August is here and this week we’ve pulled together more than enough music to kick the month off to a flying start. While internationals like Purity Ring and Grizzly Bear are taking up much of the focus this week, there’s three new riffers from Beaches, Jen Cloher and These New South Whales well worth checking out. Closing things out, Mick Jagger drops a hint of what it might sound like if Tame Impala collaborated with The Rolling Stones.
THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES - ‘SPACE IN HELL’ (Born In The Sauce)
Culled from debut Lp You Work For Us, Sydney riff buzzards These New South Whales tackle themes of apathy and privilege on 'Space in Hell'. While earnest vocals emote with conviction, it’s crashing guitar work that does the talking. With no lack of stripped-back excitement, what starts as jittery punk cuts into an all-blown thrasher. These guys can shred so be sure to catch them on tour this October.
YOU WORK FOR US AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Thurs 5 Oct - Mojo’s - Fremantle (TIX)
Thurs 12 Oct - Rad Bar - Wollongong (TIX)
Fri 13 Oct - The Cambridge Hotel - Newcastle (TIX)
Sat 14 Oct - Lansdowne - Sydney (TIX)
Fri 20 Oct - The Foundry - Brisbane (TIX)
Sat 21 Oct - The Basement - Nambour, Sunshine Coast (TIX)
Sun 22 Oct - Shark Bar Miami Tavern - Gold Coast (TIX ON DOOR)
Fri 27 Oct - Workers Club - Melbourne (TIX)
Sat 28 Oct - Crown & Anchor - Adelaide (TIX)
PURITY RING - ‘ASIDO’ (Remote Control)
Celebrating the five-year anniversary of debut Shrines, Canada’s beautifully strange pop duo have treated fans to one-off single ‘Asido’. Recapturing the haunting sound of their landmark Lp, it's the kind of music that sends tingles up the spine. Cryptic as ever, the impenetrable Megan James had this to say about the song: "I imagine a tractor digging graves, I imagine crying blood, and I imagine eggs being swept away in it."
JEN CLOHER – ‘REGIONAL ECHO’ (Remote Control)
Cloher may not be the newest face in Australian music but what puts her a cut ahead is the sincerity of her songwriting and a willingness to take risks. If ‘Regional Echo’ is anything to go by her forthcoming long-player will be no exception. While her first single dealt with her high-profile relationship with Courtney Barnett, this brooding rocker draws on the claustrophobia of suburbia and regional living to make a bigger statement. “I’ve used small town life as a larger metaphor for small time thinking - there’s something in our national psyche that keeps us small,” Cloher explains in her press release. She’s putting so much of herself into her music here it’s worth checking out.
Preorder Jen Cloher here.
Jen Cloher - Upcoming Tour Dates
Thurs 24th August – Brisbane @ The Foundry (tickets)
Fri 25th August – Sydney @ Oxford Art Factory (tickets)
Sun 3rd September – Fremantle @ Mojo’s Bar (tickets)
Fri 8th September – Melbourne @ Howler (tickets)
Sat 9th September – Adelaide @ Jive Bar (tickets)
MOGWAI – ‘PARTY IN THE DARK’ (Spunk Records/Caroline Australia)
Better known for their mood-setting post-rock, Mogwai’s latest track casts a lighter shade. Not ones to be beholden to expectation, here the Glaswegians bring across their gift for melody to the world of hook-laden pop. Their forthcoming Country’s Sun sees them paired with veteran recordist Dave Fridmann. An unlikely coupling, but more surprisingly still is how well it works. Kinetic and unexpectedly great.
GRIZZLY BEAR - ‘NEIGHBOURS’ (Sony Music Australia)
Blissful yet unsettling, ‘Neighbours’ is fourth in a string of new singles anticipating the acclaimed group’s fifth studio album. Pushing outward from previous material, it seems the Grizzlies are upping the ante on this track. With the group opting for a sweepingly pastoral thematic, Ed Droste’s vocals provide moments of drama and intimacy amidst a swirl of densely layered production. A slow burner to be sure, but as with all things Grizzly Bear it’s something that begs repeat listening.
BEACHES -‘WHEN YOU’RE GONE’ (Chapter Music)
Lo-fi psych outfit Beaches have dropped another track from long-awaited follow up to 2013’s She Beats. Boldly minimal, the Melbournian 5-piece’s loose instrumentals melt into a haze of melody, fuzz and pummelling momentum. Hypnotic.
ALVVAYS – ‘DREAMS TONITE’ (Polyvinyl Records)
For those unfamiliar, Alvvays are a Toronto outfit which deliver consistently memorable pop. Molly Rankin’s voice is a narcotic. She sings from the heart and knows how to break it. There’s a drifting emotion which hangs around well after the track concludes that’s that’s difficult to shake off. Pure uncut pop.
MICK JAGGER – ‘GOTTA GET A GRIP (KEVIN PARKER REMIX)’ (Universal Music Australia)
The musical legend that he is, Mick Jagger has never been known for the strength of his solo material. That said, with Kevin Parker sneaking onto the liner notes of this latest release we're willing to make an exception. Tame Impala’s thundering low-end beats are such a big part of the group’s mind-blasting sound. Here Parker works some of that magic on some Stones’ style instrumentals. Cast across a grinding bed of percussive rhythm and hits of bluesy guitar, Sir Jagger sounds more vital than a man of his age probably should.