New music for your ears including Miners, King Gizzard, The Cactus Channel, Ayla, GUM, Gold Class & more!
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – TRAPDOOR (FLIGHTLESS / REMOTE CONTROL)
On previous records King Gizzard has channeled many different sounds: From heavily distorted, kraut-driven rock on their 2014 album “I’m In Your Mind Fuzz” to expansive, almost jazzy, Dead-like head trips on “Quarters!” Or as Mackenzie puts it, “I always wanted to be a band where you would expect the unexpected each time, with each album being treated like a different phase.”
AYLA – WHEN THE WORLD ENDS (INDEPENDENT)
Syncopated, breathy and heady with somewhat cynical lyrics and more than just a touch of heartache, 'When The World Ends' showcases AYLA's commanding signature vocal style and stylish, left-of-centre pop sensibilities.
GUM – ANESTHETIZED LESSEON (SPINNING TOP)
After ricocheting into the strange universe with last year’s debut album, “Delorean Highway,” GUM, the solo project of Tame Impala/POND multi-instrumentalist Jay Watson, has revealed ‘Anesthetized Lesson.’
The self-prophesising ‘Anesthetized Lesson’ transports the listener to a funk-drenched hyper reality. A diverse group of spiraling vocal manipulations and synths materialise intermittently around the landscape of the track, which plays with colours and textures that appear blissfully out of reach.
MINERS – WRINGS (STRANGE PURSUITS)
The songs on “Pala” are relatively short by shoegaze standards (three to four minutes each) but they manage to squeeze a hell of a lot of melody in their brief running time. What emerges is a meticulously compiled and laboured ode to the pedal heroes of yore.
Ranging from the saturated pop of lead single ‘Wrings’, to the blasts of fuzz on ‘Restless’ and flurrying menace of ‘Empty Words’, Miners craft a welcome introduction to their particularly engaging brand of shoegaze.
THE CACTUS CHANNEL (FEAT. CHET FAKER) – KILL THE DOUBT (HOPE STREET RECORDINGS)
One of Australia's biggest artists teams up with one of Melbourne's best bands in 'Kill The Doubt'. The obvious point is that Chet Faker's enormous profile will shine a light on the brilliant, cinematic funk of The Cactus Channel, and hopefully that becomes the case.
More importantly, this musical connection really works. Faker's relaxed, soulful croon sits atop the deep groove of the band just as well as it does his own, more electronic steeped productions. Faker's melody isn't an immediate earworm, but its cool delivery contributes to making this an addictive slow burner. The Cactus Channel's guitar and bass groove is tight, the beat is snappy and the cascading horns that come over the top of it all are tasteful.
GOLD CLASS – BITE DOWN (SPUNK)
‘Bite Down’ is an appropriate title for a Gold Class song. Their music has a raw and very primal feeling to it. Curley’s vocals certainly claim some responsibility there. His lower register harbours a sinister element to it, as he drawls in his distinctly Aussie voice. His lyrics are stark in their depiction of a persona unable to fight for control of their own life. Frequent references to the heart, teeth and the body are abundant. There’s no clever metaphors because frankly they aren’t needed.
DAY WAVE – COME HOME NOW (I OH YOU / LIBERATOR)
A departure from his synth-heavy work as one half of electro-pop duo Carousel, Day Wave crafts dreamy, lo-fi, guitar-driven indie-pop that is already turning heads. With a quickly growing and top-quality catalogue of songs, Phillips – who writes, produces, and performs all of his songs, and tracks each instrument himself on an old reel-to-reel, no less – is currently working on his debut LP and live show.