Oh wowweeee, the tunes were in abundance this week, and it was hard to choose and they just kept coming out but we still made a list of 8, so get your ears and self around the new trackss. New material from The Creases, City Calm Down, Julia Jacklin and more.
THE CREASES - 'IS IT LOVE' (Liberation Music)
New single ‘Is It Love’ is the perfect antidote to wintry days ahead. Alluring us with an irresistible groove and bassline, this instant classic expands The Creases’ sound all theway to the warm confines of the dancefloor. Joe’s effortless ability to weave the coolest of melodies is on full display, backed by catchy group vocals that complement jangly guitars and blissful pop synths.
Along with their debut album release, the next few months hold plenty to look forward to for The Creases. Tonight, the band kick off a national tour in support of Bad//Dreems, whilst next month they’ll open for Two Door Cinema Club at the band’s headline shows around Splendour.
JULIA JACKLIN - 'EASTWICK' (Liberation Music)
New single from Julia Jacklin, taken from the Eastwick/ Cold Caller 7” (due for release in September) ‘Eastwick’ is a captivating, slow building track, inspired by a night in front of the TV watching Dancing With The Stars. ‘Eastwick’ was recorded in New Zealand with Ben Edwards, with whom Julia recorded Don’t Let The Kids Win. The self-produced video will be premiered by Noisey on Wednesday 14 June.
Julia recently played a sold-out homecoming tour (that saw her perform to over 1200 people at The Metro Theatre!, along with two sold out Corner shows) and will perform at Splendour In The Grass next month. Julia’s hectic international touring schedule continues, with over 30 dates currently announced for the year ahead – most throughout the US, UK and Europe. She has relocated temporarily to Barcelona. Her debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win has been a critic’s favourite, featuring on numerous end of year lists in 2016. Jacklin has also enjoyed nominations for APRA Australian Song of the Year, Album of the Year at the Triple J Awards and featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Series
THE SEA GYPSIES - 'DEMONS' (Independent) OFFICIALLY OUT ON FRIDAY
Instantly captivating lead singer Luke Marlin’s soft rich vocals seamlessly blend with unassuming guitar strums, drawing you into the central coast surf rockers hypnotic new single ‘DEMONS’.
The Sea Gypsies turned heads in 2016 described by Happy Mag as “A bunch of worldly Central Coast nomads who dabble in rhythmic rock and roll that has been seeped in dub influences and laid out in the sun to bake” and were quickly snapped up to play festivals such as Lost Paradise, Mountain Sounds, Beyond the Valley, as well as a slew of supports for Australian and International greats Harts, Ash Grunwald, Winston Surfshirt, Paul Kelly and The Beautiful Girls. The 5 piece are being heralded as a “must-see” live act.
MEG MAC - 'MAYBE IT'S MY FIRST TIME' (Emi Music Australia)
Singer songwriter MEG MAC reveals another taste of her long awaited second album, LOW BLOWS, through stunning piano / electro based new single, Maybe It’s My First Time.
Maybe It’s My First Time was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas with Niles City sound – the producers and players behind Leon Bridges – and mixed at Electric Lady in New York.
Meg explains “Maybe it’s My First Time is about trying to get through a bad time. When you're hurt, you can keep going over and over the pain in your head and drive yourself crazy. I wanted to stop all that and only look back once and be done with it. To cruise past my pain instead of living in it”.
GOLDEN VESSEL - 'SHOULDERS' FEAT. ELKKLE & MALLRAT
Following the announcement of an East Coast tour commencing on June 29, Golden Vessel today reveals his latest single 'Shoulders' featuring Elkkle and Mallrat. It follows on from recent single 'Tell The-Girl' and will feature on a forthcoming EP due later this year. Fans will have the opportunity to see the rising producer's newest works performed live, along with newly launched projections also tailored to suit some of 2016's Before Sleep EP singles. 'Shoulders' collaborator Elkkle will join Golden Vessel as main support at all three shows in addition to special guests Eilish Gilligan in Melbourne, Azura in Brisbane and Mookhi in Sydney.
OH WONDER - 'HIGH ON HUMANS' (Dew Process)
Oh Wonder follow their returning single ‘Ultralife’, with ‘High On Humans’ a track that finds new pertinence in day-to-day life, describing the extraordinary power of interactions with everyday people.
“This song celebrates the potential to ‘get high’ and feel liberated by talking to strangers. It’s something we all fear, and something we should all do more of!”
Along with their new album release, Oh Wonder are poised to head out on world tour of 55 dates, including an already sold out tour of Australia. The band will perform to in excess of 100,000 fans over the duration of the entire tour.
Ultralife is both Oh Wonder’s extraordinary second album and their debut proper. Its eponymously-titled predecessor, released in late 2015, was a collection of songs they had posted online at the rate of one a month, which millions of listeners fell in love with, turning London-based Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West into reluctant pop stars.
GORDI - 'HEAVEN I KNOW' (Liberation Music)
Young Sydney-via-Canowindra musician Gordi is very pleased to announce full details of her debut album Reservoir for release this August 25 via Liberation Music/Hey Alfalfa (Jagjaguwar outside Australia). The album was written solely by Gordi and co-produced alongside Tim Anderson (Solange/Banks), Ali Chant (Perfume Genius/PJ Harvey) and Alex Somers (Sigur Ros). It was recorded in Wisconsin, Reykjavik, Los Angeles, New York, and Sydney.
To coincide with the announcement, new teaser single, ‘Heaven I Know’ was premiered on triple j’s 2017 with Richard Kingsmill on Sunday night. It was one of two tracks on the LP produced solely by herself and is out now. A stripped back performance of ‘Heaven I Know’ is now live on Facebook. It was filmed at St Pancras Old Church in London.
CITY CALM DOWN - 'BLOOD' ( I Oh You)
Inspired by a standoff with a former employer, ‘Blood’ is all formidable, joyful crescendos – the push and pull of a day job versus touring commitments.
“I ended up quitting my job,” singer Jack Bourke explains. “My boss was being inflexible but I was also being self absorbed, and the lyrics reflect that. They touch on the grind of work and how easy it is to isolate yourself from the people who matter to you by being too caught up in your own ambition and what you’re doing.
“This is a place I feel we ended up towards the end of recording the album,” he continues. “We were running late-night recording sessions during the middle of the week when we all had work the following morning, and we were all just emotionally exhausted by the end. Not to let an opportunity go to waste, we really tried to capture that sense of madness in the final chorus.”