From kids busting out of the schoolyards and heading to the stage to psych-bent rockers with eyes aimed at other stratospheres, here is a our collection of the best new local music from the week.
Late-teen Brisbane trio The Goon Sax — not unlike Chapter Music label mates Dick Diver — clearly take great pleasure in sweating the small stuff. Their debut LP, Up To Anything (released today) is wrapped up in wordy analysis and wonderfully unique self-depreciating charm. A consistently brilliant snapshot of millennial hopelessness, Up To Anything spars ordinary observations with the day-to-day dramas of entering adulthood, proving that the pair of proceeding teased offerings — "Sometimes Accidentally and "Boyfriend" — are hardly flukes. "Telephone" is one of the standout exhibitions of this inflation of mundanity, partnering an innocent rebuttal of modern technology's stranglehold with an introspective tale of heartbreak and rejection.
Aptly timed with the final fleeting moments of summer here in the southern half of the globe, "Anywhere" is an exuberant display of restrained euphoria. While the London-based Australian duo (pictured) say the track was "inspired by the excitement of a fresh, unexpected summer fling", amongst the vibrantly bright production there remains a hint of a nostalgic sentiment and just a glimmer of a regretful rearview glancing.
Serving as the meeting point between the two previous singles from their forthcoming If This Is All We're Going To Be LP — the punchy call-to-arms "Aeroplane" and melodic, bare-bones ballad, "The Cascade Blues" — "Anything Near Conviction" rides a rollercoaster of restlessness, sharply shifting between the Tasmanian punks' conflicting pair of personalities — the compassionate and the confrontational. Not too far removed from the Smith Street Band's balance of temporary calming confidence and unwavering fist-clenched conviction, "Anything Near Conviction" is one of Luca Brasi finest offerings to date: every bit of pop-loaded appeal matched by hard-striking spontaneity.
If This Is All We're Going To Be is out April 29th via Poison City.
"Family Magician" is the second single from The Holy Soul's brilliant late-2015 LP Fortean Times. The accompanying clip, created by Caroline de Dear from Sydney band Day Ravies, fuses together an array of obscure archival footage, dragging the distorting scenes into the modern age with plenty of post-production trickery. The release of the new video coincides with the announcement of a pair of (all too rare) hometown shows from the Sydney vets — March 17th at Newtown Social Club (with fellow local live recluses The Laurels) and April 9th at The Union in Newtown.
All hail, the psych-cult masters return! Again. Yes, arguably, Australia's most prolific band, King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard (pictured) this week announced their 8th LP, Nonagon Infinity. The album is being pegged as "the world’s first infinitely looping LP", with each track melting into the next and the final track inter-locking with the opener. Given this level of sonic complexity, it's obviously taken the band several years to complete, pausing the project on several occasions while they completed other albums, including 2015's wonderfully experimental Paper Mache Dream Balloon.
"Gamma Knife" is the lead single from Nonagon Infinity (due April 29th) and arrives with a suitably swirling head-spin video.