Fresh Friday Five #014: Heart and Feather, Holiday Party, Meggie Brown

This week’s Fresh Friday Five brings you folk meets grunge from Kill the Darling, genre bending ballads from Heart and Feather, dream pop from Brisbane’s Holiday Party, girl power from Central Coast’s Pussy in the Dark and post punk energy from London’s Meggie Brown.

Kill the Darling (Melbourne)

Blending 70s folk and 90s grunge is Melbourne based Kill the Darling. Formed in 2011 when vocalists and guitarists Tasha Lloyd and David Hobson started writing together, the band use vocal loops and hypnotic guitar melodies to create a hauntingly beautiful sound.

Influences from PJ Harvey to Jeff Buckley definitely come through, especially in track “The Tower, Our World and its Lovers”.

Check them out here.

Heart and Feather (Western Australia)

From south east WA comes Heart and Feather, a singer songwriter who’s blending folk, country, rock and pop, but somehow making it sound seamless.

Her tracks are often deeply personal, moving songs incorporating strings, brass and guitar with immaculate production.

Check her out here.

(Photo: Lisa Businovski)

Holiday Party (Brisbane)

Pop music doesn’t get much better than this. Holiday Party is the brainchild of Luke McDonald and Mel Tickle, who work with homemade samples to create dreamy, discordant pop that hits all the right notes.

This Brisbane powerhouse is definitely one to watch, with each release showing a different blend of indie pop.

Check them out here.

Pussy in the Dark (Central Coast)

From the Central Coast, NSW comes Pussy in the Dark, a group of women who for one night a week jam in a garage, creating some stellar tracks. With 80s style synths and floating vocals, the group are creating a distinctively Australian style of dream pop.

The group had the first live show at this years Mountain Sounds festival, where they played on new Electric Lady stage, which showcases the freshest female led projects.

Check them out here.



Pop meets post punk is what London based Meggie Brown is offering on her debut track “Coming Back Again”. Produced by Alex Kapranos, the track shows why Meggie Brown is one to watch.

Those in the UK can catch her unique style supporting Franz Ferdinand this year, a band whose influences can definitely be heard in Meggie’s music.

Check her out here.


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