They say there’s no rest for the wicked. Well, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard could certainly be given such a tag with their relentless run of output in recent times. Following on from the brilliant I’m In Your Mind Fuzz, the band today announced plans for the release of their next LP titled Quarters. The quite literally named album is set to feature just 4 songs – each clocking in at 10 minutes and 10 seconds. One of those four has been cut into a snippet for you to hear today and it’s enough to get the blood pumping in anticipation for yet another excursion into the psyche of the Melbourne outfit. ‘God Is In The Rhythm’ feels less dense than the band’s most recent material but still holds a firm swagger, oozing psych-jazz from winding guitars and setting a firm tone with decidedly forlorn lyrics. We won’t have too long to wait until the full album hits shelves, luckily enough. Details below. Wicked.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Quarters is release on Friday 1st May via Flightless / Remote Control Records
Closely following ‘On The Regular’, Shamir is back with new single ‘Call It Off’, which is also set to feature on the forthcoming full length LP Ratchet. Taking cues from a wide array of genres and influences, Shamir has presented a truly engaging left-of-field single with Call It Off – sultry vocals work with soaring synth pop moments to very quickly warp back in on themselves, and all of a sudden things feel a little bit more at home at a rave than anywhere else. The official video, directed by Phillip Hodges as part of the YouTube Music Awards, acts as a spectacular evolving visual representation of letting go and even features a cameo from a young fan who also undergoes a complete transformation into life as a puppet. Shamir has recently come off SXSW week as one of the most hotly tipped acts and soon enough we’ll be able to hear the first full length LP which is causing such a stir at home and abroad.
Ratchet is released Friday 15th May via XL Recordings / Remote Control.
Melbourne heartbreak house heroes Total Giovanni have released a new single titled ‘Paradise’ to start your week off right. Coming off the back of their recent single ‘Human Animal’, the group have taken a more subtle route on Paradise and succeed in threading the needle between all-out, smoke filled dancefloor mayhem and a more intricate ballad that pulls at the heartstrings. Speaking of Paradise, lead singer/guitarist Vachel Spirason offered that “Lyrically it’s about the mirage of romantic possibility – momentary fantasies of shared futures and physical connection that are thrown open by a look, a word, a touch”.
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Today’s feature tune ‘The Great Unknown’ signals an assured plunge into solo waters for BANFF and we couldn’t be happier about it. Teaming up with Tom Iansek on the single (Big Scary/#1 Dads), BANFF has managed to create a brief but memorable snapshot into a world of impeccably executed, intricate guitar-driven pop music. Think Real Estate taking a trip into the deep south; soulful vocals elevate this driving number into something much more dreamlike, and in a result of this element it’s easy to hear a brilliant point of difference to so many others trying to create this type of music at the moment.
The Great Unknown is lifted from BANFF’s forthcoming debut EP titled ‘Future Self’.
Today on the blog we’re featuring one of the more inspired and unique remixes to come across our office playlist in recent times. Melbourne duo Milwaukee Banks have taken on Kučka’s ethereal tune ‘Divinity’ and reworked things toward a more organic, collaborative meeting point for the two. One of the most striking elements of this (their first) remix is the addition of MB vocalist Dyl Thomas in accompaniment to the original’s harmonising lyrics, the combination creates a sense of jolting density by contrast to the original and works superbly in addition to producer Edo Rafter’s signature sound that garnered widespread praise on their Rose Water EP. Don’t sleep on this.
This remix will be a part of a forthcoming package, set for release through Midnight Feature Records on Friday March 27th.
It’s been a monumental few weeks for Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett in the lead-up to her debut album release, and today she continued the trend with an awe-inspiring performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Performing her most recent single ‘Depreston’, Barnett stepped into the limelight to a glowing review from the show’s host, DeGeneres exclaiming “Our next guest is one of my favourite new artists, I love her so much”. In typical CB3 fashion, it was a flawless performance and moved to further highlight Barnett’s uncompromising brand of art that is taking the world by storm – Australian accent and lyrical content as present as ever. Check out the footage below.
For those of you who can’t wait until Friday to hear her full length debut, stream it below:
Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit will be released Friday 20 March via Courtney Barnett’s own Milk Records and Remote Control.
Fresh of the back of inking a new deal with New York’s Mermaid Avenue, Melbourne’s Friendships have released their dynamic new single ‘When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder’. The release fuses elements of old school rave, dub and jungle to create a driving and at times terrifying journey, and the recently released video is the perfect accompaniment – aesthetically on point and frenetic throughout. When I Feel Like Killing, I Murder adds yet another terrific chapter to the duo’s growing body of work and reinstates the project’s unwillingness to be tied down by genre or recurring theme.
Los Angeles producer Jason Chung AKA Nosaj Thing brings us our feature this evening with ‘Cold Stares’, featuring Chicago rap phenomenon Chance The Rapper. Slated as the first single from the producer’s forthcoming third LP Faded, set for release on the enigmatic Innovative Leisure label, Cold Stares could be labelled as a progressive regression from the earlier sounds we heard on Drift, a frenetic LP that was born from the now legendary Low End Theory club night and sub-culture which surrounded it in Los Angeles. The interplay between Chance and The O’My’s elevates the single and provides a rich sense of colour, even if just for a brief moment, as swirling tones and bubbling percussion harks back to the earlier sounds of Mount Kimbie on a heavy trip. This is a release which is advanced in its simplicity; Cold Stares finds solitude in repetition and an eerie use of space and texture.
Fated is set for release on May 5th via Innovative Leisure.
For a band that once wrote a song about expectation taking its toll, Tame Impala sure let us sweat on the release for this one. Yes, it’s finally here. Ahead of their widely publicised appearances at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, the band today shared their brand new single ‘Let It Happen’ as well as an extensive list of tour dates heading for the Northern Hemisphere midway into 2015. A far cry from the minimalistic vision for the new material that frontman Kevin Parker had publicly mused on in 2013, it may come as no surprise to fans that the new sound of Tame Impala is one seeped in electronica and regimented, surging percussion as previously heard on sneak peeks from the AAA Aardvark Getdown Services project along with features and credits on Mark Ronson’s latest effort Uptown Special. The 8 minute epic acknowledges its place along the pop continuum but only briefly evokes memories of albums gone with intricate guitars before vocoders wash each vocal line into a splendid haze. Let It Happen is an ode to submission and acceptance; a mantra that is initially seeped in self doubt but slowly builds with tidal conviction until Parker’s closing lyric ‘Maybe I was ready all along’ is just a fleeting, subconscious memory. We’re sold.
In the lead-up to her highly anticipated fourth studio album, Canadian artist Grimes has shared a track from the archives of 2013, titled ‘REALiti’. Originally recorded as a demo for the first (now scrapped) version of her forthcoming album, REALiti is an homage to an extensive tour of Asia which included Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore amongst many others and evokes flashbacks to the more serene and ethereal moments on 2012’s Visions LP. The shifting style and aesthetic for the project came under scrutiny with 2014’s decidedly dubstep-inspired single ‘Go’ and it seems that on REALiti, the focus is firmly back on creating surging pop music that nods effortlessly to future RnB and bubbling electronica as it draws you in.