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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have unveiled Flying On The Ground, the second new song to be taken from forthcoming album ‘Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)’. Marrying irresistible melodies with Motown-esque backing vocals, strings and brass, Flying On The Ground is yet another classic slice of song writing to add to Noel Gallagher’s burgeoning songbook. The song is produced by Noel Gallagher and Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey and was recently described by British GQ as being “as good as anything he’s ever written”.
Speaking of the new track, Noel says: “Flying On The Ground is literally the best thing I’ve released since the last thing I released. If Burt Bacharach wrote for Motown this is what it would sound like … only not as good … obviously.”
After releasing his long-awaited debut album, Smiling With No Teeth, earlier this year to global acclaim, ARIA-nominated, Ghanaian-Australian artist Genesis Owusu is back with his new single and video Same Thing.
Flowing with addictive bass flicks, wobbly synths and the rich production we have come to expect from any Genesis Owusu release, “Same Thing” glistens with future-icon feeling. As his magnetic presence glides between effervescent harmonies, affirming raps and a poetic cross, a brilliantly off-the-wall, psych-twinged video adds to the formula, showcasing the rapidly ascendent artist as we’ve never seen him before.
Genesis Owusu on Same Thing:
“When the band and I were creating Smiling With No Teeth, we essentially made 60 hours of music for the album in 6 days. The songs chosen for the album conveyed a very specific narrative, but we also made a lot of great music that didn’t necessarily fit the album’s narrative points. ‘Same Thing’ was one of the tracks born from the seemingly limitless SWNT sessions. The track is still in the realm of the album’s themes of mental health (more specifically, the crazy shit the mind makes up), so the video follows suit with a psychedelic barrage of both colourful and claustrophobic imagery.”
Already showcasing the light and shade across their 2021 releases as the forthcoming album title Dichotomy so aptly suggests, Perth duo SLUMBERJACK share their latest blend of dark pop Not For You. For the release, the pair have teamed up Sydney’s own Nicole Millar – the talented singer-songwriter who has become one of the most sought after topliners after breaking through on Peking Duk’s record High, before going on to have an incredible solo career, with her debut LP Excuse Me featuring a string of hit singles including Tremble, Blindfolded, and Signals. The new single perfectly complements each of the artist’s individual styles, whilst coming together to create a seamless and magnetic component of the wider debut album due later this year.
Detailing the contrast in their own style, the duo share, “For us, this song is all about that moment, right at the start of the chorus, where it feels like you’ve just executed the perfect double bounce on a trampoline and you’re absolutely floating. Definitely our bounciest record to date – which fits perfectly in the Dichotomy of the album, we wanted to explore both ends of the spectrum and you can’t have the darker stuff without the fun and playful records. Nicole also was incredible on this one, we went back and forth on so many amazing versions of the song but we felt like we nailed the one that made the final recording!”
Speaking on the opportunity to finally collaborate, Nicole shares “The boys and I have been friends for years and I’ve always been a big fan of their music. I had written a rough idea in LA a while ago and it had just been sitting on my laptop. I sent the idea to the boys and they fell in love, after working back and forth together they just really turned this song into something special. I’m so excited for everyone to hear ‘Not For You’.”
Wergaia / Wemba Wemba indie-pop artist Alice Skye follows up her recent single Party Tricks with an official music video. The single will be featured on Alice’s recently announced second album, I Feel Better But I Don’t Feel Good, set for release on July 23 via Bad Apples Music.
Directed by Triana Hernandez and with cinematography by Nick Mckk, the visual gives a nod to the country of Alice’s mob where she grew up near Horsham, Gariwerd (The Grampians), with many of the changing scenes and concepts shaped by what the land was providing on the day of filming. Mirroring the track’s anthemic production from Jen Cloher, the clip forms a symbol for intimacy and vulnerability specifically designed for Alice’s identity, where the landscapes feel like a recurring dream mixing together past, present and future timelines; a concept which Alice & Triana worked closely to create.
Triana Hernandez says of the video: “Alice & I conceptualised ‘Party Tricks’ hoping to achieve emotional rawness at its best. As opposed to all previous clips we’ve worked on together, ‘Party Tricks’ has no narrative or twists – it’s all one big visual avalanche of intensity, featuring sacred spaces where Alice grew up and where thousands of her childhood and teenage feelings were being safely held by country for years. When directing it, I felt like we were finally releasing these feelings into the ether, capturing them on camera and that’s what you witness in the video.”
Top-charting Southern California alt artists Dirty Heads just released a new version of their smash hit Vacation, featuring multi-Grammy Award-winning band Train, via Better Noise Music.
The song, originally released in 2017, has seen a monstrous increase in consumption across all digital platforms in the last year due to the viral TikTok “Vacation Challenge” trend.
The collaborative spirit of this new version, featuring the unique vocal stylings of Train’s frontman Pat Monahan, reflects the universality of the song, which has captured the attention of listeners around the globe on social media due to the trend. It also sets the perfect tone for summer 2021, as more people feel comfortable socializing and traveling due to the availability of COVID vaccines.
In a collective statement, Dirty Heads said, “We are so impressed with how fans, new and old, have taken this song and made it their own on social media. Thank you to Pat Monahan for hopping on this new version – it is a gift to everyone who has made us smile with their ‘Vacation challenge’ videos over the past year. We can’t wait to get back into that spirit on the road later this summer. It’s time to celebrate with one another again!”
Monahan added, “I’ve been a Dirty Heads fan for a long time and my whole family has loved this song since it came out. Getting a chance to sing on it was really cool for all of us and I think it made me a much cooler human. Thanks guys!”
Sydney-based, Papau New Guinea-born future soul artist Ngaiire shares the stunning accompanying visuals for her new single Closer. Co-written by Japanese Wallpaper and Jack Grace and premiered via triple j, the track is taken from her forthcoming album 3 out Friday 27 August via Dot Dash Recordings / Remote Control Records for AUNZ and Majestic Casual for the rest of the world.
Described by Ngaiire as her “sweaty 80’s summer love song”, ‘Closer’ is centred around how she observed and understood love, sex and dating as a young girl growing up in post-colonial Papua New Guinea. Ngaiire describes, “It’s about that desperation of lust and love that grows out of your secret fantasies for another and the silent afterthought of whether it’s wise to fall that hard because it might be short lived. That level of unbridled want for someone coupled with religious guilt, heartbreak and the human need to have love reciprocated was a mean cocktail of emotions that I came to know quite well, even as a spectator.”
The accompanying video was directed by Adam Kiers and creative-directed by Ngaiire – she shares, “When I brought the project to Adam Kiers, I’d already worked on the concept for about 2 months prior, starting first with painting the single cover then extracting the aesthetic from that. I’d presented him with a pretty elaborate story board complete with a full arsenal of costume designs, hair and makeup briefs and as much info as I could throw at him. I essentially wanted to create my own mini cult film with a limited budget which gave everyone on the team multiple heart attacks.”
Hardware, the widely anticipated third solo album from ZZ Top front man Billy F Gibbons is out now. The album, recorded during the heat of last summer in California’s high desert near Joshua Tree, includes a total of 12 tracks, 11 of which were written by Billy and collaborators for the album plus Hey Baby, Que Paso, the Texas Tornados classic.
Gibbons has now released a video for the song She’s On Fire. The visual was shot at Pioneertown in California’s high desert. The temperature at the location of the shoot, Rimroch Ranch, reportedly hovered above 115 degrees.
Billy Gibbons commented, “It’s gonna be a good time and we’re looking forward to checking out the grooves with everybody in the world, known or otherwise, who wants to join us. We’re really delighted with the way it turned out, not to mention that we managed to avoid rattlesnake bites and cactus punctures over the course of the recording process. We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense,” says Gibbons. “To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery. The desert settings, replete with shifting sands, cacti and rattlesnakes makes for the kind of backdrop that lends an element of intrigue reflected in the sounds created out there.”
After recently relocating to Melbourne, regional Victorian up-and-comer LASHES is unveiling her second track of the year – the aptly named Heavenly. The blissfully emotive offering sees LASHES expand on her niche within the electropop sphere, drawing influence from the likes of Porter Robinson, CHVRCHES, Broods, and Lastlings.
“I really like lyrically dense, emotionally driven music, as well as the experimental elements these artists incorporate,” says LASHES. “I’m influenced by my own personal experiences and am writing constantly. I find it very therapeutic to sort of purge out my thoughts and feelings onto paper.”
“‘Heavenly’ is a mixed bag of emotions for me. A few years ago, I fell really hard for a friend of mine. It wasn’t meant to be, but I felt the most “myself” I’d ever felt when I was around this person, and that was a really difficult thing to let go of. The song is about all of the things that are left unsaid, and all those moments of looking back on the times shared, wondering if they cast you in the same light you cast them in.”
Heavenly was written and recorded with Jackson McRae (George Alice / Allday), and mixed and mastered by Samuel K Sproull (Japanese Wallpaper / Eliza & the Delusionals) . It follows LASHES’ March release Luv Is Blind, which was co-written with Northeast Party House’s Mitch Ansell and clocked spins on triple j’s Good Nights and Home & Hosed, alongside an addition to MTV Australia’s playlist for the song’s visual accompaniment.
For Australian-born country phenom Morgan Evans, it’s never been more apparent than in this last year that love – both love for music and love for others – is all about connection. He explores how the littlest details can spark the greatest connection in his brand new single, Love Is Real. The single, co-penned alongside Jordan Reynolds and Parker Welling, embraces the simple but beautiful moments that stitch life, and people, together.
Evans teamed up with award-winning producer Dann Huff to set the seize-the-day lyricism and romantic positivity to thumping guitar and a heart-pumping beat. He also chose, for his first release in nearly two years, to lean into his community and collaborate, setting aside his signature pedal loop for an immersive new experience. “Whenever I go into a studio and the band starts playing, and a song goes from this acoustic idea to a full record basically straight away… that’s the closest to magic I think I’ve ever been around,” Evans said of the recording process.
Diplo unveils a new track, Don’t Be Afraid with Damian Lazarus and Jungle, via Sweat It Out – listen and pre-order the 12” vinyl featuring unannounced forthcoming remixes. The track arrives alongside a video, directed by J Lloyd of Jungle and Charlie Di Placido and is taken from a forthcoming Diplo album.
“We met Diplo in LA a few years back and got chatting about working together,” a member of Jungle says. “We sent him a few ideas that we’d been cooking up and he took a melody and worked it in this banger. We’re really happy everyone else can enjoy it now too.”
The track is the latest in a string of releases on Higher Ground, the house and classic dance label Diplo started in 2019, with more music due imminently. The recently released One By One with Elderbrook and Andhim follows three U.S. Dance #1s for Diplo and the label – the Grammy – nominated SIDEPIECE collaboration On My Mind, Looking For Me with Paul Wolford and Kareen Lomax and Turn Back Time with Sonny Fodera.
Perth’s metal titans Make Them Suffer have shared their mammoth new single Contraband featuring Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox, out now via Greyscale / Rise Records.
Contraband sees Make Them Suffer team up with Courtney LaPlante – frontwoman of heavy music’s hottest new band Spiritbox – for their first single of 2021. A dynamic slice of metalcore that creeps to life with a chilling piano melody, Contraband charges through an explosive verse before blooming into an arresting chorus. A restrained political song that traverses themes of relationships with friends, family and the continuing frustrations surrounding the pandemic.
“We’d actually had ‘Contraband’ in the bank since way back in 2016,” starts frontman Sean Harmanis. “As the song began to come together, we decided that it was a great opportunity to include Make Them Suffer’s first ever guest feature, and we couldn’t have picked anyone better than Courtney! Courtney was a joy to work with and showed such a great enthusiasm toward the song and her parts.
“Lyrically the song is about everything and nothing at the same time. It’s about relationships with friends and family, but also a low-key political song, as well as an expression of the frustrations surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our lives, particularly as members of the music community. ‘Contraband’ is a buildup, the result of two years without musical catharsis.”
“No boundaries. No rules. No expectations. Rest For The Wicked is freedom for us. Hopefully for you too.”
Introducing Rest For The Wicked, a brand new project from Melbourne artist Ben Townsend and Sydney based multi-skilled producer Tasker. Unhinged. Colourful. Wondrous. The result is a set of hazy, raw genre-less pop songs. Loose and sweet on the surface with a melodic, dark heart.
Their debut single Bones serves as an introspective examination into the shadowed depths of the mind. “Bones is about not being afraid of what’s coming next. Sometimes the best method of madness is to give in to the overwhelming feeling of fear you feel and mould it into something undeniably greater than yourself. It was written when I was in an excruciatingly hollow state of depression. The song is about my feelings of being scared to cross over to the other side, the anxieties and unknowingness of death,“ Ben Townsend explains.
For anyone who has ever felt alone or imprisoned by their thoughts, you’ve found your people. “It’s okay to not know who you are. It’s okay to not know what you’re doing or where you’re going. It’s okay to fuck up and forgive. There’s nothing wrong with laughing through the misery and crying when filled with joy. Life’s a strange and wondrous mystery,” adds Tasker.
Boundary-blurring trio CHASE ATLANTIC — Mitchel Cave, Clinton Cave, and Christian Anthony — serve as the missing link between woozy trap, nocturnal R&B, and psychedelic alternative through creative sonic experimentation.
After months of white-hot fan excitement and a massive social media teaser campaign ahead of the release, they have shared their new single OHMAMI.
OHMAMI weaves Spanish-influenced beats with a stylish, modern twist, as Chase Atlantic push the boundaries of pop music yet again. The song exudes a fashionable blend of confidence, swagger, and style. From the very first note, the song crackles with hyperkinetic intensity off which listeners will feed. The hook should start paying rent — because it will take up residence in your brain for weeks at a time.
“It’s the type of song that allows you to really feel yourself, to actually feel alive,” the band says. “Yet, at the same time, it provides an escape from reality. Even if it’s just momentarily, you can feel the effect of the song lingering in the brain like audible drugs.”
One of Australia’s most eclectic artists, Bootleg Rascal, return with sweeping new single All About You featuring Saint Lane – produced by the band themselves and mixed by Ian Pritchett (Boo Seeka, Kim Churchill, Angus and Julia Stone). The track also features a striking video to boot – directed and shot on the picturesque Gold Coast, Queensland by Rhys Bennett (Polish Club, Kingswood, Totally Unicorn).
On All About You, reverb-soaked guitar rings out amid gentle brushes of percussion, as subtle synths fleetingly flicker. Building with resolute kick drum and the sultry vocals of frontman Carlos Lara, the song rolls seamlessly into the crescendo; largely accentuated by its intricately syncopated bass line. In the bridge, Saint Lane’s impassioned cadences meld effortlessly, before the hook-laden chorus concludes the arrangement, weaving together its rich sonic tapestries.
“’All About You’ is the first Bootleg Rascal song entirely produced by Jim and myself. As we’ve spent more time off the road than ever before, we’ve shifted our attention to being more hands on in the studio,” says Lara.
“The song itself is about love in the modern era, and how technology plays an integral role into shaping our behaviours and the way we interact with one another.” he continues.
PAIN, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Peter Tägtgren, has revealed the band’s first original song in 5 years: Party In My Head!
Blending ‘80s synth, electro, and metal, PAIN delivers one hell of an anthem providing a powerful sonic vaccine against the distress and depression caused by the worldwide pandemic.
Peter Tägtgren comments, “I decided to write a song about all the bull*hit from the last year of lock-up and people’s struggle, including my own, to adapt to the new way of life. Suddenly, all of us had to deal with our inner selves in our secluded new life, so this is the cheer-up song for people. Each of us has our own party in our head. Musically, it’s a hell of a party song. I can’t wait to play it live.”
The video features a guest appearance by Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN, DEEP PURPLE) and the return of the Alien from PAIN’s biggest hit, Shut Your Mouth. Join the party now and watch the music video for Party In My Head.
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