Greetings groovers, new music ahoy! Anna Burch’s ‘2 Cool 2 Care’ has been kicking around for a couple of weeks now, but it’s finally sunk into our DNA alongside the latest from Melbourne’s Fangirl, Sydney’s Bloods, Gold Coast outfit Deja Vudu, Brisbane up-and-coming Lalka and South Londoners Goat Girl. To boot LA’s Small Forward have also dropped an excellent EP which gives cause to throw ‘The Reservoir’ into the mix. Finally, we couldn’t leave off without a bit of a bop so there’s also a new edit courtesy of Marcus Marr.
ANNA BURCH - 2 COOL 2 CARE (POLYVINYL)
Sometimes there are songs which are insanely catchy but take a little while to truly sink in. Burch’s ‘2 Cool 2 Care’ has been percolating in our heads for a few weeks now, but it’s taken time for its honeyed vocals and casual genius to catch on. Drawing from doo wop, ‘60s girl groups and ‘50s guitar pop this retro leaning bop is, put simply, too difficult to ignore.
SMALL FORWARD – THE RESERVOIR (FORGED ARTIFACTS)
If you’ve been digging the sounds light-in the-attic acts like Whitney this indie outfit cut in a similarly dreamy and melancholic vein. As with their peers, the LA outfit take some cues for ‘70s pop without galloping too far over the edge. The result is a catchy, pared down and emotive track.
BLOODS – BUG EYES (INDEPENDENT)
P-O-W-E-R P-O-P. Blunt riffing bubblegum from Sydney’s Bloods. Plug in and enjoy.
GOAT GIRL – CRACKER DROOL (ROUGH TRADE/REMOTE CONTROL)
Produced by Kate Tempest and Bat For Lashes recordist Dan Carey, South London outfit Goat Girl's 'Cracker Drool' hits the mark. Sinsiter guitar lines wreak havoc across rolling bass figures, tumbling percussion and deadpan vocals. Gritty but none-too-serious, it’s a perfect follow on to 2016’s ‘Country Sleaze’.
FAN GIRL – DISAPPEAR (INDEPENDENT)
A straight-ahead rocker, ‘Disappear’ comes via Melbourne 6-piece Fan Girl. The group have supported the likes Birds Of Tokyo and The Vines onstage and its obvious these guys share some raw rocking influence. ‘Disappear’ comes across as an ambitious blend of big riffs and heavy rhythm.
LALKA – COOL YOUTH (INDEPENDENT)
Steph Lalka is a Brisbane producer, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Her latest single takes cues form Grimes and FKA Twigs but ‘Cool Youth’ doesn’t settle on any influence for too long. It documents an artist resisting expectation and soggy-safe societal norms, drawing the listener through her shattered dreams and tangled emotional eddies with throbbing synth pulses and warping rhythmic pull.
MARCUS MARR– HIGH TIMES (EDIT) (DFA RECORDS/[PIAS])
Marr is a London DJ who listeners might be familiar with through his 2015 collaboration with The Artist Formerly Known as Chet Faker. Having recognised the track’s potential live Marcus has retooled it to the bliss point of perfection. With a groove building around a fret-pumping funk hook, it throws back to Nile Rodgers and Chic as Marr decorates the mix with a trove of aural delights.
DEJA VUDU – CHOKE (INDEPENDENT)
These shimmering riffs and heart-leaping vocals come courtesy of Gold Coast outfit Deja Vuda. It’s only the group’s second helping but they’ve already demonstrated a sound command over their sun streaked take on alternative rock. ‘Choke’ continues to sketch what’s shaping up to be a promising signature sound.