From anxiety to protest to the simpler lines of inspiration (read: drugs), this week's favourite new local tracks from local artists spreads right across the genre spectrum.
Brisbane's Sacred Shines deliver their unique brand of psych-rock with apt reservation, perfectly dragging themselves back from that ugly abyss of washed-out guitar walls and similar surrenders with pleading emotion and rawer rock 'n' roll traditions. Following a lead of The Dandy Warhols and early Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, latest single "Curious Chemistry" — from the recently released, Come Down From The Mountain — equally swaggers and struggles, with the strained vocals offset by a seemingly unshakable confidence. Meanwhile, the accompanying clip plays into their obvious roots, with the head-first dive into the swirling Steve Marriott world of 'shrooms and spinning rooms hinting that the calls to "break out of these chains" is far more engrained in hedonism than escapism.
Following an extended break from his renowned audio-visual shows, Brisbane producer Sam Poggioli — better known as Sampology (pictured) — has announced he'll release a new EP, Natural Selections, on September 23rd. Lead single, "Thicker Than Water" is a predictably restless ride, shifting sharply from dub-like basslines to jazzy key-heavy movements, led by the silky Badu-esque vocal contribution from fellow Sunshine State soul-artist, Tiana Khasi.
Proving his breakout single "Out In The Dark" was far from a fluke, "Tidal Wave", the latest track from self-produced Melbourne artist, Alexander Biggs, tip-toes equally between vulnerability and hope, taking a Bon Iver-like balance of deeply personal, plainspoken and pop sensibility. Biggs' debut EP, Until I Go To Hell, is set for a November release.
"January 26" hits hard and hits direct, with A.B Original (Briggs and Trials) rising to Westside Connection levels of explosiveness from the already-released run of anted-up singles the pair have trickled out so far this year — "Dead in a Minute", "Flying Squad" and "2 Black, 2 Strong". Recalling the bass-first Daz Dillinger-production tailend of Death Row's golden era, the track matches the thumping bursts with equally striking lyrics — a mix of quotable quips ("they remember 20 recipes for lamingtons") and painfully poignant one-liners ("I turn the other cheek, I get a knife in my back"), with Dan Sultan providing a perfectly passionate rock 'n' blues hook between.
"'January 26' represents the annual frustration many Indigenous Australians feel from the farce of a holiday", Briggs explains of the track — which is the latest single to be lifted from the duo's forthcoming album, Reclaim Australia. While set to be released via their Bad Apples imprint, there remains no fixed release date for the LP at this stage. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Briggs gave little more away, bluntly stating that: "you'll just get it when it comes at ya."
The duo will, however, be previewing material from the album at a forthcoming Big Sound showcase in Brisbane on September 8th, as well as at the Rolling Stone Live Lodge on September 29th — tickets available here.
Reminiscent of the high-spirited hope of early-naughties indie rock, Rubicon, the new EP from Brisbane's Future Haunts measures its clear pop priorities against an angst-led, post-teenage bitterness, wrangling the hybrid beast down with remarkable, razor-sharp production. From the release - which is out today — "In Droves" is the immediate standout, offsetting the foot-stomped urges with a more unnerving guitar-led, knife-edge anxiousness, a contrast that crafts an almost Silent Alarm-level of unsettled vibrancy.
The EP is set to be followed up by a pair of launch shows, on September 16th at World Bar in Sydney and September 24th at The Bearded Lady in Brisbane.