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Ohio quartet The Plot In You – Landon Tewers [vocals], Josh Childress [guitar], Ethan Yoder [bass], and Michael Cooper [drums] – have shared the visualizer for the new song, Enemy. The moody and slow-burning track is rich with both sonic textures and lyrical layers.
“Enemy, like a lot of songs on Swan Song, is a meditation on love,” explains Tewers. “It’s about exposing self-realizations on ego, resentment, and shortcomings. Ultimately, it’s about coming to grim conclusions.”
The track appears on the band’s forthcoming fifth album Swan Song, out September 17 via Fearless Records. Pre-order the album, which follows 2018’s excellent Dispose, here.
Following the success of their 2020 album As Long As You Are, Baltimore quartet Future Islands release a brand new one-off single Peach via 4AD / Remote Control Records. Peach comes hot on the heels of a series of ALAYA remixes featuring techno legend Carl Cox, pop violinist Sudan Archives and hip-hop producer Controller 7.
Middle Kids have shared a new video for Stacking Chairs, the surging album highlight which encapsulates the extraordinary intimacy and creativity that gave rise to their brilliant record Today We’re The Greatest, released earlier this year.
Stacking Chairs reveals a band at full-flight, imbued with mellotron and great peels of electric guitar – it’s one of the most immediate songs on an album full of astonishing hooks and textures. Directed by collaborator W.A.M. Bleakley, the video mixes offbeat humour with a stylised but literal interpretation of the song’s lyrics.
New Zealand’s highest streaming rock band, Written By Wolves, are releasing their latest cut from The Collab Project along with a videoclip for it, a track called Always & Forever, featuring NZ singer Becks. It can be streamed/purchased now at https://smarturl.it/wolvesforeverr.
The Collab Project will be released in full on September 17, featuring tracks re-imagined from their previous record SECRETS, a record streamed over 10 million times on Spotify alone – and featuring collaborations with artists such as Trenton Woodley from Hands Like Houses, Kellin Quin from Sleeping with Sirens, Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D., Becks and Sydney Rae White of The Wild Things.
This track is a favourite of the band’s vocalist, Michael Murphy. “I know you aren’t meant to pick favourites amongst your kids, but this is probably my favourite track I’ve ever written. The concept behind this song is no matter what you are going through, no matter what is happening, if the world was about to end, who would you want to be with. I felt that situation and sentiment would strip your thoughts and decisions down to their most truthful and pure. From there, we set about creating a piece of music befitting of the sentiment.”
“This is made extra special for me as Becks is my wife. The song is written about her so to have her singing on it is a bit of a dream come true. After she had finished recording her parts we sat down and listened and it was as if I was hearing the song for the first time, as if this is how it was always meant to sound – and it had been right in front of me all along… With everything that has happened in the last year and half, the sentiment of this song feels even more fitting now.”
Lady Blackbird has shared her brand new single It’ll Never Happen Again, lifted from her highly anticipated debut album Black Acid Soul, due for its long-awaited release on September 3 via BMG.
It’ll Never Happen Again is a gentle, yet powerful, reinvention of another poignant obscurity written by Tim Hardin and which first appeared on the folk singer’s seminal 1966 debut.
Forthright as ever, Lady Blackbird admits, “I didn’t know how to give it some power or personality at first. But then I tried it, it was a beautiful session, and it’s ended up one of my favourites on the album. It just sounds magical.”
New York City band to watch, TEMPT, who are already getting buzz from the likes of Loudwire, just dropped their new, infectious single Living Dangerous, via Better Noise Music.
The track features Dorothy Martin, acclaimed lead singer of the female-led rock act Dorothy. The record was produced and mixed by the legendary Chris Lord-Alge, who has worked with iconic bands such as U2, Green Day, and My Chemical Romance. Bursting with energy, Living Dangerous inspires listeners to break free of their inhibitions, tapping into classic rock sensibilities with a modern sonic twist. Lead singer Zach Allen’s and Dorothy’s voices blend perfectly with an obvious chemistry that draws listeners in and takes them on an irresistible rock ’n’ roll musical journey.
Zach Allen expressed his excitement about the single’s release: “After this crazy year, we are so ready for the world to hear Living Dangerous! It’s a great kickoff to the coming launch of the new record. Working with Chris Lord-Alge and then having Dorothy sing with us just took the track to yet another level! Roll down the car windows, blast it and try not to speed.”
Featured artist Dorothy commented, “Tempt are an incredibly talented group of guys, and working on “Living Dangerous” with them was a blast from start to finish. The track is so vibrant and full of energy, and I’m stoked to be a part of it.”
Lord-Alge continued, “When Tempt’s agent Steve Strange and manager Andy Gould came to me and played the first demo mixes, I knew this was the birth of a great new band. They took influences from so many of my favourite bands and made it their own. Tempt breathes life back into Rock with their own sound. I’m onboard for the duration to make this journey amazing”
Singer songwriter Gretta Ziller has released her new supercharged single, guitar-pop entry Stockholm, a standout with its storm of keys and buzzsaw guitars.
Gretta explains, “Stockholm is a song about that relationship you have in your life where you find yourself needing and hating that person. You feel like you’ve developed Stockholm syndrome, it’s a corrosive codependency.”
The accompanying video was written and directed by Arlo Dean Cook, who also produced the video for Gretta’s first single Unlikely Believer and has worked recently with Bob Evans. It was shot by Arlo Dean Cook and Stephen Packer in Moorabbin, Vic.
Her forthcoming second album Judas Tree finds Ziller ranging far and wide over the sonic landscape, pushing her uniquely expressive voice, kaleidoscopic sound, and deft song writing skills to dizzying new heights.
Presenting his pivotal project Perfect Moment, Alex Gow is entering a daring yet comfortable new era of his musical career. Recognised for his prolific songwriting under the guise of ARIA winning project Oh Mercy, Gow boldly introduces Perfect Moment with debut single Not This Time, the first offering from his forthcoming album KANGOUROU available Friday 8 October from Endless Recordings.
Not This Time draws you in with its hypnotic pulse and poignant melodies. Gow’s intuitive songwriting takes centre stage, letting the lyrics unfold in a pure and honest form. The single blends melancholy soundscapes and celestial production, making this a fitting introduction to the project.
He reflects on the writing process of “Not This Time”; “The lyrics were direct and unadorned by infinite lyrical techniques songwriters regularly embrace. The song is a simple one, a mantra of convincing oneself to interrupt a pattern of relationship self-sabotage. The old ‘don’t f**k it up this time’”.
London Grammar have shared the official video for their new single America, taken from their #1 album Californian Soil, out now on Dew Process.
Hannah Reid of the band said “America was the first song I wrote for Californian soil. I cried when I wrote it and it was the first step in a really cathartic experience. It was such a joy to create the video with Dave Bullivant. We knew we wanted it to be understated and simple but beautiful. He brought the song to life with his cinematic vision. So lucky to have worked with him”.
“I’m here to tell you anything can happen in this life if you got the heart and the passion and a God lit fire inside,” sings four-time GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban on his new single Wild Hearts. The song is quintessential Urban. This fist-pumping, arena-ready, rise-up against all odds anthem, Wild Hearts, is as musically intoxicating as it is infectious and relatable.
A few loosely highlighted snapshots of Urban’s journey are shared in Wild Hearts, including his first concert with his father (Johnny Cash for those wondering) are spread throughout the song, but the result is an inspiring rallying cry.
UK’s Sam Fender has shared brand-new single Aye, the second instalment from his forthcoming album, Seventeen Going Under, out October 8 via Dew Process / UMA.
Aye is a thumping, angry and frustrated sigh at the state of the nation. It observes the battleground of left versus right but widens the lens to discover those party lines have become ever more blurred resulting in online aggravation that lacks nuance. The focus then settles on the disparity between the 1% and everybody else, and whilst ‘everybody else’ hurls insults at each other arguing semantics on social media, the 1% watch the money rolling in. It’s one of the only politically driven songs on Seventeen Going Under, and typically well observed. A purposeful rant about purposeless ranting.
Sam explains: “Aye is about the polarity between the left and the right wing, and how that leaves working class people displaced with a lack of political identity, playing into the hands of the 1%. It’s also a rant about my disdain for the greedy tax dodging billionaires of the world.“
Fresh off the buzz from their long-awaited sophomore album Yesteryear, Cosmo’s Midnight return to share their new scintillating single and video, Titanic, out via Sony Music (Australia), RCA Records (USA) & Black Butter Records (UK).
Opening with glittery chords and a pulsating bassline, Titanic builds on their distinctive sound with a fusion of funk and house, in the process linking up with APRA award-winning and ARIA-nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist, Louis Schoorl (5 Seconds of Summer, Girls’ Generation, M-Phazes). The uplifting sonic canvas is rich with guitars, shimmering synths and a classic four on the floor drum pattern, as Pat’s dynamic falsettos bridge a juxtaposition of dejected lyrics on past regrets, signalling an evolution from last year’s LP. The accompanying video sees the pair in a school-aged talent show. Directed by Tim Nathan, Cosmo and Pat’s faces become superimposed on two tracksuit-clad stars, whose impromptu dance moves slowly lure a crowd into their own stardom fantasies.
Speaking on the track and video, Pat says: “‘Titanic’ kind of feels like a thematic progression from Yesteryear. It’s reflecting on past regrets but instead of Yesteryear where it’s kind of got this hint of optimism to it, ‘Titanic’ is kind of pessimistic with the lyrics ‘you said we’d be okay but I don’t feel that way’. It’s like the moment just before everything spirals downwards. When it came to doing the artwork we ended up using a deep learning AI to generate ideas in collaboration with our artist Charlotte Mei and Creative Director Jordan Kirk, so it’s kind of fitting that we ended up also using deepface AI to deep fake ourselves into the film clip. The outcome was so surreal which kind of works with the times we’re in and the bizarre mood we wanted.”
GRAMMY nominated multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes released his new single Summer Of Love with Tainy via Island Records/Universal Music Australia. The track is produced by multi award-winning Producer/artist Tainy and NEON16.
The official video was shot in Majorca, Spain, directed by Matty Peacock, who previously directed Shawn’s Wonder video, as well as videos for Selena Gomez, Billie Eilish and Khalid, among others.
“I hope this song makes people feel free, free from the weight of life, even if just for a moment,” says Mendes. “The inspiration was getting a few months off to have a real summer with the people I love. My favourite part about creating it was getting the opportunity to work in the studio with Tainy. It was a special experience connecting with him since he’s such an incredible artist and amazing producer.”
After releasing their new single Decisions, Commitments & Plans last week to widespread praise, Brisbane’s much loved trio Bugs are excited to share the music video for the new release. The video clip also follows the announcement that Bugs will be appearing at UNIFY 2022, scheduled to take place on January 20-23 next year.
Filmed with videographer and friend of the band Harley Jones, frontman Connor Brooker reveals:
“We wanted to keep the focus of the viewer on the lyrics and intimacy of the topic, hence the concept being simple. We didn’t want too much of a chaotic visual taking away from the music, but as the last chorus explodes we wanted to match that feeling of unbridled release hence the last scene juxtaposing the mood of the first 2 and a half minutes. Hot take from the day: smoke machines are great value from Bunnings.“
With a growing 3 billion streams of her music and over 800k followers across her channels, Australian musician and author AViVA releases her new single Melancholy, the first through Island Records Australia and label partner Capital Records in the US. Spotlighting her immersive and electrifying brand of emo-pop, Melancholy is an unfiltered look at the downward pull of depression, showcasing the uncompromising originality that’s earned AViVA a passionate global following in recent years.
With its moody backdrop of minimalist beats, Melancholy sets its emotionally vivid lyrics to an infectious sing-song melody (“One, two, three, four/Vicious, knocking at my door/Seven, eight, nine, ten/Burn the candle at both ends”). Throughout the track, AViVA delivers a captivating vocal performance, flaunting her effortless flow and fierce yet vulnerable presence.
AViVA says, “Seemingly cheerful and upbeat from the outside, it doesn’t matter what makes you feel that way, sometimes feeling down is the only way you can feel, but the power of the last line ‘it will never be the same’ is where the core message of the song lies. Even though after negative experiences things often aren’t the same, we are always free to learn and grow from our experiences. Feeling melancholy, like so many feelings, is just a temporary state. Things will, as they always do, get better.”
Known for his coastal folk sonic goodness, touring prestige and a laid back approach to life in his van, the name Jack Botts is rapidly cementing itself on the Australian conscious. The 23 year-old singer-songwriter released his third EP Slow Mornings in June to industry and fan acclaim, and is backing it up with the reveal of an acoustic cut of its standout single Tattoos alongside a live performance video.
In addition, Tattoos has been added to Apple Music’s elite ‘Acoustic Chill’ playlist alongside company such as Phoebe Bridgers, Courtney Barnett, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Hollow Coves, NEEDTOBREATHE + more. The single has become on of Jack’s highest performing singles across any metric to date. Tattoos, like the full EP, explores the 14 months Jack spent long-distance from his partner due to border restrictions. Arguably the most touching, and clearly painful track on the EP, Tattoos describes the heartache at long-distance wearing a couple down.
“I had just had a shocker of a week with my partner on FaceTime. The long-distance thing was getting the better of us. Maybe we both said some things we didn’t actually mean. It doesn’t matter, it was the heat of the moment. I wrote this after reflecting on the hiccup, and realised there wasn’t anything wrong with ‘us’, it was the situation,” Jack shares.
“I went into the studio with my producer Garrett Kato, and he was like “why don’t you just fucking scream out that last chorus”, so I did. Pretty sure it’s the highest I’ve ever sung, but it felt pretty cool.”
Critically acclaimed singer songwriter Jamie McDell lifts the covers off the stunning video for her new single, Dream Team. Premiering on The Bluegrass Situation, the video was shot across Canada’s Denman Island, with Director/videographer Ben Giesbrecht.
Dream Team, produced by Nash Chambers, is the first single from Jamie McDell’s forthcoming new album set for release early in 2022.
Jamie discusses the single, “I wrote Dream Team while sitting on the bathroom floor of my partner’s boss’s apartment after having just finished watching the last episode of the Netflix series “Chernobyl”. I wouldn’t say this song was inspired by the tragic events that took place in 1986, but the devastating stories paired with a social media post by some local popular boys with the caption ‘Dream Team’ had me questioning who we aspire to be like, and the hands that we choose to place our families lives in.”
Bearings have announced a cover of the massive Harry Styles song, Golden and will feature on the release of a deluxe version of their Courtney Ballard (Good Charlotte, Waterparks) produced album, Hello, It’s You, out 15 September through Pure Noise Records.
“We’ve been massive fans of Harry Styles for a long time now and have always wanted to do a proper cover. When the idea came up it was a no brainer. It was so much fun to record and we truly learned a lot just by doing it. To have our good friend Ryan Woods on the track just made it that much better. We’re so excited for people to hear this one” – Ryan Culligan
Sydney-based Dream rock band Crystal Cities knew from the very start of 2020 that they wanted to release their 10-track second album as individual singles. Since August 26th 2020 the band has been consistently dropping single-after-single and delivering quality music for their fans and music critics alike.
Blood-soaked is the eighth single to be released from the band’s sophomore LP Hold Me Close Hold Me Tight. The song is nothing short of epic yet still maintains a unique Indie rock edge. Daniel Conte’s powerful drum parts are explosive and provide the perfect glue to hold Rana’s unique chorus vocal phrasing together. The song is also a great example of tension and release, spending it’s first two choruses centred around one chord and then unearthing a huge surge of energy by expanding the harmony at the 1:48 mark.
“‘Blood-soaked’ tells the tale of the power of the mind. Although you get to choose the outcome, you are not always the winner. Reality is your prize, and is your creation, and that creation can be your greatest achievement or your biggest downfall. I’ve tried to convey this message through the loose narrative of a prize fighter from ancient Greece in a battle of epic proportions, hanging on for dear life.” – Geoff Rana (vocals/guitar/keys)
Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist Hannah Crofts (All Our Exes Live in Texas) would like to introduce you to her new moniker: Baby Velvet, a vintage-loving, wanderer on a mission to find out if you do always get what you deserve in life and in love.
She has unveiled her brand new single Call Me, out via ABC Music, with soaring harmonies and aching lyrics that are gloriously gritty and heart-wrenching, but always familiar. The single is the first taste of what’s to come from her debut album, set for release 2022.
Baby Velvet says of the single: “One thing I have always struggled with is the fact that if you have a mobile phone, it is expected that you must communicate regardless of whether you want to or not. I think about growing up with a home phone, if you weren’t home the person would leave a message and you could get back to them whenever you wanted. The song is about having long stretches of depression and a general loss of identity and how sometimes you must tap in and out of life, choosing when you can come back in / taking a mental health break if you need it. This is a song about losing it all, the job/the relationship/the sense of self, but building it back up and then when I am ready, coming back into the world and answering my phone.”
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