The hotbed of Melbourne is constantly on our minds here, continuing to impress as the sounds have taken on more risks in the recent years, like Hot Tubs Time Machine, the working project of Daniel Twomey (Lower Plenty/Deaf Wish) and Marcus Rechsteiner (UV Race). Today we’ve got a brand new single, accompanied by the announcement of Double Tubble, the duo’s new LP. Daniel’s crafted the musical soundscape, like here where you get this electronic jittering, flirting with with time signatures, warping the groove into something that moves the listener. This unbalanced washing machine of electronic pulses is the perfect backdrop for Marcus’ narration; he toys with stories both humorous and mundane, crafting this lyrical vision of Australia that connects the dots for us all. Double Tubble is out on November 25th via Trouble in Mind/Spoilsport Records.
Just in case you missed last year’s Carpet Burn 7″ EP, there’s now a reason to revisit, as the band have just built in two B-sides for a compilation cassette. As you can tell on the newer tunes, the group have added in a sense of humor to their DIY pop sounds, which makes them all the more endearing, to us (and their label Spoilsport!). While “A Little More” very much feels like a Melbourne bit of pop, “Pencils and Sharpeners” expands that sound, delving into something a little more on the psychedelic tip. It’s a wonderful addition to an already great 7″, and now with the working title of I Can’t Believe Its Not the A-Side. available today on cassette via Spoilsport!
Clearly I’m struggling to not write about all the songs and all the cool things, so why not turn three posts into one, you know, just to cut down on boring you with my mundane thoughts on people’s music. So, below, you’ve got streams to 2 great LPs and a new single.
Shrapnel – Alasitas
This record’s impossible to describe in the absolute best way possible, though I’ve tried to pigeon-hole the band’s sound in the past. Just imagine bits of indie pop, elements of experimentation, prog and psych, then swirled about like the colors on the album art. This is an LP worth self-immersion.
Quivers – Golden Doubt
They’re going to get Go-Betweens comparisons, based on the band’s line-up alone, and parts of that are unfair, but parts are definitely just. What’s just is that they’re writing the same style of timeless pop tunes you want to share with everyone you love. I’m stuck on “When It Breaks” at the moment.
Delivery – Brickwork
I’ve already written about the first single from the band’s forthcoming Yes We Do EP, so, feels like we should continue that support as they offer up another frantic bouncer, an energetic frolic in fast forward. Their new 7″ will drop at the end of the month via Spoilsport!
Another day, another tune from Melbourne I can get behind; this time we’ve got a fresh new hit from Melbourne’s Delivery. The core of the song swirls around this tight proto-punk guitar line, coiled darkly in the mix so that the vocals achieve this sort of cavernous indifference that fuses the stark nature of the tune with elements of super cool. At times, you can hear little surfy guitar licks come into play, mostly between verses, illustrating what the band have in store for you down the line. Their Yes We Do EP will drop on June 25th courtesy of Spoilsport Records.
First, let there be fair warning for US audiences, as this song is not at all about the heralded Butterfinger snack. But, Carpet Burn, a new act led by Kayley Langdon and Tam Richards-Matlakowski is rather paying homage to how we all let things slip out of our hands, both literally and figuratively. The song is this pseudo-psych pop that creeps in along Kayley’s synth work, almost like a pop horror score; the wonky bounce helps set up the falling vocal delivery that seems to tumble down to the ground…like any object would if you indeed did have ‘butterfinger hands.” Plus, the song wraps up with a great noisy freakout that’s sure to set fire to your soul. The band will release their I Can’t Believe It’s Not Carpet Burn EP on June 18th via Spoilsport Records.
When I first heard “To Wendy Love Steve,” I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what to make of Quality Used Cars; Francis Tait has a rather distinctive voice, and I wasn’t sure whether I was on board for it or not. But, when that chorus dropped in, I was stunned, and couldn’t wait for more. Today, we get more as the Good Days/Bad Days is finally available to stream. These feel like the songs you want to accompany your favorite storyteller; the songs have great narratives, wound about these gentle little Americana elements sliding off into the sunny horizon. I’ll admit, it doesn’t have that immediate reward that makes for the thirsty hits of today, but dammit if its not rewarding if you just bathe in the joy of Tait’s songwriting. Grab the LP from Spoilsport Records.
While having worked in the Australian music scene for some time, Francis Tait finally has a project to call his own, Quality Used Cars. On February 19th we’ll all be treated to Good Days/Bad Days via Spoilsport Records, and here we’ve got another single that might grab you. Francis has a very matter-of-fact delivery, distinct in tone and style, which is one of those things you take with you when you walk away from this track. I like the subtlety of the song’s he’s writing too; they’ve got these brief little pop nuggets that bubble to the surface during the chorus, as it does here, but its almost like a brilliant fireside storytelling from a great Australian bard. Been really feeling this one and here’s to hoping you will too.
I’ve been pretty high on Eggy during their release cycle for the forthcoming Bravo!, so we continue our support by giving you a little nod towards their latest single from the LP…the last before the record drops on Friday! This one’s got a little nod to Kubrick, and you can almost feel the famous AI machine in the sort of hobbling synth work that bobs and weaves into the song’s foreground. All that said, this lot are great at building in extemporaneous textures, layering in vocals and a snappy drum beat that gives the song more depth as Hal exclaims “pop culture’s killing me!” Spoilsport Records release the full LP this Friday!
Francis Tait has worked in various outfits around Melbourne, but it sounds as if his debut solo record under the moniker of Quality Used Cars might be the one that sort of breaks out into the open. Musical, the song definitely fits into the vibe of the Aussie casual pop, steady and careful, pensive and powerful; you’d be forgiven, too, if you thought you’d heard it before, as the sound has grown increasingly familiar around the world. But, an area that allows Tait to forge his own ground is his vocal delivery. He ends up sounding an awful lot like he’s delivering a sermon about the trials of an employee at his father’s record store…oddly reminds me a bit of Courtney Barnett’s distinctive delivery. Good Days/Bad Days will be out next February via Spoilsport Records.
A few weeks ago I encouraged you to dip your toes in the waters of Eggy with their single “Johnny Whoop,” but now they’re here with a more skittish little jingle that should be right up your alley, particularly if you’re a fan of all things Melbourne. It’s got that sort of swaggering gallop that you’d expect as background music to some sort of satanic dance (I was thinking Midsommar here); it sort of leaps and lands, spastically throws this way and that with angular guitar notes cutting in and out of your speakers. It’s that brand of post-punk that begs you to balance the see-saw between exuberance and anxiety…and I mean that as a compliment! And then it stops. Look for Bravo! on Spoilsport Records on November 13th.