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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

Sydney singer Thomas Keating has just released an absolutely gorgeous track ‘Cold Night’ and a dazzling accompanying video for the song. Inspired by time spent in Melbourne, the song is imperial and statuesque – crisp, sparkling instrumentation flow under Keating’s melancholic and expressive vocals. Keating says: A few years ago, I moved to Melbourne for …

Sydney trio Mansionair have teamed up with Germany’s NoMBe to create the perfect riposte to the horrors of 2020 with the new single ‘Guillotine’. Rather than providing a panacea for the pain, ‘Guillotine’ perfectly captures and shines back the sense of claustrophobia and unsettling nature of the year with its languid speaking verses and the …

The bleached-white dry hot heat of Western Australia positively shines though the new track ‘Honey’ by Claudie Joy & the Joy Boys. There is a languid liquidity to singer Claudia Joy’s delicate vocals: an expressive and personal look at life written as winter (if you can call it that in Western Australia) approached earlier this …

The new single from Victorian duo Curly Blonde seems somehow to have bottled some brilliant Australian sunshine into their latest track ‘Room 309’ and created a sparkling and immersive joy along the way. There’s a jangling, bubbling sound that cavorts its way out of the speakers and sets the feet moving, and yet there is …

Backseat Mafia recently reviewed the brilliant collection of covers ‘…Another Country’ from Brisbane legends Ups and Downs: songs that influenced their shimmering jingle jangle sound from the eighties. They have just released a video to go with the imperious track ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’ by the Korgis: a crystal clear and sparkling take on …

Sydney supergroup The Finalists have just released their debut album ‘First’ and it is a delight. Nine tracks that feature the most jangling and sparkling of guitars – six strings, twelve strings, acoustic and electric – that form a superb bedrock for a collection of deeply personal songs that are heartfelt and passionate, raw and …

We are honoured to premiere the new single ‘The Great Divide’ from Melbourne-based indie band Dumb Whales. It’s an absolute thumping track: chiming, razor-sharp guitars carve their way over a steady and thunderous rhythm section featuring a rousing anthemic chorus and fulsome melodies. This is classic indie rock fashioned from sparkling guitars and celestial melodies. …

There is an ambient fuzz and, antithetically, a gorgeous delicacy to the new single ‘Irrational’ by Sydney band Erthlings. This is a dreamy and heavenly track that is imbued with an achingly melancholic shimmer. The single has an eighties day-glo brilliance with an instrumentation that reflects some kind of weird mix between M83 and Dinosaur …

Sydney band The Nagging Doubts are developing quite a reputation fresh out of high school – they have worked with Nic Dalton from the iconic Half a Cow Records and have now collaborated with the legendary producer Wayne Connolly (Underground Lovers, The Vines, You Am I, Youth Group) on their forthcoming EP entitled ‘Autocalm’. As …

I’m in complete awe of those people who have managed to use the period of COVID isolation to up their game in terms of creativity and output, and Eilish Gilligan, emerging from Melbourne’s serious second wave of lockdowns is a case in point. Not only has she been putting together fascinating Twitch events on a …