WEAVING DARKER AND DEEPER
‘Performance’ is an album of balladry that weaves a fabric darker and deeper into the emotional verbatim than many others will ever go.
Lyricist and frontman Nicholas Elias has spent the last 13 years working as an Architect while teaching at Sydney University. He has designed buildings of temperament and longevity for the generations of this city. However at the age of 36, just like the edifice he draws, Nicholas is giving us an artwork of endurance. Through poetic defiance, he convinces us that it is truly a dangerous act to commit.
AIRY MELODIES & FUZZY GUITARS
Dianas are Caitlin Moloney, Nathalie Pavlovic and Anetta Nevin , originally from Perth and now firmly planted in Melbourne. First appearing on the live circuit in their hometown in 2013 with freshly learnt instruments and a handful of pop songs aptly titled EP #01, the trio’s naive yet intricate sounds instantly garnered attention from fans and local radio alike.
After releasing a second EP and a couple more singles to an ever-growing fan base, selling out their own headline shows in Perth, supporting acts including Thee Oh Sees, ALPINE, Dick Diver and Abbe May and being awarded the coveted triple j Unearthed slot at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Fremantle in 2014, the band released their debut full-length album to eager ears in mid 2015.
Heartbreaker alt-country duo Miles and Simone weave their lonesome seaside lullabies and ballads with restraint – two sublime voices, gentle melodies, poetic lyrics and hilarious banter.
The duet release first single, She and I, off upcoming EP produced by acclaimed producer Dan Luscombe (The Drones, Courtney Barnett) who has drawn out the darkness from the pair’s sweet and mournful love ballads. With Pete Luscombe (Paul Kelly) driving the rhythm train on an old snare drum, Dan working his magic on a slide guitar and Jules Pascoe (Jazz Party) bringing up the bottom end on his upright double pass, the outcome is a hollering freight train of a song, screamin down the line towards The Heartbreak Hotel.
80’S DRUM MACHINES & DRIVEN POP GUITARS
It’s love forever with the brand new single from Sydney’s bedroom-pop firebrand Felix Lush. An ode to his IRL girlfriend and a sweet salute to young lust, “Juliette” is a soaring synth jam that takes its cues from pioneers like New Order and OMD, as much as recent proponents such as Porches and Wild Nothing. Felix says, “The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but it’s important to tell that special someone how much they mean. ‘Juliette’ is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.”
It also marks Felix’s signing to local management arm Jerko, home to Bleeding Knees Club and High-tails. The “Juliette” single is his first fresh material since 2016’s debut 5-track EP “State Of Mind”, a smartly-crafted set of romantic new wave and taut post-punk that Happy declared “an absolute banger … the songs are as diverse as they are dreamy”.
Sydney’s guitar-pop heart-throbs High-tails are revved-up (and relieved) to announce they’ve completed their debut album, which will be released in the second half of 2017.
The twelve-track record was produced by Chris Colonna, founder of triple j favourites Bumblebeez, who more recently has been releasing club bangers under a variety of aliases including Magic Pirate and Ccolo. Chris beamed himself in from his Braidwood base with a bunch of enthusiasm to track with the High-tails boys at The Grove Studios in Somersby, and Free Energy in Sydney. Further production was also completed with Russell Pilling at Damien Gerard Studios in Balmain … oh, and frontman Nick recorded some vocals in his bedroom, too!
ORIGINAL & ASTONISHING
Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches, drown their audiences in angelic harmonies and songs of melancholy and whimsy.
The duo, Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, wowed audiences at Canberra’s National Folk Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival this year, taking out the 2017 National Folk Festival‘s Gill Rees Young Musicians Memorial Award.
“For a duo so young to conjure a full album of music so candid and original as this is astonishing… Charm of Finches sound like they’re mining something far more ancient and universal.” – Rhythms Magazine
WHEN I GET DRESSED, I’M THE SOFTEST I HAVE EVER BEEN
Canberra multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Shoeb Ahmad today announces second LP “quiver”, and the release of new single “mask-ed” along with album track remixes from four underground Australian producers. Ahmad is set to tour “mask-ed” across four states in July/August, beginning at Canberra’s Gorman Arts Centre and concluding in Brisbane at the iconic Sonic Masala Festival and Sonic Sherpa. “quiver” is set for release in 2018.
“mask-ed” weighs aching vulnerability against a loping groove, minimalist yet widescreen all at once. The lead single from impending LP “quiver”, “mask-ed” heralds a new era for Shoeb in more ways than one.
A SUMPTUOUS, LOOPING MASTERPIECE
‘Getting Better’ is the first glimpse of a record Emma has pieced together over the last two years with the help of highly respected producer and musician, Greg J Walker (Paul Kelly, Tiny Ruins, Machine Translations).
The single’s been receiving lots of love over the last month with both FBi and Double J adding it to regular rotation and Timber and Steel describing it as ‘a sumptuous, looping masterpiece that has Davis’ trademark vocals and production front and centre’.
At the beginning of 2017 Donnelly released her debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’ and was met with critical acclaim. The five-track release was written over the space of two years; a musical undertaking resulting in a bold and unapologetic repertoire of songs which has forged Donnelly to the forefront of the new guard of Australian songwriters.
Donnelly’s brutally honest and witty observations of people and relationships are transformed into blissful poems and lyrical punch lines on her standout debut EP ‘Thrush Metal’. Donnelly’s relatable way of writing is her lens to the world in which we live, a glimpse into what it’s like to be a millennial woman in the age of Trump, Tinder and third wave feminism.