Crow Cries but not Goat Girl

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ATMOSPHERE: There’s no one here in the park at 6am. Just you. In the clothes you were in the night before. You are hurt, you are burnt, and you’re not going to let him get away with it. You stand, and strut your stuff down the street. You make it home, quickly change your clothes, from drab to fab. Your sparkly shirt, your shiny shoes and your silver hat, you start to feel like yourself again. You run out the door…

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London band Goat Girl release this 2-minute thriving grunge tune is sure to put a fire in your belly. The deep vocal delivery coupled with the driving guitar riffs makes this song one that gets you hitting ‘repeat’. Deep, dynamic and decadent, this is one band you’ll want to keep your eye on.

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Nothing is Impossible for The Fresh & Only

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ATMOSPHERE: You reach out for him, he flinches and walks away. You think “Who is “he”? Why won’t he acknowledge me?” You watch him on stage, he’s cool and confident. You wish you knew what he was thinking. He’s a closed book. You meet him out back where the band is packing up for the night. He’s leaning on the side of the van, smoking a cigarette and look up at the building next to you. You take his hand, he looks at you and pulls away as he jumps in the drivers seat. He doesn’t say goodbye, he just leaves you with a long and lingering look. 

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San Francisco outfit The Fresh & Only release the highly anticipated single ‘Impossible man’. With its guitar laden, driving beats and a melodic chorus, this track is one hell of a good time. A brooding song of Ramone-esque riffs and The Cure’s melon collie pop sensibilities, you can’t help but hit repeat on this one.

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COPYCATs beware, Billie Eilish is coming at ya

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ATMOSPHERE: It’s a cold winter’s night in LA. No cars on the road, you are walking with a purpose. You are carrying a bat for protection. You walk past empty cars, empty buildings and empty streets. Your chains and bangles are the only sound you hear walking through the night. You don’t care where everyone is, you only care for one thing. Him. And he’s going to rue the day he messed with you.

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I know I’ve written about Billie recently, but she’s been releasing hit after hit. This one is no different. It’s cool, confident and a little bit sinister. Production is minimal, but the sound is large.

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Go Wild Honey and Break Away

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ATMOSPHERE: Light streams through your window, you wake up and remember – today is the day. You shower, and grab your big bag and run out the door. You see airplanes everywhere, you wonder if any of them are yours. You are happy; you’re finally leaving. You are looking for your gate. You check your ticket and look up – you run into her. She spills her coffee. You apologise and grab her another. You smile at her and offer to walk her to her gate… she’s good about the whole thing and you walk to the gate together… you’re on the way to the same place.

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What a beautiful indie gem from Wild Honey. This guitar soaked tune is so optimistic, it’s blinding, but not in a corny way. You can taste the summer festivals, the salty beach, and feel the sun on your skin. It’s simple and strong; the Sydney outfit have created an anthem for the summer.

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Watch out for this one: Billie Eilish

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ATMOSPHERE: You’re sitting on top of an abandon city rooftop. Watching him down there, having a cigarette on his balcony. You have your phone in your hand “Call him” says your heart. “Don’t you dare” says your head. This battle in your head goes on for hours, until you are so highly strung you THROW your phone and you hear a small smash on the ground. You wish you could do the same to your body, but you just get up, and walk away.

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Cannot stop listening to this pop gem. Billie Eilish brings out the feels with this breathtaking track. The song’s moving lyrics are beautifully expressed sung Billie’s sweet but striking voice. It feels like a summer heartbreak with a hint of comfort.

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Alex Cameron sings Candy May

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ATMOSPHERE: You’re standing in your living room sweating. Beads of sweat pouring down your face. It’s a hot day. You’re standing in front of the door contemplating opening it. She’s on the other side, waiting for you to open the door, but you don’t know if you should. The last time you did, it ended in by rage and alcohol fueled bender… it’s all bit blurry to you. You reach for the door… 

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Wow, what a track! It has everything I love in a song about love – broodiness, longing, a synthy horns, a deep voice, and a catchy yet sad melody – one I’ll be listening to for years to come. Alex Cameron sings about dark themes, and that’s what we love about him.

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I Know Leopard Let Go and Fly High

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ATMOSPHERE: Waves crash on the shore, you pick up all your things and walk back to the car. You’re a bit woozy, sleeping on the beach is not how you wanted to spend your Sunday night. Now you have to rush to work. You search your mind; you feel regret about what you did, but you feel relief that it’s all over. You turn up the music and drive on. Smile on your face, sun on your skin and a warm feeling that everything is going to be ok. 

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This dream pop 70s  inspired gem leaves a little tingle in your spine. My favourite part: the vocals – The mix of  broody lead and dreamy backing vocals bring out all kinds of goodness. No doubt, this quartet is one outfit to keep an eye on.

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Jen Cloher proves she isn’t forgotten

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ATMOSPHERE: Sitting alone on your bed, contemplating what you’re about to do. You count down “5-4-3-2-1” and up to get. You look in your wardrobe “What to wear?” You close your eyes and reach in and grab whatever is closest. Not what you had in mind, but it will do. You throw it on, kick around the crap on your bedroom floor to find your shoes. You sit down and don’t do anything, you don’t want to put on your shoes, you count again “5-4-3-2-1” and you put on your shoes, get up, and walk out the door. This is every day. 

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This track is subtle to start with, but it really hits something deep and relatable. If you’re going through an identity crisis, or absence of mind, or longing for something more, this punk rock gem is for you. Melbourne’s Jen Cloher has cemented her place in Australia’s punk rock scene, effortlessly producing music to please any rock music snob.

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Thurs 24th August – Brisbane @ The Foundry
Fri 24th August – Sydney @ Oxford Art Factory
Sun 3rd September – Fremantle @ Mojo’s Bar
Fri 8th September – Melbourne @ Howler
Sat 9th September – Adelaide @ Jive Bar
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Have a Drink on Methyl Ethel

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ATMOSPHERE: A song for those afternoon trips in the car, with your mates, to the country-side. You see a beautiful clearing and rolling hills. You stop, you all get out and wander through long grass and chase each other. You decide this is the perfect spot for afternoon tea. You roll out the picnic blanket, crank up the tunes, pour wine, eat cheese and toast to being the only beings on earth.

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Methyl Ethel deliver a tune fit for a sunny afternoon. Whatever you are doing, it feels like a song best shared with friends and a glass of red. The poly-vocal track mid-song and the overlapping ’round’ style at the end fade, distinguishes it from other indie tracks currently making its rounds. No wonder these guys are one of the top played on triple j.

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It’s all about Haiku Hands


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ATMOSPHERE: You’re at a club, with your three best friends, when all of your exes walk in together. You ignore them and you and your girlfriends get up and show the room you are the best crew there. Your song comes on, you start jumping and letting your hair go wild with the epic dance moves. The boys look on, wondering what they’re missing. 

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Wow! What a banger – and I mean that in the ‘cool’ sense of the word. This track is perfect to restart this blog after a very long hiatus. “It’s Not About You” should be every female crew’s anthem for a good night out. Filled with catchy ‘shout it out’ lyrics and pulsating beats, this track is sure the launch Haiku Hands into indie/club/pop stardom.

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