Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Jess Holt aka Essie Holt has just dropped her new single ‘Better For You’ and it's that good, we've already played it about 15 times today. Produced by Mark Zito (Fractures) and mixed by Dave Hammer (Nicole Millar, Thundamentals), 'Better For You' is an infectious electronic indie-pop tune featuring glimmering walls of synth, subtle yet apt percussion and emotively-driven vocals. A worthy follow up to her previously released singles 'Magnetise' and 'Underwater, 'Better For You' is yet another reason to be excited about her debut EP which is set to be released early next year.
To celebrate the release of 'Better For You', Essie will set out on August 9th to support LANKS on ten shows of his ‘twentyseven’ album tour, before headlining performances in September at Brighton Up Bar, Sydney and The Workers Club, Melbourne. More details can be found here. 'Better For You' is now available worldwide on all major streaming services. Have listen below and let us know what you think!
Brisbane singer/songwriter Harriette Pilbeam, aka Hatchie, has completely knocked our socks off with her recently released debut EP 'Sugar & Spice'. Consisting of four previously released singles and one additional track, 'Sugar & Spice' is undeniably catchy with its ethereal pop melodies, fuzzy shoe-gaze guitars and clever lyrics. Unlike anything else on the charts at the moment, Hatchie's unique sound is a breath of fresh air in the Australian music scene right now.
All five tracks focus heavily on love and romance; whether it be falling in love for the first time, having your heart broken or the torment of an on-again-off-again relationship. "These songs were written more for myself than for a specific project, in an effort to explore feelings of vulnerability and ecstasy I had previously suppressed," she says on the EP. "I wanted them to sound lush, sparkly, and recreate euphoric feelings I experienced falling in love for the first time. They were all written without much thought or pressure from myself or anyone else, allowing me to lay my feelings out like I’ve never done before."
Aside from dropping her debut EP, the last 12 months have been a whirlwind adventure for this talented 25-year-old. Since dropping her debut single 'Try' in May last year, she has gone on to play a bunch of international shows and festivals such as SXSW and The Great Escape, support the DMA's national album tour in June, as well as sell-out all three shows on her Australian headline tour earlier this month. If that isn't impressive enough, Hatchie is also heading overseas next month for her USA tour as well as a couple of shows in London and Paris. Info and tickets available at hatchie.net
Sugar & Spice is out now via Ivy League Records. Have a listen below and let us know what you think!
Canadian singer-songwriter RALPH (Raffaela Weyman) has just dropped her new single 'Tables Have Turned' and boy, are we in love! A blend of retro pop synths, soft guitar and oh-so-relatable lyrics about love, 'Tables Have Turned' see's RALPH contemplate blossoming romance and how easily it changes from beginning to end. 'Tables Have Turned' is the third single RALPH has released within the last five months, following her collaboration with fellow Toronto musician and rapper TOBi on 'Girl Next Door' and the release of the lead single 'September Fades' from her upcoming debut album.
Have a listen to 'Tables Have Turned' below and check out her other tracks here.
Brisbane's favourite indie rockers, Last Dinosaurs, recently released their long awaited second album ‘Wellness’ via Dew Process/UMA and we're more than impressed! Three years in the making, 'Wellness' is a shimmering slice of indie guitar-pop, choc full of summery beats, infectious guitar riffs and Sean Caskey''s signature melancholic vocals. The current single ‘Apollo’ as well as the previously released single ‘Evie’, have both received additions to the triple j playlist as well as accumulating over 11.6 million streams online. To celebrate the arrival of the new record, the four piece are gearing up to hit the road for their triple j supported national ‘Wellness’ album tour. The tour will see the band travel across six states to headline some of the biggest venues of their career, including The Enmore Theatre in Sydney. The ‘Wellness’ 2015 Australian tour begins September 25th with tickets selling like hot cakes! Dates and ticket info can be found here. 'Wellness’ is available now in stores as well as online via iTunes and Spotify.
Today we're excited to bring you the exclusive premiere from Brisbane's alt-pop singer/songwriter Meredith. Her latest single, 'Levels' explores the struggle of letting other people "in" and follows the success of her 2014 debut single 'Jumpin Beds' which is still enjoying frequent spins on triple j Unearthed.
'Levels' is awash with smooth-as-velvet vocals and sweeping chimes, and sees Meredith at her most vulnerable. After a self-described "transformative process", suddenly the art she was creating - which had always been authentic - reached a new level of honesty. This first taste of her upcoming EP is impossible to ignore and stays with you for days after first listen. It's just a glimpse of what the alt-pop ingenue is gearing up to unleash on the world in the coming months: live shows and a video for the song are next on the horizon, with the EP release scheduled for early 2016. Written by Meredith herself and recorded by Steve Thornely at The Palace Studios, 'Levels' is an auditory exercise in introspection and a track that we could gladly listen to again and again. We suggest you sit back, get comfy and prepare to be entranced. Stay up to date with Meredith's antics via her Facebook and Instagram accounts.
With only one single to her name, nineteen year-old Kita Alexander is already well on her way to blowing up the Australian music scene. Born 1996 in Brisbane and raised in Port Macquarie, Kita developed an early love for music and started singing and playing the guitar when she was just 8 years old. Inspired by the rockers of the 80's, Kita cites Tom Petty, Rodriguez, Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Joe Cocker as some of her early influences.
After leaving high school and deciding to pursue music as a career, Kita started traveling and playing gigs between Brisbane and Sydney as well as landing herself a manager, Tim Manton (Angus & Julia stone), who now looks after her alongside US agency, TAP Management (Lana Del Rey). Since dropping the video for her debut track "My Own Way" on YouTube last May, Kita has spent the last several months writing with the likes of Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun as well as writer/producers involved with Sia and M83. Something tells us we'll be seeing a lot more of this dreamy indie-pop songstress in the future! You can check out Kita's debut single 'My Own Way' online here as well as follow her crazy ride on instagram here.
Melbourne songstress Ali Barter caught our attention late last year with her mesmerizing track 'Community' and now she's caught it again with a video clip for the her latest single, ‘Hypercolour’, taken from her forthcoming EP ‘AB-EP’ due for release in early September. 'Hypercolour' is a vivacious pop song combining delicate vocals and swirling muted guitar riffs to create a dreamy retro rock track that draws you right in. Directed by Rhys Mitchell and produced by Ruth Morris, the accompanying video clip features Ali playing a lunchtime gig in a Chinese restaurant with fortune cats, colourful disco balls and a hapless manager, played by actor Eric Mengel. "The song is about not needing outside opinions to validate how awesome you are and the clip takes a humorous spin on this idea..." Ali explains. You can watch the video clip for Hypercolour online here and ‘AB-EP’ will be available digitally and in-store, September 4th 2015.
Oh Wonder are a feel good electro-pop duo from London, that we're all sorts of in love with. After a few chance meetings four years ago, Josephine and Anthony began writing together, but it wasn't until last year that they decided to share their work with the world. In September 2014, the prolific songwriters devised an ambitious challenge; to release one track a month, for a year, on their SoundCloud. As their plan nears fruition, the talented duo will bring the curtain down on the project by releasing their self titled debut album on 4th September as well as making their live debut the same month. Every track released so far has topped the Hype Machine chart and, altogether, have garnered an incredible 33.5 million streams across SoundCloud and Spotify.
Their latest single and video ‘Drive', is an uplifting pop production that disguises the quietly dark, angst-ridden lyrics that explore the pained drive home after a break up; the conflicting feelings of freedom and justification. But it's the luscious guy-gal harmonies layered with pitch-perfect violins that make this beautiful pop tune work so well. Basically, if 'Drive' were a dessert, it would be a delectable red velvet cupcake and you'd definitely keep coming back for more. Oh Wonder will also be coming to Australia for the first time this summer to perform alongside the likes of Foals and Bloc Party at The Falls Music and Arts Festival as well as Southbound. For more info head to their website.
Elizabeth Lowell Boland aka Lowell is a rising Canadian singer-songwriter currently based in Toronto. With a sound reminiscent of Lykke Li and The Bird & The Bee, this quirky singer is making some serious waves in the music world with her catchy indie pop tunes. After the completing her first EP, I Killed Sara V in early 2014, she then went on to release her debut album, We Loved Her Dearly via Arts + Crafts Productions. We Loved Her Dearly is both intensely catchy and emotionally personal, with songs that touch on subjects such as sexual abuse and LGBT rights. Each song was written to empower not only herself but her listeners; to challenge gender conventions and social limitations, as well as to celebrate and uphold individuality. Lowell's brand of pop may be confronting in terms of her subject matter, but her dreamy melodies keep her songs catchy and fun. You can stream We Loved Her Dearly online now via Spotify or purchase it via Gallery AC.
Nineteen year-old singer/songwriter AYLA made her arrival on the Australian music scene in early 2014, with the release of her debut single, ‘Wish I Was’. The track was quickly picked up by Triple J, receiving plenty of airtime and becoming their 15th most played track for the year, along with the most played song on the national youth broadcaster by a solo female. The last 12 months have seen this young songstress signed to Italian music label, Ego Music (The Jezabels, Emma Louise) as well as touring the country with the likes of Husky, Bonjah and The John Steel Singers.
With the haunting opening line “Never seen so many people, never felt so all alone.” her latest single, ‘Waiting’ conveys the notion of feeling alone, even when surrounded. Vivid guitars, tight-knit drums, delicate synths and AYLA's powerful vocals make for an instantly likeable and compelling track, that will definitely give you all the feels. The good news is that AYLA has been busy working on new material and will release her debut EP in the coming months. 'Waiting' is available now on iTunes and can also be streamed online now via Soundcloud. For more info on AYLA visit her website and Facebook.