Happy New Year and welcome back. We’re really excited about what’s coming in in 2018 – trust us, it’s going to be big! Kicking things off to a flying start are fresh sounds from Dream Wife, Primitive Motion and MGMT. But with all this new year hyperbole said and done, we’re also playing a little holiday catch-up too. To this end, we’ve pulled together five excellent tracks from The Oh Sees, Totally Mild, Ty Segall, Hachiku and Brisbane’s Madboots you may have missed.
MGMT – HAND IT OVER (COLUMBIA)
We’re not sure the world really needed an MGMT comeback. We’ve tried to ignore it for as long as we can. But the flat-out truth is this: These tracks are getting too good to ignore. With the psychedelic pop of ‘Hand It Over’ we’re finally on board.
PRIMITIVE MOTION – FEED THE SIGNALS (BEDROOM SUCK)
Stepping into first person for a second here. One of the many times I’ve been lucky enough to see Sandra Selig and Leighton Craig performing live was in a dingy Brisbane venue two or so years ago. Midway through their set the ten people directly in front of the band stopped listening and started waltzing gently with one another. This wasn’t some ritual or band tradition, it just simply happened, one of the few truly beautiful things I’ve ever witnessed at a live performance. If that’s not a testament to the emotional potency of this pair’s ethereal and sweetly minimal compositions, I’m at a loss to explain. Just listen and know that Primitive Motion’s third album House in the Wave will be arriving February 27.
THE OH SEES – DROWNED BEAST (CASTLE FACE)
From the majestic crash of its opening drones to its closing synthetic burbles, ‘Drowned Beast’ breathes with ominous tidings of cosmic apocalypse. This track has been kicking around as the ninth cut on The Oh Sees’ Orc for a while now, but the group have finally gotten around to syncing it up with some fittingly thematic visuals. Heavy!
DREAM WIFE – HEY HEARTBREAKER (LUCKY NUMBER)
This no-nonsense rocker comes courtesy of London trio Dream Wife. While their music takes cues from riot grrrl it's firmly rooted in danceable indie pop. Visiting Australia for the first time these three will be tearing up stages at Laneway Festival this coming Feb.
HACHIKU – AL’S WISDOM LIST (MILK RECORDS)
As Hachiku Melbourne’s Anika Ostendorf spins an off-kilter strain of breathy experimental pop. Deadpan yet atmospheric, the Milk Records signee laces her work with fantasial lyrics and daydreaming guitar lines. Her bedroom production is inspired by Grimes but wouldn’t feel too out of place alongside the work of Princess Chelsea. This latest clip accompanies ‘Al’s Wisdom List’ which dropped as part of the Hachiku self-titled EP in June ’17.
MADBOOTS- HEADSTONE (INDEPENDENT)
Madboots are a Brisbane outfit which can lay claim to such imaginatively titled numbers as ‘Check Ya in Burleigh’, ‘DU-RAGS’ and ‘Thanx for the Tranx’. Cast atop its slow-moving groove ‘Headstone’ deflates the death cult of hip hop with whip sharp satirical style. The group’s 2HARD LP will be dropping this January.
TOTALLY MILD - LUCKY STARS (CHAPTER)
Few artists could imbue these lyrics of romantic uncertainty with such emotional depth. Yet here Lorrae McKenna sits entirely within her element. With a sparing piano accompanying McKenna’s spacious vocals, ‘Lucky Stars’ delivers wave after wave of world-weary profundity.
TY SEGALL – EVERY 1’S A WINNER (DRAG CITY)
Stopping short of ‘You Sexy Thing’ here Segall opts for an unlikely cover of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Every 1’s a Winner’. Gone is the sure-fire-number-one production of Mickie Most. Instead Ty lathers the disused hit with sludge laden guitar, tortured falsettos, and a blistering wall of ear-bashing punk production. With this the original is twisted into something darker. A dystopic statement of our troubled times.