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LUKE DANIEL PEACOCK REVEALS NEW SINGLE “GIVE ME A REASON”

LUKE DANIEL PEACOCK REVEALS NEW SINGLE “GIVE ME A REASON”

Singer-songwriter Luke Daniel Peacock is following up his #2 AMRAP charting hit “Older Then” with an energetic and punchy new single, “Give Me A Reason”. Steeped in 80’s and 90’s indie-pop influence, the driving synth melody of the track is offset by Peacock’s husky and powerful vocal performance.

Drawing on the influence of artists like New Order, The Cure, Animal Collective and Chvrches, the track represents a new sonic direction for Peacock, born of experimentation and nostalgia.



LISTEN TO “GIVE ME A REASON” HERE

 

DANIEL PEACOCK COVER ART

 

“A benefit of forced isolation was that I could go back and enjoy production styles and techniques that I was playing with as a teenager in my bedroom – using drum machines and sounds that weren’t restrained to a traditional band format,” said Luke Daniel Peacock. “This song explores the emotions surrounding a person or people asking when enough is enough. It uses the analogy of an unbalanced personal relationship to examine deeper and broader forms of suffering, patience and self-worth.”

Luke Daniel Peacock’s previous solo efforts have earned him extensive acclaim across the music industry, including being awarded The Billy Thorpe Scholarship Award in 2016 for his LP “We’ve Come A Long Way Darling”.

Simultaneously, Luke has recorded, performed and toured across the world with some of the most revered and respected names in Australian and international music. Luke also featured as a performer and curator of the 13th Isol-aid Festival, and his most recent single “Older Then” shot to #2 on the AMRAP Metro charts.

Luke Daniel Peacock was born and grew up in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. He is a descendant of the Meriam people of the eastern Torres Strait Islands, and also has strong Scottish heritage; he credits both of these lineages to his deep attraction to song and melody. Through it’s pearling industry and transient population, the Torres Strait is a famous melting pot of culture and music, while Scotland is home to many of Luke’s favourite pop-heavy bands, including The Jesus and Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Teenage Fanclub, Chvrches, The Waterboys and Frightened Rabbit.

 

Luke Daniel Peacock is set to release two more singles in 2020.


   

 

NORWOOD RELEASE NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EP “IRREGULAR WAYS”

NORWOOD RELEASE NEW SINGLE FROM UPCOMING EP “IRREGULAR WAYS”

Alternative folk group Norwood have announced the release of their newest single Irregular Ways, an unadorned acoustic track written as a sincere reflection on longing and loss, officially released today, August 7th. The group have also announced their debut EP, set to be released later this year.

 

Norwood consists of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Olivia Bolmat and Nathaniel Peacock, and drummer/producer Connor Tuan. Since forming in early 2019, Norwood have played a number of shows in their hometown of Melbourne, drawing on classic folk and country influences whilst bringing a unique, contemporary spin to such genres. Featuring thought provoking lyricism and an intricate approach to instrumental arrangement, Norwood’s new take on alternative folk has been well received by audiences, often being described as “a breath of fresh air”.

 

Irregular Ways provides a contrast to Norwood’s previous single, whilst still echoing its core sonic and lyrical content. The song gradually builds in sentiment using subtle instrumental additions, evoking a sense of warmth through intertwining vocal lines and delicate harmonies whilst maintaining a sense of emotional honesty through direct and minimal production.

 

Norwood is Olivia Bolmat (lead vocals, guitar), Nathaniel Peacock (lead vocals, guitar) and Connor Tuan (percussion).

 

Stream: IRREGULAR WAYS

Download: IRREGULAR WAYS

 

Irregular Ways is out NOW!

 


  

TRYHARD RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE ‘DOPAMINE’

TRYHARD RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE ‘DOPAMINE’

 

TRYHARD is the moniker of bedroom-pop artist and producer James Comito from
Melbourne, who releases his debut single ‘Dopamine’, a song about overthinking and dealing with anxiety in less than ideal situations. A fresh new face with an unparalleled sense of ambition and a belief that pop shouldn’t be a dirty word, TRYHARD is characterized by earworm hooks, huge synths and lyrical authenticity.

 

James started writing songs at the tender age of eleven, knowing full well that his dream
was to fill the same arenas as his diverse range of influences from Mayday Parade to The
1975, to Charli XCX. James combined his natural talent as a top liner and instrumentalist to
writing sessions with a variety of other artists, garnering early interest from labels.

However, writing songs for others began to feel suffocating; James’ distinctive honesty in
songwriting meant that he needed a project that felt truly his own.

Thus, TRYHARD was born.

TRYHARD has now emerged in 2020 as a fully realized pop act, after years of work behind
the scenes, writing for and collaborating with fellow up-and-comers Chris Watts, Muki, Oh
Boy and more. Excitingly, his upcoming releases are the result of an exclusive collaboration
with Ben Field, who has previously worked with festival favorite Mallrat and has over 20
million streams to his name.

 

Each of James’ three singles (all set for release in 2020) speak to a youthfulness and
freedom that the 22-year-old is able to embody so authentically. A new generational voice,
with the talent and work ethic to back it up, TRYHARD has arrived and is here to stay…

 

 

Listen to Dopamine below

Sammm. Releases Music Video For Single ‘Four Eyes’

Sammm. Releases Music Video For Single ‘Four Eyes’

Sammm. just released his dreamy indie-rock single ‘Four Eyes’ (July 24) and to pair with the melancholic and lucid tones of the track he is releasing a deep insight into his past with this chilling documentary-like music video (content warning: discussion of drug use).

‘Four Eyes’ is littered with bruised optimism – filled with pain, this angsty yet elegant track sets a gloomy tone that is contrasted by an upbeat sensation.

Aligning with the ominous nature of the track, the clip opens up wounds in a powerful and very real reflection on Samuel Geddes late-teenage years where he struggled with substance abuse.

Watch video below

(content warning: discussion of drug use)

 

 

With shots portraying both his lighter and darker sides, the ominous clip journeys from key locations of his youth – from his apartment during that time to the infamous Biala Centre in Brisbane city [alcohol and drug treatment service] – as the track plays over subtitles of Geddes reflecting on his battle with addiction, double life, homelessness and hospitalization.

After only scratching the surface on his journey, the clip concludes with shots of Sam’s expressing the following:

“I was at war with what was going on inside. Writing music helps me create little reminders for myself, to not step back into the darkness. ‘Four Eyes’ was written from a stance of reflection and growth”.

Despite the haunting reality of his journey, the power in this short-documentary music clip is that Geddes has found his feet and heals by reflecting on his past and writing music to express this – leading the way for many who are struggling with addiction.

For many, this may be an unfamiliar world. Others will have stories of their own substance abuse and have too found their own way out like Geddes, but there are still people out there living with substance abuse every day who require help and support networks.

The takeaway from this is the importance to keep an eye out on those around us for signs of substance abuse. If you, or if you know someone struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction you can seek help and guidance via the below resources:

 

 National Alchohol and Other Drug Hotline | 1800 250 015

– Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/ | 13 11 14

– ReachOut https://au.reachout.com/

– Support Act https://supportact.org.au/ | Wellbeing Helpline: 1800 959 500

 Kids Helpline | https://www.kidshelpline.com.au/ | 1800 55 1800

– Family Drug Support Australia | https://www.fds.org.au/ | 1300 368 186 

– Headspace | https://headspace.org.au/

 

 

Single Launch

Thursday, August 6 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane w/ LouLou & Tom Dron | Event Page


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YOUR GRANDPARENTS SHARE CINEMATIC VISUALS FOR ‘SO DAMN FLY’

YOUR GRANDPARENTS SHARE CINEMATIC VISUALS FOR ‘SO DAMN FLY’

The rising genre-blending R&B/Hip Hop trio Your Grandparents, composed of vocalists DaCostaJean Carter, and producer ghettoblasterman, have released the official music video for their latest single So Damn Fly‘, available now across all digital streaming platforms via The Orchard. Premiered on Hypebeast, ‘So Damn Fly‘ is the first offering from Your Grandparents‘ debut album set to arrive later this year. Watch the trippy cinematic visual the group directed and produced themselves HERE

 

 

On their new video, Your Grandparents share: Everything we do is DIY. To create this video with a limited crew of just us and the ladies featured in the video (they killed it) speaks volumes to the dedication we put towards our work. We’re proud to release this to the world and we hope the joy that went into this is passed on to everyone who watches it.”

In April 2019, Your Grandparents self-released their eclectic breakout debut EP Been Cold, that included fan favorite track,My Only One‘ featuring neo-soul R&B songstress UMI. Following the EP release, the Los Angeles-based trio headed out on a sold out West Coast tour with fellow SoCal singer-songwriter Cuco where they received an overwhelming response.

 

In the midst of growing as a powerful music group in the past year, each artist has managed to create success independently in their own right. Most notably, Jean Carter’s feature on Cuco’s ‘Bossa No Se‘, which has clocked over 70 million streams.

 

Stay tuned for much more to come from Your Grandparents who are set to release their debut full-length album later this year via Sony Music-owned distributor The Orchard.

 

So Damn Fly‘ by Your Grandparents is out now,
buy/stream it here.

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PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS RETURN WITH BLAZING NEW SINGLE, ‘MR. PRISM’

PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS RETURN WITH BLAZING NEW SINGLE, ‘MR. PRISM’

As their first move for 2020, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have made another strong impact with the release of their new single, ‘Mr. Prism’. Bounding along with energy from the onset, ‘Mr. Prism’ is relentless in its approach – a fiery reminder of the type of band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have grown into over the last few years on the road. 

 

Since the release of the band’s third studio album And Now For The Whatchamacallit, the Perth group spent the second half of 2019 on tour through the UK and Europe, before returning to Australia for a summer festival run. Taking advantage of loosening restrictions in WA, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are using the opportunity to get back to live performing, introducing their new chapter with a run of headline shows this September

 

 

‘Mr. Prism’, full of chaotic builds and irresistible rhythms as it winds through its second half, is wild in its arrangement. The bulk of the songwriting took place at songwriter Jack McEwan’s home in WA, with drums being laid down at Perth’s Tone City Studios, before landing with Michael Jelinek and Brian Lucey. For McEwan, the song was born out of the feverish haze only illness and a crazy tour schedule can bring. “After our last tour of Europe I had a plethora of reasons to see a doctor. First, he thought I had tonsillitis, so prescribed me penicillin, which didn’t help at all. I did Falls Festival over New Year’s and barely got through – turns out I had pneumonia. I was pushing through on all sorts of meds until someone offered me the HMS Hunter.S alternative and I realised no matter how sick I’d ever be, I could never turn one down. Mr. Prism (my sickly fun-fuelled fiend of an alter-ego) was born.” 

Jack McEwan, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets 

 

2019 was a massive year for Psychedelic Porn Crumpets both at home in Australia and in the international market. A year of sold out shows across North America, UK, Australia and Europe, not to mention spots on lucrative festivals including Splendour in the Grass and Desert Daze, the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets was well received by thousands. 

 

 

The release of And Now For The Whatchamacallit reaped praise from all corners with support from Triple J, BBC Radio 1, NPR and noted publications  including Q, Classic Rock and DIY have further cemented Psychedelic Porn Crumpets as a long lasting musical presence. With over 7 million Spotify streams and over 120k artist profile followers, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets rounded out 2019 triumphantly.

 

PRAISE FOR PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS

“With jubilant tie-dye riffs and squiggly guitar lines around every corner, A Now For The Whatchamacallit is every bit the celebratory psych-rock album it strives to be.”

DIY Mag

“ANFtW is a continuation of the quality we’ve come to expect from them after a brilliant past 3 years of music. It adds some new playfulness to the psychedelic charm of the past albums and is a consistently fun experience to add to their discography.”

Sputnik Music

“PPC don’t so much as throw caution to the wind as they incinerate caution and launch the ashes from the chopper.” Triple J Unearthed, Dave Ruby Howe

“Their music is completely unique and the people who follow them, do so purely upon the respect of their artistic value and incredible showmanship.” 

Isolated Nation

“Hailing from the countryside outside of Perth where they have honed their craft in elongated jam sessions and even longer house parties, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets return as a tour de force of spacious musical expression.”

Sungenre


PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS TOUR DATES

2020

Tickets on sale 9am AEST Friday 7th August 

Friday, September 11th Prince Of Wales Bunbury

Saturday, 12th September Settlers Tavern Margaret River 

Friday, 18th September Badlands Perth 

 

2021 will see Psychedelic Porn Crumpets heading around the country supporting Sydney’s Ocean Alley. Originally scheduled to tour nationally in May and June this year, COVID-19 restrictions forced the tour to be rescheduled for February and March next year. 

 

2021

Supporting Ocean Alley

Saturday, February 6th Hordern Pavilion Sydney SOLD OUT

Sunday, February 7th Hordern Pavilion Sydney Tickets

Friday, February 12th Fortitude Music Hall Brisbane SOLD OUT

Saturday, February 13th Fortitude Music Hall Brisbane

Licensed All Ages 6.30pm ShowTickets

Friday, March 5th Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle Tickets

Friday, March 12th Thebarton Theatre Adelaide Tickets

Wednesday, March 24th Melbourne Arena Melbourne  Tickets 

 

 

YOURS TRULY UNVEIL NEW SINGLE + VIDEO ‘UNDERSIZE’

YOURS TRULY UNVEIL NEW SINGLE + VIDEO ‘UNDERSIZE’

YOURS TRULY
UNVEIL NEW SINGLE + VIDEO
‘UNDERSIZE’

TAKEN FROM THE NEW ALBUM
‘SELF CARE’
OUT SEPTEMBER 18


Yours Truly have lifted another taste off their highly-anticipated upcoming record ‘Self Care’ today, in the form of new single and video ‘Undersize’.

Where the rest of Self Care largely looks inward at Mikaila conquering her own personal struggles, ‘Undersize’ finds the vocalist looking on at a friend going through battles of their own.

“This song is really a letter to a close friend of mine,” she explains. “While watching them navigating their life through all the ups, downs and obstacles life throws at them, I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”

 

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘UNDERSIZE’ 

 

The release follows a monumental few weeks for the four-piece, who upon announcing details of their record ‘Self Care’, were revealed as the newest addition to Select Agency’s huge roster of clients, as well as the latest hand picked guest for triple j’s famed Like A Version segment. The band took on a huge cover of Oasis’ classic ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and performed their own single and album track ‘Composure’ to a groundswell of praise.

Now considered one of Australia’s fastest rising alternative/pop-punk acts, Yours Truly burst out of the local Sydney scene in 2017 with their debut EP ‘Too Late For Apologies’, followed by the breakout track ‘High Hopes‘, now sitting on a sweltering 11 million lifetime streams and climbing.

In April 2019 the four-piece released their follow up EP ‘Afterglow‘ to a tidal wave of success, from festival appearances at the likes of Download UK, Riot Fest, Slam Dunk & Sad Summer and continued radio support from stations including triple jKerrang! RadioBBC R1Sirius XM Emo Project and idobi.

Self Care unravels the momentous year 2019 was for the band personally and professionally, and the means for reflection and coping that writing their debut album was for them.

Yours Truly are due to tour their new album as soon as restrictions allow. Sign up to the band’s mailing list to be the first to know when!

 

‘SELF CARE’
OUT FRIDAY SEPT 18 // PRE-ORDER HERE

 

 

 

 

YOURS & OWLS FESTIVAL ALL AGES SHOW LINE UP ANNOUNCED

YOURS & OWLS FESTIVAL ALL AGES SHOW LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Yours & Owls Festival
ALL AGES SHOW LINE UP ANNOUNCED

4pm January 24, UOW Uni Hall Wollongong
Hockey Dad
The Vanns
Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers
Good Lekker

Being a kid can be rough at the best of times, being a kid right now is next level, 2020 can GET IN THE BIN!

Yours and Owls want to give all you youthful humans something to add to your list of things to look forward too, here is the line-up for the annual Yours and Owls All Ages show…… onwards and upwards!

You will be hearing their new album Brain Candy all over triple j this week, Windang’s favourite descendants Hockey Dad come home to preach their carefree, youthful, innocent, sun-drenched pop to the youth they once were!

They will be joined by Gong alternative OG’s The Vanns, nostalgic grunge-pop Canberran’s Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers, and loved local psych outfit Good Lekker.

Safety First: The safety and wellbeing of our community are supreme; we will be working with local health advisors right up until doors open to ensure the show is operating within whatever parameters are needed come Jan 2021.

 

Tickets On-Sale NOW from Moshtix

Yours and Owls Festival Jan 23 & 24 Stuart Park Wollongong is officially SOLD OUT.


   

FONTAINES D.C. RELEASES NEW ALBUM ‘A HERO’S DEATH’

FONTAINES D.C.  RELEASES NEW ALBUM ‘A HERO’S DEATH’

FONTAINE D.C

NEW ALBUM
A HERO’S DEATH – OUT NOW


Today Fontaines D.C. release their highly anticipated second album, A Hero’s Death – out everywhere now via Partisan Records / Liberator Music. Arriving battered and bruised – albeit beautiful – the album is anything but a re-hash of the swaggering energy from their first record Dogrel. Instead, the music is patient, confident, and complex – a heady and philosophical take on the modern world and its great uncertainty.

 

The album is available across a range of formats, including a limited edition deluxe double vinyl, limited edition stormy blue vinyl, black vinyl, CD & all digital services.

 

A Hero’s Death includes the recently-shared album highlights: the live favourite, ‘Televised Mind’, the lonely intensity of ‘I Don’t Belong’ and the hypnotic title track, which features a music video starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire, Peaky Blinders). 

 

 

VIDEO: ‘Televised Mind’ by Fontaines D.C.

 

To record A Hero’s Death, Fontaines D.C. rejoined producer Dan Carey (Black Midi, Bat For Lashes) in his London studio. Together they carved out a more restrained, spectral balladry that runs through a good portion of A Hero’s Death, citing influences from Suicide, The Beach Boys, and Leonard Cohen to others including Beach House, Broadcast, and Lee Hazlewood. With album art featuring a statue of the mythological Irish warrior Cúchulainn that stands in Dublin as a commemoration of the Easter Rising, there are layers to the phrase “A hero’s death.” The album serves as a conscious effort to subvert expectations, to challenge themselves and their listeners, and to sacrifice one identity in order to take on another – one that is fully their own.

The band’s debut album Dogrel debuted Top 10 on the UK album charts, earning Fontaines D.C. a Mercury Prize nomination, #1 Album of the Year positions from BBC 6 Music and Rough Trade, a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and numerous sold out tours in the UK and abroad – including triumphantly selling out London Brixton Academy in just 1 week. The Guardian (who gave the album 5 stars) praised Dogrel as being “brilliant, top to bottom,” The FADER called Fontaines D.C. “One of the most exciting new bands around,” and NME (who also gave Dogrel 5 stars) called them “One of guitar music’s most essential new voices.”

A Hero’s Death is out everywhere now and is this week’s Double J Feature Album.


 


A Hero’s Death
Fontaines D.C.

Album out now through Partisan Records/Liberator Music
Available to buy/stream here

A Hero’s Death tracklisting:
1. I Don’t Belong
2. Love Is The Main Thing
3. Televised Mind
4. A Lucid Dream
5. You Said
6. Oh Such A Spring
7. A Hero’s Death
8. Living In America
9. I Was Not Born
10. Sunny
11. No

 

 

AYA YVES RELEASES GIRL POWER ANTHEM ”SMART GIRLS”

AYA YVES RELEASES  GIRL POWER ANTHEM ”SMART GIRLS”

Smart Girls is a girl power anthem from enigmatic talent Aya Yves. A unique take on the dark-pop genre, the track is our second helping of this exciting new artist, after she revealed her debut single, “(in)Sanity” earlier in the year. A collaboration Australian producer Xavier Dunn, whose impressive catalogue also crosses genres and styles (Jack River, CXLOE, Graace, Carmada, Peking Duk), “(in)Sanity” was promptly added to rotation on triple j Unearthed and praised by PileRats, Project U TV, Women In Pop, Don’t Bore Us and more.

(in)Sanity” amassed 30,000 streams in just two months – receiving nationwide radio play on triple j’s Home and Hosed and leading on to performances for Isolaid, The Tait Show and Live In Ya Lounge  proving that there is an audience already eager for more of this exciting new artist.

 

To me, music has and always will be about creating conversation, connections and ultimately helping people through whatever motion they’re feeling at the time-be it positive or negative-it’s a way to share in that moment.” said Aya.

 

Keeping the momentum going, Aya decided to collaborate with Sydney Indie Pop outfit ‘Boulevarde’,asking them to remix (in)Sanity and give it their own unique spin.

 

“We both had a really difficult time in isolation for different reasons, which would normally mean for us aoutPour of music. But unfortunately, we felt very creatively paralysed-avoiding opening sessions. When Aya asked us to remix (in)sanity though, that was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up because we loved the original so much! We really related to the message of the song and remixing it helped break us  out of our creative block. There were so many cool elements in the song we got to play with-not to mention the incredible vocal.”-Boulevarde

 

With an EP to follow later this year-Aya is an artist you’re going to want to be keeping tabs on.

 

 

Listen below

https://soundcloud.com/ayayvesmusic/smart-girls/s-NAJsZdX4uXT

 

 

DUTCH INDIE-POP ACT LUWTEN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DON’T BE A STRANGER”

DUTCH INDIE-POP ACT LUWTEN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DON’T BE A STRANGER”

DUTCH INDIE-POP ACT LUWTEN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DON’T BE A STRANGER”


Dutch indie-pop act LUWTEN, the moniker of artist and singer-songwriter Tessa  Douwstra , has been steadily building a profile in Europe with her experimental and soothing pop releases.

 

Following up her double single release “Control” and “Airport”, LUWTEN reveals a brand new single titled “Don’t Be A Stranger”. With a slow, bluesy feel and airy vocals that hold a sense of fleeting emotions, the song draws on the listener’s deepest memories

 

 

“This song was born from an experiment with my grandmother’s old tape recorder,” said Tessa“There was some awful yodel music on the cassette but when I rewound it and pressed play there was a two second recording of a male choir. I sampled that small part and that became the ‘ahay’ you hear in the theme and chorus. The drums were built from other sounds the cassette recorder made. It turned out to be a strongly R&B influenced song about being on the move but not wanting the connections you make in these fleeting situations to be a fleeting thing.”

 

By splicing artificial sounds with organic instrumentation, samples and field recordings, LUWTEN’s brand of abstract pop explores one of life’s bigger emotional beats: how to reconcile a yearning for both solitude and companionship. It’s a quandary the world of today is suddenly coping with on a massive scale. Though the balance between spending time alone and with others is ever-changing, Douwstra finds solace in small, bemused observations she can clutch onto like cherished mementos.

 

LUWTEN has fast built a profile throughout Europe, with spins on various radio stations throughout the Netherlands, and now BBC Radio 1 in the UK. The indie-pop star has also seen support across streaming, including spots on New Music Friday in the NetherlandsBelgium, and Deutschland, as well as cracking the Netherlands Viral 50.

 

 

“Don’t Be A Stranger” available on all streaming platforms now.

 

 

CLICK TO LISTEN

 

 

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DIY AUSTRALIAN INDIE-POP ARTIST ‘RACKETT’ HAS RETURNED WITH UP-TEMPO SUGARY POP TRACK “Crush”

DIY AUSTRALIAN INDIE-POP ARTIST ‘RACKETT’ HAS RETURNED WITH UP-TEMPO SUGARY POP TRACK “Crush”

DIY Australian indie-pop artist RACKETT has returned with up-tempo sugary pop track “Crush”, co-written, produced and mixed by Dave Hammer (Lime Cordiale, Mia Rodriguez), and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Joe Laporta (Solange, FKA Twiggs). With a PC-pop slant that evokes comparisons to Sophie and Charli XCX, the quirky, neon track is taken from RACKETT’s debut mini-album, due for release in November 2020.

The single is one of eight tracks co-written and produced by Dave Hammer in Sydney prior to RACKETT’s rebranding in late 2019. After parting ways with her band-mates Ally Gaven, Kat Alaya and Astrid Holz, RACKETT’s Rebecca Callander spent a year widening her tastes and experimenting with new sounds while also going on a journey of self-recalibration. RACKETT has since revealed three singles in her revitalized electro-pop persona, including Machinations and Oxytoxic, which has received spins on both triple j and Unearthed, and led to her embarking on a fourteen date headline tour in Japan in late 2019. Upon returning to Australia, RACKETT revealed her new sound and electronic stage show to fans in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in early 2020.

Listen to ‘Crush’ here

https://soundcloud.com/rackettmusic/crush/s-eCMfmQQcLxl

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AUSSIE TROUBADOUR JACK BRATT ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE + VIDEO THE OUTSIDER

AUSSIE TROUBADOUR JACK BRATT ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE + VIDEO THE OUTSIDER

Vast storyteller, and rocking troubadour Jack Bratt has today announced the release of his ripping new single The Outsider, a song about self-identity and perception [Listen: The Outsider], complemented by an entertaining spaceman-themed video clip [Watch: The Outsider].

 

A grand, existential exploration of fitting in when feeling like an outcast, The Outsider hits notes of timeless rock that will have fans of Holy Holy and Foo Fighters salivating. Recorded and produced by Joel Myles at Hunting Ground Studios in Brisbane, and mastered by Mat Bartlem (Matt Corby, Jarred James, Boo Seeka), Bratt’s timeless new single is a thoughtful and moving piece; an exciting next step from one of Australia’s favourite newcomers.

 

Jack Bratt’s emotive vocal strikes a chord from the outset with sharp, moving lyrics that reflect on feelings of isolation widely felt during this worldwide pandemic. “It’s about being left of centre, about not fitting in,” the Brisbane musician says about the song, “it’s about perception. You may have an idea about how others view you, but that’s not necessarily who you are. It’s easy to think somebody might be doing really well, but that could just be a front, while they’re dealing with a lot of problems. I think what I’ve learned from being in lockdown and having conversations with friends, is that nobody is really okay; we all have our own struggles.”

 

With plans of heading to New York City in June for a three month artist residency (thanks to his recent Grant McLennan Fellowship accolade) momentarily quashed due to the virus, Bratt’s new single speaks to the current halted state of the music industry and the effect it has had on mental health, explaining, “Anxiety is at the core of the song. It’s really about trying to get by, but everybody is carrying around some sort of pain with them. It’s alarming how many people I know especially in the music industry who suffer with anxiety and mental health.”

 

The video clip for The Outsider brings an extra-terrestrial element into the fold, spaceman cometh! Directed by Bradley Murnane from Spilting Films, the video tells a story of an astronaut who has fallen to Earth and is trying to find his way home, only to find love along the way. “I was just thinking about the most extreme version of somebody who doesn’t fit in and stumbled on the idea of a man who falls from space and is trying to find his way home,” Bratt says of the charming clip, “but in the end, he transitions into a normal life on earth, adding a fun little twist.

 

Jack Bratt has begun work on his debut album which is set for release in early 2021, and with new music on the way his fans are champing at the bit to hear more from this exciting rocker.

 

 

The Outsider is out now!

 

    

ARIELA JACOBS ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE MISSING YOU (ACOUSTIC)

ARIELA JACOBS ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE MISSING YOU (ACOUSTIC)

Folk-pop songstress Ariela Jacobs has today announced the release of Missing You (Acoustic), a delicate and stripped back take of the studio produced track of the same name which was released in 2019. Where the original track swept you along with reverberant synthesised soundscapes and a beat felt deep in your chest, the acoustic version makes you feel as though you are sitting in a corner of the same room with Ariela, getting your very own intimate piano performance.

 

For fans of Birdie, Vera Blue, Thelma Plum, and even hailing back to the likes of Jewel and Norah Jones, Missing You (Acoustic) is an exquisite treat for your ears. Gentle piano and with vocals that will melt even the most cynical of hearts, this track is all you could want from a folk song, and a soft and pensive respite from the flurry of today’s synthetic world. Speaking of the track, Ariela says Missing You could be perceived as a universal love song of regret and yearning. However, this was written on an impulse of craving past versions of self. Living with anxiety the past few years, I needed to externalise what I was thinking and feeling. I was kind of saying, ‘Old self, are you in there – where are you? Please come out now, it’s ok.’” She adds, “After releasing (acoustic track) Morning it felt so therapeutic to release something so raw. I wanted to take the essence of Missing You and record it again in its original form. There’s something very sacred about keeping a song in its initial birthing/developmental period.”

 

Ariela Jacobs was destined for life as an artist. The granddaughter of renowned Australian poet and novelist Jacob Rosenberg, and with creativity coursing through the family, it seems as though her destiny was always leading to this path. With an impressive list of accomplishments already behind her and several projects in the works, this is an act to follow.

 

 

Missing You (Acoustic)is out now!

 

MEANJIN BASED NEW-WAVE TRIO LOULOU RELEASE DEBUT EP ‘IT SPILLS OUT’ // OUT NOW!

MEANJIN BASED NEW-WAVE TRIO LOULOU RELEASE DEBUT EP ‘IT SPILLS OUT’ // OUT NOW!

MEANJIN BASED NEW-WAVE TRIO LOULOU RELEASE DEBUT EP ‘IT SPILLS OUT’ // OUT NOW!


Meanjin based new-wave trio loulou gear up to release their debut EP ‘It Spills Out’, a compilation of offbeat pop exploring the quirks of mental health and human vulnerability. Having formed in late 2019loulouhave quickly made their catchy lo-fi sound known with singles ‘Photosynthesis’ and ‘Gotta Get Better’, receiving critical notice on Triple J Unearthed and from community radio stations across Australia including 4ZZZ, FBi, Triple R and PBS (#5 AMRAPMetro Charts).Louis, Caitlin and Talia now look forward to sharing ‘It Spills Out’—a snapshot of their first year as a band.

 

Driven by upbeat guitar and bass the EP is guitar-pop at heart, tinged with post-punk and garage influences brought to life by lead singer Louis Whelan’s washed out contemplative vocal style, and underpinned by driving drums and ethereal synth layers.‘ It Spills Out ’is now available to pre-order in the form of an eco-friendly ethical tee designed by Ashleigh Djokic.

Stream and download the EP online July 27th.

Click to download and stream the EP now

 

EP launch night upcoming at The Bearded Lady on Friday 11th September.