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.
Since forming in 2013, Liverpool four-piece Circa Waves have already opened for the NME Awards tour alongside Interpol, Royal Blood and Temples, played a sold-out UK tour as well as huge international festivals like T-in the Park, Glastonbury Festival, and Splendour in the Grass - and now they've just released their highly anticipated LP "Young Chasers" via Dew Process/Virgin.
The 13-track indie-rock album features their most recent singles ‘T-Shirt Weather’ and ‘Fossils’ as well as 2014 radio and festival favourite ‘So Long’. Young Chasers is exactly what you'd expect from Circa Waves - an energetic and invigorating record with catchy hooks, fierce guitars and pounding drums that you can't help but sing and dance along too. Fans of the Kooks, the Libertines and the Killers, eat your hearts out. The album is available now via iTunes and can also be streamed online via Spotify. For more info on the band head to their website.
Purity Ring are a Canadian Electronic music duo comprising of Megan James and Corin Roddick. Former members of the indie rock act, Gobble Gobble, Megan and Corin signed with 4AD Records in 2011 and released their debut album 'Shrines' soon after. They quickly amassed a rabid fanbase, toured relentlessly and sold out shows worldwide, earning ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork and praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others.
The duo have just released their second album Another Eternity and we can't get enough of it. This time around, the duo have done away with the gorgeously claustrophobic atmospheres of their debut album and embraced a more open and luminous sound. Produced and recorded entirely by themselves, the dynamic and infectious record combines Megan's dreamy vocals and revealing lyrics with Corin's beautifully woven synths, evocative melodies and thumping beats. You can stream Another Eternity online here or purchase it online via iTunes.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2013 and touring around the country supporting the likes of Courtney Barnett, George Ezra and Sky Ferreira, Brisbane songstress Eves the Behavior (formerly known as Eves) is back with her new single 'TV'. Produced with the help of Sydney based producer Eric J, TV is a powerful and haunting track full of thumping drums, atmospheric lyrics and soaring vocals that leave you craving more. The accompanying video clip was directed by ARIA-nominated Josh Logue and features characters from Hannah's favourite literature and with dark cinematic settings typical of a David Lynch film. For more info head to her website and Facebook.
Australian Indie-folk singer songwriter, Jack Carty has just released his brand new single 'The Joneses', the lead track from his upcoming third album. Co-written with friend and music genius Josh Pyke, both artists' sound and talent really shine through on this indie-pop tune! Mixed perfectly with layered harmonies and a signature Carty sing-a-long hook, 'The Joneses' explores the melancholy that comes with comparison and expectation. Jack is currently on the road with Josh Pyke and will be joining Katie Noonan on tour soon after. Head to Jack's Facebook to find out when and where you can see this beautiful bearded man.
Brisbane's Little Odessa started as the resident band at a burlesque night and have quickly graduated to a band with multiple singles on Triple J, including the infectious track 'All Night', not to mention electrifying live shows that have made them a buzzworthy act on the Australian live music scene. A number of high-profile support gigs for the likes of Glass Towers, Velociraptor, The Delta Riggs, The Cairos and Hungry Kids Of Hungary also saw the band reach a wider audience. The future's looking bright for the young indie rockers with the recent release of their latest track, 'It's About Time' receiving high praise from across the blogosphere as well as the announcement of their East Coast tour kicking off early next month. For more info and gig dates head to their Facebook page.