Four Lions are (not surprisingly) a four-piece outfit hailing from Bendigo Victoria who have released their new single ‘Twenty Seven’ ahead of their debut album release later this year.
It’s safe to say that Four Lions have a distinct alt-country sound to their music, which I guess is in part inspired by their regional roots. Headed by a strong set of male vocals, and backed by a delicate drawl of acoustic chords, ‘Twenty Seven’ is a real slow burner. It has this ability to capture a feeling of emptiness that really allows you to develop a connection to the track. With their debut album ‘Charring Cross’ due out at the end of September, you won’t have to wait long to get another taste.
Sydney favourite’s Boy and Bear are back with ‘Walk the Wire‘, their first salivating taste of forthcoming LP number three.
‘Walk the Wire’ is much more ‘Moonfire’ than ‘Harlequin Dream’, with a return to the uptempo percussion and pulsing bass riffs that made ‘Feeding Line’ and ‘Milk and Sticks’ such classics. Its also good to hear that Dave Hosking’s vocals are still as pleasant as ever. With the boys announcing that ‘Limit of Love’, their third studio album, will be out October 9th I am excited to hear a lot more from Boy and Bear.
‘Used to Know’ is the new indie pop number from Sydney band Berlin Blue.
Armed with fast paced beats, shredding electric riffs and soaring vocal hooks, its clear from the first listen that there is going to be a lot to love from this threesome. Taken from their newly released self-titled debut EP, the boys have shown they have a penchant for creating energetic sing-a-longs – the type where you feel like you know the words before you have even heard the song once. Its fun, damn catchy and has left me keen for more.
Ali Barter has just dropped her tantalizing new single ‘Hypercolour‘, a sweet mix of old school Americana and indie electro.
Ali Barter’s latest offering is redefining the boundaries of her sound, with some stylistic nods towards The Preatures and Ladyhawke as she encompasses an 80s throwback with the inclusion of classic almost Eurythmics-style electro beat. The gritty baseline rides with the smooth vocals to create an upbeat, punchy listen, which combined with the retro vibes adds a distinct ‘coolness’ to way the ‘Hypercolour’ connects with you. Its got that subtle edginess that makes you kind of feel like you’re doing an injustice to the music if you don’t have black glasses and leather on whilst listening. Having wooed myself and other fans alike whilst supporting Husky and then The War on Drugs last year, its great to see Ali Barter continuing with the goods in 2015.
MYAMI is a chick from Melbourne with a tremendous set of lungs on her and a real penchant for creating ballin’ RnB fused tunes.
‘Soldier’ is a track that is built around the strength of MYAMI’s vocals. They are loud, clear and instantly attention grabbing, with MYAMI having one of those voices that you feel could be entertaining in a capella. Yet, I also feel that the earthy RnB beats provided by Wayfarer are a perfect accompaniment to match the vocal prowess, and like the way it provides a nod towards nostalgic RnB group Destiny’s Child and Maria Carey, which MYAMI openly admits as influences. If you like what you’re hearing then be sure to keep an ear to the ground for the release of MYAMI’s EP due out late this year.
Sydney-sider Little Fox has been kicking around the town for over a year now, and I expect that things are really going to heat up with the release of her flawless new single ‘Edits’.
‘Edits’ has this ethereal quality to it, it is just so smooth and effortlessly beautiful it almost disarms any preconceived stress you have. It is one of those rare songs that has an innate ability to induce the ears and mind into unintentional state of relax. Little Fox reminds me of Emma Louise, given the strong female vocals and minimalist nature to ‘Edits’, and is definitely one for those fans of slower atmospheric electronica. I enjoyed ‘Warrior’ off Little Fox’s debut EP, but ‘Edits’ is next echelon and leaves me super excited to see how Little Fox’s sound continues to develop.