Looking for some funky fresh tunes to make your work/uni week bearable? Or are you just not getting that satisfied feeling you once did when you hit play on your Spotify playlist? Don’t worry, Melbourne electro-pop duo Gypsy and the Cat have got you covered.
I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else is the thrilling first official single from their forthcoming LP Virtual Lands out this July. First premiering on Noisey, the new song is full of resounding synths and the pair’s iconic high-spirited harmonies. Mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Neon Indian), the track follows on from its predecessor Inside Your Mindwhich charted at number two on Hype Machine and received some sick airplay from US radio giant KCRW.
Breaking onto the music scene back in 2010, Xavier Bacash and Lionel Towers first caught the critics attention with their debut LP Gilgamesh. They’ve since had a hat trick of singles on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and played at renowned Australian festivals Big Day Out and Splendour in the Grass.
The duo have presently just wrapped up a five-date national tour and are finally ready to release their highly anticipated LP – their first long-player since 2012’s The Long Blue. Check out their music clip for I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else below.
“With me all this shit begins, with me it’s suppose to end.”
If you’ve ever been stuck on an ex, Melbourne quintet Canary feel your pain. The band’s debut single Fickle Heart is one of many songs from Canary’s upcoming sophomore album I Am Lion. Frontman Matthew Kenneally was going through a breakup at the time allowing the record itself to become an audio representation of the fallout: an emotional, poisonous and profoundly melancholy one.
Fickle Heart opens with a steady riff and dependable percussion and once Kenneally’s vocals glide effortlessly into the forefront of the melody the track begins to build momentum. If you were expecting an epic climactic chorus, however, you’d be waiting a long time. At around the 1:30 mark the band gives us an airy almost ethereal vocal performance – think hippie summer dresses and skipping through fields of wild flowers. It’s a complete juxtaposition of the lead singer’s anger and resentment towards his ex-partner, yet still manages to work.
I Am Lion is entirely self-produced by the indie pop group, and even mixed and mastered by their bassist, Isaac Barter. The album will be released on July 8 and will be followed up by an east coast tour in August, so be sure to keep up with their movements on Facebook.
Meet UK alt-rock quartet Bel Esprit. The Southampton lads first burst into the music industry back in 2013, on a mission to rejuvenate the noughties indie scene with particular nods to The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol.
The foursome spent most of last year promoting their debut EP Lose My Mind, which received positive feedback from the critics and folks back home. Their leading single of the same title racked up over 150,000 plays across several different platforms, leading to it being featured on BBC Radio 6 Music with Steve Lamacq.
The band has since had a fantastic 12 months performing gigs at their local music festivals Common People, Wickham, Independence and Icebreaker. They’ve even managed to hit the studio and come out with brand spanking new song Leave Me Here.
The new track is a nifty tune with its suave composure and hints of psychedelia. Its infectious swagger features distorted guitars, layered chants and front man Billy Herklots’ self-assured and ever present vocals. The song is definitely a bit of a deviation from some of their previous work, but it has left us and devoted British fans thirsty for what we can only hope is a potential album in the near future.
Leave Me Here will be available for purchase on April 8. Want more? Be sure to check out Bel Esprit’s SoundCloud for some of their older hits. The band’s music video for Lose My Mind can be found below.
You know those bands who never fail to capture your undivided attention each and every time they release new material? Of Empires epitomises this in spades.
The UK natives from Brighton have been seducing music lovers with their suave, sophisticated rock ‘n’ roll since 2011, but it wasn’t until the lads won MTV Brand New for 2015 Unsigned that things kicked up a notch for the group.
The band’s debut EP Stranger Sensations, released in 2014 had many music journalists declaring them as ones to watch in 2015. The Guardian described the EP as “slow motion riff-rock with snarling vocals and terrace-worthy choruses.”
Of Empires recently took a break from touring to write and record their forthcoming sophomore EP with producer Ian Davenport (Band of Skulls) and mixer Ian Dowling (Catfish and the Bottlemen). The lads have managed to give us a bit of a teaser though, with single Baby Darlin’ Sugar.
The new track follows the same line as previous releases Gimme What I Need and Stranger with its clap-along drum beat, and aggressively punchy vocals from leading man Jack Fletcher. The accompanying clip carries the band’s signature monochrome trait that fans have become accustomed to, all the while giving us a glimpse of what life in Brighton is like for the foursome.
You can check out the clip for Baby Darlin’ Sugar below:
When life hands Angus Stone lemons, he makes Dope Lemon. Despite the singer-songwriter previously releasing albums under his own name and as 1/2 of the sibling duo that is Angus and Julia Stone, this musical adventure is a fresh new take all of its own.
The band’s first album Honey Bones is due out soon and was recorded with the help of good friends Elliot Hammond (The Delta Riggs) and Rohin Brown (front man for The Walking Who). The majority of the record is said to have been written on Stone’s farm in his own recording space at Belafontè Studios.
To celebrate the release of the new single and forthcoming album, the lads have got fans creating some dope lemon memes and announced that they’ll be reposting the best ones on theirFacebook and Twitter.
Our first sneak peek of the record comes with single Uptown Folks – not to be confused with Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ hit song Uptown Funk. The track itself has more of a rock orientated sound, but still manages to uphold that chilled vibe Stone is synonymous with. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys in the near future.
It isn’t often a musician says goodbye to their successful career in order to reinvent themselves and go it alone, but Sydney-based artist Broadhurst has done just that, dropping his debut single Little Lover in the process.
The singer-songwriter, producer and former founding member of Australian dance music group Sneaky Sound System has created a lush cinematic indie-pop orchestration with fellow producer, Scott Horscroft. Combining this with smooth and genuine lyrics, Nick Broadhurst gives an emotive and haunting vocal performance.
Releasing an official music video to coincide with the track, director James Chappell and Broadhurst explore concepts of masculinity and femininity by depicting sex and sensuality through contemporary dance. Using red paint as a representation of his love, the performer creates a visually appealing masterpiece.
This track is a perfect debut introduction to Broadhurst’s new musical journey, showing us all he has a knack for delivering a complex story with simplicity and focus to us humble listeners. If you’re as impressed as we are by Broadhurst’s latest sound, there’s a live show in development later this year so keep your eyes out for it.
If you’ve ever watched TV shows like Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS or The Vampire Diaries, chances are you’ve heard music from London quartet The Boxer Rebellion. Forming back in 2001, the indie rockers are set to release their latest album Ocean By Ocean on April 29 and we’re busting at the seams for it.
Having always played to their own beat of the drum –pun intended – the band’s debut album Exits was making waves at a time when Britpop was all the rave. Its independent sound that seemed so out of time and place made chart history as they became the first ever unsigned act to enter the U.S Billboard Top 100 on digital sales alone.
The British gents currently have four studio albums, with Ocean By Ocean only a few months away. The record will focus on settled life – life at 30, relationships and the meaning of fatherhood. Its sound is set to be brooding and reflective, delivering emotional sucker punches at every turn.
The first single off the record is Keep Me Close, its hypnotic melody and electro fuzz groove brings an unexpected, yet welcomed change from the foursome’s previous body of work. Front man Nathan Nicholson’s rising falsetto gives the track an ethereal presence, one that will provide your nights with a haunting soundtrack.
The second single, Big Ideas, is an atmospheric and climatic tune where Nicholson sings about meeting someone special at the wrong time in his life. Stylish delayed guitars and pulsing rhythms work as one to create a chilled beach anthem – appropriate for an aquatic titled album.
Ocean By Ocean will be available from April 29. For more details hit up The Boxer Rebellion’s website.