Newky post-punks meet the glossed shine of pop-parallel-worlds, via some of the several thousand stopovers that exists between those seriously differentiated points. Here's our selection of the best new local stuff from the week.
Newcastle's continually rewarding DIY scene (Gooch Palms, Bare Grillz, Rat King) delivers again, this time in the form of the latest offering from Suburban Haze (pictured), "Bed Keep Me", the lead single from their forthcoming EP It Will Never Happen.
With additional vocals from Self Defense Family's Patrick Kindlon, "Bed Keep Me" brings the arrestingly brooding baritone delivery of frontman Paul Pickles far further into prominence than on their previous work. Given the thematic focus of the track (the band themselves reveal it's prominently about dealing with depression, insomnia and the relationship between the two) "Bed Keep Me" is suitably immersive, flirtatiously rising towards stadium-ready Arcade Fire levels of grandeur, yet remains on the twisted, passionate post-punk path, restlessly shifting gears without warning.
It Will Never Happen is set for release on April 1st via Spit The Dummy Records, with vinyl pre-orders available now via Bandcamp.
Evanda recently completed his secondary education, promptly celebrating the occasion by dropping his second mixtape Yellow Boy. This — the by-default title track — presents the Perth MC in full flight, jogging linguistic laps over a teasing, mid-school East Coast pitch-shifted operatic beat. With a flow somewhat reminiscent of early Earl Sweatshirt, his drawled delivery is also perfectly complimented here by the casual, homemade day-in-the-life clip.
Yellow Boy is available now as a free download via Mediafire.
There it is. Snuggled amongst sultry harmonies, a poignant punched confession lands: "I was running from affection". And like that, the already impressive debut single from Sydney-based songwriter Annie Bass (aka Annabel Weston) transforms into something much more. The on-point production from beat maestro Oisima cleverly underplays its hand, allowing Weston's effortlessly delivered vocals their rightful space of clarity. A remarkably fully-formed introduction from an artist that's sure to be one to watch in 2016.
"This song is not about a junky; it's being sick of self-congratulatory, hollow people who think they’re doing wicked shit", Summer Flake, aka Stephanie Crase, explained to Paste Magazine, before adding — with what we suspect was at least a hint of a wry smirk — that all that rightfully earned pulpit preaching is proceeded by a "self-congratulatory two-minute solo." And there we have Summer Flake in a nutshell. Whether it's the simple contrast of her cradling angelic vocals against the harsher tones of the musical surrounds or the occasional sarcastic snippet jumping from an otherwise devastating tale — there's clearly pleasure earned from subtle displays of contradiction.
"Shoot and Score" features on Summer Flake's new album, Hello Friends, due April 8th via Rice is Nice.
"Golden Morning" is the latest single lifted from Laurie Came Home, the debut EP of Melbourne-based electronic enigma Eastward. A marvelling de-railed display of pop-ambidextrous, "Golden Morning" takes traditional chart-aimed techniques and twists them towards the producer's own parallel perspective. While hardly purposefully unhinged, "Golden Morning" sounds like a deconstruction of formulaic pop predictability, with all elements of chart-aimed gloss shifted (albeit ever so slightly) towards Eastward's own cluttered, cut-and-paste, sound collage world.
Laurie Came Home is set for release on March 25th.