NEW MUSIC from rapid-fire Perth punks Last Quokka

Metronomic mayhem abounds on this latest single from West Australian group Last Quokka. A killer stop-start bass sound kicks things off before the rest of the band lock and load. There’s a jerk and wired aesthetic to ‘Cue‘ that contrasts perfectly with the moments where the ripping guitar chords and electrically charged riffs gatecrash the track. You can hear Parquet Courts and Eddy Current Suppression … Continue reading NEW MUSIC from rapid-fire Perth punks Last Quokka

NEW MUSIC from noisy Chicago Krautrock/post-punk group Koalra

‘The Fires Burned‘ drops the gears and hits the accelerator, immediately levelling out at cruise controlled high speed sense of urgency, there’s a Krautrock insistency locked into the rhythm section – as much chug and churn as narcotised tunnel vision. Mantra-like vocals intone deep nothings across the pealing and swirling guitars. Distortion harnessed like a controlled back burn – where the forest meets the desert. This … Continue reading NEW MUSIC from noisy Chicago Krautrock/post-punk group Koalra

NEW MUSIC: Preamp Disaster – Above The Bloodline

Swiss band Preamp Disaster released their new album By The Edges earlier this month and the main single from it is this giant, swinging slab of heavy, metallic post-rock – ‘Above The Bloodline‘. The song is one of those tracks that builds and builds in intensity and density across three minutes before the dynamics splinter and take a deep breath before the vocals enter the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Preamp Disaster – Above The Bloodline

NEW MUSIC: Jessica – Oh I See It

Late last year, Sydney songwriter Jessica released her second album, With Reverie. In contrast to her debut The Space Between (2020), which was based around her guitar playing, its followup is an album composed and performed beautifully on piano. The connective tissue between the two albums is Jessica’s haunting, elegiac voice. Part ethereal and dreamy, part heart wrenching and all consuming – whichever way you hear … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Jessica – Oh I See It

NEW MUSIC: Syndrom Samazvanca – Alimpijada-20

Cosmic Krautrock rhythms, mystical atmospheric electronica and psychedelic space rock are the orders of the day on this superb instrumental track from this Belarusian duo. They cite both CAN and King Gizzard as influences and that’s a good description of the heady grooves at play on this track. The song comes from Syndrom Samazvanca‘s (translated as “imposter syndrome”) new album Sonk, out now via streaming services … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Syndrom Samazvanca – Alimpijada-20

NEW MUSIC: Black Country, New Road release new single ‘Snow Globes’

Black Country, New Road have just shared a new single titled ‘Snow Globes‘, the fourth track to be taken from their second album, Ants From Up There, which will be released February 4 on Ninja Tune. Last year’s For The First Time was our favourite album of 2021 so we’re damn excited to hear the new one in a few weeks! The track sees the band shift between delicacy and … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Black Country, New Road release new single ‘Snow Globes’

NEW MUSIC: Destroyer – ‘Tintoretto, It’s For You’. New album coming in March! 

Dan Bejar (Destroyer) is back with a brand new album Labyrinthitis coming in March (25th) via Bella Union. It’s being described as brimming with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Dan Bejar’s notes woven through by a trove of allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. The record circuitously draws ever inward, each turn offering giddy surprise, anxious esoterica, and thumping emotionality at … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Destroyer – ‘Tintoretto, It’s For You’. New album coming in March! 

NEW MUSIC: Fontaines D.C. return with new single ‘Jackie Down The Line’

The Irish quintet Fontaines D.C. are back with a brand new single, taken from their new album Skinty Fia coming out on April 22nd. Superb sonics abound on the track, with the acoustic guitar/drums interplay giving the song a glorious clatter and jangle as a mantra of melodies and exposition cascade above. Word is that the album is part bittersweet romance, part darkly political triumph … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Fontaines D.C. return with new single ‘Jackie Down The Line’

NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding releases new single ‘Lawn’ and announces new LP

Aldous Harding has released her new single/video ‘Lawn’ today and announced that her new album Warm Chris will be released on March 25th via 4AD. For Warm Chris, the New Zealand musician reunited with producer John Parish, continuing a professional partnership that began in 2017 and has forged pivotal bodies of work (Party and  Designer). All ten tracks were recorded at Rockfield Studios and includes contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Aldous Harding releases new single ‘Lawn’ and announces new LP

NEW MUSIC: Glaascats – For Supper

Here’s a great low key song from Swiss group Glaascats. Those guitar chords are what makes it work so well, with the vocal counterpoint adding to the gently tumbling, melancholic feel. There’s jangle and shimmer running through the track that builds the dreamy indie vibe perfectly. The single comes from the trio’s new album Witness The Fall. Other than that I don’t know much else … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Glaascats – For Supper

DS FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2021

Another year around the sun with headphones on or speakers sending sonic vibrations around the house, as I immersed myself in the many excellent albums that were released in 2021. Lockdown provided the perfect escapist excuse to go deep with listening, finding new and fascinating artists and sounds while still digging new releases from longtime favourites. Black Midi, Black Country, New Road and Infinity Broke … Continue reading DS FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2021

NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Cong! The Singer

Here’s another winner from Melbourne artist Cong Josie, the frayed nerve endings of ‘Cong! The Singer’. It’s an urgent and insistent sound, shrouded in electronic anxiety and the sweaty palmed fever dream delivery of Alan Vega from Suicide. Psychobilly meets cold wave art pop. Cong Josie is the moniker of Nic Oogjes of Heat Beat ensemble NO ZU and his new album Cong! is a … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Cong! The Singer