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.
MIA RODRIGUEZ - PSYCHO
Shaping up to be a future big name, 17-year-old Sydney-based pop diva Mia Rodriguez follows last December's debut release 'Emotion', with this new quirky dark-pop number, co-written and produced with Dave Hammer (Lime Cordiale, Thundamentals, Jeffe).
OCEAN ALLEY - HOT CHICKEN
Credit: The Sauce
Sydney surf rockers Ocean Alley share new track from their upcoming tjird album, 'Lonely Diamond', set for release on June 19. Grappling with spiralling out of control, "Hot Chicken' encapsulates the seduction and suffering that comes from wrestling with the devil on one’s shoulder, augmented by Baden Donegal’s vocal, and the driving guitars that cut through the song’s expansive soundscape.
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The Melbourne-based DIY outfit saunter along on four minutes of drowsy indie pop-rock, in a melodic laid back wash of woozy melodies and subtle percussion.
WATCHING WOLVES - LIKE LIGHTS
New single from the Sydney alt-rock three-piece, released last week. The trio - Reid Brownhill (vocals, guitar), Kyle Shelley (bass), Hayden Smith (drums) - mark their first new material since 'Heart In Hurricane' from this time last year, with a dark vocal from Brownhill that emotes over the emo-esque melodies.
ALT FICTION - ALL MY FRIENDS
Credit: Kirsten Roe
A jangly, summery offering from this new Queensland alt-pop trio, released as their debut single. The upbeat, three-and-a-half minute track sails along on rich guitar work and catchy rhythms. "It’s weird because the song felt so relatable when we wrote it, but as soon as we released it, the world basically went into isolation and going to the beach was pretty much off the cards. So it pivoted the track from the feel-good summer vibe to a strange nostalgia for when we could just go to the beach with all of our friends."
JONATHAN BREE - IN THE SUNSHINE
With new album 'After The Curtains Close' due on July 12 via his own Lil’ Chief Records, Auckland, NZ's masked crusader Jonathan Bree precedes it with this latest dark pop single of 60s styled, plaintive strings, woozy synths, steady beats and keys, topped off with Bree's own smooth and hypnotic voice. The accompanying video was directed by Chelsea Nikkel, aka Princess Chelsea.