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British singer-songwriter Aluna returns with her new single Forget About Me, a collaboration with Diplo and Italian producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist Durante, offering fans a taste of what’s to come from Aluna in 2022. The track was co-produced by Aluna, Diplo and Durante.
Speaking about the new track, Aluna reveals, “This song is about that moment when you’ve cleaned up the trash pile that was once your heart –you’re feeling yourself and you’ve worked out how to be alone but the past comes back to haunt you, hungry for your new self love and abundant vibes. Those are the moments you have to stay strong and really forget about your old love so that new fresh love can waltz into your life. When the one that got away comes back…what you gonna do? That’s not what I call destiny, you deserve better.”
Forget About Me, arrives with an official music video, directed by Reggie, who previously directed Aluna’s videos for Don’t Hit My Line, and The Recipe with KAYTRANADA feat. Rema.
Talking about the video, Aluna explains, “The music video for ‘Forget About Me’ is an exploration of how to skip to that ‘new you’ feeling after a break up instead of all the drama we go through before we feel better. I wanted to play with the idea of a futuristic game where if you win all is forgotten and you get to move on, easy as that…..I think someone needs to invent it for real though.”
Metronomy share Things will be fine, the second single from their forthcoming seventh studio album Small World, out on 18th February 2022 via Because Music. Things will be fine, grapples with harnessing hopeful, sunny optimism in the face of difficult situations, speaking positivity into existence whether for our own reassurance or for that of our children or loved ones – even when we have no idea ourselves if things really will be fine.
The video accompanying the single is a paean to teenage nostalgia and which Mount describes as a “sort of pseudo role-play therapy session in which we all re-visit our teenage selves. Everyone ended up more scarred than they did before making it…apart from Michael and his f*#king guinea pigs”.
Things will be fine follows It’s good to be back, as the second single from Small World, an album which sees Metronomy return to simple pleasures, nature, and an embracing in part of more pared down, songwriterly sonics, all while asking broader existential questions: which feels at least somewhat rooted in the period of time during which it was made – 2020. Finding appreciation in nature and our roots, while reappraising the things we value as we get older are all things that are part and parcel of the human experience: though it has all felt accelerated and emphasised in this past year or so. Through the tumultuous ebb and flow of the years, Metronomy continues to endure, and Joe Mount’s ability as a songwriter, arranger and producer shines through on Small World, evergreen.
Swedish high energy rock and roll band THE HELLACOPTERS will release their 8th studio album called Eyes Of Oblivion on April 1st, 2022! Produced by Nicke Andersson & Chips Kisbye (who has overseen every Hellacopters album since High Visibility in the year 2000), it will be the band’s first full-length since the release of their temporary farewell record Head Off in 2008.
As of today, you can pre-order Eyes Of Oblivion in a variety of formats, including a nice selection of gorgeous looking vinyls (scroll down for details) as well as a limited 2CD Box Set containing four bonus tracks!
In celebration THE HELLACOPTERS are sharing with you the album’s second single, its highly addictive title track, Eyes Of Oblivion.
“The album has 10 songs and although it’s obviously not easy to be objective at all, I think musically it sums up everything we’ve touched upon from the start in 1994 up until now. Some of the songs date back as far as 10 years or more, and some were written more recently. It’s rock and roll played with high energy, so for lack of a better term I say High Energy Rock And Roll. You could say it sounds like The Beatles meets Judas Priest or Lynyrd Skynyrd meets the Ramones but the best way to describe this album is that it sounds like The Hellacopters today.”
Eccentric, unapologetic art-pop connoisseur Montana Sharp has announced her breathtaking new single Way Of The Whiffler, a clever exploration of the Old English word whiffler as it pertains to the confusion and ever-changing opinions of youth. Way Of The Whiffler precedes the highly-anticipated release of Montana’s debut EP, Blood Moon, to be released on February 11. This highly trained, highly skilled ‘musician’s musician’ marries complex, classical chord structures and motifs with modern, innovative pop songwriting conventions – and audiences can’t get enough.
Way Of The Whiffler is just the kind of artful, bold track listeners have come to expect from Montana Sharp. It feels pulled directly from Eurovision; evocative of Amanda Palmer, Kate Miller-Heidke and Australian pop artist Montaigne, yet still completely unique to Montana. Orchestral swells swirl underneath Montana’s all-powerful vocal; her voice is incomparable, her performance and control impeccable – and she’s in fine form on this single and all throughout the EP. Speaking on the inspiration behind Way Of The Whiffler, Montana explains, “Around the time I wrote this song, I used a word of the day dictionary app every day to find cool words that would inspire future songs and lyrics. One day, the word of the day was “whiffler’’, an old English word meaning ‘a person who frequently shifts opinions, attitudes, interests, etc.’ I thought that was emblematic of everyone’s predicament in their early 20s – where everything around you is sort of impermanent and ever-changing. At that time of my life, I was set on projecting a completely different version of myself, to hide the true one, who felt hurt and vulnerable. I think I wrote the lyrics from the lens of someone who wanted to keep people at a distance. After all, what is the point of attachment if the only constant is change? That was my view at the time anyway.”
Griff and Sigrid have released brand new, collaborative single Head On Fire, which is available now alongside a striking new video. Head On Fire is the sound of a big, pop-girl friendship that blossomed online during the pandemic, and is now taken IRL with an empowering new anthem. Having both navigated hotly-tipped status as teens, Griff and Sigrid perfectly represent the new wave of female artists focused instead on lifting each other up.
Describing how the pair first connected, Sigrid says: “Griff and I met sharing a pizza at the Rueben Selby show at Fashion Week in London, haha. We went to the studio a while later and just had a day of talking about life, before writing ‘Head On Fire’. It’s about that feeling when you meet someone who just flips everything upside down and you can’t focus on anything else but that person. Sarah’s just lovely, and it’s been so much fun working with her.”
With Griff and Sigrid’s impassioned fans often speculating on a future duet between the two, Griff comments: “I’ve looked up to Sigrid so much, especially as a young girl who broke through making powerful, credible pop music. So I was excited to hear she wanted to write. We hung out and made ‘Head On Fire’, this really fun, feel-good song, and I’m excited for the world to finally hear us on a track together.”
Indie-rock quartet PLANET (*band name is capitalized) open 2022 in a serious way as they release the title track from their forthcoming debut album, Information Overload out now via Dew Process.
Layering blazing electrics over a heavy percussive bassline, frontman Matty Took’s smooth vocals tie Information Overload together into an addictive indie-pop groove. Mirroring the nostalgic indie sounds, the visual accompaniment centres on vintage TV sets that display the band’s performance between news clips from the past, the clip premiered on UK tastemaker site Clash Mag overnight.
Speaking on the track and its meaning, Took said “We wanted the video for ‘Information Overload’ to be as intense and sporadic as humanly possible so the idea was to make three separate clips and add in affected news clipping and ads. The final product was filming these clips projected on old TV/broadcast monitors – quite obviously portraying the title of the song, but subtly highlighting how when there is so much going on you can’t think at all or do anything with clarity.”
CELESTE unveil another single of their album, their haunting offering Le coeur noir charbon that comes with another video revealing a glimpse of insanity. With this third video to herald the beginning of a new era for the band, the French managed to create a song showcasing the band’s full abilities from their tactful sense for atmospheric mood to their harsh brutality in riffing and vocals.
The band states: “CELESTE’s final act of ASSASSINE(S) has to be the climax of this album. Beginning with blasting bass drums over an almost baroque riffing, this hectic start is part of the most diverse song of this album. Black metal, post rock and post hardcore are blended in this story-teller of a song. It also welcomes a guest singer Emily Marks and a guitar sample from Katsuta from Heaven In Her Arms to enrich the band’s universe. Patiently building its pace through dreamy guitars and heartful vocals, CELESTE is bringing tension over and over. It of course worth every penny, the end of ‘Le coeur noir charbon’ is absolutely relieving and rewarding. The band let’s all its passion burst in probably one of the most grandiose riff the band has ever written.”
Endlessly prolific, multi-disciplinary artist Driftwood. has released his remarkable new single Bremfields, featuring British rapper Still Greedy. It’s a truly creative and thoughtful track, a glowing addition to this growing artist’s impressive discography, and is accompanied by a visually stunning, self-directed and self-edited music video, also out today. Fiercely independent and intriguingly enigmatic, Driftwood. proves time and time again that he is one to watch.
Bremfields evokes feelings of Kanye West at his most exciting, most innovative; classic Ye albums My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus have both clearly influenced the electronic/RnB stylings of Driftwood. during the creation of this song, but Bremfields still feels fresh, unique, new. Featuring backing vocals from platinum selling, ARIA nominated Reigan Derry (Snoop Dog, Jay Z, Neo) and mixed and mastered by Dan Vinci (Big Nasty), the song arcs creatively, synths spiking in unexpected moments, while Driftwood. and Still Greedy’s vocals provide the smooth melodic, rhythmic anchor. Speaking on the otherworldly inspiration behind the song, Driftwood. says, “This single is about breaking the fourth wall. It’s about the idea that there could be subterranean energies and other factors operating within other paradigms of consciousness. It’s about feeling like I’m trapped within this paradigm, and I don’t belong here…the one thing I love about art is I have a licence to explore ideas, no matter how crazy they may seem.”
Following the acclaimed late 2021 release of her Rounder Records debut Long Time Coming, Nashville’s Sierra Ferrell has surprised her ever-growing legion of fans by releasing a gorgeous new acoustic cover of Ray LaMontagna’s Hey Me, Hey Mama.
Says Sierra: “Prior to recording Long Time Coming, my producer Gary Paczosa and I went into his studio to record some acoustic demos and this song was one of them. Ray is a HUGE inspiration to me. His heart, his voice, his soul stands out. Honestly my music wouldn’t be the same with him.”
Internationally renowned British singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé has shared her uplifting Brighter Days, and its accompanying video.
Speaking of the new single, Emeli says: “‘Brighter Days’ is inspired by the truth that even in the darkest moments, there is always hope. We might have to dig deeper to feel it, but hope is always there. Staying anchored in hope and faith is our victory and defeat only comes when we lose sight of this power. ‘Brighter Days’ is an affirmation – it’s a reminder of our collective power to make a choice and create our reality.”
“The power of the collective mind is remarkable, and I believe that no matter the external circumstances forced upon us, we have dominion over the mind and spirit. Brighter days are coming. Stepping out of the darkness is within our control. Fear is not ours, pessimism does not belong to us, defeat is not our choice. We choose brighter days and this song is the voice of hope, faith and love.”
BROODS dive into the new year with the release of Like A Woman, the rousing third single from the brother/sister duo’s new studio album Space Island – Out Friday February 18th.
Unquestionably one of the most gripping moments on Space Island, Like a Woman encompasses a wildly shapeshifting sound. After opening on a sudden burst of harmony, the track retreats into desolate stillness before building to a gorgeously explosive bridge. Meanwhile, lead vocalist Georgia Nott’s distinctive voice drifts from tender to soulful to impossibly fragile in its potent expression of the pain of being undermined.
She says, “To me that song very much reflects what it feels like to talk about things that have hurt you. You might start off like, ‘I think I’m all right. Although it did hurt. It hurt a lot, actually. I mean, yeah—it really fucking hurt.’ Or at least that’s how I tend to talk about these things. It’s still really hard to listen to this song almost 2 1/2 years after writing it, but I’m learning that, when I look a little deeper into the aches and pains, they all come from a place of love. Doing that gives me a way of seeing it in a non-judgmental way. Of being gentle and accepting of the things that have hurt me. “
For Georgia, Like A Woman arrived to her like a visitor from another realm. “This one floated through the window and landed gently on my fingers while I was playing a Rhodes organ. It possessed me for no more than 10 minutes, but it left me with “Like A Woman”. I didn’t have any idea at the time how important of a song it would become to me. I hope people can feel as held as I felt when they hear it. “
Following on from their stunning return single Ease My Mind, Australian rock exports The Faim have released another anthemic, adrenaline-charged single The Hills.
With vehement vocals and a fervent performance, The Hills is a standout from their forthcoming album, which will be released later in 2022. Liberating piano hits, atmospheric synths and assertive drums combine and charge towards a cathartic chorus, where the band’s charismatic frontman Josh Raven touches on themes about revitalisation and nostalgia.
“’The Hills’ is a song which touches on anxiety and the desire to go back to that place where you can reconnect with yourself and take a breath.” comments guitarist and songwriter Sam Tye. “For Josh and I, the Perth hills is one of these places and after two years of being on the road, coming home gave us a moment to reflect on the sometimes-overwhelming experiences you have whilst touring. I hope this song helps people find that place for themselves.”
Does Australia have a new Rock N Roll Anthem?
LUCKY, by newcomers TRUCK, starts out with a guitar riff that all at once sounds new and exciting but somehow familiar, wrapping itself around you like a warm summer breeze at an outdoor music festival.
The lyrics talk of backyard sounds that conjure up within many of us the feeling of freedom that has so typified suburban Australia. But then they go deeper, acknowledging the layers of complexity that we as contemporary Australians are now grappling with.
Tilting the hat towards independence, reconciliation and multiculturalism without grandstanding, the lyrics suggest that a love of footy, beer and beaches doesn’t represent the full extent of our passionate engagement; that our future is in good hands with the rise of the next generation; and that the answers will come with empathy, education and understanding.
As vocalist Andy McLean says, “In essence, we can still feel lucky living in a country with deep past hurts and pressing current concerns if we keep pushing in the right direction. Lucky is a feel good rock and roll song that proudly recognises our gratitude, our pain and our potential. It’s indicative of how we’re evolving.”
Australia’s heavy trailblazers Northlane have debuted their new single Plenty, the next offering lifted from their forthcoming album, Obsidian, out April 1 via Believe. The band have also expanded their June headline run, adding extra shows in Sydney and Melbourne to meet demand.
One of the more classic Northlane-sounding tracks on Obsidian, Plenty is a bleak look at forsaking reincarnation with its perplexing time-signature bookending a delicately soaring chorus. As frontman Marcus Bridge wrestles with the idea of another go at life, the sentiment will stay with you long after the final breakdown fades away.
“Plenty is a song of pessimism and looks at the idea of reincarnation,” says Marcus Bridge. “As we watch the world deteriorate day by day, it becomes harder to see a way out and begs the question: If I was to start again from the beginning, if I could have a fresh start, would I take that opportunity? At this stage, I’ve had plenty.”
Iconic Australian musician Darren Hayes has announced his first new music in a decade and the beginning of a brand new chapter of accomplishments. Leading with the effervescent new single Let’s Try Being In Love, Hayes strikes out strong with a reminder of his natural songwriting talent and charm.
More than a comeback, Let’s Try Being In Love is a rebirth.
It signals that Hayes’ most personal music is around the corner. For the first time ever, his new project is entirely arranged, produced, composed and performed by Hayes himself, and the single teases an era that is set to represent Darren Hayes at his most artistically fulfilled.
Darren will return to Australia and celebrate his first live performance in a decade at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on March 5.
“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to headline the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Last year, I was in awe, along with the rest of the world, as Australians united and came together safely to celebrate our vibrant and resilient community. I decided in that moment, if this could happen again in 2022, I was going to do everything within my power to come home and celebrate with you. You can imagine how thrilled I am, truly, to have been chosen to close what I know will be an unforgettable and necessary night of pride and joy. I’m so looking forward to spending time together after so much time apart.”
After appeasing the masses with the astounding Casanova in October, Thornhill return with their pulsing new single Arkangel.
The first new music since their acclaimed 2019 debut album The Dark Pool, Casanova swung heads for its elevated imagery dripping in glitter and Hollywood glam. Backing it up with Arkangel, Thornhill no doubt confirm they’ve stepped into an inspired new era both musically and visually, and prove yet again they are one of the most forward-thinking bands in Australia today.
Arkangel was mixed by George Lever (Sleep Token, Loathe), meanwhile its music video (watch here) was written and directed by Jacob Charlton and edited by Third Eye Visuals.
Thornhill guitarist Ethan McCann shares how the track came to life instrumentally:
“I started writing ‘Arkangel’ after surrounding myself with media from the late nineties and early two thousands. I found the hit of nostalgia to be incredibly comforting while we were all locked away. I wanted this song to make you feel the way I felt watching these shows and movies from this period, so I treated it almost like a film score. I found the opening credits to the old Sarah Michelle Gellar ‘Buffy’ series and basically wrote to that opening sequence. The sections of the song move quite rapidly, the root changes three or four times within the first minute which to me is what a band full of teenagers would be doing in their garage. They don’t really know what they’re doing but it feels natural and is such a perfect representation of that era that they are living in.”
Hotly tipped up-and-comer LOLA YOUNG releases brand new single SO SORRY via Dew Process.
The brand-new single finds Lola at her sharp-tongued best, drilling into personal experiences and translating them through her lyrics like only she knows how. The track is quick witted, upbeat and pairs her lyricism with slick strings and a driving rhythm section.
Speaking honestly, Lola explained the thinking behind the track: “‘So Sorry’ is a song I wrote about my toxic traits in a relationship. I got super vulnerable and honest on this track and I hadn’t yet written a song about how difficult I can be when I’m with someone. I feel like a lot of other people are going to be able to relate to the feeling of saying sorry far too much.”
Johnny Marr, one of the most influential songwriters and guitarists in British independent music will release Fever Dreams Pts 1-4, on February 25, 2022 via BMG. The 16-track double LP is Marr’s fourth solo record and the first full album of all-new music since 2018’s acclaimed UK Top Ten release, Call The Comet.
Johnny recently released Night and Day, the brand new single taken from the Fever Dreams Pt 3 EP – the third quarter of forthcoming double album Fever Dreams Pts 1-4. Featuring backing vocals and bass from Primal Scream’s Simone Marie, Night and Day encapsulates the confusion, the torpor and the entropy of the way we’ve all been living.
Speaking about the new single, Johnny said: “I need songs after all the news, news, news. It gets too real in the hotspots.”
Most importantly, Night and Day and the themes of Fever Dreams Pts 1-4 also look to the future, and the idea that even in the most trying times, hope endures. “I’m trying to be positive, for me and my audience, really,” Johnny adds. “My personality is such that it occurs to me to think that way. I’m not just writing with positivity for the sake of a song. It’s real, and it’s also very necessary.”
Bella Taylor Smith, Australian vocal powerhouse and most recently crowned winner of The Voice Australia for 2021, today releases her breathtaking new single, Nice To Know Ya, a deeply emotive and honest song about having a moment of broken trust with someone you love.
Written by Bella and Josh Cole and produced by Josh Cole and Scott Horscroft at The Grove Studios in Mangrove, Nice To Know Ya is a soulful pop track with hypnotically welcoming vocals inspired by the likes of H.E.R., Adele and YEBBA.
We all process broken trust differently- whether it’s between family, friends or romantic partners – each of us are likely to respond in our own unique way. Nice To Know Ya explores differing journeys/choices the listener may face in deciding the best way forward from that moment of broken trust. “If you want to continue to make something work knowing it won’t be easy, or if you want to turn around and say nice to know ya, no choice is bad, it’s just what’s right for you.” explains Bella.
“I really hope this song allows you a safe place to process your feelings and come to a conclusion or reconciliation that is best for you! that you can walk through the relationships in your life with confidence, knowing you are loved and valuable no matter your relationship status or how others treat you! you’ve got this!” says Taylor Smith of the track.
Riding high following their chart-topping triumph with an incredible cover of Tame Impala’s Elephant in triple j’s Hottest 100 last weekend, The Wiggles have dropped a brand new single! This time it is their interpretation of Lime Cordiale and Idris Elba’s Apple Crumble.
Anthony Field said today, ‘We are still so buzzed about the triple j Hottest 100 – it’s going to take us a while to get over that one! Earlier last week we headed into the studio to record Apple Crumble – a song that also made the Hottest 100, coming in at #14 for Lime Cordiale and Idris Elba. It’s another taste of what’s to come from the ReWiggled album!”
Trivium singer and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy is delighting fans by releasing the first single from his long-awaited and much-anticipated IBARAKI project. Ibaraki have shared the video for Tamashii No Houkai featuring special guest Ihsahn of Emperor fame.
“‘Tamashii No Houkai’ means ‘the breaking of the soul’ or ‘soul collapse,” explains Kiichi. “It’s a Japanese term that didn’t exist before, but one we forged to reflect the song’s meaning.”
Kiichi, who is of Japanese heritage, continues, “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is co-written by Ihsahn — the legend behind Emperor and a musician who has been a longtime influence and mentor to so much that I do in music. The writing of this song was the turning point for Ibaraki — it summarized everything from the past, present, and future of what I thought black metal was, is, and could be.”
Kiichi finishes, “‘Tamashii No Houkai’ is the perfect summary and representation of everything that Ibaraki is… and will be.”
Indie Aus rockers Maison Hall have shared their new rambler Montreux, a love letter to the connection between the left and the right sides of the brain. The duo, made up of Ben Byron and Joe Kneipp, have also announced a colourful, eccentric video to accompany the track. This is Maison Hall’s first release since their 2017 debut album It Was Never About Me, and will be celebrated with an east coast tour playing Black Bear Lodge Brisbane on February 3, The Retreat Hotel Melbourne on February 11 and Gang Gang Café Canberra on February 13.
Contemplative and upbeat, Montreux is classic indie rock evocative of The Kooks and Catfish and the Bottlemen, with sparks of innovation unique to Maison Hall throughout. Guitars thrash amongst steady, driving drums; lead vocalist Joe Kneipp’s voice feels right at home amongst the chaos, commanding attention with thoughtful lyrics and strong melodic hooks. Speaking on the inspiration behind the anticipated return single for the duo, Joe reflects, “Montreux is celebratory. Not just because we’re still doing this, but because we’re still doing this despite our ‘real-life’ obligations, the distance between us, the total absence of pecuniary success, etc. We are so divorced from any external validations – the simple fact is, I love making music, and I love making music with Ben. And we’re gonna keep fucking doing it!”
Canadian hardcore heavyweights COMEBACK KID have released their anticipated seventh studio album, Heavy Steps via Nuclear Blast Records.
“We are over the moon to finally put out Heavy Steps,” shares lead vocalist Andrew Neufeld. “This album’s journey started 2 years ago when the pandemic hit and has brought us here today as one of the most collaborative efforts we have had the privilege to be involved in. From writing the album from across country to meeting Winnipeg to jam and eventually record. Having a mixer like Will Putney get involved and bringing the sonic elements to life. It has truly been an honour.”
Alongside the album release, COMEBACK KID have unveiled a high energy live performance video directed by Dylan Gould for focus track ‘Face the Fire’.
Neufeld had this to say about their latest video, “We were finally able to operate as a band again and tour over the last 5 months and this new video “Face The Fire” is a collection of footage and photos that I collected over that time. It is an accurate reflection of what our live shows encompass and that specific energy that we have missed so much.”
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