Greetings rabbits and welcome back! This week we’ve complied yet another comprehensive and user friendly guide to the best and newest music that's crossed our ears in the past seven days. Our latest roundup pulls in a debut cut from Gold Coast locals Crum, delicate moments of melancholy from Julia Jacklin and a new tune from Sydney’s Sloan Peterson. Coming in hot from further afield are tracks from Björk, BADBADNOTGOOD and The Lemon Twigs.
CRUM – TEMPORARY (INDEPENDENT)
A Brunt rocker form one of the Gold Coast’s finest. As caustic fuzz and burying rhythms abound, ‘Temporary’ hurtles forward driven by the heavy bite of piercingly vulnerable lyrics and demolition riffs. While it’s the first we’ve heard from the group they’ll soon by following through with a debut EP.
SLOAN PETERSON – I WANT YOU (MIRROR)
‘I Want You’ isn’t rock, it’s rock ‘n’ roll. A stylistic melange of sounds which might comfortably sit at home next to Johnny and Santo and The Shirelles, ‘I Want You’ comes as the third single from the Sydney outfit’s soon-to-be-arriving debut. The track spins the strengths of Joe Jackson’s songwriting nuance and ambitious creative vision with her obsession with pop’s glorious past. ‘I Want You’ pulls the pleading romanticism of a bygone era in through the lens of modern rock and strikes further out the other side.
Midnight Love is due out Friday 22nd September via Mirror Records.
JULIA JACKLIN – COLD CALLER (LIBERATION RECORDS)
With ‘Cold Caller’, Jacklin delivers another delicate moment of gut-wrenching melancholy. This time its bittersweet as Jacklin drew inspiration from the wellspring of emotion resulting from news of her sister Emma’s pregnancy and the lead up to her nephew's birth. “That night I had all these crazy nightmares, where she kept disappearing into the dark and every time I caught up to her she’d slip out of my hands again” she shares in her press release. “ [But I] Woke up in an absolute state to the news that she had given birth to a healthy baby boy.”
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Thu 28 – Sun 31 Dec | Falls Festival, Lorne VIC
Fri 29 – Sun 31 Dec | Falls Festival, Marion Bay TAS
Sun 31 Dec – Tue 2 Jan | Falls Festival, Byron Bay NSW
Sat 6 – Sun 7 Jan | Falls Festival, Fremantle WA
THE LEMON TWIGS – WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY THAT? (4AD)
Brian and Michael D’Addario have again let loose with another track from Do Hollywood follow-up Brothers of Destruction. ‘Why Didn’t You Say That?’ lays down more of their soft-rock charm with rolling bass hooks, jilted organ and near androgynous vocals. Building to its majestic climax, it plays out like another forgotten ‘70s classic.
BADBADNOTGOOD - CONFESSION Pt III (FEAT. COLIN STENSON) (INNOVATIVE LEISURE)
For the cats which found moments of finger snapping goodness within the jazzier instrumentals of BBNG’s IV, the Ontario outfit have dropped another one of their expansive jams with acclaimed sax man Colin Stenson. An offcut from their fifth LP, it’s built over a looping structure and comes well purposed for mind expansion. For those hungry for more BBNG. the four will be returning to Australian shores for Laneway Festival in 2018.
KING KRULE – DUM SURFER (XL RECORDINGS/REMOTE CONTROL)
With its lyrics a cachet of disintegration and gritty reality, ‘Dum Surfer’ showcases muted but jazzy fretwork while Archy inhabits a twisted head space. Both threatened and comforted, the shadowy Surfer occupies an unnervingly ambiguous territory between quarry and prey. Bleak lyrics, synthetic atmospherics, and a cruising groove meld into a bleak portraiture of urban living smeared with a healthy dose of apocalyptic mysticism.
BJORK – THE GATE (ONE LITTLE INDIAN)
If there’s one thing Björk can do its grab a universal truth and throw it into a song, Whereas her last LP, Vulnicura, placed a symphonic spin on the turbulent breakdown of relationship she’s touted Utopia as a redemptive journey - It’s a venture through the aftermath. Lonely, ecstatic and devotionally rendered, the timeless sincerity of ‘The Gate’ draws the listener into the artist’s expansive vision. In keeping with her album’s promise Björk looks outward as well as inward tying personal elements with themes of nature and politics. 'The Gate' begins the intimate second chapter of the unpredictable, intuitive and heart-laid-bare creative arc which may well dominate her later career,
THE COSMIC PSYCHOS – BETTER IN THE SHED (INDEPENDENT)
Would we profane the good name of Björk by tacking something by these psychos onto the back? The answer is, unfortunately, yes. Big riffs and even bigger beer bellies.
COSMIC PSYCHOS 'BETTER IN THE SHED' TOUR 2017
Friday November 3
The Landsdowne, Sydney
Saturday November 4
Monday November 6 (Cup Eve)
Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Tuesday November 7 (Cup Day)
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Saturday November 11
November River Rocks, Geelong
Sunday November 12
River Rocks Rehab, Geelong
Friday December 15