Saturday, June 27, 2020

"Escalator" and "Double Vanity" by Double Vanity

A couple of days ago we featured two terrific songs by Melbourne outfit Double Vanity. However, it appears that one of us pressed the wrong button a day later and wiped out the post. We don't like doing work over, but the musicians don't deserve to have their feature suffer such a short shelf life. And to be honest, these songs are so good that they deserve a second post anyway.

Double Vanity are Zec Zechner, Sarah Blaby and Amy Chapman. They also use a Rhythm Ace Drum machine that probably is not cut in on royalties, merch sales, or ticket sales. Their music is released via Psychic Hysteria. The band plans an album for later this year.

Bandcamp for "Escalator"
Bandcamp for "Double Vanity"
Psychic Hysteria

Thursday, June 25, 2020

"Sleepers" by Cool Sounds

The sleeper EP of the summer just may come in late July, and you will know it because the title of the record is Sleepers. We all know it will be good because it is by the laid back Melbourne pop stars Cool Sounds. But we know something you may not know yet, which is just how nice the title track is. But we aren't selfish, so we bring it to you now along with the cutest video you likely have seen in a long time.

Sleepers will be available via Hotel Motel Records.

Bandcamp for "Sleepers"
Hotel Motel Records

"Babylon" by Dead Method

"Babylon" is a defiant cry for freedom to be what you are meant to be, and to seek your tribe so you can be comfortable in your own skin. It is about finding yourself, gathering your courage, assuming responsibility and taking risks. It also is a smashing dance tune.

The artist is rising talent and LGBTQ+ champions Dead Method, of Cardiff, Wales. "Babylon" will be available as a digital release on all the usual platforms tomorrow, June 26. That's your first weekend dance tune all sorted for you.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Mong Tong - Mystery 秘神

Mystery, the debut album by Taiwan's Mong Tong provides us with one of the more creative sets of music we have heard in a long time. Constructed of synths, bass, guitar, programming and a boatload of samples, it is playful, adventuresome, and inspiring. And its bass heavy segments decorated with psychedelic shards would earn the approval of even King Tubby and Scratch Perry..

The band consists of brothers Hom Yu and Jun Chi. Apparently the music was inspired by Taiwanese folklore and occult. Sadly, we don't have the background knowledge to further describe how the music illustrates the brothers' take on those subjects, but we assure you that no such knowledge is necessary to appreciate the product. Mystery is out now in vinyl and digital formats.

Bandcamp for Mystery
Spotify for Mystery