Spin me high, shave me clean and tell me about five of the best new ones from local artists. Sure.
Central Coast experimental-pop pair Desert Moons follow-up breakout debut "Rough Trade" with "Deep Water", swapping out the anthemic qualities of that lead single with a far more emotive tact, as heavy-footed keys gradually guide us into sweeping cinematic washes and borderline space-opera territory.
Vocalist Jake Dobson explains that the song serves as a metaphor for "feeling outside your comfort zone", adding that "just like deep ocean waters, the idea of being in uncharted territory can be a confronting concept. At times in my life, I’ve had no choice but to face my demons head on, however ended up in a more advantageous position by addressing these challenges. It’s helped define my character and realise that fear is only a delusion created by the mind."
Desert Moons will perform live for the first time ever tonight (Friday, September 29th) at the Rare Finds night at Oxford Art Factory's Gallery Bar in Sydney.
Sydney-via-South-America sonic explorers, Milkpunch, make music mixing everything from moon-aimed psych-surf-rock to slacker wink-and-a-punk charm to way-off-course lo-fi clutter (wind chimes etc). Fitting then that the clip for "Iced Tea" — the latest from their criminally slept-on, and aptly-titled, 2017 EP Junk Pop — takes us from the beach to the backrooms of some red-light district club to the art-house subtitle screening rooms and back again, heads-in-sand metaphors and all.
Layers of wobbling harmonies and commanding chants collide with a series of stuttered scenes — both obscure and straight-forward (well, that is, depending on your stance on communal grooming) — in the visual for Bats' latest track "Truthless". The brilliant slow-builder — which shuffles between sludgy weirdness and far bigger, riff-led theatrics — serves as the teasing intro for Truthless Faithless, the debut LP from the Perth band, due October 20th.
Brisbane-based songwriter Bryce Schneider (aka Royal & the Southern Echo) explores the "mild lunacy" of romantic pursuits in his latest track "Hunt Your Love Down". Via bouncy, effortless pop and sombre scenes vividly-painted in a style similar to Frightened Rabbit ("sitting on the edge of the bed, sneaking a cigarette"), he takes two sides of a tongue-in-cheek examination of a broken relationship, matching shrugs of an acoustic strum with the immediately heartbreak-associated instrument — horns, here courtesy by ￼Pete Bernoth and Scott Bromiley of the John Steel Singers.
"Hunt Your Love Down" is the first taste from Schneider's forthcoming debut EP (due later this year via Create/Control), a release primarily crafted across a European winter, with the Queenslander Berlin-based but looking back home for inspiration.
"I don't know if I was looking for anything in particular, maybe just a blank page", Schneider explains, adding that he simply "wanted things to feel new again."
"It's ironic that once the words started to come there were a lot about Brisbane and home — but from a new perspective."