Lately, I’ve been on the hunt for a new Australian band to support. Like I’ve said so many times on this site, the best music is coming out of Australia. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the best of luck finding a new favorite Australian band. That was, until The Invincible Summer introduced themselves to me. Started by Matt James, the Sydney collective is a round-up of some of the area’s best musicians. The outcome is a band that embraces the signature warmth heard in much of Australia’s indie pop, with their singles Runaway and To The Sky. Packed with epic choruses and memorable verses, The Invincible Summer’s music is destined to get stuck in your head. If their upcoming album lives up to anything close to the great sounds heard in Runaway and To The Sky, plan on hearing The Invincible Summer quite often.
Gypsy & the Cat’s debut album, Gilgamesh, was one of my favorite releases of 2010. I unfortunately had to find an illegal download for it in some dark, seedy back alley of the internet, since Gypsy & the Cat were virtually unknown in America at the time. Now, the band is preparing the release of their sophomore album, and with Sorry as the lead single, it sounds like Gypsy & the Cat have another winner on their hands. Gone is the spacey-ness heard throughout Gilgamesh, and added is the warmer, organic, tribal sound that I have come to associate with Australian music over the past couple of years. One thing that Gypsy & the Cat hasn’t lost in between albums is their ability to make original, quirky pop songs that immediately grab your attention. Sorry will be available to download on iTunes on August 17th.
Sorry by Gypsy & The Cat
I’ve said it time and time again here on TheRecordStache, Australians have their heads on straight when it comes to making good music. They seem to be able to pick out the best of every genre and completely utilize it to create phenomenal music. I also believe that having national radio stations, like Triple J, supporting up-and-coming talent really effects Australia’s music scene in a positive way. Because of these reasons, Australia is always the first place I look when it comes to finding new music. Battleships is a band hailing from Sydney, and just like almost every Australian band that I’ve heard, they’re really good. Their new single, Your Words, is one fine piece of indie rock. Your Words has a huge arena rock sound, led by some stampeding drums and a roaring guitar. Battleships knows how to build a song to great heights, and they know how to bring it back down to Earth to properly close it out. Battleships is currently working on an EP that’s expected to be finished up later this year. I’ll definitely be keeping you updated.
“Shake your hips like it’s the ’20s” with Set Sail’s latest EP, Hey!. This mini album features four songs and opens with the infectiously catchy Charleston, a warm, beachy number that had me dancing in my seat until the title track faded out almost 13 minutes later. Hey! is an excellent continuation of where Set Sail’s previous work, The Riley Moore EP, left off. As a whole, Hey! lends a nostalgic feel to its spunky, rockabilly tempo. Packed with upbeat, indie pop jams that you will soon be singing along with, Hey! just might be your new soundtrack to go along with this rapidly rising heat index. After just one listen, you’ll discover that Set Sail has expertly crafted a brief summer escape that leaves you wanting more. Personally, I’m hoping that a full length debut is in the works, because I need more of Set Sail’s feel good tunes in my collection. You can download Hey! via iTunes (I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else).
If you’re new around here, I would definitely recommend that you check out Yale‘s disco inspired synth pop. Recently, the Brisbane duo have been working on some remixes. The latest is their take on Bob Sinclar’s house jam, I Feel For You. Yale gives the original version of I Feel For You a good spin adding enough newness to the sound, but not so much as to where it becomes unrecognizable. Yale’s version comes off sounding a bit more grown up than the original. The production is a bit more mature, like it would fit nicely in a cool lounge rather than a dance club. One thing is for sure, no matter where you hear this one at, you’ll definitely find yourself enjoying it.
FREE DOWNLOAD Bob Sinclar – I Feel For You (Yale Remix) by Yale [AUS]