Diamonds of Neptune – Fruit Tingles

Diamonds of NeptuneDiamonds of Neptune are the proprietors of the super catchy tune ‘Fruit Tingles’.

Transcending the gap between shoegaze and indie pop, ‘Fruit Tingles’ mixes a two paced journey that is nothing short of an eargasm. With similarities to Two Door Cinema Club, and Bombay Bicycle club, these guys have a very energetic and accessible sound. Loaded with jangly, bounding guitars and an infectious synth melody, this track just oozes fun vibes, and is sure to be on our playlists for a while.

Angus and Julia Stone – A Heartbreak

Angus and JuliaThe third tune for Angus and Julia Stone for the year has been released and its called ‘A Heartbreak’.

After receiving earlier tastes of their impending new album with ‘Death Defying Acts’ and ‘Heart Beats Slow’,  ‘A Heartbreak’ certainly increases the excitement for the release of their record on August 1. Whilst I loved their last couple of records, which seem like an age ago now, their is something about the intensity, heaviness and darkness of their new tracks that just sends my ears into a frenzy. Lyrically, ‘A Heartbreak’ just tells the most incredible of story of ending love, and told in a musical way that merely exaggerates the gravity of the situation. Another great track that really suggests that Rick Rubin has managed to unlock some untapped talent these two have.

 

The Holidays, Step Panther / Wollongong Uni Bar

Holidays

An end of semester bash at Wollongong Uni Bar recently afforded me the opportunity to catch Sydney local’s The Holidays coming off the release of their fantastic second studio album, Reel Feel. The night began with supporting act Step-Panther, a local garage-pop trio, delivering a fast-paced, unapologetic set. Although their offering of gritty lo-fi tracks seemed to have a somewhat polarising effect on the crowd, I was definitely digging their brash riffs and raw sound.
The atmosphere changed for the upbeat when the aptly named, indie-pop outfit The Holidays emerged on stage to deliver a slew of vacation-reminiscent sounds. After milling about eagerly during set-up, the crowd responded to the sensory delight that these guys had in store by erupting in a joyous sea of rhythmic movement before the end of their first song.
With the release of a second album, the group has established a substantial library of much loved songs, all dripping with fanciful, soul-pop sounds and to the delight of an energetic crowd, they threw most of them our way. The set was highlighted by the percussion-heavy ‘2 Days’  from their debut release and ‘All Time High’, a dreamlike single from their latest release that really showcased frontman Simon Jones’ adept vocals. These were followed by the sounds of ‘Home’ which, aside from getting them some serious play on the national airwaves, gave everyone a reason to cast disposition aside and bust an unconditional move.

Mammals – Circles

MammalsMammals has returned with his long overdue second single ‘Circles’, and boy is it worth the wait.

I remember Mammals bursting onto the scene a year or so ago, playing Laneway Festival and his track ‘Move Slower’ blowing my mind. So I am pretty happy that the eventual follow up ‘Circles’ is equally as epic. His low-fi, chilled, ensemble of sounds just resonates with me, with ‘Circles’ being the perfect amount of dreamy and not overstepping the line into the category of slow wait for it electro pop. This is one talented dude, get on to Mammals now.

Airling – The Runner

AirlingThe term indie pop masterpiece is thrown around pretty liberally these days, but the term is more than appropriate for Airling’s second single of the year, entitled ‘The Runner’,

I am in love with Airling’s distorted, ethereal pop. There is something about her vocals that just caresses my ears and soothes the soul like nothing else. Musically, it sounds like Airling recorded using some sort of electric waterbed which is out of equilibrium. Her music just flows and squirms through this melodic and addictive form of synth pop. ‘The Runner’ is another great tune from Airling.

Orphans Orphans – Orphan

artworks-000079372020-kfmwv9-t500x500Brisbanites Orphans Orphans have announced themselves releasing their debut name inspired single ‘Orphan’.

The band is an ode to orphaned songs, and Orphans Orphans have a bit of pedigree behind them, being made up of Sam Hales (The Jungle Giants), Lewis Stephenson (The Belligerents), Spencer White (Morning Harvey), Aidan Moore (Moses Gunn Collective) and Steve Kempnich (Audio Engineer/musician & former touring member of Last Dinosaurs and Millions).  First taste, and these guys are dropping grungy rock vibes delivered in a bouncy gritty manner, and we like it. With plenty of guitar solos, and a truly thumping melody, these guys have managed to combine that raw 80s rock feel with the modern niceties of indie rock to create a truly compelling listen. ‘Orphan’ is their first public display of work, and has left me keen for more of this catchy rock.

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