The full loop. Pop in multiple forms, plus fights, heartbreak and eye-burning strobe fixtures. You can have it all, courtesy of this five-pack of our picks of the best musical (and visual) releases of the week.
Brisbane's The Cairos (pictured) have marked their return with a bold leap into the weird edges of the pop wilderness. "Love Don't Feel Right" merges the sickly (bitter) sweetness of shit-gaze/trouble-gum with floating facets of Air and even the wandering disconnect of psych-rock. Compositionally tight yet unashamedly free, the single marks the commencement of an exciting new phase for the band — an era which has already seen them sell out shows in New York and across South East Asia.
"With 100% creative control, this is the work that we have been wanting to produce", drummer Jacob Trotter says of the new single, adding that all of the band members are fortunate enough to "have home studios where [they] can experiment and upload tracks collectively."
A collaborative approach, which if "Love Don't Feel Right" is an accurate guide, serves the band well. Plenty to get excited about as they work towards more new music in 2016.
The challenge for Sydney two-piece, Polish Club, is always going to be translating their amazing live energy to recorded material. With "Beeping", supported by an amazing stop-motion clip (created without any special effect trickery), they go a long towards achieving this, with the track throttling along on his own reckless vs emotional, blues-rock momentum. Of course, that anxiety-provoking strobe effect mid-way through also helps greatly.
"Beeping" features on the group's debut EP, out now via MGM, and set to be launched with a hometown show at Waywards in Newtown on December 11th.
Expertly balancing fragility and granduer, "Underflow", the latest single from rising pop star Emma Louise, primarily acts as a vessel for the Brisbane songstresses' stunning vocals to flourish. A truly captivating tale of abandonment and long-distance heartbreak, the single attempts to translate the feeling of "an undercurrent that at first you ignore, and it builds and builds until you know you need to make a decision, albeit hard and scary at the time," as Emma Louise explains, adding that the optimistic flickers within "Undertow" reflect that point of resolution that "when the change comes, and everything is new and different."
Emma Louise heads out on road with her new single throughout December, supporting Sam Smith on his Australian tour.
"I have never felt so sore as the day after the shoot. It took a while to recover from being thrown around like that", says Marlon Williams of his new video "Hello Miss Lonesome", which finds the New Zealand troubadour defending himself from a barrage of beatings. "I really enjoyed that physicality", he adds of the clip's rough-housing theme which, assisted by selected audible thumps maintained by director Damien Shatford, injects a wonderful sense of personal torment to the up-tempo gospel love tale.
"Hello Miss Lonesome" features on Williams' self-titled debut.
With just enough raw lo-fidelity left on the bones to displace their So-Cal power-punk passion, "Get It Right", the latest single from Perth four-piece Braves, is a track superbly suited for the summer months of beer-cracking, lampooning and poolside hi-jinks. It expertly walks the line between catchiness and scrappiness — reminiscence of Glaswegian heroes, PAWS — with the kind of unrestrained shrug-life energy that you can safely bet the house (party) being perfectly manic in a live setting.