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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: Comes and Goes by Covey

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Now that winter has officially arrived the need for some snuggle worthy tunes has arisen, ‘Comes and Goes’ by British singer songwriter Covey is the perfect listen.

With his warm and soothing vocals and charming good looks, Covey is slowly starting to stand out in the crowded indie music scene. This track has a rich sound and upbeat rhythm and really does warm your soul as you listen. You will get lost in the lyrics and be transported somewhere special, have a listen:

 

With experiences growing up all over the world, it is clear Covey has a unique maturity and array of influences in his voice, working together beautifully and allowing for a powerful sound to shine through.

By Sophie Henry

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May Playlist: Celebrating Vivid LIVE

Given the incredible music lineup for the Vivid lights festival in Sydney this year, we thought we’d celebrate with our May Playlist!

A tribute to the growth of this exciting Sydney festival, the playlist includes some of our favourite acts from the lineup such as St. Vincent, James Vincent McMorrow, Pixies, Fishing and The Presets.

Enjoy!

 

By Erin Rooney

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Album of the Week: DMA’s EP by DMA’s

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Artist: DMA’s
Album: DMA’s
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

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Song of the Week: King And Cross by Ásgeir

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If you haven’t checked out Icelandic folk acoustic artist Ásgeir yet, then do yourself a favour and get his stunning song “King And Cross” on your current playlist. Right now.

Besides exhibiting that fabled European beauty with his lazy beanie, neat stubble and icy blue eyes (ahem, back on track now Erin), he creates magic with thick harmonies and simple, bright guitar lines. Think a little of the rhythm of Sigur Rós with a touch of echoey vocal stylings like Dustin Tebbutt.

 

Like what you hear? Just wait till you check out his live sets:

 

He strikes a nice balance between relaxing yet energising in his music – something that’s often hard to find in the genre!

You can listen to more of Ásgeir’s sweet tunes in his new album In The Silence or catch him on his Australian tour later this year. 

By Erin Rooney