NEW MUSIC: Best Move – A Phrase

Taken from their new EP Mirror Image Twins, Best Move ride an intricate drum pattern and sparkling, chiming guitars with a wonderful mix of wide-eyed melodies and a bittersweet undercurrent on this track ‘A Phrase’. Art pop angles abound, colliding with infinite pop sensibilities and making for a mesmerising listen. Like Elliott Smith duetting with High Llamas. Best Move are the Sacramento-based trio of Kris Anaya, Joseph Davancens, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Best Move – A Phrase

NEW MUSIC: Damien Binder – Everything But

Following the release of his first single for 2021, ‘Here It Is’, Perth-based New Zealand singer-songwriter Damien Binder releases its follow-up ‘Everything But’. The new single ‘Everything But‘ continues Damien’s exploration of a new stylistic direction. He’s taken his proven credentials as a consummate songwriter and married them with the acclaimed production nous of Matt Gio (Katy Steele, Birds of Tokyo, Abbey May, Rudimental). The melodies sound even sweeter, the songs more … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Damien Binder – Everything But

ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

Squid – Bright Green Field (Warp Records / Inertia Music) The last year or two have felt like yet another golden period of forward-thinking UK music. There has been a fascinating sonic collision of indie, jazz, post-punk, art-rock and avant-pop that has thrown forth various musical enigmas such as Black Midi, Black Country, New Road, Shame, Dry Cleaning and the various jazz-based incarnations of Shabaka … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Squid – Bright Green Field

NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Maybe

JW Francis hits a super-melodic collision of indie pop and woozy, rich and warm hazy psych funk on this new track. You can hear the influence of acts such as Beck and Phoenix alongside contemporaries Mac DeMarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and even the more commercial indie pop strains of Boy Pablo. ‘Maybe’ is fun but it’s not frivolous, with sonic details in the rhythm section … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: JW Francis – Maybe

NEW SINGLE: Squid – Paddling [video]

UK avant post-punk group Squid have released another single from their forthcoming new LP Bright Green Field, out May 7th on Warp Records. “Written from two different perspectives, Paddling is a song about the dichotomy between simple pleasures and decadent consumerism. Recounting a familiar scene from Wind & The Willows, the song reminds us that although we are humans, we are also ultimately animals that … Continue reading NEW SINGLE: Squid – Paddling [video]

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: Damien Binder – Here It Is

Damien Binder is back with his new single ‘Here It Is’, the first taste of his forthcoming fifth solo album. New Zealand readers will be familiar with the trajectory of his career which began as the frontman for Auckland post-punk band Second Child from the late 80s and through the 90s. Damien’s now based in Perth and has teamed up with producer Matt Gio for … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Damien Binder – Here It Is

NEW MUSIC: Bryan Estepa – Trick of the Light [video]

In 2020, Bryan Estepa released two new songs, continuing on from the success of his exceptional 2019 album Sometimes I Just Don’t Know. The second of those singles, ‘Admit Now, Pay Later’, received a video premiere on Rolling Stone Australia, was featured on NME Australia and had strong national radio airplay – including selection as one of the featured Singles of the Week on 2ser FM in Sydney.  ‘Trick of The Light’, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Bryan Estepa – Trick of the Light [video]

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

NEW MUSIC: Wilding – Swipe Right

Cosmic psych pop is the order of the day on this new track from Melbourne artist Wilding. He’s got a brand new album called The Death Of Foley’s Mall out now on Half A Cow Records and ‘Swipe Right‘ is one of a series of character-study songs Wilding wrote about people who live in his neighbourhood of Coburg, Victoria. This single has a a brilliant … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Wilding – Swipe Right

NEW MUSIC: Chateau Chateau – I Saw Your Face

Synchronised guitar and vocal melodies are the winning tickets on this new track from Chateau Chateau out of Tucson, AZ. There’s an indie pop sound at play but with just enough melancholy and post-punk depth to the rhythm section to make it stand out above the plethora of other indie pop acts plying their trade in 2020. This song in particular sounds like a cross … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Chateau Chateau – I Saw Your Face

NEW MUSIC: Boy Pablo – Honey + Rest Up

Last month, Norwegian pop-wunderkind Boy Pablo released ‘Honey‘, the second single from his forthcoming new album Wachito Rico (out Oct 23rd). The stylised video for ‘Honey’ continues the story of his romantic adventures with girlfriend Sofia who heads to Antwerp to continue horticulture studies, as well as his ongoing rivalry with arch-nemesis Nacho. The videos feature narration by Tiger King star Rick Kirkham. He’s also just dropped … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Boy Pablo – Honey + Rest Up