Happy Tuesday Afternooooon, the year is wrapping up but the new music is not! New material from Warpaint, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Busby Marou.
WARPAINT - 'NEW SONG SOULWAX REMIX' (Remote Control)
Acclaimed L.A. foursome Warpaint have shared 'New Song (Soulwax Remix).' The single 'New Song'comes from the band's album Heads Up out now via Rough Trade / Remote Control. In addition, the band will tour Australia this February in support of the new album. The band’s studio albums (including 2014’s Warpaint) tend to emphasize moody atmospheres: gauzy keyboards, hypnotic harmonies and sinister grooves. In concert, however, the Los Angeles quartet—vocalist/guitarist Emily Kokal, vocalist/guitarist Theresa Wayman, bassist/vocalist Jenny Lee Lindbergand drummer/keyboardist Stella Mozgawa—pair this moodiness with bumped-up tempos and sinewy beats.
FAN GIRL - 'DISAPPEAR' (Independent)
Throughout 2016, us fresh faced noise makers Fan Girl released 3 singles, Disappear, Small Town and NoLita, off our upcoming debut record, self produced and co-mixed with James Cecil (Architecture in Helsinki/Super Melody).
Whilst we only launched the project in May, we have supported the likes of The Vines, Harts & Ecca Vandal, played an east coast tour including a spot on the King Street Crawl lineup in Sydney, and packed out venues like The Gaso & The Curtin. Big things are to come for Fan Girl in 2017!
'Disappear' features outer space Arabic riffz, an absurd amount of guitars, Revolver era harmonies and enough cowbell to please Christopher Walken.
'Disappear' has gone on to be played on Rage and has been streamed over 30,000 times in Brazil alone!
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - 'AMPUTATION' (Warner Music Australia)
The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album ‘Damage and Joy’ on March 24th on ADA / Warner Music. The album is their first since ‘Munki’ was released backed in the summer of 1998.
The album commences with their new single ‘Amputation’, in which waves of distorted guitar and Jim’s insouciant vocal delivery collide to create a hypnotic track which addresses his feelings of “being edited out of the whole music business… I felt like a rock ‘n’ roll amputation.”
Work on ‘Damage and Joy’ (a reference to the English translation of schadenfreude) began in September 2015, with producer Youth also contributing bass and diplomacy to proceedings during sessions in London, Dublin and Granada, Spain. Alan McGeefirst confirmed that a new JAMC album was on the way by telling Canada’s CBC Music: “They've made another album! It's a big deal! It's kinda enormous."
ELKI - 'GOLDEN AGE' (Independent)
Recorded with Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac) Golden Age encapsulates what makes ELKI one of the most interesting and intriguing new artists to emerge in 2016. Having already been feted by the likes of Stereogum and Pop Justice (on previous releases 'Thunder' and 'Sirens'), ELKI’s gift for songwriting lies in her ability to create a world that shimmers on the surface, with darker concerns lurking just below.
Like so many great songs, 'Golden Age' first grabs your attention with a striking melody, arrangement and vocal, before revealing more layers beneath with each subsequent listen. That, of course, is almost always the intention, but harder to pull off in practice. ELKI does it here with assuredness, and it’s a sign of many more great songs to come.
BUSBY MAROU - 'GETAWAY CAR' (Warner Music Australia)
Busby Marou, aka Thomas Busby & Jeremy Marou, have announced the release of their third studio album Postcards From the Shell House, featuring the first single Getaway Car. The single is now available as an instant grat with pre-orders of the album.
Postcards From The Shell House was recorded over the last 18 months with Jon Humeat The Stables studios in Gisbourne, VIC as well as during sessions on Great Keppel Island and on a boat. Yes, a boat. Postcards From The Shell House returns the pair to their roots in a number of ways. The shell house in question, an old heritage-listed building on Great Keppel Island off the coast of their native Rockhampton, has great significance. Early in their career Tom and Jeremy would sit around a campfire there and sing songs, one or two of which ended up on record. Last year, with producer Jon Hume (Evermore) in tow, that same method in the same location produced a few songs for the new album.
ALUNA GEORGE - 'NOT ABOVE LOVE' (Universal Music)
London duo AlunaGeorge will touch down in Australia later this month for the upcoming Falls & Field Day festivals in support of their latest album ‘I Remember’. Released in September ‘I Remember’ is the follow up to debut album ‘Body Music’ in 2013.
Their world has expanded immeasurably from the tiny London studio they started working in back in 2010. Somehow, in amongst the madness, they managed to find the time to write and record a follow-up album that confidently maintains their unique sonic palette – a soulful, pop-leaning take on downtempo dance and experimental R&B – but also takes it forward into bolder territories. Lead by the dancehall-tinged, ludicrously catchy banger “I'm In Control”, featuring Jamaican rapper Popcaan, it's an album that channels their experiences into a delicious melange of pop styles. “We were going for that holy grail of songwriting,” explains Aluna of the record. “It was an attitude of 'let's see what else we can do',” adds George.
KEEGAN JOYCE - 'COOMA' (Independent)
‘Cooma’ is the lead single release from Keegan Joyce’s debut album Snow on Higher Ground. Keegan Joyce is best known for his television roles on the ABC show’s ‘Rake’ (Fuzz) and ‘Please Like Me’ (Arnold) and was seen in musical productions of ‘Once’. Keegan is considered a folk/country singer-songwriter and actor with a musicology degree...none of it makes sense. His songs betray his innocent looks and his depth of lyricism is only complimented by his interesting but subtle musical stylings.
‘Cooma’ was written about the town in South East NSW, a longing to return to the simplicity of of holidaying with family. A love song for a time and place. Featuring rhythmic finger picking and a voice that defies the perception of difficulty as Keegan gracefully muses on the landscape with seeming ease.
TIM COHEN - 'MEAT IS MURDER' (Remote Control)
Tim Cohen has shared the second single from his upcoming album Luck Man which is out Friday 20th January, 2017 via Sinderlyn / Remote Control Records. 'Meat is Murder' debuts on FLOOD who describe the single as "lurch[ing] along a sleazy groove, Cohen sounding like Daughn Gibson doing his best Nick Cave."
Influenced by Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece as well as his one-time day job as a delivery driver - heard in 'Meat Is Murder' - and other daily travails, Cohen's Luck Man eschews focusing on overarching topics like love, hope or despair and instead, creates his own stories with fleeting, yet quietly complex characters and thoughts.
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