In no particular order, some of my favourite sounds from October..
IV LEAGUE – Bleached
It’s been a solid 12 months since we least heard from this Melbourne quartet but dang, time sure has been made up for with this grungy number. The melodies are simple, the guitars are glorious and the vocals add a nice sweetness to what is some brilliant indie rock coming from IV League.
ARIELA JACOBS – Leave Your Light On
You may recognise the vocals of this Melbourne singer-songwriter from her feature on Goldroom’s 2013 dance hit “Embrace” but it may surprise you to learn that Ariela takes a softer approach to her own music. Recent track “Leave Your Light On” sees Ariela steer more toward indie-pop rather than her previous folk offerings but still stands as a fine reflection of Jacobs’ ability to craft sweet melodies with her gorgeously warm vocals and undeniable charm.
OLIVER TANK – Mess
Have been following this Sydney dude for a solid number of years now and I get SO excited when he releases new music. This month he decided to share a bunch of new material under “Off Days”, which literally means its just stuff he made in between working on a bigger project. “Mess” is the longest track out of this collection and contains that ambient bliss you would expect from Tank. If you need music to calm or relax you, Oliver is your guy.
REDSPENCER – Rainbows
Jazzy guitar pop that will have you drifting, “Rainbows” was apparently inspired by some chords from Rodriguez’s “Think Of You”. It’s the latest taste of Redspencer’s forthcoming debut album Perks, due November 18.
JULIA JACKLIN – Elizabeth
Her debut LP Don’t Let The Kids Win was quite literally the talk of the town throughout October and this in my opinion would have to be the stand out track off said record. I’m a total sucker for stripped back numbers and “Elizabeth” is just that - serene vocals, intricate guitar and lyrics of encouragement to Jacklin’s friends pursuing music.
APES – If You Want It
The first taste of their debut album which has been 2 years in the making, “If You Want It” sees APES slow down the pace a little with some dreamy guitar chords building into a mesmerizing chorus destined for a festival stage. 3350 represent.
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – Ordinary
My favourite cut from their latest album Gameshow. Think 80’s pop-funk with glossy synths and imaginative lyrics that will have you grooving, “Ordinary” should definitely be the Irish outfits next single.
TKAY MAIDZA – Follow Me
Well, Tkay has certainly turned heads with the very recent release of her debut LP, a record that sees 14 fresh new tracks and effortlessly bounces between hip hop, grime, pop and dance. “Follow Me” is my personal favourite, an assuring number that is simple, sweet pop at its finest.
SATELLITES – Home, Sweet Home
For fans of Hellions, The Amity Affliction or any band that just rips, basically. “Home, Sweet Home” is a heaving pop punk number and the latest offering from Brisbane lads Satellites, the first we have heard from these dudes since mid-last year, actually. Well worth the wait though.
THE WINTER GYPSY – Phases
Hailing from Adelaide, The Winter Gypsy are making indie folk that will quite frankly leave you breathless. If you like The Paper Kites, The Middle East etc, then you too will fall head over heels with their remarkable fusion of gentle melodies and intense instrumentals.