Just Go Indigo
Joe Neptune - Just Go, Indigo
Joe Neptune consists of Melbournians, Nick Vorrath and Jarrad Brown. The two members are also apart of the group Custom Kings but in 2009 they worked on recording the duo’s only album to date, No Time To Grow Up.
There are plenty of memorable melodies and interesting folk arrangements, including Just Go, Indigo; a melancholic track which has classic songwriter sensibilities.
Charles Murdoch - Dekire (Ft. Oscar Key Sung)
With very little information to go by, we can safely assume two things: Charles Murdoch is from Brisbane and he is the man pushing the buttons behind this track.
Dekire was released two months back and it is an exercise in glitchy, dreamwave, downtempo, trip hop, electro-beats. Now I know that this music is not for everyone, but on a late night drive, (I imagine that) this is as good as slipping whiskey into a teething toddler’s milk: A little numbing and completely blissful.
Seekae - Another
In anticipation of the release of their third (currently untitled) album, Sydney trio Seekae have released Another. The track comprises of some primary elements. Vocals, a synth backing, a bassline and simple drums when the timing is right.
Shedding the extra tracks down is a new approach by the group who have previously made music that is astounding in its complex production. The sleek sound is very accessible and it is sure to win over some new fans.
You can download the track on iTunes now.
Lorde - Buzzcut Season
I remember writing about Lorde in January soon after her EP was released. Fast forward to October and her debut album, Pure Heroine is out and she has garnered a huge international following.
Pure Heroine contains tracks from the original Love Club EP and her second EP offering as well as some newbies. Buzzcut Season is, in my opinion, one of her best efforts to date. It features the 16 year old’s vocals on a fairly minimalist beat with her vocal flourishes with a fairy melancholic vibe.
Sun City - Colour Blind
Today’s post is coming to you from a spot in the shade in Byron Bay, New South Wales. So it only seems appropriate to deliver you a Summery song that has been crafted by a little-known Australian group that go by the name of Sun City.
Yes they are an Australian group, and the fact that their single has been spelt ‘colour,’ the correct Australian/British way, will have grammarnazis at ease. The synth heavy track follows in the tradition of a great number of new Australian acts that have been popping up all over the county in the past few years, including the likes of Cut Copy, RüFüS and Gypsy and The Cat to name a few.
But there is something refreshing about the Perth duo’s sound. Perhaps it is the well-planned razor sharp production focus of Tobes and Dan that seems to understand the need for interesting song structures and avoid irritating repetition and change up the melody wherever possible without compromising the memorability of the track.
Premiering on Triple J this week, having 3 songs featured on the Unearthed website and scoring a ‘Song of The Day’ post on IndieShuffle have helped to bolster Sun City into the consciousness of unsuspecting fans. It also won’t hurt to raise the notability of the group before the festival season.
To download this song and others, visit the Unearthed feature page.
Chet Faker - Melt (feat. Kilo Kish)
Appearing on the music scene in 2011 with his cover of Blackstreet's No Diggity, Melbourne’s own Chet Faker found instant success, drawing in listeners with his chilled downtempo electronica beats and seductive soulful lyrics.
Released ahead of his upcoming North American tour, Chet’s latest track Melt, featuring the breathy vocals of American songstress Kilo Kish, has all the features of his debut full length, and the world is a better place for it.
With an understated bass-beat driving the slow-jam along over the occasional distorted synth-samples, Chet delivers an introspective examination of – in his words – ‘some kind of f***ed-up mess’. Best listened to at 2am when down to the dregs of your last drink.
Banoffee - Ninja
Two years ago when this site was launched, up-and-coming female musicians were difficult to source. There are definitely more amazing indie female performers making music than ever before, making our job much easier. St South, Emma Louise and Banoffee are just three incredibly Australian artists who have emerged in the last year or so.
Banoffee hails from Melbourne and Ninja showcases a strong warrior persona, which is reflected in the film clip to the song. Her vocal style and production is reminiscent of 16 year old New Zealand songstress Lorde, who is making waves internationally right now with her two EPs The Love Club and Tennis Court.
But Banoffee won’t let herself be pigeonholed into genres or commodified with clichéd comparisons. Her dreamy vocals with punchy lyrics drift in and out of your consciousness for the duration of the song, but the feminist message is apparent throughout. It hits home at its hardest in the final few seconds when Banoffee warns "I’m a f***ing ninja now, I won’t let you bring me down." Pair this with boxing routines in the accompanying video clip and you have yourself a track that will resonate with you for a while to come.
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane (Disco Stern Remix)
In 2011, I had a small fit of rage when Angus & Julia Stone won Triple J’s Hottest 100 song of the year for Big Jet Plane. Don’t get me wrong - I had been a fan of their work since their first EP, Chocolate and Cigarettes, but I found that the Angus Stone's vocals were whiny and I thought it was certainly not the strongest song from their second album.
I have since cooled down a lot and given Big Jet Plane a warmer my reception, even though I do not think it was the best song released in 2011. Mexican DJ Stern has added some dance sensibilities to Big Jet Plane and turned it into a mellow electronic number, keeping with the orchestration that complemented the Stones’ instrumentation on the original.
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