New Music Monday – 26th August

Hayden Calnin
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Bear’s Den – “Hiding Bottles”

For the video for their new single “Hiding Bottles”, English indie-folk band Bear’s Den tackle the very confronting reality of living with an alcoholic parent. It’s a confronting track but tackled deftly by the band with their usual high standard of songwriting and musicianship. “Hiding Bottles” is taken from the album So That You Might Hear Me.

Bon Iver – “Naeem”

In a surprise move Bon Iver released their new album i,i digitally almost three weeks earlier than was originally announced, delighting fans worldwide. Alongside the album release was the new single and lyric video “Naeem”. The track is more vocally driven than a lot of the other music from i,i, featuring Justin Vernon’s voice driven by a soulful piano and softly strummed acoustic guitar. But of course the experimentation and glitchy instrumentation we’ve come to expect from Bon Iver isn’t far away, and the combination makes this one of my favourite songs from the new album.

D.C Cross – “Presslufthammer Catfight”

D.C Cross is the latest moniker from Sydney based singer-songwriter Darren Cross (Gerling, Jep & Dep, Darren Cross Band) covering his latest foray into instrumental folk guitar. In the single “Presslufthammer Catfight” Cross appears to have moved on from the alt-country of his recent output to embrace the type of fingerpicked folk guitar popular with practitioners of the Anglo-Celtic tradition. His playing is full of open-tuned resonance and interesting chordal and finger-picking choices that come together in a really special piece of instrumental music.

Harvey Russell – “Please Don’t Pretend”

Sydney based alt-country singer-songwriter Harvey Russell has been making quite a splash since launching his solo project – and that’s set to continue with the announcement of his debut album Liquid Damage to be released this Friday 30th August. His latest single “Please Don’t Pretend” borrows heavily from traditional country, with its heart firmly planted in the artists of yesteryear.

“Traditional country is pure in the sense that it seems to be able to tap into universal truths and themes which have always appealed to me.” Harvey Russell explained. “Although country songs can sound simple, writing quality country songs is far from easy! I guess that’s a challenge I’m attracted to; refining my songwriting in a genre to which I’ve always been drawn.”

Harvey Russell will be launching in Sydney this Saturday as well as a handful of shows through September:

Saturday 31st August – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September – Nimbin Roots Festival, Nimbin, NSW
Sunday 22nd September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 26th September – Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Hayden Calnin – “Warm with You”

“Warm With You” is the latest single and video from ambient electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin, taken from his upcoming EP A Life You Would Choose which is due for release on the 13th September. The track is classic Hayden Calnin, combining his folk sensibilities, indie influences and production skills to build a beautiful song and an equally beautiful video.

“”Warm With You” is a song about escapism,” Calnin explains. “It’s an expression of wanting to run and get away from everything, live off of the land if you will and start a life with someone. But as life goes on, things change, and those dreams start to take a turn and sometimes it never really happens. I ended up recording 9 different versions of the song before I finally settled on a final version which I think is a record number for me. I’ve never really been that particular about a song before.”

Joe Mungovan – “Be With You”

South Coast based singer-songwriter Joe Mungovan has just released “Be With You”, an etherial indie-pop track full of deep emotions written raw all of his incredible voice.

“I had been living and recording in the bush by myself for a long time when I wrote this song,” Mungovan explained. “It came about because I was in such a beautiful place and having a wonderful time and I wanted to share the experience with another human. The natural environment that surrounded me and the sense of solitude I felt inspired me to write this song.”

Joe Mungovan has a handful of upcoming dates:

Sunday 8th September – A Day On The Hill, Gerringong, NSW
Friday 13th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 15th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Lost Ragas – “Keeping Up With Yesterday”

“Keeping Up With Yesterday” is the brand new, trippy single from Melbourne four-piece Lost Ragas, taken from their upcoming album This Is Not A Dream, due on the 2nd September. The trippy chord progression and bendy slide guitar gives the track a psychedelic quality which seems to be the sound we can expect from This Is Not A Dream if their last single “Just Wastin’ Time” is anything to go on.

Pieta Brown feat. Mark Knopfler – “The Hard Way”

American singer-songwriter Pieta Brown has teamed with the legendary Mark Knopfler for her latest single “The Hard Way”. The track is taken from her upcoming S.Carey produced album Freeway, due on the 20th September, and perfectly combines Brown’s songwriting talents with the laconic guitar style that is so distinctly Mark Knopfler.

“I kept sonically envisioning, ‘If I could just get Mark Knopfler on there…’,” Pieta Brown told Billboard, who featured the track. “Mark is a very sweet, amazing musician and has become a friend through music. So one day I just wrote him a message and asked if he would consider taking a listen to this track. I said I felt like it wasn’t quite done yet, but I wasn’t sure what it needed. I said, ‘I’m hearing the sound of you or something like what you do, and I can’t give you specifics beyond that.’ And he said, ‘Yeah, of course,’ and came up with a great part that made the song undeniable.”

The Lumineers – “Leader Of The Landslide” & “Left For Denver”

We’re now up to the fifth and sixth videos in the series from The Lumineers ahead of their new album III, due on the 13th September. The band are describing “Leader Of The Landslide” as their folk “Starway to Heaven” due to the epic quality of the track whereas “Left For Denver” is a lot more straightforward and stripped back.


Tori Forsyth – “Be Here”

For “Be Here”, the first single since her debut album, Hunter Valley based singer-songwriter Tori Forsyth has shrugged off the alt-country sound in favour of a blistering, grunge inspired track. “Be Here” is crunchy snarly and full of attitude – definitely a new and welcome side to Forsyth’s music.

“Recording this song was one of the smoothest recording sessions I’ve ever done,” Explained Forsyth. “We went in and left five hours later with the song near finished. We knew before we went, where it was going and the influences behind it, PJ Harvey, Soundgarden. It was pretty magic how it just came together so easily. I’ve never been so inspired coming away from the studio. ”

Tori Forsyth is heading out this October and November for an east coast tour:

Friday 18th October – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 19th October – The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, QLD
Sunday 20th October – Vinnies Dive Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
Friday 25th October – The Stag & Hunter, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 26th October – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 27th October – Frank’s Wild Years, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 1st November – Workers Club, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 2nd November – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd November – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

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 – 3rd June

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Big Sky Mountain – “Homeland”

Sydney alt-country seven piece Big Sky Mountain released their first single “Homeland”, which is taken from their upcoming debut album All Our Minutes. “Homeland” is a wonderful song – expansive but not overcrowded, modern while still paying tribute to the traditions that have come before. Their harmonies remind me of The Little Stevies in places, while the songwriting is reminiscent of The Waifs.

Big Sky Mountain will be appearing at the Perisher Peak festival this weekend as well as a bunch of other gigs and festivals on the east coast:

Thursday 6th June – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 7th to Monday 10th June – Perisher Peak Festival, Perisher, NSW
Friday 5th July – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 6th July – Bundanoon Winterfest, Bundanoon, NSW
Fridat 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

Freya Josephine Hollick – “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”

Alt-country crooner Freya Josephine Hollick is channelling David Lynch with her new video and single “Jesus Hates It When You Smoke”. The slightly twisted aesthetic of the video fits really well with the track, which feels just slightly left of a typical country song – probably mostly down to the shimmering guitars and Hollick’s unique voice.

Freya Josephine Hollick will be playing the Gasometer in Melbourne on Saturday 15th June.

Saint Sister – “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”

Irish duo Saint Sister have just dropped their amazing new single “Is It Too Early? (Kilmainham)”. The beautiful layered vocals are amplified by hip hop beats and subtle synths courtesy of producers Diffusion Lab and the result is something that breaks through any genre constraints.

“We were very open going into Diffusion Lab, we went into the studio willing to go somewhere with the song that we possibly wouldn’t have gone had we worked on it by ourselves,” Gemma Doherty from the band explained. “They suggested sounds outside of our instincts. In the end, I think the song perfectly represents the best of both worlds and our respective musical sensibilities.”

Sufjan Stevens – “Love Yourself”

To celebrate Pride Month Sufjan Stevens has released two new songs on the topic of love – “Love Yourself” and “With My Whole Heart”. The first of those two tracks, “Love Yourself”, is based on a sketch Stevens wrote 20 years ago and definitely has him flexing his electro and synth muscles rather than the softer folk he’s been returning to lately. It’s still a cracking song though and has everything you’ve come to love from new Sufjan Stevens music.

Tunng – “Bank Holiday”

Folktronica pioneers Tunng will be releasing an album of b-sides and obscurities spanning their entire career on the 28th June titled This Is Tunng … Magpie Bites and Other Cuts. The band have revealed a couple of tracks from the album already, one of which is the decidedly chunky “Bank Holiday”.

The track is full of weird samples, big drums and bass and Tunng’s signature melding of folk instrumentation with electronica elements. Strange and lots of fun.

New Music Monday – 13th May

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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

Timberwolf Announces Debut Album Íkaros

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Adelaide based, electro-folk singer-songwriter Timberwolf has announced plans to finally release his debut album Íkaros on the 27th October.

Recorded between the NSW Central Coast, L.A. and Adelaide, Íkaros has been a long time coming. Despite his prolific output and touring schedule in recent years, recent hospital trips for vocal surgeries have delayed the release. But now Timberwolf is fully recovered and the record is not far away.

Íkaros sees Timberwolf exploring his Greek heritage.

“The record follows the journey of this one character – Íkaros – (a character re-interpreted from ancient Greek mythology) – from a life of self-preservation and fear of connection, to embracing vulnerability and trust in new connections with fellow humans, especially in romance,” Timberwolf explains. “It can be a pretty dull and lonely survival if you’re living for self-preservation, and as humans we build and expand into emotional connection and company”

Listen to the title track (and latest single) “Íkaros” here:

To celebrate the release of Íkaros Timberwolf will be performing an intimate, secret listening party in Melbourne on the 19th October which will be live streamed on Facebook – check out the official Facebook event for the live stream here.

Listen to the New Phia Single “Oxide”

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Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single “Oxide”. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths.

The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Björk late last year.

“Late last year Björk released a viral Facebook post about the criticism she and other female artists face when their subject matter departs from boyfriends and love songs, and encompasses atoms, galaxies or activism,” Phia explained. “I was enraged but also inspired, and the songs just started to come.”

Take a listen to “Oxide” below:

“Oxide” is taken from Phia’s upcoming EP The Woman Who Counted The Stars which is due on the 29th September. Phia is also heading out on tour from the end of November – the full list of dates are here:

Thursday 30th November – The Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd December – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 3rd December – The Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Friday 8th December – The Flying Cock, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 9th December – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Listen to the New Hayden Calnin Single “Collision”

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The latest single from electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin is the wonderfully sparse “Collision”. Featuring swelling production underneath Calnin’s soaring vocals, “Collision” is one of favourite tracks from Melbourne based artist.

“”Collision” is maybe one of the hardest songs I’ve ever had to write,” Hayden Calnin explained. “I wrote it in secret, not really showing anyone until I was comfortable with how it was sounding. It was never meant to be a song with all the hooks and all the standard rules in song structure that you’re meant to follow. I avoided that and just let it come out naturally.”Collision” is an expression about a really dark time for a friend of mine. And, like my previous single, “Waves”, following that exploration of mental health in young adults.”

“Collision” is the latest taste of Hayden Calnin’s EP Dirt, due this Friday 14th July. Take a listen to the track below:

Listen to Julia Johnson’s Debut Solo Single “Melissa”

Julia Johnson
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For a while now I’ve noticed Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens front-woman Julia Johnson popping up on bills around the country under her own name, so always suspected it was only a matter of time before we saw her officially launch a solo career.

It’s super exciting to have these suspicions confirmed with the release of Johnson’s debut solo single “Melissa”. The single sees Julia Johnson step away from the guitar and banjo driven folk of Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens and more towards a synth-folk sound.

“I needed to get out of my comfort zone, and boy did I do a good job of that,” Johnson explained. “After a few months in Berlin, my old songs didn’t fit me anymore. Writing all new material has been liberating and fun, but also uncomfortable. This new territory is not easy to navigate.”

“Working with [producer Sarah Belkner] has had a huge impact on me creatively. Sarah can take the amorphous, blurry sketches of what I imagine and craft tangible, fleshed-out songs. It’s new to me, putting trust in someone else’s vision. Her instincts and incredible knowledge helped me to shape “Melissa”, taking the song into a realm which I couldn’t have taken it to on my own.”

Take a listen “to Melissa” below:

Personally I love the way “Melissa” blends drums and synths with the more organic auto-harp and percussion – beautiful stuff.

Julia Johnson has a handful of tour dates in the coming weeks where you can really get to know her new sound – the full list of shows are here:

Saturday 22nd July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 2nd August – FolkSwagon, Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Monday 7th August – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Georgia Fields and Phia Announce Sky and Sea Co-Headline Tour

Phia
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Celebrated Melbourne based singer-songwriters Georgia Fields and Phia have just announced plans for a huge, co-headlined national tour kicking off next week.

The duo will be combining the indie-pop of Georgia Fields’ music with the electro-folk looping of Phia, with both artists joining each other on stage.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Thursday 6th July – Suttons House Of Music, Ballarat, VIC
Saturday 8th July – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Thursday 13th July – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 14th July – Candelo General Store, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 15th July – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 21st July – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 22nd July – NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
Sunday 23rd July – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW
Thursday 27th July – OAF Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Friday 28th July – The Unorthodox Church of Groove, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 30th July – Point Lonsdale, VIC
Thursday 3rd August – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 5th August – Baby Black Espresso Bar, Bacchus Marsh, VIC
Sunday 6th August – Old Castlemaine Gaol, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 11th August – Wheatsheaf Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 12th August – Glen Helen Homestead Lodge, Alice Springs, NT

Listen to the New Hayden Calnin Single “Waves”

Hayden Calnin
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The amazing electro-folk singer-songwriter Hayden Calnin has just released his stunning new track “Waves”. The track is taken from an upcoming EP which is due for release later this year.

“”Waves” was written for a good friend and became my interpretation of what was going on in that friend’s head whilst battling severe mental health issues,” Calnin explained. “I wasn’t always able to be there to help them through it and the song evolved into somewhat of an ode to me being a bit of a shit friend when they really needed someone around. I wanted to let that friend know I’m always thinking of them.”

Listen to “Waves” below:

Hayden Calnin has a handful of dates coming up to celebrate the release of “Waves” – check them out here:

Saturday 17th June – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 30th June – Hudson Ballroom, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 6th July – Mojos, Fremantle, WA

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