New Music Monday – 12th August

Alfi
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Alfí – “The Drink Song”

“The Drink Song” has featured on a couple of the folk music podcasts I listen to and now I can’t get it out of my head. Alfí, like the much lauded Lankum, are part of a new breed of Irish trad and folk bands who are embrassing the rougher, rawer side of Irish music. “The Drink Song” is taken from Alfí’s EP Wolves in the Woods which is wonderful and well worth you picking up.

Amy Vee – “Paper and Wood”

“Paper and Wood” is the latest single from award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Vee, taken from her new album Same Skin. The track is sumtuous piece of acoustic pop music, highlighting Amy Vee’s unique vocal style.

To celebrate the release of Same Skin Amy Vee is heading out on tour this October and November:

Wednesday 9th October – Memo Music Hall, St. Kilda, VIC
Sunday 13th October – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 18th October – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Royal Exchange Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 1st November – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 2nd November – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

Devendra Banhart – “Memorial”

Freak-folk singer Devendra Banhart released “Memorial”, the latest single from his upcoming album Ma, due on the 13th September. “Memorial” is a melancholy waltz, showcasing a songwriter who is trying to grapple with the finality of death and the process of mourning.

“”Memorial” is about loss and the strangeness of feeling so numb, and yet so completely heart-broken-open,” Banhart wrote on the song. “It’s about three people I loved very much, and some of it happened just like it says in the song. Someone really did propose at one of the memorials – we all thought they would have loved how surreal, romantic, and inappropriate that was. It’s about those last moments, how painful and perfect they were, all the tears, all the tears. I don’t know what else to say, except that I wrote the song for you to tell you about it, see if maybe you know what I mean, tell you everything, see if maybe it brings us closer, makes it easier to tell each other how much we love and appreciate one another.”

Dori Freeman – “That’s How I Feel”

Alt-country singer Dori Freeman dropped a surprise new track from her upcoming album Every Single Star, due on the 27th September. “That’s How I Feel” is a syncopated gem, showcasing Freeman’s stunning voice and just how tight her band is on the upcoming album.

Phia – “Full Circle”

Indie-pop singer Phia has teamed with the Melbourne Indie Voices for her latest single “Full Circle”. This is Phia at her full powers, channelling her knack for a catchy pop arrangement into a quirky track with interesting and exciting instrumental and vocal choices. The addition of the Melbourne Indie Voices adds something special without being overpowering. Lovely stuff.

Pieta Brown – “Ask For More”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has released the tender new single and video “Ask For More”. The singer is a favourite with Australian audiences and its easy to why – there’s a fragility to her songwriting which draws the listener in and the music is simply beautiful.

“Ask For More” is taken from the upcoming album Freeway, co-produced by S. Carey (Bon Iver) and due for release on the 20th September.

Sam Shinazzi – “I Wrote A Book For You”

Sydney based singer-songwriter Sam Shinazzi released his brand new single “I Wrote A Book For You”, a straight forward love song accentuated by some amazing slide guitar from Michael Carpenter. The track also featured in the recent film Book Week.

“Writer/director Heath Davis asked me to write a song for the closing credits to his film Book Week – a brand new song about a film I was yet to see,” Shinazzi explained. “He gave me the movie title and some genre direction, which ended up being SAM-like anyway. The song came easily enough to me, and thankfully all those involved with the film loved it too. I then asked Michael Carpenter to put his touch on it, which he did brilliantly at Love HZ Studios. The song fits directly with the other new songs and works in progress for the next album, both musically and thematically. This is a special song for me with a tonne of meaning; I hope others get some feelings out of it too.”

New Music Monday – 5th August

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Anna Smyrk – “Home”

“Home” is the second single from singer-songwriter Anna Smyrk’s sophomore EP, planned to be released later in the year. The entire EP is inspired by the wild places Smyrk has lived including the Solomon Islands, Cambodia and the Philippines. “Home”, with its piano, cello, backing vocals and dobro, is a beautiful track full of evocative imagery and sensuous, intertwining melodies.

Charlie Collins – “Who’s Gonna Save You Now”

Tamworth born alt-country singer-songwriter Charlie Collins has released a live version of her new single “Who’s Gonna Save You Now”, taken from her latest record Snowpine. The languid track combines Collins’ love of a storytelling country song with an indie rock sensibility, deftly defying genre while taking the best from all of her influences.

Charlie Collins is heading out on tour with Kasey Chambers from this September – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 12th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th September – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Costa Hall, GPAC, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, Wangaratta, VIC
Thursday 19th September – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Friday 20th September – The Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 21st September – Southport RSL Club, Southport, QLD
Friday 4th October – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 5th October – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Sunday 6th October – Bridgetown, WA
Friday 11th October – Town Hall Theatre, PAC, Devonport, TAS
Saturday 12th October – Theatre North at the Princess, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 13th October – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS
Thursday 17th October – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Friday 18th October – Evan Theatre, Panthers, Penrith, NSW
Saturday 19th October – The Cube, Campbelltown, NSW
Sunday 20th October – Bathurst Memorial Theatre, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 24th October – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 25th October – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Nex Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 27th October – The Playhouse Theatre, CTC, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd to Saturday 24th November – Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff, VIC
Thursday 28th November – The Playhouse @ Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT
Friday 29th November – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Saturday 30th November – Townsville Civic Centre, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 1st December – Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay, QLD

Dori Freeman – “Another Time”

American folksinger Dori Freeman explores the love within a platonic friendship in her new single “Another Time”. Freeman’s stunning voice, reminiscent of Laura Marling or Joni Mitchell, dances perfectly over the country shuffle rhythm of the song, creating something very unique and really beautiful.

“Another Time” is taken from Dori Freeman’s upcoming album Every Single Star which is due on the 27th September.

James Thomson – “Desire”

“Desire”, the new track from folksinger James Thomson, is a Dylan-esque folk-rock number with a definite groove and catchy chorus. The track is taken from Thomson’s upcoming album Golden Exile which is due out later this year.

Pete Cullen & The Hurt – “Destroy It All”

Brisbane based alt country singer-songwriter Pete Cullen has just released his new single “Destroy It All”, the first taster of his new album High Tide, due on the 3rd September. The song is full of passion, with Cullen’s voice cutting through some amazing musicianship from his band The Hurt.

“”Destroy It All” came to me in late January 2019 when I was reading stories of farmers facing yet another endless drought in Australia,” Pete Cullen explained. “Around this time a natural disaster hit north Queensland. Farmers went from hand-feeding their stock to watching them being washed away in record level floods. Living in the city it’s can be difficult to fully fathom the reality of these heart-breaking stories and the effect on our rural communities. As the song developed I started to realise that I was in fact the “fortunate boy” who lives in the luckiest country on the planet.”

Riley Pearce – “Brave (Acoustic)”

Australian singer-songwriter Riley Pearce released his amazing single “Brave” back in 2016. But now that he’s taking on the world he’s just re-released it as an acoustic version, so I figured it was worth sharing again. Loving the saxophone in this mix.

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Superstar”

With their highly anticipated new album Wild Seeds out this Friday, Australian super-group Seeker Lover Keeper have given us one more single in “Superstar”. The ethereal, piano and vocal driven song takes advantage of the group’s amazing vocal harmonies and makes me really excited for what else the album will reveal. It helps that the track also has an amazing video staring Australian actor Madeleine Madden.

“”Superstar” was the first song we wrote for the album,” Seeker Lover Keeper explained. “Sally [Seltmann] brought in the piano part, and a rough song structure and together we worked on melodies and lyrics. We had never written songs together before, so I think we all felt a little nervous. However, this song came together really quickly and organically.”

Seeker Lover Keeper are heading out on tour this September and October – full dates are below:

Thursday 5th September – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th September – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 27th September – The Altar Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 28th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 29th September – Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 3rd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

Shaky Stills – “Freaking Out”

Melbourne based alt-country band Shaky Stills have released their new single “Freaking Out”. The song is a straight up country twanger with shimmering lead guitar and walking bass alongside the lonesome vocals of Patty Carr. Definitely one to add to your playlists if you’re a fan of modern Australian country music.

Shaky Stills will be launching their new single with shows around Victoria including this Friday in Melbourne – dates are here:

Friday 9th August – The Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 25th August – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Saturday 7th September – The Rainbow, Melbourne, VIC

The Lumineers – “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You”

Did you manage to catch The Lumineers when they were in the country for Splendour in the Grass? If so you might have caught their brand new single “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You” from their latest album III. The track has The Lumineers in their full stripped back glory, with the guitar and lead vocals front and centre and a subtle rhythm section and background vocals ghosting in the background.

“It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You” is also the forth video in an ongoing narrative series from The Lumineers – check out their YouTube channel for parts one, two and three.

Tia Gostelow – “Get To It”

Indie singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow has taken the anthemic approach with her new single “Get To It”. The track weaves Gostelow’s reverb heavy voice over a driving drum groove and spacious instrumentation.

Tia Gostelow will be launching the new single in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide this September and October – full dates are below:

Saturday 14th September – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 27th September – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th October – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA

Xavia – “Rain Falls”

Alice Springs based multi-instrumentalist Xavia has released her stunning new single “Rain Falls”. Xavia evokes the landscape of her home town while channeling the etherial electro-trad of bands like Clannad, creating something that is both brutally modern and timeless at the same time.

New Music Monday – 22nd July

Harely Mavis
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Big Sky Mountain – “Cover My Tracks”

The latest single from seven-piece, Sydney-based alt-country and Americana band Big Sky Mountain is the rollicking “Cover My Tracks”. I love how this track just drives forward with the rhythmic chug drums, bass and ukulele while still showcasing the band’s beautiful harmonies and diverse instrumentation – the subtle trumpet parts throughout the song are spot on.

Big Sky Mountain have a bunch of gigs coming up – the full list is here:

Friday 26th July – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 9th August – Club Willoughby, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th September – Crack ‘N’ Jack Spring Music Festival, Port Stephens, NSW
Saturday 19th Octover – Fusion Multicultural Street Festival, Wagga Wagga, NSW

Devendra Banhart – “Abre Las Manos”

Freak folk pioneer Devendra Banhart has just given us a taste of his upcoming album Ma (due on the 13th September) with the latin inspired track “Abre Las Manos”. Sung entirely in Spanish, “Abre Las Manos” was inspired by Banhart’s motherland, Venezuela with the title translating to “Open Your Hands”. In typical Devendra Banhart style the song takes traditional musical forms and plays with them, adding a trippy, ethereal feel to the song.

“My brother is in Venezuela, my cousins, my aunts and uncles,” Devendra Banhart explained. “They are just holding their breath, in gridlock standstill. Maybe there is more Spanish writing on Ma because of the helplessness I’m feeling, it’s on my mind more than ever. I was thinking about the sorrow of having to put a child up for adoption, loving that child but not being with them, for whatever reason. That child is out in the world and you have to love them from afar. And that is exactly how I have felt observing the situation in Venezuela. There’s this helplessness, this place that has been a mother to you, that you’re a mother to as well, and it’s suffering so much. There is nothing you can do but send out love and remain in that sorrowful state.”

Harley Mavis – “Thief”

Sydney based alt-folk artist Harley Mavis (who previously performed under the name Hannah Robinson) is channeling her inner Stevie Nicks for her latest single “Thief”. The folk rock song combines Harley Mavis’ big voice with a cracking band that really drives the pace forward.

“”Thief” is a reflection of being in a really emotionally manipulative relationship and constantly feeling like that person has a hold on you regardless of having broken up,” Harley Mavis explained. “It’s a song that really encapsulates my mental health at that time in my life.”

Hein Cooper – “Invincible”

From it’s atmospheric opening right through to its huge crescendo, “Invincible” from singer-songwriter Hein Cooper is a beautiful piece of work. The single, which also has a power, cinematic video, once agains demonstrates just what a talent Cooper is.

If you want to catch Hein Cooper live there’s a bunch of dates in August supported by Leonie Kingdom:

Saturday 3rd August – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 8th August – Cambridge Warehouse, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 9th August – Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 10th August – The Basement, Canberra, ACT
Friday 16th August – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 17th August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW
Friday 23rd August – Mojo’s, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th August – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury, WA
Sunday 25th August – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough, WA
Thursday 29th August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Friday 30th August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Joe Man Murphy – “The Old Pine Tree”

Irish born, Australian based singer-songwriter (and one quarter of Adelaide band The Timbers) Joe Man Murphy has released his brand new single “The Old Pine Tree”. The track has an expansive sound typical of Australian folk music with some Mark Knopfler-esque electric guitar that helps to elevate Murphy’s songwriting. The video for “The Old Pine Tree” combines Joe Man Murphy’s music with his other passion of visual art.

Joe Pug – “The Flood in Color”

Joe Pug’s highly anticipated new album The Flood in Color landed last week and it’s truly magical. Pug also released the lead single which sees the songwriter at his best – guitar, harmonica and a simple backing band to highlight his stunning lyrics. Pug’s songwriting economy is really a true talent – here’s a song that is under 3 minutes long and lyrically sparse but is still able to convey so much emotion.

Karine Polwart – “Chance”

Scottish folk singer Karine Polwart releases her tribute to Scottish pop, Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook, on the 2nd August and everything we’ve heard so far from it has been really interesting. Here Polwart reinterprets Big Country’s classic track “Chance”, stripping it back to its core with really beautiful instrumentation including flutes and glockenspiel.

The Brother Brothers feat. Sarah Jarosz, Jeff Picker – “Colorado”

I love this. Folk duo The Brother Brothers have teamed with singer and guitarist Sarah Jarosz and bassist Jeff Picker for the gorgeous new single “Colorado”. Sitting somewhere between the songwriting of Paul Simon and the vocal delivery of Dylan in his quieter moments, the song has everything you want from modern folk music.

Wallis Bird – “Salve!”

“Salve!” is the latest taster of the upcoming album Woman from Irish singer-songwriter Wallis Bird. The soul and funk of “Salve!” is a whole lot of fun, and will immediately have you up and dancing – such a fun track. Woman is due for release on the 27th September.

Witches Leap – “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”

Blue Mountains based trio Witches Leap provide one of first instrumental tracks for New Music Monday with their reels “Mountain Road / Rocky Road to Megalong”. The combination of flute, pipes and guitar evokes a magical landscape that could be Ireland or could also be the wilderness of the Mountains – and the video compliments this perfectly.

New Music Monday – 15th July

The Maes
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Bon Iver – “Jelmore” & “Faith”

The internet lost its mind this week with Bon Iver not only dropping two more songs, but also announcing their new album i,i, due on the 30th August. After releasing “Hey, Ma” and “U (Man Like)” last month, the new Bon Iver tracks are the glitchy “Jelmore” and the anthemic “Faith”. Justin Vernon’s sound continues to evolve away from the gentle folk of his earlier work with him fully embracing samples, loops and more on his new music. But front and centre is still Vernon’s amazing voice and pitch perfect songwriting and that’s what makes anything new from Bon Iver something to get excited about.


Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve”

Since “Hold Your Nerve” was released in the last couple of weeks I’ve been hearing it all over the radio. It’s great that a band like Boy & Bear is still able to pump out songs that get the radio listening public excited. And “Hold Your Nerve” deserves the success its been getting – the track is classic Boy & Bear, combining their love of 70s folk-rock with the anthemic indie-pop they’ve becoming known for.

The track is taken from Boy & Bear’s newly announced album Suck On Light which will hit our ears on the 27th September. They also have a bunch of shows announced in August with tickets selling fast:

Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Great Aunt – “FOMO”

Melbourne based folk and Americana duo Great Aunt tackle the modern anxiety of missing out on their latest track “FOMO”. with bluesy slide resonator guitar and thumping bass, the vocals in this track are actually more understated than you’d imagine. This is a very modern folk song that pays tribute to the roots of the music it draws from.

“FOMO” is taken from Great Aunt’s upcoming album So Not Right Now which is due for release in November. The duo are currently on tour – check out their upcoming dates here:

Tuesday 16th July – BUG Acoustic, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 17th July – Element Bar, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Thursday 18th July – The Middle, Mullumbimby, NSW
Saturday 20th July – Hardy’s Bay Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Sunday 21st July – Little Alberts, Bathurst, NSW
Thursday 25th July – Temperance Society, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 28th July – The Cambus Wallace, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October – Deni Ute Muster Festival, Deniliquin, NSW
Friday 15th to Sunday 16th November – Healesville Music Festival, Healesville, VIC

Josh Rennie-Hynes – “Chapter”

Australian singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes has just unveiled his latest solo single “Chapter”, his first since his work as one half of The Ahern Brothers. Josh Rennie-Hynes moved to Nashville to write and record his upcoming album Patterns, due on the 27th September, and you can hear that towns influence all over “Chapter”. This is straight up Americana songwriting, with Rennie-Hynes voice accompanied by a cracking band.

Matt Corby & Tash Sultana – “Talk It Out”

Australian roots music darlings Matt Corby and Tash Sultana have come together for an amazing collaboration in “Talk It Out”. The funky, soulful track is very smooth and plays on the unique voice of both artists.

“I wrote the song during the sessions for Rainbow Valley, but in a different way to the rest of the album,” Corby explains. “It didn’t feel like it was a fit for the record so I revisited it with Tash recently. Tash has a giant musical beast living inside of her, so I knew she could deal with whatever I threw at her. It was amazing to collaborate with someone like that, and have her throw her musical styling’s over the song.”

“We originally started having a jam in early 2017, then life came between making music together,” Tash Sultana adds. “This track came about because Matt didn’t include it on Rainbow Valley. He sent it to me to fill in the blanks, and it’s the first collaboration I’ve done with another artist that I’ve released. Matt is an amazing songwriter and instrumentalist. He’s also an absolutely awesome guy with a huge soul so it was a privilege to be a part of this project.”

Matt Corby plays Splendour in the Grass this weekend.

The Maes – “Treat You Better”

I know it’s pretty early to call, but “Treat You Better” from Melbourne duo The Maes is close to being my favourite song of 2019. Taken from their self-titled album, “Treat You Better” is some absolutely fine songwriting, with sweet harmonies entwining themselves around guitar, bass and mandolin. The song’s storytelling lyrics are deceptively simple (as all great lyrics are), but have a depth to them that grows on every listen. But where “Treat You Better” really shines in the chorus, which builds to a chant as the track crescendos and lodges itself firmly in your head for days to come. The Maes have released the official video for “Treat You Better” featuring live footage from festivals and shows from across the world and it’s a wonderful accompaniment to amazing song.

The Teskey Brothers – “So Caught Up”

And so we have yet another single and video from The Teskey Brothers’ upcoming album Run Home Slow, due on the 2nd August. This time it’s the soulful “So Caught Up”, described by the band as the centrepiece to the upcoming album. The track has a pop sensibility without losing The Teskey Brothers’ innate love of the blues, soul and gospel music that’s inspired them.

New Music Monday – 1st July

The Weeping Willows
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Chaika – “Arrow”

Listening to Arrow, the new album from Sydney based world and folk band Chaika, I was absolutely taken by the title track. A little bit of Googling turned up tis video for “Arrow” which I just had to share. This is Chaika at their best – incorporating the world of rhythms and sounds of traditional music and channeling them into something beautiful. The fiddle and piano riff that plays over the song, the jazzy clarinet solo, the syncopated rythms, the harmonic backing vocals – all of these pieces come together to create a really fun and completely danceable song.

Hayden Calnin – “Fuck Collingwood”/”Late”

We have two beautiful new singles from indie-folk favourite Hayden Calnin, “Fuck Collingwood” and “Late”. These tracks are just stunning – “Fuck Collingwood” is a paired back track that builds to a crescendo rife with emotion while “Late” shows Calnin at his most atmospheric and experimental.

“I’d been living in and around Collingwood, a suburb of Melbourne, for the last 10 years,” Hayden Calnin explained. “I’ve loved it, I’ve hated it, and finally I’d left it. “Fuck Collingwood” is a reflection on my time living there, and about me realising that I had to get out of the city and find some space for a while, and go live near the ocean. At least for a little bit.”

JEFFE feat. Ro, Didirri, Washington – “Road to Nowhere”

Indie pop artist JEFFE teams with some of our favourite singer songwriters – Ro, Didirri and Washington – to cover The Talking Heads. This modern take on the classic “Road to Nowhere” pulls in elements of modern pop and indie-folk (think Bon Iver in his more glitchy moments) to create a track which elevates the original.

“When I think ‘road trip’ I think of a group of mates driving down the highway singing along to their favourite tunes,” JEFFE explained. “The idea of bringing a few friends on board with this song comes exactly from that image so as the idea grew, I decided to reach out to a bunch of my friends in music and asked them to get on board which they all jumped on the idea!”

JEFFE will be taking on the Listen Out shows in September and October and Didirri is on tour with Ro this August – full dates here:

JEFFE
Friday 27th September – Listen Out, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 28th September – Listen Out, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 29th September – Listen Out, Perth, WA
Saturday 5th October – Listen Out, Sydney, NSW

Didirri w/ Ro
Thursday 22nd August – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 30th August – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 31st August – UC Hub, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th September – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide, SA

Seeker Lover Keeper – “Wild Seeds”

More new music from Seeker Lover Keeper? How good is this! The Australian supergroup follow up their return to the spotlight with the announcement of their new album (Wild Seeds, due on the 9th August), a bunch of tour dates this September and their new video “Wild Seeds” staring acclaimed actor Yael Stone.

The track is somewhat of a departure from Seeker Lover Keeper’s indie folk roots, instead embracing 70s rock while still maintaining focus on their gorgeous three part harmonies.

The full dates for the upcoming tour are below:

Thursday 5th September – Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood, NSW
Friday 6th September – Canberra Theatre, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 7th September – Small Ballroom, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 13th September – Narrabeen RSL, Narrabeen, NSW
Saturday 14th September – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 27th September – The Altar Bar, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 28th September – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 29th September – Freo Social, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 3rd October – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD
Saturday 5th October – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 17th October – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 18th October – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 19th October – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 20th October – Sooki Lounge, Belgrave, VIC

The Morrisons feat. William Barton – “Poor Spine Me”

Sydney based bluegrass favourites The Morrisons have teamed with didgeridoo master William Barton on their amazing new single “Poor Spine Me”. This is The Morrisons doing what they do best – presenting bluegrass music in the Australian context – and dialling it up with the inclusion of Barton and the wonderfully evocative lyrics writer Gareth Hipwell.

The Weeping Willows – “Devil’s Road”

The final single and video from their amazing second album Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’, “Devil’s Road” is bluegrass and Americana duo The Weeping Willows at their very best. The bluesy, dark track is simply The Weeping Willows’ harmonies alongside Andrew Wrigglesworth’s masterful guitar, with some background instrumentation and production to accentuate but never overpower.

The Weeping Willows are taking the new single on the road from this weekend – full dates are here:

Saturday 6th July – Union Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Sassafras, VIC
Tuesday 9th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 10th July – FolkSwagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 11th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th July – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 13th July – City Sider, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Burrinja, Melbourne, VIC

New Music Monday – 24th June

Sarah Humphreys
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Bryan Estepa – “I’m Not Ready For This”

Prolific Sydney-based singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa channels classic Americana and rock with his new single “I’m Not Ready For This”. Taken from his upcoming album Sometimes I Just Don’t Know, due on the 23rd August, “I’m Not Ready For This” sounds like classic Tom Petty – lyrically driven rock music with a pop sensibility.

Emma Russack – “Be Real”

Melbourne based singer-songwriter Emma Russack released “Be Real”, the newest single from her upcoming album Winter Blues, due on the 5th July. Channelling 90s grunge and indie rock, “Be Real” is Russack’s reaction to the selfie culture.

“[“Be Real”] is about my frustration with phone obsession, social media, hype and trend – the phoniness that I see all over the place (and actually buy into),” Emma Russack explained. “I’m really trying to emphasise the importance of being true to yourself and being ‘real’ – whatever the hell that means. The video is a snapshot of how insular and isolated people have become as a result of technology. I just wanna connect irl.”

To celebrate the release of her new album Emma Russack has a bunch of tour dates in the second half of the year.

Wednesday 7th August – The Jazzlab, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 9th August – Sideway, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 10th August – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th September – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC
Sunday 15th September – The Taproom – Shedshaker Brewing, Castlemaine, VIC

Greta Stanley – “Follow Suit”

Queensland based singer-songwriter Greta Stanley released her new single “Follow Suit”. With gorgeous production from Mark Myers (The Middle East), “Follow Suit” explores what it’s like to go from youth to adulthood in isolated Far North Queensland. I like the way the song meanders through different production styles while keeping Stanley’s voice front and centre – the production almost feels like a stream of consciousness, kept in line by the conventional structure of the song’s lyrics and phrasing.

“Follow Suit is about wanting to pull away and wanting to feel something more but not knowing how, or when, or where to go,” Greta Stanley explains. “It’s a song I wrote when I was questioning my reasons for continuing to do things I didn’t want to do, and a lot of my friends were too. Because we were afraid of change and the unknown. It’s about how quickly your mind can change – to being sure and moving forward, to feeling like time is slipping and you’re stuck still – full of uncertainty.”

“Follow Suit” is taken from Greta Stanley’s upcoming EP Sun In My Eyes which is due for release on the 26th July. Upcoming tour dates are below:

Saturday 29th June – Neck of the Woods Festival, Townsville, QLD
Friday 23rd August – Darwin Festival, Darwin, NT
Friday 13th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 14th September – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
Thursday 19th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 20th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW

Passenger – “Let Me Dream A While”

Any day with new Passenger music is a good day. His latest video “Let Me Dream A While” was filmed and recorded at Abbey Road complete with a string quartet. The track is taken from Passenger’s latest album Sometimes It’s Something, Sometimes It’s Nothing At All and is exactly what you’d expect from the UK based singer-songwriter – beautiful fingerpicked guitar, emotionally driven melancholic lyrics and Mike’s unique voice.

Sarah Humphreys – “Slow Dance”

Central Coast based singer-songwriter Sarah Humphreys has returned with a really sweet new song and video, “Slow Dance”. Humphreys is the queen of this understated style of indie-folk and her voice in the track is perfectly matched by the simple arrangement of acoustic guitar, bass, pedal-steel and trumpet (not to mention the obligatory toy piano). Lovely stuff

The Avett Brothers – “High Steppin'”

New York’s indie-folk favourites The Avett Brothers have released their new single “High Steppin'”, taken from their upcoming album Closer Than Together, due on the 4th October. The track takes country music conventions (including a spoken word interlude!), couples it with a straight rock beat, synths and some swirling guitars and creates something that feels familiar and new at the same time. It’s kind of odd but I kind of like it for being odd.

The Teskey Brothers – “Man Of The Universe”

As The Teskey Brothers gear up to release their new album Run Home Slow on the 2nd August, we’ve been gifted with another new track from the Melbourne based band. Following the gospel of “Hold Me”, the band’s latest single and video is the soul driven “Man Of The Universe”. This track feels like it’s been ripped directly from the 70s with its distinctly retro sound.

Tully John & Liza-Jane – “Embers”

Gold Coast duo Tully John & Liza-Jane have released their new single “Embers”, a mixture of indie-folk storytelling with more pop sensibilities. The way Tully John & Liza-Jane’s vocals intertwine over the pulsing melody of “Embers” is beautiful and is further heightened by the shimmering guitars and keys.

“The song begins with two souls divided before they begin to interweave and come together again,” Liza-Jane explains. “In the end it is a song of resolution and solace. The ember is the hope to which we cling when things are just a bit wobbly.”

Tully John & Liza-Jane have a handful of tour dates in South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales next week:

Wednesday 3rd July – House Concert, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 4th July – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Gold Coast, QLD
Saturday 6th July – House Concert, Byron Bay, NSW

Wallis Bird – “As The River Flows”

It’s easy to see why Irish artist Wallis Bird has such a following in Australia when she’s releasing music like her latest single “As The River Flows”. The first taste of her upcoming album Woman, due on the 27th September, “As The River Flows” is a frantic, visceral song with Bird’s lyrics tumbling over a cacophony of sounds and music. Intensely mesmerising music from Wallis Bird

Winterbourne – “Too Many”

“Too Many” is the third single from the upcoming album Echo Of Youth from Winterbourne, due on the 23rd August. The duo have transitioned seamlessly from their original indie-folk sound to take on a more synth-driven context which is seeing them win the hearts and minds of their fans.

“”Too Many” is a slow build from one point to another with a bunch of ramblings that rhyme over the top,” James from Winterbourne explained. “Much like when you’re staring out into the distance and all the things that are making you feel overwhelmed are adding up in your head but then some thought or chemical brings you comfort, and you revel in that while you walk home listening to music.”

Winterbourne are heading out on tour this October, playing some of their biggest headline shows to date:

Friday 25th October – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 26th October – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th November – The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th November – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th November – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

New Music Monday – 17th June

Boy and Bear
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Angharad Drake – “Start Again”

Brisbane based singer-songwriter Angharad Drake released her dreamy new single “Start Again” this week, along with home video style clip. The track fuses elements of Drake’s folk-infused sound with an almost melancholic indie-rock aesthetic.

“”Start Again” is about not letting one tragedy in your life determine every other choice you make,” Angharad Drake explains. “You have the opportunity to start again, don’t miss your chance.”

“Start Again” is taken from her upcoming EP due on the 18th July. Angharad Drake has a handful of Queensldand dates coming up in the next few weeks:

Saturday 29th June – Bison Bar, Nambour, QLD
Friday 5th July – Dust Temple, Currumbin Waters, QLD
Saturday 6th July – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Sunday 7th July – House Concert, Kingscliff, QLD

Boy & Bear – “Hold Your Nerve”

This week saw the triumphant return of Australian indie-folk favourites Boy & Bear with their brand new single “Hold Your Nerve”. This is the band’s first new music single their 2015 album Limit of Love so their return is very very welcome.

And they don’t disappoint with an epic single in “Hold Your Nerve”, an ultimately positive stadium banger full of the band’s trademark seventies influences. And of course with a new single we also get a handful of tour dates this August:

Thursday 15th August – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th August – The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 17th August – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 23rd August – The Astor, Perth, WA

Georgia State Line & Patrick Wilson – “What I Know Now”

Alt-country favourites Georgia State Line and Patrick Wilson have collaborated on their brand new track “What I Know Now”. The song comes with a stunning live video which showcases these unique talents perfectly – combining their gorgeous voices with the natural reverb of Evans Hall, thanks to Shoelace Sessions.

“Having committed to the inevitable highs and lows of a lifetime in music, Pat and I got to a point where we realised we’re all, in one way or another, taught to feel shame about our unique pathway through the world,” Georgia Delves said of the song. “At the time of writing [the song] I found myself wondering what life could be like if we were all just left to be; to act with curiosity and compassion for ourselves and others.

Jordan Merrick – “Low Country”

Sitting somewhere between The Doors and Los Lobos, Brisbane based folk singer-songwriter Jordan Merrick delivers his latest single “Low Country”. With an unmistakeable swagger, “Low Country” is going to conjure up all sorts of musical nostalgia with more than a pinch of grit.

“Low Country” is the first taste from an upcoming debut album from Jordan Merrick.

Michael Waugh – “This Song Reminds Me”

No one is really writing country and folk music like Michael Waugh. The deceptively simple storytelling approach to his craft, combined with heavy doses of nostalgia and poignancy, firmly places Waugh in the great tradition of great Australian songwriters.

“This Song Reminds Me” feels like a Michael Waugh song turned up to eleven. It’s the lead single from his upcoming album, due for release later this year.

Nathan Seeckts – “Three Soldiers”

Geelong based alt-country singer Nathan Seeckts perfectly captures the feeling of childhood friedships drifting apart over the years with his new single “Three Soldiers”. I’m such a fan of Seeckts’ voice, particularly on this track – it’s strong and raw with a hidden tenderness that is needed on tracks like “Three Soldiers”.

“My mates and I grew up riding our bikes around the streets of Geelong from sunup ‘til sundown, looking for adventure and only coming home when it was time to eat,” Nathan Seeckts explained. “As we grew up and followed different paths we lost that tight bond that we’d built up over so many years. I like to think of this song as my Stand By Me song.”

Nathan Seeckts is currently out on tour – his remaining dates are here:

Saturday 29th June – The Lost Ones, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 29th June – Entrée Music Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 30th June – The Taproom, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 5th July – The Wharf Barrel Shed, Goolwa, SA
Saturday 6th July – The Exeter, Adelaide, SA
Sunday 7th July – The Royal Oak, Penola, SA
Saturday 13th July – Pistol Pete’s, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 20th July – The Fitzroy Pinnacle, Melbourne, VIC

Steve Poltz – “Ballin’ On A Wednesday”

Celebrated Americana singer-songwriter Steve Poltz has just released his ode to the middle of the week, “Ballin’ On A Wednesday”. This is a straight up humour driven Americana music with its tongue firmly placed in its check and a ludicrous video to match.

New Music Monday – 20th May

Kate Miller Heidke
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Elephant Sessions – “Colours”

If you’ve managed to catch Scottish trad-fusion band Elephant Sessions on one of their trips to Australia, most recently for this year’s Bluesfest, you’ll know that you’re no doubt already a fan. The band released their sophomore album What Makes You last week and have also given us their latest single “Colours”, a driving instrumental which perfectly captures their unique sound.

Rumours are that Elephant Sessions will be returning to our shores in 2020 so keep an eye out for more news soon!

Harmony Byrne – “Smoke Inside”

“Smoke Inside”, the crunchy blues waltz from Australian singer-songwriter Harmony Byrne, is definitely worth a listen this week. The track is taken from Byrne’s upcoming album Heavy Doors and features her amazing voice alongside some really slick production.

“As a child I was told that I was a drama queen,” Harmony Byrne says of the track. “Initially, I mistook this as being a negative aspect of my personality and struggled to express myself. But thankfully, I was also taught to have self-worth, honesty, integrity, and that I only ever need be myself in a world full of frauds. “Smoke Inside” is all about valuing who you are, no matter how wild or tame, and that if someone you love doesn’t let you light up inside, then they are not the match for you.”

Kate Miller-Heidke – “Ernie”

If you’ve been devouring all the media surrounding Kate Miller-Heidke and the Eurovision Song Contest you may have caught her on the ABC’s Australian Story program last week. Which means you probably also heard her gorgeous new song “Ernie”.

The track, which is dedicated to Miller-Heidke’s son, is the singer-songwriter at her stripped back best. “Ernie” stands in stark contrast to the bombast of her Eurovision song “Zero Gravity” but the thread that ties the two together is just how intensely personal and vulnerable Kate Miller-Heidke’s songwriting can be.

Kaurna Cronin – “Gotta Get Outta This Place”

Singer-songwriter and Timber and Steel favourite Kaurna Cronin has just released his gorgeous new single “Gotta Get Outta This Place”. The track is the perfrect example of Cronin’s trademark emotive songwriting and also features a groove that definitely sucked me in.

“This song is one I’ve been wanting to write for a long time but had never really managed to get the tone quite right,” Kaurna Cronin explained. “It’s a song about internal battles of a sense of belonging and love for the idea of ‘ones home’ and the ongoing feeling of needing to get away from home to experience the unknown to be inspired by different places, people and ideas. It was important for me to try and capture the sense of passion and inspiration in ones home and not dismiss that – it’s about the conflict of urges that one can associate with not wanting to feel ‘comfort’ anymore.”

Cronin has managed to find some time this June for some Australian shows before he heads out on a national tour – the full list of dates are below:

Thursday 6th June – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 8th June – Low 302, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 14th June – Chateau Apollo, Adelaide, SA

Little May – “As Loving Should”

Having just released their new album Blame My Body, indie-pop duo Little May have treated us to their latest single “As Loving Should”. The folk and acoustic influences on Little May’s music are still very much a part of the sound of this new track and I’m loving the retro aesthetic of the video.

Missy Higgins – “Song For Sammy”

For Mother’s Day last week Missy Higgins released her beautiful new song “Song For Sammy”. Written for her son Sammy, the ukulele driven track is classic Missy Higgins, stripped back to basics and lyrically driven. Beautiful stuff.

Neil & Liam Finn – “Meet Me In The Air”

Father-son duo Neil & Liam Finn have released the dreamy new single “Meet Me In The Air”. The video takes the family band vibe even further feating appearances from Sharon Finn and Elroy Finn and was shot after soundcheck at a show in London. If you’re after some transcendent pop music today this could be your jam.

Simon Imrei – “Stand Still”

Melbourne based Americana singer-songwriter Simon Imrei has just released the new single from EP due later this year, the very catchy “Stand Still”. I’m particularly loving the subtle pedal steel spread throughout this track and I can definitely see it making its way onto a bunch of driving playlists with its laidback grove.

New Music Monday – 13th May

Paul Kelly Dan Sultan
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Brad Butcher – “Nature’s Course”

I’m really liking “Nature’s Course”, the new song from Queensland country artist Brad Butcher. As well as evoking classic country sounds (loving the subtle mandolin picking throughout the song) there’s also an epic quality that has echos of The Go Betweens. The track is tacken from Butcher’s upcoming album Travelling Salesman, due on the 5th July.

“It’s frustration,” Brad Butcher said of the song. “Now I believe in some pretty out-there stuff but I think there’s more that we can be doing as a human race to be smarter about technology and about everything moving forward. The song is a global idea but I also tried to humanise it so there’s this couple who are the narrative of the song and that was one way for people to understand this relationship [between humanity and the environment].”

Brad Butcher is heading out on tour with Felicity Urquhart from next week – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 16th May – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 17th May – House Concert, Torquay, VIC
Saturday 18th May – House Concert, Healesville, VIC
Sunday 19th May – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th May – The Music Lounge, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 31st May – Hardy’s Bay Community Club, Hardy’s Bay, NSW
Saturday 1st June – Acoustic Picnic, Dee Why, NSW
Saturday 22nd June – Cowora RSL, Cowora, NSW
Sunday 23rd June – House Concert, Carrum Downs, VIC
Saturday 13th July – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 19th July – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Thursday 19th September – Edge Hill Tavern, Cairns, QLD
Friday 20th September – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD
Thursday 3rd October – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Friday 4th October – Highfields Tavern, Toowoomba, QLD

Calexico and Iron & Wine – “Midnight Sun”

The ongoing collaborations between Calexico and Iron & Wine are some of my favourite in the folk music world. The artists have a joint album, titled Years to Burn, due on the 14th June and “Midnight Sun” is the latest single from it. The track combines Iron & Wine’s haunting lyrical style with Calexico’s deep cut traditional and Americana influences to create something really specia.

Clio – “Silly Girls”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Clio returns with her lush new single “Silly Girls”, a comment on the trivialization of women in the music industry. I’m loving the layers in this track, with the harmonies building through the bridge and into the chorus.

“This is a song for anyone whose love of silliness and absurdity has ever been hijacked and used as a pretext to reduce, rein in and patronize; for all the ‘silly girls’ who have been made to feel trivial, given help they didn’t want and advice they didn’t need,” Clio explained. “I wrote it for myself and to encourage all those girls to embrace the joy and strength of their silliness and LAUGH at anybody who tries to change them.”

Clio is launching her new single with a handfull of upcoming shows – the full dates are below:

Tuesday 4th June – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 9th June – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 16th June – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Emma Russack – “Winter Blues”

The title track from singer-songwriter Emma Russack’s upcoming fifth album Winter Blues (due on the 5th July) has just been released and it’s stunning. The track’s stripped back accompaniment compliments Russack unique vocals and invokes the sombre themes of the song.

“Thematically, the songs deal with love, loss and confusion in the context of a fairly confusing, complex world,” Emma Russack said of the upcoming album. “The songs pose many questions but refuse to give answers, and that’s the way I like it. That is not to say that the songs aren’t hopeful; they are – but it is my hope that the listener can engage with the songs freely, answering (or not answering) the questions for themselves in relation to their own lives and experiences.”

Garrett Kato – “Where the Vampires Hide”

Australian-Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter Garrett Kato has gifted us with another live track, this time the stunning “Where the Vampires Hide”. This track, along with his previous track “River Mouth” will appear on Garrett Kato’s upcoming EP Distant Land which is due on the 14th June.

“It is a track about those things in your life that you feel are sucking your soul a bit. Pulling away from who you are. The vices that we sometimes can’t get a hold of that hide them selves in this mythological place like where the vampires are,” Kato explained.

Hayden Calnin – “Of Collingwood (Reworks)”

Electro-folk producer and singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has released new reworkings of three of his songs: “Coward”, “Caution Cares” and “For My Help”. Each of the tracks are a different take on the original songs and not only show off Calnin’s skills as a producer, but also just how good the bones of these songs are.

“Musical reworks are something that in one way or another I’ve always done,” Hayden Calnin explained. “With a lot of my existing songs, they’ve gone through about 3 or 4 different versions of it before I ever release them. I like to try all angles on any song and try to make it fit into my world as best I can. These 3 tracks, were beginning to get a little dated and I hadn’t thought about them in quite a while, so getting back in to the emotional state that I was in while writing them was quite challenging. That being said, it was a brilliant exercise and a chance to give them some new life and a new sound”

Lucy Roleff – “Sometimes Do”

Melbourne harpist and folk singer Lucy Roleff delivers her haunting new single “Sometimes Do”. The track is taken from her upcoming album Open in a Room which will be available this week. This song seems so otherworldly – its the type of track that makes me want to close my eyes and emerse myself in – but from a lyrical point of view it’s very grounded in the here and now. Beautiful stuff.

Mumford & Sons – “Devil In Your Eye”

So you may not know that there’s a “music inspired by Game of Thrones” album titled For The Throne and its not good. But if you’re willing to look past the questionable RnB tracks detailing the exploits of Jon Snow and co you do stumble across the occasional gem, including this inclusion from Mumford & Sons. As I mentioned last week, when Mumford & Sons return to their acoustic roots their music is a lot more palatable, and “Devil In Your Eye” is a lot more classic Mumford than it is recent Mumford

Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan – “Every Day My Mother’s Voice”

When you have an artist of the calibre of Paul Kelly teaming up with the equally amazing Dan Sultan it’s hard not to sit up and take notice. This collaborative track, written by Kelly, is taken from the documentary film The Final Quarter which documents the final three years of champion AFL footballer and Indigenous leader Adam Goodes.

Stella Donnelly – “Die”

Indie pop favourite Stella Donnelly gifted us with her latest single and video, “Die” – a sugary sweet track with definite dark undertones. The song is taken from Donnelly’s debut album Beware of the Dogs.

Having just completed a successful run of shows overseas Stella Donnelly is back on home soil and has bunch of shows coming up in the next few weeks including feature shows in Sydney’s VIVID festival and a support slot with Maggie Rogers – full dates are below:

Tuesday 21st May – The Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Thursday 23rd May – Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 25th May – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Monday 27th May – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 29th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 30th May – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD

The Head And The Heart – “People Need a Melody”

“People Need a Melody” is the third single from The Head And The Heart’s upcoming album Living Mirage which is set to be released this Friday 17th May. What The Head And The Heart do best is craft timeless sounding pop songs, taking the storytelling aspects of folk music and combining them with hooks and choruses that are ripped directly from the acoustic rock of the 1970s. I can see this song soundtracking a Cameron Crowe movie.

The Teskey Brothers – “Hold Me”

The buzz around Melbourne band The Teskey Brothers is undeniable and its easy to see why with their latest single “Hold Me”. With their sound mostly stripped back to its bare minimum – harmonising vocals, foot stomps and body percussion for the most part – “Hold Me” is magical. The track is taken from their upcoming album Run Home Slow, due on the 2nd August.

The Teskey Brothers are currently on a mostly sold out tour of the east coast – if you have tickets catch them at one of these upcoming shows:

Monday 13th May – The Gasometer Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 14th May – The Night Cat, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 16th May – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC

Tobias Hengeveld – “Separation Street”

Melbourne singer-songwriter Tobias Hengeveld celebrates the release of his new album Naughts & Ones with his brand new single and video “Separation Street”. The video’s retro roller skate vibe sits really well with the old school sounds of the track – not as folky as some of Hengeveld’s other work but we’re digging it all the same.

If you like what you’re hearing Tobias Hengeveld has a couple of album launch shows in Victoria that you don’t want to miss:

Sunday 19th May – The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine, VIC
Sunday 9th June – The Gaso Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC

New Music Monday – 6th May

Fanny Lumsden
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Chance McCoy – “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”

Old Crow Medicine show fiddler, banjo player and guitarist Chance McCoy has just released his brand new solo single “No One Loves You (The Way That I Do)”. Leaning heavily into atmospheric indie-folk reminiscent of The Beta Band or The Shins, the track stands in stark contrast to Old Crow’s old time and bluegrass sound. Interestingly McCoy has announced he won’t be touring with Old Crow Medicine Show in 2019 to focus on his solo work, so I’d say we can expect a lot more from him in the coming months.

Fanny Lumsden – “Pretty Little Fools”

Alt-country singer and Timber and Steel’s mate Fanny Lumsden released the highly anticipated new video for her track “Pretty Little Fools”. Directed by longtime collaborator Sam Brumby the video is the sequel to 2017’s “Totem Tennis” and features Fanny and her friends competing in some amazingly dodgy synchronised swimming in a local pool. Lovely stuff from Australia’s alt-country queen.

Fanny Lumsden has also announced the 2019/20 tour dates for their annual Country Hall tour. As well as a bunch of local, regional dates throughout Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia punters will be able to catch Lumsden and her band at Country Hall style shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The full list of dates are below:

Saturday 18th May – Soulful, Grafton, NSW
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July – Groundwater Country Music Festival, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 2nd August – Herbert River Crushers Hall, Ingham, QLD
Saturday 3rd August – Dimbulah Memorial Hall, Dimbulah, QLD
Saturday 10th August – Isisford Hall, Isisford, QLD
Sunday 11th August – Tambo Hall, Tambo, QLD
Thursday 15th August – Evening Star Tourist Park, Charleville, QLD
Friday 16th August – Thargomindah Hall, Thargomindah, QLD
Friday 20th September – Toppy Hall, Wyalong, NSW
Saturday 21st September – Palladium Palace Theatre, Morundah, NSW
Friday 27th September – Eugowra Hall, Eugowra, NSW
Saturday 28th September – Tooraweenah Hall, Tooraweenah, NSW
Friday 4th October – Old Junee Hall, Old Junee, NSW
Friday 11th October – Marthaguy Hall, Marthaguy, NSW
Saturday 12th October – Spring Ridge, NSW
Friday 25th October – Springdale Memorial Hall, Springdale, NSW
Saturday 26th October – Gunbar Hall, Gunbar, NSW
Friday 1st November – Mumbanna Hall, Mumbannar, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Joanna Hall, Joanna, SA
Friday 8th November – Polish Club, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 9th November – Giant Dwarf Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 15th November – Loomberah Hall, Loomberah, NSW
Saturday 16th November – Glen Innes Hall, Glen Innes, NSW
Friday 6th December – Jamieson Hall, Jamieson, VIC
Sunday 8th December – Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 13th December – Globe Theatre, Winchelsea, VIC
Friday 17th January – Curban Community Hall, Curban, NSW
Friday 14th February – Lake Cargelligo, NSW
Saturday 15th February – Boree Creek Hall, Boree Creek, NSW
Friday 21st February – The Risk Hall, Kyogle, NSW
Saturday 22nd February – Asgrove Bowlo, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 29th February – Warra Memorial Hall, Warra, QLD

Fred Smith – “Scots of the Riverina”

Celebrated Australian singer-songwriter Fred Smith released his new single and video “Scots of the Riverina” to coincide with Anzac Day week. The track, originally a poem by Henry Lawson put to music by John Schumann (Redgum), is taken from Smith’s new album Warries which he describes as “a collection of songs from conflict zones that aren’t on [2010 album] Dust of Uruzgan“.

Joy Williams – “No Place Like You”

Last week singer-songwriter Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars fame) released her brand new solo album Front Porch. “No Place Like You” is the latest single from that album and is a beautiful piece of soul-infused folk blues, pitting Williams’ amazing vocals with just a stripped back guitar.

Justin Townes Earle – “Appalachian Nightmare”

Another week, another track from Justin Townes Earle’s upcoming album The Saint Of Lost Causes (due on the 24th May). The track is a semi-autobiographical, very-fictional Americana durge and has a new video directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard.

“I want this song to say that if you are marginalized, you will find anyway you can to survive,” Earle explained. “Drug problems and criminal behavior are not a problem of color, creed or race.”

Karine Polwart – “Since Yesterday”

Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart gives us a taste of her upcoming album Scottish Songbook (due on the 2nd August) with the new single “Since Yesterday”. The track, originally by Strawberry Switchblade, is released ahead of this year’s Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May) and features a recording of Polwart’s grandfather singing.

“To me now, this song isn’t about teenage anxiety,” Polwart explained. “It’s about ageing and dementia, remembrance and loss. That’s partly because I’ve got older and life and meaning changes. Even tracks that you might remember as saccharine pop, they’re altered by time. And the real challenge and joy for me is getting inside them, because the lyrics & melodies are often so powerful and resonant.”

Kay Proudlove – “May The Fourth”

Wollongong based singer-songwriter Kay Proudlove released her Star Wars themed single “May The Fourth” over the weekend (naturally) and it’s really fun. More a parody of Star Wars and the people who love it rather than a tribute, Proudlove deftly straddles the line between corniness and mocking creating a track that’s really fun and well worth a repeat listen.

Matt Ward – “Take Me Home”

Adelaide based Americana singer-songwriter Matt Ward has released his new single “Take Me Home”, from the brand new album Heartland. “Take Me Home” hits all the required notes of modern Americana songwriting – Whiskey, faith, aging, traveling and a yearning for place – but elevates them through top notch production and impressive musicianship.

Mumford & Sons feat. Jerry Douglas – “Forever”

I’m on record as not being a fan of Mumford & Sons’ latest album Delta. But I’ll also admit when you strip all the noise out of the tracks on Delta and approach them in a raw, acoustic way, they do reveal good bones.

Case in point is this live version of “Forever”. When it’s just vocals, acoustic guitar and the unmistakable slide playing of the legendary Jerry Douglas, “Forever” leans a lot more towards Paul Simon than it does Coldplay. Here’s hoping Mumford & Sons get back to their acoustic roots the next time they head back into the studio.

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