Our wrap-up of the best new songs from local artists.
Suggestions that Jack Colwell's recently released, star-studded When The World Explodes remix EP (featuring the likes of HEALTH, Fennesz and Rabit) was the beginning of an experimental-electro diversion are hastily snuffed out by new track "Seek The Wild" — a playfully catchy jaunt which steers the Sydney singer-songwriter's love of dramatic consequence towards a brighter, almost optimistic, side. Neo-classical influences — even hints of both Destroyer and Jens Lekman — reveal through a celebratory orchestral arrangement entanglement with centre-stage Colwell's passionate vocals, crafting another creatively unbound track from one of Australia's most innovative emerging artists.
The opening track on Woodes' debut EP (out today), "Rise" is the perfect scene-setter for the FNQ singer-songwriter's commanding presence, which leads the compositional course of blips and blaps and wider orchestral sweeps. With an anthemic all-in chorus that features Alex Lahey, LANKS, Lupa J and many many more, "Rise" is the aptly grande introduction to the EP. Written while on a recording trip to New York, Woodes (pictured) attributes the setting in playing an integral part in the song's inflated scale, saying that the "the power [she] felt within the song [plus] from being in that city felt enormous."
Temporarily splitting from The Infidels and flying solo, Perth's Timothy Nelson is prepping the release of his debut solo record, Words Like Young. First single, "We Never Change", is set in a sombre scene, dragging us down with heavy plodding keys and leaving Nelson and his third-person-perspective economical couplets ("he cast aside a lover, to stand beside another") to — quite literally — search for a pop uplift. Words Like Young is due November 4th.
Although performing on stages around Melbourne for five years or so, Big Words have only recently ventured into the studio. Lead single "The Answer" captures their live spontaneity, equally recalling Jill Scott's soulful casualness and the experimental stretch-marks of early-Roots, with the usual rhythm-n-hybridity restlessness even darting into guitar-rock dabbles. It's a wildly unpredictable ride, exhibiting a free-flowing rulebook-ignoring romp through genres and moods. A freedom-chasing mantra that'll undoubtedly be even further embraced within the wider spectrum of a full-length release.
Melbourne-based Darling James — former frontman of The Boat People — introduces his new solo, EP Theory of Mind, with an ashamedly glossed-up summer pop jam. Recalling Phoenix-levels of wide-eyed optimism, James undercuts the blinding neon glow with thunderous synth injections and the song's darker, pondering hook ("who will clean up God's graffiti?"). Theory of Mind is set for release on November 18th.