From the non-disco danceables to the alt side of alt-country, here's our rundown of the best new local music from the week.
The latest single lifted from Australia's debut LP Portraits of People, Places and Movies encapsulates a lot of what we first noticed/loved about the Sydney-based band back when we premiered their debut track "Who R U?" in mid-2015. Undeniably lodged within the parameters of indie dance-rock, "Breathe In" pulsates with a steady rhythmic punch (in time with your own lung inflation). Yet, all settled states of monotony are dodged, as Guy Fenech's strained, emotive vocals add the edge to the cold eighties synth wash. The accompanying video is equally humanised, as the two central characters search for seconds of joy amongst the stale suburban plots (spoiler: in all the unlikely "bloody" places) — about as far away from soulless sweat box nightclubs as possible.
The band head out on a promotional tour for the new single starting next week, dates here.
Melbourne's Redspencer introduce their forthcoming debut full-length, Perks, via "Fuss", an unraveling, nonchalant coming-of-age tackle of premature middle-ageness: "when you understand it's all out of your hands, you'll feel so light." A cathartic focus matched by the free-flowing float of the composition, with the poetic mind-dumps of lyricist Dave McMillan matched by the competing guitar jangle and subtle synth undertow.
The thunderous set-closing sing-a-long from Shrapnel's steady run of 2016 shows serves as the lead single for the Sydney band's debut album, Tranceplanetsugarmouth, due October via Coolin' By Sound.
The celebratory schooner-tilt song is crashed back to earth by the accompanying no-frills clip, starring all five band members (alumni of other local outfits Day Ravies, Dollar Bar et al.) in a strange, suburban car-washing skit. The band play a pair of shows in Brisbane this weekend — tonight at the Stones Corner Hotel and Saturday at The Foundry — ahead of a Sydney single launch on September 3rd at the Botany View Hotel.
Following 2015's breakthrough radio-hit "On & On", Byron Bay's PLTS (Pilots) have just released their latest track "Astoria". Offsetting its immediate anthemic qualities with lyrical displays of uncertainty, the duelling vocals create the song's anxiety-powered propellant, pitting calming reason against desperate pleas.
Recalling the brooding ballads of Girls — with a slither of alt-country, moonshine croon — the latest track from Melbourne duo Mouth Tooth (pictured) laments on the edge of hope and despair. The song's engaging slow unfurl is complimented by the mostly single-shot clip, a bleak, black-and-white noir-like visual that — much like its soundtrack — is more suggestive than straight-forward.
"Memory Foam" is the title-track and first sneak preview from the group's forthcoming EP — the long-awaited follow-up to breakthrough debut The Group Therapy EP — due September 30 via Smooch Records.