According to the press release, Ernest Ellis went out to a farm in the Blue Mountains with just a mobile studio and an engineer to record what will be his debut album, Hunting. It sounds a bit like the narrative behind Bon Iver’s album, and ‘Heading For The Cold’ also sounds a bit like Bon Iver – not to be reductive or anything. That same sense of intimacy rubs against wide open spaces and soaring, multi-tracked vocals, making this far from your typical singer-songwriter stuff.
Ellis isn’t a shallow impersonator, there’s definitely an unique stamp on this track (and most of the others I’ve heard so far) that can’t be readily compared to other ‘nu-folkies.’ A good song with good production that is hopefully indicative of what we can expect from him early next year. Check it.
I don’t know how they’ve done it (writing music with 3 people is difficult enough!), but these 8 peculiar Melburnians have produced a top-notch single with ‘All Nothing’. The tracks arrangement and production is great, with a plethora of instruments being played, but actually being used with purpose. Drawing from influences like Death Cab, Broken Social Scene, and Architecture in Helsinki (the latter two possibly an inspiration for the cult sized band!), TGC have had some airtime on Triple J, and are currently touring the east coast. Check out this indie-pop-orchestra if they visit your hood for a recital.
In my humble opinion these guys have to be one of Sydney’s best kept secrets but I don’t think they will be for long. PARADES!
To be honest I’m not even sure how long these guys have been around, or how many shows they’ve played, or who they’ve played with, or even what each member plays but holy fuck they can write a song!
Dead Nationale opens with cleverly used guitars that are strategically placed to delicately compliment the driving drum beat that pushes the song continuously forward. As the song continues the easing and near-haunting harmonies of the bands male and female vocalists reveal themselves, as the song flows on it builds into an epic mash of guitars and wails.
Parades are playing at the Zoo as part of the Big Sound Conference in Brisbane this Wednesday – get down!
This guy is quite hilarious. Saw this video a couple months ago on hypebot.com, excerpt:
… At the 140 Characters Conference, Rolling Stone and Idolator critic Christopher R. Weingarten shared a witty and all too true overview of how music blogs, album leaks and Twitter are changing the role of the music critic. “Crowdsourcing killed indie rock…because people have awful taste…”. Watch it, chuckle and weep…
So, Sydney’s Bridezilla are only just about to release their first album? It feels like these guys have been around for ages now, mainly because they’ve rightly pulled so many festival and support slots. There’s too many to list here, but noteably they’ve gotten cosy with the respected crew at ATP by playing the inaugural Aus event (curated by Nick Cave and Co.) and are about to rock out at the Flaming Lips’ New York counterpart. Meanwhile, the aforementioned debut, The First Dance, is still two months away. Nice.
The first official single is ‘Beaches’ and it’s a lush, moody, folkish outing; whispery vocals and wilting strings float around above a subtle, driving beat. A fairly vague description, I know, but I’m trying to avoid comparisons.
The Mint Chicks – ‘Don’t Sell Your Brain Out, Baby’
NZ’s The Mint Chicks have just put out their third album Screens on Flying Nun and, well, it’s probably my fav album from these parts this year. I won’t gush too much – instead I’ll just direct you to this review at Polaroids of Androids, which pretty much sums up why you should go and buy it.
The third and latest single to be released off it is streaming above and the rad film clip for the even-better ‘Hot On Your Heels’ is below. Yes, two songs, mainly because it deserves two songs and also mainly because that video clip is awesome. So nice one on all fronts.
FYI, The Mint Chicks often get tagged with generic labels like ‘noise rock,’ ‘punk,’ ‘experimental’ or even ‘shit-gaze,’ but not only do none of these labels fail to fully describe their sound, they also play down the fact that The Mint Chicks’ songs are some of the most catchiest power-pop around. I literally haven’t stopped singing some these choruses since I first heard them.