New Music Friday – 31/8/18

With the wave of warmer weather incoming, pop music is reigning supreme in the fight to chase the winter blues away. With new albums from some of Australia’s brightest music stars, single drops from classic favourites and a flood of festival news.

Troye Sivan is back and he demands our attention

Since the release of his debut album all the way back in 2015, Troye Sivan has cemented himself as one of the ‘ones to watch’ of the decade in the world of pop music. As somewhat of a ‘gay icon’, Sivan has made a triumphant return with the release of his second full length album, ‘Bloom‘, which has been hotly anticipated by fans and critics alike. Gone are the heartbroken tones and wishful thinking of his debut ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ and they’ve been replaced by unapologetic declarations of his experiences with sexuality, love and relationships. The record opener ‘Seventeen’ discusses Sivan’s experiences with Grindr at a young age, previously released ‘The Good Side’ helps to leave behind the heartbreak of ‘Blue Neighbourhood’ in an apology for a previous heartbreak and laments about the perfection of his current relationship in ‘What a Heavenly Way to Die’. In Tweets and in interviews, Sivan has named his personal favourite from the album as ‘Plum’ an exploration of how even beautiful things ie. a relationship, can turn sour, told through 80s inspired synths and fruit metaphors. Reviews from the likes of NME, Billboard and Rolling Stone have pegged ‘Bloom’ as one of the best pop albums of 2018. Troye Sivan is here and he’s not going anywhere for a long time yet.

Sounds like: An 80s inspired electropop dream mixed with lyrical metaphors and declarations of love

Listen to when: you feel the need to dance around your room before falling into bed and crying over some of the slower songs

Highlights: ‘Postcard (feat. Gordi)’, ‘Plum’, ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Animal’

No Rome goes from no name to centre stage

The final song ‘Narcissist’ off of Dirty Hit signed No Rome’s first EP ‘RIP Indo Hisashi’ has made a splash, with the track featuring The 1975’s Matty Healy and George Daniel. The song definitely has the feel of a The 1975 record, particularly when Healy takes over on main vocals in the second verse. As far as debuts go, No Rome’s is definitely promising and it’s certain that we’ll be hearing a lot from him in years to come.

Sounds like: The 1975 meets

Listen to When: You want to listen to The 1975. Seriously it could be on a The 1975 album and no one would bat an eyelid.

The Wombats definitely aren’t allergic to bees

The Wombats have seemingly only just left Australia and they’ll be back again in November, armed with a brand new single. Their latest offering ‘Bee-sting’ fits right in with the vibes of their February album, ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin You Life”, something which it means it will be inserted seamlessly into their setlists when they return later in the year. If you’re a Wombats fan, this track should definitely satisfy your needs until they release their next album.

Sounds like: A swarm of bees in a recording studio, but in a good way

Listen to when: Game day. Seriously the ‘bees’ sound like the horns at a football game

The flood of NYE festival announcements isn’t slowing down

This week has seen a wave of festival line ups being dropped left right and centre for the New Years period. With Perth’s ‘Origin Fields’ line up dropping nearly two weeks ago, ‘Beyond the Valley’ and ‘Field Day’ line ups revealed in the last two week and the ‘Falls Festival’ finally dropping today, there is only one line up left to come, New South Wales’ ‘Lost Paradise’, expected to come in the near future. Stay tuned for a post helping you to decide what NYE music festival experience is right for you (coming as soon as the Lost Paradise line up drops.

That’s it for winter, see you in Spring.

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x

New Music Friday – 17/8/18

It has been a BIG week in terms of new releases, with collaborations, highly anticipated albums and unexpected single drops aplenty.

Ariana Grande unleashes her fourth ‘baby’ on the world

It has easily been one of, if not the most anticipated pop album to be released this year. After the release of ‘no tears left to cry’ all the way back in April, Grande’s fans, or Arianators, have been hyping up the album to anyone who will listen. The three singles released prior to the album highlighted the vast style range that Grande was clearly going for in this album, with each song showcasing her skills as an artist across genres. With the release of the whole album, it’s clear that Grande’s sound is starting to progress down a more R&B influenced avenue, most clearly evidenced by production credits from the likes of Pharrell Williams. Given this small change in genre direction, one thing continues to shine throughout the record; Ariana’s pitch perfect vocals. The harmonies in ‘raindrops (an angel cried)’ and ‘pete davidson’ are testament to Grande’s skill and power as a vocalist, something which she has been developing since her beginnings on Broadway and Nickelodeon. Now that the album has been released, her fans will move to hyping up her tour, which has been pegged to begin early next year, and will no doubt be a stellar showcase of the pop princess’s vocal ability and stage presence.

Sounds like: the love child of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliot (funnily enough, she even features on a track, ‘borderline’!)

Listen to when: getting ready for a girls’ night out

Highlights: ‘breathin’, ‘successful’ and ‘get well soon’

The 1975 continue their ‘attack’ of the digital age

Announced only a week before its release, The 1975’s latest single “TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME” dropped on Thursday as the Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 World Record. This track steers away from what many have come to consider as the typical The 1975 sound, with lead singer Matt Healy saying in an interview that he objectively listens to it as “not necessarily a ’75 song“. When listening to it, this opinion becomes clear; apart from Healy’s distinctive voice and the social utility of the lyrics which has become so indicative of The 1975’s music, the overall style of the single is definitely more ‘boppy’ and upbeat than a lot of their music. The lyrics analyse the affect of the digital age on relationships, specifically when it comes to ‘two-timing’ your significant other. While the actual song may not necessarily fit into what many have come to expect of the band, it is definitely an indication of the direction that their forthcoming album is headed, and by all accounts, its a positive direction.

Sounds like: The Wombats x Arctic Monkeys x Chvrches (on steroids)

Listen to when: social media is getting you down and you just wanna say “f- you” to it all and have a dance

Calvin Harris drops another surprise collaboration

Following the incredible success of Calvin Harris’s collaboration with Dua Lipa, ‘One Kiss’, Harris has come out with new single ‘Promises’ with the help of first time collaborator, Sam Smith. The track highlights what we’ve come to expect of Smith, in the form of his silky smooth vocals, soaring range and soulful vibes. Smith is no stranger to collaborations, having previously joined forces with the likes of Disclosure and Naughty Boy, however Harris’s signature style has done nothing but bring focus to Smith’s voice in the best way. The poppy, dance track is sure to become a regular on airways, especially in Australia as we move into the summer cycle.

Sounds like: Summer. That sums it up basically.

Listen to when: You’ve had a few drinks and are ready to start dancing

That’s all for this week

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x

New Music Friday – 10/8/18

Only two weeks in with plenty more new music to come in the coming weeks, August is already proving itself to be a month for the pop music fans.

Troye Sivan’s “Animal”-istic tendencies are on full show

With his highly anticipated second album “Bloom” only 3 weeks away, Troye Sivan has released the final single from the album before its actual release. Animal has everything the previous offerings from the album do not; it is a four and a half minute, 80s inspired, pop ballad, love song, filled with pulsing synths and declarations of love, very different from the ‘textbook perfect’ three and a half minute pop songs already released. In an interview with Vice, Sivan said that he wanted to break away from the typical mould of a pop song, with the end result being “Animal”. By all accounts so far, the feedback on the song, particularly on Twitter, has been overwhelmingly positive (as is generally the case when it comes to Troye’s fanbase). It’s safe to say that hype for “Bloom” has never been higher than at this point. It’ll be a long 3 weeks waiting for its release for Troye’s fanbase.

Sounds like: 80s synth pop ballads, think “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Time After Time”

Listen to when: you’re in love

Broods are feeling “Peach”-y 

Two years after the release of their last album “Conscious”, brother-sister duo Caleb and Georgia Nott have finally released their comeback single in “Peach”, a back-and-forth, feel good, pop whirlwind. Earlier this year, both halves of the New Zealand duo released solo projects (initially on the same day), with Georgia’s being a all-female collaboration entitled “The Venus Project”, which was born out of the realisation that she was always “the only girl in the room” when making music. Caleb’s solo endeavour “Fuzzy Milk” came from having a lot of spare time whilst Georgia was off doing her own thing. Both have now come back together as the process of their third album, scheduled for release in 2019, takes off, with this first single being the starting block.

Sounds like: Marina and the Diamonds and Charli XCX had a love child who really loves peaches

Listen to when: you’re feeling down and need a reminder that everything will be fine

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x