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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

Starting in the tiny southern capital of Hobart at the edge of the world before moving, as bands often do, to Melbourne, Quivers have caught global attention with their unique brand of melancholy indie pop: a classic antipodean style of jangling guitars and yearning vocals, burnished a little more brightly than many peers with a …

I’m going to call it right now, and you heard it first here (maybe). I’ve been alluding to it in a number of reviews I’ve written over the past 18 months but there is an emerging movement – let’s call it the Marrickville Sound – that has dominated the indie scene in Australia. Emanating from …

Wollongong indie-dance six-piece Good Lekker released their vibrant, high-spirited new track Something Better today. The group have received widespread support from acclaimed music tastemakers Pilerats and recently played support for Brisbane’s Mallrat in front of a massive audience. They have also just announced the exciting news of an accompanying East-Coast tour, which will include dates in …

Even As We Speak‘s glorious and incandescent album ‘Adelphi’ (released through Shelflife Records) made it to my list of the best albums of 2020 from Australia and New Zealand. It has, to quote myself, a fragile and elegant beauty that is hypnotic and immersive. It therefore comes as an immense honour to premiere a spectacular …

Both Key Out and The Electorate produced magnificent albums last year – ‘Anthropomorphia‘ and ‘You Don’t Have Time To Stay Lost‘ respectively made my list of best antipodean releases for 2020 and were shining examples of exemplary songwriting and impeccable musicianship. After 18 months of musical deprivation dry of live gigs, when I saw these …

After quite a lengthy absence since her last release, New Zealand’s Lorde has made a forceful and powerful return with the track ‘Solar Power’. A languid and liquid track, ‘Solar Power’ is a slow burning fuse that builds up to an anthemic finish with the kind of rhythmic drive of ‘Screamadelica’-era Primal Scream. The accompanying …

Reality Instructors‘ new song ‘Finished in My Head’ is a blistering, punky blast of frustration and anger: cathartic, explosive and born from some very real demons. Singer/songwriter/Guitarist Dan Pash has a degenerative hearing condition and the band’s recording sessions for their forthcoming EP ‘The Timeless Threat of…’ (out June 30 via the band’s own label, …

After the stunning return earlier this year with the single ‘In The Stone’ (reviewed by me here) , The Goon Sax are back with another brilliant single ‘Psychic’ in the run up to the release of their third album ‘Mirror II’ in July. ‘Psychic’ is further evidence of the creative brilliance of this Brisbane trio …

‘Strange Situation’, the recent track by Dopamine, is a warm and fuzzy, driving track that has a low-fi charm and a riff as mountainous and compelling as the Dandenong Ranges. There is a Mancunian swagger to the track with its melodic choruses, chugging guitars and wry lyrics. It really is a sparkling gem which has …

Coming from country Victoria, singer songwriter David M Western has crafted a folk-infused delight in his new single ‘Blue Eyes Red’. It is undeniably lightly touched with a hint of Americana or alt. country – even a bit of dirty, swampy blues – and yet is more aligned with an uniquely Australian troubadour outback genre …