NEW MUSIC: Shining Bird release video for new single and announce new 2021 album

Australian band Shining Bird are back with their first new music, ‘No Country For Dreaming’, ahead of their new album Deadlands, due out August 20th via Spunk Records. ‘No Country For Dreaming’ is a gorgeous and wistful wander through the landscape of Australia and the mind, draped in evocative and soulful, autumnal baroque folk-rock. Produced by Tim Whitten (The Go Betweens, Midnight Oil) and the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Shining Bird release video for new single and announce new 2021 album

NEW MUSIC: Low – Days Like These

Duluth Minnesota’s Low return with their first new release since the overwhelming sonic experience that was their last album Double Negative. From the opening harmonies of ‘Days Like These’ to the stark mirroring guitar chords and the fractured static and alien vocal effect, it’s clear they’re continuing to push the boundaries of song and sound on this new track, taken from the forthcoming BJ Burton-produced … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Low – Days Like These

NEW MUSIC: Loco Tranquilo – Golden Flower

Here’s a really nice upbeat slice of indie folk-rock from San Francisco artist Loco Tranquilo (Julian Gervasi). Surf guitars wobble, shimmer and jangle over the bubbly punch of the rhythm section. Gervasi adds the psychedelic folk vibe with a vocal style reminiscent of Devendra Banhart – that free-spirited, trippy, grinning-at-the-sun kind of sound. Recorded at Coyote Hearing Studios in collaboration with local producer Mackenzie Bunch (French … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Loco Tranquilo – Golden Flower

VIDEO PREMIERE: Balcony’s Paradise – Outta My Way

Ahead of the release of the new self-titled album tomorrow, we’re pleased to premiere the video clip for Balcony’s Paradise single ‘Outta My Way’. Featuring a German (Lorenz O’tool) and an Australian (Jeremy Tayler), the duo set up on a balcony in Victoria, looking towards Tasmania and captured their shared experiences on 4 track. ‘Outta My Way’ reminds me of Darcy Clay, the much missed … Continue reading VIDEO PREMIERE: Balcony’s Paradise – Outta My Way

Bats Galore… New music from within and around The Bats

Dunedin and indeed NZ music royalty The Bats have been pretty busy of late. They released their new LP Foothills last year, to wide acclaim, and earlier this month they also intriguingly released an instrumental version of the album on Bandcamp which gives a really interesting twist on the songs, allowing the rhythm section of perpetual motion and those sparkling guitars to take centre stage. … Continue reading Bats Galore… New music from within and around The Bats

NEW MUSIC: Toledo – Dog Has Its Day

This new track from Toledo caught our ear with its super laidback vibe – all jangly guitars, backbeat drums and hazy falsetto vocal. It reminded us of a cross between Kurt Vile and Sydney’s CJ Stranger but on a much more mellow tip. Folky indie guitar dream pop. Toledo is the project of Daniel Alvarez and Jordan Dunn-Pilz from Brooklyn, NY and this track comes … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Toledo – Dog Has Its Day

NEW MUSIC: The Notwist – Sans Soleil

We’ve always been partial to the music of The Notwist, the way they blend those beautiful sad-eyed vocal melodies with post-rock intricacy and krautrock rhythms. They exist in that sweet spot between song craft and experimental composition, always inventive and beguiling in their art-pop explorations. ‘Sans Soleil’ comes from the band’s first album in seven years, Vertigo Days, out January 29th on Morr Music. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Notwist – Sans Soleil

FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

Despite the weirdness and social and political fracturing of 2020, there were still plenty of great albums that saw the light of day – and that light was a salvation for many. You can check out our Post To Wire (alt-country, cosmic Americana & dark folk) Favourite Albums of 2020 HERE and Favourite AU & NZ Albums of 2020 HERE. Here are our 40 favourite … Continue reading FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Jessica – The Space Between

JESSICA THE SPACE BETWEEN INDEPENDENT (via Bandcamp) One half of folk-noir duo Jep and Dep (also featuring Darren Cross of Gerling), Jessica’s debut album takes the sound forged from that musical partnership and crafts it into her own ethereal and immersive world. Cross is still on hand as producer and engineer but it’s clear from the outset that this is Jessica’s singular and personal vision. … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Jessica – The Space Between

NEW MUSIC: Slark Moan – The Shore

Slark Moan is the clever twist of a name that Nashville musician Mark Sloan records his solo material under. Pre-pandemic he spent a bunch of the time on the road as a hired gun for acts such as Kelsey Waldon, Margo Price, Sam Outlaw, Erin Rae and more, but when he’s at home he creates his own musical universe – writing, playing, recording and producing his … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Slark Moan – The Shore

NEW MUSIC: Eoin Dolan – June Hope

The beautiful and ornate, baroque pop music of Eoin Dolan, from Galway, Ireland On the song ‘June Hope‘, Dolan explores some wonderful tones amid a minimal yet lush instrumental backdrop on this recent single from his new EP of the same name. Inspired by early John Lennon solo material, 1960s French pop and vintage calypso compilations, he’s already released three other EPs and three full … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Eoin Dolan – June Hope

NEW MUSIC: Black Rabbit George – Fingers Radio

File this one under psychedelic but it’s not of the manic garage rock or pop variety. ‘Fingers Radio‘ by the Gold Coast’s Black Rabbit George locks into a liquid bass and metronomic drum pattern right from the start and averts its gaze. That synchronicity and anchor allows Paul George (Tijuana Cartel) to wander vocally, like he’s negotiating a trip or a dream, drifting in blissed-out … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Black Rabbit George – Fingers Radio