With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.
CUT OFF YOUR HANDS - ON THE SEA
The Auckland, NZ indies' latest release comes in collaboration with Jeremy Toy (She's So Rad) and follows the recent 'Hate Somebody' and 'Higher Lows and Lower Highs'. Drawn on the spirit of Larry Levan's early 1980s NYC club remixes, says frontman Nick Johnston, the punk-funk basslines neatly accompany sweet reverbed vocals in a club-dance style.
SMOKE RINGS - CAMCORDER
A year after the excellent 'Biology',
Melbourne indie Brit-pop-rock five-piece end 2018 with an upbeat, feel-good vibe on new sub-five-minute single that melds rhythmic melodies with a foot-tapping addictiveness.
YOKO-ZUNA - MINORITY
Following the release of their second album 'Voyager' last month, the Auckland, NZ electronic-prog hip hop act here feature the vocals of Berlin-based Tongan-Kiwi Noah Slew on this sombre, glitchy cut.
SEATTIC - ATTRACTION
Released December 14 and taken from his debut album, 'Retrospeculation', out February 22 2019, Melbourne-based Adrian Osman - former lead guitarist of Brisbane rock outfit Tourism - sounds like a name to watch next year. Produced by the prolific Konstantin Kersting (Jungle Giants, Mallrat, The Belligerents), this track fuses a shimmering synth-pop with elements of 80s New Wave.
THE PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS - ALL IN MY HEAD
Recorded on an 8-track tape machine, the Fremantle quartet's cut - released December 13 - from their upcoming debut album, takes 60s-inspired garage rock and experiments with psych-pop reflections, helmed by the smooth guitar and lead vocals of Hannah Smillie.
HALCYON DRIVE - ONLY YOUTH
Melbourne trio further their electro-rock-meet-upbeat-pop sound, with this catchy synth-infused offering. "While the song essentially explores the idea of what do we do with our youth - how do we spend our time, how do we waste it, etc - this video takes a little bit of a tangent," says lead singer Mick Oechsle.