NEW MUSIC: Animal Collective release the clip for their new single ‘Prester John’

Animal Collective return with their brand new single ‘Prester John’, the first taste of their new album Time Skiffs and the first new music from the band since Painting With in 2016. The song retains the band’s signature psychedelic and kaleidoscopic sound, loping along on a trip-hop beat and a warm synth and bass propulsion. It reminded me of Clinic in parts but still with … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Animal Collective release the clip for their new single ‘Prester John’

VIDEO PREMIERE: Richard Cuthbert – Tomato Plants

Richard Cuthbert (he of Cuthbert & The Night Walkers fame), recently released his new single ‘Tomato Plants’, the second taste of his new album Daydreaming which is due out on November 5th. Now we get to experience the juicy video clip for the song. The new single ‘Tomato Plants‘ is another slice of concise and super-catchy indie guitar pop from Richard. The song ebbs and flows … Continue reading VIDEO PREMIERE: Richard Cuthbert – Tomato Plants

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: 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

NEW SINGLE/VIDEO: North Arm – Bring The Daylight

2021 sees the return of Sydney group North Arm, four years since the release of their sophomore album. ‘Bring The Daylight’ is the first single and title track from the band’s brand new album, due out on October 15th via Broken Stone Records and Remote Control. The song gently sways and pulses with a warm and encompassing sound built on swooning strings by J Walker (Machine Translations), economical guitar and rolling bass. It’s … Continue reading NEW SINGLE/VIDEO: North Arm – Bring The Daylight

NEW MUSIC: Work Party – NFG

Missing new sounds from Jesus Lizard, Black Flag, METZ etc? Lock your clock on Chicago band Work Party and their new track ‘NFG’ (No Fucks Given). It swings like a sledgehammer or an executioners axe – rough and raw, grinding and irreverent, this is post-punk meets noise rock par excellence. The middle section with spoken word is unsettling and humorous before the song lurches back … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Work Party – NFG

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: Vilde – Holograms

Vilde is an artist who has spent time living in Stockholm, Düsseldorf, Melbourne, Aarhus, and Norwich. ‘Holograms’ caught our ear with it’s sophisticated art-pop sound that reminded us of Wild Beasts, Scritti Politti, Japan and more. That high, androgynous voice decorating baroque electronic pop shapes, like a sonic wander through the post-modern section of a European art gallery. “We’re all following some sort of autobiographical … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Vilde – Holograms

NEW MUSIC: Last Wars – Get Away

This is Last Wars‘ take on the Flipper single ‘Get Away’, from the late 70s. I dig the way the different tracks and layers operate in their own segregated corners of the song. Primitive bass grooving away while synths cycle around, getting progressively weirder and wonkier with each digressive spin. The drums sound like they’re lifted from a Sisters Of Mercy practice session while the … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Last Wars – Get Away

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

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