Dream Wife’s Laneway set was a total power hitter! If you haven’t had a chance to spin this UK outfit's self-titled debut since it dropped in Feb, the new clip for album closer ‘F.U.U.’ is a near-perfect introduction. Following them up this week is a bevy of great new sounds from ILUKA, La Luz, Forth Wanderers, Beach House, Hey Baby, Cut Worms and Cautious Clay.
DREAM WIFE – F.U.U. (LUCKY NUMBERS)
Slurred, sneered or spoken matter-of-factly the sentiment of 'F.U.U.' is unequivocal. Drunk on euphoria and ‘don’t mess with me’ attitude, guitar theatrics push the message forward. It’s a no holds barred affair and re-pairing with visual guru Aidan Zamiri this new clip throws out the impression of exactly that. Heavy riffs and Icelandic rapping, there’s zero room for anything short of extreme.
LA LUZ – CALIFORNIA FINALLY (HARDLY ART)
Following on from ‘Cicada’ Luz pick up momentum with ‘California Finally’. Vocals hang in a dreamlike state while fevered surf-psych instrumentals drive towards a punchy climax. The tracks's title seems to be setting the tone of a love letter to the group's newly adopted state but it's lyrics suggest it might have more to do with the journey than the destination.
FORTH WANDERERS – NEVERMINE (SUB POP)
Strung out and stranded on desolate emotional terrain, ‘Nevermine’ is the latest from N.J. outfit Forth Wanderers. The track rolls out over a slow chugging groove as Ava Trilling spins a tale of failed love and emotional gore. There self-titled Sub Pop debut drops April 27.
CUT WORMS – DON’T WANT TO SAY GOOD-BYE (JAGJAGUWAR)
Drawing from British Invasion r&b and ‘50s pop this Ohio by way of Brooklyn singer-songwriter crafts head bopping jangle of the highest order.
ILUKA – RITUAL (INDEPENDENT)
Sydney’s ILUKA takes cues from a War on Drugs’ Springsteen-meets-indie and pumps it full of triumphant pop. But if this energy rush of poppy maximalism and rock melody wasn't enough, there’s even some touches of soul and doo-wop here too. As unlikely of a blend as she’s woven, it's something captivating.
HEY BABY! – KIDS (INDEPENDENT)
Debut single ‘1800-WEED’ saw this Brisbane outfit rocking in the tradition of Dune Rats, Skeggs and FIDLAR. ‘Kids’ sees them pushing into something more. Goodtime lyricisms and guitar weaving melody, it’s a bright spark leading to inevitable mayhem. For those who missed this group the first time around, ‘Kids’ is a near-perfect introduction.
BEACH HOUSE – DIVE (MISTLETONE/INERTIA)
‘Dive’ pulls the listener into the hypnotically sparse. Despite the group’s continual effort to push themselves into new territory it’s classic Beach House all the way. 'Dive' swirls in a reverberant slather of minimalism and ache.
CAUTIOUS CLAY – SILOS (INDEPENDENT)
‘Silos’ flows out with an airy invulnerability. It’s gives off a sense of ambivalence, they kind that can only come from falling perilously of love. Riding a giddy choir of gospel synths it opens Bloody Type, a 6-track from Brooklyn’s Josh Karpeh. You can wrap your ears around the the full EP right here.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald