Eliza Hull is an Aussie Playlist favourite, and her latest release ‘Used To’ is a prime example of why we cannot get enough of her music.
‘Used To’ is an ethereal almost spooky listen, starting from soft stirring keys and gently building into a thick viscous mix of soaring vocals and haunting refrains. Featuring the likes of Texture Like the Sun, the boy/girl interplay is a real highlight, and much like previous projects with Hayden Calnin goes to show how well Hull’s vocal bounce of a male counterpart. I love the effective simplicity this track uses instrumentally, and the overall feeling of emotion it creates.
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
On Friday night I was reunited with Wollongong’s one and only Rad Bar, super keen to catch Holy Holy and The Tambourine Girls. Using Halloween inspired adjectives the night was a real treat, full of hauntingly beautiful vocals and silky guitar work.
The Tambourine Girls hit the stage, or rather the floor (Rad Bar doesn’t have a stage), and played a pretty awesome set. Having never seen them before I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were not girls at all, despite the suggestions of their band name, and belted out a classy, sophisticated indie rock set. They definitely inspired me enough to go hunt out their soundcloud and get a second dose during the rainy Satruday avo that followed.
Holy Holy came out and just rocked it from the outset. Rad bar isn’t known for its great acoustics, but these guys had their sound bouncing off the walls perfectly from the outset. The vocals are always a highlight, but it isn’t until you’re in a small room with Tim Carrol belting out the lyrics that you truly appreciate how good that mans voice is. The guys played all the hits off the EP, ‘Impossible Like You’, ‘House of Cards’, new single ‘History’, and even gave us the pleasure of hearing a not fully perfected tune destined for next years album. It was sweet night, and has me pretty stoked for the Holy Holy album of 2014. Bring it on.
Essick is the bedroom duo of Freddy MacDougall and Ravi Das, and having been around the fringes for a while, finally announced themselves with the epic single ‘Yakuza’.
Essick has produced a couple of other solid tracks, but ‘Yakuza’ is a step up to the next level, with it just dropping this pulsing electronic beat that is nigh on irresistible. The freaking ridiculously fluid and catchy vocals of Freddy MacDougall (who just makes this track his own) have really highlighted the potential this twosome has, creating a textured listen that ebbs and flows perfectly. Lets hope these guys get out of the bedroom and on the road, because I definitely want to hear more of this.