New Music Discoveries 11th August: Josh Rennie-Hynes, Annie Hamilton, Rainbow Chan and more

We have added another ten tracks to our Discovery Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music, including one from an EP we exclusively premiered earlier in the week. “Is It In The Water”, the latest single from Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter Josh Rennie-Hynes is our Track of the Week. The song, which was inspired by a day on the river in early summer, is the latest single to be released from his forthcoming album Light/Shade – due next month.

“Is It In The Water” is a further continuation of Rennie-Hynes musical evolution and incorporation of electronic elements. According to Rennie-Hynes the song “captures the essence of summer, the water, young love, and the magic that accompanies it all.” And, that really comes through. It’s a bold, almost disco-y affair, with a cracking pop vocal. The whole thing just oozes style and swagger.

If you are a regular gig goer in Australia, you’ve probably spotted Sarah Belkner on stage at some point. A fixture in the band for so many of our beloved artists, she has appeared with the likes of Missy Higgins, Tim Minchin, Sarah Blasko, Ngaiire, OLYMPIA and Neil Finn. So, it’s no surprise that it has been quite some time, indeed 2017 since we last saw a solo release. This week she dropped “Salt”, a dreamy and ethereal track that showcases her incredible voice, and is laden with emotion. Here’s hoping we hear more from Sarah as the year progresses.

Annie Hamilton is back with “DYNAMITE”, her first release of 2023. It’s a fun creative and upbeat track. Annie describes the song as a ” tongue-in-cheek i-don’t-give-a-f*ck anthem – it is fun, confident, bold and unaffected,”. Annie co-produced the track with Jake Webb (Methyl Ethel).

“Forever” is the new single from Scottish industrial-pop duo GRAVELLE. The track is from the Livingston duo’s upcoming audio-visual EP Restless Dreams (out September 1st), and combines pounding synths, auto-tuned vocals, and an alternative rock sound to great effect. It’s got a big and bold sound and it’s surprisingly a lot of fun for a song about “finding hope together in shared misery”. Keep an eye and ear out too for the full Japanese horror-movie inspired audio-visual experience when it’s released next month.

JACOTÉNE blew us away at the Laneway Festival this year. What a voice! It’s incredible to think that she is only 17 years old, and this week has released “you already know (demo_2021).wav”, the first song she ever wrote, at the tender age of 15. The vocals on this track send shivers. 

Naarm-based artist Rainbow Chan, today, releases her new single “Seven Sisters”. The single is from her upcoming album The Bridal Lament, which will also see Chan make her solo theatre debut with an accompanying production. “Seven Sisters” is inspired by a Hong Kong folktale about a group of devoted sisters who plunge into the ocean to rebel against their arrange marriages. It’s a wonderful slice of art-pop, empowering and energetic, with a truly beautiful vocal performance from Chan.

Chloe Dadd has been tearing up the stage as part of MAY-A’s band recently, and has found the time to drop another quality solo release today. If you are running out of puff as you roll into the weekend, then “VITAMIN C” should be just the tonic.

Finally, we have an exclusive premiere from KEZRA.

Catch the new music updated every Friday on Apple Music:

and on Spotify:

Here’s the complete list of new additions this week:

Josh Rennie-Hynes “Is It In The Water”
Sarah Belkner “Salt”
The Belair Lip Bombs “Stay Or Go”
Annie Hamilton “Dynamite”
Gravelle “Forever”
JACOTÉNE “you already know (demo_2021).wav”
Rainbow Chan “Seven Sisters”
Chloe Dadd  “VITAMIN C”
Dear Sunday “Postcode Lover”
KEZRA “Fortress” [Exclusive EP Premiere]