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Five-minutes-plus of dream-pop delight comes on The Astrals’ ‘Disappearing’.

The project of Sydney artist Claire Simpson, she fuses a delicious blend of dream-pop and rock-gaze via fuzzy layers of captivating vocals and droning guitars.

“‘Disappearing’ is a song about attention,” she shares. “Attention can function as an umbilical cord to the universe, in that the more attention you pay; the more you get coaxed out of yourself and into the moment you’re occupying. It’s a means of feeling felt, like a form of analgesic for disappearing from time after you’ve lived it.”

Band Members
Clarie (guitar/vocals), Jasper (guitar), Tom (bass), Leon (drums), Monique (synth),

“Disappearing” written by Claire Simpson Released on: 2020-03-19

‘Sand Dunes’— a new single by Bonniesongs released as a benefit for wildlife charities helping to preserve and restore Australian wildlife following on from the devastation from recent bushfires.

The track is the first piece of new material to be shared since the Australian Irish art-folk virtuoso’s debut album Energetic Mind, released last year through Small Pond Records in the UK and Art As Catharsis in Australia.

According to reports, almost half a billion animals have been impacted by the bushfires in New South Wales brought on by record-breaking temperatures and months of sustained drought. In response, Bonniesongs will donate all proceeds from ‘Sand Dunes’ to WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) a charity whose mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.

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Commenting on the track, Bonnie explains: “‘Sand Dunes’ was inspired by a trip I took part in with large improvising ensemble The Splinter Orchestra. We were exploring and recording in the vast natural landscape of Mungo National Park. Mungo is one of the most powerfully resonant environmental and cultural sites in Australia. I found that connecting with the land as well as the sharing of. as the sharing of this connection with like minded artists to be a significant experience in my life. It is in a part a love song for that place and time. In response to the recent bushfire devastation I would like to release this song in honour of Australia’s natural landscape and wildlife”.

Released February 6th, 2020
Vocals + Guitar by Bonnie
Cello by Freya Schack-Arnott

Bonnie’s sweet ethereal vocals sail over the polyrhythmic backgrounds created between her mandolin, percussion and vocal loops. Her imaginative lyrics tell stories of treehouses, mice, birds, flying and video games.
Described as “dreamy experimental indie folk” and compared to artists such as Bjork and Joanna Newsom, Bonniesongs is creating a unique sound in the Sydney songwriting scene.
 

A beautiful record of patient music. Layers of sound and rhythm creating atmospheres that sublimely match the lyrical content. “Ice Cream” is a near-perfect song

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Art-folk virtuoso Bonniesongs, aka Bonnie Stewart, and will release her debut album “Energetic Mind” on 6th September 2019, via Small Pond and Art As Catharsis.

Released September 6th, 2019

Bonnie Stewart: vocals, guitar, banjo, drums, percussion
Freya Schack– Arnott: cello
Thomas Botting: double and electric bass
Alyx Dennison and David Trumpmanis: guitar noodles, bass synth and zombie vocals

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Sydney-based quartet  Body Type released their critically acclaimed debut EP1 last year and generated a huge buzz after playing SXSW in 2019. The band who comprise of Sophie McComish (guitar and vox), Annabel Blackman (guitar and vox), Georgia Wilkinson-Derums (bass and vox), Cecil Coleman (drums) released their second EP, entitledEP2 this year. “Free To Air” may well be the tune that initially hooks people in. It’s slightly more reflective than their previous release the spiky jagged glory that was “Stingray” but proves that Body Type has got what it takes to make a huge dent in 2020.

“Free To Air” eddies and flows driven by spidery guitars and gorgeous vocal harmonies. It’s a song tinged with beauty and poignancy and is a perfect example of how to craft artful, dazzling, intelligent evocative indie-pop with some style.

Stingray is lifted from EP2, out now via Partisan Records & Inertia Music:

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Body Type’s second EP sounds a step removed from the snarling attitude that the Sydney band exhibited on its debut EP from last year. They gravitate toward more confident hooks, even amid a greater sense of atmosphere. Everything about Body Type on “EP2” sounds bigger, their soaring rock songs built around fuzzy harmonies and barreling energy. On “Stingray,” they sing about an animal that has no spine but is still eager to shock — an apt analogy from a band whose music goes from placid to incisive on the turn of a dime, like a stingray lying in wait for its prey.

“Stingray” is lifted from EP2, out now via Partisan Records & Inertia Music:

When they first came to prominence, the DMA’s copped a lot of Oasis comparisons, mostly due to Tommy O’Dell’s Gallagher-esque sneer and the band’s penchant for dressing for the Manchester mist rather than the Sydney sunshine. But over the course of two albums, it has become clear that they are closer in sound to other Northerners like the Verve, the Stone Roses, and the Charlatans – bands that deal in chorused-out guitars, peeling melodies and baggy beats – with the odd strum-along to break things up. Silver is a tender tune, a shimmering summery song that straddles their Preset-produced second record, and the heart-on-sleeve balladry of their debut single Delete. Of course, anyone with enough guitar pedals can approximate a classic sound, but top-shelf songwriting and O’Dell’s ringing bell of a voice means that DMA’s stand alone, despite the many comparisons.

Our new album ‘For Now’ is out now. Includes the new singles ‘In The Air’, ‘Dawning’ & the title track ‘For Now’.

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With only one week to go until Boy & Bear’s new album drops, the band has unveiled a new clip for title track “Suck On Light”. The new music video was captured on Super 8 film and takes fans behind the scenes of the sold-out Australian leg of the Hold Your Nerve Tour. After the most tumultuous period of their lives both personally and professionally, Boy & Bear are back with a triumphant new single, ‘Hold Your Nerve’, their first new music since 2015’s Gold-selling Limit of Love.

“The song is about hope,” frontman Dave Hosking said, after revealing in May he has been suffering from a debilitating illness since the release of Moonfire in 2011.

“The moment I personally started to feel like I was on the improve, the moment things started to look up. The choruses always felt like a celebration of life and I think that sentiment carries across the song as a whole.”

Band Members
Dave Hosking , Killian Gavin , Tim Hart , Jon Hart , Dave Symes

Suck On Light is out next Friday, September 27th.

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Alex Cameron’s newest and most musically expansive LP, the glistening Miami Memory”, takes a surprising turn. Cameron’s flair for narrative and character are still on full display; yet Miami Memory’s most frequent narrator is, for the first time, Cameron himself—singing with stunning candor of his three-year relationship with his girlfriend.

“When you listen to these songs, and you’re waiting for the twist, or the joke, or any kind of discomfort, I can assure you none of those things were there when I wrote them,” says Cameron. “These are true stories, of actual events. Specific but never esoteric. And graphic but never offensive. Miami Memory is the story of a couple balancing sex with contemporary family values…It’s my gift to my girlfriend, a symbol to hoist on the totem of love.”

Though remnants of his synth-driven earlier work sneak in to unsettle the tone, the bulk of Miami Memory, produced by Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty) and recorded and mixed by Marta Salogni (Björk, Kelela), revels in the emotional overdrive of classic dad rock, its warm, anthemic songs driven by bass, guitar, sax, and layers of Vegas wedding chapel-ish organ.

Cameron’s dad rock funhouse of an album ultimately twists and subverts the genre: it recalls classics the white male ego has historically visited for its regular adrenaline injection, and morphs them into a singular “stepdad” rock that largely turns its lens away from the dads, celebrating the demise of old norms of gender and power. In his depiction of his relationship, Cameron reveals a striking honesty about love and sex in a time where a palpable fleetingness hangs over everything from relationships to human life on this planet—but also where constricting mores have deteriorated enough to let “family life,” in all its morphing forms, exist outside of social obligation. With arresting straightforwardness, Cameron now sings as himself, paying tribute to sex, female empowerment, family and responsibility, and, to his love.

’Stranger’s Kiss (Duet With Angel Olsen)’ from ‘Forced Witness’ out Sept 8th on Secretly Canadian

The BUOYS – ” Inside Outside “

Posted: September 6, 2019 in MUSIC
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The Buoys are a band who know how to play their instruments but who also do not suck. A tricky balance, but they achieve it brilliantly. With the release of their debut EP ‘Soft Boy’ and a sophomore EP not too far off, all female Sydney 4-piece The Buoys have a lot to send to your ear holes by way of unrelenting fuzzy guitar tones.

Their bright power-pop songs are catchy, their energy on stage is fun and vibrant and, as mentioned, the musicality is first-class. No one is left disappointed.

Band Members
Hilary – Lead Guitar
Courtney – Bass
Tess – Drums
Zoe – Vocals/Guitar

While I Know Leopard may wear their sequinned influences on their sleeves with pride, “Love Is A Landmine” has more than enough personality and promise to make it an exciting listen, rather than just a nostalgic one.

Sydney’s I Know Leopard have been around the block with their ‘70s-inspired synth-pop tunes but something seems to have clicked with their latest album Love Is A Landmine.

The 11 songs here impress as a debut and offer something new without falling into a rose-coloured nostalgia pool. Warm, catchy and damn-near irresistible, just like Heather, it makes us want to get our shit together.

“Love Is A Landmine” New Album Out Now