What a week! Splendour dropped, Coachella wrapped and Record Store Day continued to loom close. Topping it all off there's been music coming at us from all sides. We’ll lead off with a new tune from local favourites WHARVES but there’s several more coming courtesy of Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever, Lal Luz, RAAVE TAPES, Stonefield, Jenny Hval, Tropical F**k Storm and Cherry Glazerr.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – TALKING STRAIGHT (IVY LEAGUE)
Hitting emotional tones between pleading ache, philosophical longing and lovesick resignation 'Talking Straight' hits its mark. We classified previous single ‘Mainland’ as revisiting the sounds of the group's much-lauded EP but we were wrong. This new record is no rehash. They’re going deeper.
LA LUZ – THE CREATURE (HARDLY ART/INERTIA)
'The Creature' sits within a twilight state between sleep and consciousness. Vocals float down from on high as guitar lines and gentle organ slip effortless around. Lyrics tell of a nightmare visions but come sung with warmth and relaxing ease.
CHERRY GLAZERR- JUICY SOCKS (SECRETLY CANADIAN/INERTIA)
At some point Hedi Silmane took the reins of Saint Laurent. From here he decided fashion was rock ‘n’ roll. At one stage Clementine Creevy and company were called to supply the soundtrack. And so Cherry Glazerr came to occupy their genre’s couture. But even before they’d long apprenticed themselves close to its brooding heart. Their latest music may arrive following an imperiously spaced interval, but by now these three are practically royals…
TROPICAL F**K STORM – RUBBER BULLIES (TFS RECORDS)
Again, Liddaird plays narrator sick of mind. A contemptible figure, rambling and barely coherent if at all decipherable. Yet you sense that there’s something here. Within the twisted conviction of that stray lyric or the paranoiac hit of doomsday prophecy you connect. Teasing the biblical from the mundane, his mind to punctures yours.
RAAVE TAPES – SUDS (NO-FI RECORDS)
WHARVES – HIGH SCHOOL HERO (INDEPENDENT)
With each new single from these Lennox favourites deliver a different sound. This time around? It’s a little Franz Ferdinand, maybe even a dash Stiff Records. Dark comedy and heavy guitar licks.
STONEFIELD – THROUGH THE STORM (FLIGHTLESS)
Precious metal shines eternal.
JENNY HVAL – SPELLS (SACRED BONES)
Hval’s music talks freeform. Here she’s embracing pop lexicon but is by no means beholden to it, ‘Spells’ speaks past melodic, rhythmic and lyrical cliché, a rare and beautiful musical moment.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald