The blogosphere runs heavy with bands who know the right folks, so I’m always happy when I come across a gem that seems to have gone unfairly noticed. This new track from Biscotti has a propulsive synth groove that hooked me right away, with little no wave guitar chords stabbing in and out of the mix. I think the vocal playfulness is also an attractive feature in this track, moving back and forth between a clever spoken word and a gentle little coo. If you’re looking to dance a little differently, then check out the upcoming record, Instamatic, which is coming your way this week, courtesy of Listen Records.
An earnest vocal jumps out at the beginning of this track, and that’s exactly how Good Boy caught me. Then they unfolded a bit of angular dreamy pop; it’s not filled with atmospherics, just a bit of an indifferent attitude. It should come as no surprise that the band hails from Australia, as that sounds in here, though that dream pop element creeping in is what ended up making the tune for me. The band just unleashed the Plum EP, and this hook-laden ditty is a great place for you to start your own love affair with the group.
Thought I knew all the hot bands hanging out in Australia, but Hollow Everdaze is a new one to me. I was taken by the vocals at first…they fall into that range that really pulls on my emotions. But, the string arrangements that are used to fill in the space have absolutely helped elevate this track; it creates a level of familiarity that’s led me into a state of adoration. This gem of a tune is set to appear on the band’s debut album, which is slated for release in early 2017; I’ll let you know as I get more.
Feels like as the year ends, folks are scrambling to get their last releases out into the world, with this new Lower Plenty high on my list of things to anticipate. Listening to their latest single, it definitely feels like this is the epitome of the great indie rock that’s come from Oceania the last several years. There’s no rush, just a casual plodding with a nice guitar ring to it. The vocals, like the guitars, just sit back and offer you warm melody, allowing you to pleasantly let the day drift by you. Look for their new album, Sister Sister, via Bedroom Suck Records on November 18th.
You know how the story goes right? I’ve never heard of a band prior to today, but they impressed me with a memorable single… blah blah. You’ve heard it before and it’s happening again today with this new single called “Cupo” from Australian based act The Tambourine Girls. At its core, the song is most definitely of the psych rock genre and the band execute inside that sound quite well. Production is tight, the washed out vocals fit in perfectly, and musicianship is spot on. Carry on.
The Tambourine Girls will release their self-titled debut album on November 4th.
Please don’t think that the only thing going on in Melbourne is guitar pop, and if you disagree, then just listen to the newest Bloodhounds On My Trail tune. It’s a sweeping piece of darkened rock n’ roll, balancing crisp guitar tones with the shimmery sort that collide in a wall of atmospherics. Bass grooves are heavy, almost thundering…all contrasted by a semi-croon, softening the song’s stance. It’s a promising number that will actually be handled by Texas based Moon Sounds Records for distribution on September 16th.
Well, I’m pleased to meet Tyrannamen, though participating members of Twerps and Whipper mean I’ve likely already met the band in some form…not to mention their initial release picked up some minimal traction Stateside. That being said, the group is getting a worldwide reissue of their self-titled album via Static Shock Records. If you haven’t heard of the group before, this is a perfect introduction, offering up a ramshackle of hook-laden rock n’ roll; it’s got rough edges and pop sensibility, with a brevity that begs listeners to come back and listen time and time again. Not unlike fellow countrymen, Royal Headache, you can hear bits of soul/R&B blaring through your speakers, waiting to make you boogie down with your besties. Look for the album on September 23rd.
Australian based psych rockers Flyying Colours just dropped this new video and single this morning and I had to share the goodness with you. This one isof course a psych rock song equal to tout itself as one of the best of the current indie psych rock craze. On top of that though, the band offers a little bit of straight up hard rock here too as the verses drop into the heavy chorus. Rock on Wayne.
Flyying Colours will see the release of their debut LP Mindfullness on September 23rd via Club AC30.
Time for your weekly Australia feel, and I couldn’t think of a better way to dip my toes into Oceania than to turn up this rad new track from Scott & Charlene’s Wedding. While it definitely wears the influence of the current Aussie guitar scene, my ears hear it throwing things all the way back to late 80s college rock; I can almost hear Wire in the way the vocals are delivered too, emphatically shouted at various syllables. This tune will appear on their brand new album, Mid Thirties Single Scene, which is coming out on September 9th via Fire Records.
In yet other Australian news, Fire to the Stars have just signed up with Seahorse Records to release their eponymous debut. This track is a brooding number, slowly building the song’s structure via the voice. It’s interesting, as the song begins with the purity of that vocal, pushing ahead slowly, building the wall of sound behind. Eventually, the noise breaks through, but I like that it’s restrained; it’s not too distorted or atmospheric, but almost pretty, if that makes sense. You’ll have to take a listen on your own in order to get into it, then look for the album for your own personal collection.