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Song of the Week: “Games” by Melwonderland

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Her artist name may sound very similar to Alison Wonderland, but don’t be confused, because Melwonderland isn’t exactly dropping dirty beats and drops. Instead, she’s a sweet but edgy singer and songwriter from Melbourne, and she’s just released her first single, “Games“.

Melissa has been a four-chord songwriting warrior for over 13 years, and I like the simple beauty of this new release.

As the title suggests, expect both glitchy video game-like sound bites and lyrics about figuring love out when things aren’t so clear. Have a listen here:

This is a promising first single from Melwonderland and she’s been making waves in LA this year, so she will be an interesting artist to watch for more releases from.

By Erin Rooney

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Album of the Week: Any Given Weekend by Northeast Party House

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Artist: Northeast Party House
Album: Any Given Weekend
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria
Genre: Alternative Dance

The debut album release of Northeast Party HouseAny Given Weekend, is a young, powerful statement through strong beats and an underground party vibe.

Northeast Party House have always had a difficult style to pin down; they shuffle between danceable beats, jamming bass hits and hard vocals. But who cares about trying to label it when they’ve produced such a unique, consistent style?

The opening track “The Haunted” has gotten a bit of attention and it’s not hard to see why – it’s an addictive dance tune with repetitive, strong lyrics.

There are a lot of angsty kind of tracks on the album.  “Youth Allowance” is fun but perhaps not completely appropriate after the recently announced 2014 Budget! It makes you want to boycott society and dance up a storm in protest. “Fake Friends” has a drunken feel and a bunch of striking layers.

“In The Water” is a highlight, and probably one of the easiest tracks to listen to on this album. For those unacquainted with Northeast Party House’s style it’s a nice introduction.

 

Catch Northeast Party House on their national tour at the newly renovated Newtown Social Club on the 28th June or at The Lair on the 29th June. 

By Erin Rooney

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Album Review: Nose Dive by Saskwatch

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Artist: Saskwatch
Album: Nose Dive
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria
Genre: Indie Pop

One listen to Saskwatch‘s new record Nose Dive will have you caught between boppin’ like no one’s watching, air guitaring, and swaying in soft appreciation, all in the space of eleven strong tracks. 

With such an abundance of electronica on the Australian music scene at the moment, it sure is a relief to be reminded that there are still people out there who play real, physical musical instruments. And there are nine of them in Saskwatch!

Balancing the sound of such a large band can be dangerous, but Saskwatch seem to manage it effortlessly in this album. You could almost believe they were a four or five-piece in “Give Me A Reason”, but then the horn section makes an appearance, in all its glory.

“You Don’t Have To Wait” introduces just how silky-smooth the soul vocal stylings of Nkechi Anele can get – something that remains prevalent throughout the rest of the album. (As a quick side track, if you want your ears to go to soul heaven, check out this sweet duet of Chet Faker & Nkechi here).

The catchiest track on the album would probably have to be “Born To Break Your Heart”, but “Hands” comes in at a close second. Then your heart is in for a softer, sweeter treat with “Now That We’re Alone” having the final word.

 

Saskwatch’s only downfall in Nose Dive is sometimes seeming repetitive with their sound; even while their style varies from song to song, tracks can be hard to distinguish between, favouring similar chord changes. But this considered, each song has its own hidden treasures.

Catch Saskwatch as another wonderful addition to the Splendour In The Grass line up and be sure to listen up to their tunes first so you can belt along! Nose Dive is out now.

By Erin Rooney

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The Extinction of Another Great: Snakadaktal are Done.

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The oh-so-sad news has just broken that Melbourne based band Snakadaktal have decided to call it quits. Having seen them perform an outstanding set only last week at my University bar, this news has come as quite a shock! In Australia Snakadaktal have developed an extraordinary following, with over 48,000 Facebook likes and a career filled with many, many sold out shows. Their mysteriously ghost-like and often haunting sound will be thoroughly missed, but never forgotten! Good luck in your future pursuits!

I don’t think we are alone in thinking that this end has come along “Too Soon”:

By Sophie Henry