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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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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FOREVR – ‘Petrichor’

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Brissy shoegazers FOREVR drop new single ‘Petrichor’! And wow, the foursome have switched up their tremolo riding ways for a brooding dose of industrial electronica. Plus there’s a fresh cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain’s ‘You Trip Me Up’ from the ‘Tym Records Presents Psychocandy’ compilation. Meanwhile FOREVR kick off their tour this week with the Street Street Band (details).

 
FOREVR – ‘Petrichor’


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J. Francis – ‘Last Minute’

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After sharing Kigo’s latest album, it only seems right to keep it in the family and post J. Francis‘ newie – ‘Last Minute’. The Queensland-based solo artist has crafted a lovely mood piece, very cinematic. BUT… that ending, what a tease! I want to hear how the next three minutes plays out. *throws toys* Get a copy here.

 
J. Francis – ‘Last Minute’

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Kigo – ‘Sunshine’

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We knew it was coming but didn’t know when; Kigo released his new album ‘Sunshine‘ this week! The ten track LP features a few of last year’s singles (‘How Can I See’ and ‘Lust Lost’), together with fresh music recorded over the past three years. The Brisbane-based solo artist (Dwayne Pearce) has produced a large amount of work since first popping onto our radar in 2013 with the ‘Guilt’ EP. Kigo’s latest combines the shoegaze monsters he’s known for (‘Everyone Waits’ / ‘Can You’) with some ambient tangents (‘Some Other Place’ / ‘It Is’). ‘Sunshine’ doesn’t pull any punches, it’s an unforgiving collection of dissonant shoegazers, warped textures and sunken earbleeders. There’s some brilliant moments on the album, my fave being the closer ‘Sound And Score’.

 
Kigo – ‘Sunshine’

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Kigo – ‘How (Can I See)’

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It seems like an age since Kigo graced us with one of his bendy, distorted monsters! This week the Brisbane native returned with ‘How (Can I See)’, backed by ‘Come, Come To Me’. These droney indulgences are not for the faint of heart! The single will likely land on the next EP (hopefully by mid year). *fingers crossed*

 
Kigo – ‘How (Can I See)’

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