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Music Video Highlights: Some Minds by Flume

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With his unsurprisingly kick ass track ‘Some Minds’ debuting today, Flume has hit another home run for Australian music with this shady tune featuring vocals and lyrics by Miike Snow‘s Andrew Wyatt.

More importantly though, Flume has released this epic music video for ‘Some Minds’ featuring three of our favourite things: Sydney, visually pleasing content and Flume (of course). This spectacle of stunning Opera house visuals and chaotic computer edited dance routines is on point. Director Clemens Habicht has brought his A Game and we are very impressed, giving it the title of Music Video of the Week!

Check it out here and let us know what you think!

By Sophie Henry

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Song of the Week: Between Friends by Japanese Wallpaper

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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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EP Highlights: Mesa by Akouo

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Artist: Akouo
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

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Song of the Week: Arcadia by The Kite String Tangle

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It’s the relatable, personal voice of Danny Harley AKA The Kite String Tangle that draws listeners in time after time. His new single release “Arcadia” feels like a continuation of his fascination with relationships, and pulls at them heartstrings.

This track follows the signature style of his much loved “Given The Chance”, with longing vocals and slow builds. “Arcadia” sumptuously explores the idea of an ‘unattainable’ state of a relationship that’s been lost, whether it be the ‘honeymoon’ period of a long-term relationship, or reminiscing on one that’s been lost altogether. “Sometimes things don’t come full circle” is the cry that rings out and makes you just want to give Harley a big ol’ hug.

“Arcadia” is another enticing listen from The Kite String Tangle, and merely a taster we’re sure for the release of his highly-anticipated EP in August. Don’t miss Harley’s Sydney show for his EP tour at Manning Bar on Friday 12 September.

 

By Erin Rooney

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New EP: Worth a Listen – HAWAII 94

ImageWith a zesty sound that takes you on a bit of a psychedelic journey, HAWAII 94‘s new EP Nightvision is one to watch on the synth electro scene. With a clash of slow and fast rhythms and moods that go up and down, this album offers an interesting and captivating listening experience.

A highlight on the album is most definitely “Apparition”, with its cool beat and moody vocals it definitely caught my attention.

Another highlight of the album is the artwork on the cover by Ted Supercar. It is really cool and eye catching, and helps to set  the scene taking your mind away to a tropical island where you can get lost in your thoughts, it’s like a Pina Colada for your ears.

Listen here:

By Sophie Henry