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.
JAMIE LANE - SINK
Laid-back debut single from Brisbane producer with a distinctive vocal touch. Electronic experimental elements, ate melded to pop and R&B touches, elongated pads and scattered percussion. "Basically, itʼs about the fear of losing my passion for writing music due to an obsessive personality, and overcoming that by embracing new perspectives and influences."
NERVOUS JERK - 40 DEGREES
From the Christchurch, NZ trio's 'Cheap Gear' EP, released last month. 100mph of infectious killer riffs and punk-pop energy just made for mosh pits and singalongs.
SAN MEI - WONDER
Following the release of her debut EP 'Necessary' last year, Gold Coast's Emily Hamilton now shares the first track of glistening dreampop from her forthcoming second EP. Gritty, psych-tinged guitars and lush synth melodies play with propulsive percussion and complementary vocals.
THE FRISSON - REVOLUTION
Sydney quartet with a fresh line in alt-rock, released May 1. Three and half minutes of spacey guitar with a tropical opening builds into life with foot-tapping beat and big chorus.
DIET - DANNY BOY
Third single - after 'Clothes Off' and the heartfelt 'Take Me' -from the Melbourne five-piece. This latest live favourite features their trademark retro synths and playful guitar lines influenced by UK Britpop.
DEAD LITTLE PENNY - HONEYCOMB
Auckland, NZ shoegaze duo, Hayley Smith and Simon Buxton, unveil latest shoegaze -fuzz-pop single. Smooth and moody, it layers vocals over hypnotic, dreamy rhythms and bubbling arpeggiated synths. “After reading an article about the Radium Girls, who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch faces with luminous paint, I was inspired to write 'Honeycomb', a song that explores the toxic effects of infatuation and volatile love," reveals Hayley. "The imagery of this sad story stayed with me for a long time before I sat down and wrote this track."