I’m a little weary of buying into the story of Our Ithaca Creek, as there seem to be various accounts of the creation of both band and this album, It’s 09 and the Future Looks Good; I can live with just a hint of mystery. All I know is that I’ve really been enjoying the album’s lead single all weekend long, which really has its own sound, and while sounding great, doesn’t wholly fit into my own preconceived notions of current Aussie music. There’s this softness in the chorus that sort of gets stomped out, like they’re kicking down the door to save the world. The rest of the song seems to have this similar wistful feeling, like we’re out here searching for great answers to life’s questions; there’s a lot of promise in the future, if you care to look.
Man, it’s only going to take a you a few seconds before you’re totally hooked on this brand new track from Poppongene. It opens with this seductive bounce that has you tapping your toes and bobbing your head, at least if you’re like me sitting at a desk this morning. Then, as the vocals come in, you can see some nice comparisons to like-minded Aussie, Stella Donnelly; the lyrics also share a similar sense of wit. This track’s all about falling for someone, of course, only when time allows for it. Had a lot of solid Australian hits up this week already, but this might just be my favorite? Try it on, will you? She’ll have a new EP coming out later this year!
You thought I’d only throw two Aussie tracks at you today? Wrong! I’ve got this brand new single from Hearts and Rockets, which is the latest single from the band’s forthcoming Power LP! I think the band’s personal description of crafting ‘brat-wave’ is the most fitting genre, especially when you give this tune a spin; Kalindy has this sharp snarl that’s packed with attitude and energy…the sort Karen O brought to the table in the early YYYs EPs. It all feels like synth-y post-punk, with an execution that carries built in charm and hooks; I love the bass groove that operates as the track’s backbone. Anyways…kick off the end of your day with some great attitude; Power comes out on August 23rd!
Looks like we’re going to star our morning out with a very Australian vibe, and I’m not sure which of the two Aussie tunes I’ve got that I find more charming; I’ll leave that up to you. This number is the latest single from Emu Parade, our first listen to what’s to come from their debut EP (out later this year). I’m quite fond of the natural sense of wistfulness that comes across in the tones of Eamon Webb’s vocal tones. But, the guitar sound on this song really makes me swoon; there’s something about that sharp noodling line cutting across the gentle strum in the front of the mix. Figure this is a great way to start off your week.
Elizabeth is one of my favorite Australian voices; she’s previously been the leader of the wonderful Totally Mild, though her attention is now 100% on her own project. This video completely captures the feelings of the track’s lyrics, showing Elizabeth isolated in the foreground while parties rage on behind her, where she misses her ex partner. I found the track has this subdued enchantment; the guitars ring carefully while the beat stays calm and steady, building the tension for the release of the chorus. Clearly, Elizabeth owns the song, drawing you in with her powerful performance…she’s just incredible. Her debut solo effort, The Wonderful World of Nature will be out on Our Golden Friend on November 1st.
Everyone raved about Everybody Split when it came out, but it was a super limited release for Possible Humans, barely making its way overseas. Now, however, we’re all getting a chance to get our hands on that heralded LP, thanks of course to Trouble in Mind. Today they’ve shared a video for “Lung of the City,” which mostly features live footage lurking on the horizon why we’re shown footage of a graveyard; it matches the ominous tone of the song’s lyrics…while it’s okay to not be scared to die alone, it’s ultimately an inevitability. I love how this song just sits really open; there’s that vocal hook of the chorus, but most of the track’s about the band’s ability to flex their musical muscles. The reissue of the LP will be out on August 2nd.
You stumble across a casual pop song that bores into your consciousness and it’s likely the tune hails from Australia, or even more specific, Melbourne since we’re talking about Low Key Crush. It seems the band takes their name super-seriously, giving us this mellow burner build on this wondrous melody. There’s some understated swagger in the sounds of the guitar, but you’ll need a real close ear to get in there. I like the distant feel of the vocals, as if singer Tim Haines is resigned to just toss the words out on the line, hoping someone, somewhere, finds them. We found them Tim, and we’re so grateful we did!
I felt like the first 20 seconds of this song had me circling the track, watching it unfold from above as some sort of celestial being. Of course, that’s probably what Purple Pilgrims would want for any listener, as they craft this spaced pop that seems to expand beyond the realm of our own universe. There’s core lyrics, but they’re accented by this angelic haunt that sort of drifts in and out of the mix, as if that core vocal is this central force from which the whole of their musical galaxy expands. The group return to us mortals with their album Perfumed Earth on August 9th via Flying Nun Records.
Poppongene might not be a name on everyone’s tongue just yet, but Sophie Treloar’s project definitely will turn some heads with this new single. At first, it’s the voice that really draws you in, dangling through your speakers as it allows for the guitars to carefully ring from behind. I was fully immersed, just lost in the song, much as our character is in the video, pushing through life. But, just after the 2 minute mark things start to take on a bit more volume, layers are added to continually flesh the track out…and with that Treloar’s voice reveals this beautiful softness that caresses your ear holes. This song will appear on a new EP via Our Golden Friend later this year.
Less than a year after the release of the excellent Cactus Country LP, Aussie outfit Cool Sounds return with a brand new single and the promise of a new LP later this year. For now, let’s sit back and let the vibes of this tune really seep deep into our pores, soothing the soul. In the opening, there’s a slight keyboard pulse, but shortly, guitars chime in, circling overhead like a pop vulture awaiting its next victim. I think the vocals change things slightly, almost taking on a sunny disposition as they float through the air; it sort of reminds me of Woods a few albums ago. Another hypnotic piece of pop music from a group with endless talent; we’ll keep you posted on more news of that new records.