Lowtide – ‘Elizabeth Tower’

Lowtide have unveiled ‘Elizabeth Tower’, the latest single (and video) from their forthcoming sophomore album ‘Southern Mind’. The trio have also announced a run of Australian tour dates that kick off next month (details on the poster below). ‘Elizabeth Tower’ is another reason to get excited for this record. Lowtide are sounding at the top of their game with their confident brand of upbeat dream pop. They weave a little post-punk into their downcast tunes, which keeps it above the doldrums. ‘Southern Mind’ is out February 16 through Rice Is Nice (AUS) and Opposite Number (UK).

Lowtide – ‘Elizabeth Tower’

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Blaire – ‘Youth’

Gold Coast trio Blaire have delivered their new single ‘Youth’ (via GD FRNDS). The single is a pairing of punk rock vocals and shoegazey guitars (hence the punk-gaze genre tag). Guitarist and singer Ben Stagg explains, “The song came about very organically—we’ve never aimed to write anything in particular. ‘Youth’ is about natural repetition—sometimes certain feelings or emotions can feel like Groundhog Day (or year) especially in your youth. This is the sonic translation of that idea.” The trio have posted a selection of garage rockers recently, which have been full of energy and rough edges. Blaire are set to release two more singles later in the year.

Blaire – ‘Youth’

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Relay Tapes – ‘By Now’

Relay Tapes have delivered five singles since December, including their latest ‘By Now’. There’s some impressive tunes in the crop, check ’em out. The Brisbane-based shoegaze act have already earned praise from Unearthed listeners. However, little else is known about the newcomers. Who knows, maybe they’ll conquer the globe in 2018?

Relay Tapes – ‘By Now’

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Syrup, Go On – ‘Joyful Hesitation’

Introducing Syrup, Go On and their fresh EP ‘Joyful Hesitation’ (available now)! The Gold Coast band deliver a mix of melodic noise pop, shoegaze and angular post-punk. Syrup, Go On have actually been at it for several years now (formerly known as Young Pros) and hail from the same state that is responsible for Deafcult, Kigo, Roku Music, Nite Fields and Forevr. Syrup, Go On started as duo (featuring Tom and Kris Briese) before fluctuating into a five piece. ‘Joyful Hesitation’ is an explosion of bright melodies against a wall of noise. Opener ‘Mantaray’ is instantly catchy, the title track is an impressive slow burner, whereas the final two tracks mix in male vocals. ‘Waco’ (which runs at 6 minutes) is less pop-focussed, and demonstrates a more progressive spirit which is appreciated after the short and sharp start to the EP. It’s an exciting listen, jump in!

Syrup, Go On – ‘Joyful Hesitation’ [EP Stream]

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Deafcult – ‘Auras’

Late June was a great time to be a shoegaze fan. Colour Of Spring released their self-titled EP, Blankenberge gave us the highly-praised ‘Radiogaze’, Au.Ra returned with ‘Cultivations’, and Deafcult unveiled a full length. ‘Auras’ is a must-listen debut (out now via Adelaide’s Hobbledehoy). It sits among my yearly faves. In fact, it was the soundtrack to many testing moments during 2017! The Brisbane-based shoegazers have grown plenty since turning heads with their brilliant self-titled EP back in 2015. The sextet (featuring members from The Gifthorse, Nuclear Summer and Roku Music) have some fresh recruits. Deafcult is now Innez Tulloch (on vocals/ guitar), Stevie Scott (on vocals/guitar and synth), Kelly Hanlon (guitar), Matt Bach (guitar), Allan McGregor (bass) and Nathan Crust on drums. That’s a lot of guitars!

The strength of ‘Auras’ is that it doesn’t rest on the formula that made their self-titled EP so popular. They could’ve thrown together a whole album of relentless noise pop but instead chose to test the waters. It’s packaged with a diverse collection of songs: from the slow building ‘Lemonade Beauty’; the poppy ‘Summertime’; the alt-rocking ‘Sparkle’ (hello Smashing Pumpkins); the title track (an electronic curveball); the synth-heavy ‘Echoes’ and the sedate dream pop of ‘Urusai’. Clearly Deafcult aren’t lacking inspiration or the ability to turn their ideas into ear candy. Such a treat, hope a follow-up comes quickly.

Deafcult – ‘Auras’ [Stream]

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Hideous Towns – ‘Disquiet Living’ [Album Premiere]

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We’re celebrating the impending release of Hideous Towns‘ debut album ‘Disquiet Living’ with an exclusive stream (as below)! The Melbourne dream pop champions impressed with their 2014 self-titled EP and the lead singles ‘Don’t Forget’, ‘Wake Us’ and ‘Value’. The album delivers that intangible Aussie punk attitude; its raw, take it or leave it mentality makes ‘Disquiet Living’ sound honest and immediate. There’s a blend of new wave tracks (‘Waratah’, ‘Coincidents’), post-punk/kraut rock moments (‘Glass Curtain’, ‘Don’t Forget’) and spacious jangly pop gems (‘Fantasy’, ‘Lion’).

The album was produced by Matthew Hosking, known for his work as one half of VHS Dream. Hosking has had a hand in producing several likeminded local acts including Contrast, Bloodhounds On My Trail, Lowtide, Miniatures, and Glaciers. ‘Disquiet Living’ is an album with depth and character, recommended listening. Pick it up this Friday (November 25) from Lost And Lonesome (home to Parading, Lucy Roleff, and Lowtide). Melburnians can catch the album launch at Bella Union with Contrast, Mares, Splendid, and the Icypoles on December 2 (details). 
 
Hideous Towns – ‘Disquiet Living’ [Album Premiere]

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