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.
Perth indie pop band Split Seconds have released a sophisticated new EP by the title of ‘Neil Young and Dumb’.
This is an EP that has traverses the genres, combining songs deemed indie rock, with folky melodies and guitar pop to create a five song listen that never disappoints. Lead single ‘Halfway There’ is a particular highlight, with the beautiful interplay of male and female vocals climaxing into one incredibly catchy chorus.
Although the band may have relocated to Melbourne, there are plenty of references to their true home in the West, that brings a sense of personability to this EP that makes it so enjoyable. This is particularly clear on ‘Two Birds’ and ‘She Fell into A Safe Pair of Hands’, and show that this is an EP that is clearly written about events that affected the band, and something that you can tell the guys are really proud of. That in itself brings a sense of relatability that makes this album resonate with the listener. But add the fact that they tell these stories through sophisticated and clever lyrics (I mean anyone who can use Shane Watson as a lyrical metaphor clearly has linguistic skills), makes this EP so easy and entertaining to listen to.
Eliza Hull has returned with ‘Caught’, the first taste of her impending album ‘Bones of Us’ due out early 2015.
Already hyped as one of the most anticipated local album releases of 2015, Eliza has given fans and converts good reason to be excited with ‘Caught’ hitting the ears in all the right ways. Her emotive and atmospheric vocals are nigh on prefect once more, but it is the way they mix with the trip hop beats that not only satisfies but blows the mind away. There is this effortlessness in the way this track comes together to form a hauntingly unique listen that really strikes a chord with the listener. With a whole album of tracks coming, ‘Caught’ should surely turn heads in anticipation.
Young Franco has released his two track EP ‘Close to You’, featuring the title track and its house-y mate ‘Hurricane’.
Its the kind of EP that despite its minute nature, features two hearty dance tracks to not only pump you up on a Friday avo, but keep you dancing over the weekend and through to Monday. The best bit, its available for free download on Soundcloud (or the link below), so give yourself space, press play and cut a groove to one of the hottest rising stars on the electronic music scene.
She’s already garnered attention across Australia with the belting ballad ‘Roll Up Your Sleeves’, but now Meg Mac is set to warm ears once more with the release of her debut EP ‘MEGMAC’ out September 12.
Meg Mac has been kicking around the local scene for a while, but her delay in producing an EP has really paid off, with ‘MEGMAC’ being one of the strongest debut EPs I have heard in a while. Many artists have a strong voice, but Meg Mac has combined her powerful stirring vocals with an intricate arrangement of instruments and flawless production to create a sound that is not only attention grabbing, but so god damn enjoyable.
There is something so universally accessible about the simplistic vocal dominant, beat laden EP Meg has produced. It is polite, intelligent and has that gritty dark element that just draws your ears towards wanting more.’Roll Up Your Sleeves’ is a rightful standout, and is deservedly sitting at number 3 on the indie charts, but ‘Known Better’ and ‘Every Lie’ are not far behind. Its the type of record you can listen to with your mother, without detracting from its coolness in any way – the true sign of an EP that is not going to fade from your collection quickly.