From rising pop stars to returning metalists, here's our picks for this week's best new music.
Following a steady run of 2016 successes both online (topping Hype Machine charts) and IRL (a recent appearance at Vivid Sydney's Curve Ball festival), Brisbane rhythm-and-beat-making wonder, JOY. (pictured), has revealed "Like Home", her first new track since last year's breakthrough debut EP Ode.
Pulling in the assistance of NY-based production team Take A Daytrip, "Like Home" is a swaggering step-up, contradicting a hip-hop confidence with indecisive lyrical input that shifts between profanity-laced protest, lustful compliance and heartfelt betrayal. A restless reflection depicted in the accompanying clip, with the young popstar lonesomely left in an abandoned city somewhere around the witching around. A setting suitable for our narrator's switching stance, as constantly altering thought-patterns dance around the equally switch-happy thumps and blips. As such, "Like Home" serves as a confessional snapshot of young adulthood with unfiltered insecurities and splashes of shrugging nonchalance in-tact — and remaining packaged as digestible pop.
Next phase for JOY includes an appearance at the forthcoming Listen Out festival, kicking off late-September.
Treehouse land somewhere on the spectrum near the countless acts lumped under the cringe-worthy dolewave banner, the unbottled emotion of fellow-Tassie punks Ivy St and Wireheads' compositional lunacy moderately de-tangled. Scrappy and charming, the Hobart lo-fi punk trio have just released a brilliant new cassette via Vacant Valley, with the darting pop snarl and judgemental observations of the title-track the immediate standout.
They continue their Centre Of Their World launch schedule this weekend, playing Sunday in Sydney and Tuesday night in Newcastle, details here.
Building from the widespread acclaim of chilling debut "Daggers & Knives", Melbourne songwriter/producer Woodes has revealed a new track "The Thaw", in partnership with producer Lanks.
Dialling down the subtle jazz vocal elements of her previous effort, "The Thaw" centres around a minimalist pop backbone, with layered details — Jonny Greenwood-esque in their rivalling intricacy — filling in the spaces around Woodes' own dominating soulful breathy lead.
Woodes' debut EP is expected to be released in September.
Returning from an extended hiatus following their acclaimed debut album Afterlife, revered Brisbane metalcorists Wish For Wings announce their return this week in the best possible fashion — via blistering new track "Old Ghosts".
A relentless monotonic pound dominates, re-purposed from minimalist momentum build-up to fist-raised chant, before doubling-down to a driving rhythm intensity alongside the throaty vocals. While wrestled back into line for required seconds of pause, it remains pure full-throttle mayhem, proving that years haven't weakened the band's highly-energised passion.
A tour announcement is expected in the coming weeks, to coincide with a new EP later in the year.
"Power" is a silky suit-strutting re-introduction to multi-instrumentalist Harts who — aside from radio single "Peculiar" a few months back — has remained relatively quiet this year. Wasting no seconds on subtly, "Power" immediately kicks into the song's bubbling bassline backbone, with teasing sprays of psychedelica randomly injected — recalling Steve Wonder's finest prog-funk diversions — ahead of a soulfully passionate breakdown sliding into the mix.
An unrestrained, sensory-overloading tour — seemingly taking great pleasure at cataloguing through a multitude of ideas and genres — yet somehow still remaining under the required four minute pop benchmark.
"Power" is expected to feature on Harts' new album, due later this year.