New Music Discoveries 26th January: Big Scary, Metteson, Eilish Gilligan, and more

This week sees ten more tracks have been added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music. Naarm indie duo Big Scary have snagged our Track of the Week with “Something To Remember” – the lead single from their forthcoming sixth album Wing (out February 16th).

The track and album saw the duo come back together to write after a years-long hiatus. “Something To Remember”, which features some gorgeous Iansek falsetto is a welcome reminder of the duo’s talents. Tentative synths give way to dynamic drumming and big, warm choruses that envelop the listener in a mediative hug.

Also added to the playlist this week is “Last Resort” the latest and last single to be taken from Norwegian pop artist Metteson’s debut album Look to A Star (out February 16th). The track has been a mainstay of Metteson’s set list from the beginning, but according to the Norwegian he’d “never quite found the right sound” in the studio. That is until the week before the album deadline when he sent it to producer and drummer Bendik HK. It’s bold, over-the-top, and a huge amount of fun – just some great pop writing!

“Melbourne Streets” is the new single from Fremantle singer-songwriter Helen Townsend. Recorded across three different studios, the track also features the acclaimed McCrary Sisters on backing gospel vocals. There’s a really strong storytelling element to “Melbourne Streets” that I just love and it really taps into those folk and Americana worlds nicely, with Townsend’s and the McCrary Sisters’ vocals combining beautifully.

UK singer-songwriter Paris Paloma has released her first new music of 2024 with melodic folk-pop track “My Mind (Now)”. It’s a striking and haunting track that balances dark and despondent journal-like lyrics against a quietly beautiful and powerful vocal. It begins introspectively but builds into a jubilant explosion of sound and creativity.

“Banamba” is the powerful new single from Wik and Solomon Island rapper and artist Ziggy Ramo. The track is from his forthcoming album Human? due for release later in the year. Released exactly one year after his album Sugar Coated Lies, the song serves to honour those who fought tirelessly for change on a date they are often forgotten, January 26th. The track opens with an address from Aboriginal leader King Burraga in 1933 calling from representation in parliament and the right to live for Indigenous Australians. With an accompanying music video made up of archival protest footage, it is a reminder of the battles fought and how far there is left to travel in 2024. 

Also added to the playlist this week are new tracks from Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, Melbourne producer and artist Eilish Gilligan, and Melbourne-based group Hiatus Kaiyote.

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

and on Spotify:

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

Big Scary “Something to Remember”
Metteson “Last Resort”
Wisp “See you soon”
Alice Russell “I See You”
Helen Townsend “Melbourne Streets” (feat. The McCrary Sisters)
Eilish Gilligan “Angel Face”
James Vincent McMorrow “Stay Cool”
Paris Paloma “My Mind (Now)”
Hiatus Kaiyote “Everything’s Beautiful”
Ziggy Ramo “Banamba”

Header Photo: Jeff Andersen Jnr