Posts By Rachel Elliot-Jones
Super Wild Horses – Standing on the Corner
I’ve been whothehell AWOL of late, and these two femmes from Melbourne have jolted me back into the blogosphere (Thankyou ladies). Super Wild Horses are angsty post-punk awesomeness channeling all the right kinds of shouty.
Their eponymous debut EP is out now on Aarght! Records, and you can see them in real life at the Flip Out Festival in Melbourne on 5 September. If you’re in Sydney, you may already have seen them last week. Props to you!
Washington – ‘Cement’ (Exclusive)
Megan Washington is the voice behind these coarsely caramel croonings, and the deft fingers behind the soaring piano crescendoes that are the plinth of this dark but catchy tune. Megan’s spontaneous collaborations from New York to Lisbon to providing the vocals on a popular Bamboos cover of ‘King of the Rodeo’ by Kings of Leon, coupled with her cloak and dagger past as a successful jazz artist, have meant she does well out of the odd google search. Now with winners like ‘Cement’ and ‘Clementine‘, she’s paving the way for all round triumph with her eponymous band Washington.
Photo by Nicola Trethowan
Rat vs Possum – ‘Jungle Pills’
If you’ve ever experienced Rat vs Possum live, then you’re probably still finding a crust of glitter behind your ears and shaking out a glittery rainstorm from beneath your luscious locks. For those not yet acquainted (and also residing in Melbourne) they’ll be bringing their loop-peddling, psychedelic acid trip twang to the Tote every Wednesday in July, supported by a flurry of Australia’s experimental finest. A debut album looms in the latter part of the year, but here’s the ‘Jungle Pills’ demo to help you channel tropical circus vibes.
Matt Corby – ‘Letters’
Anyone who saw Matt Corby‘s croonings on Australian Idol season 5 could tell that this was one talented kid, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who heaved a sigh of relief when he came runner up and promptly dropped off the mainstream musical radar, never to be tarnished by the same brush as the Guy Sebastians who went before him.
Two years later, though barely shy of his 18th birthday, some strategically placed facial hair has transformed the wunderkind into a dapper young gentleman capable of some serious heartbreak. ‘Letters’ is the first offering from his debut EP Song For, a lyrical ballad that’s Nick Drake meets modern day Wordsworth. It’s such a beautiful song and I look forward to hearing more from him.
Lauren Horton – ‘Postcard Guy’
Sydney songstress Lauren Horton’s folky blend of jazz and french-pop makes me want to cut the crusts off cucumber sandwiches and spend sun-dappled afternoons in a row boat drinking Pimms. There’s a leisurely decadence about her quirky, syncopated vocals, which has made her musings the perfect soundtrack to recent icicle days spent daydreaming about a life post-exams, a house with central heating, and a Melbourne without swine flu.
‘Postcard Guy’ is off Lauren’s debut EP There will be Static. Sydneysiders can amble down to the EP Launch at the OAF, next Wednesday 17 June. Lauren will take the stage with accompanying instrumentals from The Clockwork Trumpets, and support from Sui Zhen and Steve Smyth.