Ringing in the month we’ve got plenty of great new music to pull you into gear. First and foremost, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have dropped new track ‘Over Everything’ from their long-awaited Lotta Sea Lice collaboration. We’ve also got some lysergic numbers from Brisbane outfits Nice Biscuit, Zefereli and The Belligerents. If mind manifestation isn’t entirely your vibration there’s new sounds from Lost Tropics, Deradoorian, Ibeyi and, yes, Donny Benet!
NICE BISCUIT - IN SPACE TODAY (INDEPENDENT)
This cosmic rocker comes as the latest single from Brisbane outfit Nice Biscuit. The group have been championing the psych sound in the Sunshine State over the past year and it’s great to see them putting out a steady flow of material. Their latest is a welcome addition to the Biscuit cannon featuring floating vocals and some seriously Wahed-out guitar.
DERADOORIAN – MOUNTAINSIDE (ANTICON)
For those who aren’t familiar with Angel Deradoorian, The LA based artist made a name for herself as a member of the Dirty Projectors before leaving to release solo debut The Expanding Flower Plant in 2015. Most recently she’s collaborated with partner, Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, on his own long-player Eucalyptus. Like Eucalyptus, Deradoorian’s second solo record veers into moods of meditative bliss while venturing further into the unconventional world of electroacoustic instrumentation. For all this contextualisation, her music speaks for itself. ‘Mountainside’ is a transcendent work, a powerful moment of serenity and bliss.
ZEFERELI – FAKE HAPPINESS (INDEPENDENT)
Setting an emotive sense of introspection to blissful psychedelia, Alistair Richardson has turned out an excellent single. 'Fake Happiness' packs plenty of bombast as sombre and inward-looking lyricisms take the listener on a journey through the tangled head space of jaded lover. Heavy!
LOST TROPICS – CHARLIE’S VAN (INDEPENDENT)
Hailing from Sydney’s southern beaches, Lost Tropics have dropped a new clip for single 'Charlie’s Van'. A hooky little number, it's straight ahead indie rock with plenty of bounce. Lyrically it explores the theme of the mixed emotions which come from reflecting on the good times before getting the hell out of dodge.
THE BELLIEGRENTS – SCIENCE FICTION (SONY)
Rock opera, dance anthem and mind-melted psych rolled into one compact track, ‘Science Fiction’ is a jittery cut from The Belligerents forthcoming debut record. Who else but this Brisbane outfit would pilfer a little influence from Styx and meld it onto Tame Impala’s expansive sound? The track’s addled falsetto-singing protagonist tells a cautionary tale of treading too deeply into the spacey literary genre. When the time comes to fall back to planet earth it might be difficult to touch down.
DONNY BENET – KONICHIWA (DOT DASH/REMOTE CONTROL)
Continuing this sci fi surrealism is another new clip from Donny Benet. Sonically Donny lays down sensuously synth-heavy yacht rock while visuals answer the question of what would be like to have your party crashed by an unending series of Benet's clones. Not 100% sure what’s going on, but plays well.
Brisbane | Sept 5-8 | Bigsound
Tuesday 5 Sep - Remote Control + Friends - Brightside Beer Garden - 2:30pm
Tuesday 5 Sep - Official showcase - Mane Stage at Woolly Mammoth - 9:00pm
Thursday 7 Sep - Double J Bigsound Showcase - Black Bear Lodge - 11:20pm
Wollongong | Sept 30 | Yours & Owls Festival
Melbourne | Sept 29 | Northcote Social Club
w/ Spod, Geoffrey O'Connor
IBEYI – DEATHLESS FEAT. KAMASI WASHINGTON (XL/REMOTE CONTROL)
The sisters Ibeyi combine an inventive take on hip hop and pop. The French-Cuban twins bring a much-needed injection of edge to both genres as they sing about their dark history as well as current turmoils. ‘Deathless’ swells with honesty and conviction. These two are the whole package, but it’s their capacity for connection which makes this music so powerful.
COURTNEY BARNETT AND KURT VILE – OVER EVERYTHING (MILK RECORDS/MATADOR)
Most super collaborations are best left in the realm of fantasy. That said this pair’s expressive and economic take on the urban blues holds water. Warm slacker vibrations abound as Barnett’s stylistic sensibilities dominate - surprising given that ‘Over Everything’ was penned by Vile way back in 2015. Sitting somewhere between comical and excellent, Kurt’s take on Court’s distinctively Australian delivery will either endear or come off as a little goofy. That said there’s plenty of charm to carry the day.
Pre-order Lotta Sea Lice here.