From coast to coast, genre to genre, here's our collection of favourite new music from local artists.
By Jonny Nail and Jacquelyn Schwartz.
Following 2016 breakout, the tangling wordy-warren, WAM-nominated, "Hollow", Perth quartet, The Tommyhawks (pictured), have revealed their latest single "Bedroom", the first from forthcoming EP, This Is Not A Desert Island.
Undercut by an in-and-out saxophone that both wails and wanders, vocalist Addison Axe compliments with her own mix of passionate pleas and usual dead-pan conversation. Her reminiscent lyrics lead, a tone accompanied by an equally nostalgic video of the four Tommyhawkers' reuniting at a farmhouse, recalling activities of childhood years gone, including face-painting and home movies.
With no fixed release date for This Is Not A Desert Island set, the band are expected to preview the new material at a series of upcoming live dates over the next few months; remaining dates here.
Following a series of mixtapes over the past six years, Jack Vanzet, aka Thrupence, is now prepping his debut LP, Ideas of Aesthetics.
This week, the Melbourne producer revealed the album's second single, "Conversations", featuring guest vocals from his brother, Edward.
Balancing striking Stardust-esque ponder with prominent rhythmic vibrations and lighter jazz touches, the track draws a parallel to a futuristic Pink Floyd. Lyric-led, however, with Edward explaining that "it touches on themes of depression, psychosis and loneliness. Writing the lyrics was pretty cathartic, having experienced this first hand and seeing it cause the demise of friends, acquaintances and strangers in my life."
Biographical details that extend beyond "Conversations", with Jack saying the LP itself, pieced together over the past six years, "has become a diary of places I've lived and people I've met over this time."
Ideas of Aesthetics is due April 21st via Future Classic.
Rising Brisbane trio, Good Boy, have teamed up with Melbourne's Jarrow for a forthcoming split 7", set to be released via Barely Dressed Record to coincide with the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21st.
The Queenslanders' contribution is "Braap", a slab of garage rock that recalls the rhythm-led, stage-stalking anxiousness of Eddy Current, partnering that punchiness with an unhinged side of brattier, scrappier, punk-rock protest that "no way, I'm not taking your advice."
Good Boy and Jarrow hit the road together next month in support of the vinyl release, dates here.
Folk-rock trio, Fountaineer, have partnered their latest single "Words With Friends", with a road-trip video, directed by the Bendigo band's long-time collaborator Dylan Harris.
The clip captures the song's genre-shifting journey from the prominent sing-a-long bounce, through to the sparsity of the haunting mid-song intermission (perfectly set amidst the hallucinating boredom of a laundromat) to the violent, strobe-rock crescendo.
Fountaineer are set to wrap up their headline residency at Melbourne's Gasometer Hotel on April 20th. Before which they play Hills Are Alive Festival at the end of the month, as well as a run of gigs supporting Middle Kids at the Melbourne dates of their upcoming tour.
Building from their longheld live following, Sydney rapper-turned-band, Winston Surfshirt recently released their first official single, "Be About You".
The track chugs along with lyricist lead, Winston Surfshirt, leading the six-piece with his effortless, croon-rap swagger, merging flows with the surrounding twinkling synths. Brass, bass, and a drum patter hold down the casual funk of a track with its foot in two decades, taking a faster route of Silk Rhodes' slow-groove Purple One-ode.
Alongside appearances at upcoming Party In The Park and Big Pineapple festivals, the band will play a headline show at Sydney's Newtown Social Club on March 25th which, unsurprisingly, given the early hype surrounding the group, has already sold out.