If you’re not hearing these eight tracks, you’re missing eight tracks worth hearing. This week we're bringing you the latest from Beach House, Sweater Curse, boygenius, Beirut, Hatchie, Ty Segall, Sophie Ozard and Jessica Pratt!
BEACH HOUSE – ALIEN (MISTLETONE)
‘Alien’ sounds so fine it’s a wonder it wasn’t on 7. Perhaps it even rocks a little harder than the album’s helpings but it’s just as much a dream.
JESSICA PRATT – THIS TIME AROUND (MEXICAN SUMMER/INERTIA)
Jessica Pratt’s confessional lyrics arrive with an underlay of Laurel Canyon and spectral folk. 'This Time Around' is the first single from forthcoming third record Quiet Sounds.
HATCHIE – ADORED (IVY LEAUGE)
‘Adored’ didn’t make the cut for Hatchie's debut EP but has been floating around in the group’s live set for some time. It’s now surfaced as Adult Swim’s singles series and what can we say? The woman loves shoegaze but when it comes down to it the glossy pop hooks too.
BEIRUT – GALLIPOLI (4AD/REMOTE CONTROL)
Brassy world folk from the freaked-out head tangle of Beirut.
SWEATER CURSE – MON’S SONG (INDEPENDENT)
Brisbane’s Sweater Curse give a surrealistic take on a spiritual-neurosurgelogical experience. What’s important to know is that it sounds good.
BOYGENIUS – SALT IN THE WOUND (MATADOR/REMOTE CONTROL)
Baker, Dacus And Bridger’s collab holds water with each of its three elements casting their own distinctive shades. On ‘Salt In The Wound’ all three are taking a moment to shine, but there’s some haunted harmonising too. And if these vocals didn’t contain enough melodrama there’s some humungous riffs crashing about there just for good measure.
TY SEGALL – ARCHANGEL THUNDERBIRD (IN THE RED)
Another gung-ho Ty Segall record and at that one this writer is not entirely sure we’ve asked for. Think of it a slapdash Freedom’s Goblin. Like it’s predecessor there’s originals, thrashers, star-spangled jammers, anthems ‘n’ more than a few covers . It’s all sandwiched together. Fans may differ whether it rocks out or plays like unfinsihed homework but what all can agree on is that unmistakably it’s Segal.
SOPHIE OZARD – CATCALL (INDEPENDENT)
We’ve just premiered this track by Byron’s Sophie Ozard. You can read our full thoughts on the thing here.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald