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.
THE VANNS - JULES SAID
Featured here last autumn with 'Deranged', the Wollongong indie rockers follow their 'Through The Walls' album with an alternate version of the standout track, ‘Jules Said’. Written by Jimmy Vann and Cameron Little, this version expands on the original, with the band working with ARIA winning producer Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Pharrell Williams). “Jim and I wrote ‘Jules Said’ in my bedroom in under an hour," says Little. "It was the first song we finished writing for 'Through The Walls'. We were doing a lot of writing on Logic and trying to come up with ‘cool sounds’ for a while, and then we went out to lunch and were like, ‘When we get back, let’s just try and write something with two guitars and no computer’."
WHIM - FAMILIAR
Deanne Krieg (Congress of Animals, Dawn Diver, Ida Lune) steps out of her Wellington, NZ bedroom studio, with her new solo project debut single, 'Familiar'. The ruminant track works its way around minimalist electronica and heavenly vocals to provide a taste of the incoming 'Mother Tongue' EP, out next month via Home Alone Music.
FRESCO KYOTO - WHATEVER YOU SAY
Brisbane indie-pop act Fresco Kyoto bring together a strong production, focus and an array of intricate textures led by frontman Robbie Balmer's vocal, in this new single, released April 3 via Double Drummer. Co-written and co-produced by Aidan Hogg (Jaguar Jonze, Holy Holy, Hatchie), the follow-up to last year's debut EP, melds electronics, alt-rock with a soulful vocals.
WOMB - USED TO BE
Last featured by Little Indie back in late 2018 with 'Satellite', with their second album 'Under The Lights' announced, Wellington, NZ's sibling trio Womb offer another ethereal single cut. Lead vocalist Charlotte Forrester's angelic voice sounds as otherwordly as ever as she reigns over stripped back guitar, keys and scattered percussion.
THE LAZY EYES - TANGERINE
A three-minute hazy, psych-rock stroll from the Sydney four-piece, following their debut single 'Cheesy Love Song', and lifted from their forthcoming EP.
‘Tangerine’ is a woozy, pop-filtered song and is, they say, “the first original we ever learned to play. It’s funny looking back on it because the rhythm of the melody was so hard for everyone - especially poor Noah on the drums - to nail. Nowadays the song is a breeze."
STRATH - SPECIAL
Melbourne electronic-pop artist Strath, now based in Los Angeles, has unveiled new single 'Special', filled with wistful melodies and sparkling synths. With a retro feel and mellow flow, it comes with an accompanying animated video as an added delight. "This song is about the simple importance of making someone feel special," says Strath. "We need to feel appreciated so fundamentally to the point that it can border on being transactional. I don't think that makes it any less sincere or beautiful."