New music for your ears including David Bowie, Blood Orange, Gunns, Slumberjack, Us The Band, Makeness & more!
DAVID BOWIE -★(BLACKSTAR)
The music is similarly outré, 10 minutes of interstellar art-rock and ritualistic chanting and melodramatic balladry and even some playful funk. In scope and audacity, it’s closer to the cocaine-fueled fantasias of 1976’s “Station to Station” than almost anything he’s done since. It’s certainly worlds away from the relatively staid songs on his 2013 comeback album “The Next Day”, which could be looked back on as a warm-up, an explorer getting his space legs back after years on land. The ‘Blackstar’ at the center of the song takes the form of a messianic figure whose intentions are certainly questionable and probably destructive. “You’re a flash in the pan/ I’m the great I Am,” Bowie sings in character, poking fun at our need to explain the inexplicable while remaining as perplexing and powerful as ever.
FAT WHITE FAMILY – WHITEST BOY ON THE BEACH (CONSENT)
Fat White Family have, over the last two years, earned a reputation as one of the most incendiary live bands on the planet, but beyond the sweat, violence and, on occasion, butter lies a band armed to the teeth with songs, from the broodily sexy ‘Touch The Leather’ to the lecherous glam of ‘I Am Mark E Smith’.
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS – HOT COALS (COMMUNITY MUSIC / CREATE CONTROL)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros front man Alex Ebert says of the new material, "We've been on for a while now, but it's like we just turned on a new page in the old book with the inscription: serve your power and work beyond reason. We have. Here's a large helping of it.”
MAKENESS – ROGUE (GOOD MANNERS)
Makeness can be mapped to the vast, open hills of Scotland, and a desolate ridge of the same name where producer and songwriter Kyle Molleson arrived after a less-trodden path. His childhood was spent moving between Edinburgh, The Outer Hebrides and South West England, before an interest in music and technology in part led to a degree in Electronics at Leeds University. Here, playing bass in Glad Hand led to numerous trips north of the border, where the band worked on an album in the hillside studio he helped build.
BLOOD ORANGE – SANDRA’S SMILE (DOMINO)
‘Sandra’s Smile’ is a marked change of pace from, ‘Do You See My Skin Through the Flames?’, the piercing Blood Orange protest song Hynes released this past summer. Instead of opting for that song’s sobering sound collage approach, “Sandra’s Smile” is a glittering R&B elegy, driven by Hynes’ lithe programmed beats, saxophone solos, and a troupe of background singers. At one point, he references Fulton’s words specifically: “I mean, why should she forgive?/ Do we lose you if we don’t?” In “Sandra’s Smile”, black grief at the hands of America is channeled into a source of strength, all of that gnawing pain and frustration metamorphosed into something victorious for tomorrow.
GUNNS – SHE’S A RAINBOW (SPINNING TOP)
Four piece indie rockers Gunns are today dropping their brand new surf-tinged dream pop gem, ‘She’s A Rainbow’ the first cut from the band’s upcoming debut EP set for release next year. As well as dropping what’s going the be one of the most local EPs of the year, the WA based collective will also be supporting indie rock royalty Albert Hammond Jnr (from The Strokes) during his tour in February in 2016.
SLUMBERJACK – ENIGMA (FEAT. GRRL PAL) (INDEPENDENT)
Perth-based duo Slumberjack have re-entered the new music fray just in time for their slots at this month's Steresonic festival with a heaving new single in ‘Enigma’, featuring vocals from emerging WA-based electro-pop duo GRRL PAL. It's a rad little team up, with GRRL PAL's Jay LeKat's saccharine sweet vocals working as a nice counterpoint to what begins as somewhat refrained trap, into something more sinister around the halfway mark.
US THE BAND – AND I WILL (RICE IS NICE)
Sonically inspired by Cloud Nothings, Hüsker Dü, Thee Oh Sees, and spiritually inspired by Hot Chocolate, Sydney two piece Us The Band play fast, to the point, garage punk.