Big Scary - Twin Rivers
Sometimes it pays to just listen to music from start to finish in the way an artist intended. After perusing through Big Scary's new album Not Art in its entirety, I have come to appreciate the broader vision of Melbourne duo Tom Iansek and Jo Symem. They can both sing beautifully and a definite strength of the album is the layered soundscapes and intelligent songwriting.
I mistakenly believed that Luck Now was the song I had been anticipating after hearing a Youtube teaser back in April. I am now more certain that Twin Rivers was the track featured that I was looking for. Large beats, piano and lovely from beginning to end.
St. South - Slacks
St. South is the project of a 20 year old songwriter based in Fremantle, Western Australia. She has crafted an intoxicatingly sweet and forlorn ballad with Slacks. Her voice reminds me of Emma Louise, but distinctive enough to stay with you for a long while to come. Slacks progresses steadily and the melody is simple enough to have you humming along before the end of the song.
St. South has been featured on Triple J Unearthered and you can download this song for free by following the link below.
Download - Slacks
Big Scary - Luck Now
Well it’s been a good few months since a snippet of Luck Now tantalised us on a teaser video to Big Scary’s full length LP Not Art three months ago.
Now Not Art has finally materialised in its entirety for us to enjoy at our leisure on mp3, flac, wav, CD, cassette (maybe), vinyl and whatever other recording you desire.
The Melbournian band capitalises on the expansive sound available to them, layering vocals, adding some snaky distortions, a heavy drum loop and minimal piano chords to bring the emotion to the forefront of Luck Now. Big Scary will be touring in support of Not Art and you can catch their tour dates on their website.
Bob Evans - Don’t You Think It’s Time
I’ve had this song for a few years and never really gave it a proper listen until recently. Bob Evans is apart of the iconic Australian group Jebediah, but he has also released three solo albums.
This particular acoustic number was from 2006’s Suburban Songbook. I’m still no expert on his back catalogue but the Fremantle artist seems prolific having been an influential part of the Australian music scene since 1994.
Recommended for fans of Paul Dempsey and Ben Kweller.
San Cisco - Get Lucky (Live Cover)
I’m the first to admit that I don’t get Daft Punk's appeal. I've loved electronic music since Primary School, but there was a stage for me in 2001 when if I heard One More Time one more time I probably would have killed someone.
I still feel like the group are often overhyped, but I guess that all comes with stardom. Australian band San Cisco are far from overhyped but they are just starting to get noticed as as an up-and-coming act to watch out for.
They covered Daft Punk's Get Lucky and the band have been praised for their incredible rendition. When I heard it for the first time, I was slightly incredulous that it was actually a live recording, but the video proves that this was a bonafied live recording. For a group of late teens/early 20sies, San Cisco have certainly wasted no time getting rad at their instruments!
Check out the video below and add to the 1 million YouTube views this clip has received in the last four days.
My Heart Is Not A Machine
Whitley - My Heart Is Not a Machine
After a three year indefinite hiatus, Lawrence Greenwood (aka Whitley) has returned, announcing a new single, new album and new national supporting tour.
The single at hand is the introverted and lovely My Heart Is Not a Machine, a delicate lamentation about the content of said artist’s heart.
According to a video interview, the new album Even The Stars Are a Mess will be darker than Whitley’s previous two efforts. The album is due to be released today after being announced a few days ago. At this stage, it has not appeared on iTunes Australia, but with some luck it will appear soon!
For now, you can check out the accompanying visuals to My Heart Is Not a Machine and the tour dates below.
Whitley Australian Tour
Friday July 12- Black Bear Lodge (Brisbane)
Saturday July 13- Jive Bar (Adelaide)
Thursday July 18- Oxford Art Factory (Sydney)
Friday July 19- The Hi Fi (Melbourne)
Fri 26 – Sun 28- Splendour in the Grass
All Summer Long
Horrorshow - All Summer Long (Live)
And i still think of your face everytime it rains and I wonder
In a different time and place could we find our way to one another?
Solo MC from Horrorshow really crystalised the sentimental feeling of chance encounters and forlorn teenage infatuation when he penned All Summer Long from the group’s 2008 debut album The Grey Space.
On an album that features some heavy topics, such as depression, losing loved ones and finding hope, All Summer Long brightens the corners of The Grey Space and makes the listener feel what it’s like to be 16 and in love again.
To reward their fans on the four year gap since their last studio full-length, Horrorshow have decided to release a free live album, Live At the Spiegeltent. The generous act is also a calculated move to excite old fans and win over casual listeners before the group release their third album later this year.
Download - Live At the Spiegeltent (album)
Tim Fitz - Up Much Higher
One of the most promising new Australian acts to catch my attention in the past year is Tim Fitz. The man has already released 3 EPs since 2011 that are worthy of high rotation on ye olde iPod.
If you aren’t convinced that this song is up your alley, just check out his other releases on his bandcamp page. You really are spoiled for choice with the number of great tracks available. One of the beauties of his music is that no two tracks sound alike. There are a host of free and ‘name your price’ digital downloads available right now.
Fans of The Paper Kites will warm to this song very quickly and fans of more experimental production will surely enjoy Tim Fitz's other work.