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.
JOSIE MOON - AFTER HOURS
21-year-old Wellington, NZ singer/songwriter and producer follows her single 'Satellite' released last year, and upcoming five-track ‘Rose Tinted’ EP from which this new electronic pop cut is taken. Glorious opening, and Josie's compelling vocal eases its way over a subtle base and understated instrumentation for just over three minutes that look like becoming her breakout 197 seconds.
HANNAH CAMPBELL - RUN LIKE WOLVES
Hannah Campbell is another female singer-songwriter, this time from Melbourne. Although this indie folk-pop artist's style is much different, yet as equally listenable. Hannah follows last year's debut EP ‘For Your Love’ with this beautifully catchy single (released July 6) of powerful lyrics - about femininity, strength and empowerment, inspired by the book Women who Run with the Wolves, by Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estes - and Hannah's delightfully melodic voice.
KINDER - WHAT YOU'RE LIKE
Sydney-via-New South Wales-based sister DJ duo, Briony and Savannah Osei, make their debut here as artists. Blending soulful vocals with a sunny afrobeat groove and a glimmer of guitars that are perfectly geared for summer dancefloors. "Putting out this song is like a weight off my shoulders, letting my emotions all out. It's about bottling up how upset I was with a person, someone who became so significant for the wrong reasons.”
NITERUNNER - STAY TONIGHT
Credit: Georgia Hagemeijer
Following ‘Without You’ from earlier this year, this is the dreamy synth-pop new single from Brisbane/Byron Bay sibling trio, out now on Stoney Roads Records. Daniel (synth), Andrea (vocals) and Cale (drums) Suesskow combine in mesmeric style through perfectly attuned arpeggiated synths, reverbed beats, and Andrea’s ethereal vocals.
DEMI MITCHELL - FICTION FROM FACT
Released July 17, the songstress from Newcastle, New South Wales, returns after her earlier 'Medicine Woman' debut and 'Man Of My Mind’ single, bringing her Americana-esque voice, backed by a metronome rhythm and layered guitar hooks to this melancholic alt-country track, taken from her upcoming album ‘The Overflow’, out July 30. Using songwriting as a means of catharsis and self-growth, the song, she says, is "about breaking out of unhealthy relationships, shedding your skin and rediscovering yourself on the other side."
TORA - WOULDN'T BE THE SAME (feat Keelan Mak)
Released July 13, Byron Bay's alt-electronica outfit return with a new single - their first new material since last year’s ‘Take A Rest’ debut - featuring fellow Aussie Keelan Mak. The amount of plays the track has received through its online platforms - a lot, let's say - shows they are worth a punt as 'one to watch'. Sliding in somewhere between James Blake and Glass Animals, this track captures a slinky essence of R&B, with vocals by both vocalist Jo Loewenthal and Mak hypnotically drizzled over ricocheting rhythms.