From North-West Adelaide are Raging Serfs, a group of dudes whose latest tune ‘Two Sides of Me’ is anything but pleb-like.
Underpinned by this aggressive edginess in their sound, verging on arrogance, its clear to see where the ‘Raging’ part of their name originated. However, it’s not arrogance if you have the riffs to back it up, and Raging Serfs are delivering a punchy rocky sound that I can’t get enough of. Deservedly climbing the Triple J Unearthed charts, ‘Two Sides of Me’ is sure to make itself at home on your playlists.
Sydney’s finest, Jenny Broke the Window, are back with a crazy good brand new track called ‘We Could Have Done This Grant’.
If you thought ‘Rum n’ Cola’ was poppy and fun, then strap yourselves in for ‘We Could Have Done This Grant’. Armed with that same rolling guitar that steadily builds throughout the track, this indie pop gem firmly cements JBTW as one of the indie scenes rising stars. Hopefully, these guys will have a celebratory tour, because they are one band who definitely want to see live.
‘Dreamers’ is the second single from Melbourne duo Hopium, and it is one of the raddest indie electro tracks to come across my ears this year.
Showing shades of other breakthrough Aussie artists like The Kite String Tangle, Oliver Tank and Vancouver Sleep Clinic, this tune has just nailed the production one on super smooth synth dream ride. ‘Dreamers’ also features the stellar vocals of Phoebe Lou, perhaps best known for the now immaturely deceased band Snakadaktal. Her dreamy vocals just add that extra dimension to a song that is so freaking cool and chilled that it could quench your thirst on a hot day, whilst also wanting you to break out your moves on the DF. A truly awesome follow up to debut single ‘Cut’ from April this year, that definitely leaves you wanting wanting more.
New Navy are back, and their latest release ‘Heaven’ has definitely been worth the wait.
Whilst ‘Heaven’ is a lot less jangly and fast paced compared to ‘Uluwatu’ and ‘Zimbabwe’, the New Navy boys haven’t lost any of their smoothness in production, with the slow beating percussion binding with the synth and keyboards nigh on perfectly. This is definitely a change, but the tropical party vibes are still present, but now of the more mature and sophisticated Ritz Carlton variety. With the band joining the Select Music crew, lets hope a full release isn’t too far away.
Diamonds of Neptune are the proprietors of the super catchy tune ‘Fruit Tingles’.
Transcending the gap between shoegaze and indie pop, ‘Fruit Tingles’ mixes a two paced journey that is nothing short of an eargasm. With similarities to Two Door Cinema Club, and Bombay Bicycle club, these guys have a very energetic and accessible sound. Loaded with jangly, bounding guitars and an infectious synth melody, this track just oozes fun vibes, and is sure to be on our playlists for a while.
The third tune for Angus and Julia Stone for the year has been released and its called ‘A Heartbreak’.
After receiving earlier tastes of their impending new album with ‘Death Defying Acts’ and ‘Heart Beats Slow’, ‘A Heartbreak’ certainly increases the excitement for the release of their record on August 1. Whilst I loved their last couple of records, which seem like an age ago now, their is something about the intensity, heaviness and darkness of their new tracks that just sends my ears into a frenzy. Lyrically, ‘A Heartbreak’ just tells the most incredible of story of ending love, and told in a musical way that merely exaggerates the gravity of the situation. Another great track that really suggests that Rick Rubin has managed to unlock some untapped talent these two have.