Look. Winter’s about mid-way through. And thus, awaits the clichéd Australian summer. Do broken train lines, pink British ex-pats, and that distinctive smell of bluestone cooling on a hot summer’s night ring any bells? (Well, if you’re in Melbourne at least).
Here’s an outfit which should hopefully ease us into what’s headed our way. Velma Grove, also out of Melbourne, echo the sounds of the British nu-folk scene, only with a distinctive Australian touch. Gentle guitars, sombre vocals, and muted percussion form their broader sound. Think Jose Gonzales, Laura Marling, and even a little bit of Cloud Control. You can almost imagine it now, a cooling summer’s night, Velma Grove’s gentle harmonies lapping at your ears, the sun forming an orange arc over the horizon – yep, I know you’re there.