Always politically charged and always fiery – Last Quokka deliver music that is both questioning and railing against suppression and oppression of perceived minorities – fed predominately by politicians and the media yet quietly lapped up and accepted as ‘this is the way to enlightenment’ by vast swathes of the populace.
Later in the year Last Quokka are set to release an album to follow-up on their eponymous début LP of last year (available on bandcamp).
Night Run is the first track to surface from the future release.
The Australian folk-rock duo Miles Recommends releases the EP – Extended Play on the 5th of February.
Miles Recommends – Extended Play – artwork
Extended Play (available on bandcamp) is a collection of five songs which ponders of the realities of life in a world where following the crowd has become the accepted norm with no articulation as to how that benefits the individuals who make up the mass.
There is a melancholic air to the compositions that are marked by the vocal harmonies which allow Miles Recommends to deliver a different flavour in each piece. This breadth is further enhanced by the range of instruments at their disposal which are carefully selected and deployed to create the weave of the fabric in the songs.
The middle track is Darkness – a sombre number that has a captivating beauty.
Always a pleasure to return to the Australian indie-rock quintet Hedge Fund.
Their latest track Hot & Lonely surfaced less than a couple of hours ago – though not due for official release until the 18th.
True to their record over the past couple of years they have featured on the site, Hot & Lonely has a different sound to previous material in a song that contemplates the push and pull of being in love in a track that aurally threads through the highs and lows of relationships with a melancholic underpinning fed by forlorn bass with a haunting desolate vocal providing the isolated context to the just under three minute piece.
The Australian lo-fi psychedelia project of Declan Kennedy – aplegate released the EP Young Satin on the 1st.
alpegate – Young Satin – artwork
The roughly twenty two minutes – five track EP (available on bandcamp) takes the listener on a journey across varied landscapes allowing the audience to hang up their boots and lay awhile with the hazy shadows of electronics, instrumentation and vocal to drift around the head.
The closer – Waterhole – has a pronounced dub reference around which it revolves and is my pick of Young Satin.