Eight all-star sensational smash hits! This week's collection uncovers exciting sounds from Los Scallywaggs, Starcrawler, Lost Under Heaven, San Mei, Tracyanne and Danny, Beach House and The Goon Sax. Finally, and not least of all, come statements from Childish Gambino and Florence + The Machine too big to ignore.
THE GOON SAX – SHE KNOWS (CHAPTER)
2016’s Up To Anything set the template for this Brisbane trio. But where would they take it? This latest single could just have easily strolled into a polished radio-friendly sound, but The Goon Sax have followed their passions elsewhere. For a certain kind of listener, it’s going to hit smack bang in the middle of the chest. Forty years of Brisbane’s underground sound in one hundred and fifty-two seconds. Heartache, agitation and beautiful dissonance.
OVERDOSER – LOS SCALLYWAGGS (INDEPENDENT)
Los Scallywaggs latest pulses with brutal buzz. It’s tense. This punk-addled garage has the trio delivering in fine form.
STARCRAWLER - LOVE’S GONE AGAIN (ROUGH TRADE/REMOTE CONTROL)
We haven’t lavished too much attention on this LA outfit, but we enjoyed debut Starcrawler when it dropped earlier this January. The manic record has remained a hard shot of excitement ever since. The group’s sound cuts towards punk, but a the sort which folds back toward The New York Dolls and The Stooges. This new clip doesn’t add too much to these impeccable sonics, but it’s worthy excuse to revisit them.
LOST UNDER HEAVEN – BUNNY’S BLUES (MUTE/PIAS)
Sleaze, degradation, glamour and enough hard rockin’ sound to hammer the sharp nails into place.
SAN MEI – WONDER (LXVI)
Emily Hamilton hails from the Gold Coast. As San Mei she fronts an outfit which can rock it live but lavishes recordings with a catching pop edge. Working with the half of Holy Holy who doesn’t live in Melbourne she’s one to – okay, no. Can all the industry cannoli. Just a mad-decent band.
BEACH HOUSE - BLACK CAR (MISTLETONE/INERTIA)
A fourth mood-setting number from this esteemed outfit’s very-soon-to-be-arriving 7.
HUNGER – FLORENCE + THE MACHINE (UNIVERSAL)
Popular artists dealing in big dramatic gestures skirt a razor’s edge. Musical melodramatics are a necessary when speaking to each and every member of a millions-strong audience. But just as easily these motions can ring hollow.
Flo Welch deals in big dramatic gestures. They’re littering this track and no doubt the record that follows. Fortunately for one who’s looking to pull it off she’s possessed with monumental chutzpah. Strands of self-confession circle as she belts out an earthshaking performance. But ambition and talent alone doesn’t displace gravity. How much bigger can this thing get?
CHILDISH GAMBINO – THIS IS AMERICA (RCA)
The last thing this world needs is wealthy celebrities selling us where it's at. And yet there's something affecting here. Not to mention enough cryptic messages to throw 'This Is' up there with Dylan. Gambino makes a statement too big to cast aside.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald