Another Great Track from Laura Jean

laurajeanI’ve written about the work of songwriter Laura Jean on several occasions, and she’s back with a real winner today.  This is her second single from her upcoming self-titled album; it’s also the best track I’ve heard from her (not that I don’t adore the others).  There’s a gentle touch to her playing on this tune, almost playful, which suits the vocal tones extremely well.  You think Jenny Lewis can write songs like this? I’m thinking no, which is a strong step forward for LJ.  Look for her album on August 22nd from the reliable Chapter Music.

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New 7″ Coming from Dick Diver

artworks-000079121481-wi9lee-t500x500Australia’s Dick Diver have long been one of my secrets, but it seems that they’re getting their deserved accolades; it will only continue once people spend time listening to their latest single.  It’s the A-Side to their New Name Blues 7″, which is being released by Fruits and Flowers.  I think the guitar work on this track is some of their best, while the craftsmanship still revolves around their usage of male/female vocal interplay.  If you didn’t listen to their record, Calendar Days, which was on Chapter Music, then perhaps this will convince you where you went wrong.  Give a spin.

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New Music from Laura Jean

laurajeanAfter a rather quiet beginning to 2014, Chapter Music is gearing up to finish the year in strong fashion.  We shared a track from Geoffrey O’Connor last week, and now we want you to take a look at Laura Jean.  The construction of this track is quite careful, with barely any pace at all to it.  Such an approach allows for LJ’s voice to shine brightly, with a little bit of accent from her friend Jenny Hval.  as the instrumentation begins to build you find yourself completely wrapped up in the realm Jean has created with her vocal performance. This is the first single off her up-coming self-titled album, which will see a street release date of August 22nd.

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New Music from Geoffrey O’Connor

GeoffO024When I first met Geoffrey O’Connor he was fronting the Crayon Fields, who remain one of my favorite acts.  He was polite, yet possibly a bit timid.  However, as his solo career has blossomed, he’s become increasingly confident in his songwriting, leaving his audience with elegant pieces of pop music coated in synth work.  I dare say that this new single is easy listening, both in style and emotion; you can listen anywhere with a smile on your face.  It’s the second single from his new album, Fan Fiction, which will come your way via Chapter Music on August 8th.

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New Tune from The Stevens

stevensNot too long ago The Stevens released their debut EP via Chapter Music, and now that you’ve had time to absorb that gem, we’ve got a brand new song from the Aussies.  With fresh news that the label will be releasing their first full length, A History of Hygiene, it seems only fair that we accompany such great news with this scrappy pop number. I like the bouncing rhythm that is immediately established by the drumming, and the slight bit of echo on the vocals.  When gang vocals ring, the track really hits its stride, stepping in line with the ringing guitars.  The album will be available on November 1st, finishing off a great 2013 for the band…and you.

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Primitive Calculators Announce First Ever Studio Album

artworks-000058441990-g0deq8-t500x500Some bands are destined to disappear into the annals of history, while others will find that their style has influenced many other, or at least left a long-lasting impact.  Such is the situation for Primitive Calculators, the Aussie act that disappeared in 1980 until Nick Cave asked them to play his own curated ATP.  Luckily for those in search of industrial synth, the band have opted to release their fist studio album with our friends Chapter Music.  If you’re looking for an album title that represent the sentiment behind the music, then look no further than The World is Fucked.  It will see a release on November 1st, offering up discordant synth noise for you to absorb.

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New Single from The Ancients

LLB_8171MID.2If you want to vote for International Label of the Year, on the small scale, then you’ll probably be looking right at Chapter Music; the Australian folks have pumped out great band after great band in 2013, and they don’t aim to stop with the release of the next LP from The Ancients.  Their third album, Night Bus, will be released by the label on October 18th. If you need something that holds the warmth of creativity, yet still appeals to your search for catchy hooks, then you needn’t go any further than this single. Personally, I’m feeling drawn to the fuzzy sound of the guitars throughout, though the vocals are quite pleasant too.  Give it a whirl.

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New Hit from Geoffrey O’Connor of Crayon Fields

My adoration with Geoffrey O’Connor admittedly began with his work with geoffCrayon Fields, one of our favorite exports from Australia.  But, that being said, I’ve also really enjoyed the work he’s done solo, so it comes as no surprise that this new single is making my day.  His warm voice is placed over heavy electronic beats, alongside a female counterpart for the chorus.  Personally, I like the way his voice almost approaches a soft whisper; it’s one of the things that makes his music so interesting and enjoyable.  This is the first single that follows up his solo debut, Vanity is Forever (a must have). It’ll be released worldwide via Chapter Music.

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Another Hit from Darren Sylvester

darrenFeel like we’re in need of something smooth as we head into the weekend, which is why this new single from Darren Sylvester is perfectly fitting.  While I think the musical element definitely falls in line with modern music trends, I like the way that Sylvester delivers his vocals. There’s a slight imperfection to his voice, which, when contrasted with the vocals, makes the song something that stands out from the ordinary.  You can find this track on his upcoming album, Off By Heart, which will hit the street on October 4th courtesy of the kindest people in the biz over at Chapter Music.

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More New Music from Bushwalking

BWPhotoMEDLess than a month ago we hit you with the beautiful, yet darkened, pop of Bushwalking.  They’re back again, this time with a more emphatic punch to their art-rock sound.  The guitar playing on here really excites me, occasionally going out of tune.  I love the way they seemingly work against the vocals, yet all tie in together nicely.  It’s still has this gritty edge to it, though this song might be a tad bit more accessible.  It doesn’t really matter in the end, as the group are racking up enthusiasm for their new record, including the kids here at ATH.  You can pick up their album No Enter on September 6th courtesy the hard-working (and lovely) guys of Chapter Music.

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