New Music Discoveries 12th April: Ben Kidson, Highline, Aaron Frazer and more

Our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music has been updated with a further ten new tracks, including two singles we exclusively premiered earlier in the week. This week DIY indie artist Ben Kidson is our Track of the Week with his new single “Opposite Day”.

Assertive, feel good and full of punk spirit, “Opposite Day” is one of those tracks you can’t help but keep playing again. With an interesting conceit, witty lyrics, and a strong and unique vocal there’s so much to love here. It’s got swagger and style and will hopefully help take Kidson’s burgeoning career (he’s had a busy two or three years) to that next level.

We’ve long been looking forward to the debut album from Sydney indie-rock outfit Highline, and today it has finally dropped. Shapes We Figure Out is a collection of songs beautifully encapsulating the stories of five lads on their journey from leaving highschool through their late teens. There is some sparking guitars here, great melodies, and in the feature track, “Days Go By”, bundles of emotion. Give the album a spin – it’s a cracker.

“Welcome To The Apartment Jungle” is a lot. The new single from Amsterdam garage psych punk band The Mosfets is an assault on the senses in the best way possible. It’s bold, brash, full of energy and just a whole lot of fun. As the band describes it, it’s a song “for everyone who’s partner keeps buying house plants. It’s also for the partner who keeps buying plants.” Enjoy!

Trio Goat Girl  have released “motorway“, the second single taken from their forthcoming third album Below the Waste which is being released on the 7th of June. There is an entrancing and hypnotic feel to the track,  a perfect track for a long nightime drive.

“Payback” is one of two new singles from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Aaron Frazer. The singles are from his forthcoming second album Into The Blue, which is out June 28th via Dead Oceans. According to Frazer, the track is “about karma… The music feels like a chase scene, and lyrically that brought me to the idea that payback is on its way, like I’m being chased by my own comeuppance.” Fuzzy guitars, a driving bass line, and Northern soul esque drums all combine to explosive effect. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!

They might now be living in London town, but we can claim Highschool as one of our own, having come out of Naarm/Melbourne. Their new single “She Took You to Narnia”, is the final single to be released ahaead of their EP, Accelerator, which will drop next Friday, the 19th April.  We caught them supporting Sam Fender in Sydney in November of 2022, and have been crushing ever since. “She Took You to Narnia” has a driving beat, lofi muffled vocals, a 80s northen English vibe with modern synths. It’s mesmerising.

Danish pop musician Asbjørn returns this week with his new single “He’s Dancing So Well (I’m Better)”. And, as long time fans we’re glad he’s back. The track is the first to be released from his upcoming fourth album.  It’s a charming slice of Scandi pop, at once minimalist, but equally full of bursts of strings and electronic beats built around a quietly emotive central vocal. Danceable, but in its own particular way.

We also have two exclusive premieres, from BARAKA THE KID (“All My Life”) and Reckless Coast (“Burn Street”).

Catch all the new music updated every Friday on Apple Music:

and on Spotify:

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

Ben Kidson “Opposite Day”
Highline “Days Go By”
The Mosfets “Welcome To The Apartment Jungle”
Goat Girl “motorway”
Aaron Frazer “Payback”
HighSchool  “She Took You To Narnia”
Asbjørn “He’s Dancing So Well (I’m Better)”
Leyla McCalla “Sun Without the Heat”
BARAKA THE KID “All My Life” [Exclusive Single Premiere]
Reckless Coast “Burn Street” [Exclusive Single Premiere]