Warpaint – ‘No Way Out // I’ll Start Believing’
“Er mah gerd, new Warpaint!” That was our response to the new 3-track from the LA all-girl 4 piece. Having no new Warpaint since last January, this 3-track release is as classic and new as it gets and has refuelled our empty Warpaint tank. The girls never cease to disappoint.
Oh Wonder – ‘Technicolour Beat’
Oh Wonder, according to their Facebook page, are a “writing duo, releasing one song a month for the next year”. This started back in September last year, and with each release, the buzz around them has grown. ‘Technicolour Beat’ is number seven, so it’s not too late to start paying attention. Its title is apt – this dreamy track is a smooth whirlpool of colours of sounds from another place entirely.
Circa Waves – ‘T-Shirt Weather’
Circa Waves, a four piece from Liverpool, embody everything good about indie rock. Tight guitars, huge choruses (repeating the title of the song) and danceable drums; T-Shirt Weather, taken from their latest LP Young Chasers is a bit of a good time.
Szymon – ‘Golden’
The track Golden doesn’t just portray gentleness and tragedy it is built upon it, with the artist, Szymon Borzestowski sadly losing his fight with depression at the age of just 23. His friends however uncovered his work and put together his forthcoming LP with Golden as the lead single. If it wasn’t for people finding light in dark places, we wouldn’t have this beautiful song filling our ear drums today.
Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
This is the most Australian song I’ve heard in a long time, and I absolutely love it. Barnett has a rare knack for making the aussie twang a genuine pleasure to listen to, and that guitar lick… don’t even get me started. Promoting the just-released “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”, Barnett has already played ‘Depreston’ on the stages of RocKwiz and The Ellen Show – international renown is just around the corner.
Isd Ratkings – ‘Eli’
Dropping their second EP, TARINGA, in March, Brisbane trio Isd Ratkings have continue their immaculate garagey sound. It’s lo-fi (sounds like a tape), reverb-heavy production intermixed with fuzzy guitars and quick songs make the entire 15 minute EP one of the better one’s you’ll hear.
Flower Drums – ‘End II End’
Local legends Flower Drums could have had all 9 slots on this list if they had released that much material in March. Seriously though, this four piece are a serious gem in the Australian music scene, turning lo-fi, indie pop into something intricate and beautiful. Triple J has given them a tonne of love for this and we’ve got it on repeat too.
FOAM – ‘You Look Nothing Like Your Picture, But I like You Still’
We’ve talked about these guys a whole heap lately. Why? Because this is genuinely good stuff. FOAM have always had potential, sounded great and played great live, but in 2015 the guys have already seen some of that potential realised more than ever before. This EP is dope and you’ll 3000% like it if you like grungy, hooky, garagey sounds. Get it!
Tame Impala – ‘Let it Happen’
So obviously Tame Impala are international superstars now, and they’ll be busy playing this one at mega-festivals like Coachella, Sasquatch! and Lollapalooza before we get to hear it live back home. But we’ll never let anyone forget that the undisputed kings of psych rock started out in sleepy old P-town. In the words of Rotunda’s own Jacob Reynolds, ‘Let it Happen’ is “a grooving 7-minute and 49-second chemically warped dance floor banger”. Prepare yourself.
SIDE NOTE: Flower Drums and FOAM are both playing a little party we’re having on the 18th of April at Babushka, Leederville. We’re celebrating art, local music and creative culture in Perth and they’re going to help us do it well. Pencil this into your diary. Nay, scratch it into your arm. Just save the date and be there!
Written By Our Music Team: Matt Norman, Steph Main & Matt Steyn