Posts Tagged ‘Byron Bay’

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Parcels have always been a band of extreme light and shade: they’re from surf hotspot Byron Bay in Australia but living in Berlin for years; their sweet-as-honey vocal harmonies rival the Beach Boys but their live shows can turn into slamming techno rave-ups. The band returns with an ambitious third studio album, “Day/Night“, a Double Record huge in scope and sound, whose hopeful messages of perseverance through difficult times are a balm for these uncertain times.

Navigating that second album hurdle can often prove to be one of the most challenging tasks for an artist. That sentiment was surely amplified for the trailblazing Australian disco gang Parcels after their 2018 self-titled debut, which took them across the globe and even saw them work alongside Daft Punk. It wasn’t hard to see why that record generated a tidal wave of excitement, Parcels have gone all in to produce a sprawling and inventive double album.

There are sonic worlds to be explored within each of ‘Day/Night”s 19 tracks. Opener ‘Light’ signposts this ambition by opening with a sparse meditative synth glow, before the song gradually wakes from its tranquil state to branch into shimmering jazz territory. Flowing straight into the spritely uplifting keys of ‘Free’, it quickly becomes apparent that Parcels are letting their musicianship shine with a more instant live feel.

The bond between the five-piece is evident throughout, with the tracks coasting from one to the next without losing sight of enjoyment and adventure. They’re unafraid to jump into the unknown, either. Crackling with ambient street noise, the orchestral ‘Inthecity’ comes as one of many thought-provoking moments for reflection.

There are shades of the immaculate disco jangle that won so many hearts on their debut as well. ‘Somethinggreater’ is a reclined and understated ‘70s anthem with a Chic guitar line and a bouncy bassline – they’ve come too far to completely cut loose from such a winning formula. Listeners who come for that liberating disco sound will undoubtedly stay for the reclined Thundercat-esque jazz that follows-up on ‘Daywalk’.

‘Shadow’ signals the transition from day to night as an operatic vocal beams down: “Lights out / Sun down.” The second half of ‘Day/Night’ feels darker and moodier, such as the glamorous piano-led ballad ‘Neverloved’, while the band start to dig deep into further opposing topics, like identity against anonymity and belonging against freedom. They never stray too far from their vintage stylings, though: ‘Famous’ comes with bags of disco flair to post a glitzy, neon-lit late-night cameo.

True to its core concept, the album is cyclical as the sweeping strings of closer ‘Inside’ roll back into the first track as soon as it’s over. It means you can jump in and out of Parcels’ vivid world any time you want – but you’re guaranteed to want to come back for more. This daring album sets yet another high bar for this band, and leaves us itching to find out where they’ll go next.

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Over the course of three albums Australian psych band Babe Rainbow have built an enthusiastic fanbase with their neo-hippie psych pop style. They’ve lately found an unexpected fan in actor, activist, and musician Jaden Smith. After hearing “Us and the Rainbow” from the band’s 2019 album “Today”, Smith connected with the band over Instagram and one of the year’s most unexpected pairing was born.

Though the track may initially seem like an oddball pairing, Jaden fits seamlessly into Babe Rainbow’s world of languid melodies and dreamlike instrumentals. As usual with Babe Rainbow, the new track is a gentle psych pop daydream, with the band and Smith guiding listeners through a wonderland of velvety atmosphere and euphoric summer haze. 

Along with the new single, the band have also announced details of their forthcoming fourth studio album, Changing Colours. The band decamped to Topanga Canyon last year to record with producer Kyle Mullarky before returning to The Music Farm studio in Byron Bay, Australia to finish the record with Wayne Connelly (The Vines, Neil Finn, You Am I). Together the band honed a psych sound informed by California beaches, easy going Laurel Canyon pop, and a trippy haze of melody, all coming together on Changing Colours, coming May 14th via Eureka Records through AWAL on digital and Flightless Records on vinyl.

Babe Rainbow’s new album ‘Changing Colours’ will be released 14th May 2021.

Skegss Vinyl Giveaway

Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most intoxicating acts to come out of Australia in years,” Byron Bay power trio Skegss deliver their new Catherine Marks (Manchester Orchestra, PJ Harvey, The Killers) produced album “Rehearsal”. A thrill ride through the band’s laissez-faire lifestyle and sun kissed narratives of love, friendship and youthful musings, they combine surf, garage, and slacker elements to create their dynamic sound here. The trippy cover art comes courtesy of frequent collaborator Jack Irvine

Released today, the highly-anticipated album from the Byron Bay rockers offers up 13 tracks of garage rock goodness.

Described as a “thrill ride through the band’s laissez-faire lifestyle and sunkissed narratives of love, friendship and youthful musings,” the second full-length record from Skegss sees the trio create a collection of tracks that “push the band’s ethos of rolling with the punches and making it out on top.”

Now that the album is finally out in the world, we thought we would celebrate it with everyone by running a very special Skegss giveaway!

Thanks to Loma Vista Recordings and Caroline Australia

New album “Rehearsal” Under exclusive license to Loma Vista Recordings. Distributed by Concord.

PLTS – ” Maelstrom “

Posted: June 22, 2018 in MUSIC
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Australian band PLTS, (pronounced ‘pilots’) have released a new single ‘Maelstrom’, showcasing their proclivity writing energetic yet soothing garage influenced grunge tunes. The track features warm chord textures, gripping vocal melodies and fuzz-drenched distortion that all culminate in an explosively heart-wrenching chorus.

Fresh off the buzz ‘Maelstrom’ has stirred, the band will be heading on a three-date national tour, where they’ll be performing at intimate venues across Brisbane, Sydney, and their hometown of Byron Bay.

The track revolves around some of the biggest challenges the band have faced as an entity, with a focus on overcoming intimate struggles within their personal lives.

“Writing this track proved the most challenging process we’ve navigated as a group to date, this shines through in a strong theme of melancholy”

“We chose to focus on a water theme, it’s such as significant theme in our personal lives and also is a great representation of the unpredictable nature and challenges in navigating the creation of music and in particular, this track. It’s a high-energy song and we can’t wait to convert that energy in to the live space. Delve beneath the surface and see things from the other side. Let the Maelstrom pull you in” the band explain.

If you’ve been riding the crest of the Aussie psychedelic rock wave for a while, you may already be familiar with down-under wonders, The Babe Rainbow. Their debut EP from Flightless Records  in Sept. 2015 (produced by Stu Mackenzie from King Gizzard ) made instant ripples on a label that just keeps delivering the goods. The band returns this summer with their debut full-length LP, and the timing just feels right. Can you say it could be the summer soundtrack?

The Babe Rainbow represents a slightly folkier, stripped-down and sweeter side of the Psych rock scene, and captures everything you loved about the late-60’s movement in the first place. If King Gizzard’s Paper Mâché Dream Balloon was your bag, you simply cannot go wrong with clicking the ‘Buy’ button. The Babe Rainbow’s debut EP went fairly fast and fetches quite a bit on the aftermarket, so don’t wait around too long!

The Babe Rainbow’s self titled debut album due out on Flightless Records on June 2nd 2017

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Space has always been cooler than Earth. It’s bigger for one thing and for another thing, Chewbacca lives there. Conclusion:. You know who else wins? The Galaxy Girls. They’re an extraterrestrial four piece who travelled forward through time (probably from the 90s) and landed in Byron Bay. They sound like if Lou Reed and Barbarella gave birth to four baby girls in a pile of mung beans. We like them a lot more than this shitty planet with its orange haired Presidents, dead Leonard Cohen’s and critically endangered mountain gorillas etc…. Scope their video for first single “Sunflower Stealer” shot by Nat Collins inside the actual belly of a black hole. And then tell everyone you heard about them ages ago.  Members, Claudia Rose, Elodie Gervaise, Kelly Hewitt , Juna Horstmans.

Great Psych video from the Babe Rainbow the band are from Byron Bay in New South Wales, the Australian based band ,The Babe Rainbow are a jangle psych band band . Their music recalls the early work of Tame Impala, their new single, “Planet Junior”, features some delicate guitar interplay, quick vocal drops, and heavy reverb.

Angus Dowling, Kool Breeze and Dr. Elliot Love-Wisdom; these are the three ‘purveyors of all things good and right in the world’, of the kaleidoscope tinged and blissfully magical band of THE BABE RAINBOW. nostalgia in both sight and sound,