From country twang to nu soul cool, here's a five-pack of our favourite new stuff from local artists.
Melbourne dream-pop duo Flower Drums (pictured) are set to release a new EP, Lost Ones, on Monday, September 18th, a six-track holdover ahead of the band's forthcoming debut album, Sunshine Terror Babies. The EP collects songs never previously aligned with official releases, as well as new one, "Low Boy", which draws heavy on the pairs blend of wobbly chillwave synths and throwback rhythm-and-pop. As sincere as it is sleazy, equally anthemic and experimentally adventurous, if "Low Boy" sets the tone for the newly stretched sonic parameters of Sunshine Terror Babies, then we're in for a treat.
Driven by her effortlessly stirring vocals, Julia Jacklin's latest track "Cold Caller" serves both as a homage to her pregnant sister ("you've always been braver than me") and a stocktake of her own life, and how she's maybe "not ready to change" just yet. The song joins "Eastwick" on a new 7", out today via Liberation.
Riff-led and effortlessly catchy, the latest from Melbourne foursome Neighbourhood Youth captures the hallmarks of quintessential Aussie indie-rock escapism (Red Riders then, Gang of Youths now). The perfect sun-chasing song to be shouted out in endless airspace from the comfortable confines of a beaten up mid-90s convertible, all of which is aptly visualised in the accompanied home movie clip, which collates footage from the recently-wrapped Up The Guts tour from Melbourne to Darwin.
"Cool", the newest offering from Sydney indie-punks Georgia June, is a clear-cut commentary of life as a "socially depraved and broke" teen. Split between self-deprecation ("you never noticed me") and middle-finger empowerment ("I don't need your sympathy") the song is partnered with a nostalgic clip, featuring the band heading back to school — to blissfully innocent days of freaks, geeks, "cigarette breathe", passing notes in class and chucking some cheap trucker dust up ya nose. The band will officially launch the new single at a hometown show on Friday, September 22nd at Brighton Up Bar.
Alt-alt-country trio Eaten By Dogs released their second LP, Anxiety Ain't No Currency, this week, alongside latest single "Rain Won't Come", a significantly more upbeat follow-up to last month's harrowing lead "Only You". As is their way, there's a smirk amongst the blunt sombreness here ("the prison cells, at least they have TV"), extenuated by the accompanying clip, a day-in-the-life dramedy that draws parallels between the despair of drought and a bickering too-much-time-together relationship.