Mix Tape Volume 21

We love a good mix tape at Hi Fi Way, have a look to see who made Volume Twenty One:

Yorke shares the latest taste from her forthcoming EP ten feet tall (out Friday Dec 2nd); her new single when the honeymoon is over. The release coincides with the announcement Yorke will be touring her new EP next year with headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

when the honeymoon is over is one of the gutsiest, most thrilling pop songs Yorke has ever written and is one of 5 starkly personal tracks that will appear on ten feet tall including previous singles i’ll keep driving’ and ‘next life. The EP constantly searches for optimism even in its darkest moments, climbing towards it with vivid songwriting and heart-rendering melodies, each song brighter than its predecessor.

The Murlocs brought their outrageous live show to euphoric crowds at LEVITATION festival last weekend and will perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre tomorrow alongside King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with whom they share several band members.

In celebration of their national headlining US tour kicking off , the band has unleashed the Living Under a Rock (Live at the Forum) video. The electrifying video gives fans and critics an early taste of their explosive live performance.

Frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith shares, “Some people live a sheltered life by choice and some people are born into it. ‘Rapscallion’ has had enough of living under a rock. It’s time for a fresh start.”

Lucifer on the Moon is the anti-gravity companion to Spoon’s Lucifer on the Sofa. It’s a full-on reimagination of the Austin band’s tenth album created by On-U Sound founder and UK dub icon, Adrian Sherwood.

The Devil and Mr. Jones (Rework), which twists the original songdown to a head-spinning, half-time groove.

Lucifer on the Moon flips Lucifer on the Sofa’s rhythm tracks inside-out, and often rebuilds them wholesale. Sherwood supplied extensive additional instrumentation via On-U’s extended family of session players, including bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Keith LeBlanc (both of whom performed in Sugarhill Records’ early ’80s in-house rhythm section). He dug deep into the album’s multi-tracks, surfacing forgotten details and elements not present in the final album mixes. The result airlifts Spoon’s trademark melodies into lush alien terrain, replete with vibrant echo and rumbling low-end.

Released in February, Lucifer on the Sofa is Spoon’s purest rock ’n roll record to date. Texas-made, it is the first set of songs that the quintet has put to tape in its hometown of Austin in more than a decade. Written and recorded over the last two years – both in and out of lockdown – the songs mark a shift toward something louder, wilder, and more full-colour.

Daring to go where few bands have gone before, Future Islands have done the unthinkable and covered Last Christmas, the classic festive song originally made famous by Wham!

The Baltimore group’s playful reworking retains the song’s charm and melody as Samuel T. Herring’s distinctive vocals adds potent emotional heft to George Michael’s bittersweet lyrics.

Future Islands headline Australian / New Zealand tour tickets are on sale.

Acclaimed Aussie rockers The Poor have unveiled the clip for their new single Let Me Go and confirmed their forthcoming album High Price Deed is now available for pre-order.

The album is scheduled for release on February 3, 2023 via Reckless Records. Let Me Go is the follow-up single to Cry Out and Payback’s A Bitch.

Diamond-selling act AWOLNATION debuted a new single called We Are All Insane, along with a new music video. Earlier this year, AWOLNATION released Freaking Me Out, accompanied by the first music video in a series of videos that brings the viewer into a futuristic world and begins a journey of escape in a post contemporary world. The official music video for We Are All Insane continues the story and is the second in a series of new videos directed by Eliot Charof exploring The Phantom Five’s flight to freedom in an overly digitized future.

Frontman Aaron Bruno on the inspiration behind We Are All Insane, “I wrote the song during a time when the days of the week felt especially monotonous and I was searching for ways to stay creative and productive. I think that’s a feeling most people have experienced at some point in their lives, especially over the past few years.”

Treasured Australian indie pop icon Mallrat is excited to reveal her spicy new video for Teeth, one of the many highlights on her debut album Butterfly Blue which debuted at #2 on the Australian Albums Charts and #6 on the ARIA Albums Chart on its release earlier in the year.

Teeth was directed by Mallrat (aka Melbourne-based singer/writer/producer Grace Shaw) and co-directed by James Robinson (Camp Cope, Wafia, Valentino, Adidas Originals).

Mallrat says: “When I was writing my album I kept thinking about monster trucks. I wanted to harness that distortion and roughness to balance out all the delicate and ethereal moments. This video is a very literal depiction of that. The references are eclectic – Lady Godiva, siren mythology, Charlie’s Angels and the Paris Hilton Carl’s Jr commercial. We filmed Teeth at the beginning of the year, at home in Queensland, with some very talented friends (James Robinson and Amy Dellar).“

Change Has To Come is the first single from the upcoming fourth studio LP, due March 2023 from Naarm-based Musician, songwriter, storyteller advocate and Third Culture Kid (Filipino/Wiradjuri), Mo’ju.

Change Has To Come is a plea to step away from the screens and the keyboards, to look up and out, and take your shouting to the streets to fight for political change. But most of all it is an appeal for communities to unite and come together in the physical world.

Nathan Cavaleri returns to the spotlight with brand new single and video, Cool Changes (ABC Music).

Self-produced with additional production and direction from Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Cool Changes – a surf-inspired, indie-rock track – is the first of four singles Cavaleri will release ahead of his much-anticipated upcoming fourth album, scheduled for release next year. With its sauntering beat, multi-layered harmonies and meandering guitar riffs that shimmer like sun glitter, Cool Changes washes over like calming waves lapping against sun-kissed feet.

“Can’t catch a breath, yet I’m holding it/ Trying to heal a world with a hole in it… Maybe I should give myself over to these cool changes…”

Louis Tomlinson unveils one final taste of his upcoming album, Silver Tongues. The new track is a rousing earworm, bursting at the seams with joyful nostalgic energy. Written with Joe Cross (Lana Del Ray, Courteeners) and Theo Hutchcraft from Hurts, the track is another bold step forward sonically for Louis. “Silver Tongues is probably the song I’m most proud of on the record.”

Adelaide indie rock stalwarts, Already Gone, are excited to announce the release of a new single Found Within, best described as a short, punchy, indie-rock analysis of one’s personal search for freedom.

Found Within was recorded and mixed at Hillside Recordings by legendary Adelaide Producer, Matt Hills (Wolf and Cub) and the track was mastered at Studios301 by Steve Smart (Midnight Oil, Vance Joy, Kasey Chambers, Dean Lewis, Ocean Alley and triple j’s ‘Like A Version’).

Eight-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, designer, and philanthropist Avril Lavigne released her latest single I’m A Mess (with YUNGBLUD) via Travis Barker’s DTA Records.

I’m A Mess (with YUNGBLUD) was written by Avril Lavigne, Travis Barker, John Feldmann and Dominic Harrison aka YUNGBLUD and was produced by Feldmann and Barker. Lavigne also released the official music video for the song today. Directed by P Tracy, it was filmed in both London and Los Angeles.

Lachie Gill is back! The talented pop-inspired singer/songwriter has been busy in the studio creating his latest up-tempo, catchy offering, Sad Summer which is released through Universal Music Australia.

Earlier this year, Lachie won over the Australian public with his captivating vocal ability and charismatic charm which saw him crowned the winner of The Voice 2022. He released his debut single, Wasted Time in May, reached #2 on the iTunes chart and generated over 3M streams across all digital platforms including half a million streams on Spotify. His stripped back performance of Wasted Time reached over 280k views on YouTube.

Lachie received accolades from around the globe including Cyndi Lauper and his coach Rita Ora who said, “Lachie is in a league of his own, he’s the ultimate storyteller and has the ability to capture the audience and have them go along with him. He sings like it’s the last time, every time.”

Now Lachie has teamed up with prolific, global chart topping and award-winning Australian producers Andy and Thom Mak (Boy & Bear, Vera Blue, Tori Kelly, Julia Stone) to write for his latest project. Harnessing his candid, emotive writing style, Lachie and the Mak brothers broke down these walls of vulnerability to craft the anthemic Sad Summer.

“It was at a time when my relationship was going through a bit of a rough stage,” Lachie remembers. “I’ve written way too many sad songs, and I wanted to see if I could put that energy into something a bit more upbeat.”

Today sees PinkPantheress release Do you miss me?. Produced by Kaytranada and phil, we are introduced to a new sound from PinkPantheress as her vocals dance over the track.

Do you miss me? follows on PinkPantheress’ well-received collaboration with Sam Gellaitry – Picture in my mind. She most recently featured on ‘Anya Mmiri’ with Nigerian-born singer CKay as part of the official soundtrack for Marvel’s brand-new movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Last week saw IFFY FM and Boiler Room join forces to create PinkPantheress & Friends live event. The sold-out event had a line up which included Saunders, Jjess, Tommy Gold alongside surprise guests FLO and Goldlink before PinkPantheress brought the night to a close with fan-favourites and unreleased tracks.

Morgan Evans is bringing his vulnerability to life visually in the stunning official music video for Over For You. Directed by Peter John, the cinematic video was captured while Evans was on the road in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Rainbow Beach, Australia, in addition to Auckland, New Zealand.

Over For You sent fans into a craze after Evans debuted the song at his headlining CMC Rocks QLD Festival performance to 25,000 people, his biggest headlining show of his career. Uploads from the show had received hundreds of thousands of views on social media within the first few days following, prompting Over For You – Live in Melbourne to be recorded and released to DSPs. The studio version quickly followed and impacted radio immediately.

Evans hit the CMA Awards red carpet last week to discuss the track. “It’s been a rough few months, but writing this song helped me sort through a lot of that,” he said to Billboard. “I didn’t have any expectations for it, I just felt like I needed to get it off my chest. The reaction to that was kind of overwhelming.” Speaking to Access Hollywood, Evans said, “One of the parts is how lonely it can feel. It’s strangely comforting to realize that so many other people have been through this same thing, which I didn’t until I shared the song.”

Enter into the lush and mysterious realm of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Emily Victoria, with her brand new track Humming Heart making its way into the world. Also accompanied by an immersive and intriguing music video, Humming Heart murmurs with rich instrumentals and effortless charm like a hazy twilight spell.

Inspired by the likes of Hatchie, Kate Bush, Caroline Polachek and The Sundays, Humming Heart is a layered, bold and dreamlike affair, equally warm and beguiling with a retro undertone amidst Emily’s textured vocals. Recorded to tape at Soundpark Studios with producer Nao Anzai, who has previously worked with Mildlife and The Teskey Brothers, Humming Heart hums along with synthesisers and production by Lewis Moody, additional vocal production provided by Hamish Patrick, guitars by Anthony Farrugia, Jacob Long on drums and Sam Clarke on bass, while also contemplating the unknown and existence in general, as Emily explains, “The lyrics for Humming Heart are quite abstract, like the video. It’s ultimately about having curiosity and intrigue, exploring the unknown and encountering the supernatural. It’s also about considering the cause of our existence and trying to make sense of one’s experience”.

Seven studio albums in about twenty years of band history: Sweden’s root rock figureheads SIENA ROOT have constantly been working on something new, ever-changing their approach and experimenting a lot – not only to keep their music fresh for fans but especially to challenge themselves. An open secret and one of the main reasons for the group being relevant as ever after all these years. Besides touring with acts such as DEEP PURPLE and DEWOLFF, the quartet — longtime/founding members Love Forsberg (drums) and Sam Riffer (bass), completed by guitarist Johan Borgström and multi-talent Zubaida Solid (vocals, keys) — have always been bringing their highly infectious performance to the stages of the world that gained them a very own load of die-hard fans around the globe. And those of them who were lucky enough to attend one of SIENA ROOT’s post-pandemic touring legs earlier, might even better know how the band spent the inevitable Corona years: with recording a brand new album that is finally set to be released next year via their new label home, Atomic Fire Records!

The band comment, “The ‘Dynamic Root Rock Experience’ called SIENA ROOT caught fire a long time ago. As we all know you need to catch a fire to be burnin’ and this time SIENA ROOT caught an Atomic Fire: we are very proud and honoured to announce that we are a part of the Atomic Fire Records family now. The new album, »Revelation« will be released in early 2023, stay tuned!”

The upcoming record’s title definitely keeps its word: it’s a sonic »Revelation« and has become the most versatile offering in SIENA ROOT’s long-spanning career, guiding listeners through a real journey instead of simply stringing together song after song. But that’s not all: the first appetizer, new single Little Burden which premiered live in 2022, can already be enjoyed alongside a music video, which was edited by Linus Grane, over on YouTube (see below).

The band explain, “This is a first taste of SIENA ROOT’s journey when introducing the more acoustic side of the ‘Dynamic Root Rock Experience.’ The song deals with leaving the city and the experience that comes with that. ‘Little Burden’ is a song that describes the feeling of melancholy and battle one experiences when faced with the arbitrary issues of man and when burdens, however small and inconsequential, make you weary and sometimes even poison you.”

Rising queer-pop newcomer Hallie (they/she) announces their debut EP This Is Love, due Feburary 2023, and shares new single Love!.

Love! is a euphoric burst of pop, paying homage to the early 00s (complete with a record scratch imbued intro) whilst keeping one foot firmly in the present, with Hallie’s ability to craft witty, relatable lyrics and irresistible earworms’ of choruses firmly highlighted in this indie-pop suckerpunch.

Speaking on the new single, Hallie adds: “I initially wrote ‘Love!’ about my then partner, when I woke up on my period feeling irritable but was instantly comforted by the love and depth of connection we had. After finishing the writing and production with Oscar Sharah, I found new meaning in the song, and how in my current life it speaks to the platonic love surrounding me. It’s really nice to be reminded that within all the chaos and confusion of my early 20’s, there is so much support and love in friendships that often surpasses the romantic flings in my life. At the time of writing ‘Love!’ I was listening to alot of 2000’s music. Oscar and I listened to ‘Cool’ by Gwen Stefani in the studio and I loved how the main hook of the song was one lyric and that lyric felt almost personified by the energy and sonic world of the song.”

Replay, the brand new single from Cub Sport, should be subtitled ‘Brisbane to Ibiza’. A propulsive house track that ripples with waves of sinewy sub-bass, it transmutes the band’s trademark warmth and empathy into a piece of glassy, gorgeous dance music. In recent years, Cub Sport have made songs you can dance to – but they’ve never produced anything quite like Replay, a song whose embodied throb and Balearic sparkle arrives in search of the largest, loudest speakers it can find.

Recorded in Melbourne with Styalz Fuego (Troye Sivan, Tate McRae, Khalid) and Natalie Dunn (Charli XCX, Blackpink), Replay captures an interplay between human and heavenly that’s typified by artists like Robyn, Ariana Grande and, of course, Cub Sport patron saint Cher. Tim Nelson’s gossamer falsetto has never sounded so at home as it does above the track’s elemental rumble.

Fittingly, Replay’s musical leap is mirrored in its emotional landscape. “‘Replay’ is about moving forward. Feelings aren’t as simple as we sometimes make out – you can long for something and not want it at the same time, you can love something but outgrow it,” says Nelson. “I think it’s about shifting from longing for something to feeling free. But it also doesn’t have to be that deep – It’s a fun pop song and that’s how I want it to be enjoyed too.”

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