The Australian new wave quartet Wharves revealed their newest single a few hours ago.
High School Hero is a rock’n’roll derived number to which Wharves have tuned up the engine to deliver a gothic steeped vocal surrounded by an unstoppable bass that has the listeners feet stamping in time within half a bar while loosely tied drum-skins sink deep inside the rims giving the track an ever darker shadow through which glorious fretwork shimmers.
In High School Hero Wharves have been able to create a track which has a natural flow and and primordial beat that seeps directly in to the audiences marrow and is one of those songs that demonstrate the power of music to infect those it touches and lift their day to a better place.
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The Australian sadcore duo Catholic Guilʇ released the EP Hymnbook Volume 1 on the 6th.
A five track release (available on bandcamp) of quizzical outlook of the world around laid to an acoustic-emo soundtrack.
The roughly twenty one minutes release keeps the listener attuned, like an attentive puppy cocking their head from side to side, to the disparate songs which are one moment steeped in dry humour, the next heft a dour countenance in to earshot.
My selection from Hymnbook Volume 1 being the closer Lucky Country – which is their most explicit protestation of the politics of a nation of geo-politics and ‘get orf my land’ mentality – which, sadly, can be applied to far too many citizens of many of the self-entitled ‘developed countries’ around the world.
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The Australian liquid-electronica duo Feels released the single Research on the 4th.
An aural representation of colours swirling in a molten mix of warm wax slips in to the room as, the tad over three minutes of, Feels (available on bandcamp) invites the listener to kick up their heels, lay back and relax in the washes of ambient-house.
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The New Zealand slo-gaze trio No Sky release the single Have Fun tomorrow.
No Sky – photo credit – Kate Tovey
Just over a year in to existence No Sky have spent time both in the studio and on the stage to meld the three members of the band, all experienced musicians, in to a cohesive unit and the progression of tracks revealed since May of last year attests to the core ingredient of bands of longer stay, an instinctive connection between the players, is steadily and surely taking shape with Have Fun (which is available on bandcamp) being their most assured reveal thus far with instrumentation, percussion and vocal each forming a natural bonding and weave one within another to create a multi-dimensional timeshifting flow of melting harmonies.
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The Australian rock’n’roll trio Crocodylus released the single My Love on the 28th of March.
Crocodylus – photo by Ashley Naylor
A stonkingly good track that is able to reach out of the speakers and launch the listener on to the dance-floor before the first bar has run its course. My Love (available on bandcamp) is a song that lifts the gloom of the travails of life and offers the audience an escape in to a better place and attests to a trio who have much to add to the weave of the world.
The music consists of well-balanced fuzzy smears circling around a superb percussion while filling the room with a retro-garage soundtrack which is highlighted by the unfussy delivery that has an infectious warmth and marks out a band I look forward to hearing much more of over the years.
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