Tame Impala are BACK. What’s more, we’ve also collected another seven of the latest from Camp Cope, Tropical F*ck Storm, Jack River, Hatchie, Big White, Bjork and Austin's Loma. Get on it!
LOMA – BLACK WILLOW (SUB POP)
‘Black Willow’ smoulders and twists with an agony that lures the listener into making it their own. The track come come’s so courtesy of Sub Pop’s Loma, a group formed from members of Austin outfits Shearwater and Cross Record. There’ so many light touches and sonic fragments sliding around this mix it’s well worth a healthy dosage of repeated listening.
BJORK – BLISSING ME (ONE LITTLE INDIAN/INERTIA)
With ninth album Utopia arriving this Friday, Bjork has shared a final track. In terms of both production and lyrical bent, ‘Blissing Me’ oozes with warmth and liquid sensuality. Stringed instrumentation can be a continual source of pop schmaltz yet here Bjork remains within her element, orchestrating these processed plucks with emotionally devastating effect.
CAMP COPE – OPENER (POISON CITY RECORDS)
Visceral. Eviscerating. Cope!
JACK RIVER – FAULT LINE (I OH YOU)
Given that ‘Fool’s Gold’ was such an unequivocal smash, fans could be forgiven for having high expectations for the follow up. ‘Fault Line’ arrives with fragility as well as heart aching emotive impetus of its predecessor and perhaps a little bit of brighter outlook too. Not sure about the NASCAR aesthetic, but ‘Fault Line’ holds no shortage attitude or straight ahead pop brilliance.
HATCHIE – SURE (IVY LEAGUE RECORDS)
Brisbane’s Harriet Pilbeam is another Aussie up-and-comer following up on a formidable single. As with debut ‘Try’, ‘Sure’ represents another effortlessly cool collision of shoegaze and sugary pop. Plays well with Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine.
TROPICAL F*CK STORM – ‘SLOW POWER’ (TROPICAL FUCK STORM RECORDS)
Since jettisoning The Drones alias, Gareth Liddiard and his Tropical F*ck Storm co-conspirators have been cooking up visceral yet disarmingly emotive concoctions. Underscored by abrasive and meandering electronics, latest ‘Slow Power’ melds together a fevered tale of political deceptions, apocalyptic imagery, and pathos. Caustic as always, Liddiard’s poetics come laced with an unsettling conviction. Gareth’s sweltering lyrics don’t pull any punches either. “The downside is that we’re all about to get royally fucked/And the upside is we’re all about to get screwed” he seethes.
TAME IMPALA – TAXI’S HERE (UNIVERSAL)
With our humble little ecosystem of Australian music, Tame Impala releases are very much something which put the world on hold. Accompanying a deluxe collectors’ Currents rerelease, Kevin Parker has delved into his archives to put the finishing touches on a handful of unheard tracks. Most tastemakers have heralded the poppier ‘List Of People (To Try and Forget About)’ as the pick hit. But it's also accompanied by respectably sprawling instrumental 'Powerlines’ Despite the strength of the two, it’s ‘Taxi’s Coming’ which truly stands out. This off cut spills forward as a classic balance of melancholic lyrical inversion and apocalyptic instrumental bliss.
BIG WHITE - ON AND ON (SPUNK)
‘On and On’ hits the mark with thundering rhythms, shout-along lyrics and borderline absurdist guitar lines. It’s like Bow Wow Wow with a twist of Robert Smith at his peppiest. But that’s not to say this Sydney quintet doesn’t know how to shade these theatrics with a welcome layer of grit.