BOLD NEW DISCO-DIVA SOUNDS
Splashing through a sea of songs since signing as a writer to Imagem Music (home of Daft Punk and Phil Collins), Sidewinder’s hotly anticipated EP is set to be released by Personal Best Recordings in 2018, the first taste of which comes with “Casino” –a boundary pushing pièce de résistance of pop bling.
“Sickly sweet like rum and Coca Cola, and just as deadly. Such is the surprising reinvention of former-Bridezilla vocalist Holiday Sidewinder, who unveils her bold new disco-diva sound with “Casino” …a cocky, glossy blur of pure hedonistic glam.” Rolling Stone
Visiting Australia in February 2018 as a touring member of Alex Cameron’s band, Holiday will perform an intimate selection of side shows featuring an exciting collection of all new solo material for the first time. Be prepared to have your socks knocked off!
BREAKBEATS & ECSTATIC MELODIES
Colourfields is a four piece band that utilises live instrumentation, sampling and electronics to create a through-composed visceral experience comprised of ethereal soundscapes, skittering breakbeats, solemn meditations and ecstatic melodies, Colourfields wanders through sonic avenues somewhere beyond recognition in desperate search of home.
SURF ROCK & INDIE POP!
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Baby Blue have been around for longer than two years given their prolificacy in the Melbourne music scene. Having quickly become a staple of the local scene through their relentless gigging, the band have been turning heads with their infectious melodies and live show which is a joy to behold.
Lead singer and songwriter Rhea Caldwell performs with an ease few can claim to possess, tapping into sounds of 60s surf rock with a sprinkling of Americana and indie pop. The result is charming and considered concoction from an exciting new talent to watch.
Often likened to artists such as The Tallest Man On Earth, Steve Smyth and Karl S Williams – Perennial Sydney favourite Direwolf (Matthew Jon Dewar) has surfaced from 2 years of introspection and writing to not only deliver electrifying live shows, but to complete his enormously anticipated full length album.
“Not one for small talk – his sets are love-struck dirges, charting characters as they struggle through the absurd perils and splendid crescendos of life, he also has rather expressive feet, tracing quick hieroglyphics on the ground as he plays.” – The Brag
It was the battle to be brutally honest with himself, and transparent and raw with those around him, that saw lead singer Matthew Oastler create Gentle Leader. Interested in duality, context and meaning, the forthcoming record delves into both the ideas and ideals, as well as the realities of family and mental health. Refreshingly personal, yet relatable, the songs present a journey into the mind of an observer.
Lyrically it’s designed to confront, sonically to provide colour. The record is at times a beautiful chaos; played live it’s a stripped back whisper, always aiming to find the balance between grit and hope. Co-produced with Dave Symes (Boy and Bear) and recorded by Richie Belkner at Free Energy Devices, the record features a tapestry of hypnotic melodies, rhythms and textures that complement the subtle story-telling vocals.
UNIQUE MÈLANGE OF JAZZ AND HIP HOP
With a unique sensibility for cross-genre experimentation and a refined ear for catchy melodies, Sydney band Yon Yonson are a refreshingly different force in the new wave of DIY music.
In a game that is usually played trying to convince the press that an artist is an overnight success, Yon Yonson are a counter-cultural beacon, politely declining major label interests and releasing music with no pretense and minimal fanfare simply because they like to.
“Hyperactive and bursting with frantic ideas; a unique mélange of jazz and hip hop samples sprinkled with a refreshing youthful cheekiness. But this doesn’t mean Yon Yonson haven’t found their sound. It means that their sound is completely volatile, fluid and more satisfying with each listen.” – FBi Radio
AMBIENT TONES OVER DRIVING SYNTHS & RHYTHMS
After touring the country for three years as the front man for indie stalwarts Nantes, David Rogers returns with his new project Moon Brain and a mini-album in tow.
Nantes released two EP’s and a debut album, which spawned the indie hits ‘Fly’, ‘Unsatisfy’ and ‘Drones’. In 2016 (with the band on a break), Rogers began work on Moon Brain – writing and recording with Simon Todkill at Sydney’s 301 Studios.
Impressively, Rogers took on multiple roles as songwriter and co-producer, tracking all vocals and playing most of the instruments on all seven tracks. Long time friend Jonathan Boulet contributed drums to round out the recording.
SMOKEY VOCALS THROUGH SEDATED ROCK’N’ROLL
Drawing influences from artists such as Bill Callahan, Yo La Tengo and Karen Carpenter, their sound is tremolo soaked, evoking an empty hotel bar in a Lynch film. They have been described as ‘brooding velvet country’ and ‘heartbreak hotel on codeine’.
Songwriter Yvonne Moxham wrote in various share-house bedrooms before teaming up with drummer Cec Condon (The Mess Hall) in 2014 and slowly started building a cult fan base. After only a handful of shows they travelled to New York to record with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, The War On Drugs) at Rare Book Room.
SELF POSSESSED & MATURE
Two of the country’s most promising young singer/songwriters are teaming up for one special co-headline gig. 23 year old QLD Music Award nominee Greta Stanley released her strikingly beautiful debut LP last year to rapturous acclaim. Her single ‘When January Comes’ was given full rotation on Triple J and she has been invited to support the likes of Boy & Bear, Sarah Blasko and The Rubens.
Dominic Breen has only just released his debut double A-side single ‘Sydney Kids/The Words’, but already his music is turning heads. None other than Ben Folds has just chosen ‘Sydney Kids’ as one of his favourite tracks on Triple J Unearthed. The song has also been enjoying spins on Triple J, FBi and 2SER, as well as being included on Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’ playlist.