Alluvial Nuggets Release Hot Knives

This new single from Alluvial Nuggets immediately resonated here with the guitar tones; there was something about the bobbing notes working in unison with the gentle strum, setting the scene for this wistful nature to sweep across the song. When James Dutton comes in with his voice, he’s offering up his delivery with a little bit in reserve, as if he is still unsure of how much of himself he’d like to pass onto the listener. You’ll get a beautiful sweeping movement when the drums elevate the track with just a hint more speed just after the 1 minute marker. Look for the new self-titled record to hit on June 28th via Lost and Lonesome.

Great Earthquake Shares Trauma and Impact

Noah Symons has a catalog chock-full of explorative pop music under the name Great Earthquake, and it looks like we’re set to see another album from the songwriter come out this August. Beginning with a little metronomic beat, the track starts at a crawl, letting Symons settle into the moment as guitar lines dangle themselves into the mix. As it progresses, a synth line of atmospherics and a snappier bit of cymbals and snares build the texture beneath Noah’s voice, giving the tune this nice little dosage of sweetness that elevates the emotional ties here. The new LP Abstract Expression will be out on August 2 via Lost and Lonesome.

Baby Blue Share Another Single

We will finally be able to hear Of My Window in its entirety when its released next week, but for now, Baby Blue have offered one last glimpse at what’s in store for us. When the song kicks in, there’s this charming bit of baroque pop, sort of Camera Obscura adjacent; there’s an emphatic punch there, almost this direct playfulness. Soon, however, the band pulls it all back, letting the swagger subside so we can all catch our breath together. Here the song seems to carefully churn out little rays of sunlight, bright guitar lines creeping through the speakers before the tune gallops back into its more joyous moments. Of My Window hits on April 12th via Lost and Lonesome.

Alluvial Nuggets Share Whistling Song

Ever listen to a song that just makes you feel good, even though you can’t put that feeling into words? Today, that’s the new track from Alluvial Nuggets, which is the second single from their forthcoming slef-titled debut. There’s this chugging movement in the guitar play, a bit of swagger that has you rocking back and forth. But, it’s muted, so the snapping of the drums lets you bounce your toes. A few of the guitar lines dip their toes into modern psychedelia, yet even as you think the band’s going that route, they spin in a bit of twangy melody into the chorus, only to let that moment boogie you towards the close. A lot of musical nods, but ultimately just a rad bop. Alluvial Nuggets is out in June via Lost and Lonesome.

Baby Blue Drop Human Race Single

I loved the first track from the forthcoming Baby Blue LP, and now there’s another one that feels like a stoned bit of sunny pop. You can hear the sun shining through the structure of the guitar lines, but the steadied beat of the drums keep the track locked into this sedated pace. That crafted weariness seems to perfectly connect with Rhea Caldwell’s lyrics as she seems exhausted by the existence of the human race…and sadly that’s a feeling a lot of us align with, so you find yourself sinking into the song as it chugs along. They’ll be releasing Of My Window via Lost and Lonesome on April 17th.

Pleased to Meet You: Alluvial Nuggets Premiere Codeine

Those of you in the know will surely recognize James Dutton’s name as a member of both Flywheel and the Cannanes, but as of 2020, he’s been working on his new project, Alluvial Nuggets. We’re told there’s an album on the horizon, with our first sample coming via this film shot by James himself on an iPhone 7, much to the chagrin of his family. Musically, there’s something so calming about the delivery of Dutton’s vocals; they faintly remind me of Jeff Tweedy, particularly when the striking string arrangements bend around each syllable. Within the confines, you’ll find some joyful moments that will clearly resonate; I particularly love the monosyllabic hums that begin around the 1:33 mark. And, while things seem fairly melancholic, there’s a pronounced stomp and excursion in the tune’s latter half, perhaps hinting that we have no idea what we can expect when this whole record drops next year. What we do know is we’ll be listening thanks to Lost and Lonesome; they’ll keep us posted on the LP next year!

Baby Blue Share It’s a Match Single + Announce Debut LP

You’ve always got to keep an eye on the Melbourne music scene, as a new band seemingly springs up every other day, and today, we’ve got Baby Blue. The band features Rhea Caldwell, who played guitar in our old pal Michael Beach’s band, so you know the songwriting licks are already in there. This first single is like a Springtime pop tune, sort of wistful and pastoral, with little sprinkling dashes of psychedelia lurking here and there, giving off this mysticism. There’s this really delicious pop moment right at 2:09, and that moment right there sold the song for me, as if I needed more. The band will release Of My Window early next year via Lost and Lonesome.

The Small Intestines Share Stop Pretending

For those following the nerdy side of Australian pop music, The Small Intestines is one of the most anticipated releases dropping before the year is up. Featuring members of Chook Race and Peach Happening, with a nod to Go-Betweens, The Bats, etc, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with every song. But, before they drop Hide In Time, they’ve got one slow-churning hit to satiate you pop fans. I love the breeziness of the tune, particularly the way lead guitar seems to sway back and forth between your ears. There’s a nice little sugary moment in the chorus when you get a little of a swell in the vocals, leaving you with the perfect bite of Aussie guitar pop. Hide In Time is out September 29th via Meritorio Records/Lost and Lonesome.

Monnone Alone Share New Single

Monnone Alone have a new LP in the works, and as we await final details, Mark Monnone has been teasing us with great singles to whet our appetite, like today’s “Loose Terrain.” The song takes the band’s soft pop approach and blends it with these little psychedelic flourishes on the border, giving off this sort of spiritual burst that adds a bit of boogie to your day. I love how there’s this natural swing that hits in the chorus, as Mark always maximizes a bit of playfulness in his craft, letting you get swept up in the musical charms being churned out. Have a taste, courtesy of Lost and Lonesome.

Premiere: Hot Coppers Share Soft World Video

For a long while, Gareth Parton has been working on the production side of things, working with acts like The Breeders and Go! Team. But, now he’s working on his own as Hot Coppers, dragging in some friends from The Lucksmiths, Zebras and other heralded Aussie outfits to create the songs that make up his debut LP. Our first sneak peak has us journeying with Parton as he takes us on a subtle pop journey; he’s got this heavy warmth to his voice that reminds me of a more polished Richard Hawley. The song itself is an ode to that lost love, and what’s left behind. If you’re searching pop balladry that soars, then you need look no further than this Hot Coppers tune. This song appears on a brand new 7″, and there’s a debut LP is slated for May via Lost and Lonesome!

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