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.

Beth Orton Announces Australian Tour

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Having already been announced for this year’s VIVID Live lineup English elctro-folk singer-songwriter Beth Orton has added a bunch of shows on up and down the east coast.

Orton will be touring her latest album Kidsticks but is also promising to play “favs from back in the days and in between days too”.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 9th June – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 10th June – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Tuesday 13th June – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW
Friday 16th June – Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 18th June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt Announce Distant Call Joint National Tour

Dustin and Lisa
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This June two of our favourite indie artists – Lisa Mitchell and Dustin Tebbutt – are joining forces for a national tour. Mitchell and Tebbutt will be sharing the same band and combining their performance for a carefully curated, hour and a half set.

“Lisa and I have know each other for a few years, and we’d started looking at doing a tour together,” Dustin Tebbutt explained. “I was in Amsterdam doing some shows and happened to be talking through it all with my keys player who also plays for Lisa. I think at one point we were joking that they could just stay on stage for both of our sets, and then the Idea to share a band started making more sense. It kind of grew from there. What we’re looking at now is a really collaborative show, where we share the stage, songs, and musicians; weaving our songs together. I’ll be playing some of Lisa’s music with her and she’ll be adding her magic to some of my songs. I think its going to be a really special run of shows.”

“I’m so looking forward to these shows with Dustin!” Lisa Mitchell added. “I’ve never done anything like this. It already feels like the show is going to be something totally different! I’ve been a fan of Dustin’s music for a long time. We seem to inhabit the edges of a similar world, both musically and in our visual worlds. When Dustin and I were brainstorming the name of the tour, I suggested, ‘New Phone, Who Dis?’ Don’t know why he didn’t go for it [laughs].”

Joining them in the support slot will be up and coming folktronica artist Alex the Astronaut. Check out the full list of dates below:

Saturday 10th June – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 11th June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 15th June – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 16th June – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 17th June – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 23rd June – Newport Hotel, Fremantle, WA
Saturday 24th June – Badlands, Perth, WA
Friday 30th June – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 1st July – The Gov, Adelaide, SA


Watch the New Video from BANFF x Caitlin Park “My Love, My Lover”

Banff
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I love it when two individually exciting artists come together and create music that is even better than the sum of it’s parts. That’s what’s happened with the new collaboration between Brisbane’s BANFF and Sydney’s Caitlin Park on their new single “My Love, My Lover”.

Check out the video for “My Love, My Lover” below and see what we mean:

As well as collaborating on the track BANFF x Caitlin Park have announced a handfull of co-headline tour dates for this August and September. The full list of dates are as follows:

Friday 12th August – Oxford Circus, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th August – The Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 2nd September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD

Listen to the Single “In” from Melbourne’s Mcrobin

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Mcrobin is the moniker of Melbourne songwriter and producer James McGuffie. Combining the subtle intricacies of acoustic instruments with synth lines and vocal harmonies Mcrobin produces music that bridges the folk and electronic world.

The new single from Mcrobin is “In” which is taken from his upcoming debut EP Fault Lines which is due for release on the 12th July. Take a listen to the track below:

Watch the New Quintessential Doll Video, “Take Your Medication”

Quintessaential Doll
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Quintessential Doll’s “Take Your Medication” is a musical commentary of today’s overly-medicated, anxiety-ridden society. This animated music video uses surreal carnival imagery to highlight the whimsical nature of the song whilst drawing on the sinister connotations of the story by using silhouettes of ominous characters. “Take Your Medication” is from the Let Not the Monsters Destroy Me EP.

Watch the New Caitlin Park Video “Wake Up In A Whirr”

Caitlin Park
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The latest video from Sydney folk-tronica artist Caitlin Park is “Wake Up In A Whirr”, taken from her new album The Sleeper.

“”Wake Up In A Whirr” was one of the first songs written for this album,” Park explains. “It was also the first song recorded for the album (at Damien Gerard Sound Studios), and was therefore recorded differently to most tracks. The song is about two of my friends in a very damaging relationship, a partnership I watched in all its sweet and dark natures. I suppose the lyrics cast a certain projection of my own; one steps away from the romance for their own good. It’s about bowing out with dignity.”

Check out the video below:

Caitlin Park has a couple of shows coming up in Melbourne and Brisbane – the dates are here:

Friday 1st August – Bella Union, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 2nd August – The Hive, Brisbane, QLD

Rose Wintergreen Releases New Single and Video “This City”

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Folktronica singer-songwriter Rose Wintergreen returns this month with her brand new single “This City”. Taken from her highly anticipated forthcoming mini-album Aurora, “This City” has a brand new video which you can watch below:

Rose Wintergreen has a handful of dates coming up in the next few weeks – check them out here:

Thursday 17th July – The Ararat Hotel, Ararat, VIC
Sunday 20th July – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 23rd July – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 3rd August – The Turbine Platform, Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD

Watch the New Caitlin Park Video, “Lemonade”

Caitlin Park
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I’ve been seeing a lot of positive press for genre-defying artist Caitlin Park’s new album The Sleeper which came out last Friday. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to any of the tracks from The Sleeper yet you’re in luck because Park has released a video for the track “Lemonade” at the same time as the album. Check out the video below:

Listen to the New Caitlin Park Single “Hold Your Gaze”

Caitlin Park
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Sydney folktronica artist Caitlin Park will be releasing her new album The Sleeper on the 2nd May this year, and she’s just revealed the new single “Hold Your Gaze”.

“Hold your Gaze is about fighting for someone, turning your lover into a partner,” Park explains. “Sometimes you have to try and convince a person to be brave. It describes a soldier of love, with a strong heart, with patience and persistence. With big drums and a big chorus it’s a call to battle.”

Take a listen to “Hold Your Gaze” below:

To celebrate the release of “Hold Your Gaze” Caitlin Park has announced shows in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne with support from The Phoncurves. Check out the full list of dates here:

Friday 21st March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 27th March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 3rd April – The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC

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