When Exek first came onto my radar in 2018, they were flirting with the artier side of post-punk, letting things get a little experimental within the confines of pop structures. On their forthcoming Advertise Here LP, the group seem to be pushing further away from any punk tendencies, and even stretching what it means to be a pop act. They’re fusing their art bits with little sprinkles of drum, bass and maybe even French pop flare; the vocals are sedate, almost static as they add tiny little melodic flourishes to the tune, particularly when the female voice floats in there. Definitely nice to see more folks expanding their sound beyond my expectations; look for the new LP via Castle Face Records on February 4th.
Snowy already released what I believe to be one of his best albums, Alternate Endings (please smuggle a box overseas!), but it seems he’s not resting, as he’s just announced Bell City. According to him, the album is made up of a bunch of tunes he wrote in May, then set aside, only to revisit them later, adding details where necessary or just leaving things be as they were. We’ve got a couple of those songs below, mostly just because I love Snowy’s work and want to encourage you to spend some time with his work. This is just a sample of the 17 songs slated to be on the release, dropping this Friday!
Whoa whoa whoa! Don’t get confused…we’re not talking about Palm Springs, California, but rather the songwriting project of Melbourne’s Erica Dunn, who also plays in Mod Con and Tropical Fuck Storm. Poison City Records just announced they’ll be releasing A Collection of Songs, which compiles out of stock 7″ and early tape releases that are probably pretty hard to find over here in the States. Just wanted to give you all a little sample of Dunn’s work, and by jumping into this introduction maybe entice you to go back and listen to her work. I chose this single as it’s got this striking bravado balanced with Erica’s powerful vocals, so it comes off as brave and angelic, ultimately just striking the listener in the face! A Collection of Songs will be out on December 10th.
Feels like its been a minute since I’ve hit up the old Australian music scene, so I wanted to make sure that rectified that, and what better way than to jam with the latest single from Hearts and Rockets. The Melbourne act have a new EP on the way entirely based on their love/hate relationship with television, and here they seem to be battling with that addiction. The guitar chords have this old school sort of surfy-punk vibe to them, while the rhythm propels the song with this insatiable bounce. Kalindy’s vocals always remain central to the listener’s focus, offering up this vibe certain to draw similarities to the likes of Le Tigre. If you like what you hear, the TV is Boring EP will be out on November 26th.
I’ve been jamming a lot of Farewell Horizontal as of late, and I feel like you should too. I don’t want to minimalize their talent, but I feel like the duo have a sound that seems fairly simple; there’s no frills or necessary ambiance to disguise missteps. Their songs are just pure, unfettered pop rock. They’ve got these huge riffs that have just the right amount of distortion to make you feel like you’ve got morning fuzz on your teeth, but not outlandish enough to lose sight of the song’s melodic inclinations. There’s this faint little shift in the intonation on Pat’s vocals in the opening lines that just gets me every time I press play. Don’t be afraid to indulge on the good old rock n’ roll. Be sure to give their new album You’re Not an Empath a solid listen or two!
In what is looking to be a huge week of releases, Melbourne’s Mod Con add to that with their forthcoming Modern Condition, dropping this Friday via Poison City Records. They drop their latest single, fueled by these guitars knifing their way in and out of the mix, gritty and distorted, though sometimes sharp and angular. I love the vocals too; they feel like they’re from another era in a sense, filled with bravado and boldness, still dripping with a bit of a hook in there. Sounds like Crucial Taunt, with a whole lot more attitude. Be sure to get a copy of the band’s LP this Friday; link it HERE.
Melbourne based lads Good Morning have really been getting out attention over the last several years with a steady stream of solid releases and singles. Just last month, Nate the Tank shared with you the bands latest single, “burning”, and it’s caused quite a stir around the ATH offices about the upcoming new LP. With the release date for Barnyard now drawing near, I suggest you check out this new track, “depends on what i know”, if you have yet to tune your ears towards their sound. You should enjoy the simplicity of Good Morning’s brand of indie rock while appreciating the slickness of the bass lines and groovy, laid back nature of the song. Now you know.
Why not start off Tuesday with a little hip-hop, since you know, its not every day that pops up on our radar. This Teether & Kuya Neil is the latest pickup from Chapter Music, and honestly, it kind of feels like what you’d get if you took those old Dizzee Rascal hits and slowed things down to an almost creep…then they smooth it out with this haunting little bounce. But, one of the reasons I love the work of this duo is that they draw strong narratives in their lyrical content, with this track taking on their own background as children of immigrants. They’ll drop their GLYPH Mixtape this coming November.
Next Friday, Bad Bangs will drop their new LP, Character Building, but before we get there, let’s introduce you to the band by way of their latest single. As the song begins, you get these little guitar notes, softened on the edges, but sharp in their execution; they swirl about your ear as the vocals come into the fray. The vocals work in like a heavy breath, warmed at the edges, but weighted in this manner that allows tension to build. Then, the guitars switch up, bringing in these psychedelic garage chords shooting this way and that, making sure you remember the Melbourne outfit come next week’s release. Character Building drops on September 3rd via Blossom Rot.
Tam Vantage, aka Tam Richards-Matlakowski, has played in some of my favorite Aussie outfits, whether you’re talking his old act Pop Singles or more recently, Girlatones. Now we’ve got Tam back at it with solo stuff, and he’s just announced Laughing Gas & Apple Pie, a new long player slated for November 5th via Still Traveller Records. This song finds Tam working his way in and out of a 10 chord cycle, letting the drum work punctuate the riffs, all the while his voice calmly soothes the listener. There’s certain moments when I hear this pristine old school pop, but other moments where I hear the track taking on a sort of GBV feel, but perhaps that’s down to the clever guitar work. Whatever the case, it’s never a bad day in my neck of the woods for a new Tam tune!