Our top track this week comes from Sydney based newbie Golden Features. Breaking onto the scene early last year, Golden Features brings a fresh sound to the Australian dance music scene.
This song is is chill enough to be relaxing, but catchy enough to make you want to hit the dance floor, so basically it is perfect for all occasions and mood swings. Additionally, Thelma Plum’s killer vocals are irresistible and blend perfectly with the interesting and sophisticated production.
Check it out:
If you like what you hear, Golden Features is releasing his new EP- XXIV June 19th and touring nationally in July, so be sure to add these dates to your calendar!
By Sophie Henry
As a warm welcome to March and the Autumnal change here in Australia, we felt it was a perfect time to put together another mixtape to share some of our favourite tunes with you for the coolest season of the year.
This playlist showcases some of our favourite new releases, golden oldies, local favourites and highlights from some of our favourite gigs last month, including Wet, Highasakite and Tkay Maidza. Overall the mix has a rather warm and 70s inspired sound and is perfect to listen to as you soak up the sun in the last few weeks of warmth we have left.
Check it out here or on Spotify Cool Change:
We hope you like it x
Artist: The Kite String Tangle
On this lazy and very rainy Sunday, there’s nothing more simple or beautiful than listening to the oscillating notes of Brisbane producer Danny Harley (aka The Kite String Tangle). His debut six-track EP is a collection of pensive exploration into love, human connection and letting go.
Harley has certainly started developing his voice in this EP, presenting trembling rhythms and swells throughout the songs that work like a musical filter to create a consistent, powerful sound. His vocals fill gaps and create a connection that keeps the listener engaged.
Looking past his already-successful singles, a particular highlight in Vessel is the development of beats and use of African drum samples in “What If”. You can detect the growth in his song writing in this track from his earlier singles.
Though developing his own signature sound, there are some interesting influences coming into play. “Words” feels very Oliver Tank, pulling everything back a notch and allowing gentle reflection. “Stone Cold” features a Kimbra-esque vocal appearance from Tiana Khasi which brings nice diversity to the EP.
There’s always been something particularly special about TKST that we’ve held close here at Vinyl Garden, and what this EP really brings home for us is the sheer feeling that goes into his music. The work seems to be an extension of his heart – incredibly emotionally-driven both melodically and lyrically, expressing great depth so early in his career.
By Erin Rooney
As an unexpected surprise this month, the lovely Jessie from What Jessie Read has nominated us for the One Lovely Blog Award on her blog and we are very excited to get on board the nomination train to show our appreciation for our fellow music bloggers! The rules of this award are:
- Thank the person who nominated you.
- Share 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.
- Nominate 15 bloggers.
- Notify the nominees that you have done so.
- Put the logo of the award on your blog site.
7 Facts about Sophie and Erin:
- During exam period at uni, Erin lives on pasta with sausages and tomato based sauce
- Sophie has a sneezing fit on the daily
- Erin knows how to solve a Rubik’s cube (her PB is 50 seconds)
- Sophie is secretly an ace skiier and hasn’t missed a snow season for 17 years
- Erin’s life goal is to write a graphic novel, and going to Comic Con makes her year complete
- Sophie is obsessed with reality TV (think Made in Chelsea and The Bachelor)
- Sophie and Erin have a very similar music taste, except on the topic of Beyoncé (Sophie: “BEYONCE RULES!”, Erin: “…No.”)
These are our top picks here at Vinyl Garden (in no particular order):
- One a day
- Scientists of Sound
- Crack in the Road
- Sound Doctrine
- Cruel Rhythm
- The Loop
- When I Heard You
- Nordic by Nature
- Music between Friends
- Getting Deeper
- Friends with both arms
- West Coast Fix
- AFTR DRK
- Sirens of Decay
Thanks again for the nomination Jessie and we hope you enjoy exploring some of our favourite blogs!
By Sophie and Erin xx
Artist: Sticky Fingers
Album: Land of Pleasure
Genre: Indie Rock/Reggae Rock
With two tasty singles under their belt this year already, Sticky Fingers have stirred a melting pot of influences together to produce a rugged yet astoundingly catchy reggae-rock sound on this confident second album.
The opener, ‘Land Of Pleasure’, emits a coaxing cry without giving away too much of their game, as the song is barely a glimpse of the versatility that Sticky Fingers are capable of. Tied together by the echoing Aussie twang of Dylan Frost’s vocals, the songs dance between styles, from the heavy reggae beats of ‘Fake A Smile’ to silkier glories like ‘Rum Rage’. In the process of listening to this album, ‘Feast Your Eyes’ has also earned me my fair share of stares on morning runs with its irresistibly danceable beat.
While most of the album will put pep in your step, Land Of Pleasure isn’t without its lower points. The record is perhaps one or two tracks too long, and the newer songs fail to convey the same effortlessness of singles ‘Gold Snafu’ and ‘Just For You’.
This needn’t deter you from listening all the way through, however. There is more than enough variety in the record for everyone, and it provides a wonderful detour from the electronica and indie rock currently dominating the Australian music scene. So prepare for a feast, because this album is finger-lickin’ good.
Land of Pleasure is out now for your listening pleasure. Chill on out by grabbing yourself a copy, go on!
By Erin Rooney
Album: Mesa EP
Hometown: Northern Tasmania, TAS
Genre: Indie Electronic
After seeing Ryan Farrington AKA Akouo support SAFIA on their single tour, he demonstrated to the audience pretty quickly that he’s one to keep a close eye on. Transforming dance floors with his heavy beats, and more importantly, his electrifying energy, one listen to this EP will give you only a snapshot of his talent.
“Last Time” is a perfect example of Akouo’s ability to drop a beat. Listen, and just try not to bounce. Alternatively, if you want to ease into his beat-heavy style of producing, take a look at what he’s done with Flume/George Maple’s “Bring You Down”:
“Not Enough” follows on from this strong start, leading with important vocals but dropping back to bring fluctuating rhythms forward. “Passing Through” and “Seas Roll On” are more restrained tracks, exploring simpler themes and repeating vocal lines.
There is a lot of variety on this EP which can be easy to overlook, exhibiting a number of influences from indie music to soul pop and hip hop.
A solid release from Akouo, but if you want to truly experience his music, catch one of his live shows. Word on the street is that he’ll soon be moving to mainland Australia so there should be many more of those!
By Erin Rooney
Hometown: Sydney, NSW
Genre: Alternative Rock
DMA’s are too cool for school. We’re talking denim jackets, American Pie, Converse High Tops cool – the best, most 90’s influenced kind.
I was honestly a little confused when I first had a listen to this EP after seeing the artwork: it was not at all what I expected. With those flipped up caps and bucket hat, I was seriously preparing myself for an onslaught of Aussie hip hop. My ears were met instead by fun, almost Oasis-like pop!
The record is very pulled back, with bare guitar lines driving the rhythm and raw vocals, a refreshing sound for today’s brand of alternative rock. You can particularly notice this in tracks like “Your Low” and “Play It Out”.
Interestingly, the Newtown-based trio recorded the standout single of the EP, “Delete”, in guitarist Johnny Took’s bedroom before getting signed with I Oh You. And listening to it, you can almost picture how much fun it would have been to lay down the tracks and hang out; it’s a real throw back to one of the best decades of music.
This is an impressive first release from DMA’s and one that suggests we should keep a close watch on what’s to come! DMA’s are in the process of performing their first live run of shows, with tickets still available for the Brisbane show this Friday 30 May.
By Erin Rooney