Monthly Archives For July 2008
You Am I – ‘Dilettantes’
A gift courtesy of Andy Kent from the band, this is the brand new song from arguably one of Australia’s greatest rock bands, You Am I. ‘Dilettantes’ is the title track from the band’s forthcoming album, set for release in September. Gone is the dirty, garage rock sound that this band is so renowned for; in its place is a beautifully country-inflected tone, similar to what their iconic frontman Tim Rogers was doing with his solo material. A lush orchestration really lends this song a sense of melancholia, and it’s a fitting backdrop to Rogers’ always-engaging lyrics.
The Single package will be available Sep and comes with remixes from Jence of Digitalism fame, Dave Spoon, Optimo, and CFCF.
Ohana - ‘When Things Come Alive’
Australia’s most combustible band, Ohana, return with a brand new track off their forthcoming record. Once again sounding like a band on the edge of completely losing the plot, the Wollongong four piece play their noise-pop with aplomb, echoing alienation with music that pushes and pulls you with visceral energy and infectious rhythms. I can’t wait to hear their new album, and ‘When Things Comes Alive’ is a fantastic teaser track. It’s a wandering progressive number that bookends a My Disco-esque shoegaze mid-section with a frenetic beginning and end, tearing their guitars apart. I think I can hear the blood on the strings.
Empire of The Sun – ‘Walking On A Dream’ (link taken down on request)
As promised a few weeks ago, here is the first original track from Empire of the Sun. I do believe we are the first blog or even media outlet to have this but I’ll stop short of claiming exclusivity since I can’t really confirm it. I haven’t got any bio, website or even a photo so there isn’t much to write except to repeat that this is a new collaboration between Luke Steele of The Sleepy Jackson and current electro favourites Pnau. A few weeks ago we posted a remix of this song by Sam La More – Nick Littlemore’s brother – which was reviewed by pitchforkmedia.com . Luke’s melodies are so distinctive and unconventional that it works so well on Pnau’s structured beats – great combo. Very much looking forward to the album.
Laura Jean – ‘Yellow Moon’
I’ve posted about Laura Jean before and her I’m a Rabbit, I’m a Fox song. This is her newie and it’s just as tender, moody and chilled. Recommended.
Nucleus - ‘Dissolved Girl’
Sound familiar? Sydney’s proponents of prog-rock goodness, with a penchant for Tool and Dream Theater, Nucleus have lent their hand to a reinterpretation of Massive Attack’s ‘Dissolved Girl’ on the band’s second EP, Circumvolution. The whole EP was an in-house affair: the band’s guitarist Dylan Mitrovich produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the six tracks, and for a home studio the quality of the Circumvolution EP is top notch. And this isn’t a bad cover, either!
Sydney-siders, Nucleus are launching Circumvolution at the Excelsior Hotel in Surry Hills on Saturday August 9 if you feel like some heavy guitars for your post-Splendour weekend.