As another week rolls in, we've rounded up eight great tracks from at home and abroad. King Gizzard and Pond have both dropped mind-bending video clips while Angel Olsen has also shared an unheard track from her My Woman sessions. Moses Sumney and The Horrors couldn’t be further apart in terms of style but we’ve picked out two equally sombre cuts from both of their latest LPs. On the local end of things, we shine a light on Brisbane’s underground electronic scene with concoctions from Marly Luske and Brainbeau. To cap it all off there’s also a grungy number from the Full Flower Moon Band.
MOSES SUMNEY – LONELY WORLD (JAGJAGUWAR/INERTIA)
Revisiting an earlier single of the same name 'Lonely World' is culled from Sumney’s debut LP Aromanticism which dropped last Friday. Here Sumney demonstrates just how much can be achieved with a handful minimal sonics and a deft touch of production. The track casts listeners into atmospheric world of electro-soul which borders on sound painting. Vocals convey an aching solipsism as they stretch to unnatural highs. This Californian native deploys his musical assets with sweeping, hair-raising effect.
ANGEL OLSEN – SPECIAL (JAGJAGUWAR/INERTIA)
This hypnotic off-cut comes from 2017’s My Woman sessions and will be collected within a B-sides and rarities compilation Phases. The track infects with dragging, guitar-driven lethargy while Olsen’s languishing vocals permeate the mix. Rumbling near-Velvets instrumentation comes decorated with some fittingly grainy production.
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD WITH MILD HIGH CLUB – COUNTDOWN (FLIGHTLESS)
The Gizz and Mild High’s Sketches of Brunswick East LP has been circulating for a few weeks now, but the two groups have only just released a video for second track ‘Countdown’. Painstakingly hand drawn over 300 hours and 2453 frames, these visuals tackle psychedelic themes of elevation as the group’s jazzy noodling spills forth underneath. For those who haven’t been blast blaring the new record on high rotation this latest clip might suggest it’s worth a second spin.
BRAINBEAU – COUNTDOWN (INDEPENDENT)
The pairing of Brisbane locals Chelvis Chesley and Kat Martin, Brainbeau have been spinning unconventional electronic sounds since time immemorial. Built around a looping dub hook, their latest concoction is a brilliant wash of musical ideas. Martin’s vocals are a spectral presence but when her vocals do surface they echo with captivating ambiguity.
FULL FLOWER MOON BAND – STREET (LOVE) (INDEPENDENT)
‘Street (Love)’ is hard riffing grunge from Brisbane’s Full Flower Moon Band. It’s driven forward equally by its grinding bottom end as it is by moments of sugary sweetness. The track will also appear as part of the group’s 14-track concept LP CHINATOWN which, if its accompanying information is to be believed, will accompany a feature length sci-fi film.
MARLY LUSKE – BLUE FISH (INDEPENDENT)
Full Flower’s latest was also recorded with the assistance of Brisbane producer Marly Luske. A prolific artist in his own right he's recently shared a body-moving track titled ‘Blue Fish’. It’s a delicately funky number, with glitchy smatterings and plenty of unconventionally synthetic thrills.
POND – COLDER THAN ICE (MARATHON ARTISTS)
Who can say what provoked Pond and ‘Colder Than Ice’ collaborator Kirin J. Callinan to make this clip? This latest video will probably prove divisive amongst fans. There will be those that get a kick from seeing images of this beloved Perth outfit mucking around alongside KJC for no reason in particular and those who won’t.
THE HORRORS – WEIGHED DOWN (WOLFTONE/CAROLINE AUSTRALIA)
A command performance from English indie stalwarts The Horrors, ‘Weighed Down’ comes as the pounding sixth track from new LP V. Here the group pairs arena pleasing bombast with the bleakness and economy of post punk or perhaps Heroes era Bowie. As the name would suggest it’s a song about feeling down. Heavy!