Little Indie casts its ears and eyes over our last selection of 2017 of the latest emerging sounds from Down Under.
MISTY LANES - EVAPORATIONS
Taken from the upcoming EP released December 29, the retro styled second single - after early December's 'Dragged Unwillingly' - from the new garage-psych rock solo bedroom project of psych band Montes Jura guitarist Steven Schouten.
THE SHIFTING SANDS - RUN
Recorded in Los Angeles by Manny Nieto on a Neotek console and via a two-inch tape machine, before mixing down through a ¼ inch tape reel, the new single out January 31 by Dunedin, NZ psych-pop outfit turn 90s alt-rock into an updated affair with a jangly pop twist.
TELETE - BASKETBALL BOY
Perth chamber-pop/synthgaze duo - Mai Barnes and Hayley Ayres - Telete (pronounced teh-leh-tee) with their melancholic second single of synth and strings, sparse percussion, and lo-fi vocals with lyrics on toxic masculinity. "We are hoping the track highlights the enormous emotional burdens/amount of emotional labour women are expected to do, even to simply justify their own feelings - and reclaim the right to not have to do that anymore," say the two.
BLUE FOR NOON - NEVER NEAR
Following their self-titled debut EP and previous single ‘Diane’, Wellington, NZ synthwave duo, James Erwin and Sonya Ishimnikova, released this follow up introspective single on December 18. Chulled, reverbed vocals glide over low key beats and layered synth pads.
CXLOE - TOUGH LOVE
Already drawing comparisons to the likes of Banks and Tove Lo, Sydney-based dark indie pop singer-songwriter CXLOE ends 2017 with this emotive single. "'Tough Love’ was written from a place of angst and frustration," she says. "I’ve had this song boiling in me for a while. I have felt that my kindness gets mistaken for weakness, often leading to being underestimated and misjudged. So in essence, when it gets tough, get tougher."
DEER - SELFISH BEHAVIOURS
Four-minute AA single release (w/ 'On My Own’) from Melbourne producer Tom Hitchcock. Complex electronic structure which builds through chord progressions under layers of processed vocals.