From break-up blues to indie-scruffs chasing down big city dreams, via quintessentially Aussie adventurism and unfiltered hip-hop and dream-pop done with a side dish of darkness, here's our latest dose of the best new local music.
On his latest single, "Turn Away", Sydney blues-crooner Jesse Redwing builds a minimal structure from a barebones riff and shaky emotional pleas, ahead of a bolstering switch towards "somewhere dark", where — led by female guest vocalist Wilsn — the song spirals into a scene of self-destruct.
It's a ride wonderfully encapsulated by the raw clip from Sam Powyer, where stereotypical love scenes slowly turn into turmoil, the simplicity of hedonism turns to hangovers, and schooners are turned to as suitable tanks to drown sorrows in.
"Turn Away" features on Redwing's debut LP, I'm Comin' On, due July 14th.
Sharing similar scenes and soundtracks with that of Australiana yesteryear heroes, Shining Bird, the latest from Brisbane's Top Dollar features vocalist Nash Johnston straight-shooting about his employment search atop a palette of Ariel Pink-ish hues and random, rapid computer game spasms — all appropriately partnered with a nostalgic-overload Leyland Brothers-esque clip.
"Let's Go Surfing" is set to feature on the band's forthcoming self-titled EP, due later this year. Before which, Top Dollar support Kirin J. Callinan at Brisbane's the Foundry tonight (Friday, June 9th).
Indigenous W.A. rapper, Ziggy Ramo (pictured), follows up his strikingly powerful single "Black Face", with a reflective and refreshing take on mental illness, "Same Script". Despite the lighter, jazzed-up beat, Ramo still doesn't half-step, this time going direct on both the cause ("remember they hatin' cause they hate themselves") and the effect ("get up, if you're fed up, don't give up"), amidst reflection of his own experiences ("life has been a scrimmage").
On the track, Ramo said he aims to unify the issue of mental illness, explaining that "we are all unique individuals, yet we, as human beings have the capacity for empathy as we all experience such core human feelings that are essential to our existence." Adding that "regardless of race, gender or sexuality, through both love and loss we can connect to the plight of our fellow beings and come to an understanding that no one is ever truly alone in what at times can be an uphill battle.”
Ramo plays with Mathas tonight (Friday, June 0th) at Mojo's in Fremantle, ahead of supporting Thundamentals at their show at Perth's Astor Theatre on Saturday, June 17th.
Glimmers of hope slip through the cracks of the brooding, border-line-folk, but inches-from-pop, new track from Melbourne's Howlite, "Gothic Romance", as vocalist Alison Thom lifts us up by our all black boots amidst assurances that "this is a ritual".
Always under-the-radar, Melbourne's Terry have revealed new track "Take Me To City", an unfussy chase of alluring "bright light" dreams that meets somewhere near the intersection of alt-country sing-a-long innocence and fuzzy morning-after memories of glam-pop — all suitably partnered here with a bizarre, equally underplayed, performance video.
"Take Me To City" is the first taste from the band's new LP, Remember Terry, due June 30th.