From physical migrations to stylistic shifts, we're moving on, moving out and just moving on the spot with disco feet shuffles in this week's cross-country tour of the best, brightest and weirdest new local music.
Life in Sydney has long been a battle of the big end vs the comfort of the people. On the third axis of that complex graph is that bloody postcard harbour, the steel coathanger and the (although sometimes a tad too humid) fairly favourable climate. But lately, the balance has notably shifted, the grunts of discomfort have transformed to loud yelps of discontent as lock out laws and new highways and the greased hands of corruption that slither in-between have begun slowly squeezing out the final snippets of satisfaction of the city's occupants.
"Moving to Melbourne", the new track from Sydney duo Unity Floors (pictured), doesn't suggest solutions to this harrowing predicament. Instead, vocalist Gus Hunt's docile, shoulder-slumped tone shuffles through references from alienation to romance to transport insufficiencies, encapsulating — intentional or not — the nagging thought that a better life awaits beyond the city's confines, if only him and his Sydney brethren and all those who've been "too busy fucking around" could bother chasing it down.
"Moving to Melbourne" will feature on Unity Floors' forthcoming new album Life Admin (due later this year) and is available now as a free download via their Bandcamp.
"All The Way", the closer on the eclectic new EP from Melbourne producer Swick, Stamina, is a slow-revealing pop track, with vocal contributor Marcus Whale (Collarbones, Black Vanilla and now soloist) eventually twisting free from the tempo-shifting haze of electro-noodling and stop-motion minimalism to explode into a celebratory elation on the final stanza.
Stamina is out now via Nina Las Vegas' NLV Records.
Rejoice! Songwriter Oliver Perry (aka D.D Dumbo) has returned from the wildnerness to release his first new music in almost four years. Making up for lost time, "Satan" is a remarkably complex composition that restlessly untangles as Perry's harmonies — more tightly intertwined than ever before — are forced to follow the lead. A beautifully cluttered mess that, although finds temporary structure within a steadying rhythmic bounce, settles only long enough for comfort to settle in before shifting towards a fresh idea altogether.
Following a run of European dates next month, D.D Dumbo will return home to Australia for a short run of dates, details here.
Documenting a romantic collapse with a combination of stark lyrical clarity and borderline-cheesy cliches, the latest track from Adelaide rock duo The Hard Aches expertly navigates the line between punishing self-depreciation ("nobody is as selfish as I am") and celebratory outbursts fitting of the song's title. Similarly, the video (exclusively premiered today via Rolling Stone), proudly struts between tom-foolery skits of "cops" in pursuit, glossy embellished memories and reversed scenes of drunken despair.
Contrasting the chillwave-resurrecting beat with crushingly blunt personal assessments ("I don't think they like me, because when they go out they never invite me"), rising Brisbane hip-popper, Mallrat, aptly articulates the mood of the blank-staring generation with new single "Inside Voices". Vocally more lucid and strikingly more introspective than previous output, "Inside Voices" is a defining re-shape of her sound, hopefully the perspective carried through to her debut EP Uninvited, due July 1st.