Luke Steele – Widespread Man
For followers of: MGMT, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Sleepy Jackson
After traversing the cosmos with Empire of the Solar, producing pop songs for Beyoncé and buying and selling sequencer settings with Daniel Johns in Goals, Luke Steele will get again to the place he as soon as belonged with Widespread Man. Steele’s first solo single picks up sonically the place the second Sleepy Jackson report left off again in 2006. There’s smatterings of George Harrison-style slide, a delicate pastoral melody and sufficient backwards bits to suck you right into a vortex. Principally, it looks as if Steele is revisiting the model of songwriting that commanded his Sleepy Jackson debut Lovers, with acoustic strumming, considerate melodic leaps and beds of wordless vocals, all making for an otherworldly sound with out diving into the sci-fi that usually made Empire of the Solar appear robotic and compelled.
For extra: Steele’s debut solo album Hearken to the Water is out 13 Could.
Missy Higgins – Complete Management
For followers of: the Motels, Divinyls, Cyndi Lauper
For somebody who confirmed such preternatural songwriting expertise at a young age, Missy Higgins appears most comfy when decoding the songs of others. In 2014, she launched a covers album that includes songs from One thing For Kate, Slim Dusty and Kylie Minogue, whereas extra just lately she recorded a tune penned by Tim Minchin and rang in Sydney’s New Yr’s Eve celebrations with a Perry Keyes cowl. Right here, she slays the Motels’s traditional Complete Management, choosing a devoted rendition relatively than a reinvention (if it ain’t broke). Complete Management is the title observe and gateway drug to her new EP impressed by the requires widespread change caused by the horrific experiences and spectacular power of Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins. On this context, it casts Complete Management’s craving lyrics in a brand new, extra pressing mild.
For extra: Complete Management EP is out now.
Beddy Rays – Milk
For followers of: the Get Up Children, Bodyjar, Tuesday
Avril Lavigne is working with members of Blink-182, and strolling tattoo Machine Gun Kelly has a guitar slung round his shoulders in each second promo shot. Pop-punk should be again! In reality, bands corresponding to Brisbane’s Beddy Rays, together with the likes of Bugs and Luca Brasi, have been carrying the pop-punk torch in Australia for the brand new era, whereas stalwarts corresponding to Bodyjar and Frenzal Rhomb proceed to promote out venues nationwide. Milk is a tour de power, boasting extra hooks than Alf Stewart’s bait store, tight refrain harmonies, and a gleeful, giddy sense of ahead propulsion. “Milk is about breaking out of a tough patch, shifting on and reminding your self that typically you’ll want to let go,” frontman Jacko shares. Momentum by no means sounded so candy.
For extra: Take a look at latest singles On My Personal, Week on Repeat, and Wait a Whereas.
Screamfeeder – Don’t Get Me Began
For followers of: the Hummingbirds, the Pains of Being Pure at Coronary heart, Smudge
“We simply have to look away,” sings Kellie Lloyd on the brand new Screamfeeder single, coming 30 years for the reason that Brisbane band’s debut album Flour, and sounding prefer it may have been ripped from the identical classes. Regardless of the fuzzy guitar, 90s pop manufacturing and Lloyd’s distinctly twee melodies, Don’t Get Me Began is a tune constructed for 2022, referencing Trump’s less-than-stellar recommendation to stare on the solar to keep away from Covid, imploring folks to show away from their smartphones, and craving for slower, extra considerate reflection in a world of scorching takes and reactive tradition wars (to not point out the actual wars). “Time feels prefer it doesn’t exist any extra anyway,” muses Lloyd within the presser for this single, and listening to Don’t Get Me Began, it appears she has a degree.
For extra: New album 5 Rooms is due out 8 Could. The band is touring in June.
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard – Love Track
For followers of: the B-52s, Wavves, Ardour Pit
If Prince grew up on the seashores of California, using a longboard and learning the vocal harmonies of the Seaside Boys, he would have arrived at a sound just like this slinky, sunburnt tune from Hobsons Bay Coast Guard. Love Track has extra falsetto than the whole Saturday Night time Fever soundtrack, wrapped in tremolo runs and funky chorused-out guitars that urge you to both catch a wave or hit the surf membership dancefloor and boogie. Love Track is the most recent single from HBCG’s album Tubular Swells, which is chock-full of the identical frenetic songwriting and genre-leaping contained right here.
For extra: Hearken to Tubular Swells, or the band’s 2019 self-titled debut.
Archie Roach – One Track
For followers of: Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly, Will Oldham
Archie Roach has spent the previous couple of years wanting again. He penned his shifting memoir Inform Me Why, re-recorded his traditional 1990 debut album Charcoal Lane, and can quickly launch an anthology spanning his total profession, earlier than heading out on his remaining nationwide tour. Fittingly, Roach’s new tune ends his best-of assortment and finds Roach sharing historic knowledge, reaching throughout waters, land and time to instruct the youthful generations: “Bear in mind properly what we’ve instructed you, and don’t overlook the place you come from. Mom earth will all the time maintain you, and you might be born of only one tune.” Roach’s voice is a exceptional instrument, now not imbued with the pure, youthful timbre of his earliest work, as an alternative worn and cracked with expertise, like palms calloused from a lifetime of sincere, good work. This can be a stunning, timeless tune. Hopefully there are various extra to comply with.
For extra: My Songs: 1989-2021 is out on 11 March.
Ball Park Music – Stars in My Eyes
For followers of: the Shins, Spoon, Iron and Wine
One other chic single from Australia’s most constant pop band, Stars in My Eyes questions the defective mechanics of reminiscence as vocalist Sam Cromack appears to be like again on his previous romantic self and wonders how a lot of what he felt was truly actual. He additionally casts ahead to the current, hoping he’s nonetheless in a position to conjure that very same starry-eyed view of life. Like all nostalgia price its weight, it’s bittersweet and blurry, soundtracked properly by jangly guitars that swoop out and in, and Cromack’s falsetto leaps within the refrain. As with final yr’s Sunscreen, this tune adopts a wonky construction, with greater than somewhat ELO informing the spacey distorted final half. Ball Park Music’s forthcoming album, Weirder and Weirder, was recorded within the band’s house studio in Brisbane, and the additional house and time to stretch out experimentally appears to have resulted of their finest instincts coming to the fore.
For extra: Weirder and Weirder is out 3 June. The band will tour nationally in help of the album.
Jet Metropolis Sports activities Membership – She Don’t Want No One
For followers of: Hayley Mary, the Go-Betweens, the Stone Roses
A glimmering shard of sunshine by way of heavy curtains, She Don’t Want No One accommodates many small moments of poetic romance: a seatbelt tan line from driving topless within the solar; a momentary crush spawned from the temporary contact of an arm; a metropolis not feeling the identical any extra, regardless of a 40C day. Sydney four-piece Jet Metropolis Sports activities Membership shaped in mid-2020 because the pandemic raged. By some means they managed to enter a studio throughout this time to put down an EP’s price of scorched pop anthems which yearn for lazy summer time days that appear now like remnants of a distant previous, each sonically and thematically. She Don’t Want No One builds upon this template, with a widescreen sound and an emotive, chiming vocal. Hopefully, they’ll be capable of tour the nation quickly, brightening the corners of the nation.
For extra: Take a look at their debut EP September Solar.
Physique Sort – Intercourse & Rage
For followers of: Sonic Youth, Placebo, Magic Grime
It’s been 4 lengthy years since Physique Sort launched new music, a curiously lengthy wait given the momentum constructed from their twin EPs, rave evaluations from the cooler music media around the globe, and excursions of the UK and US. As with every surprising interval of inactivity today, the reply is clear: Covid. Intercourse & Rage was truly recorded, together with the remainder of the band’s forthcoming debut album, in early 2020, earlier than the pandemic laid waste to society (and launch dates) as we all know it. Two years is a very long time, however fortunately Intercourse & Rage explodes out of the gate with an urgency that sounds prefer it was recorded simply the opposite day. A dissonant lead guitar squarks all through the whole tune as vocalist Sophie McComish bemoans the banality of recent life whereas celebrating any drips of ardour that may be squeezed from it. It’s a decidedly post-Covid notion, backed by a steam-engine rhythm part and a few very current manufacturing from Jonathan Boulet.
For extra: Debut album Every part Is Harmful However Nothing’s Shocking is out 20 Could.
Bones and Jones, People Bitch Trio – Pleasant Neighbour
For followers of: Lucinda Williams, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris
Bones and Jones’s Ginger Gold was a straightforward contender for Australian album of the yr in 2021 – besides no one gave the impression to be paying consideration. Crammed to the brim with countrified tunes that appear to breathe the identical mountain air because the storied troubadours of Laurel Canyon within the late 60s, it was music properly faraway from the instances. Similar goes for Pleasant Neighbour, which sees the six-piece workforce with fellow Melburnians People Bitch Trio for a calming slice of Americana. With a refrain constructed upon a rising main scale countered with tumbling drums and greater than a liberal smearing of pedal metal, it is a masterful and heartfelt single, apparently recorded in a disused apple cool room. You’ll be able to virtually hear the crispness.
For extra: 7-inch Pleasant Neighbour / If I Was A Man is out now.