We hear a lot of big voices in pop music bathed in auto-tune, and a lot of catchy melodies, but it’s much more rarely that a vocalist comes out with something truly special to offer from their raw sound. Meg Mac does just that, boasting big, bluesy vocals, writing some iconic originals and making covers completely her own.
Her song “Roll Up Your Sleeves” has earned the most love so far with a #24 spot in the triple j’s Hottest 100 this year and we can see why: it really shows off the range of her voice and is passionate – a great car sing-a-long tune!
But as much as I love her original music, it’s the way she covers music that really impresses me. It makes you see the song from a new angle, and she’s got the voice to make anything her own. Take “Grandma’s Hands” for instance, a Bill Withers original about his grandma, written after she passed away. Meg Mac maintains the meaning of the song yet renews the whole rhythmic feel and adds a suspenseful build:
My other favourite is her take on “Bridges” by Broods, which she performs with her sister and band – again, she makes the song her own and it’s got a great groove to it, working on a build and using harmonies to add depth.
Meg Mac’s got such a great voice, and it’s instantly likeable, so I imagine she can only move onto bigger and better things from here!
By Erin Rooney
2014 has been an absolutely incredible year for music – and even more so, for Australian music. For us, it’s been an enormous year of gig going, opening our minds to what support acts are offering and experiencing all that the Australian music scene has to offer firsthand through our stints at The BRAG and FBi Radio. We thought we would celebrate by posting our top song picks for the year in the form of our top 10 votes for the Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown.
Erin’s Hottest 100 Picks:
Erin: This year has seen a particularly interesting development in Australian electronic music and this is why there is a fairly high representation of electronic artists in my votes. ‘Gooey’ has got to be my standout track of the year, but then again, to me these are all outstanding tracks. Other artists that I think should have deserved a mention here include: Basenji with ‘Heirloom’, ODESZA for ‘Memories That You Call’ and Ball Park Music….for all of Puddinghead. I absolutely can’t wait for what next year will bring. Hope it’s almost as many gigs as this year!
Sophie’s Hottest 100 Picks:
Sophie: 2014 has been such an outstanding year for music and I really can’t wait to see what 2015 holds. Like Erin, I found Asgeir’s and Chet Faker’s albums to be standouts. Flight Facilities also definitely deserve a mention and it’s great that Vance Joy proved that he was more than a one-hit wonder with ‘Georgia’. Can’t wait for even more music to come!
So that’s our wrap for the Hottest 100. But before we go:
What we want to win the Hottest 100: ‘Gooey’ by Glass Animals
What we think will win: ‘High’ by Peking Duk
And with that, Sophie is off camping in New Zealand and Erin is off to Falls Festival in Byron Bay! Thanks for reading this year guys and see you in the new year for more Vinyl Garden!
Soph and Erin x
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Canberra electronic trio SAFIA have just released their new single, “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds” after a successful running in the Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013 with their single “Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues”, coming in at #76.
SAFIA have had a a slight hiatus after the hype from “Listen to Soul, Listen to Blues“, but have come back well with this track, indicating that they still have more tricks up their sleeves.
Darker than their past tunes, “Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds” has some really special moments. Particularly noticeable is the intimate nature of Woolner-Kirkham’s vocals, which are maturing over every track released as SAFIA establishes their style. There are some subtle and sweet echoes throughout, and some solid harmonies that grace our ears at highlights.
But as usual, it’s that vibrating synth that is helping to create the signature SAFIA sound. Always present, it’s the heartbeat of the track that keeps everything together as the decorative sounds dance around it.
With a tour in process with Elizabeth Rose and an ever growing following, SAFIA are a group to keep a very close eye on in the emerging Australian electronic scene. Be informed about their latest releases on Soundcloud here.
By Erin Rooney