Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Best new tracks Down Under #19

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.


Christchurch, NZ artist Ryan Chin (aka Fisherman) builds up to his mid-year debut album 'Vibe' with slowburning single 'How Cool?', released last week. The Martin Sagadin-directed visual shows Ryan having his long hair cut off by Christchurch stylist Miki Kuwahara, in front of a lush backdrop. How cool is that!


Credit: Liam Black 

After their January debut with 'Surrounding', followed by 'Everybody Knows', Sydney five-piece indie-punk-rockers Just A Number - featuring the dual vocals of guitarists Teriece McCully and Steven Cole - share this latest six-minute, fast-paced energetic rock cut from their just released EP, 'Just A Moment'.


The Adelaide quartet - who emerged in 2018 with debut EP 'Move Like You' - now give us an emo-tinged, guitar-led three minutes of layered pounding drums, crashing guitars and stirring vocals. "'Seatbelt' is a song about feeling trapped," they say. "Trapped in a broken car that’s crumbling around you, trapped in your head, trapped in life. It sets to capture the absolute frustration of powerlessness that comes with growing up. I wish the song had a positive message but it doesn’t. It contains the dark and somewhat childish thought patterns associated with mental health issues. That relief could only possibly come from running away. Or listening to the voices in your head telling you to drive your car into a lake."


Seventeen-year-old Kody Bacon from Perth is an electronic artist that once out of high school, could be a budding new star of the future. Following his debut track 'Inside The Bottle', uploaded online earlier in year, this new number showcases lyrics sung with a light, melancholy tone over self-produced instrumentals.


From Palmerston North, NZ, the slowcore trio work up to a new full-length 'Farewell Spit', out May 29 via Papaiti Records, with this first single, "about honesty and friendship, and when those things break down". 'Bad Friend' is a lazy build as vocalist Felix Carr ranges over charging bass and guitar, going all out in last half.


Credit: Edward Goldner

Melbourne electro-pop duo Kllo - cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam - return with a new track from their 'Maybe We Could' album, out July 17. With steely beats and tender keys, 'Insomnia' reflects a sense of jet-lagged joy and displacement, the “high highs, low lows” as one line goes. “It's one of our favourites off the album and is heavily influenced by our time in North America,” say Kllo. “The song is about laying in bed fantasising that you'll give your all to something and that someone else will too, but knowing deep down it will never happen. The moment of the night where you can't switch off and differentiate your truth from your imagination."

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