New music for your ears including Avaberee, Palms, Foals, Paces, Moses Gunn Collective, Here We Go Magic & more!
MOSES GUNN COLLECTIVE – HOT MESS (CREATE CONTROL)
‘Hot Mess’ by name sh-t-hot mess by nature, the track is an undeniably instantaneous 2:17mins of low-fi riffs, scratchy feedback and catchy AF ‘ooh-oohs’ and ‘aah-aahs’ to boot.
“Hot Mess is a straight up love ballad. We've all loved a hot mess, or maybe even been a hot mess ourselves. Either way it's this acceptance of the mess - and devotion to it - that pulls hardest on our heart strings. This one goes out to all the hot little messes out there. We can't wait to get back on the road and get this new album out there! We love playing live, especially when we get to play a whole bunch of fresh tracks.”
HERE WE GO MAGIC – FAILING (SECRETY CANADIAN)
Recorded and mixed by the band themselves, the "overtly major and optimistic" songs on ‘Be Small’ are a big leap from the live, expansive sounds of 2012's Nigel Godrich produced, “A Different Ship”.
The anthemic, busy jam explodes into a flanging tsunami of fuzz, tap-a-tap-a drums and vocal harmonies. ‘Falling’ segue fans seamlessly into their new record, gently ushering them into the next phase of Magic.
THE DEMON PARADE – SHE’S DOPE (RISH / MGM)
Bringing it all back home to the sound of their first homemade demos at the turn of the decade, which would see them hand-picked by the likes of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Swervedriver for tour supports, the new tracks see the band eschewing the dense and layered production of previous releases, deliberately keeping the knob twiddling behind the studio desk to a minimum. Instead, they've focused on song structures and creating a cohesive narrative between the songs to deliver their most fully formed release yet.
Inspired by the ancient stone circles of Southern Africa, which some researchers believe were used to create free energy with mind boggling frequencies and electro-magnetic fields more than 300,000 years ago; the EP ties together otherworldly, interstellar drones with sharp dirty guitar hooks. ‘She's Dope' extends a backwards glance to the pretty girl hanging out with Brian Jones in Marrakesh, frontman Michael Badger wringing eastern mysticism out of a boy meets girl raga that's as old as time.
PALMS – BEATDOWN (IVY LEAGUE)
‘Beatdown’s’ fleeting exuberance can mean missing the real gist of the song – backfired intentions and hurt feelings. At the same time it’s an effort to make whoever’s listening feel first-class again, Al Grigg elaborates…
“but hopefully it makes whoever’s listening to it feel good and want to jump around the room, or have a boogie, or hurl something at the wall, or go give someone a bunch of flowers, or whatever they like. I can’t control people. Yet.”
THE PLEASURE BOYS – THE BAT IV (WHITE LABEL)
Swathed in synth and swamped with the general air of good times had ‘The Bat IV’ cements its place in any road trip mix tape worth its salt. All the bliss of The Beach Boys and just enough Daft Punk pep to get a person jazzed are rolled into the first offering from the boys.
Hailing from Melbourne, Pleasure Boys cut their teeth in the music world being a wedding band. Realising that they would probably never find their Drew Barrymore, the band returned to the warm womb of their Dad’s recording studio to bring you ‘The Bat IV’. The first single off their upcoming EP, this galactic good time of a tune is a sunny prediction of what’s to come for the Pleasure Boys.
AVABEREE – DOUBT (INDEPENDENT)
“The title is self explanatory. The song encompasses the doubts that plant and manifest themselves. Feelings of inadequacy that can make you your worst enemy. From the minimal introduction to the dirty drum beat, Doubt's call and response chorus plays on the idea of the back and forth 'voices' in your head.” – Irena Lysiuk, songwriter vocals, Avaberee.
PACES – BAMBOO (ETCETC)
We’re used to seeing Paces’ crunchy beats alongside the likes of Tkay Maidza, Kučka, and Reija Lee but this time the Gold Coast beat-maker is going it alone. What results is an anthemic buzz of a track, which is sure to be well placed on the producer’s set list on the ‘Hold It Down’ national tour, kicking off 7th August. He’ll be in fine company, joined by Perth producer Leon Osborne on warm up duties.
FOALS – MOUNTAIN AT MY GATE (WARNER)
‘What Went Down' is a ferocious statement of intent and is sure to cement Foals’ position as one of Britain’s most illustrious bands. The result is a primal, intense, sometimes harrowing album of extremes – the record touches upon the depths of madness whilst also exhibiting some of the most beautiful pop songs the band have ever written.