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Song of the Week: Falling Short by Låpsley

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Falling Short by Låpsley has a really lovely fresh sound that I can’t get out of my head, and as a result it is officially my number one track this week! The vocals are cool and dozy and the mixing is an effortlessly beautiful production.

Have a listen and let us know what you think in the comments: 

By Sophie Henry

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Artists we love: Hozier

With his luscious vocals and attention grabbing lyrics, Hozier has really made our ears tickle this month at Vinyl Garden and we feel his music deserves a bit of a shout out. 

Irish born and bred, Hozier has slowly been gaining more and more international attention in recent times, and for good reason. His voice is handsomely rugged, yet soothing and slightly gospel in technique. His standout track, “Take Me To Church” is a perfect example of the strength of his vocals and song writing talents. We want to see more from Hozier, particularly on Australian turf!

Listen here: 

By Sophie Henry

-Thanks to Brooke Kelly for the suggestion!

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Song of the Week: New Dorp. New York. By SBTRKT Ft. Ezra Koenig

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This exciting new track from SBTRKT will have you hooked the minute you start listening. Personally, I have been listening to it on repeat since its release earlier this week, and with a full album coming out in September, I know I’m excited to hear more. 

SBTRKT have a history of releasing top notch remixes and original tunes that stretch the limits of sound and rhythm. With the inclusion of Ezra Koenig’s (from Vampire Weekend) vocals, this track really hits the ball out of the park and truly deserves the title of song of the week this week.

Listen here: 

By Sophie Henry

 

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Gig Review: Thumpers + Tales in Space + Billy Fox

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Thumpers might seem like a strange name for a band, but it won’t after experiencing the syncopated, pounding rhythms they bring to their live shows. And this well-managed sound was certainly a pleasant surprise for the casual audience that made it down to Newtown Social Club on Thursday.

As the crowd gently trickled in, Billy Fox filled the room with swirling electronic notes that brought to mind San Francisco producer Tycho, combined with snappier vocals to lift the mood. His offbeat sense of humour matched a quirky sense of style, and managed to lighten up the quiet audience.

 

Tales in Space started to draw a larger audience with an intriguingly in-sync rhythm guitar section and bass line that made them seem almost like a parody band. But these guys meant business, pulling out all the stops with nicely placed indie rock harmonies and even a cosmic cover of George Michael’s sultry “Careless Whisper” (a riff like that sax line never goes astray, I can tell you).

 

UK act Thumpers followed and showed the audience just how much fun they could have, with great chemistry on stage between friends. In fact, there was so much going on that it made me stop and realise just how much it’s easy to miss in a recording. From getting the audience in on the action by clapping, to a complex patchwork of syncopated vocal rhythms, there was a lot being put into their sound and none of it was lost on stage. “Tame” was a standout track in this respect, creating an interesting weave of beats.

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“We’re used to having an eleven-piece ensemble on stage, but we couldn’t afford to fly them all out,” apologised lead vocalist Marcus Pepperell. But Newtown Social Club proved once again to be a space that facilitates effective mixing of the sound, allowing each member of the band to shine, and bringing out the particularly lovely backup vocals just enough. The final track “Unkinder (A Tougher Love)” got people moving and encouraged some (ahem, braver) members of the audience to dance like no one was watching.

 

Thumpers gave a spirited performance to a relaxed audience and revealed their rhythmic prowess. Check out their debut album Galore, out now.

By Erin Rooney