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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

EP: The delicately beautiful ‘Creatures of Habit’ from Brisbane artist Aren’t is an exquisite triumph. Plus news of launch date.

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Laura Mac‘s new single ‘Don’t Know What I’m Thinking’ is a effervescent blast of sonic goodness, with a hyper kinetic disco shuffle in a paean to bacchanalian excess. This Sunshine Coast band certainly knows how to bottle the sun’s rays and spray serotonin over the most light-deprived individual. The sound is all blistering pop and …

Sydney post punk band Johnny Hunter have long been on my list of spectacular rising bands in Australia with a series of stunning singles over the past two years and their magnificent debut EP ‘Early Trauma’ (reviewed by me here). I interviewed them back in 2020 and their intelligence, passion and creativity shone through. Now …

Melbourne based queer Māori musician Samuel Gaskin‘s track ‘RĀIN’, featuring The Merindas, is a mesmerising, enigmatic track filled with a sense of hope and yearning: statuesque and affecting. We are honoured to premiere today the video for this extraordinary track and it is simply stunning. The video features rich luscious colours and close ups of …

One of the best and most enduring indie bands out of the UK, The Charlatans have released some of the most epic albums over thirty years that has seen tragedy and triumph, while consistently producing an immense quality of material including songs such as ‘The Only One I Know’, ‘Jesus Hairdo’, ‘Sproston Green’, ‘Then’, ‘Weirdo’, …

We are overjoyed to premiere the new single ‘In Your Room’ from indie pop maestro Lewis Goldmark. Lewis Goldmark is the project of Liam Judson from Belles Will Ring (and Magnetic Heads) and producer of many eminent bands, some of whom have graced our pages in the past including Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Imperial Broads, Cloud Control and …

Give us a potted history of you / the band: I started the band Deep Water Creek about four years ago, sort of as a vehicle for my own songs. Before that I was in a band called Von Voin Strum for 4 or 5 years then did a solo album and a solo EP with a different crew. Most of …

Melbourne’s Southern soul and groove band The Meltdown have released their mesmerizing new single River via Hopestreet Recordings. The song is the very first to be taken from their sophomore LP It’s A Long Road, which is due out this summer. The energy of the track is driven by a gritty authenticity, from the twangy …