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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

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 …

To celebrate a stunning 45 years in the industry, the legendary songwriter and guitarist Ed Kuepper has announced the release of three LPs that celebrate his post The Saints years as a solo artist and with the Laughing Clowns and The Aints, as well as news of an Australia wide tour in June and July. …

We are delighted to premiere the new single ‘The World’s A Room’ from Sydney’s brilliant Restless Leg, ahead of the release of their album ‘Dream Buffet’ in June. Restless Leg cement themselves in the pantheon of antipodean jangle indie rock with this glorious single. It has a classical guitar-based sparkle with a shimmer and verve …

It is recommended that you have your emergency contacts nearby when you intake the new single ‘Dehumanise’ by New Zealand’s Lords of Loud, The Datsuns. It has the full force a bolt of electricity administered by a faulty defibrillator and the effects will be felt in your ears hours after administration. And what a cathartic …

Sydney-based artist Jordan Kenny has a voice that immediately puts you into a dream-like reverie – and coupled with the gentle sweep of his new single ‘(I) Blew The Sun Away’ the result is something quite enchanting. Even as the pace and intensity of the track increases with a wild, unhinged and cinematic end, there …

It is hard to classify Sydney band RedHook – there is an electronic buzzsaw blitz with thundering percussion and at times a blistering wall of noise, all wrapped up in a sparkling pop mantle, with hip hop shades and choruses. It’s heavy metal psycho pop. But, throughout their new EP ‘Bad Decisions’, there is a …

Wilding‘s flights of fancy are a delightful and mesmerising distraction from our troubled times – psychedelic, jangling vignettes of everyday life delivered with a compassionate eye and a wry exposition. His album last year – ‘The Death of Foley’s Mall’ made my list of top albums released in Australia/New Zealand last year, and the first …

The Lipstick Killers have a special place in the late seventies music scene – a brash attitude laden band that inspired many, but had a chequered career of their own. They were an integral part of the late ‘70s post-Radio Birdman Sydney indie scene before gigging with the likes of the Gun Club and the …

It’s been a long time between drinks, but the legendary The Scientists are back with a blistering new single and news of their first album in 35 years, ‘Negativity’, due out in June 2021 through In The Red Records. The line up  consists of singer-guitarist Kim Salmon, lead guitarist Tony Thewlis, bassist Boris Sujdovic and …