So the New Releases may be a day late but we added an extra song, so yeah you've got 9 bangers to listen/dance/melt to. Yewwww, feast your ear drums on new material from Bad Dreems, Boo Seeka, Confidence Man, West Thebarton Brothel Party + more!
BAD DREEMS - 'FEELING REMAINS' (Ivy League)
‘Feeling Remains’ boasts all the hallmarks that have made Bad//Dreems one of the country’s most beloved new bands; ragged guitars underpinned by the rocksteady groove of James Bartold (bass) and Miles Wilson (drums). Lead singer Ben Marwe’s voice remains as vivid and visceral as ever.
“It’s a song about the eternal battle with melancholy faced by so many,” explains guitarist Alex Cameron. “Sometimes no matter how hard you try, the darkness just won’t dissipate. The feeling still remains. It’s always there nipping at your heels. You just gotta keep on stepping on so it can’t get a firm grip.”
METHYL ETHEL - 'L'HEURE DES SORCIERES' (Dot Dash / Remote Control!)
‘L’Heure des Sorcières.’ Meaning ‘The Witches' Hour’ in French, the track demonstrates a side of the band that is dark and fantastical, Webb's filtered vocal descending low into the mix to erupt soaring over a surging, foreboding arrangement. It's an arrangement that heralds a band transformed. With the addition of a keyboard player to the live set up, Methyl Ethel return to the stage, equipped with the same charisma, but having honed in on the sonic heights reached on Everything Is Forgotten.
GREEN BUZZARD - 'DREAM IN/OUT' (I Oh You)
‘Dream In/Out’ was the final song/transmission the Arcadian Space Control ever received from Dewey Everglow’s lost spaceship, the SMR-77. From what they could gather, it seemed to be a song about escapism, a longing for “something new” and the insecurities Dewey faced about what his dreams would ultimately make of him.
Green Buzzard will be playing live at Bad Fridays (A Marrickville Block Paty) with DMA’S, The Jezabels, Royal Headache and more. Friday 14 April – Railway Parade, Marrickville NSW.
WEST THEBARTON BROTHEL PARTY - 'MOVING OUT' (Clarity Records)
Produced by Dylan Adams (DMA’s, Sticky Fingers, The Vines), 'Moving Out' is a charging coming-of-age ode to the peaks and pitfalls of sharehouse living. Marrying the explosive urgency of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and the ruthless growl of The Saints into something irresistible and distinct, it's been their smashing opening number since it was written. And it never fails to get tinnies and voices raised. A fuzzy maelstrom of four-guitar, balls-out rock music, mate.
These guys are, like, really from Adelaide. We know. Not quite the buzzing musical metropolis. But WTBP's enthusiasm for all things South Australian, from Port Adelaide Football Club to South Australian landmarks (don’t mention Snowtown) is awe-inspiring. Coopers. The Exeter Hotel. The Great Australian Bight. You get the picture. Adelaide stuff. This allegiance saw ‘em nominated for a whopping SIX South Australian Music Awards last year, including Best Release and Best Song.
CONFIDENCE MAN - 'BUBBLEGUM' (Heavenly Recordings)
'Bubblegum' expands on the band’s trademark sound with flirty flutes, baggy grooves and sassy vocals. The track was mixed by Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift). Their much-talked about live show has seen them play a national support slot for Chairlift and festivals including the coveted triple j unearthed spot on the Laneway Festival Brisbane bill and The Plot, with slots secured on upcoming festivals including Golden Plains and A Festival Called Panama.
Coupled with a run of Australian tour dates kicking off this April, the outfit today also announce the news that they have signed to iconic indie UK label Heavenly Recordings, home to the likes of Australian comrades, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
THE JENSENS - GAFF'S SONG' (Independent)
Brisbane's The Jensens have been combining alternative rock, with groovy surf-rock sounds since their formation in 2013. Late last year the band gave y’all the first taste of their follow-up EP, with lead single (and namesake of debut EP) ‘Everybody Talks’, and today the fellas give you another mouthful with ‘Gaff’s Song’. The Jensens’ forthcoming EP Sexless will be out March 31st.
The track is breezy, guitar heavy and a considered call and response focusing on the idea of the confusion between desire, need and wants. The band explain this: "It's about wilfully denying yourself of something instinctual, as well as the magnetism of desire. An internal argument of wanting love, but having no more time you're prepared to give. It's about sex being both a vital shared experience and a temporary distraction of a life otherwise lived at existential breaking point. And how pursuing that experience, is to enter a world of sacrifice and convention. It's about appreciating the fact that your mind has been trained to feed you the notion of significance, by way of the libido, but ultimately questioning the necessity of all of it."
THE KITE STRING TANGLE - 'SELFISH' (Exist, Recordings)
Triple threat electronic producer, vocalist and songwriter, The Kite String Tangle today returns with new single, ‘Selfish’. The offering comes with the exciting news that the ARIA nominated artist has launched independent record label Exist. Recordings in collaboration with industry heavyweights UNIFIED, announcing break out producer Golden Vessel and Gold Coast siblings LASTLINGS as the first names on the roster.
The moniker of Brisbane’s Danny Harley, The Kite String Tangle reinforces his talents with dense beats and emotive vocals on ‘Selfish’, showing the progression of arguably one of Australia’s most talented names in emotive electronic music. The track represents a turning point for Harley as he “realised that I wasn’t thinking about the people I love nearly as much as I should. It’s hard to admit you’re at fault but it’s also a good habit to get into if you’re wanting to be a reasonable human.” It was produced, written and performed by Harley before being mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Eric J Dubowsky.
BOO SEEKA - ' DOES THIS LAST ' (Sureshaker)
'Does This Last. is the first sample off their upcoming debut album slated for release later this year, the track joins the news the pair will head out on a national headline tour this April and May, including appearances at festivals Bass In The Grass and Big Pineapple. Joining them on the road will be electronic outfit Glades, the fast-rising Sydney electronic music trio who recently released their debut EP ‘This Is What It’s Like.’
Working with producer, Ian Pritchett (Angus & Julia Stone, The Beautiful Girls), ‘Does This Last’ navigates through a bed of spacey synth and string layers. Accumulating over 8 million Spotify streams and dominating national airwaves, the single follows ‘Oh My’, ‘Deception Bay’, ‘Fool’ and 2015 debut ‘Kingdom Leader’ which peaked at #6 on the Australian iTunes Electronic chart, reached #50 in triple j’s 2015 Hottest 100 edition and snagged the outfit a J Award nomination for Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2015.
SPOON - 'CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU' (Matador Records / Remote Control Records)
To accompany the single, Spoon has unveiled a new video, directed by Marcel Dzama, the acclaimed contemporary artist whose previous musical collaborators have included the likes of Beck and Bob Dylan, not mention last year’s costume and stage design for the New York City Ballet’s The Most Incredible Thing. Watch 'Can I Sit Next To You' via the image below.
Spoon's forthcoming new album Hot Thoughts is already being touted as one of the albums of the year. Produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann, they have created the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their illustrious career. Within the space of 10 captivating songs, ‘Hot Thoughts’ confirms why Spoon are one of the most critically acclaimed acts of the first decade of the new millennium.