Glass Animals - Psylla
There is a simple appeal to the new UK outfit Glass Animals.
There is nothing excessive or overdone in their sound and the band’s new single Psylla off their upcoming debut album is reminiscent of the often-compared group Alt-J (∆) who had an enormous breakthrough in 2012 by combining interesting indie arrangement and alluring harmonies with subtle electronica production.
And with a producer such as Paul Epworth manning the executive production duties (Adele, John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Azealia Banks), and a record contract on his new label Wolf Tone, it could be that Glass Animals might be the next indie breakthrough act if the publicity exposure matches the quality of the music output.
Bipolar Sunshine - Rivers
Rivers is a song that craves attention and pushes your expectations.
No doubt, there is something enchanting about Bipolar Sunshine's music. And it is apparent on the first listen that his EP Aesthetics is rad and the production is also bonkers.
The tempo of Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant's vocals changes several times throughout Rivers and the raw upbeat drums contrast the rollercoaster melody of the chorus. Fittingly, the vocals bellow “been low but I’ve been higher" in an inverse fashion to what you’d expect and the listener is taken on the emotional ride without any dragging moments or seconds to spare.
Expect to hear more brilliant work from the British vocalist in the future.
Yonas - Roller Coaster (feat. OCD: Moosh & Twist)
The youngster Yonas has taken an unabashed approach to his radio-ready hip pop music since emerging in 2012 with an album and a number of mixtapes to his name. The pop friendly, slick production complements his straightforward, uncomplicated rapping. Roller Coaster is taken from Yonas' most recent project, The Transition 2, which can be downloaded for free. His verse comes in last on Roller Coaster and he easily surpasses the skill of his guest counterparts.
This music obviously won’t resonate with a number of hip hop purists or self-proclaimed ‘enemies of rap’, but we like to think that our readers are open to looking past cliches and appreciating music behind the image and preconceived notions of genre conventions.
Download - The Transition 2 (mixtape)
Bipolar Sunshine - Fire (Budo Remix)
Seattle beatsmith Budo has credentials that have made him a go-to for aspiring rappers and musicians seeking cutting edge production. He has recently begun releasing free remixes on his Soundcloud page and while some tracks are hit and miss, Budo always seems to select enjoyable tracks to flex his musical powers on.
My favourite in the series so far, is Fire. The afrobeat inspired symphony draws on all of the essential ingredients to sculpt a memorable and palatable remix nowadays. A harmonised African choir, strong lead vocals (from Bipolar Sunshine), claps, synths, keyboards and a monster feelgood house-driven chorus kicking in after the one minute mark transform Fire from a great song into a song to love to fall in love with.
Download - Fire (Budo Remix)
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.
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.
Dancing in the Moonlight (Cover)
Alt-J ∆ - Dancing in The Moonlight (Cover)
Last night I came across this gem by indie rockers Alt-J. Not to be confused with the Toploader pop version Dancing In The Moonlight, this is a cover of Thin Lizzy's track of the same name.
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
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