The Rabbit crew would love to present to you our top picks of the new releases for this week! Have a squiz through the latest and greatest tunes of the past 7 days with the beautiful Jack River, Naked and Famous, Lotus Ship, Morning Harvey and more!
THE NAKED AND FAMOUS - HIGHER (Universal Music)
‘Higher’ is the first single from the group’s forthcoming third album out later this year, and a welcome return for the trademarked soaring melodies and propulsive sonics of these Kiwis transplanted in LA. Lead singer Alisa Xayalith’s distinctive voice continues to sweeten the air above the crunching electro-rock of her bandmates on this track, another self-produced effort this time mixed by Ken Andrews (Paramore). Musical fashions have swirled around The Naked & Famous since their 2011 breakthrough. Melding guitars and electronics with effortless cool, they have audaciously played their way to the edge of the big leagues. And no time has ever felt more right for the true arrival of a band that has steadfastly plotted its own path and managed to build quite staggering audience numbers online and on tour as they continue to headline festivals and sell-out shows around the globe.
MORNING HARVEY - SUSANNE MONDAY (Independent)
After a cracking year, “groove-rock-tinged-psych-pop lords” (The Music) Morning Harvey are back again with their second single Susanne Monday from their upcoming and debut album, due out early next year. Susanne Monday is a killer catchy track that doubles as a subtle socio-cultural critique, one that takes a loose inspiration from bearing witness to absurd behaviour, whether it be on social media or in public, as writer Spencer White comments on the increasingly prevalent vanity that seems to dictate our modern world. Albeit a keen observation, Susanne Monday remains a seriously contagious sing-along track, which, to no surprise, will inevitably run on repeat in your head for days.
In support of their new single, Morning Harvey will be hitting the road in September for the following dates:
‘SUSANNE MONDAY’ SINGLE TOUR
1st September – Melbourne – Workers Club
2nd September – Brisbane – The Foundry
23rd September – Sydney – Oxford Circus
JACK RIVER - TALK LIKE THAT (I OH YOU)
Jack River is the alias of Holly Rankin who hails from Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast. Growing up in a coastal town, her unbreakable ties with her family and the environment are the cornerstones to Rankin’s musical inspiration. Her experiences to date, coupled with her talents as an outstanding producer (Holly features as a producer on each song from the EP), multi-instrumentalist and gifted songwriter and singer have all intertwined to form the artist she is today.
As Rankin describes it…
“I wrote Talk Like That at 3am after walking around the streets with some friends in Sydney. I recorded it in bed as soon as I got home with my laptop and electric guitar, it was one of those songs that was written quickly cause the feeling was so potent and instant from the evenings events.”
“It’s about that person you love that is never fully in your life, but always there, and kinda fucking you around even if they don’t know it. It’s an ode to not compromising, to not being the one that goes out of her/his way to get what they want. But all the while, still really wanting that person to just turn around and say ‘I want you’.”
KOI CHILD - TOUCH 'EM (Pilerats)
By now, the breezy port of Fremantle, WA has a reputation for birthing some of the world's best alternative music. Early 2015 saw the birth of Koi Child, the combined forces of local hip hop party starters Childs Play and nu-jazz quartet Kashikoi. By now, the world has become privy to their massive debut album After the buzzing, sawtooth swing of first single Black Panda, and the smooth-as-you-like free jazz stylings of 1-5-9, new single ‘Touch Em’ turns the energy levels back up to 100% with a house party vibe, rapid fire bars and a house party feel. It’s considered by fans and critics a like to be the stand out cut from the album. Handpicked by some of the worlds best radio stations as the track you can’t miss, Touch ‘Em has been given support across Ebro’s Beats 1 show, BBC R1, and at community stations as far reaching as Osaka, Japan, to Texas USA.
LOTUS SHIP - LOCK AND KEY (Independant)
Lotus Ship, Gold Coast five-piece playing a sultry mix of psychadelic funk and the kind of 70s Golden Era rock that your Dad would be proud of. Comprising two harmonious guitarists and a bass and percussion team backing charismatic front man Mitchell Watterson, this band is ensuring that a feeling is delivered.
Not just a live set, or a track; an emotion. There is something missing that this band of friends has come together to create.
Mitchell formed the band two years ago and since then, through a serious of fortunate events, new members have been attracted to form the current lineup of Lotus Ship.
LOCAL NATIVES - FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (Liberator Music/Infectious Music)
The latest single taken from Local Natives’ forthcoming album Sunlit Youth is the prospective anthem ‘Fountain Of Youth’.
What has always been there for Local Natives is their meticulous crafting of musical elements while constantly pushing and pulling melody, harmony, and rhythmic components from within their construct and out into the cosmos. Their method lends to a dynamic beyond cerebral execution and into pure, unbridled emotional and energetic territory. As the hedges grow higher in our minds, the band has tapped into that which got the seeds planted in the first place, and the result is an empowering concept of eternal life.
“A concept like ‘Fountain of Youth’ isn’t an individual, selfish desire to live forever, it’s more the kind of regenerative way that the world is made over and over again. We can do our small part, even if you don’t know how it’s going to affect the change. That is what optimism and changing the world into what you want is. It’s a metaphor. We could connect each of these songs to that feeling of empowerment.”
PIXIES - UM CHAGGA LAGGA (Play It Again Sam)
‘Um Chagga Lagga’ is mammoth return for the Boston four-piece, a blistering three-minutes of thrilling punk-rock that champions the band’s undeniable knack for huge choruses and roaring guitars.
The first single is lifted from the group’s highly anticipated new record. The 12-track collection of the band’s unique aural mix of surrealism, psychedelia, dissonance and surf rock was produced by Tom Dalgety (Killing Joke, Royal Blood) and recorded at London’s Rak Studios from mid-February through to mid-March this year. Featuring original artwork by the band’s longtime art director, the legendary Vaughan Oliver, the album will be available in various formats and can be pre-ordered now.
In addition, the band – Lovering, rhythm guitarist/vocalist Black Francis and guitarist Joey Santiago – officially welcome bassist Paz Lenchantin to the Pixies’ permanent line-up. Lenchantin has been the band’s touring bassist since January 2014, and played an integral part in the recording of Head Carrier.
THE PARROTS - NO ME GUSTAS, TE QUIERO (Heavenly Recordings)
Madrid three-piece The Parrots are pleased to release their brand new single ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiro’, taken from their new album Los Niños Sin Miedo, out 26 August 2016 via Heavenly Recordings.
“The Parrots are the perfect party-starter”, The Line Of Best Fit declared. ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiro’ reflects this sentiment perfectly, capturing the band’s infectious energy and effortless fuse of surf-rock and catchy-as-all-hell choruses.
The Parrots – Diego García (vocals / guitar), Alex de Lucas (bass) and Larry Balboa (drums) – are a loose-hipped, primordial rock ‘n’ roll band from Madrid who met at university in the city and evolved from the same firmament of like-minded artists, photographers, DJs and musicians who recently spawned the acclaimed band Hinds – The Parrots’ Diego produced their recently released acclaimed album Leave Me Alone.
The trio recorded Los Niños Sin Miedo in one week in September 2015 down by the sea in Cádiz at the studios of much-loved Spanish sound engineer, Paco Loco. An idyllic setting conducive to the recording of the album, Paco’s infectious enthusiasm and artistic insight made the process even easier.