Leaked tracks, new found artists and loads of Aussie goodness feature in our 50th mixtape this weekend. As it was leaked online we thought we should jump on it straight away and feature PVT’s new track ‘Nightfall’ from their forthcoming album. Next new artist to our ears Only You followed by all our favourite new local tunes for this week including tracks from Hunting Grounds, Sons Of Rico, Courtney Barnett and The Townhouses.
PVT - Nightfall
Following on from opening track, ‘Shiver’, the Sydney-via-London trio have released another taste of their forthcoming studio album Homosapien. ‘Nightfall’ glideson a robotic march and prodding synths, but retains a human edge with Laurence Pike’s blend of digital and analogue rhythms; while brother Richard’s vocals proves there’s been a latent soul singer waiting to breach the digital walls: ‘you want me/I’m yours’.
Only You – Love Is Making Me Tired
When Best Coast came on the scene in 2010, they were dubbed by many as a throwback to the best of 60s-inspired, mid-90s girl-punk and while Best Coast were well received, they didn’t seem to have the capacity to influence a larger scene. Enter Only You, the musical endeavour of Rachel Fannan. Having only released a single, ‘Applying Myself’ for which ‘Love Is Making Me Tired’ is the b-side, Fannan’s self-harmonising musical efforts have to be admired. It isn’t often you find a throwback that seems as genuine as the past era its eluding to. It’s difficult to reference something without it sounding tacky and Only You’s music does it flawlessly. Awesome track.
Hunting Grounds – Star Shards
Hunting Grounds’ debut album ‘In Hindsight’ dropped on us earlier this year with a older, more english sound that pleased all Hunting Grounds fans and gained them many new ones, helping them leave behind the band post punk band that won Triple J’s Unearthed High. ’Star Shards’ opens straight into a fast paced track with a pounding bass line, blistering synths, driving guitars and drums topped of with washed out vocals. A killer track that we’ll no doubt hear on the indie dance floor this summer.
The Townhouses - Talk feat. Giorgio Tuma
A dreamy, summery track from Melburnian Leigh Hannah, better known as the Townhouses. Kevin Parker-esque vocals drift on top of tumbling mandolin and delicate harmonies, with everything from African rhythms to a saxophone line intertwining throughout. Perfect for lazing in the sun.
Sons of Rico - You Don’t Know What You’re Missing
The Perth beat combo are back with a delectable slice of straight-up guitar pop. Featuring a crunchy garage riff and a hell of a catchy chorus, “You Don’t Know What You’re Missin” swings and bops like something off a 70s power pop compilation. It’s all here. Cheeky guitar solo, check. Handclap breakdown, check. Monster radio hook, check. It’s as if the Dandys and Supergrass made sweet, sweet love. Drums are pounded, pianos chords thump and frontman Alex MacCrae shrieks like a man possessed. Apparently, the song was inspired by the “defiantly confident sales pitch of a King’s Cross transgender prostitute” and features lines like “the price has changed but the menu’s the same” and “I can be anything that you want me to”. This’ll get your feet movin’ and ass shakin’.
Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
Melbourne’s own Courtney Barnett delivers raw, soulful garage rock in new single ‘History Eraser’. Featuring charming, tongue-in-cheek lyrics delivered with in an undeniably playful manner by Barnett, the track is catchy, quintessential indie rock. With an infectious, chanted chorus, the song exudes ‘cool’ and will be stuck in your head for days to come. With debut EP ‘I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris’ creating quite a lot of buzz, and ‘History Eraser’ set to feature on another EP to be released early next year, Courtney Barnett definitely has a promising future ahead of her.