Thursday, 31 March 2016

Song Review - Timmy Wispagold

Timmy Wispagold
by Sleepy Dreamers

It could be due to a distinct lack of sleep in my life lately, but I spent a good few minutes recently googling the Sleepy Dreamers and trying to figure out who Timmy Wispagold is, when he joined and what exactly he does in this band. I’m here to stop you from making that same mistake, Timmy ain’t no sleepy dreamer, Timmy is a song. Duh. If he was a guy, he’d be a simple guy, not asking too much, not taking too much time but making you feel like you could spend a hundred years with him. He'd be a straightforward selection of chords and a sweet selection of words and he'd tell you a story of bittersweet thoughts and he'd give you this feeling of regret about your future, thoughts of your past and  he’d make you hold on to all the things you can't, but he’d do all of that while holding your hand really tightly. That makes him sound like a bit of a creep. Maybe he is. Timmy makes me kind sad and happy at the same time. Maybe he's a jerk. Forget about that Timmy. ‘Timmy Wispagold’ the song though, well that’s another story. 'Timmy Wispagold' in song form, now that's just four minutes of great indie pop. (Side note: Sleepy Dreamers are playing a single launch at The Workers Club, Melbourne on April 22nd. Timmy Wispagold the person might be there. Or not. Who can say?)
Jo Michelmore gives 'Timmy Wispagold' four guitar emoji out of five...

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

New To The Scene - Allistere

Brisbane's music scene gets better and better each day, with artists young and old(er) releasing some incredible tunes that have blown us away. While the garage sound has dominate the sounds of the Sunshine State capital for decades, Brisbane is emerging as a new hub for fascinating electronic acts and producers. Uploading his first track to Soundcloud this week is Allistere, who we were excited to get in for a chat while he takes his first steps into the industry. Check out his remix of Jesse Callan's 'The Ocean' and have a read of his interview below. 

Interview by Matt Bond

Hey Allistere! Welcome to It's My Kind of Scene. How are you on this fine day and what have you been getting up to?

Allistere: Thanks for having me! Today’s been a pretty chilled day, had uni this morning then spent the rest of the day doing assignments. I’m off to go see WAFIA at The Foundry tonight though so that’s kept me motivated all day, I’m super pumped for that.

Who is Allistere? For those that are stepping into your musical world for the first time, how would you describe the music you make?

Allistere: My real name is Xavier, I'm an 18 year old living in Brisbane. I was born in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Australia when I was 7. My music is all electronic, I make it on my computer using Ableton Live. I don’t really know exactly how to explain my sound, it varies depending on the project or who i’m working with at the time. It’s probably fairly safe to say that it falls under a stripped down version of the Future Bass genre, but then again I take inspiration from so many different artists that sometimes its honestly hard to tell what I even make anymore, it’s definitely electronic I’ll tell you that, haha.

What attracted you to making music in the first place and what kind of music did you listen to growing up? 

Allistere: Strangely enough, I was right into acting as kid. I did drama classes for 4 or 5 years and appeared in a low budget horror film as a child zombie and also in an anti bullying commercial from memory, Super random! One day I decided I didn’t want to do acting anymore, so my parents took me to guitar lessons instead and I loved it. I practiced a lot and got pretty good after a few years. Playing guitar as a teenager led me to listen to a lot of heavy metal bands like Metallica, Children of Bodom, Dream Theater and Periphery and I spent a lot of my high school years writing songs in my friend’s shed. He played the drums and we’d just go all day, it was great fun. I never really started transitioning to making the music I do now until I first heard Lorde in my last year of high school. The fact that she was the same age as me as well as being from New Zealand and having an incredible back story just wrapped me right up. From there I spent ages trying to write alternative and pop songs, which took a lot of my friends by surprise since I was always the metal kid, hahaha. I made this huge list of CDs I wanted to buy and just built my music library from there. A lot of the artists I know I discovered just by scouting festival lineups online. I went to Auckland for my schoolies week in 2014 and checked out heaps of different music stores all over the place, came home with a heavy suit case, haha. My heaviest influence right now is Flume for sure, especially all his recent stuff. Apart from that I probably get a bit of Charles Murdoch’s musical style leak through into my own and maybe some SAFIA and Chrome Sparks. A producer from Auckland called Eli Grand and a local Dubstep artist called SHVRDZ have also helped me a lot with refining my sound/ They’re both super talented and know a lot about good production so I trust and look up to them a lot.

You've been honing your skills studying a Music Technology course at Griffith's Conservatorium in Brisbane. How have you found the learning experience and what are some of the most important things you've learned that you feel will make you a better artist?

Allistere: The course is really really good! I’m loving it. At the moment I’m a first year in my first semester so I haven’t had as much time as I’d like in the learning space, but what I’ve learned so far has has already shown effects in improving my overall musicianship. One element that Ive always needed to improve on is my life performance, and we’ve pretty much been doing it straight out of orientation, so I’m really stoked that I’m learning so much already, can’t imagine where the rest of the course will take me. The good thing about studying at an all music school is that you meet so many like minded students. You walk around the campus and it’s just music everywhere, which is so amazing. I’ve been talking to a few of the classical vocal students about performing on a few tracks that I have been working on lately, but that's super secret so don’t tell anyone ;)

A remix of Jesse Callan's song 'The Ocean' marks Allistere's first release, with the track building to an explosive finish. What was it about 'The Ocean' that made you go, this is the song that I want to remix and put out first?

Allistere: I guess I decided to release the remix first above anything else because its a really good representation of my style, its the sound I want people to connect with then they hear the name Allistere. There's a bit more backstory behind this though, haha. Ive known Jesse for a while now, anyone who knows him will say he’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He’s super chill, he’s the type of guy I can’t even imagine being capable of getting angry, haha. His music really reflects his cruisy personality. He makes this really great acoustic folk music which I listen to a lot on the bus and when I’m studying. He actually gave me the vocal stems for The Ocean back in early February from his soon to be released EP. I knew his music usually has a great up-beat feel-good tone, so I decided not to listen to his original at all and just create what I assumed would be the direct opposite of the song based off of the vocal stem. If you’ve heard my remix, you’ll know it turned out being this half-time sort of dark hollow atmosphere with a big hook that grips you in between. I got to listen to Jesse’s original for the first time last week actually and was blown away by how different the two are. I can’t wait for people to hear his original and compare it with the remix for themselves. I think they’ll be surprised. This also has to be the first time I've ever heard of a remix coming out before the original, so that's pretty cool! haha.

Looking ahead, what's on your agenda after getting 'The Ocean' remix out there? Are you working on some original tracks? What about plans for some live Allistere performances?

Allistere: As for live performances there wont be any strictly Allistere shows for a while, I’ll be doing a lot of public shows this year performing in group tasks for uni, but I’m predicting that will be all for at least the next 6 months or so. As far as Allistere goes i’m hoping to start doing shows towards the end of the year once I’ve got a bit more finished material under my belt. I’ll likely start out opening for a few local artists or just playing pubs and clubs if I can get a booking. I've always wanted to play Woodford Folk Festival though so I’ll definitely push that dream one day!

Regarding original material, I have no idea what you’re talking about ;) haha. Let's just say I have 4 or 5 songs that are about half way there. Time frame wise I’ll probably get maybe one or two out between now and July, just depends how how busy I get with study. But I will say original material is inevitable and in the works. 

There's a lot of great music coming out of Brisbane at the moment. Where's your favourite place to see some gigs in the Sunshine State's capital and who are some of your favourite local artists?

Allistere: I’m a big Tea Society fan! I met all the guys after an incredible gig they did a few years ago and have been listening to them ever since. They’re a lot like Sticky Fingers but cooler. I can see them playing Splendour in the next few years for sure. Their lead singer is a second year at the Conservatorium so I pass him in the hallway occasionally. I was chatting to a local artist called Yoste the other day, he’s a really cool guy! Had a lot of really interesting things to say about Brisbane music culture and what not, so that was awesome. I’ve been listening to Allthingslost’s magictime EP which I really like. I downloaded a song from PlazaLive the other day called Pools which I really like, that's been eating up the play counts on Yucca I’m really liking! Had them going a few times on SoundCloud. Then of course there's the likes of Kite String Tangle (who also studied music at Griffith), WAFIA, Charles Murdoch and Violent Soho who have all been killing it for ages.

As an emerging musician, you'd likely be well aware of the changes to the lockout laws that are due to be introduced in Brisbane soon. What do you think about them and do you think they'll have an effect on live music in Brisbane?

Allistere: To be totally honest I’m still doing my research on this. I’m only new to Brisbane and there really isn't much of a late night music scene back on the Sunshine Coast so I've never really been exposed enough to be effected. I understand that the new laws, on implementation, are expected to relieve 6,000 people of a job, which is terrible. I’m just praying that the hole it leaves in the music industry isn’t big enough to end the possibility of electronic artists having a sustainable music career in Australia in the future. It would be such a shame to lose the artist culture we’ve built, especially in a nation where we’re lucky enough to be able to embrace an artistic lifestyle without the restrictions of poverty or war. All the talent in the Australian music will eventually move overseas, especially with the rate of all the music festivals that are also pulling the plug on Australian soil on top of all these lockout laws. Not happy Jan!

Do you watch The Walking Dead? I know, it has nothing to do with music, but I'm kinda obsessed at the moment, so I'm going to bust out one of our oldest, best and most convoluted questions. Most of civilisation has been destroyed and where you're going there'll be no records of the world that was. iPod's and all that fancy stuff don't work in the new world - I don't know why, but they just don't, so stop questioning it. Anyway, you've been placed in charge of securing music's legacy for future generations. Arriving at a desolate JB Hi-Fi, you've got about enough time to run around and pick SEVEN albums. What are the seven albums you feel the world will need to hear in this post-apocalyptic world and why? Yes... iPods aren't around, but CD's can still be played somehow. Logic isn't my strong point, but just go with it...

Allistere: I don’t watch the Walking Dead :( I never really got into TV, movies are more my thing. But I love the question! haha. I’d probably get pretty selfish to be honest and grab all my favs instead of what the world needs, oops. I guess the “right thing” to do would be to grab like Mozart or the Beatles and what not since they’re some of the most influential artists of all time. But If I had to choose I’d probably go with Skin by Flume (Even though it's not out yet, it sounds kick ass and I can’t not hear that shit before I die), The Love Club EP by Lorde, Tremors by Sohn, Lanterns by Son Lux, Periphery II by Periphery, Built on Glass by Chet Faker and One By One from The Foo Fighters. I’ll probably cry myself to sleep every night knowing there's certain songs I’ll never hear again, but these should keep me sane for the longest.

When they air the Allistere 'Behind The Music' special fifty-two years from now, what will they say about you?

Allistere: That's super specific! hahaha. Hopefully they’ll be asking me rather than talking about it in retrospect. I hope to still be lurking around somewhere when I’m 70, probably sneaking out of the retirement village to watch the midnight screening of Star Wars Episode 27, hahahaha. To answer the question honestly though I really wouldn’t have a clue, and I really like that. Not knowing where music is going to take me is so enthralling, it definitely keeps me going. I wouldn’t watch a movie if I knew how it was going to end. So there's no way of really knowing the answer to this until I work hard enough to give them something to talk about.

Big thanks to Allistere for stopping by for a chat. We'll be keeping an ear out for any new music from him that could be coming our way. You can too by giving him a like on the Allistere Facebook page!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

It's My Kind of Interview - Machine Age

We've been keeping a close eye on Brisbane's Machine Age since we first heard his track 'Chivalry' last year. A very close eye. Not in a 'stalking' kind of way, because that is illegal, wrong and you have no proof... we just mean that we've wanted to hear more music from MA. And we got that in the form of recently released single 'Don't Look'. It's already one of our favourite tracks of 2016, so we were stoked to be able to ask Machine Age (aka Adrian Mauro) about the new song, stupid lock-out laws and more. Enjoy! 

Interview by Matt Bond

For our readers that aren't familiar with you, who exactly is Machine Age and how would you describe the music you make?

Machine Age: Machine Age is a game I like to play that has no rules. Anything goes. Electronic instruments, rock instruments, organic instruments built around songs that hopefully make you feel something.

We were very excited to hear your new track 'Don't Look'. It feels like a step in a more experimental direction from last year's 'Chivalry', but it still draws you in the same way with memorable lyrics and your performance. What's the story behind the song?

Machine Age: Musically it grew from a guitar synth loop that I came up with and used to jam as an instrumental at shows. Then I discovered an old acoustic voice memo on my phone that fit it perfectly. Ta dah!

You recently played a festival called PANAMA and we had the pleasure of seeing you live at last year's BIGSOUND in Brisbane. How have you found the reception to your live shows so far?

Machine Age: My live shows always seems to go down well, I work really hard to put on an interesting show sonically and visually, and weather it's ambient reflective moments or Heavy Industrial electro rock there always seems to be something for everyone.

Panama was an amazing experience, I got to play 2 quite diverse sets to an amazingly receptive crowd. On the Main Stage I did my usual Electro Rock show and I played a stripped back guitar and vocal set on one of the smaller stages. You don't often get to do that at Festivals.

You've been based in Brisbane for a bit now. Do you get a chance to get out and see much live music around town? And if you could recommend some Brisbane acts for people to check out, who would you pick?

Machine Age: I don't always get a free night to see a show, but I've played with so many great bands the past year that are doing really great stuff. Bands like Superfeather, Waax, Denpesar, Luke Jaaniste, Yucca, Furrs, O'Little Sister, and shameless plug for the other bands I play in Banff and Silent Feature Era.

What effects do you think the upcoming changes to the lockout laws will have to Brisbane's live music scene? 

Machine Age: Having played the Valley Crawl a few weeks back, I think it really showed how awesome Brisbane music fans are and I really hope people continue to support the Brisbane music scene until sanity eventually prevails and the Laws are revoked (which they inevitably will).

What is the best piece of career advice you've been given and if you had to impart some knowledge to up and coming artists that you've learned yourself, what would you say?

Machine Age: Do shit!

If you want to write songs.......write songs, If you want to play gigs.........Play gigs, If you want to record bands................record fucking bands!!

The more you actively participate in your future endeavours and stop sitting idle, the more it becomes your present.


The first album you ever bought was... 
Machine Age: One of those Hit Machine Compilations
The first gig you ever went to was... 
Machine Age: Matchbox 20 (Growing up in Cairns you took whatever U18 gig you could get)
A song you wish you wrote is... 
Machine Age: O Holy Night.......yes the Christmas Carol.
Your music guilty pleasures include... 
Machine Age: Lil Wayne and my parents' old Italian Pop records like Adrian Celentano
If you weren't making music you would be... 
Machine Age: Mowing Lawns

When they air the Machine Age 'Behind The Music' MTV Special thirty-six years from now, what will they say about you?

Machine Age: Before the Zombie Apocalypse occurred Adrian (better known as Zombie 6736598) used to be a musician called Machine Age.  

Big thanks to Machine Age for answering our questions. You can catch him in Brisbane on April 29 at The Foundry! 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Top 25 - 27 March, 2016

Emily Wurramara, Fitz and The Tantrums + Clare Maguire!

1. Phebe Starr - Feel My Love

2. Emma Louise - Talk Baby Talk (NEW)

3. Alex Lahey - You Don't Think You Like People Like Me

4. Fitz and The Tantrums - HandClap (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: Yay! Two weeks in a row, bands I had almost forgotten about have released incredible songs! It’s like the greatest Easter surprise ever, except I guess for that one where the guy came back from the dead, you know, if that’s your thing. Aaaanyway, not sure where Fitz or his Tantrums have been the last couple of years, but a couple of years back they were one of the greatest live bands I'd seen in a long time, all energy, dance and some soul thrown in for good luck, so I'm more than happy to welcome them back into my world. And any band that not only includes handclaps in a song but writes an entire song about them is fine by me. There’s a feeling of soul like there are in all F and T songs, but ‘Handclap’ seems to have reached somewhere into the 90s and grabbed a handful of pop that I’m more than happy to hear again, and there’s definitely a solid beat here that makes me want to move, which has to be a good thing considering the amount of chocolate I’ve consumed in the past 24 hours. WIth a new album due mid year, here's hoping we see them on this side of the world sometime later in the year. Yay for the return of Fitz and the Tantrums! (Jo Michelmore)

5. Machine Age - Don't Look

6. Little Earthquake - Honest

7. Band of Skulls - Killer

8. Emily Wurramara - Ngerraberrakernama (Wake Up) (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: I was in attendance at the Queensland Music Awards last Monday night, which was a whole lot of fun. It's nice to see how close and supportive the Queensland music community is and it was even nicer to listen to some stellar performances from local talent. One local talent that blew me away was Emily Wurramara, who was flawless on the evening and nominated twice in the Indigenous category. There's a warmth and maturity in Wurramara's voice that immediately draws you in, as dignified as it is gorgeous. 'Ngerraberrakernama' is her most recent release and beautifully represents a modern Indigenous Australian artist who will hopefully have a long and successful career ahead. When the music is this good, there shouldn't even be any doubt about it. I'm really looking forward to hearing more from this very talented local artist. (Matt Bond)

9. Sharn - Born (NEW)

10. Remi ft. Sampa The Great - For Good

11. San Mei - Revel (NEW)

12. The Belligerents - Before, I Am

13. Clare Maguire - Elizabeth Taylor (NEW)

14. Lupa J - Numb (NEW)

15. King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Gamma Knife (NEW)

16. Amanda Palmer - Machete

17. Ngaiire - Diggin

18. Ladyhawke - A Love Song

19. HEIDEMANN - Last Chance (NEW)

20. Ariela Jacobs - Lost

21. The Ruiins - Eventually

22. Olympia - Smoke Signals

23. James Chatburn - Cracks and Breaks

24. Chris Watts - Let Go

25. Montaigne - In The Dark

Friday, 25 March 2016

Song Review - Born

by Sharn

I had a realisation when I hit play on this track. It’s part of the reason I keep writing here, because I don’t always get a lot of time in the madness and repetition of day to day life, but I love looking for new music in the desperate hope I’ll hear something that sparks a little something, a little something that makes me sit down and type a bunch of words in the hope someone else hears the same thing I have. It’s with this in mind I am writing words about Sharn, an electronic artist from New Zealand who has released a beautiful selection of words and sounds in ‘Born’, a track about life and death and everything outside that and everything in between, a track that journeys from soul to dance to electronica to pop and back again. It’s a perfect musical journey, perfectly dance-y for those who wish to and perfectly meaningful for those who look for a little more. Songs like this one are a perfect realisation and a sweet reminder to remember what I love - music and the search for it - and to pay attention to that love, which in itself is what Sharn is creating music about, life and all its meanings, whatever they may be. (Jo Michelmore)
Jo Michelmore gives 'Born' four emoji crowns out of five... 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Song Review - Talk Baby Talk

by Emma Louise
Album: Supercry (TBA, 2016)

So this is really it this time, no more dramas in my life
He sealed it with a kiss on my lips, on my forehead and I cried...

Communication is key. Or that's what you're going to be told. At home, at school, at work. You've got to be able to communicate effectively. As Emma Louise points out on 'Talk Baby Talk', when it comes to that crazy little thing called love, all the talking in the world isn't going to save something that just ain't worth saving. Released as the second single from the upcoming sophomore album Supercry, 'Talk Baby Talk' finds Louise looking back on the history of a romantic entanglement. And if the opening lines above are any indication, a relationship that has already come to its close. From the good old days of talking long into the night about anything and everything, to those nights spent in arguments and regret, Louise's conflicted mind finds itself at a loss. Even though everything seems to have gone wrong, she's still asking herself, "why can't we just talk about it?" Of course, it's totally sad for our leading lady this, uh, conscious uncoupling... but for us, the listeners? Well, it's another spectacular outing from one of Brisbane music's finest exports and quite the follow up to 'Underflow'. Supercry is shaping up to be something truly special. 

Matt Bond gives Talk Baby Talk four and a half broken heart emoji out of five... 

Monday, 21 March 2016

Song Review - Revel

by San Mei

I don’t know much about San Mei, except to say that a quick google tells me her name is Emily Hamilton, she’s from the Gold Coast and she’s released some tracks randomly over the past couple of years. A couple more clicks and every time I read about her there are mentions of NME and Indie Shuffle, which are both great, but I’m much more interested in her music than her press releases. Let me say I’m glad I read between the publicity lines and hit play on her latest track ‘Revel’, because the gorgeous, somehow dark and somehow sweetly light sounds are so charming, guitars giving an indie pop feel much bigger than a few hundred soundcloud plays and a voice deserving of an audience much bigger than her facebook likes.  Artists like San Mei are the exciting ones to stumble across, because she is making sounds far beyond her current reach and they are sounds that I hope I am going to be hearing more and more of as she makes her way into our collective pop consciousness. (Jo Michelmore)
 Jo Michelmore gives 'Revel' three and a half emoji fries out of five...

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Top 25 - 20 March, 2016

Band of Skulls, Remi, Alex Lahey + Little Earthquake!

1. Phebe Starr - Feel My Love

2. Band of Skulls - Killer (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: Am I psychic? Only last week I was suddenly and mysteriously struck with a thought “what happened to Band Of Skulls? Where are those guys? I love those guys!” and then bam! Two days later, what should appear in my social media feed? Those smashing guitars and drums exploded outta my phone as I manically hit play on the link to the single ‘Killer’, the first from their fourth album By Default, due later this year. I only thought about them a day ago! Did I make this song happen? How could this be? The band themselves are calling this a new era in their career, but I call this an awakening to my own psychic abilities. This is everything I love about them, dirty guitars taking the lead, the blues rock turning into rock rock and back again in between all those “got your heart got your soul got your back” words I can’t seem to get out of my head. Ok, maybe I’ll admit I’m not psychic, but there’s one thing about the future I can pretty much guarantee. I’m going to love that new album when it’s released and I’m going to spend my days until I hear that hoping that they tour again asap. (Jo Michelmore)

3. Amanda Palmer - Machete

4. Machine Age - Don't Look

5. Alex Lahey - You Don't Think You Like People Like Me (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: I don't know much about Alex Lahey. After hearing her song 'You Don't Think You Like People Like Me' on the radio last week though, I want to know EVERYTHING there is to know about Alex Lahey. "All I want is to have cleanskin wine, And watch Mulholland Drive with you." I'm hooked, right from the start. Lahey offers up killer hooks, rocking vocals and lyrics you'll find running through your mind long after you have finished listening. Like one of those movies that are super quotable but too cool for you. A really wonderful track to stumble upon (if you can call hearing it on the radio 'stumbling' upon it), 'You Don't Think You Like People Like Me' only proves that I really like Alex Lahey. And I can't wait to hear so much more from her. (Matt Bond)

6. Remi ft. Sampa The Great - For Good (NEW)

7. Ladyhawke - A Love Song

8. Ngaiire - Diggin

9. PACES ft. Rye Rye - Work Me Out

10. Olympia - Smoke Signals

11. Little Earthquake - Honest (NEW)

12. Ariela Jacobs - Lost

13. Jarbird - Such is the House (NEW)

14. The Ruiins - Eventually

15. James Chatburn - Cracks and Breaks

16. The Belligerents - Before, I Am (NEW)

17. M.I.A - Ola (Foreign Friend) (NEW)

18. Avec Sans - Heartbreak Hi

19. The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves

20. SAFIA - Make Them Wheels Roll

21. Quintessential Doll - Beautiful Violence

22. Ella Hooper - Monkey Mind

23. Bag Raiders ft. Benjamin Joseph - Checkmate

24. Chris Watts - Let Go

25. Montaigne - In The Dark

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Top 25 - 13 March, 2016

Amanda Palmer + Ladyhawke!

1. Amanda Palmer - Machete (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: What a pleasant surprise to hear something new from Amanda Palmer. Not counting her David Bowie tribute EP and the ten and half minute gorgeousness of 'A Mother's Confession', 'Machete' marks her first full band release since 2012's Theatre Is Evil. It is glorious. It is heartbreaking. It is thought provoking. And it tells a story in a way that, really, only Amanda Palmer can tell a story. Manic one moment, quiet and reflective the next... 'Machete' shows all of the brilliant sides of Palmer we've come to know and love, from the Dresden Dolls days to now. 'Machete' is a beautiful story about friendship, losing it and also celebrating it in that loss. If you'd like to know more about the story behind it, please have a read of Amanda's own words regarding 'Machete' on her site. One of the things that I've always loved about Amanda Palmer's music is that she somehow manages to make her stories so totally relatable, even when it's something so personal to her. Her tracks make you think and this time around I'm thinking about the people in my life that are really special to me and how devastated I'm going to be if I ever have to lose them before... you know. Before I kick it. "And you said, I don't know where I'm going, I just know that I'm heading, from the dead things piled up behind me." It's all kinds of beautiful and it's so nice to hear something new from one of our most favourite artists. I could talk about this for days and days. But I'll just quickly mention that the last time a song caught me off-guard and made me all damn misty eyed and had me thinking about shit like this was Palmer's own 'The Bed Song' and hear I am listening to 'Machete' and it gets to the very last line... "You don't need me hear to cut you free"... and I'm a mess. A rambling mess. And it's all Amanda Palmer's fault. And I wouldn't have it any other way. (Matt Bond) 

2. Phebe Starr - Feel My Love

3. Ngaiire - Diggin

4. Ladyhawke - A Love Song (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: It seems like it was a thousand years ago that I was standing in a sweltering tent at the Big Day Out impatiently waiting for Ladyhawke to appear. That was six years ago and may as well be a thousand years ago considering the amount of singles Taylor Swift has released since then, but I digress. While the Big Day Out has now disappeared forever, thankfully Ladyhawke hasn’t, taking a break to sort some shit out (that quick summary of writing, recording and sobering is probably more complicated than that) and returned with a new song that was worth waiting the four long years we’ve waited for any new sounds from her. ‘A Love Song’ is perfectly Ladyhawke; a song you want to dance to, a song you want to sing along to and a song you want to hear over and over again. The cute animated lyric clip to match is making it very difficult to wait any longer for a new album release in June. (Jo Michelmore)

5. The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves

6. The Ruiins - Eventually

7. Ariela Jacobs - Lost

8. Machine Age - Don't Look (NEW)

9. Olympia - Smoke Signals (NEW)

10. PACES ft. Rye Rye - Work Me Out (NEW)

11. Bag Raiders ft. Benjamin Joseph - Checkmate

12. SAFIA - Make Them Wheels Roll

13. James Chatburn - Cracks and Breaks (NEW)

14. Avec Sans - Heartbreak Hi (NEW)

15. Chris Watts - Let Go

16. Quintessential Doll - Beautiful Violence (NEW)

17. Ella Hooper - Monkey Mind

18. Sans Parents - Can't Stop Moving

19. Babaganouj - Do Rite With Me Tonite

20. Montaigne - In The Dark

21. Manor - They've Come Into My Home (NEW)

22. Little May - Remind Me

23. Hayden Calnin - Cut Love

24. Elizabeth Rose ft. Remi - Playing With Fire

25. Lanks - Golden Age

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Song Review - Smoke Signals

by Olympia
Album: Self Talk (out April 29, 2016)

Olympia's much anticipated album Self Talk is released in just over a month and we already know it's going to be a stellar addition to the discography of 2016. Last year we were treated to the album cuts 'Tourists', 'Honey' and 'This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things'. 'Smoke Signals' is the latest single and a more than worthy follow-up to the brilliant tracks that have come before. Like those previously mentioned, 'Smoke Signals' is a song that easily works its way into your head and will have you singing along with Olympia's striking voice by the end of the first listen. 

While the video is more 80s than some clips that were actually made during the decade in question, the music is far from retro. With modern touches and rock leanings, 'Smoke Signals' places Olympia's Olivia Bartley in line with contemporaries such as St. Vincent and Sharon Van Etten. Not only is that a pretty great place to be, it's something you wouldn't say aloud unless you really meant it. Not simply a good song, but one you know you won't be able to stop listening to for a long time to come... 'Smoke Signals' could be Olympia's best track yet. And it makes us want to get our hands on Self Talk even more than we already did.

Matt Bond gives 'Smoke Signals' four 'who run the world' girls emoji out of five. And a happy International Women's Day to the ladies!  

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Top 25 - 6 March, 2016

Phebe Starr, The Temper Trap + The Ruiins!

1. Ngaiire - Diggin

2. The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves (NEW)

3. SAFIA - Make Them Wheels Roll (NEW)

4. Ella Hooper - Monkey Mind

5. Montaigne - In The Dark

6. Phebe Starr - Feel My Love (NEW)

Matt's Pick of the Week: Phebe Starr, how I've missed you. But you're back now and you're back with this incredible track 'Feel My Love' that is going to put smiles on faces all around the world. This is irresistible pop, the kind that runs through your entire body and makes you want to dance and have fun and do amazing things. The instant replay value is ridiculous, don't be surprised if you find yourself in a 'Feel My Love' loop for a couple of hours as you explore all the wonderful little touches that make the track as great as it is. And even though I haven't been able to stop listening to it for a few days now, I've got a feeling I'm only going to love this new one from Phebe Starr more and more as the year goes on. Hopefully this is the first of many big things coming our way from Starr this year! Oh and when that chorus hits? Too good. More please. (Matt Bond)

7. Sans Parents - Can't Stop Moving

8. The Ruiins - Eventually (NEW)

Jo's Pick of the Week: So I’m having a little bit of trouble believing that this is the debut single from The Ruiins. No, seriously, I’ve googled over and over, looking for something, anything, anywhere to tell me where they’ve played, who they are and what else they’ve done, because there is a maturity and a simple comfortability in ‘Eventually’ that suggest they’ve been playing together a thousand years (possible exaggeration) and surely I’ve seen them and heard them somewhere before. This track is everything I love about unpretentious rock and perfect blues, doing exactly what any song I love should do, which is to take my mind away from my laptop to places I’d rather be and making me want to sway in ways only guitars know how to. If this is only their first release, I am so looking forward to hearing more from this duo from the Gold Coast. (Jo Michelmore) 

9. Chris Watts - Let Go

10. Ariela Jacobs - Lost (NEW)

11. Babaganouj - Do Rite With Me Tonite

12. Little May - Remind Me

13. Hayden Calnin - Cut Love

14. Elizabeth Rose ft. Remi - Playing With Fire (NEW)

15. Bag Raiders ft. Benjamin Joseph - Checkmate (NEW)

16. Lanks - Golden Age

17. Hedge Fund - Summer's Getting Shorter

18. FKA Twigs - Good To Love

19. M83 - Do It, Try It (NEW)

20. Matt Gresham - Small Voices

21. The Love Junkies - Nobody

22. The Kills - Doing It To Death (NEW)

23. Harts - Peculiar

24. Two People - Fading

25. Ecca Vandal - End Of Time