ceo's got a new song. It's called Whorehouse and it’s the first thing we’re hearing from his forthcoming sophomore album Wonderland. Tropical, off-kilter synths and sing-along vocals make this one of the best things he’s released thus far. Wonderland is due out Feb 3rd.
DZ Deathrays have a new single out from their forthcoming second album. It’s called Northern Lights and takes things down a notch. It’s good to hear them branching away from that Death From Above 1979 tribute band sound (which, don’t get me wrong, is awesome), there’s definitely more confidence in this one.
Worries has just released a new song called Fall. It’s charming, heartfelt guitar pop that wears its influences proudly on its sleeve. If you love Wild Nothing or Craft Spells, this will most certainly be your thing. Download from his Soundcloud.
We’ve got a new song on Triple J Unearthed right now. It’s the first thing you’ll hear from our forthcoming EP, and it’s part of a double A-Side single that you’ll hear the rest of in the next week or so. It’s called Pale.
Here’s a really scuzzy demo we wrote and recorded last year in a single night. It’s about being a fuckwit. It’s rough as hell but we’re never going to do anything with it, so you may as well have it. Download.
Bully are a Garage Pop band from Nashville, and if the first single from their forthcoming self-titled EP is anything to go by, this is a band that are going places. It’s called Brainfreeze and it features bubblegum vocals over scuzzy, filthy guitars. It’s so rarely a track just grabs you immediately like this, savour it. Pre-order the EP on their Bancamp page.
Swearin’ have released the first single from their sophomore album, Surfing Strange. Watered Down is a 90’s drenched pop song exploring the failure of a relationship with fuzz and an apathetic drawl, classic Swearin’, if there is such a thing this early in the game. Surfing Strange is out November 5th.
Heavenly Beat returns with the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album, Prominence. It’s called Complete and it certainly feels more assured than his previous work, everything feels polished, deliberate, and bouncy. The oriental-themed solo half way through is an especially nice touch.
Yuno has remixed my band, Braves' latest song, Heartslur II. He took the stripped back sound and replaced it with pulsing bass, jittery vocals and a bunch of synths. It’s a free download on Bandcamp and on Soundcloud, so check it out.
These New Puritans have finally returned with Fragment Two. It’s the first glimpse of Field Of Reeds, their third album, out June 10th. In many ways, it continues the sounds and moods of Hidden, which is obviously welcome news. Fragment Two specifically sounds a lot like the third album’s take on Hologram, a standout from the sophomore. If you pre-order the album you can download Fragment Two right now.
Bleeding Knees Club are back with a very Blink 182 sounding track called Feel. If you’re a fan of heart-on-your-sleeve Punk Pop then get ready to fall in love. Here’s hoping they can keep up this intensity for whatever comes next.
If you like Flume and Disclosure (Of course you do.) then Cosmo’s Midnight, a brother production duo from Sydney will definitely impress. Their debut single, Phantasm, features Nicole Millar on breathy, sweet nothings-esque vocals. Best news is it’s a free download, so get on the bandwagon now.
Shy Boysmake Jangly Retro Pop with 90’s Shoegazey elements and hazy male/female vocals. It’s actually a new project from Brandon Biondo of the now defunct Coolrunnings, and while you can hear hints of that old sound in there, this is definitely a different direction for him.
This is Julia, the B-Side from their recent (Like, 11 days ago recent) Ride / Julia release. As far as official debut releases go, it’s really quite strong, and to show their appreciation for the support they have already received, they went ahead and released another track, Something, for free download. This could be the start of something, guys.
Oberhofer seem to have dropped this track without much of a press frenzy. It’s called Earplugs and it’s the first taste of a five song EP that’s coming out at the end of the month called NOSTALGIA. It’s got that classic Oberhofer sound and a chorus that will dig its way into your brain and lay eggs in your heart. Then its spawn will probably eat their way out of your body and burst out of your neck, or something.
debris\ is the first single from Tropical Tobacco's forthcoming debut album via Vice Portugal. It’s a tropical slow jam with playful keys and a methodical, plodding drumbeat. This one feels like the waves crashing against the shore in slow motion. Download.
Antelope are a Perth band crafting instrumental pop that’ll instantly remind you of some sort of heady fusion between Foals and WU LYF. If that hasn’t sold you then what the hell are you doing on my blog? Get off my blog.
Les Sins, Toro y Moi's more Dancey side-project, has two new songs for us. This is the A-side, Grind, from his upcoming single, to be released on the 18th of March on Jiaolong. It’s very House and chill, still not a return to the lofty heights of Lina / Toss And Turn, but a damn sight closer than that recent Dog Bite split. Listen to Side B, Prelims, here.
Smith Westerns announce a new album, Soft Will, and unveil the first sneak peek of it in Varsity, a glossy, synthy departure from their previous sound. That’s not to say you won’t recognise their trademark sing-along vocals and upbeat melodies though. Soft Will is out digitally March 12.
Flower Pop girl groupGo Violets released this jangly masterpiece, Teenager, in August last year, but you may not have heard it, because the Australian music scene is incredibly insular and even more so for young bands. If you love catchy retro pop with bass lines you wish you could write yourself, this will make your day/week/month. You can purchase it on their Bandcamp for $1.99. It’s worth it.
Surf Club return with a new single, called Heaven. They’re continuing their new trend of more romantic, dreamy material, that started with previous single, Reverie. The same hazy reverb drenched guitars and vocals, the same feeling of longing and loss, looks like this is Surf Club’s new sound. Download.
Shout It Out is the new song from Garage Popper Mikal Cronin's forthcoming album, MCII. This is probably the closest he’s come to a perfect pop song so far, within one listen you’ll be singing along to the chorus, I promise you that.
Go Cozy are a Dream-Pop band with that classic jangly guitar sound that characterises the 80’s influenced scene that bands like Craft Spells and Wild Nothing reside in. This track, Silverlining, was actually released late 2011, but you may not have heard it yet. Everything’s free to download from their Bandcamp too, so go for it. Download.
So in light of Teen Suicide breaking up, Sam Ray and Alec Simke have a new project called Julia Brown. The bad news is there’s no more Teen Suicide, the good news is, if this first track, Library, is any indication, you’ll be able to transfer your affections pretty easily. Download.
Iceage are back with the first single from their forthcoming sophomore, You’re Nothing. It’s called Coalition and it’s far more melodic and anthemic than their previous work. Sort of like if The Horrors took their Strange House sound and fused it with their Primary Colours themes. Download.
Blessin’ have released their first EP after struggling all year long with other commitments (Unimportant stuff like College educations), something I can relate to all too well. The EP is called No, and there’s a sort of early Ducktails sound to a lot of it, and at 7 tracks, there’s plenty of room to explore that direction over a wide gamut of sounds and emotions. You can download the whole EP for any price you want, including free, at their bandcamp.
Beach Fossils just announced a new album called Clash The Truth (Out February 13th), and have shared a new song as well. This is called Careless and it definitely shows an evolution of their well known style, the whole thing is more textured and effects driven than their previous works. Download.
Here’s some more of that Big Troubles side-project, Limited. New Day Rising has a rad 80’s anime Testarossa midnight drive vibe, with those Alex Craig vocals you know and love/hate. Really interesting to see such a stark difference from the band output and this solo work, something that most musicians, inexplicably, seem to think ISN’T a good idea.
Bored Nothing's self-titled debut is out now and it's damn good. If you love Yuck, Coma Cinema, Beach Fossils or anything 90’s inspired, it’s definitely worth your time and money. This is Echo Room, a highlight from the LP. You can buy it now on iTunes or Spunk Records.
Toro y Moi finally gives us a hint of the direction of his new album, called Anything In Return. This chill number isSo Many Details and it’s actually more reminiscent of Causers Of This than Underneath The Pine.
This is Justin Vallesteros from Craft Spells' side project. It's called Glass Mural and it’s a far more electronic, sample based output. The short and sweet Swinging Sleeves is all we have to go by at this stage, but if there’s any more material coming, and it sounds anything like this, we could have a new Baths on our hands. Download.
Here’s the next single from Black Marble's upcoming debut album, A Different Arrangement. It’s called Static and it reverts back to their darker vibes compared to the recently uplifting A Great Design. The album is out next month. Download.