NEW MUSIC: Bryan Estepa – Back To The Middle

Sydney songwriter Bryan Estepa has just released his brand new Josh Pyke-produced EP Back To The Middle, including its title-track single. The song kicks off like an 80s Springsteen outtake before settling into an irresistible head-nodding rhythm and a super-catchy chorus that swells with an Elvis Costello organ and a Beach Boys-sounding pop exuberance. ‘Everything You Wanted’ changes gear into a wistful Americana-tinged power pop … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Bryan Estepa – Back To The Middle

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: 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: Tearjerker – Deep End

Tearjerker recently released this video clip for their new single ‘Deep End’, a dreamy, drifting slice of indie guitar rock that impresses with its slow-motion, heavy-lidded sound. Guitar notes unfurl and dissolve over the metronomically simple yet effective drumming and cyclical rhythmic quality of the song. Things take a beautifully hypnotic and immersive turn as the song fades from view in an ether of ambience … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Tearjerker – Deep End

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

NEWS: Ups and Downs Release New EP Another Country

The EP, featuring covers of iconic songs by Wire, XTC, The Comsat Angels, The Korgis and The Passions is out now via Basketcase Records/Redeye Worldwide Australia’s favourite jangly guitar/paisley popsters Ups and Downs return with this five track EP of covers of much-loved new wave and post punk tunes from the ’80s! They say the past is ‘another country’, and it is well worth revisiting as Ups and Downs lovingly reclaim alternative classics by XTC, Wire, The Passions and The Comsat Angels. One of … Continue reading NEWS: Ups and Downs Release New EP Another Country

NEW MUSIC: Empasse – Ultraviolet

Let’s kick off the new week with some really nice post-rock sounds out of Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) in New Zealand. If you dig the type of music created by Mogwai and Jakob then this will be your kind of thing. ‘Ultraviolet’ is moody, dark and ominous even when it’s not heavy. It’s cinematic too, but still operates in a compositional rock format. Empasse is the work … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Empasse – Ultraviolet

NEW MUSIC: Koalra – Dear Daylight

Hailing from Chicago Illinois, Koalra cut some fine indie rock shapes on this single ‘Dear Daylight’. There’s the rough and tumbling guitars – part jangle, part visceral screes – post-punk rhythms and a voice that hollers and sings with a beautiful melancholic angst. It all fits together just right on the single, one of many great tracks on their EP Surprise Lights. Koalra call themselves … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Koalra – Dear Daylight

NEW MUSIC: Dei Lucrii – Devil’s Thumb / Scathe By The Bull

Dei Lucrii are a psychedelic noise-punk quartet based in Los Angeles California who’ve just released their new EP Devil’s Thumb. Below you can check out the first two tracks from the release, both of which hit the accelerator and burn ominous rubber across the melting highway bitumen. There are shades of stoner rock and punk, with a dark and heavy underbelly, in their sound. You can … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Dei Lucrii – Devil’s Thumb / Scathe By The Bull

NEW MUSIC: Blue Canopy – St. Albans

Here’s a really nice slice of 60s-tinged, indie guitar pop from Portland-based artist Alex Schiff who records under the name Blue Canopy. The vocal layering in particular grabbed our attention with their tripped-out Beach Boys vibe. ‘St. Albans‘ comes from his debut EP Mild Anxiety which is out now. “St. Albans is about an old friend who I lost touch with, but consistently visits me … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Blue Canopy – St. Albans

NEW MUSIC: BastienGOAT – Hexane

  There’s a great blend of cold industrial percussion and hot-blooded bass tones throughout this new track but US electronic producer BastienGOAT. Hailing from Pinole, CA, he’s just released his new Fumes EP – two tracks that carve some hard pummelling rhythms with haunted sci-fi sounds. A nod to the dynamics of drum & bass but firmly placed in the techno realm. There’s also a … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: BastienGOAT – Hexane

NEW MUSIC: Champ Major – Enjoy

Madison Major of Brooklyn, New York is Champ Major, an experimental folk artist who’s aesthetic is one of creating a sonic environment to match her songs and stories. In the case of ‘Enjoy’ from her EP Receipe For Baking Two Humans Together, it’s a thick and foggy sound, akin to a radio transmission from a distant time and place. Acoustic guitar and a yearning voice … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Champ Major – Enjoy