From wipe-outs to green-outs, here's five of our favourite local tracks from the week.
While previously satisfied by a swaggering Brit-pop-inspired confidence, for their latest single, Melbourne rockers The Good Morrows (pictured) change course to the California beach. Although, things are never so simple and, while "Waves" has the distinct classic surf-rock blueprint at its core, its groaning rhythms sway between celebratory exhale and pain-induced anguish, sounding far more suited for a messy warehouse party than the tanned glisten of an ocean-side address.
The song itself has been floating around for a little while but the video for "Lay Down", the lead single from DMAs' forthcoming debut album, only emerged this week. An understandable delay given the painstaking detail level of the clip, created by Melbourne-based animator Tristan Jalleh, which displaces the Sydney trio to their adopted habitat — the council estates of the UK. "Lay Down" revitalises the cocky Madchester sound and the video takes a similar course, inserting just enough quirky visual tricks to the bleakly grey British scene to give it a new lease on life.
Built from fragile harmonies, the music of Adelaide-born/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter, Summer Flake, has long sounded only seconds from collapse. However, her latest EP, Time Rolls By, features a notable compositional shift towards a more hopeful sentiment. Or at least a casual whatcha-ya-gonna-do shrug, as the lyrical focus remains introspectively aimed. Lead single, "The Sun Won't Shine", best balances this paradox. The guitar-led track steadily builds in spite of the bleak self-analysis that — although maintaining the angelic tone — remains heart-rippingly blunt: "I can't say I do anything of worth".
Following a series of underground releases, 19-year-old Geelong producer Howl gained widespread attention with his catchy 2014 breakthrough "Sports Challenge". His latest effort, "I'm Gone", is constructed with a similar tact, yet takes his sugary-sweet electro and violent, fast-spaced switches to a larger stadium-ready space, with the piano-led finale providing the perfectly dramatic scene close.
One of our picks from this year's Bigsound showcase, Green Buzzard continue to do as their name suggest, steadily gaining attention for their tripped-out, 90s-inspired guitar rock. The Sydney band's latest offering, "Phantasy Girl", is as fresh and catchy as it is nostalgic and completely unfused by your interest, accompanied by a video reminiscent of that time you experimented with acid and/or putting magnets up against your old Cathode ray tube. "Phantasy Girl" is also available as a free download from the band's website.