This week has been a big one for Aussie music, so of course, we have made another jam-packed six pack to commemorate. This six pack focuses on the week that was, but especially highlights the music from artists returning from prolonged breaks, artists reinventing their sound (and respective genres) with each release, and the rising stars who are showing off their intense talent in our ever growing soundscape! Take a listen to these fresh hits and discover, or rediscover, your favourite artists!
In a song that plunges into knowing self-worth and abandoning the instinct of being overjoyed by the smallest things, Hallie has made sure their latest single is a feat that demonstrates why. In a punchy and energetic three minutes and twenty seconds, this track entrances with its layered instrumentation and captures with an all too familiar story of settling for what is received, being overjoyed by the bare minimum, and the perils of ‘babysitting’ in a relationship. Tackling the track from a new angle, Hallie puts her artistry on full display, showcasing a side of her music that is darker, fostering grimy and grungy feelings among their melodic and unique vocals. Intertwining with the impassioned vocals are harsh guitar distortions and all-encompassing synths, culminating in an intense build of frustration, anger, and pure emotion. ‘Babysitter’ is the reflective anthem we all needed!
“From the start I knew ‘Babysitter’ had to be an angry rock song because for me it felt like the only way to capture the pent up frustration. I felt this song needed distortion and grungy guitars and heavy synths to capture the weight and intensity of the anger I was feeling."
For fans of: Asha Jefferies, WIIGZ, Platonic Sex
Greta Stanley- ‘Close Call’
Anticipating her upcoming sophomore album, Greta Stanley has released another powerful taste of her next steps, reinvented sound, and most importantly, a glimpse into her powerful storytelling. ‘Close Call’ has been a long time in the making, with Stanley announcing that the lyrics have actually been around for many years! Now, in its final form, she tells a tale that focuses on the self as being enough. With her charmingly powerful voice, Greta holds and distributes emotion with ease, sprinkling a bit of her memory, experience and emotion upon every listener. It is this very vocal performance that is on full display, with only a simple but striking feat of instrumentals. These isolated vocals are reminiscent of the song’s meaning- to understand the self is enough and to step away from others to protect one’s own energy. Delicate yet haunting, ‘Close Call’ is an immersive and unforgettable listen.
For fans of: Alice Skye, Eliza & The Delusionals, Moaning Lisa
Trophy Eyes- ‘27 Club’
In their first release of the year, Trophy Eyes have made up for lost time with their hard-hitting and heavy track, ‘27 Club’. In this anthem of morality and mortality, the band throws everything they have into an amalgamation of intense emotion, painstaking memories and battle of the mind’s will. True to the Trophy Eyes style, the lyrics of this track delve into the darkness of the band themselves, this time, focusing on a near fatal experience and the implications it has held over them. In a moment of vulnerability, this sense of jarring truth amplifies the band's emotional strength and all-or-nothing lyrics, articulating why so many people find such a strong connection in their music. Beyond the larger story are the little details, like the crowd chants and group vocals that really make this track shine. With powerful instrumentals surrounding every breath, as well as an intense and memorable chorus, ‘27 Club’ is an unforgettable and impassioned listen. Most importantly, it is an inspiring return for the cherished Newcastle band.
For fans of: Boston Manor, Columbus, Between You & Me
Trying something new is always a risk, and Thornhill has taken the ultimate plunge with their latest single, ‘Casanova’. The band has been on an ever-evolving journey to their own discovery, and along the way have been finding their own unique path. This single is perhaps their most self-expressive to date. In a refined yet unhinged performance, the band finds the beauty in chaos within ‘Casanova’. With haunting and distorted guitars, and a hypnotic vocal performance from frontman Jacob Charlton, the track is nothing short of a spellbinding experience that fills every one of your senses. Fresh, exciting, and unlike the rest, Thornhill is not only on a quest to reinvent their sound, but to reinvent the genre as we know it.
“‘Casanova' is about the extensively taxing experience of falling deeply for someone that you’re too afraid to completely grab onto. The kind of situation where you’re almost scared to love them and begin fixating on the little things you dislike about them or create stories in your head about them in order to keep your distance, so you don’t get hurt or hurt them” explains Jacob Charlton
For fans of: Polaris, Hellions, Ocean Grove
Ball Park Music- ‘Sunscreen’
Just in time for the warmer weather, Ball Park Music has released the perfect soundtrack for all our summer experiences. ‘Sunscreen’ is a soothing track that fosters all those warm feelings and holds an unmissable, comforting energy. Melancholic at times, the track fluctuates in and out of the good and the bad, but always finds itself centered by Ball Park Music’s almost signature guiding hand. With roaring sing-alongs, a layered chorus, and beautiful vocals of Sam that glide through the track with ease, it's hard not to get caught up in ‘Sunscreen’. In a direct attempt to get people to look up and out, enjoy life, and take in the moment, Ball Park Music has created just the anthem to do all those things!
“So, here it is. ‘Sunscreen’. Protect yourself out there!”
For fans of: The Jungle Giants, San Cisco, Northeast Party House
Harry Wall- ‘Here I Am’
There is nothing more endearing than the music that finds speckles of joy within the destruction, dancing and twirling through the pain and hardships. Harry Wall’s latest single, ‘Here I Am’ does just that. In a celebration of soundscape and vocals, the two elements come together to at times beautifully contrast, and at others, amplify their emotion significantly. Known for his somber presentation, Wall’s deep and brooding vocals offer a depth that you immediately get lost in, entrancing with their refined and unique performance style. Surrounded by instrumentals filled with charm, the song culminates in its emotionally impactful chorus that cultivates a powerful juxtaposition between roaring instrumentals and the dark vocals of Wall. In a song filled with charm, not a moment goes by where emotion cannot be found. Growing into their own with every new release, Harry Wall has made another incredible move with ‘Here I Am’!
For fans of: The 1975, Tame Impala, DVNA