Following a few weeks of Five-less Fridays, our weekly wrap of new local music returns with a snapshot of the best and weirdest and most exciting songs from the past fortnight or so.
Via a track running just three seconds under the three minute radio edit cutoff, Body Type (pictured) provide a brilliant introduction to their brooding garage rock sound. "Ludlow" is a wide-eyed pop dream dragged through the scattered mess of twenty-something sharehouse reality, with a free-flowing format reminisce of Cayetana, the new Sydney-via-Kiama-via-Perth quartet spar reflective remorse against the sing-a-longs of fleeting jubilation.
Crafted over just 24 hours and bringing together prop wigs, a green screen and a borrowed 1975 Corolla, the self-made video for "Ludlow" is equally uninterested in the sole, straight-forward path. Obfuscation, not entirely intended, with the band telling i-d earlier this week that they were "wishfully thinking that a plot line might reveal itself somewhere along the way".
The challenge for DEN — the current frontrunner for best new Sydney band of 2016 — is going to be capturing the chaotic energy of their live show. "Current Riser" comes pretty damn close, throwing itself straight into the butted-heads battle between the foursome's wall-of-swirling-synths and the sharp shots of post-punk panic that continually tries to punch through. Reminisce of the frenzied tact of Melbourne's Total Control, yet rawer, far less-refined and with a distinctly Sydney-sided sense of fist-waved angst and foot-planted arrogance.
"Current Riser" is set to feature on the group's six-track, self-titled debut, due digitally and on cassette (with bonus material), via Rice Is Nice on November 11th.
A supergroup, of sorts. As — although members of Lower Plenty come with credentials covering the full spectrum of the Melbourne scene, including UV Race and Total Control and Deaf Wish — it's all considerably underplayed, at direct odds with the usual tact for such gatherings. A small poppy syndrome that merges neatly with the band's displaced red-dirt wanderings and drawled alt-alt-country colloquialism. While latest offering, "Bondi's Dead", strikes with a stronger pop sensibility than much of their previous work, it upholds Lower Plenty's distinct duality of clatter and comfort.
"Bondi's Dead" features on the band's forthcoming fourth album, Sister Sister, due November 18th.
While performing across Sydney going back at least half-a-decade — initially under the shortened DOM moniker — as well as steadily putting out new stuff via his Soundcloud page for the past few years, western suburbs crooner Dominic Talarico recently released his most strikingly confident collection yet. Sitting at the centre of the new five-track EP Pieces, "Between Us" best captures Talarico's balance of blunt, heart-ached R&B confessions and razor-sharp modern-pop production.
For the introductory single from their sophomore album, Kingswood attempt to further accentuate the darker edges of their soul-slanted rock. On "Creepin'" frontman Fergus Linacre's tenderness — taking on an almost naive defence at times — is forced into retreat from its prominent opening position by the thunderous roll of brash and bluntly bold stadium-sized rock. Playing off a similar state of juxtaposition, the accompanying clip partners the traditional elegance of ballet dancers alongside subtly sinister elements, with the slickly shot visuals also complimenting the song's own rhythmically tight focus.
Kingswood will preview more material from their as-yet-untitled-and-unscheduled new album during an extensive national tour next month, hitting a series of smaller venues across the country. Full dates and details here.