We've hand selected some of our favourite releases for this week. Poke your rabbit ears into the burrow of new music with Hedge Fund, Young Vincent, The Lulu Raes and more!
YOUNG VINCENT - RUN (The A&R Department)
Young Vincent has been putting on shows around Melbourne since 2014. Current release “Run” will be their fourth single, expanding on their unique, alternative folk sound. Full of intriguing melodies and enticing harmonies, “Run” is an alluring new direction for the three-piece.
“It all started on my couch at home on the Mornington Peninsula. The bridge melody popped into mind, sparking the process of to-ing and fro-ing ideas with the band,” says drummer Josh Walton.
THE LULU RAES – NEVER LEAVE (We Manage)
Sydney-based 4-piece The Lulu Raes are back with new single, Never Leave, showing us what they’ve got in stall for their forthcoming EP ‘All Our Parents Are Divorced’, to be released in the 5th of August. The Lulu Raes will then be touring nationally in metro and regional areas to support their EP release in September.
LOCAL NATIVES - VILLAINY (Infectious Records)
As a preview for their album ‘Sunlit Youth’ that’s planned to be released on the 9th of September, the LA five-piece band have announced their latest track Villainy to wrap your ears around.
“This is a song that I would want to hear. Lyrically, ‘Villainy’ is about realising that you have the ability to change your situation, that you can start again everyday. We applied that to how we made music this time around. We wanted all the new songs to have a different energy, to challenge ourselves to do something different each time,” says vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Ryan Hahn.
CHVRCHES – Bury It (ft. Haley Williams) (Goodbye Records)
CHVRCHES today announce the release of a new Extended Edition of their acclaimed second album Every Open Eye, out 29 July via Liberator Music/Goodbye Records. The Extended Edition of the record features the original 11 track album; plus three extra songs previously featured on the Deluxe Edition; remixes of the singles ‘Leave A Trace’, ‘Empty Threat’ and ‘Clearest Blue’; and two new songs, the recently released ‘Warning Call (Theme from Mirror’s Edge Catalyst)’ and a new version of album highlight ‘Bury It featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore’.
BLIND PILOT - UMPQUA RUSHING (ATO Records)
Written and composed by Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the band’s third album And Then Like Lions is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. The record is Blind Pilot’s most exhilarating album to date, a lush 10-song collection that is resilient, uplifting and often majestic in the face of tragedy.
‘Umpqua Rushing’ was the first song written for the album, Israel’s reflection on the end of a 13-year relationship. The Umpqua River in Oregon holds memory for him, and becomes a metaphor for the pulling current of his relationship. Much of the song writing took place after Israel’s father was diagnosed with cancer.
Says Israel, “I think of this album as a conversation about different kinds of loss and the courage we find when we face loss honestly, cracked open and unsure of what we will become, which is the only real way to face it.”
HEDGE FUND – WHAT YOURE HIDING (Independent)
Known for pushing boundaries both musically and stylistically, new single ‘What You’re Hiding’ marks a big step for Sydney’s Hedge Fund - finding them more focussed, more direct, and most importantly, more fearless.
‘What You’re Hiding’ takes its cue sonically from previous single ‘Summer's Getting Shorter’, buttaking you down a darker path on a brooding post-punk journey of synths and drums. From the first few seconds, the track creeps into your psyche, pulsing along, swirling with guitars, and making you dizzy as it takes hold.
HEDGE FUND – AUSTRALIAN TOUR
June 24th - Mynt Lounge, Werribee VIC
June 25th - Yah Yah’s, Melbourne VIC
July 7th - Rad Bar, Wollongong NSW
July 8th - Waywards, Newtown NSW
July 9th - Trainspotters, Brisbane QLD
L.A SALAMI – THE CITY NOWADAYS (Sunday Best)
London artist L.A. Salami has announced the release of ‘The City Nowadays’, the first single from his debut albumDancing With Bad Grammar, out 26 August through Sunday Best.
In the tradition of the fuss-free, no-hassle, DIY troubadour, L.A. Salami recorded Dancing With Bad Grammar in one week (“I wanted to get it live; I’m not interested in the tracking thing”) at Urchin Studios in Hackney, with engineer Dan Cox and producer Matt Ingram.
KLLO – WALLS TO BUILD (Good Manners Records)
After recently asserting themselves as an act on the rise, Melbourne duo Kllo today has unveiled a new single from their forthcoming EP, Well Worn (due out on August 5). Premiering via The FADER, 'Walls To Build' melds Simon Lam's pulsating synth lines with Chloe Kaul's vapour-trailed verses. The duo shared their thoughts on their new track 'Walls to Build';
'This was the first track we started working on after our debut EP and was the last to be finished. We found it was the most difficult one to write for us, with the creation of 28 different versions. Walls To Build is about fear of vulnerability.'