Lovesick lads, bright-light betting machines and the soulful return of Gurrumul. Here's this week's best new local tracks.
The powerfully uplifting first single from Gurrumul's forthcoming The Gospel Album is a slow unraveller, allowing the enchanting, harmonic introduction to slowly part and reveal the intricate details of the composition. Similarly, the video transitions from solumn, solitary reflection to a communal celebration.
The Gospel Album is out July 31.
On this maturity migration from simple, sloppy punk larrinkism to rear-mirror memory retreaters, "Hiding to Nothing" is a notable pull-over point. Immediately more quotable than their previous attempts at contemplative gaze ("swimming through another Friday night, bathe yourself in the pokie lights" and "piss your days up the wall, we had it all") the risk of being entrenched in a tale of regrets and reflection is escaped by the invigorating production strength, the punchier backbone leaning the track more towards fist-pumping freedom than a state of introspective wallowing.
"Hiding to Nothing" will feature on Bad//Dreem's new album Dogs At Bay, out August 21 via Ivy League.
While predecessor "Waiting For Her" — and the equally enchanting video — displayed an agitated state of minimalism, the follow-up "Quiet Here" is infectiously detailed, dragging the listener down the song's sharp, twisting burrow. Lupa J's haunting vocals remain spotlighted, but this time the Sydney-based 17-year old puts a stronger emphasis on the shifting composition and her remarkable production skills. Not only crafting a more harmonious balance, but also showcasing an artist further gaining control of her sound.
Shrugging and scraping the skin of your face. It's been the conflicting methodology of Melbourne's Deaf Wish for the better part of a decade as they've quietly honed their unique blend of nonchalance and brutal noise. While only hanging around for 85 seconds, their latest track "They Know" is an accurate encapsulation — arriving with immediate gusto, wandering around aimlessly and then abruptly passing out on the piss-stained floor. Glorious.
The band's new album Pain is out early August via Sub Pop, with pre-orders available now.
A bunch of mates sharing a mutual love for a English fashion model isn't weird at all. Maybe publicly singing about it is thought. Then again, with their effortlessly-catchy Britpop leanings, these Brisbane pop-punk fellas might just have a shot.
Top Photo: Bad//Dreems, courtesy of the band.