NovaOcean Floor is the moniker of Harley Cooper, another bedroom musician who is showing the goods if his tune ‘Nova‘ is anything to go off.
I fell in love with ‘Nova’ from the beginning with its delicate folky introduction, caressing my ears in a way that I was not expecting. It is a real slow rumbler of a track, with its eerily slow acoustic strums and hauntingly soft vocals creating a thick heavy vibe that really resonates with the listener. Whilst its use of acoustic instruments may dictate that it is ‘not a banger’, Ocean Floor is showing a bit of talent, so keep an eye out for his EP which drops early next year.
Husky have just dropped their second album, ‘Ruckers Hill‘, which has almost flown under the radar, so calm has been the hype surrounding its release. I caught Husky at the Brass Monkey in Sydney a couple of weeks back, I can vouch for the quality of ‘Ruckers Hill’, with the band testing some new funky rhythms and styles whilst still capitalizing on the strength a captivation of Husky Gawenda’s vocals. ‘Saint Joan‘ is the first single from the album, and features that characteristic vocal driven indie folk sound that made us fall in love with Husky the first time around. Luckily the whole album is something special, so if ‘Saint Joan’ is hitting the spot for you, there is plenty more out there.
Art of Sleeping have released ‘Crazy’, the first single from their highly anticipated and well overdue debut which is yet unnamed and due out mid next year.
I was a huge fan of ‘Above the Water’, and ‘Empty Hands’ simply blew my mind, so its safe to say that Art of Sleeping are a band I really rate, and one who has had me anxiously waiting for the release of new music. ‘Crazy’ is has been worth the wait with guys pioneering a slightly different more mature sound, with the inclusion of attention grabbing electric riffs and soaring bass. Yet, they have not lost the ability to create emotional, stirring songs, and still have that knack of writing those catchy melodies that makes you want to listen to their tracks over and over. With the album due out next year, there is lots to be excited about from Art of Sleeping
Always keen to make a statement, Blue King Brown have returned with new single ‘All Nations’, complete with provocative film clip to boot.
The inclusively themed track shreds the ears with a fiery mix of hip hop beats and reggae vibes. Its cool, its different, and its so damn catchy, enough to have me playing BKB on repeat, which is a big deal considering the clear indie pop persuasion we give off at this blog. With an album dropping in a couple of weeks, get excited for what is clearly going to be one flaming humdinger of an listen.
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.