Today, Melbourne based songwriter and producer Darling James releases MOOD EYES; a clutch of six pastel pop sonic super novas which premiered on Purple Sneakers this week and kicks off his six date East Coast tour in support of the release.
CHAKRA EFENDI shares nostalgic video for ‘Grow Up’
The second studio-recorded single from the prolific Brisbane-based, Sunshine Coast-raised artist is a driving, melancholic slow-burn, ruminating on impending adulthood and leaving behind a youth spent in suburbia. ‘Grow Up’ follows Chakra Efendi’s debut single, ‘Waste of Space’ and sees the artist wading back into the coming-of-age themes of its predecessor. Where ‘Waste of Space’ revels in a shifting adolescent identity, ‘Grow Up’ reluctantly waves it goodbye. Mulling over the peculiarity but ultimate mundanity of being young, Chakra Efendi says the track is a “a warning to a younger version of myself, isn’t hindsight a killer?”
In Meres’ words, “I was on tour with a couple of great bands while playing bass for Isla Ka. It was one of those defining moments of feeling a jealousy in the blistering heat of Brisbane, where a musician could take their shirt off quite happily in an effort to cool off from performing excellent bloody music (it’s really bloody excellent music). And I know if I were a confident and outspoken type of person like so many of the musicians I look up to, I’d also happily take my shirt off. But I am not that type of person. I’m modest and insular and introverted. I don’t want people to look at me, to listen to me, and yet I do, but that wanting that, kind of makes me feel like I am a lesser person. Like I don’t work hard enough to write the best music I can or perform with enough confidence. I think watching the bands that night made me realise…maybe it was time to turn everything upside down. And I had no idea what that looked like or meant. ”
The summer smash, which was written by Sarah Aarons (Zedd’s “Middle” and “Stay”) and produced by Gryffin, is the latest single from Gryffin’s upcoming full-length debut album, which will be released by Darkroom/Geffen Records. It follows his previously released tracks “Just For A Moment” featuring Iselin, which has amassed over five million Spotify streams, and “Winnebago” featuring Quinn XCII & Daniel Wilson, which has racked up over 15 million streams and peaked at #7 on the Worldwide Dance Shazam chart.
NEW MUSIC: Sometime Sonny “Have a Heart”
With a knack for combining catchy melodies in with a hazy poeticism that wraps the listener up instantly, Brisbane’s SOMETIME SONNY return with a sublime new single in ‘HAVE A HEART’. Songwriter Dave Campbell battles with the foggy memories of the night before and reflects on broken pacts and feelings of regret with this song, as swelling indie instrumentation adds further flourish.
The band would like all to know the following, “Nocturnes And Requiems” is dedicated to the life of Adam Sagan who passed on December 7, 2016 during the final stages of production.
“This, as we know, is the last piece of work that Adam contributed and played on. Adams talent, passion and personality is woven throughout every part of this record as he was easily 1/3 of the creative force. “Nocturnes and Requiems” was a name that Adam eerily came up with one evening when we were figuring out album titles would not have sounded the way it does now without his immense contribution on and off the drums. Adam, we love you and it’s a tragedy that you were not able to see this release. You will always and forever be a member of Witherfall. Rest In Peace man.”
DIVA premiere Glossii’s Headache (“Wolf Alice, Garbage, and Blondie eat your heart out…”)
Glossii is a four piece rock/post punk band created around South London in early 2017 by Charlie Lock and Guitarist Lewis Smith, along with vocalist Sofia Zanghirella and latest joining member, drummer Reuben Rost.
Glossii’s hard-hitting riffs and bursts of aggression create the ubiquitous back-beat for Sofia’s femme-fatale lyrical insight- reminiscent of other bands such as Wolf Alice and Garbage with a detection and a nod to the original allure of Blondie’
NATIONAL LAGARDE Release New Single ‘My Baby Don’t Bring It’
New Orleans group National Lagarde return with a brand new swinging single My Baby Don’t Bring It. This is a brand new track and their first material since last years swampy groove extravaganza that was the album Story Of A Southern Gentleman.
Here’s what lead-man Terry Lagarde had to say about it; “I have always been influenced by old delta Blues and early rock n roll from this Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee region. And fortunate enough to be from this area and to see a lot of that culture and history. I guess My Baby Don’t Bring It is my little National Lagarde take on that style of music, from Elvis to RL Burnside, they have all had some sort of influence on me as a musician and producer of music.”
For the last several weeks electronic music producer REZZ has rolled out several tracks from her new album CERTAIN KIND OF MAGIC with “Witching Hour,” “H E X” and “Flying Octopus.” Today, August 3, the woman, whose fans lovingly refer to her as ‘Space Mom,’ releases the complete 8-track collection on mau5trap.
Tom Baxter | Shares new single, album out August 17
Following in the footsteps of the album-titled single and ‘The Ballad of Davey Graham’, this is the latest track to be taken from Baxter’s forthcoming album, ‘The Other Side Of Blue’ (out August 17) which will be his first record in a decade. Admired by the likes of Tom Waits and Rufus Wainwright, the new album follows the self-funded ‘Skybound’ and a turbulent decade for Baxter – years which have seen him divorce, re-marry, pen an Ivor Novello-nominated track, and travel to the far stretches of the world – India, Spain, Brazil and LA (amongst many others) to boot.
“I grew up in a household where social justice was a fundamental value, and I always believed that it was a fundamental Canadian value as well as a central Jewish one,” says Page. “I’ve watched how the term has been twisted and perverted by the Right over the last several years in an effort to diminish the voices of reason.
Spies share new single Ho Chi Minh (London date Aug 13th)
SPIES continue to tease out new music ahead of their debut LP, Constancy, out November 23rd. Ho Chi Minh is the 3rd single to be released from their forthcoming album. The band are also due to play headline shows in London and Dublin in August.
Spies received critical acclaim in the UK and Ireland with their early singles. After the release of their Sea Creature EP and a tour with Wolf Alice in 2016, the band began work on their debut album. The album would ultimately capture the sound of a band undergoing a major metamorphosis. While acquiring an arsenal of new equipment and building a studio, they experimented with new sounds and more leftfield sonic ideas.