TRACK: Empty Handed – Trace Decay

Empty Handed is the latest track from Melbourne-based indie-pop duo Trace Decay. From commanding vocals to full sounding melodies, the pair have cast a strong net around the quintessential elements of the genre to deliver a hook-laden, catchy number. Despite singing of the unrelenting obstacles and the pursuit of perfection that cripples decision-making, Empty Handed is upbeat, easy listening.

TRACK: Faint – Lontalius

Lontalius (a.k.a 23-year-old New Zealander, Eddie Johnston) has released the second single from his upcoming record Someone Will Be There For You. Faint is a ballad that is driven by a warm acoustic guitar, an understated piano and touch of more modern electronic elements. As the song gradually builds, it never takes away from what feels like an intimate moment from a man and his guitar

INTERVIEW: The Buckleys

From Byron Bay to Nashville, The Buckleys are breathing new life into the Australian country music scene. Taking the best of a genre-diverse upbringing, the sibling trio have cultivated their own self-coined brand of ‘Hippie Country’. Their debut album Daydream is a bright collection of country tracks that draws upon elements of roots, pop, indie and Americana. With a refreshing and upbeat outlook, The Buckleys are playing with nostalgia, romance, and irresistible grooves to carve a niche that has even the most unsuspecting of country naysayers and newbies catching on. We had a chat with Sarah (20), Lachlan (19) and Molly (17) about their album, the country music scene, and recording in Nashville under the guidance of Grammy Award-winning producer, Chad Carlson.

TRACK: Twinkle – Hether

Following on from his debut EP Hether Who?, Hether (a.k.a Paul Castelluzzo) has returned with the first glimpse of his upcoming project. A soothing, bluesy serenade that feels like it could have been lifted straight from decades past, Twinkle’s modern giveaway comes from the intricate sparkles and spacey sonic purrs that covertly lace the track.