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.
HEALTH CLUB - WASTE TIME (feat. Minorfauna)
The debut single - released today (August 10) - by Queensland producer/mixer Lucas Reid, which also features Melbourne duo Minorfauna. Layered, washed-out electronic vibes meld with synth melodies and Minorfauna's slinky R&B-fused vocals.
SOCCER PRACTISE - KAUA E MATE WHEKE
Auckland, NZ electronic quartet make for a stunning entrance on their signing to the UK's Kartel Group, with this first cut - out today (August 10). Taken from their as yet untitled forthcoming second album, singer Geneva Alexander-Marsters atmospheric vocals are lush in the extreme. "The whakatauki 'Kaua e mate wheke, mate ururoa' popped up one day as I was working on lyrics," she says. "Translated it says 'Do not die like an octopus, die like a hammerhead shark'. Octopuses are typically easy to kill once they're caught, in comparison to catching a hammerhead shark- even in death the filleted flesh quivers as if it is still alive."
PARTLY CLOUDY - THE WAY U ARE
Indie pop rockers with an infectious tropical-dance feel, the Canberra outfit (presently a trio, with a fourth being recruited) - Harley Drake (vocals, bass), Hayden Kinsman (keys, synths), Benji Christou (drums, guitar) - share the first taste of upcoming EP, 'What To Do'.
TINY CASTLE - WORLD
The Brisbane rockers follow their debut release ‘Bad Dreams’ from earlier this year, mixed by ARIA award winner, Magoo, with this new energetic, synth-filled tune. The track’s message is essentially around forgetting about wishing the world would change or perceived enemies: “Don’t change the world, there’s still something good for us all,” they say. "A major influence on 'World' was The War On Drugs' album 'Lost In A Dream', aspects such as repetitive drum and basslines, and mid-'80s rock with synthesizers," adds singer-guitarist James Walker.
BAKED BEANS - SLOW
New spacey single out today (August 10) from the Melbourne/Geelong five-piece (fronted by The Murlocs' drummer, Matt Blach), taken from their debut full-length 'Babble', out on August 17 via Flightless Records.
NAYTEE - COFFEE SHOP GIRL
Electronic indie pop debut single by Melbourne-based singer-songwriter and Fairchild keyboardist, Nathan Lyons. Produced by his younger brother, and fellow Fairchild member, Adam Lyons, and inspired by "a mash-up of RnB, 90s pop, and romantic comedies".