Milo Greene are bringing the 80's back. Hard. Their latest album, Control, is riding the wave of dreamy, retro-spiced electro-pop that's been building and building for the last five years or so. It's got a crystalline, dream-scape kind of quality to it, overlayed with 80's electro beats and dreamy vocals. I kind of feel like I'm getting gin-and-tonic drunk in one of those hipster-y faux-speakeasy places with all the dark wood and burgundy velvet.
New York three-piece band, Quarterbacks, have delivered a debut album that's obscure compared to the mainstream. With the average album running for about 45 minutes in length, this record lasts for half that time, offering a short and sweet standout in the punk genre. The dynamics of this record go far in terms of the depth of the music. Each track is musically complex, averaging about a minute in length, and through this we see a band capture themes of love and heartache in an empowering way.
It’s easy to overlook pop-punk music nowadays but coming across a gem like ROAM may make you think twice about that. Their recent EP release Viewpoint shows they're not afraid to take risks and tell the world what they’re all about. This four-track release provides a taster of what they plan to offer to the pop-punk world, jam-packed with tunes that will leave listeners eagerly anticipating their next record. With empowering vocals and passionate guitar riffs, they deliver an infectious sound.
It’s refreshing to come across a band that's raw, emotive and just plain honest when it comes to their music. Italian rockers of Home by Three make a lasting impression with their debut album, Desert, focusing on the emo/alternative rock genre, with influences from the likes of Jimmy Eat World, The Early November and The Get Up Kids.
When you ask pop-stars to cover other pop-stars hits or perform unique renditions of their own songs, you get some truly special pieces of music. BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge captures this magic, and as well as broadcasting it, they also place the gems onto a CD so the greatness can be forever immortalised. The two-disc compilation features not only the biggest hits of 2014 but also the standout musicians of the year. From rising stars like Hozier and James Bay to the greats like Coldplay and Kasabian - BBC Radio 1 have got you covered.
What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World is the new album from indie rock, weird-folk band The Decemberists. It marks the end of a multi-year hiatus started in 2011, just after the release of their amazing sixth album The King Is Dead.
Residing from the sunny side of the Gold Coast, Double Lined Minority are a band worth keeping on your pop punk radar, with musical influences from the likes of All Time Low, Blink-182 and Motion City Soundtrack.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last three years you have probably heard of the erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey. There are mixed (generally pretty terrible, to be fair) reviews of the movie but the soundtrack, featuring artists such as Ellie Goulding and Beyoncé Knowles debuted at number two on the Billboard chart, two days before the film’s opening, and is without question one of the best Soundtracks of recent memory.
Melbourne’s Coach Bombay AKA Terry Mann has been busy over the past few years transitioning from a bedroom recording project to a fully fledged pop monster. His previous full length Pops kicked serious A, but with no live CV and a humble social push it was received lightly (albeit impressively) by the small group that were paying attention. Since then, he’s formed a tight live act, toured the East Coast and even hit viral fame this past Australia Day with a mock-take on Outkast’s “Hey Ya”, entitled “Straya”. This week his new album Sunshine was released in Australia, giving the local scene something to seriously pay attention to.
Upon first listen of Damian Cowell’s crowd-funded new album Disco Machine, I didn’t think that there was enough drugs in the world to prepare me for what I was about to hear – but in essence, at its core, it’s a smart, satiric blend of comedy and disco.
For an album titled Old Boots, New Dirt, you’d expect a classic country album about boots, hats and horses, but award-winning country music superstar Jason Aldean’s Australian debut is a mix of rock-pop with a country twang that makes you want to get up and dance.
With the Young Money subsidiary fraught with drama at the moment, and his own actions - in any situation - consistently picked apart by the music industry and media, Drake is teeming with tension and anger, pouring some potent fury into his new mixtape-that-might-as-well-be-an-album If You're Reading This It's Too Late. The 17 track offering crawled onto iTunes without warning last week, throwing Drake into that group of surprise-album artists like Beyonce and Thom Yorke who have found success with this new mode of distribution. And what success it's been; IYRTITL has already gone gold, surpassing U.S sales of 500k and cementing Drake as one of the most bankable recording artists in the world.
Steve Smyth’s music is an exquisite splice of gritty rock and elegant romanticism, blending polar opposites on his latest release, Exits. The Australian-native’s distinctive growl drives this tracklist, contrasted by occasional flutters of velvety tones and delicate strings.
Debut albums can go one of two ways. The first way is that I'll like it instantly and preach this new band everone should listen to, while then going about smashing the of the album on repeat for hours. The second is that I’ll listen to it once, not be overly impressed with it, not listen to it for months, have it pop up on my iPod whilst driving, wonder what this absolute banger is, work it out, then go and fall in love with the album well after its release. So far, Thee Gold Blooms’ self titled debut album is definitely leaning towards the former.
Trashy X Factor pop bands are my true weakness. I love One Direction, Little Mix, all that totally amazing trash – and now, Fifth Harmony (who I kind of thought were Little Mix, but apparently Fifth Harmony is the American version).