After being missing in action for a little while, Oceanics have returned with their second song in a month called ‘Feel It Coming On’.
‘Feel It Coming On’ gives of some real Hungry Kids of Hungary vibes, with soaring vocal highs and a delightfully casual kick along beat. I was a big fan of Oceanics last EP, and love their rolling guitars and the occa-ness in the vocals that the guys have maintained in the latest two singles, the other being the slightly pacier ‘Broken Record’. Pretty keen to see how the rest of the EP shapes up. Watch this space.
Sydney’s Little May have been one of my favourite rising bands on the local scene and the release of their debut EP has been much anticipated by the industry and myself alike.
Having already had the likes of ‘Dust’ and ‘Hide’, and now latest single ‘Bones’ gracing the Js, and debut track ‘Boardwalks’ popping up on Unearthed and a host of blogs, its fair to say that we had a fair idea of how this EP was going to pan out, and also outlines the why there was so much hype.
Safe to say the EP stands the test, with their five raw indie tracks not only showing diversity in sound but providing a blissful listen. There is something about their arrangement and the ease of the vocalists in nailing those harmonies, that makes your ears warm and is so uplifting. But if harmonies aren’t your thing (firstly wtf), then their intricate rolling guitars and rustic tribal beats is sure to hit the spot. I am a personal fan of ‘Boardwalks’, with their melodic guitar crescendo blowing my mind.
With these guys having already supported the likes of Mikhael Paskalev, being announced of Falls Festival, and being about to set out on their own tour their is plenty of chances to get on the Little May bandwagon. In the meantime, check out the EP and see why the hype is justified.
Panama have re-emerged from the shadows, releasing their new slickly produced track ‘Stay Forever’.
‘Stay Forever’ is suave piece of summery disco that is a delight to fans of old and bound to earn them plenty of new followers. Its just another example of the polite infectious electro sound that Panama have become synonymous with, and quite clearly perfected. These guys are now a staple of the Future Classic stable, plying their trade so successfully that its not a surprise that they are selling out shows throughout the US and Europe. With the track available for free download, let hope an EP or album isnt far around the corner.
Orphans Orphans have dropped single number 2, ‘Lighten Up Your Day’, ahead of their first East Coast tour and impending EP.
Featuring band members from the likes of The Jungle Giants, Belligerents, Last Dinos and Millions, you always knew that Orphans Orphans was going to be entertaining, and pretty poppy. Not suprisingly, ‘Lighten Up Your Day’ is both those things, albeit with a lot more grit and grunge to it. Its pop rock made in the garage for people to thrash about to, and its that rawness that just makes it so infectious. The raucous nature of ‘Lighten Up Your Day’, and the stomping beats of earlier single ‘Orphan’ are looking like great predictors for a live show that is going to be off the hook, so get along to those debut gigs.
Heads up guys, there’s a new band in town called Hamjam, and they are about to take your ears by storm.
Psychadelic shoegaze isn’t really a common genre at the moment, but based off Hamjam’s cover of ‘Club Going Up On a Tuesday’ (originally by ILOVEMAKONNEN), it should definitely be explored. Having already played key roles in The Growl and Gunns, Hamjam has the pedigree to really turn heads on the Australian music scene, and the uniqueness of their sound in this cover is certainly appealing to my ears. With an EP dropping shortly, get excited.
Unearthed High Winner Japanese Wallpaper has released his latest electronic gem called ‘Between Friends’.
Featuring the vocals of fellow break through artist, Jesse Davidson, ‘Between Friends’ is a suave jingly number that truly captures the attention, with its shimmering electronic musings a delight on the ears. Having won Unearthed High, and received boundless praise from notable identities such as Gotye, Chet Faker & Bombay Bicycle Club, you really wonder how big Japanese Wallpaper is going to go. Such a talent, ‘Between Friends’ is another track to entertain the ears and keep the hype building.