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Indie Cred: Grantas

Grantas Music

Looking to bump up your electronic music IQ this Australia Day? Check out Grantas, a solo artist ‘making music on her foldable plastic IKEA laptop table’ – and beautiful music at that. You go Grantas.

Think a little Airling, a lot Lykke Li, Grantas combines loops of vocals, a mixture of rhythmic techniques and gentle tones to produce a swirling, soothing sound. Late last year, she released her debut single ‘Flight’, and we definitely love it:

 

This is a confident release from Grantas showing nice control and some experimentation – both of which indicates great songwriting potential. We’re looking forward to seeing what she does in the new year! Before we go, check out this live version of ‘Flight’, it’s lovely:

 

 

Happy Hottest 100 Day! We’ll be weighing in on Twitter today, hit us up!

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: Through The Roof by Hermitude

Hermitude Music

Remember Hermitude? Flume remixed a little track by them called ‘HyperParadise‘ a couple of years ago. Well they’ve gone and done a thing, and that thing is release another awesome single. It’s called ‘Through The Roof’, featuring Young Tapz.

 

Being based in Sydney, we were always bound to love them. But what they’ve done with this new single has just given us even more reason to love them. Not only does it consist largely of a pretty badass horn section, but it’s also very aptly named, as it’s likely to be a favourite on the dancefloor.

Hermitude have been pretty quiet of late so we hope this means they’re breaking back onto the music writing scene. Can’t wait to see what remixes come out of this very satisfying track.

By Erin Rooney

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Indie Cred: Twerps

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If you’re looking for some more indie cred and wanna claim the next best thing to come onto the indie rock scene before it happens, then do yourself a favour and check out this Melbourne band, Twerps.

It’s an exceptionally sunny and beautiful Saturday in Sydney, and it just so happens that Twerps are perfect for lazing around to and diffusing any built up stress from the working week.

Their track “I Don’t Mind” is a perfect example, with its ambling pace and carefree lyrics. Make it your weekend song, it’ll go down just fine:

 

Twerps are set to be releasing their second album, Range Anxiety on January 23, 2015. We’re just pleased as punch about it.

Hope everyone’s been having an awesome weekend so far, I know I am. Happy listening!

By Erin Rooney

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Song of the Week: Between Friends by Japanese Wallpaper

Japanese Wallpaper Art

Recently it seems like there’s been a bunch of ridiculously talented under 18s bursting onto the music scene and ready to achieve world domination real soon (to name an extreme example from a couple of years back, Lorde, but also more recently DJ acts like Just a Gent). Like Just a Gent, 17 year old Gab Strum is not legally allowed into a club, yet has played some of Australia’s most sought after events and venues, including Falls Festival and Newtown Social Club.

Anyway enough jabbering – give his track “Between Friends” featuring Jesse Davidson a gander. It’s our Song of the Week:

 

Pretty incredible right? While Jesse’s vocals do provide a solid foundation for this song, Japanese Wallpaper’s intricate details colour it really beautifully. It’s tender, pained but longing at the same time. Basically just all the feels.

If your ears simply can’t get enough of this song, which mine couldn’t (and I had it on repeat for a good while there), check out this Anatole remix. It’s the best remix I’ve stumbled across so far – pulls back the track a little and integrates a jazzy feel at times, bouncing those silky vocals on the offbeat:

 

Japanese Wallpaper is heading to Sydney for a show at the Metro Theatre on January 27. Looking forward to many more chilled vibes from him this year.

By Erin Rooney

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Best 5 Acts From Byron Falls Fest

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Falls Festival is like its own little world. It has its own unique fashions, routines and even language that develops – I guess that’s what happens when you drop a whole heap of young people in the wilderness for a week.

But at the end of the day, besides the freedom, sun and seemingly never-ending, carefree times, people make the often tumultuous road trip up for the incredible music on offer (or at least we did!).

I tried to make it along to as many acts as possible, on both the big and small stages, in between much-needed retreats from the heat to the beach in Byron Bay. Across the four days, here are my list of acts that really went above and beyond the expectations of putting on a good festival show.

 

1. Glass Animals

Most Triple J listeners would have heard Glass Animals’ hit song ‘Gooey’ last year, but what struck me most about their performance is the fact that they had enough great songs that they were able to play this in the middle of their set. Filled with dirty beats and slinky smooth, breathy notes, Glass Animals were an unexpected standout performance that had the crowd boogieing from start to finish. The lead singer, Dave Bayley, also wins the award for sexiest dance moves at Falls.

 

2. Bluejuice

If there’s one thing we’ll miss most about Bluejuice breaking up, it’s their live shows. Filled with raw energy and always surprises, it’s impossible to have a bad time at a Bluejuice concert. Falls was no exception as halfway through the performance they threw buckets of glow sticks out to the crowd, proclaiming: “Best 50 bucks we’ve ever spent”. Flocks of loyal fans packed into the stage tent and overflowed out across the grounds for this one, just to get a piece of their final burst of contagious energy.

 

3. SAFIA

Being a bit of a veteran at SAFIA gigs, I can safely say that this is the best I’ve ever seen them perform. Lead singer Ben has developed an electrifying stage presence that turned a fairly empty early afternoon tent into a crowded, thumping dance party. Dropping a new single and playing some old favourites like their ‘Cavalier’ cover and ‘Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues’, SAFIA had one of the most polished set lists at Falls.

 

4. Bullhorn

Bullhorn Falls Byron

In terms of best acts to dance to at the festival, Bullhorn probably takes the cake. See, it’s a seven horn band with drums and a truly badass MC over the top. So it’s fair to say they’ve got a pretty powerful sound. The personality of MC Roman Albert took this band from your run of the mill jazz band on the smaller stage to a full on visual and sound experience. I haven’t yet stumbled across a recording that does these guys justice, so definitely one to catch live!

 

5. Kingswood

What was particularly interesting about Kingswood was the fact that they were playing at the most difficult, heat exhaustion filled part of the day, and yet, the crowd suddenly found a burst of energy to shout along to them. As one of the only raw rock acts at the festival, they owned their sound and worked their fans hard. I remember distinctly lying on the grass with my friends in a sweaty, comatose state from the heat and sitting up for a moment all together to say “Wow. These guys are really good”. So Kingswood – sorry we were so sleepy during your set, because you truly did an incredible job.

 

It’s such an action-packed four days of entertainment that it feels like I’m going to need a while to recover! But festival-going is certainly now on my list of best ways to escape for summer, and I will be back one day. What a way to bring in the new year! As for now, I’m looking forward to another awesome year of Australian music. It’s gonna be epic.

 

By Erin Rooney