Another week is rolling in, which means the new tunes have arrived! This time around we’re bringing together noteworthy sounds from Sports Team, Drunk Mums, Onyx Collective, Vanilla Gorilla, Smerz, First Aid Kit, Mint Field and Air’s JB Dunckel.
DRUNK MUMS – HOTFLUSH (PISSFART RECORDS)
Playing with speed and ferocity these Melbournians tear through a signature blend of scrappy punk and down-home-dirty rock. Militant riffs and jittery rhythm accompany absurdist lyrics. When it comes to vocal delivery these delinquents belt it out like Joey Ramone.
MINT FIELD – OJOS EN EL CARRO (INNOVATIVE LEISURE/INTERIA)
Shoegaze elders like Slow Dive may be releasing new music in 2017, but these two twenty-one-year olds seem to have the vigour and spark music's painted saints could only envy. Airy vocal lines meld with textured fretwork before the track crashes into its highly geared conclusion. Mint Field take their genre to stunning and dramatic peaks.
JB DUNCKEL – HOLD ON (PROTOTYPE RECORDING/SONY)
Best known as a member of legendary French duo Air, here Dunkel weaves similarly spacious electro-pop. ‘Hold On’ demonstrates his audiophilic tendencies and dramatic flair for production firing off at full force. Headphones on.
SMERZ – HAVE FUN (XL RECORDINGS/REMOTE CONTROL)
These dub-inflected sounds arrive courtesy of Norwegian duo Smerz. Detuned instrumentation and sweetly eerie vocals dance across their twisted soundscape. That said it’s the single’s minimally infectious groove, one of the finest they’ve turned out to date, that pulls the listener in.
VANILLA GORILLA – LOVE IS THE EARTH (INDEPENDENT)
These local favourites seem to be getting better with every release. This time around they provide a drifting psych number littered with punchy rhythmic hits and transcendent guitar lines. A straightforward but potent lyrical thematic oscillates between moments of earthly tranquillity and a fiery call to arms.
FIRST AID KIT - FIREWORKS (SONY)
Given the strength of their latest string of singles, it couldn’t be more exciting that these two are heading Down Under for next year’s Bluesfest. ‘Fireworks’ slips out of time, drawing elements from doo-wop and ‘50s pop to accompany the heartached crisscross of these sisters vocals. The track also comes with news First Aid Kit's forthcoming Ruins LP will be dropping January 19.
SPORTS TEAM – STANTON (NICE SWAN RECORDS)
Sports Team’s flashy guitar glamour and post punk leanings would be a little jarring were this London outfit not so completely and utterly within their element. ‘Stanton’ rumbles out caustic but catchy. It plays out like Wire or maybe the Velvets if Lou Reed had ever turned a lyric about a flip screen Motorola.
ONYX COLLECTIVE – SNAKE CHARMER (BIG DADA)
This mood setting jazz number comes from New York’s Onyx Collective. Documenting a live performance, it’s light sax drones and rattling percussion breath with atmosphere and spontaneity. ‘Snake Charmer’ nestles well between material from BadBadNotGood’s IV and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard and Mild High Club’s Sketches of Brunswick East.