We could not have dreamt a better collection of releases than this week’s! Sequencing for our ‘New Releases’ Spotify playlist they fell together with uncanny ease, like some divine mixtape. And so, we present you, in full listening order, the best ‘n’ latest from Courtney Barnett, Body Type, Cut Worms, Iceage, Girl Ray, DMA’s, Father John Misty and Mazzy Star.
COURTNEY BARNETT – CITY LOOKS PRETTY (MILK!/REMOTE CONTROL)
With third Tell Me How You Really Feel single CB plays it down the middle with a straight-ahead life-on-and-off-the-road rocker. ‘City’ packs some interesting noise elements but if anything, it leaves the listener pondering whether this forthcoming LP is yet to pack some big emotional statement or twist. Solid none the less!
BODY TYPE – ARROW (PARTISAN/INERTIA)
With this long-awaited single Sydney newcomers Body Type are still flying the post-punk flag but also packing plenty of pop punch. This wouldn’t sound too out of place alongside Blank Realm. No indictment, it rips!
CUT WORMS – CASH FOR GOLD (JAGJAGUWAR)
Do your best but it’s difficult to resist the charm of Cut Worms’ Max Clarke.
ICEAGE – THE DAY THE MUSIC DIES (MATADOR)
This latest track comes courtesy of Danish punks Iceage. ‘The Day’ rocks out a collision of ‘Sister Ray’ and The Saints. Visually they seem to be making some kind of tribute to Liam Gallagher… Or is it satirical? Cut either way its attitude that sells it.
GIRL RAY – I KNOW IT’S KIND OF HARD (MOSHI MOSHI)
This little wonder cropped up today on Bandcamp as a B-side to ‘The Way We Came Back’. Amazing the things you can find on the internet. Hang in there for that solo.
DMA’S – BREAK ME (I OH YOU)
Was having a chat with DMA’s' Johnny Took last Thursday. Very down to earth guy. Asked what was key to writing a great song. You know the type that’s pushed this Sydney outfit’s career to the heights it has. Honesty lyrics and a good melody, for him that’s it. It’s just that simple.
FATHER JOHN MISTY – DISAPPOINTING DIAMONDS ARE THE RAREST OF THEM ALL (SUB POP/BELLA UNION)
The Father just keeps cranking them out. But is it all gettin’ a little samey? Please, Mr. Tillman, don’t burn yourself out.
MAZZY STAR – QUIET, THE WINTER HARBOR (RHYMES OF AN HOUR RECORDS)
The legendary pairing of Hope Sandoval and Dave Roback will be gracing Australian shores for Vivid this May. What’s more, their visit anticipates the release of new EP Still. One of its new compositions is ‘Quiet, The Winter Harbour’. With a sparing piano and vocals combo alongside bare touches of guitar, it’s cold indeed. Yet at the same time, there’s that self-same melodrama that defines the band. Mazzy was never content with middle of the road, every track is, in its own, an epic.
Words by Riley Fitzgerald