Deafcult

Auras
July 10, 2017

Prepare to be hypnotised by Auras, the lush and gloriously feedback-drenched album from Deafcult. On their debut album, the Brisbane-based shoegazers deliver a sonic kaleidoscope of swirling guitars, hazy synths and haunting vocals packed with moments of electronic introspection and majestic distortion. Evocative, moody and seductive, Auras is a triumphant debut that sees Deafcult set the bar very high for Australian shoegaze.

Party Dozen

The Living Man
July 3, 2017

Dense, crushing, and utterly mesmerising, Party Dozen’s debut album ‘The Living Man’ is unlike anything you’ve heard before. The Sydney-based experimental drum and sax duo, made up drummer Jonathan Boulet and saxophonist Kirsty Tickle deliver an abrasive avalanche of sound that lays waste to everything in sight. Full of jazzy rhythms, skronky saxophones and pummelling, industrial drone passages, ‘The Living Man’ is a playfully savage sonic onslaught that throws the genre rule-book out the window and goes straight for the jugular.

Vince Staples

Big Fish Theory
June 26, 2017

Big Fish Theory is the eagerly awaited second album from Californian rapper Vince Staples. Questions about the fragility of the spotlight and navigating the heartbreak of the world at large are ever present on Big Fish Theory but by declining to explain exactly what the album is about, Staples leaves it open for the listener to project their own views. He is here to write the songs, the rest is up to us. Teaming up with producers like SOPHIE, Jimmy Edgar, and Flume on a collection of sleek club tracks results in tempo being the driving force behind Big Fish Theory. But it’s his eye for detail and observational skills that remain the true winner of Staples’ work. With dense, politically charged lyrics and oddball beats, Big Fish Theory is one of the most dazzlingly progressive, innovative and unconventional hip-hop albums we’ve heard this year.

Mere Women

Big Skies
June 19, 2017

Big Skies is the highly accomplished new record from Sydney outfit Mere Women. The album explores the idea of being an outsider and the feelings of isolation and confinement felt by many women living in regional communities. This combined with their hauntingly familiar lyrics and impeccable composition sees Mere Women crafting the Great Australian Gothic of 2017. Adding a bass guitar to their line-up has resulted in the amplification of nearly every aspect of Mere Women’s distinctive brand of post-punk. The rhythmic pulse of Big Skies beats with greater urgency than with past albums resulting in their most visceral album to date. Big Skies is a living, breathing being that’s as spacious as it is claustrophobic.

Kirin J Callinan

Bravado
June 13, 2017

Bravado is the long-awaited second album from Sydney’s very own pop auteur Kirin J Callinan. Admittedly, on first listen, Bravado is hard to wrap your head around. It’s off-kilter, over the top, and abrasive but on repeat listens, the album reveals itself to be a true work of art that only Kirin could make. The album also boasts a stunning roll call of guest vocalists like Mac DeMarco, Alex Cameron, Connan Mockasin, Neil and Liam Finn, Weyes Blood, Molly Lewis and yep, Jimmy Barnes. But despite the impressive list of guests, Kirin is still the king of his domain. Unlike his debut record Embracism, Bravado is daggy as hell, but that’s the point. Oscillating between heartfelt honesty and tongue-in-cheek humour, Bravado is record full of joyous electronica and sentimental ballads. It’s a wonderfully self-aware body of work that can either be interrogated or embraced. Either way, it’s a whole lotta fun. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that there ain’t nobody like Kirin J Callinan.

TOPS

Sugar At The Gate
June 5, 2017

Montreal outfit TOPS have lifted the curtain on their long-awaited new album Sugar At The GateSugar At The Gate, their third and most ambitious album to date, finds TOPS switching between synthy pop and jangly guitar jams.  The album combines the gorgeous vocals of lead singer Jane Penny, and the scratchy, understated delivery and playful, off-kilter arrangements that draw you in from the first listen. Their flawless musicianship and profound grasp of pop fundamentals are the surest sign that at the core, Sugar At The Gate is all as real as it sounds. With a masterful awareness of space and a confident sense of restraint leaving the songs open to interpretation, Sugar At The Gate is an absolute treasure that rewards repeat listens.

Marika Hackman

I'm Not Your Man
May 29, 2017

Opening the record with an impromptu hearty laugh, Marika Hackman’s second album I’m Not Your Man is the sound of liberation, spontaneity, and joy. Breaking away from her folk roots, I’m Not Your Man is undeniably the sound of Hackman letting rip and losing control in the way she’s always wanted. With lyrics that delve into femininity, sexual identity, and millennial ennui, I’m Not Your Man is a dynamic, multi-genre album tied together by Hackman’s razor-sharp wit.

(Sandy) Alex G

Rocket
May 22, 2017

After garnering a cult following through his bedroom-produced back catalogue and contributing guitars to Frank Ocean’s Blonde, (Sandy) Alex G has delivered his 8th full-length record Rocket. Not bad for someone who’s only 24. On Rocket, (Sandy) Alex G dives deeper into his world while expanding his sonic palette, experimenting with jazz, country, R&B, and noise rock. While the entire album is unmistakably him, no two songs are alike. Rocket is purposefully scattered proving that his true gift is managing these wild shifts without ever losing sight of his vision. Dysfunctional and frantic yet deeply personal, Rocket is an album more at home under your skin than in your face.

Perfume Genius

No Shape
May 15, 2017

No Shape is the new romantic epic from Perfume Genius. Bringing all of the strength and charm of his past three albums together, No Shape is his most realised album to date; a tender and transcendental record merging makeout music, R&B, pop, krautrock, and soul. The album sees Perfume Genius examine the challenges of staying present, staying alive, and staying in love as a queer person in 2017. Both dramatic and ornate in its lyrical content and production, No Shape is an album of pure decadence and one we’re very excited to make Album of the Week.

Day Wave

The Days We Had
May 8, 2017

The Days We Had is the debut album from the Californian based Day Wave. Following the breakout success of his first two EPs, The Days We Had sees Day Wave honing his songwriting while retaining that impish energy he is known for. Featuring 11 off kilter pop songs, The Days We Had is an album full of highs and lows; a true example of how simplicity, honesty, and slowing things down can produce something quite magical. Making a name for himself with the masterful use of airy vocals and a dreamy lo-fi aesthetic, The Days We Had is a familiar sound; although the more polished finish is what elevates the album into new pastures. As we edge closer and closer to winter, let Day Wave soundtrack your summery daydreams.