RACHEL ANGEL LOOKS INWARD ON NEW GEM OF A COUNTRY FOLK SINGLE ‘CLOSER TO MYSELF’
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RACHEL ANGEL LOOKS INWARD ON NEW GEM OF A COUNTRY FOLK SINGLE ‘CLOSER TO MYSELF’

We covered an earlier single of Rachel Angel‘s, ‘Strapped’, in 2020 and it’s a pleasure to again be invited into the swirling and evocative pop-laced country folk sound she does so effortlessly. Taken from the new album Midnite Heart Attack, released earlier this month, ‘Closer To Myself‘, is a tour de force of how to … Continue reading

LADY LYON LAY DOWN GRIT AND GROOVE ON NEW SINGLE TEXAS GOLDEN
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LADY LYON LAY DOWN GRIT AND GROOVE ON NEW SINGLE TEXAS GOLDEN

Sydney group Lady Lyon have been impressing with each single release over the last couple of years and now they’re heading towards the release of their new EP Charity Bag, set for release in April 2023. They’v also been keeping busy with a string of opening slots for the likes of Jen Cloher, C.W. Stoneking, … Continue reading

CJ STRANGER RELEASES SOARING NEW SINGLE ‘YOU MAY RUN’
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CJ STRANGER RELEASES SOARING NEW SINGLE ‘YOU MAY RUN’

Following on from his excellent 2020 album Hey Stranger (and a subsequent single and EP), CJ Stranger has released the soaring and intricate new single ‘You May Run‘. At first glance it’s an upbeat folk rock sound but it quickly reveals multiple layers and dynamic twists and turns. The rhythmic strumming is reminiscent of some … Continue reading

WELLINGTON’S SEA MOUSE THRILLINGLY BLEND BLUES AND ROCK
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WELLINGTON’S SEA MOUSE THRILLINGLY BLEND BLUES AND ROCK

It may sound simplistic on the surface but there are all manner of influences lurking below the surface of Sea Mouse‘s song ‘Cold and Lonely’, the opening track on their new EP Evil Heart. Hendrix, The White Stripes, The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, The Datsuns, garage rock and electric Mississippi blues. They approach all those … Continue reading

HENRY WAGONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE OF COSMIC COUNTRY BOOGIE
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HENRY WAGONS RELEASES NEW SINGLE OF COSMIC COUNTRY BOOGIE

Henry Wagons has today released his brand new single ‘(Don’t Be) Down And Out‘, the first taste of his new solo album, his first for Cheatin’ Hearts Records, which will be out in 2023. The song hits an irresistible and strutting, country funk groove with nimbly spiralling guitar and Henry playing the role of hoedown … Continue reading

FULL POWER HAPPY HOUR (QLD) RELEASE CATCHY NEW SINGLE ‘MEASUREMENTS’
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FULL POWER HAPPY HOUR (QLD) RELEASE CATCHY NEW SINGLE ‘MEASUREMENTS’

As we hurtle towards the start of spring in this part of the world it’s always nice synchronicity when a song comes along that feels like the aural and sonic equivalent of that sense of warmer days, a skip in the step and new growth. Brisbane-Meanjin indie-folk quintet Full Power Happy Hour have a brand … Continue reading

VIDEO PREMIERE: Joyce Prescher – Sleep Now
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VIDEO PREMIERE: Joyce Prescher – Sleep Now

A haunting and delicate refrain signals the intro to Joyce Prescher‘s beautiful new single ‘Sleep Now’. Augmented by austere fingerpicked guitar, haunting cello and softly shuffling drums, Prescher sings of dreams, night and sleep as she explores the question “How much of yourself should you lose for someone else?” There’s a half-awake quality to the … Continue reading

Perth’s Mama Red & The Dark Blues ‘Going Down in Flames’ in fine fashion on their new single
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Perth’s Mama Red & The Dark Blues ‘Going Down in Flames’ in fine fashion on their new single

Super sweet harmonies and vocal melodies on this new single from eight-piece Perth group Mama Red & The Dark Blues. ‘Going Down in Flames’ rides a light and rolling groove – propulsive with a gently hypnotic quality. The vocals are the drawcard, recalling the 1970s golden age of pop-laced country, but don’t underestimate the fine … Continue reading

LUCY ROLEFF & LEHMANN B. SMITH RELEASE EXQUISITE NEW FOLK COLLABORATION
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LUCY ROLEFF & LEHMANN B. SMITH RELEASE EXQUISITE NEW FOLK COLLABORATION

There’s a pastoral elegance to ‘In The Doorway‘, the new single from Lucy Roleff & Lehmann B. Smith and the first taste of their collaborative full-length album Dark Green which will be released June 16th via the Youngbloods label. There’s a certain element of delicate yet self-assured, wistful poise that permeates the song as it’s carried … Continue reading

HALFWAY RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO ‘GHOSTLINE’ AND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
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HALFWAY RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO ‘GHOSTLINE’ AND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

Brisbane seven piece indie/alt-country group Halfway have released their brand new single Ghostline today, taken from their forthcoming album On the Ghostline, with Hands of Lightning, due out on August 26th. The central, searching guitar riff of the song is an absolute ear worm, burrowing instantly into your short term memory. The band deliver their … Continue reading

LISTEN TO THE ROLLING, TUMBLING NEW SINGLE FROM VAN WALKER & THE FERRITERS
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LISTEN TO THE ROLLING, TUMBLING NEW SINGLE FROM VAN WALKER & THE FERRITERS

You know those songs that sound like they could just keep going and going, on an infinite one way street? ‘Imaginary Ships‘, the brand new single from Van Walker & The Ferriters, is one such song, built on a locked-in rhythm section, the guitars and mandolin adding a lilting folk-rock feel while the accordion creates … Continue reading

LISTEN TO JOYCE PRESCHER’S HAUNTING NEW SINGLE ‘SLEEP NOW’
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LISTEN TO JOYCE PRESCHER’S HAUNTING NEW SINGLE ‘SLEEP NOW’

Melbourne-based songwriter Joyce Prescher has released her new single ‘Sleep Now‘ and it’s quite the transportive and immersive listen. A cello casts a haunting pallor across the track, decorated with gentle filaments of acoustic guitar notes, the sound of brushes on a snare and Prescher’s voice – poised and precisely phrased in its melancholic folk … Continue reading

KIMMI BITTER RELEASES THE BEAUTIFUL HAZY SLOW DANCE THAT IS ‘WESTERN SUN’
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KIMMI BITTER RELEASES THE BEAUTIFUL HAZY SLOW DANCE THAT IS ‘WESTERN SUN’

Things get low-slung and dreamy on this sun-dappled new single from San Diego’s Kimmi Bitter. Taken from her forthcoming new album Highway Hustler, ‘Western Sun’ showcases Bitter’s cosmic West Coast take on traditional country and soul. There’s also a country-noir feel courtesy of the shimmer and shuffle of the music, the dark and ghostly twang … Continue reading

LISTEN TO FENN WILSON’S  SHIMMERING AND SOARING ALT-COUNTRY ROCK SINGLE
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LISTEN TO FENN WILSON’S SHIMMERING AND SOARING ALT-COUNTRY ROCK SINGLE

Enigmatic singer songwriter Fenn Wilson returns with new single ‘Laying With The Bones’, the second single off the forthcoming sophomore album Honey Dates Death / Ghazals due for release early 2023.  One of the highlights of the recent Dashville Skyline festival, Wilson has been prepping his second album and from the sound of this new single it’s going to … Continue reading

CHRIS CARRAPETTA RELEASES HIS ODE TO MARRICKVILLE
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CHRIS CARRAPETTA RELEASES HIS ODE TO MARRICKVILLE

With a supremely catchy sound, Sydney songwriter Chris Carrapetta has released a melodic gem with ‘Making Me Smile (On The Marrickville Mile)’. A self-described song about “the area that I live in, the cultural & artistic hub of Marrickville, Sydney”, there’s a wonderful and wistful Wilco meets Big Star vibe going on as he hits … Continue reading