From ferocious returns to impressive debuts, we cover the complete gamut in this week's five-pack of best new local music.
Making up for lost time, cult Melbourne rockers The Nation Blue (pictured) are set to return with two new albums in October — Black and Blue — their first new releases in seven years.
The teasing new 100-second track, "Wild", full throttles into life via the group's trademark apocalyptic perspective, primarily delivered through Tom Lyngcoln's last-gasp vocals and the punctuating rhythm pounds. The track — along with thunderous lead single "Erectile Dysfunction" — will feature on the Black album, a release set to primarily be politically focused, pitched as being inspired by "the ultimate house of disrepair", aka Canberra's Parliament House.
Both Black and Blue will be available on October 14th via Poison City.
On his stunning 2015 self-titled debut, Newcastle-born, Sydney-based producer/vocalist Roderick Smith (aka North Arm) fused fidgeting folktronica with an ambient dream-pop wash, crafting a contrasting sound somewhere between psychedelic immersion and teasing anxiety. It's a unique blend that forms the focus of new track "The Lights", yet comes packaged with a better sense of structure and pop-minded directness.
The accompanying clip was shot in the Blue Mountains and features Smith lost in a panicked solitude — a state that compliments not only the underlying frantic nature but also the distinctly homemade characteristics of his compositions.
"The Lights" is set to feature on Smith's second album, Let Love Through, expected later this year.
Sydney trio Bloods announced their return this week courtesy of new single "Bring My Walls Down" — a further extenuation of their band's trademark fusion of dirty garage-rock grind and sickly sweet vocals. It's the first preview from as-yet-untitled-and-unscheduled second album, the follow-up to 2014 debut Work It Out.
Following an elongated pause since their late-2015 debut "Vessel", Melbourne dance-rock trio Osaka have just released the follow-up, "Weights".
While further leaning towards the celebratory side of their sound — even rising to anthemic scales for the huge hook — "Weights" features a far stronger emerging emotive presence, levelling all suggestions the trio are solely focused on filling the dancefloor.
Both "Weights" and "Vessel" are set to feature on the group's debut EP, Manoeuvres, due September.
Recalling the rawer edges of playfully carnival, post-Elephant White Stripes, "Cough It Up" is a swaggering hot-mess of a track, the latest from Brisbane vocal-duelling, guitar/drums duo Elko Fields.
Structured around a fuzzbox mix of agitation and dive bar grit, the song shifts from blues rock confidence to psychedelic hypnosis. Both sides of which emerge in the accompanying visual, with shadowy silhouettes melting into lava-lamp hallucinations as the song's rock-strut structure is torn down and gradually re-assembled.
"Cough It Up" will feature on the band's forthcoming EP, due out later this year.