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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

Live Gallery: Warpaint at the Oxford Art Factory 23.10.2023

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Live Gallery: Barkaa at SXSW Sydney 20.10.2023

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Live Review: The Sweet Success of Gumball 2023! Dashville NSW 23.04.23

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Melbourne singer-songwriter and producer Banoffee returns with a shimmering new single Tapioca Cheeks and accompanying video. The track was written just before the COVID-19 pandemic, during her last LA studio session with PC Music’s French, synth-pop, shoegazers Planet 1999. ‘Tapioca Cheeks’ is a post-relationship love dedication of a sort, to someone who is seemingly unlovable. Banoffee …

Hayley Mary‘s capacity for writing pulse quickening and powerful rock is on full display in the wry and effervescent track ‘The Drip’, the title track from her forthcoming EP due out on 18 June 2021 . Replete with Mary’s passionate vocals and jangling guitars, the track perfectly compliments her wry and self-deprecatory lyrics forming a …

We are pleased to premiere the new single ‘The Rhino, The Tiger, The Emerald Dragonfly’ by Melbourne’s Skybelly, the nom de plume of artist Sara Nelson. This is a slinky, smooth and textural piece of music is off Skybelly’s forthcoming EP ‘The Drama of a Lava Lamp’ due out on 4 June 2021. Skybelly has …

We are delighted to premiere the new track by Brisbane (or to be precise, Naarm/Meanjin) band loulou entitled ‘Depend On Me’. This is a scuzzy, shambling treasure of a song with its genetic origins traceable to a diverse range of very acceptable source codes – a Brisbane sound with a little of The Go-Betweens, The …

Melbournian Maple Glider ( the artist Tori Zietsch) has announced the release of her debut album ‘To Enjoy is The Only Thing’ out on 25 June 2021 through Partisan Records and has unveiled the single ‘Baby Tiger’ in anticipation. ‘Baby Tiger’ is fragile and beautiful: Glider’s voice a delicate whisper across a simple acoustic guitar …

We are very honoured to premiere a new video from Sydney’s Jessica, for the track ‘Apparition’. Last year we reviewed the quite frankly astonishing debut album from her called ‘The Space Between’ in which we wrote it was: …impossibly beautiful – quiet, reflecting vignettes filled with a haunting sadness and an aura that could only …

The smooth and indelible melodies that feature in Adelaide’s Atlas Genius‘ single ‘Elegant Stranger’ has a shimmering eighties feel: an anthemic chorus and a bubbling undertow serving the layered harmonies. It is purest of pop with intelligence and a sonic vibrancy. ‘Elegant Stranger is a collaboration between the band’s singer Keith Jeffrey, acclaimed producer Ben …

‘Defence Mechanisms’, the powerful EP by Sydney band Second Idol, is a solid, grounded guitar-driven indie rock’n’roll gem filled with memorable riffs, a hard unapologetic rough hewn edge and scintillating melodies that reach for the sky. Singer Kate Olivia’s strong uncompromising vocals and lyrics add an indelible sheen to the driving force of the instruments. …

One of Australia’s most exciting new voices, Budjerah shares new EP Budjerah – Live At Rainbow Valley via Warner Music Australia.  The four-track collection is a wonderful re-interpretation of the 19-year-old artist’s debut self-titled EP, released in March. It not only highlights Budjerah at his powerful, soulful best but it also features stunning appearances from …

There is a lovely scuzzy, dirty edge to Moody Beach’s  (aka Melissah Mirage) new track ‘The Other’ that fills it was swagger and attitude – matched by Moody Beach’s performance in the accompanying video. The track contrasts with her earlier release (‘Chance’, reviewed by me here) which was a more restrained dream pop piece. The gloves come …