COOL SOUNDS RELEASE THE BREEZY FUNK OF ‘6 OR 7 MORE’

On the new single and across the new album Like That, the Melbourne group Cool Sounds‘ usual jangle-pop sparkle has been supercharged by a disco-glam stomp, making for their most immediate record yet. Like That finds a bright pop-funk sweet spot between Ian Dury & the Blockheads, Hot Chip and 80s Francois K mixes. On this track you can also hear the enigmatic twitch and jerk of … Continue reading COOL SOUNDS RELEASE THE BREEZY FUNK OF ‘6 OR 7 MORE’

FENN WILSON RELEASES THE DARK, SWIRLING BEAUTY OF ‘HOWL’

Melbourne songwriter Fenn Wilson has released his latest single ‘Howl‘ from this forthcoming album Honey Dates Death (ghazal), out early 2023. The song highlights Wilson’s rich vocal sound and his way with melodies that weave together and soar skyward while managing to be both tough and tender. The instruments rock in an ornate and emotive way, recalling Jeff Buckley in the swing of the rhythm section … Continue reading FENN WILSON RELEASES THE DARK, SWIRLING BEAUTY OF ‘HOWL’

DARK AND DREAMY GOODNESS FROM DOUBLE VANITY

Melbourne trio Double Vanity have released ‘Night Moves’, a magical new single taken from their upcoming concept album ‘Love To Leave You‘, via Psychic Hysteria. It follows the equally compelling and hypnotic first single ‘Elevator‘. The single is a dreamy swoon through vintage synths and drum machines – a dystopian torch-song given heart and soul via the Chrissy Amphlett meets Marianne Faithful in a Twin Peaks … Continue reading DARK AND DREAMY GOODNESS FROM DOUBLE VANITY

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

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

NEW MUSIC: The Attractor Beams – Only

Man, what a killer song. The Replacements meets Slint and Television seems to be the through-line when referencing The Attractor Beams‘ music. You can hear that for sure – in the the ragged vocal that walks a tightrope between desperation and enthusiasm and the Television styled push-and-pull bass lines. The guitar run the gamut of sonic scree to low-slung Westerberg chords. ‘Only’ is a glorious … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Attractor Beams – Only

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

NEW MUSIC: Plaster Of Paris – Danceflaw

We’ve been loving the brand new album from Melbourne group Plaster of Paris and ‘Danceflaw’ is the perfect example of the rhythm, groove, jagged edges, attitude and melodic interplay that the trio have struck right across the record. It’s sweet and nasty, slinky and brash – all at the same time. The disco-punk track is an untethered celebration of the queer spaces, bars and venues … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Plaster Of Paris – Danceflaw

NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Persephone

The drama is high on this recent single from Melbourne artist Cong Josie. It sways, pulses and seduces like the love child of Suicide and early primitive Depeche Mode. That said, there’s a lushness to the sound. Tropical funk in a woozy state of sunstroke or The Cramps sipping piña colada’s poolside. Cong Josie is Nic Oogjes, best known as the bandleader of heat beat … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Cong Josie – Persephone

Anatomy Class release video clip for their single Welcome To The Ages

Australian band Anatomy Class are excited to release the video clip accompanying their new 2021 single ‘Welcome To The Ages‘ directed and animated by stop-motion animators Eleanor & Giovanni. As Ant Rosen explains, the whole creative process of putting together the clip, was a highly rewarding experience. “Working on the video for ‘Welcome To The Ages’ was a really cool process. Eleanor & Giovanni work out of their home studio space in Canberra and I was drawn to … Continue reading Anatomy Class release video clip for their single Welcome To The Ages

ALBUM REVIEW: Cable Ties – Far Enough

Cable Ties Far Enough Poison City Records Cable Ties’ debut album introduced a band built on fiery punk passion and melodic post-punk intensity. Now, three years later, they taken that template and made the loud parts louder, the hooks catchier and pushed their visceral and primitive 70s rock shapes more to the fore. Sonically, the band’s sound still recalls the stinging guitar leads and interesting … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Cable Ties – Far Enough

NEW MUSIC: Champion Motorist – Dear Liars

‘Dear Liars’ is a new track from Melbourne post-rock duo Champion Motorist. Andrew McLaughlin (guitar & synths) and Paul Shea (drums) are clearly at the atmospheric post-metal end of the post-rock spectrum and this track, from their new EP Slight Return, travels a magnificent arc from the scene-setting tension and slow build dynamics through to the four minute mark, where that dissipates into the aether before … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Champion Motorist – Dear Liars