Thursday, January 14, 2021

"Crimson Mask" by Cool Sounds

January 15 is Scott's birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with a new single from the upcoming LP Bystander by Melbourne's Cool Sounds? "Crimson Mask" continues the band's string of '70s soft rock vibes, layered arrangements and terrific guitars. This one isn't quite as laid back as some of the band's songs, but it still has a chill vibe, a few curve balls and hooks galore. But really, it is not surprise -- everything Cool Sounds created is top shelf.

Bystander will be released February 12 (Abraham Lincoln's birthday) via Osborne Again Music and Spunk Records in Australia and New Zealand, and Nice Guy Records in the rest of the whole wide world. Cool Sounds are Dainis Lacey, Nick Kearton, Ambrin Hasnain, Steve Foulkes, Jack Nichols, and Pierce Morton.



Bandcamp for "Crimson Mask"

Bandcamp link to pre-order Bystander


"White Sands" by Still Corners

We think that one of the better indie albums to be released this month is The Last Exit by London-based duo Still Corners. You will have to wait until January 22 for the album, but you can take it for a trial run with the desert noir gem "White Sands". We have become ardent fans -- the songcraft is impeccable and Tessa Murray's vocals are swoon-worthy.

The Last Exit is Still Corner's fifth LP, and will be released via Wrecking Light Records




Bandcamp for "White Sands"

Pre-Order links for The Last Exit

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

"Full Mood" by Sarah Mary Chadwick


Here is a really, really good way to end the day: Sarah Mary Chadwick, her piano, and her new single "Full Mood". Romantic and restful, we needed four replays before we were ready to leave it and hed to bed. The ten-miler in the morning may start a bit late.

Chadwick, a native of New Zealand, is living and recording in Melbourne. Her work trends toward the intimate, with direct lyrics and a penchant for exploring sadness, effects of trauma and other emotional states. "Full Mood" is taken from her new album, Me And Ennui Are Friends, Baby, which will be released February 5 via Rice Is Nice Records and Ba Da Bing.



Bandcamp for "Full Mood"

Various links for "Full Mood"

Link to pre-order album

"Dead and Gone" by Jess Locke


Looking for a new talent to follow? Meet Jess Locke, indie rock singer-songwriter from Melbourne. She will release new album Don't Ask Me Why on March 26 via Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records. You can sample her music below with the new single from the album, "Dead and Gone". Melancholy with a touch of blues, it showcases Jess' vocal style and her songwriting talents.



Various links for "Dead And Gone"

Bandcamp for album

Various links to pre-order album

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

"Heartflow" and "The Revolution of Super Visions" by Jane Weaver

Our midweek treat is brightly-colored cosmic pop via "Heartflow" and "The Revolution of Super Visions", the two singles thus far released from Jane Weaver's upcoming album. Titled Flock, the album will be available March 5 via Fire Records. "The Revolution of Super Visions" was released last fall, and features some funk to go with the pop grooves. "Heartflow" is brand spanking new and shines like a freshly created star -- but a star you can dance to.




Bandcamp for "Heartlow"

Bandcamp for The Revolution of Super Visions

Various links to source Flock

"Gone" by Painted Shrines


If indie pop fans were allowed to create bands from among their favorite songwriters and performers, we would't be surprised if one delectable combination would consist of Jeremy Earl of Woods and & Glenn Donaldson of Skygreen Leopards and The Reds, Pinks and Purples. We are happy to report that you can cross that one off the "wish list" and move it to the "completed" column. On March 5 Woodsist will release Heaven and Holy, a full album from the duo's Painted Shrines project. The first single is "Gone", and you can stream it below. Fans will not be disappointed.

Twitter for Painted Shrines


Bandcamp for album

Various links to source album

Monday, January 11, 2021

"Directions" by Dannika

We have a very happy start to the week with "Directions" -- the second single to be released from Dannika's upcoming LP Gems. Winsome and infectious, if it were a stray dog you encountered out walking you couldn't resist taking it home. It is not, in fact, a stray dog. But it is a perfectly formed pop tune, and you can take it home with you.

Melbourne's Dannika is the project of musician, songwriter and filmmaker Dannika Horvat and three friends, they produce indie pop that seems to have a gloss of something special. Take a test drive with the single, and set a calendar alert for January 29, when Gems will be released via Spunk Records and Osborne Again Music. The other members of Dannika are Liam Parsons, Stefan Blair, and Paul Ceraso.


Bandcamp for "directions"

Bandcamp for Gems

Sunday, January 10, 2021

"Fragments" by Rats On Rafts"


With all of the turmoil in the United States we find ourselves turning to more aggressive music frequently. Consider it a bit of stress deflection. One of the best noisy albums in the first part of 2021 is the third album by Dutch band Rats On Rafts. The album is titled Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths, and you will have to wait until January 29 to gift your ears with the full treat. But you can get the new single "Fragments" (and the two previous singles) right now. We assure you that this album isn't just an exercise in noise. It is smart, focused, and brings psychedelic tones to the band's post punk arsenal. Enjoy "Fragments" below.

Excerpts From Chapter 3: The Mind Runs A Net Of Rabbit Paths will be released via Fire Records.




Bandcamp for Fragments

Various links to stream/buy "Fragments

Bandcamp for album