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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

Since the release of her debut EP Dearly Beloved in 2018, singer Ruby Gilbert has gained growing attention from the music industry with her nostalgic musical style and solid, charismatic vocals. Having received a Queensland Music Award nomination for her debut single Oh Bones, Gilbert has played an array of  prominent Australian music festivals including BIGSOUND and …

New Zealand artist Merk is the moniker of Auckland, New Zealand artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Mark Perkins, who began his career as a touring member of Tom Lark and Fazerdaze. I reviewed his single ‘Laps Around The Sun’ earlier this year finding it to be yearning, raw and melodic, with a deep melancholia reflecting on …

Gearing up for their biggest ever Australian tour this October, Lime Cordiale have unveiled the official video for new single No Plans to Make Plans via Chugg Music. A visually vintage jaunt, the Leimbach brothers – accompanied by Summer Kane – go up against their alternate, evil selves ‘Oscar and Leroy Slimebach’ in the clip, directed …

There is a mesmerising aura to All India Radio‘s absolutely magnificent album ‘Afterworld’ that spills forth a series of incredible beautiful moments that glitter and shine. This is an album that immediately send you into a blissful reverie with its quiet, ambient movements that are emotional and affecting. The album is a connecting whole – …

Tyne-James Organ’s previous single this year, the delightful ‘Sunday Suite’, was a perfect fit – filled with sunshine and melody highlighting Organ’s sparkling vocals (read our review here). The follow up to this is just as terrific. ‘London Calling’ dons a parachute to slow down the descent but nonetheless is an epic delight: a reflective …

Backseat Mafia are excited to premiere the brand new single from Melbourne jazz assembly, The Yugoslav Attack. The Separation is the first track from their upcoming sophomore album titled Illusions, due for release in June through False Peak Records. The Separation, featuring wonderfully understated musicianship, captures a feeling of complete despair and a state of …

There is a sparkling seventies sunshine feel to the new single by NSW South Coast band Pacific Avenue that emanates pure golden rays. Layered harmonies, arcing guitars and a powerful melody serve to illuminate this track: bolstered by one of those guitar solos that pop and strut around with attitude. Singer Harry O’Brien says of …

Lifting the veil a little more on the hidden prize of their forthcoming album, ‘Scatterbrain’, the eminently gorgeous The Chills have just allowed another glimpse of the treasures within with another sparkling single ‘World Within Worlds’. ‘Scatterbrain’ is due out on 14 May 2021 out through Fire Records and Flying Nun Records. It goes without saying this is …

The glorious track ‘Happen to Me’ comes off New Zealander artist BENEE‘s precociously refined debut album ‘Hey u x’ released last year: it is an atmospheric, moody single with Benee’s voice a soothing and yearning presence over the sparse instrumentation. The video has touches of gothic excess and opulence: a rich tapestry of indulgence with …

Allday (the moniker of Tom Gaynor) is proving to be a fine purveyor of melody-laden languid dream pop with the release of his new track ‘Stolen Cars’ ahead of the May release of his delightfully titled album ‘Drinking With My Smoking Friends’. Tales of illicit undertakings never sounded so smooth and melancholic: there is a delicious …