In a world faced with the dark possibility that anything could change at any second – more often than not for the worse – the need for a good set of tunes has never been more imperative. Looking not to hype, sensation nor personality but simply the fact that a good song is a good song, we throw together eight each week as close to 52 weeks a year as we humanly can. So long soliloquy aside here is best and latest from Tropical Strength, Phantastic Ferniture, La Luz, Peach Fur, VOIID, Courtney Barnett and a melding of minds between Ty Segall and White Fence known as ‘Good Boy’.
PHANTASTIC FERNITURE - FUCKIN ‘N’ ROLLIN (CAROLINE)
Given the success of Julia Jacklin’s solo work, it hasn’t been clear whether Ferniture would be making a return. They’ve been dormant for some time but ‘Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin’ sees this Sydney outfit returning in peak form. Smoothe rockin’ and emotive, the group fires off will full force. Jacklin’s vocals dominate but this number isn’t short a catchy instrumental hook.
VOIID – SILLY GIRL (INDEPENDENT)
This hard rockin’ single dropped earlier this year, but these local favourites are pulling out all the stops with a new clip. Word is there’s another new single dropping before the close of May. Stay tuned.
COURTNEY BARNETT – SUNDAY ROAST (MILK!/REMOTE CONTROL)
‘Roast’ is Tell Me How You Really Feel’s closing track. Here CB puts across the message that it's the modest pleasures which make it all worthwhile. She’s putting aside the noise guitar elements and marshalling emotional resources of a different kind. As with her Kurt Vile collaboration Lotta Sea Lice, it brims with easy charm.
LA LUZ - MEAN DREAM (HARDLY ART/INERTIA)
Floating Features is a spectacular record which dropped this last week. We haven’t had the time to give its full due, but Here the LA-based outfit delivers another dreamily devotional number. Accompanying it come equally mind flipping visuals.
TY SEGALL AND WHITE FENCE – GOOD BOY (DRAG CITY)
Hairbrained, acoustic and psychedelic, ‘Good Boy’ announces a mind melding between White Fence’s Tim Presley and the ever-prolific Segall. As the pair have put it the “rock is rolling from the tap” so brace for lunacy. The pair's new record will be arriving July 20.
TROPICAL STRENGTH – DARLIN (FARMER & THE OWL/INERTIA)
This outfit have just finished putting the polish on new LP Zutti. There’s touches of retro pop all round, but it’s coloured by infusions of twisted humour. ‘Darlin’ plays a little like The Beach Boys before drifting toward a spacier jam.
DZ DEATHRAYS - GUILLOTINE (I OH YOU)
This thrasher is hardly a new but one, but there is s new video clip. Reader, let’s be real for a second here. There’s little harm to be had in giving Bloody Lovely another spin.
PEACH FUR – HOW YA GOIN, WHERE YA GOIN (INDEPENDENT)
Gold Coast locals Peach Fur’s latest sounds like a throwback to the early Arctic Monkeys. That is before it elevates to a cosmic blues jammer. These four really play into the groove. Dig that fretwork.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald