New Music Discoveries 28th July: Glen Hansard, Jet City Sports Club, Jalen Ngonda and more

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  • July 28, 2023
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For the last time this month we have added another ten tracks to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music, including two tracks we premiered exclusively earlier in the week.

This week saw Glen Hansard announce the release of his fifth solo record All That Was East Is West Of Me Now. The album, which is due October 20th on Anti-, is the singer-songwriter’s first in over four years and comes on the back of a period of collaboration and retrospection, playing shows with The Frames and Markéta Irglová. Accompanying the album announcement is the atmospheric and powerful lead single, “The Feast of St John” — our Track of the Week.

The track, which features the ever inimitable Warren Ellis on violin, helps set the mood for the album perfectly, with the press release describing it as “Hansard’s most rock record since Burn the Maps-era The Frames.”  Raucous,  raw, and full of emotion it’s all set to be a Hansard classic; and we can’t wait to hear the rest of the record. Until then we’re tiding ourselves over by watching this direct-to-camera performance.

Jet City Sports Club are one of the most exciting indie pop bands coming through the ranks in Sydney at the moment. They have dropped another gem this week, “Drug Store (Waste My Money)”, with vivid storytelling and catchy melodies, and it’s the first release of the year. They will be supporting STUMPS on their national tour, another great Sydney band – so do get along if you can. Tickets HERE

“Sea Glass” is the new single from Brooklyn-based artist Nisa. The track continues what is proving to be a busy year for the Brooklynite and follows a slot at SXSW, a headline tour, and the standalone single “Inrush”. According to Nisa, the track is “about the contradiction of holding cherished memories with a person against a fractured relationship with them.” A slightly playful slice of alternative pop, with Nisa’s vocal juxtaposing nicely against the wonky pop backdrop.

Tom Ryder is a fresh new indie-pop band out of Sydney. With just a couple of singles under their belt, they’ve added a third this week, the gorgeous “Close Your Eyes”. It’s hypnotic and captivating. Get on board early with these guys!

Eora-based artist Somber Hills has this week released his latest EP, Pain Station. The tracks cross genres and have a high-energy emotive arc to them. The focus track is “Go To”, a brilliant and vivid slice of alt/rap and rock. He will be playing at the OAF Gallery on the 17th August – tickets HERE.

“That’s All I Wanted From You” is the latest single to be released from Jalen Ngonda’s upcoming Daptone debut, Come Around and Love Me (available September 8th). It’s a sublime slice of classic soul, with a powerhouse vocal performance from Ngonda. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album; but Daptone haven’t steered us wrong yet. Roll on September!

Melbourne alt-rockers Reside are back with newly appointed Windwaker vocalist Liam Guinane serving a dark sultry offering. Heavy guitars meld with catchy hooks to deliver “Leave You For Dead”, a brooding track with pop sensibilities.

Finally, we have two premieres from Nick Carver and the Mean Street Butchers, and Aurateque.

Catch the new music updated every Friday on Apple Music:

and on Spotify:

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

Glen Hansard “The Feast of St. John (feat. Warren Ellis)”
Jet City Sports Club “Drug Store (Waste My Time)”
Animal Collective “Soul Capturer”
Tom Ryder “Close Your Eyes”
Nisa “Sea Glass”
Somber Hills “Go To”
Jalen Ngonda “That’s All I Wanted From You”
Reside “Leave You For Dead”
Nick Carver & The Mean Street Butchers “I Need To Feel” [Exclusive Single Premiere]
Aurateque “The Dragonfly Pursuit” [Exclusive EP Premiere]

Header Photo: Stephen VanFleteren