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The warm sunshine glow emanating from New Zealand band Mild Orange‘s new single ‘Time Of Our Lives’ is blinding and reassuring. The glitchy syncopated percussion trickles under a hazy array of guitars and the melancholic vocals that float over the surface reflect the nostalgic themes. The track was inspired by singer Josh Mehrtens memories of …

On the day his other band The Aerial Maps releases its majestic ‘Intimate Hinterland’ album (reviewed by me here), Maps’ sticksman and brother of singer Adam Gibson, Simon Robert Gibson today unveils for us his new single ‘Laying Low’. Low key and low-fi, Gibson shares his brother’s ear for capturing snapshots of life in a …

The poetry of Adam Gibson is raw and intimate. It reflects the harsh sunlit terrain of Australia through his epic widescreen portrayal of the environment and the compelling forces of nature, while somewhat antithetically delving into the minutiae of everyday life with crystal clear observations grounded in hope, love and compassion. In the company of …

We are honoured to premiere the buoyant hyperkinetic new single from Sydney’s Mako Bron. Cantering along at a chemically engineered trot, this is perfect slice of indie pop: filled with indelible melodies and a celestial anthemic chorus. I can’t help but think of the pop perfection of The Lightning Seeds with that delicious mix of …

Last July we  premiered Anatomy Class‘s single ‘Reflector Shield’ – a classical indie pop anthem replete with undulating waves of sparkling guitars, a thundering percussion and passionate vocals burnished with some gorgeous harmonies. This is a band that perfects a royal wielding of jangling guitars and celestial melodies that superglue their way into the head. …

Jacob Fitzgerald‘s inherent ability to write perfectly formed pop songs that sparkle and shimmer is proven yet again with his new track ‘Lonely’. Pressing gently on the brakes after the fizzy pop of earlier single ‘Pretty Good For My Mind‘, ‘Lonely’ has a slower paced trot and a faint touch of americana in its yearning …

We are very honoured to premiere the first video off the surprise new album ‘Intimate Hinterland’ to be announced tomorrow by the Sydney indie supergroup The Aerial Maps and set for release on Friday. The members of The Aerial Maps reads like a who’s who of the Sydney indie scene. Originally formed with the late …

Soaked in reverb and regret, ‘Dream State Treasure’, the solo album from Scott von Ryper is a shimmering debut from an Australian artist that has quietly established a remarkable reputation for songwriting, delivered with a degree of insouciance and cool. ‘Dream State Treasure’ is a reflective collection of sparkling melodic gems, underpinned by a shimmering …

The Buoys are no strangers to rebelling hooks that leap out of the speakers, cementing their place in the souls of listeners. There is rigorous and prevailing attention to dynamism throughout their music, charged with upbeat and galvanised guitars and niftily gratified with expressive and emotive melodies. ‘Unsolicited Advice For Your DIY Disaster’ is six …

Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have made themselves known in their vivid, exuberant careers as one of Perth’s finest exports and most inventive bands. With just enough breathing space after their fourth album ‘SHYGA! The Sunlight Mount’, they have returned with their new single ‘Lava Lamp Pisco’, a euphoric explosion of fuzz-laden guitars and intoxicating polyphony that …