The merry month of May might be flying past, but you didn’t think we’d let slip without another round or two of the best and latest tunes, did you? Really? This week’s pet sounds come courtesy of Melody’s Echo Chamber, The Creation Factory, Chromatics, Snail Mail, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, IV League, Pure Milk, and Brisbane’s TRAILS.
MELODY’S ECHO CHAMBER – DESERT HORSE (POD/INERTIA)
This music may flicker with cosmic colour but it’s no fantasy. Surreal sonics mingle with the lyrical real. ‘Horse’ pulses with thematic ferocity.
THE CREATION FACTORY - I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO (LOLIPOP RECORDS)
This El Lay outfit dropped a self-titled LP earlier this month. Nugget ‘I Don’t Know What to Do’ comes hot from the record’s press. A more straight-shooting fuzz riffer this could not be.
SNAIL MAIL - LET’S FIND AN OUT (MATADOR/REMOTE CONTROL)
Lindsey Jordan’s recollections shimmer amidst a mess of idyllic fretwork. Even at her most inward-facing this 18-year-old wonderkid never fails to draw the listener close. Jordan knows her chops and there’s bright promise this guitar-slinging teen could be fated for more than simply status as this year’s indie hero.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER – AN AIR CONDITIONED MAN (IVY LEAGUE)
A haze of riffs and bittersweet lyrics welcome another offcut from The Blackout’s forthcoming LP. Regular readers might note our initial reservations, but these latest tracks are fast-solidifying conviction that the new long-player is something more than a simple rehash of the group’s excellent EP. 'Air Conditioned' spins high energy rock decorated with a hint earnest heartache. This is no formula band.
IV LEAGUE – SUPERSTAR (INDEPENDENT)
In recent conversation with one of our Rabbits IV League’s Bella Venutti reflected upon on the jobs which inspired the sentiment behind this latest track. Turns out much of the song’s inspiration comes from a ‘grim’ position at a major supermarket chain. “I did most of my work on the self-checkout because I would peak at the magazines and try and see what the Kardashians are up to,” she let tell. With that statement it all falls together. An all too familiar sense of escapist pull.
TRAILS - PHASING OUT (INDEPENDENT)
An ambitious single from a Brisbane outfit moving from strength to strength. ‘Phasing’ casts pastoral ambience as vocals lift skyward. The group travel between dark shadows and flickering emotional peaks before cascading into grandiose conclusion.
CHROMATICS – BLACK WALLS (ITALIANS DO IT BETTER)
The flow of content from the Italians Do It Better YouTube channel never stops. Yet it seems that amidst the influx of last week’s archival material comes a hint of the new. Could these silken instrumentals herald the long waited follow up to 2013’s Cherry?
PURE MILK – M1 SOUTHBOUND (INDEPENDENT)
Celebrating all that is squalid and stalled, ‘M1’ is hard-throttling rock. Pairing angst with jittery punk dissonance, Pure Milk play with accomplished thump. They’re also supporting local favourites BUGS on tour this weekend coming so be sure to check them out.