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New releases from Australia and New Zealand

Brisbane indie four-piece The Plane Sailors have spent the last two years hard at work, trying on new sounds, fleshing out new ideas and bringing new creative vision to life, which culminates in the debut of their new single, Strikeout. Together since 2018, the song serves as both an introduction for some and a reintroduction …

Ben Shields records under the name Dull Reality and, although it’s an easy observation to make, his music is anything but. Shields works almost purely in the realms of electronic sounds – shape shifting electronica that is complex and multi-layered and given impetus and wings by his extraordinary vocal range and vivid imagination. Opening track …

Floating over dappling guitars that pluck and ripple underneath, the soft reflective vocals in ‘This Kinda Day’, the new single from Aotearoa/New Zealand dream pop maestros, Mild Orange, are immersive and melancholy, filled with a deep yearning. ‘This Kinda Day’ shimmers like a mirage: ethereal, enigmatic, immersive and full of hope. Psychedelia and dream pop …

The new single from Sydney band Imperial Broads, ‘Another Planet’ sees a slight divergence from their earlier single ‘Control’ (reviewed by me here) into a more reflective two-speed sixties-infused dream pop serving: something more restrained, swapping leather jackets for prom dresses and beehive hairdos while maintaining the swagger and pose. A swooning hypnotic start is …

With dappling guitars and sweeping, weeping strings, the new track from Mumbai-born, Brisbane-based artist Ash Lune is a dreamy, euphoric delight. Lune’s voice has an immersive, ethereal timbre that literally floats above the music, filled with longing, melancholy and melody. Lune has a wry observant style that captures the awkwardness of social interactions and the …

Book-ended with the rolling ocean waves on a beach, and recorded in nipaluna/Hobart’s magnificent Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the single ‘bereavement’ by musical polymath Ben Salter encapsulates something of the natural beauty and rough-hewn chill of the southern isle. A brief but evocative piano piece, Salter’s voice is soft and almost broken, …

We are very pleased to provide an exclusive listen to the funky new dance single from Sydney’s Ona Mota. This is a song so packed full of an irresistible funky vibe that even a hardened miserablist like myself is won over. And that’s a major achievement. Infectious, louche and utterly cool: this is such a …

Rising Brisbane vocalist Chloe Mae has been enchanting listeners with her ethereal sound since the release of breakout single Flowers last year. Blending beautifully blooming, serenading vocals with melodic elements of psych-folk, Chloe’s delicate style returns with the release of new track Falling (produced by Aaron Shanahan – Miami Horror, Sunday) out now. Emanating with …

Last month we reviewed the superb album ‘DISTORDER’ from Sydney’s multi-talented songwriter, producer and videographer Darren Cross, calling it a brilliant expression of our times: discordant, unsettling and at times bleak, but delivered with a swagger and a panache. Cross has assembled an engrossing video for one of the tracks – ‘Are USS Are?’ – …

Julian Hamilton, half of Sydney juggernaut duo The Presets, has just released his first ever solo single ‘City of Love’, and it is brilliant. With a syncopated bubbling, liquid undercurrent, ‘City of Love’ is a deliciously hyperactive track with Hamilton’s voice having a chilling, distant, almost disassociated vibe. There is a grand meeting of Kraftwerk …