Bridget Hustwaite

Sounds Of: August

Bridget Hustwaite
Sounds Of: August

Hello! I spent most of August abroad but that didn't stop me from keeping a list of new releases. Here's my fave finds from the month...


She’s one of the most exciting artists to emerge this year and you bet Ruby Fields has backed it uppppp with single #2. “P Plates” is the latest offering from this lil legend outta Cronulla and once again showcases her raw, honest talent through massive guitar hooks and conversational lyrics, this time of not being able to get on the beers/cones cos ~driving~ . Ruby is making music that is relatable and accessible and I just wanna grab a coupla coupla’s with her, ya know?


This Melbourne duo might be making waves with their lush electronica but it’s all about the moon in new release “Crescent”. The latest cut from their debut LP Overflow, “Crescent” is a contemplative and captivating number driven by dark bass, sparkling synths and delicate vocals, exploring the effect of the moon on our behaviour. An intriguing and realised cut from their new record which is out now.


Sydney babes NOIRE have revealed another sublime taste of their forthcoming debut LP and it’s as effortlessly cool as you would expect. “He’s My Baby” is the second single from Some Kind Of Blue and fuses elements of shoegaze, blues and sad rock through it’s reverb guitar licks and Jessica’s romantic crooning. Prepare to lose yourself in this one.


UK singer songwriter Nathan Ball is back with another assured release but this time tapping into a darker blend of alternative pop-rock. Penned during a crossroads moment of sorts, “Waste of Time” sees the English lad convey uncertainty and restlessness through the juxtaposition of racy percussion and ambient guitars, yet allowing enough space lyrically for listeners to adapt their own narrative/interpretation. Vocally, Ball is warm but maintains full control throughout and the result is complete dream rock blisssssss.


It’s been a pretty exciting few months for Sydney trio Stand Atlantic - a label signing, a support slot for New Found Glory’s Australian tour and now the pop-punksters are gearing up to drop their new EP, Sidewinder. The title track is the third and most recent taste of this EP and it’s a tale of accepting and acknowledging the differences between yourself and the person you love. Super sweet pop-punk with hooks for dayssss, I’m a big fan of this outfit!


Alright, if you like your instrumentals big and atmospheric, then you need to hit up this new one from Newcastle quartet Majora.  An immersive 5 and a half minutes of prog-rock with plenty of intricate layers and epic transitions, “Aphotic” is a strong display of musicianship and the title track of Majora’s forthcoming EP due in September.


If you ever ask me about the exciting wave of singer-songwriters emerging from Perth, Riley Pearce would probably be the first name that I drop. He’s been pretty quiet throughout 2017, playing a show here and there but “Misplaced” marks his first release of the year and boy, it was worth the wait. A heartfelt indie-folk tale of the uncertainty commonly felt with new relationships, Pearce pens his most honest lyrics to date which build alongside a gorgeous soundscape of solemn guitar and sparse percussion. The horns give it a bit of an early Bon Iver vibe but I reckon any Ben Howard fan will froth/cry at this.


So this is one of three new songs released by PNAU and it’s my fave. Why? Cos it’s a filthy banger, thats why. It’s SO filthy good. Huge energy, incredible vibe, some of the vocals actually remind me of Alex Gaudino’s “Destination Unknown (Cailbria)” and I’m so okay with that? What do you think?


August also saw Virginian band Turnover release their 3rd studio album and it’s so good I’m kindly asking you to listen to it in full. Yes pls, the entire record. The evolution of Turnover from punk to dream-pop is definitely more realised in this third effort, with less punch in the percussion, more reverb in the guitars and Austin’s laid-back vocals drifting throughout. It’s the perfect soundtrack to lazy afternoons in the sun, road trips or just chillaxing in any form, really. My standout tracks would be “Super Natural” and “Pure Devotion”. Big , big fans of these guys and hoping they’ll return to Australia soon to tour this album.


Okay, we gotta talk about Odette for a minute. Hailing from Sydney, the 19 year old has spent the last 2 years working on her debut album and this month we were treated with a poised, poetic taste of what’s to come. A piano-driven ballad of sorts with its effortless transitions between spoken word and soulful vocals, “Watch Me Read You” is literally like nothing out there at the moment. It’s such a unique piece, its striking contrast between the soft instrumental and sharp lyrics will stop you in your tracks, guaranteed. Make sure you watch the equally stunning music video below, and make sure you remember this lady’s name.

This month’s photo of Turnover was taken by Emari Traffie.