All Kinds of Magic

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World Wild – Coast to Coast

Something tells me that World Wild is a name we will be seeing a lot more of in 2015 and beyond. Somewhat of a chameleon through many different bands in Adelaide over the last decade or so, Jarrad Lee Jackson has turned his hand to a solo project and is freaking nailing it. Getting to it with an 80’s vibe of good time synths, classic rock guitars and laid back vocals, Coast to Coast is a pretty solid introduction to the creative stylings of World Wild.

Tigerilla – You Are feat. Baro

One thing really admirable about Tigerilla is that he really tries to push the boundaries with his fractured beat pop music. After his last single, I thought he might have lost it but here is with a really laid back and creative piece of music. It’s super intriguing, going at its own pace and doing just as much as it should.

Hayden James – Something About You

This is the jam of the summer right here. Hayden James returns with something that is just right for cruising, dancing, drinking and feeling good, a bubbly beat layered with hooks that wins you over with all of its turns.

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land feat. Sampha

This is probably one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in a while and I’m pretty obsessed with SBTRKT’s whole new album of the same name. It mostly works thanks to Sampha’s vocals which absolutely nail it around SBTRKT’s unique production style. This is a live version from a BBC session or something, all kinds of magic happening here.

Because We Can

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Halcyon Drive – Crusoe

We’ve posted about Halcyon Drive a few times before so I’m just going to go ahead and say right now that these guys are the best band in Melbourne. Their live shows are frantically engaging and moving cacophonies of melody, guitars, loops and many drums. Not only that, they back it up in the studio with sensibly arty pieces of indie pop gold. Mike’s voice is the sweetest and most captivating thing there is with the synergy, maturity and incredible wall of sound something almost unheard of from a two piece. Their whole new EP ‘Cruel Kids’ is out now featuring all of our favourite tunes of theirs, go and suss it out now.

Montgomery – Wake Up

There is really only one way to describe the mysterious songstress known as Montgomery and that is with a heart emoji. As evidenced by this captivating Arcade Fire cover.

Horror My Friend – No Energy

OK! Let’s start picking up the pace here. These lyrics sum up my life, the music makes me want to dance but not like a dickhead, just kind of not my head and sway a bit… so not even dancing really but yeah top stuff from the reliably solid local three piece.

- INTERMISSION – SO IT’S BEEN A FEW WEEKS SINCE I POSTED – BUT THERE IS A LOT OF GOOD MUSIC RELEASED IN A FEW WEEKS – SO THIS ONES A BIT LONG BUT I’M THE ONE TYPING SO YOU JUST KEEP SCROLLING AND LISTENING – YEW!

The Smith Street Band – I Don’t Wanna Die Anymore

Songwriting is always at its best when a story is being told, but that story needs to have some sort of poetry about it, it needs to create vivid images in your head while not wavering from the overall vibe of the story. The Smith Street Band have always done this better than any other present day Australian punk bands and this track is no exception. Kicking off with some fast paced energy that builds up to the half time chorus that really nails it.

Felicity Groom – Higher, Higher, Taller, Taller

Part of the whole Perth scene of Tame Impala and friends who all play in each others bands and produce each others music, Felicity Groom seems to stand apart from the general psych sound that a lot of that crew are going for. This track is dark, brooding and demands that you examine it closely for any finer points you might have missed. You will find them of course, this track is like fine wine, pure brilliance but most people who are already smashed will just swig from the bottle and move onto the next one.

Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – No Better Blues

The perfect jam for people who hate everything. Even if your just feeling down though this witty little piece of moody hip hop is everything that is right with hip-hop in the present day. Chance The Rapper proving to us once and for all that he really does deserve the hype that is building around him.

The Roots Feat. Modesty Lycan – When The People Cheer


Continuing on from the hip-hop of that last track I decided to finish off this post with this because fuck you thats why.

This Time Darlin’

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Gang of Youths – Benevolence Riots

Sydney come Nashville come Sydney crew Gang of Youths became an artist I was keeping my eye on a while ago now, and the reason why is gems like this. They know how to keep you drooling while still waiting for some kind of actual proper release bar a few tracks here and there. Benevolence Riots like always lets Dave’s low sombre tones really shine through with a left of centre yet catchy melody driving it home. Backed up on this one by songstress Montaigne it really feels like some sort of soundtrack to a three and a half minute movie in which you are riding a railroad of emotions. Intrigueing and mysterious, placid and dark. Brilliant songwriting.

Relying on Luck – Marshall

A former hardcore kid like me who still has a bit of a soft spot for NY style hardcore can’t go past these Adelaide boys. Doing good, doing loud, doing proud. It makes me want to start a circle pit and be one of those dicks that stands in the middle and trys to clothesline people.

The Peep Tempel – Big Fish


Well Carol went kind of nuts for these guys didn’t it. How do you follow up a track like that? With a toungue in cheek, balls out track like this that works so well; that being said though maybe it works so well because it has a lot of elements that Carol did. Either way I approve fully of their album Tales, you be the judge yourself.

The Creases – Gradient

Melodic guitar lines, fuzzy chords, driving bass and drums and some deep voiced good old fashioned story telling connection. These guys do alright for a bunch of blokes who look like the early 60s Beatles woke up in 2014. Highly recommend this new jam of theirs.

Saturday Night This

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Flowertruck – I Wanna Be With You

Really impressive stuff from these Sydney-siders. Some splendid sunny day guitar pop with some really solid hooks, think 80s guitar pop with a modern yet lo-fi touch.

Atticus Beats – Decisions feat. Woodes

Atticus Beats has been busy perfecting his laid back beats for a little while now and perfect it he has. Featuring vocals from Melbourne singer Woodes, Decisions has a soulful vibe perfect for some dreamy daytimes, relaxing hangs or slow dancing nights. Setting a very solid expectation of what to expect in the future, drooling to hear more of Atticus’ work.

Andras & Oscar – Looking Back

Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung’s much anticipated body of work is due to drop. You never really know what to expect when artists of this creative calibre come together and there is always so much curoisity as to how it will work. I wasn’t really too taken by their last track Everytime I Go. Oscar’s silky vocals melted me in Everytime I Go as they usually do but I really felt a disconnect in the production styles and direction of the track. Thankfully, Looking Back really gels in every wonderful way and the little production nuances fit rather well instead of seeming out of place. I also highly approve of Oscars vocals over a slight disco trend.

Hopium – Dreamers feat. Phoebe Lou

Dreamers has actually been out for a long time and I was going to post it first of all but then I thought it was one of those tracks that will probably fade pretty quickly. Turns out the track has just been floating in my head since, stuck there making me like it more and more each time I hear it to the point I had to post it. Those huge synths, captivating melodies and dark brooding beats won me over in the end, as did Phoebe Lou (ex Snakadaktal) and her dreamy additions to the vocals and spoken word part.

What It Is

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Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders – Come On Back This Way feat. Sharon Van Etten

Jack Ladder and The Dreamlanders were an easy highlight of BIGSOUND the other week. The perfect way to finish three nights of incredible artist showcases (depending which day you got there, and which way you left). Jack’s delivery of his mesmerising songs has you believing you are watching one of the greats of our time; when you listen to tracks like this it’s hard to believe he’s not yet a household name.

Featherweight – Paranoia, And What It Is To Let Someone Down

Featherweight having been purveyors of some of the finest and most emotive post rock meets hardcore for some years now. Perfectly balancing aggression and emotion. Slowly building a dedicated fanbase through steady touring, 2 demos and a 12″ which have helped hone their writing, Featherweight have premiered some of their finest work with their upcoming 7″ split with Sydney-siders Mowgli.

Rolling bass, guitar ring outs and some tom build ups had us drooling from the get go and it did not fail to deliver for the rest of the heart-wrenching 3 minute 50 second journey.

Richard In Your Mind – Hammered

Probably the best video of the year. I hope they do a sequel. This will be on my summer playlist. Every. Damn. Day.

The Smith Street Band – Surrender

How could I not? The kings of middle-class Aussie punk rock never fail to win our hearts, minds and ears with anything they release. Perfect stories that detail way too perfectly our own lives, pondering questions that we are always asking, these guys know how to write songs really, really, really well.

Julian Casablancas+The Voidz – Where No Eagles Fly

It caught me by suprised when I first heard Casablancas with the Voidz. For some reason I thought that he had long left the gruff lower-fi sounds all behind him and expected it to be as boring as his solo effort a few years back but turns out he can do whatever he wants and still has some fight left in him. Way more creative than anything he has ever done before and a lot more awesome (albeit less mainstream) than any of the Strokes stuff, we very much approve.

Airling – Wasted Pilots

For a long time Airling did nothing for me, sure sometimes hype is just hype and I like what I like whether there is hype or not. But Wasted Pilots sitting at the top of the independent radio charts for the last few weeks unshaken made me give this song a chance. It’s not a far leap from her first songs, dreamy and with just enough pop influence that is needed over stellar production, but this one I can actually feel the magic rather than just bore. Maybe I need to go back and suss the runner again, maybe Airling is just one of those artists that will get stronger the more she hones her craft.

 

Welcome to Frothtown

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Babaganouj – Bluff

After previously eluding to the fact they are going to be huge with previous singles. QLD girl-boy-girl-boy indie kids Babaganouj have delivered utter brilliance with Bluff.
Opting for the oldest trick in the book – pure intelligent songwriting, Bluff is one piece of incredible Australian music that I won’t be forgetting this year.

The Peep Tempel – Carol

Utterly addictive, perfect groove. Over the last month I’ve found myself out of nowhere screaming inside my head “I don’t think Trevor is good for you… Carol”. The trouble is that this song demands to be shouted and demands you to move awkwardly amongst sweaty drunk punters so people look at you weird when you start shouting on while cycling home from work with it cranking full pelt.

Japanese Wallpaper feat. Jesse Davidson – Between Friends

Jesse’s voice was made for this type of production. Lush, well thought out and dreamy pop music that carries you away on clouds; there is a reason why both of these artists are making huge waves right now.

The Stevens – Thirsty Eye

I wouldn’t have been nearly as into this track if was any higher fidelity. Capturing a certain vibe of an era mostly gone, Thirsty Eye delivers some real wit with some of the catchiest, jangliest melodies. Listening to this would be best in a small club where people are dancing real old fashioned spinning each other around twisting and shouting while the band smash through their set and destroy everything on stage.

Ride Into The Sun – Outside

This Adelaide four piece have been around for a while and have caught my ear before but never really enough for me to bother. The brilliant production on this shows me that they are stepping thing up for their newest release. Listened to in the right setting, the production opens up space in such a way that you feel like all the instruments are playing around you. This one is a real trip, about halfway through I thought I accidentally skipped tracks into an old Pink Floyd record stick with it right to the end and let it guide you where ever it pleases; you won’t be disappointed.

George Maple – Talk Talk

It’s about bloody time George Maple released something properly. I don’t know if she is still living in London but I’m glad that this lived up to expectations. Dreamy and moving it ticks all the boxes. But seriously, with Flume and Alex from Sparkadia working with her on it there was almost no chance it wasn’t going to be a hit.

Jimmy & The Mirrors – Where’s Ben? EP

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Remember that time that music made you feel happy? You know, before you got tied down by emo-punk and diluted hip-hop and Lars fucking Ulrich and general disillusion? Remember that? Remember that time when there were cute girls at the bar in floral dresses, drinking rainbow-shaded cocktails whilst dancing to a soundtrack of optimism and bliss?

Jimmy & the Mirrors remember that.

Not only do they remember that feeling of a warm, inviting society; they pledge to continue it. The world has enough dread, sadness and melancholy. What it needs right now is a coy smile, a loud shirt and a guy with a trumpet.

Jimmy & The Mirrors latest EP ‘Where’s Ben?’ has just been release through Mirador Records.

Released on 12″ vinyl and digital, it has already been reeling in the positive reaction from punters and 4 star reviews from critics.

You can purchase the 12″ extravaganza here:

http://www.miradorrecords.com/products/530808-jimmy-the-mirrors-wheres-ben-12