Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Best new tracks Down Under #36
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.
SPORTS DREAMS - SPORTS DREAMS
Wellington-via-Palmerston North, NZ electronic duo, Shannen Petersen and Fraser Williams (of Fruit Juice Parade and First Move), combine as new project with this eponymous debut single, a languid, dreamy affair over which Petersen delivers a suitably wafting vocal, released last week.
JOSHUA - THE BOYS
From Madurah, Western Australia, the RnB/electronica artist delves into four minutes around the subject of male identity. "I wrote [it] after one particular night when I’d been messaging this mate of mine about where we going to grab some food because we had planned to hang that night. I didn’t get any response so I thought maybe he’d forgotten. Later that night I see a snapchat of him and one of his other friends driving and while chanting 'Saturdays are for the boys!!!' That hurt, of course, because I felt like I wasn’t one of the boys. The song stemmed from there and it became more of a reflection on how I didn’t fit the stereotypical Australian male role."
MORETON - SEE YOURSELF (ft. James Vincent McMorrow)
Co-written with James Vincent McMorrow and co-produced by the Byron Bay art-rock four-piece,
the atmospheric, intimate guitar ballad is completed by a fine orchestral arrangement, vintage synths and McMorrow's addition.
HOMEBRAND - WHAT YOU'VE DONE
The Perth-based alt-rockers drop this new single this Friday (September 13), their first offering since 'Blue' late last year. The anthemic indie rock number rolls out a raft of catchy hooks and an interesting vocal. Catch live on September 28 for single launch show at YMCA HQ in Leederville, WA.
SECRET KNIVES - SPINNING TOP
Wellington, NZ's Ash Smith follows last month's single 'Snuff' - the title track of his album arriving on October 22 via local imprint A Low Hum - with the full-length's opening number, another left-field guitar-pop anthem.
SEA MOUSE - RUTHERFORDS
Wellington, NZ trio are back with a fierce new single - their first this year - which punches through a raft of rock riffs with a blues edge. “It was once meaningful for someone's face to be placed on a bank note, but our currency has kind of been debased to the point that it means f**k all now,” they say on the inspiration for the song. Catch live on September 13 at Tuatara's Temple of Taste, Wellington, and a single release show the following night at Caroline in Wellington.