Iconic Aussie band Powderfinger have made their return, releasing their first new song in ten years. Day By Day is the lead single from the bands upcoming compilation album. The release will include a collection of unreleased songs, dating as far back as 1989. “‘Day by Day’ was never completed until we opened the archives and went sniffing around for tracks that had never been released,” frontman Bernard Fanning shared in a press statement. “We never even really had a rough mix of it as we had obviously decided at the time that it didn’t quite fit with the rest of the songs on that album. Looking back now, I’m not sure why and I’m actually amazed we didn’t find a place for it on the record. Once we found it, we had Nick Didia remix it and get it into shape.”
Australia’s songbird Delta Goodrem has given fans the third taste of her upcoming sixth studio album. On Solid Gold, the singer sends a massage of owning your inner strength, embracing and loving every part of yourself. Conceptually, the track navigates the themes in the context of a romantic relationship.
Peter Bibby, paired with the disorderly Dog Act, dropped his new album, Marge. Featuring lead singles Oceans and Whyalla, Marge is an album of splintered, volatile Australiana. Recorded with “Strawberry Pete” Gower and drummer “Dirty Dave” Taylor – Bibby’s third LP is a soundtrack to a surf movie where there's blood in the water; a dirt road leading to a dead end; the sounds of Diesels & Dust covered in... well, diesels and dust. Much like the record itself completes a trilogy of sorts, Bibby himself notes that the album is one that centres around its own trilogy: “My poor mental state, my battered heart and my frustration - all to the tune of fun rock music."
Alicia is the seventh studio album from Alicia Keys. Delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the record sees the singer take on a key producer role, whilst also collaborating with Swizz Beats, Ludwig Göransson, The-Dream and Mark Ronson. The record calls back to Keys’ earlier music, driven by piano-led ballads and bass driven R&B grooves.
Four-piece indie outfit from Newcastle, Camino Gold, dropped their new song, Standing Still. The catchy track highlights the polished level of musicianship from each band member, with a commanding vocal performance from Claude Bailey. The band bring their particular knack for conversational songwriting to Standing Still, over a glistening indie-rock soundscape.
Sydney producer Dro Carey has released his debut album, Nothing Is A Solo Project. Produced by Dro Carey himself and mixed by Seekae’s George Nicholas (Willaris. K, Juno Mamba, Cosmo’s Midnight), the record part introspective instrumental and part melodic-driven collaborative project. Carey enlists an array of talented collaborators for the album, originally giving each artist the demos a title as a conceptual starting point, leaving the artists with freefree reign.
Powerhouse vocalist Dami Im has shared her new track, Paper Dragon. The empowering track was set to be the singers entry into the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, which would’ve seen Im represent Australia for the second time. With the competitions 2020 edition cancelled and this years chosen participant taking the reigns for next year, Im decided to release the track immediately. Paper Dragon is the singers first release under her new label, ABC Music.
Melbourne artist Mia Wray has released Work For Me. The track is an anthem for anyone who’s been made to feel less-than. The song perfectly exhibits Wray’s captivating voice, with the track slowly building and building into a soulful storm of vocal hooks, percussion and brass, demolishing any gaslighters, bullies and haters in its path.
Hailing from Arizona, indie punk band Sundressed have dropped their highly anticipated new record, Home Remedy, through Rude Records. “'Home Remedy' is a record about getting better by any means necessary,” shares frontman Trevor Hedges. “Despite many setbacks, I truly believe we were able to make our most authentic and honest record yet.” The confessional lyrics and punk-infused melodies navigate themes of mental health, with the band hoping others can find solace in their music.
Daydreaming is the latest offering from Jack Grace. The song continues Grace’s sonic expansion towards a minimalist approach to songwriting inspired by intimate emotional tales and intricately presented musicianship. The track is a deeply evocative sonic experience. A slowly plucked guitar and simple drum line make for divine accompaniment with Grace’s mood fuelled melancholic vocal. The track’s a testament to his open and unique artistry, an approach aligned somewhere between Sufjan Stevens, Lana Del Ray or Bob Dylan.
Sydney-based producer and electronic music aficionado Friendless has returned with his zesty new track, Lemonade. Opening with piercing synths, sultry samples and unforgiving bass, Lemonade’ full of infectious dance electronica. Friendless’ warped vocals and hilarious lyricism playfully fuse with thudding percussion to create a feel-good dance-hit. “Look I’m not going to try and intellectualise this. With ‘Lemonade’ I wanted to do something that was shamelessly fun and absurd that just makes people smile and want to have fun. This years been a LEMON, lets make some LEMONADE!" the musician shared.
21 year old hip-hip artist Lanstan has released his bold and ambitious new project, Trophy. Of the release, the singer shared: “I usually begin writing any song with one standalone melody. I feel like within any instrumental there is only one perfect melody and my first task is always to find it. Once I’ve found it, the rest of the song seems to build itself naturally around it. With ‘Trophy’ I heard the melody instantly and sang it out loud during my first listen of the beat. The entrancingly rhythmic flute and guitars seemed to tell a story of pain and struggle, but at the same time felt victorious.”
South coast musician Daniel Hyam dropped his debut EP, Akihd Ah Leigh. The self-produced release is a collection of five original songs from the musician, with a bonus extended version of his single High.