerah, which has been really exciting and sort of fed into this new music,” Corby says.
After making a striking entrance into 2020 winning an APRA award for Most Played Dance Work and teasing his forthcoming debut album with Meet Me, now commences the beginning of a new era for Running Touch with Signs, a song that gives the Melbourne musician the opportunity to refocus on the art that drives his passion for creation.
Signs veers away from his more typically electronic-infused sound and a gaze into the work that defined his earlier entrance into music, falling into an indie-pop-rock realm – as a key member and founder of Ocean Grove, specifically – brought forward into the future, showing how he’s evolved throughout his career both musically and personally.
The single arrives with the very first instalment of the Post Modern Collective Sessions, a series of instrument-focused videos to be launched throughout Running Touch’s forthcoming album release that draws focus to the musicality of his often-production-heavy projects.
The first instalment – featuring Ocean Grove’s Sam Bassal, Northlane’s Nic Pettersen and Crooked Colours’ Lampy – brings together some of Running Touch’s music friends and collaborators in the process, which hopes to create a sense of community amongst like-minded musicians and the fans that underpin their success as musicians and not just artists or band members.
With less than a month until WASHINGTON’s Batflowers LP makes its debut, Megan releases one of the biggest singles off her third studio album – the album title track, Batflowers.
Batflowers is a song which pairs palm-muted guitar with three-part harmonies that swim across verses before opening up into a pulsing ‘80s rhythm. Megan will perform for the first time an epic live performance of Batflowers on Sunday night’s episode of ABC show The Sound.
Meg says about the song, “This song is about coming out of the worst place into the sunshine again, and a reminder especially when the current situation feels dire and impossible to come back from, that this too will pass if you just keep going. I wrote it when struggling with feelings of meaninglessness and futility; about the planet, about its future, about the voice of art being made smaller and smaller in our country, and about my place within all that, and what I choose to tell myself, who I allow myself to become. It’s a reminder that things can change, and will change, if you choose every moment to set your heart to that true north feeling. The hardest thing is to just keep going, but it’s all we can do and what we must do. “I wanna bring you Batflowers so you keep on going.”
Dog In The Shade, THE RIOT’s incendiary first single, is a testament to the three-piece’s radical and unbound vision.
The song is about disenfranchisement and depression, and how to weaponise feelings of sadness and rage to fight to the powers that be. The song is inspired by being a part of a generation who are constantly told to suppress their emotions and opinions.
Dog In The Shade is a caustic call to arms to break away from dread and darkness.
“We’re saying ‘F*ck the enemy, riot the energy’ and let your voice be your voice regardless of how the world has made you feel’” says lead vocalist JD.
Unburdened by genre and typical song progression, the song begins as a shimmering slice of left-field R’n’B that mutates into guttural hardcore punk. Shifting between ethereal melodies and abrasive noise, it’s the perfect encapsulation of facing inner conflict and the chaotic world around you.
The thunderous track arrives accompanied by a supernatural video clip by Nick Waterman, which sees the group saunter around a sinister undisclosed city at the dead of night. They roam beaches, high-rises, and highways, and in moments, even levitate.
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