Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Best new tracks Down Under #18




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.


KIAN - EVERY HOUR


Castlemaine, Victoria's Kian this week drops new single, fusing alt-pop with smooth R&B elements and his signature soulful vocal. 'Every Hour', he says, is a "song that embodies safety within a relationship, learning about and acknowledging each other’s past to better understand one another. It’s all about love and the complexities that come with it but also happiness, growth and creating new memories together."
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DOLCE BLUE - BUY ME FLOWERS


Perth-via-Kalamunda four-piece follow 'Nobody Asked' from start of the year, with another to add to their pop rock repertoire. This latest sub-three minute track showcases supreme ‘Tarantino’-esque guitars, crunching bass lines, crisp beats, and a real bonza vocal.
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SPACEY JANE - STRAIGHTFACED


From their forthcoming debut album 'Sunlight' - out June 12 - this breezy garage pop single from the Perth band comes as a treat for us in the UK in lieu of their cancelled UK festival run due to coronavirus. Frontman Caleb Harper wrote 'Straightfaced just prior to a breakup that lasted almost six months. “It was a powerful reference point for me throughout the months of heartache, a good consolidation of feelings amongst a wave of emotions.”
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PAPAYA TREE - OUT IN THE WASH

Credit: Fabian Svejkar

The six-piece, 80s pop-tinged Sydney outfit are back with a song inspired by unrequited love, and is the first taste of their debut EP. A jangly blend of synth, sauntering bass lines and a wistful chorus, 'Out In The Wash' marks a more mellow departure from their punchy 2019 single 'Covered In Weeds'.
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HALFHEADS - HANGIN' AROUND


Brisbane's Halfheads - featuring members of "little-known and forgotten Brisbane-Melbourne-Buffalo acts", including Weak Boys, Eat Laser Scumbag, Dollarbar, the Fancyboys, Trophy Wives and Dream Journal - share this new offering, released at the end of April, which they describe thus: "Written in a North Melbourne bedsit in a dope haze and left out in the sun. Song about Cuttlefish are rare as hen's teeth. This is the best of them." 97 seconds of catchy garage-punk.
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DEATH BY DENIM - JUMP TO MARS


After last releasing their second EP, ‘Year Long Minute’, with breakout single ‘Wiggy’, Little Indie last heard
Perth’s DBD late last year with
'Drone'. Now they return with another blend of R’n’B, rock and funk with a psych-infused swagger.
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