Seekae have released the official video to their single ‘The Stars Below’, taken from their game-changing 2014 album The Worry. Having already directed the band’s film clip for ‘Another’, which we spoke about in our interview with George from the band here, Ian Pons Jewell wastes no time in demonstrating an unmatched ability to flesh out eerie narratives that come to fruition via a single frame or glance. The overbearing sense of frustration and darkness in Alex Cameron’s vocal and delivery is translated with pinpoint accuracy and at the very least, this video serves as a fitting reminder of how this album shaped the Australian electronic landscape in 2014.
Melbourne quartet Total Giovanni have been winning over dancefloors and hearts across the country in 2014 with their distinct brand of synth-laden pop music that effortlessly references everything from italo-disco to 90’s house. No strangers to a party, Total Giovanni have followed up on previous single ‘Human Animal’ with something that ebbs and flows into a full blown house anthem and bursts at its seams with vigour and life. ‘Can’t Control My Love’ is certainly an impressive addition to the growing TG back catalogue and further solidifies their bond with legendary local label Two Bright Lakes. Take our word for it: if you can see these guys in action live – don’t miss it for the world!
Melbourne duo Milwaukee Banks have teamed up with Andrei Eremin on today’s featured tune ‘Van Gogh’, the second single from the recently released MB double A-side. With no signs of slowing following a blistering year from both parties, the single is an inspired collaboration which is united by vibrant pop hooks and awash with ambient melodies, peppered with jaunted percussion throughout. MB vocalist Dyl Thomas, in typical form, shines bright with exceptional delivery here and it’s immediately evident that when paired with this level of production value – you’ve got straight fire. Who said December had to be all about end of year lists on the blog?
Milwaukee Banks show dates:
Monday, February 2 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (supporting RAURY) Tuesday, February 3 – Howler, Melbourne (supporting RAURY) Saturday, February 7 – Laneway Festival, Melbourne Sunday, March 8 – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith
New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma have had an impressive 2014 with the success of their self-titled EP and the extensive touring which followed on. Having just announced a partnership with Spunk Records for Australia and New Zealand, we’re pretty excited on the first taste of their forthcoming sophomore EP titled ‘Alena’. The single builds a powerful foundation from the melancholic opening melodies; it’s a more driving and purposeful effort that draws a light onto intricate electronica rather than the previously guitar centric material heard on their debut EP (see: The Brae). Alena is an assured stylistic progression for Yumi Zouma and further solidifies their ability to create rewarding, modern pop music.
AUS tour dates: – December 31 – Beyond The Valley, VIC – January 1 – Lost Paradise Festival, NSW
Melbourne outfit World’s End Press have wasted little time since the release of their highly anticipated debut record in late 2013. After a slew of headline dates, festival appearances and support slots for the likes of Bloc Party, Phoenix and plenty more, the 4-piece are back with their cutting new single ‘Spirals’. Perhaps more at home in the club than your bedroom, Spirals transposes the bubbling, more club centric elements of the past WEP sound and brings them to the forefront without losing their signature live percussive element. Vocalist John Parkinson is a real point of difference to earlier material on this one – a new set of tones provide that brilliant sense of texture and creates an ominous feel that undoubtedly resonates far beyond the track’s completion. File this into the summer playlist and get going. We know we will be. They’ll also be on tour in support of the single – details below.
Friday 5th December Howler, Melbourne w/ MISTY NIGHTS and Speed Painters TICKETS
Thursday 18th December Goodgod, Sydney w/ TEES and Francis Xavier(Motorik) TICKETS
Leon Bridges is a Fort Worth based musician, who seemingly with this one song, has inspired a curiosity to place and understand the lineage of a genre which is seemingly all too absent from both this blog and my own library. Big words, hey? ‘Better Man’ is the name of our featured track today and it immediately hits the mark with its brilliant mixture of refined pop sensibilities, lingering soulful melodies and Bridges’ angelic vocals. You can grab this one along with the similarly excellent ‘Coming Home’ on Soundcloud.
Canadian punk rock outfit Single Mothers have released their menacing video for ‘Half Lit’, taken from 2014 debut LP Negative Qualities. Released on XL imprint Hot Charity, the album has been certainly been making some waves in the I OH YOU office and abroad as well after a long awaited process to reach the final product. Half Lit is an anthem that succeeds from its razor sharp instrumentation in addition to lead vocalist Drew Thompson’s ferocious delivery, painting vivid imagery with only a handful of lyrics. These guys have released a brilliant record that breathes vigour and life – don’t miss it.
Ratking have released their latest official video for ‘Cocoa 88′ from debut album So It Goes, featuring DJ Dog Dick. The collaborator, who you may know from previous work with PICTUREPLANE, brings an unabashed sense of purpose to the track and video which sees a grainy series of shots that places focus on members Wiki, Sporting Life and Hak all bringing just the right amount of heat to what we see as being a real highlight from the album. We can’t wait to get them out here!
RATKING will be in the country early next year for the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and a couple of I OH YOU presented sideshows:
Posted in Label News | Posted on: November 25th, 2014 | Posted by: Scott Armstrong
New week, new music. Today we feature the incredible posthumous release of a single you have to hear. Before he sadly passed away, Szymon left behind a body of unreleased work which has now been pitted for its rightful introduction into the world as a way of honouring the life and work of this incredible artist. The first single titled ‘Katyusha’ is an instrumental gem which at times evokes memories of early Seekae – earthy and transcendent hues build to exude an otherworldly feel that ebbs and flows throughout. A wonderful find indeed!
In the lead-up to the release of I Love You, Honeybear, Father John Misty has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to perform his new single ‘Bored in the USA’. The brilliant performance highlights FJM’s lyrical honesty and delivery with the aid of a strings section and cameos from a self-playing piano and built in laughing track. At times bizarre, yet uplifting and every bit as engaging as the now famed Future Islands performance earlier this year. This album is truly shaping up to be a cracker.
I Love You, Honeybear is due out through Sub Pop on February 10th.