It’s FRESH FRIDAYS time and boy are we excited-after a brief layoff due to external factors (Splendour), we are back, baby-providing the hottest noo toonz for yoo.
This week we have a plethora of good stuff from across the globe to help you get through this last 8 hours on cruising into the weekend.
HARRY HEART- BABY CALM DOWN
Sydney-cum-London songwriter Harry Heart is known for his edgy/moody indie rock and new release Baby Calm Down does not disappoint. Guitar rock is well and truly back in fashion for Mr Heart, with riffs in this so sharp you’ll cut your little finger just by listening. Heart’s lyricism is the real star, with lines like “I stomp on my heart as it beats through my chest-is it bad that it’s bleeding?” sure to hit a chord with your more melancholy side. Powerful stuff, with a balls-out chorus to match.
JAGWAR MA- OB1
I goddamn love Jagwar Ma. Howlin’ was great, and their live show is one of the best going around at the moment. So I was pretty excited when I saw their little faces pop up on my new music radar. OB1 is certainly not a change in direction for Jono Ma and crew, but still adds plenty of punch. I’ve found this is an excellent song to get out of bed too. Get up, smash that coffee, whack on OB1 and fist pump your way to the office. Vocalist Gabriel Winterfield’s vocal work is typically hypnotic and Jono Ma perfectly mixes guitar with driving electronica to make one hell of a chorus.
HIGH VIOLET- GIVE IN
Sydney siders High Violet are already off on the right foot with a name paying homage to one of the best albums of the last decade, but do not be fooled, there is no middle aged melancholia to be had here. Give In is all that pop music should be- stanky bass, dreamy vocals and a bumper chorus. Short and sharp, Give In uses simple guitar riffage to great effect and a chorus that you can’t help but bop your head to. Can’t wait to see this one live.
THE PREATURES- I KNOW A GIRL
After a tremendous Splendour set over the weekend, The Preatures are back with a bang with I Know a Girl. Sticking solid with their feel-good pop-rock styles, I Know a Girl sounds like the kind of track your 16 year old sister plays on repeat in her PJ’s with a hairbrush microphone. A real nostalgia fest, which is of course what The Preatures do best.