Punks and youngsters and pop revivalists, here's some of our favourite new music from this week.
During their six year hiatus, Geoffrey O’Connor, frontman for Crayon Fields (pictured), has kept busy — producing a fleet of indie records for others as well as releasing his own pair of solo albums. Both avenues have seen him further hone his own sound, a unique form of nostalgic future-gazing, a new pop perspective as imagined from decades ago. Explorations that have taken an obvious influence as his focus shifts back to Crayon Fields with the release of their third full-length, No One Deserves You.
The second sampling from which — following on from the catchy lead "She's My Hero" — is a synth-led splash of quirky fun, yet O'Connor's own perfectly blunt lyrical kicks (eg. "forever could take a while") punctuate through the polished mirage. The video, directed by O'Connor himself, is the suitable balance between retro time-warp and glossy Warhol-ism.
No One Deserves You is out now via Chapter Records, with launch shows in Sydney at the Newtown Social Club on November 7th and Howler in Melbourne on November 14th.
"You think about it every day". And, of course, "it" could be practically anything — that girl/guy, that inescapable level of debt, that world conflict. Its within this ambiguity that Louise Penman's brooding vocals find their personal-level of captivation. Meanwhile, the production half of Lilt (Matt Mclean) flips his focus between heavy theatrical sweeps and minimal drum pattern pauses that hand the spotlight, rightfully, back to the Penman's cliff-edge fragility.
It's hard to pick a solitary summarising track from Snotty Babies' new self-titled cassette given its eclectic coverage — fusing together everything from the cathartic collapse of The Stabs (RIP) to the spurting punk jabs and anxiety-ridden attitude of fellow-Sydneysiders Housewives. It's a beautifully scrappy (and often indecipherable) mess, all manner of pure punk fun wrapped in a mountain of reverb. Limited edition cassette available now via Exxe Records.
The music of Gold Coast singer-producer Whisperer exists right at the point of contemplation — above the clouds, moments before they part, leaving nothing but an inevitable fall and destructive destiny. It's music that warrants such dramatic contemplations, flirtatiously playing with the idea of a breakdown, with its dream-pop frame frequently shattered in favour of reality. Of which, "Currents", the thunderous closing track on his new four-track self-titled release, best handles that purgatory position.
Fresh-faced Melbourne trio Osaka probably weren't even born when the first experimental dance-rock migrations emerged, or even its most recent wide-spread revival (which most would you argue was led by the Rapture, Bloc Party and LCD Soundsystem, but history will eventually give The Bravery that honour). Regardless, the group's debut single "Vessels" is bookended by the two essential attributes of the hybrid genre — catchy-as-hell and youthful attitude to spare.