December 2011 archive

Modular Records Announce Forthcoming Albums

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Modular Records have just announced that they will be releasing several new albums from popular artists on twitter tonight.

Included in the tweet was that synth rockers Van She will be releasing a new full length, Ladyhawke will be releasing her second album ‘Anxiety’, Jonathon Boulet’s follow up album is receiving its final touches before release in early 2012, and that psychedelic rockers Tame Impala will also have a new one out between March and July. This is a pretty good announcement in itself, but there is still more!

Electro favourites The Presets will be releasing their third album in the first quarter of 2012, a long wait considering some fans were lucky enough to hear the band play a new track at Coachella Festival in the USA last April. However this album will be released with much hype after the band described it as being better than their last album. Only time will tell.

The Avalanches are also set to release their second album that has been 7 years in the making and 11 years since their debut album ‘Since I Left You’. Pretty exciting stuff. Reports suggest that the band has already finished recording and we could be expecting the album to drop sooner rather than later and feature the likes of Ariel Pink and Jennifer Herrema (from 90s US rockband Royal Trux).

We can’t wait, and will let you know more details when we know them, until then here is a sneak peak at the upcoming presets album (apparently)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=XWoXTgyI58Q

 

Holland – Not all Double Dutch

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Brisbane indie folk quartet Holland have just released their debut EP, ‘No Control’, and we must admit its pretty sound for a first release (pun intended).

The title track ‘No Control’, combines some thoughtful lyrics with crisp vocals by lead singer Jarryd Klapper to tell a love story that most people can relate to, or at least appreciate. Although I can’t put my finger on it, there is something that really poignant about the way Holland plays. I’m not sure if it is the simplicity of the acoustic guitars or whether the aforementioned melancholy lyrics did it, but after listening to this track I was left with a feeling of satisfaction that not a lot of songs leave you with on the first listen.

“Eyes Wide Open” was the other studio recorded track and maintained the same feeling from ‘No Control’, being equally chilled. After listening to this track and then re-listening to ‘No Control’, Holland in some ways it remind me of a male version of Canadian indie songstress Feist. Which is not a bad thing.

Having supported Tim Freedman (of Whitlam’s fame) and Katie Noonan earlier this year, the boys are no strangers to performing and this is also shown in their EP, including live recordings of the songs ‘For You’ and ‘Interlude’. Given that Holland haven’t reached great fame (yet), the recordings were of surprisingly good quality, in fact the word perfect comes to mind. Its clear the band had avoided using dodgy equipment – you couldn’t hear a single person talking over the top, or fan ‘singing’ out of tune, leaving you only with what you want to hear, live music by Holland.

I just hope Holland release more tracks this year, or at least before this EP burns out from doing cycles in my cars CD player. A blissful debut album.

Album Release Dates Up and Running

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Hey fellow music lovers,

Just  a quick update to say that we have finally got a list of upcoming Australian music releases for 2012. Just click the menu option up the top (or bottom) or alternatively click here to see it. We will update the list as the year goes along, more bands announce album/EP release dates and as what is already there changes.

Enjoy!

- Aussie Playlist Team

 

Merry Xmas

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Wishing a Merry Christmas from the team at Aussie Playlist. Also a massive thank you to all the artists and bands that have provided us with enjoyment over the year, we have repaid some of you by giving your albums/EPs as gifts.

Merry Christmas

The Bloods

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Sydney band ‘The Bloods’, not be confused with the notorious Californian Gang, have been together for about 9 months and have released three demo songs (and a Spiderman theme tune cover) to the public on their soundcloud and unearthed profiles. However the big news is that the threesome plan to release their first single in January 2012.

Describing themselves as “garage pop”, the band combines vocal harmonies, electric guitars and drums to create raw tracks with that are a bit rockier than you would be expecting given their ‘pop’ tag.

The most recent song on their soundcloud profile is “Long Gone”, and it is probably my favourite of the three demos I have heard. The song is about stealing somebodies boyfriend, and whilst the lyrics are simple and effective it its the harmonies that made this song. The combined vocals of  female members ‘MC’ and ‘Sweetie’ harmonise beautifully and when mixed with the drumming and twangy guitars create quite a catchy number, hit the spot for me anyway.

“Best Friend” is a bit harder hitting that the aforementioned “Long Gone”, featuring a much more classic rock sound whilst maintaining the same harmonies with the notable inclusion of back up vocals.

“Like a Diamond” has a bit of a grungy sound to it, and utilises some clever breaks and brief changes in tempo. It is pretty funny song lyrically, referring to gaining weight and love. The harmonies are gone, but their is a bigger bass presence which more than accommodates.

If you want to get a good look at ‘The Bloods’ you can risk your life, form a new gang and take them on in California, or alternatively take the safe option and catch them at Oxford Art Factory on January 2nd supporting the Dum Dum Girls (more info).

Big Scary Christmas Giveaway

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Melbourne’s favourite two piece Big Scary have really gotten into the Christmas spirit this year. No, they haven’t released their own Carols CD, but they have allowed their fans to download a special previously unreleased track “Cool Kids” for free off their website or facebook page, or you can get it by clicking here.

If only more bands were as generous as these guys

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