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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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I had the pleasure of witnessing Psychedelic Porn Crumpets turn a sold-out Factory Theatre to pure liquid chaos the night before this album was released. Playing songs old and new, it was celebratory for the occasion. ‘Night Gnomes’ came out fittingly at midnight, lurking in the quiet darkness, waiting for the prime listeners to play …

Warpaint

Track: Warpaint want to get your ‘Hips’ moving. Release new track off upcoming album and announce tour.

Listening to Brisbane’s Full Power Happy Hour is like having pure sunshine poured into the ears: sonic rays of joy that sets the feet twitching and the face radiating joy. There’s a rough hewn edge to ‘Siblings’ – a low-fi thrum that instills a carefree sense of joy and a sepia-coloured tone of nostalgia and …

Like a fine wine maturing, the legendary Caligula are simply getting better in their renaissance. They were brightly burning stars in the nineties and, after a long hiatus, are back on the boards with founding members Ashley Rothschild and Jamie Fonti, and some very seasoned additions – guitarist Mark Tobin (The Finalists, Steve Kilbey) and …

Sappho

Sappho has dropped a new track ‘Scared Angel’ from her upcoming self-titled EP. Prepare to submit to the groove.

UK outfit The Girl With The Replaceable Head released a delicious album last year entitled ‘Love’s Lost Lovers Lost’ – a shimmering collection of delicate indie pop songs including a simmering cover of The Saints’ classic ‘(I’m ) Stranded’. The album features the legendary Lindy Morrison (The Go-Betweens and Cleopatra Wong) on drums, and the …

We are honoured to be able to bring you an exclusive listen to the new self-titled EP from Sydney’s Iain T. McKelvey & the Midnight Tangos (ITMMT) due for general release tomorrow (Friday, 29 April 2022). ITMMT have a genre-defying style – a mix of alt country mixed in with a gothic edge: a touch …

EGOISM‘s ‘2016-2018’ is a beautiful reflective track that seems to perfectly capture feelings of melancholy and contemplation of times past: the way our history can define us and memories can overwhelm you with a sense of yearning and regret. Ultimately, however, it is a song about survival and growth, with a bleak depiction of a …