Meet Beef Jerk…the Newest from Trouble in Mind

8574_10152135614239724_1253391926_nIf you pay attention to our little site here, it should come as no surprise that we follow the work of Trouble in Mind Records pretty closely; I always rave about their bands. They just announced that they’ll be working with Beef Jerk, an act from Sydney. While the sound has a similar ringing to that of their country’s comrades, they’ve got a bit more energy in their riffs, letting the guitar hit hard while the vocals sit back behind in the mix. The band doesn’t slow down, they push the pace, push the listener, all the way until the abrupt end of the track. It’s a great introduction to an act on one of our favorite labels. You can pre-order the TragicHERE, or pick it up at your local shop on July 8th.

New Music from Tim Richmond Group

timrichSeems like we’re going to stick around the Oceanic area a lot today, which doesn’t bother me, especially when we’ve got the sort of music that Tim Richmond Group is creating. There’s sounds in the way Tim Richmond delivers vocals that definitely falls in line with what’s going on in his neck of the woods, but I love how the song moves into a realm of jazzy freak outs that’s not really utilized. Even within the confines of the chorus breakdown, he turns that sideways by offering a lounge croon that’s entirely enchanting, before bouncing back into the song’s steady groove. This song will appear on What’s in the Middle, being released on July 1st by Lost and Lonesome.

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Sludge Rock From ORB

unnamed (1)Australian based sludge trio ORB make music comparable to a band like Terry Malts if they collided with some of the heavy guitar sounds of a band like QOTSA. With that in mind, hit play on this new single from the band entitled “First and Last” and see what it is I’m talking about. We’re mixing some parts psych rock here with some parts sludge and a bit of classic rock thrown in for good measure. It’s nice.

New album Birth will hit stores on July 1st on Castle Face Records.

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Dream Pop from Zone Out

zoneoutIt looks like Deaf Ambitions are the newest hit-makers over in Melbourne, putting out some of our new favorites from Australia such as Cool Sounds (who I wrote about yesterday). Today, we’ve got this new Zone Out track from the label, which will be featured on the group’s upcoming album, Transience. This track is all about textures, melting beats and synth layers in order to create the backdrop for Ashley Bundang’s voice to do its thing. You’re going to find this song serving as the backdrop to the rest of your day; I just have that feeling for you. Look for the LP later this year.

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Wistful Pop from Cool Sounds

coolsoundThis great track from Cool Sounds popped in the other day, and I couldn’t wait to share it with the world…or just the 8 followers we have. The Melbourne band are prepping their first full-length, Dance Moves, and let’s hope that this song, or vibe, makes its way into the album. There’s a smooth horn that rides its way through the entirety of the track, but that fits perfectly into the slow winding pop of the track…all given an emphatic push by the switching of male/female vocalists. Looking forward to see what’s coming from this act in the near future.

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Start Friday with the Newsletters

newsiesThe last time I had I thought about the Newsletters was back in November when they had just releasedthe Lucky Country 7″. But, thanks to an Internet friend I was directed to this wonderfully bright pop track the Melbourne band just released. It’s probably the best thing to begin your weekend; it’s got a spirited bounce and warm harmonies…plus it’s relatively short so you can play it again and again. It’s the sort of tune that makes you feel good about being a pop fan. As of now it’s just a single, but rumored to be included in a later release at an as yet unnamed time; you’ll know when we do.

Brand New Track from Tourist Dollars

touristBeen giving a lot of love to the Melbourne area lately, so why pull back on that glorious city of good tunes and good vibes? Today we’ve got a new track from Tourist Dollars, and while they’ve got some sonic similarities to their local peers, they seem to be taking on a slightly different approach musically. There’s much more focus on melody, even with gentle whistling serving to fill in when necessary; it’s also a bit more relaxed in progression, allowing the band to maximize their pop efforts. This is our second chance to hear what’s coming from their forthcoming debut EP, slated for release later this year via Deaf Ambitions.

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Fresh Track from The Goon Sax

goonsAfter the exceptional “Boyfriend” single, my expectations for the Goon Sax debut album were riding super high. Their new single takes on a slightly different stroke, but it’s keeping it’s lofty aim. There’s a slower pace hanging out in this song, similar to other Australian artists who’ve been unfairly titled dole-wave. What’s most astonishing is how polished and perfect these tracks are, and the band themselves aren’t even in their twenties. This IS the next great Australian band, I promise you that. Look for Up to Anything on March 11th via the ever-reliable Chapter Music.

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Been Digging Beloved Elk

belovedelkThe new EP from Beloved Elk made its way to my computer from overseas, like a gentle godsend cruising atop the waves. The two-piece are perfect at building quiet pieces where every note is intentional, every beat serving a purpose. The Close EP has five new tracks, and it’s been issued by Listen Records…serving my favorite Melbourne area. Just feel like as my body begins to hit that post-lunch haze, this song is perfectly fitting. Try it for yourself, just don’t fall asleep at your desk.

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