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.
GOLD FIELDS - GLOW
The Melbourne-based five-piece provide some Tame Impala-like, atmospheric psychedelia on this six-minute title track from last year's EP release - which also features on their just released second album, the self-produced 'Dalawa'; the word meaning 'two' in guitarist Vin Andanar‘s native Filipino Tagalog language.
RAT!HAMMOCK - GHOST
Credit: Ian Laidlaw
Also from Melbourne, though sounding a lot different to the above, this four-piece dropped their new single last month. After last summer's 'June' single, this is a gem of flowing indie rock melodies, beefy percussion and an oscillating vocal, that alternates between the low-key and passages of grunge workout.
TOM YOUNG - LOST IN BLUE
The Auckland, NZ multi-instrumentalist's (of The Melancholies and Leisure) solo single is a beautifully dreamy, folk-inflected piece of melancholy, over which Young's voice floats. "I wrote it about losing your way in the haze of depression and the self-centredness that usually comes with it. You're often so numb and drained of energy and compassion that you're no longer able to invest emotionally in those who matter most to you. The song is an acknowledgement, apology and promise to do better," he says.
SPACEY JANE - GOOD GRIEF
Last heard by Little Indie with the release of their 'In The Slight' EP, the Perth garage rockers are back with a new single, out April 24. The sub-four minute number fills out with twangy guitars, steady midtempo beat and raw vocal. Check out their Facebook for details of their May Good Grief Tour.
REIJA LEE - SOMETHING TRUE
Released last week, the Perth artist follows up last year's debut single, 'Love Nobody', with a glitchy, synth-pop jam. Following on from the self-love themes of her debut, this new track is for "when you've worked on yourself, sorted your shit out, and you're finally ready to be with someone," she says.
GOOD BROTHER - PEACE TO MY BROTHER
Melbourne-based electronic bedroom artist Nic Tutone has just dropped this smooth, four-minute pop-dance track with an underlying woozy soul/psych groove. Catch live on April 27 at Boney in Melbourne.