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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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The self-described sludge pop of the music of Meanjin/Brisbane trio Terra Pines is an apt capture of the sweet dichotomy between the fuzzy barbed-wire instruments of the band and the rich melodic vocal delivery. This is an album filled to the brim with tight, layered harmonies and cinematic widescreen expanses delivered over an emphatic thump …

Brazilian garage punk-blues duo, Marco Butcher and Luis Tissot (aka Jesus & The Groupies) have released their fifth album of frenetic craziness upon the world. Despite having never heard of this pair before, I listened with eager anticipation……the band’s name was intriguing in itself, so what would the music hold for me? 12 songs of …

The gently chugging pace and layered harmonies of ‘No Drama’ by Aotearoa/New Zealand band Hans Pucket positively shimmers with an incandescent glow. There are no doubt genetic connections to the melodic and literate Dunedin/Flying Nun sound and the fey delicacy of the C86 era and the Postcard Records music of bands like Orange Juice, but …

Never short of creativity or productivity, Australia’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have just announced the release of a phenomenal three albums for October on their own KGLW label – surely a reviewer’s greatest nightmare but a cornucopia of joy for fans. The first release will be ‘Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms And Lava’, …

Last year’s debut album from Mallrat, ‘Butterfly Blue’ (reviewed by me here), is a brilliant collection of pure unadulterated pop: shimmering glowing tracks that emit rays of golden sunshine. The album showcased Mallrat’s Grace Shaw’s beautiful vocals and poetry. A stunning debut. Her voice has the range and velvet tones of Dusty Springfield: soft and yet …

We are catatonic with excitement at being able to bring you an exclusive look at the mesmerising new video for The Aerial Maps‘ profoundly moving track ‘The Heart Isn’t Made for Earthquakes’. The track comes off the indie supergroup’s album ‘Intimate Hinterland’, named by Backseat Mafia last year in its global list of top 100 …