New Music Discoveries 26th May: Sputnik Sweetheart, Pigeon, GRXCE, and more

For the final time this month we have updated our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music with ten new tracks, including two singles we exclusively premiered earlier in the week. Our Track of the Week belongs to Canberra-based indie outfit Sputnik Sweetheart with their new single “Something More”.

“Something More” is the final teaser from the band’s eagerly awaited forthcoming EP, Far From You – out July 14th. It’s a bit of a statement piece, and once you’ve given it a listen, you’ll completely understand why it’s the band’s favourite song to play live.

It’s high energy, with big heavy guitars, tempo changes aplenty, powerful-yet-haunting vocals and a hell of a finale. According to vocalist Nette France, “Lyrically, this song is more of a sentiment than a story… that feeling you get when you’re like ‘nup, this is not it,’” It’s very much a vibe, and a definite crowd pleaser.

The band will be launching the single tomorrow night in Canberra at The Shaking Hand, with support from Mr. Industry and Sonic Reducer. So if you’re in the capital make sure you head down!

Pigeon’s debut EP Yagana was one of our favourite discoveries of 2022, and now the five piece from Margate are back with a brand new offering Backslider – out June 16th. The band were born out of an impromptu post-pub jam session; and the band have lost none of that energy. Latest single “Ikanabore” is an explosion of fast paced Afro-disco that will make you want to get on your feet and move. Get around their new EP, and whilst you’re at it give their debut a spin, you won’t regret it.

Australian folk-singer Leah Senior has dropped the gorgeous and tender “Pony”, as well as announcing that her fourth album, The Music That I Make, is to be released on 18th August.

“Pony” has a beautiful dreamy and nostalgic feel to it. About the track, Senior writes: “I wrote this song after being stranded in the country for a while without a car. I was sitting by the fire daydreaming that I was on the back of a horse, riding through fields of long grass. The pony became a symbol of freedom and hope.” Fans of Nick Drake are going to love this.

Eora four-piece GRXCE have been making waves due to their songs hitting the emotional bulls-eye with disarming ease. They continue down this rich vein with their latest track, “Wasted On You”. In an era when we are endeavouring to talk about our feelings in a meaningful way, this latest track tackles the challenge with aplomb. “It’s important to have a voice and say how you feel, even if it is uncomfortable.” they write.

“Someone I Never Knew”, the new single from Angus Legg, sees him reflecting on who he has become since the passing of his father. On the single, the Melbourne alt-pop artist blends tender vocals with picked guitar melodies for a positively moving track. 

We have been fans of The Money War since their early days and their latest offering, “Ride” is up there with their best. The shared vocals between Dylan Ollivierre and Carmen Pepper are beautiful and thoroughly engaging. This track is a salient reminder to enjoy the beauty in the simple things in life.

Also added to the playlist this week is “Can’t Look Back” the title track off the new EP from Latinx transmasculine alt pop artist Jakk Fynn. The track is an exercise in self-reflection and looks at the ups and downs of Fynn’s personal journey. According to Fynn, the track embraces the power of goodbye and moving forward. The track has a strong, radio friendly pop vibe, but there’s a wonderful moody and emotive undercurrent, which helps set it apart.

Catch the new music updated every Friday on Apple Music:

and on Spotify:

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

Sputnik Sweetheart “Something More”
Pigeon “Ikanabore”
Leah Senior “Pony”
Grxce “Wasted On You”
Angus Legg “Someone I Never Knew”
The Money War “Ride”
STU “Pheonix
Jakk Fynn “Can’t Look Back”
Melita “Crystal Logic” [Exclusive Single Premiere]
Howlite “Still I Find” [Exclusive Single Premiere]

Header Image: Claire Warren