SINGLE PREMIERE: Alex Watts – Moving Borders

Melbourne artist Alex Watts has a brand new single called ‘Moving Borders’ set for release next week and we’re very pleased to be able to premiere the track here on DS. It follows Watts’ previous 2021 singles ‘Overnormal‘ and ‘Damage‘ and finds him diving headlong into kaleidoscopic art pop where strings collide with glorious synths and crisp beats under a glittering mirror ball. Duran Duran … Continue reading SINGLE PREMIERE: Alex Watts – Moving Borders

Listen to A Place To Bury Strangers’ ‘I Need You’ from their Hologram EP

A Place To Bury Strangers are no strangers to noise, distortion and heavy effects. Sometimes it’s used for abrasive purposes but here those elements are like a warm sonic cocoon. Tendrils of electricity embrace the listener, pulling them up into the clouds on a dreamy bed of splintering guitar notes and gauze-like feedback, while the vocal and bass hold the centre in a zen-like state. … Continue reading Listen to A Place To Bury Strangers’ ‘I Need You’ from their Hologram EP

NEW MUSIC: Mallwalkers – Get Yr Cake

Coming on like an even twitchier, surging version of The Saints with horns and punk-edged rock n roll, Mallwalkers mix up a really nice sound on this new single. That cascading sound juts up against stop-start sections where things get jerky in a post-punk way. It’s a thrill a second from the Buffalo, NY band. ‘Get Yr Cake’ was the first single released from their … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Mallwalkers – Get Yr Cake

NEW MUSIC: Bored Shorts – Common Connections

Like David Byrne jamming with The Strokes on a coastal beach holiday or Parquet Courts and RBCF on a musical exchange program, Sydney / Eora via Dharawal / Illawarra group Bored Shorts cut some fine indie rock and slacker pop shapes on their excellent new single ‘Common Connections’. The song comes from their new album Way Off! which will be released Sept 3rd via Spunk! … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Bored Shorts – Common Connections

NEW MUSIC: Dolphin Midwives – Break

Cascading digital droplets of synths and celestial vocals abound on this track from Dolphin Midwives‘ recently released album Body Of Water. The work of Sage Fisher, the effect of nature meeting humans in a symbiotic digitised future. Reverb, delay, pitch adjustment and more effects create the microtonal otherworldly experimental art-pop sound, along with her harp playing. The closest comparison would be Bjork I guess – … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Dolphin Midwives – Break

NEW MUSIC: Franz Kirmann & Roberto Grosso – In Waves

Dark cosmic sounds abound on this recently released track by French electronic musician/producer Franz Kirmann & Italian guitarist Roberto Grosso. Much like the Fabels track we’ve also posted this week, this one also had us casting our mind back to the creeping electronic sounds of Massive Attack. No vocals here though, all of the atmosphere is created by haunting, see-sawing synths, processed and hypnotic guitar … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Franz Kirmann & Roberto Grosso – In Waves

NEW MUSIC: Anatomy Class – Reflector Shield

Australian band Anatomy Class release their second new single of 2021 with the sublimely melodic, indie rock sound of ‘Reflector Shield’. The trio continue their rich vein of form with the followup single ‘Reflector Shield‘ – a song that manages to sound both futuristic and nostalgic in its sonic architecture and richly melodic design. The band are perfectly at home sailing the proverbial winds of indie rock, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Anatomy Class – Reflector Shield

NEW MUSIC: Magnetic Heads – What You See Is What You Get

‘What You See Is What You Get’ is the third single to be released from Magnetic Heads’ forthcoming debut album Moral Outage (August 13th) on Broken Stone Records/Remote Control. In 2020, Sydney band Magnetic Heads released their first new music after a lengthy hiatus. ‘The Street‘, and its recent 2021 follow-up ‘Time Of Your Life‘, were glorious tastes of their return to the recording studio, where singer/songwriter Des Miller and producer/musician Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring, Lewis Goldmark) have created … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Magnetic Heads – What You See Is What You Get

NEW MUSIC: The Mirrors – On My Way

Melbourne group The Mirrors released this new single a few months ago and we’ve been meaning to spread the word about it. It caught our ear straight away with that melancholic smear of melody that runs across the insistent, robotic drums. It certainly draws on 80s post punk, New Order in particular comes to mind, with a really nice dream pop vibe thrown into the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Mirrors – On My Way

ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

Black Midi Cavalcade Rough Trade / Remote Control Records The new wave of prodigious, forward-thinking and bold UK musicians continues unabated as we near the middle of 2021. With the underground jazz scene taking its divergent strands overground to international acclaim and songwriters and players of the experimental indie rock persuasion, who were barely born when Radiohead released OK Computer, soaking up and reimagining all … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Black Midi – Cavalcade

NEW MUSIC: A bLUNT jESTER – Cat Door

Rhythm and funk is the name of the game on this track from Auckland, New Zealand producer A bLUNT jESTER, who’s already had success with previous releases on student radio in Aotearoa. He dials into an 80s aesthetic of movie soundtracks that lean towards a cold wave and sci-fi dance floor aesthetic. Clinical production qualities built around a half-man/half-machine drum sound make it sound like … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: A bLUNT jESTER – Cat Door

NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees

Here’s a fascinating new project for fans of Talk Talk and Mark Hollis. Seven musicians who were involved in the Talk Talk albums Spirit of Eden, Laughing Stock and Hollis’ solo LP have come together as Held By Trees, led by producer/composer David Joseph. They approached the recording in a similar way as they did under Hollis – emphasising spontaneous improvisation and keeping the best … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Held By Trees – In The Trees