Music

APRA AMCOS announces the 2020 Art Music Awards finalists

August 11, 2020

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre have unveiled the finalists for the 2020 Art Music Awards, streaming live on Tuesday 8 September.   The annual event recognises distinctions in the fields of composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian art music. In light of the current COVID restrictions, this year’s Awards will be streamed as […]

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Midnight Oil

Track of the Day: Midnight Oil “Gadigal Land” (2020)

August 11, 2020

Midnight Oil are back with their first new song in close to twenty years. “Gadigal Land” sees the veteran rockers team up with vocalists Kaleena Briggs, Bunna Lawrie, Dan Sultan and Gadigal poet Joel Davison. The fiery slice of rock is part of The Makarrata Project, a themed mini-album of collaborations with Indigenous artists, which […]

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Alexia Avina

Track of the Day: Alexia Avina “Fit Into” (2020)

August 10, 2020

Alexia Avina is an ambient folk artist based in rural Massachusetts in America. She’s a recent addition to the wonderful Scottish label Lost Map Records, who will be releasing her new album Unearth in October. “Fit Into” is the first taste of that forthcoming album, and it is absolutely stunning.  It’s a striking piece of […]

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These Guy House: Brisbane’s These Guy take us through their new album track by track

August 10, 2020

Brisbane psych-pop outfit These Guy released their new album, These Guy House, on Friday. Premiered by us on Thursday, the album was conceived, written, recorded and mixed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and shut down. As such the album has taken on something of a ‘cabin fever song cycle’ feel. To help us, and you […]

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

This new Assassin’s Creed Valhalla EP is a viking symphony

August 8, 2020

Ubisoft has released a second EP of select tracks from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The EP, called The Ravens Saga, features music from composers Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and two originals by Einar Selvik. Packed full of hard-edged strings, thunderous percussion and strident, chanting choirs, it is every inch a viking symphony. Kyd is […]

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Track of the Day: KIT “King Size Bed” (2020)

August 7, 2020

KIT, the solo-project for Katie Wighton (All Our Exes Live In Texas) has just released her second single, and this is one hell of a tune. It kicks off with punchy guitars, sultry vocals and cute backing vocals, and from that point on you are hooked. It’s a joyous emotional rollercoaster about falling hard for […]

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Glass Animals

Interview: Glass Animals on Dreamland, vulnerability and recurring nightmares

August 7, 2020

Glass Animals are making their return with their third studio album, Dreamland, which presents an unusually personal collection of songs for frontman Dave Bayley. Previously, Bailey focused on other people’s narratives – How To Be A Human Being was inspired by interviews he conducted with strangers along their ZABA tour.  This time Bayley turned the […]

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Kate Miller-Heidke

Track of the Day: Kate Miller-Heidke “Deluded” (2020)

August 6, 2020

Brisbane singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke has some great news to share today. We have her latest single and video, “Deluded”, hot off the press, and news that her next album, Child In Reverse will be released on 30th October. “Deluded” is classic Kate Miller-Heidke, the incredibly elastic vocals front and centre. It’s got a vibrant groove […]

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Interview: Aya Yves on “Smart Girls”, creative direction and tattoos

August 6, 2020

Aya Yves was introduced to the Australian music scene with her dark pop track “(in)Sanity”, which flexed her natural control over an acrobatics of vocals. Her latest offering, “Smart Girls” is equally impressive as it takes its audience on a journey through stripping back and rebuilding, layering an earworm plucked guitar and deep piano chords with […]

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Playlist: Revisiting The Best Songs of 2010

August 6, 2020

As Arcade Fire celebrate the tenth anniversary of their groundbreaking and Grammy award winning album The Suburbs, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and revisit our favourite tracks from 2010, with this new playlist on Spotify. Regine and Win from the Canadian band have shared a video of them performing a track […]

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Tony Burke

Tony Burke: The Australian Songs I Want To See Live Again

August 6, 2020

Tony Burke has been the federal member for Watson since 2004. When not serving his constituency, he follows his passion for music. Here he outlines the songs he wishes to see live again, and what ignites his passion for them. We’ve also put together a spotify playlist of these, so do take a listen. There’s […]

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Album of the Week: Glass Animals – Dreamland (2020 LP)

August 6, 2020

After teaching us how to be a human being in 2016, Glass Animals have been forced to adapt to a world in 2020 they definitely wouldn’t have even considered four years ago. Following the life-altering injuries sustained to drummer Joe Seaward, the band put plans for album number three on the back burner allowing Seaward […]

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Behind the scenes of the making of RACKETT’s new clip for “Crush”

August 6, 2020

RACKETT has just released a corker of a new song, “Crush”.  It comes with an infectious melody and sugary-pop upbeat sentiments. It was co-written by RACKETT and Dave Hammer (Lime Cordiale, Mia Rodriguez), and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Joe Laporta (Solange, FKA Twigs). On the same day as releasing this latest tune, RACKETT released the accompanying video for […]

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These Guy

Exclusive Album Premiere: These Guy – These Guy House (2020 LP)

August 6, 2020

Brisbane psych-pop outfit These Guy are all set to release their new album, These Guy House, this week. The mini-album, which officially releases tomorrow, was conceived, written, recorded and mixed all during the early months of Queensland’s lockdown. We all knew they were going to come eventually, the pandemic albums, but perhaps not quite so […]

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Tinpan Orange

Track of the Day: Tinpan Orange “Turn It On Again” (2020)

August 5, 2020

Indie-folk trio, Tinpan Orange have a wonderful new tune out for you, called “Turn It On Again”.  Before the Covid-19 lockdown, they went into the home-studio to record a bunch of new songs, and this is the first to emerge from those recordings. This is typical Tinpan Orange, exquisite musicianship with the gorgeous ethereal vocals of […]

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Chutney

Exclusive Single Premiere: Chutney “Outcast” (2020)

August 5, 2020

Everyone’s favourite pioneers of ‘condiment rock’ Chutney make their return this week with “Outcast”. It’s the Gold Coast indie rockers second single lifted from their forthcoming self-titled EP release. It follows on from “Genie’s Lamp” released last month. Officially released on Thursday, we’re stoked to bring you this exclusive first listen of the new single.  […]

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Track of the Day: PURSE “Speak” (2020)

August 4, 2020

After losing hours travelling to and from band practice in Brisbane, PURSE decided to throw all that creative energy into a solo project. The result is “Speak“, a catchy debut with shades of early 2000s indie. Think We Are Scientists circa After Hours and you’re somewhere in the right ballpark. “This single came from reflection […]

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Ex-Olympian

Track of the Day: Ex-Olympian “Voices In My Head” (2020)

August 3, 2020

“Voices In My Head” is the debut single from Ex-Olympian, the new musical vessel for Melbourne’s Liam McGorry. If you recognise that name, it’s because he’s the principal songwriter and musician for a host of bands, including Saskwatch and Dorsal Fins. But, with both projects officially on hiatus, Ex-Olympian will be his main focus going […]

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Hugh Klein

Exclusive Single Premiere: Hugh Klein “Quand C’est Mou” (2020)

August 3, 2020

We’re delighted to be kicking off the week with the exclusive premiere of “Quand C’est Mou”; the exquisite debut release from Melbourne composer and musician Hugh Klein.  Recorded between France and Melbourne, “Quand C’est Mou” explores ideas of awakening, rebirth and genuine intimacy. The ‘theme’, as Klein describes the single, forms part of a larger conversation […]

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Justin Stewart Cotta

Exclusive Video Premiere: Justin Stewart Cotta “Longing Is Not Love” (2020)

July 31, 2020

Sydney singer-songwriter Justin Stewart Cotta has had a pretty busy 2020, surprising fans with a slew of singles and older tracks back at the beginning of the year. Now he’s back with his punchy and empowering new single “Longing Is Not Love”. Today we’re stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of the single’s music […]

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Track of the Day: James Bay “Chew On My Heart” (2020)

July 31, 2020

BRIT Award-winner and Grammy Award-nominated for Best Rock Song, with his universal track “Hold Back The River”, James Bay returns with his latest release this year, “Chew On My Heart.” The single is extracted from his forthcoming album which the UK singer is set to release. The artist shares the inspiration behind the track: ‘Chew […]

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The very best of Lollapalooza is coming to your lounge room all weekend

July 31, 2020

Over the next four nights, Chicago’s iconic Lollapalooza will be transformed into a spectacular online festival with retrospective performances alongside intimate discussions and more than a handful of new, original performances by big-ticket acts. It’ll all be going down exclusively on YouTube, following the path of previous festival-streaming events but offering a deeper exploration to […]

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folklore

Album of the Week: Taylor Swift’s folklore could well be a game changer for popular music

July 30, 2020

Seemingly one of the first, if only, acts to make it from full blown country act to full blown pop star, Taylor Swift has always been on the leading edge of popular music. Returning a year after her Lover album, Swift is back with the entirely surprising folklore, an album as similar and different to […]

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Emalia

Interview: Australia’s next R&B queen Emalia on “Suga Rush”, toxic relationships and mental health

July 30, 2020

Emalia is Australia’s next R&B queen. Think a 2020s Ciara or Ashanti. It’s about time our Aussie music scene crowned a local Alicia Keys and Emalia would easily qualify as a frontrunner. Over the past year, this Sydney singer has released four incredible R&B-pop singles that take her listeners through a darker journey of lust and […]

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New Spotify Playlist: 100 tracks we “Stumbled Upon” between 2014 and 2016

July 30, 2020

Stumbled Upon was a series of new music discovery, established by Kat Hunter on the AU review in 2014. It ran 116 installments between then and 2016, with then Editor-in-Chief Sosefina Fuamoli taking over from Kat in the final year. Along the way we discovered acts like Serina Pech (pictured), IV League, Harrison Storm, Slumberhaze […]

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Track of the Day: Greatest Hits “Trying” (2020)

July 30, 2020

Australia-UK trio Greatest Hits have knocked it out of the park again with their latest single “Trying”, the third in a very young career, following the excellent “Mortals” and “Phil, Slow It Down”. Produced and mixed by Sean Cook (Bombay Bicycle Club, MGMT, Best Coast), “Trying” sheds light on the band’s endearing knack at weaving […]

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Fontaines D.C.

Interview: Fontaines D.C. (Ireland) chat A Hero’s Death, life in lockdown, and working with Aidan Gillen

July 30, 2020

This week marks the return of Irish rockers Fontaines D.C.. The Dublin-based band are all set to release A Hero’s Death, the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album Dogrel. The album’s success, including a Mercury Prize nomination, saw the band spend a considerable amount of time on the road. A transience that has ultimately […]

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Album Review: Protomartyr return with sinister Ultimate Success Today (2020 LP)

July 30, 2020

Post-punk Protomartyr return with their anticipated fifth album, Ultimate Success Today. Whilst the band wrote and recorded their album last year, the Detroit band eerily foreshadowed the ongoing battles the world is currently facing. Gracing our ears with a flair for enigmatic and avant-garde chords, their new album doesn’t disappoint with important philanthropic messages. Their […]

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Exclusive Video Premiere: TILD “Wasting Time” (2020)

July 30, 2020

Sydney grunge-pop rockers TILD are about to release their latest single, “Wasting Time”, and we are stoked today to have the exclusive video premiere of this gem prior to its release tomorrow. The band have been busy since forming in 2019, releasing singles “Slowly”, “Wolf” and more recently “Make Up”. It has sweet infectious vibes, […]

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Touch

Exclusive Single Premiere: Nuria “Touch” (2020)

July 29, 2020

2020 has been a prolific year for Tasmanian indie-pop artist Nuria, and she’s showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. On Friday July 31st, she’ll be dropping single number eight for the year, the punchy and powerful “Touch”. If like us, you can’t wait,  you’re in luck, as we’re bringing you this exclusive first listen. […]

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