TRACK: Hard To Say – Jiordy

‘Hard To Say’, the latest track from Jiordy, is a spellbinding song that simply stops you in your tracks and lays its hands on your heart. As the first song lifted from her upcoming EP ‘A Sprig of Wattle’ (due for release in August), the delicate lyrical reflection creates the slight sense of discomfort required in order to grow and move on. The simplicity of this track is heartbreakingly beautiful, as the rhetorical questions are left swirling around in your mind against the stunning melodic ambience.

FEATURE: Tijuana Cartel

Kings of electronic dance, Tijuana Cartel, recently released their ‘mind-altering’ record ‘Acid Pony’ – a series of seven eclectic tracks that soar across the globe and dive into a myriad of genres. The first track alone delivers everything from didgeridoos, African drum beats, Spanish guitar and Ravi Shankar-inspired sitar, against big modern beats – and that’s just the beginning. With the record providing a mixture of perfect background ambience and bold dance-floor intensity, we asked band member Paul George about his top 5 ambient tunes.

FEATURE: Isotopes on their Top 5 Self Care Tips

Sydney-based post-hardcore group Isotopes recently released their latest track ‘WYWFM’. The modern-emo track is full of heavy-hitting melodies and bright pop-punk vocals, harking back to the best of the noughties’ heavy power ballads while also sweetly capturing the tender moments too. We had a chat with drummer Hamish Gibson about his Top 5 Self-Care Tips to get you through the tough times.

INTERVIEW: Tiarne

Earlier this month, Brisbane singer/songwriter Tiarne unveiled her latest dreamy track, ‘Flora’. A song about ‘understanding how trauma has ultimately affected the way a person handles their relationships’, the delicate and minimalist track is a haunting, beautiful and honest piece of music. We spoke with Tiarne about her songwriting, what it’s like to bear her soul through music, and her dream dinner party.

The Weekly Rewind Playlist

With so much new music and so little time, we’ve decided to put together a playlist of some of the best releases from the past week. Featuring a series of mini reviews, we’re offering a little deep dive into some new music, all in one place. Take some time for yourself this weekend with LIKE VELVET Music’s Weekly Rewind Playlist. This week, we’re featuring Bootleg Rascal, Liyah Knight, ekkstacy, Robert DeLong, SILT, Witching Hour and Catherine Aria.

TRACK: Happy (you wanna be) – Jackie Brown Jr

Sydney five-piece Jackie Brown Jr have followed the release of their latest track ‘Happy (you wanna be)’ with a confetti-filled, prop-laden video clip. Matching the cheerful and contagious energy of the track itself, the fast-paced clip will get your feet moving, your smile widening and your insides bubbling over with happy liberation. Take this as your cure to the midweek slump – it’s guaranteed to spark some fun in your day.

TRACK: Heavenly – LASHES

LASHES (a.k.a Ballarat local Yohanna Bright) has released an emotive track about the unrequited love that sometimes stems from friendship. ‘Heavenly’ is a song that is fiercely passionate and awakens your senses. Instead of retreating under the crushing weight of someone else’s decisions in a soured fling, LASHES is reflecting on the impressions left behind.

FEATURE: Tia Tamora

Crossing into the realm of baroque-pop, the dark and moody debut track from Victorian singer/songwriter Tia Tamora has allowed her to quickly assert her grasp on her own brand of ‘Australian Gothic’. ‘Picnic’ immediately throws the listener off guard, as maniacally laughing birds intertwine with a haunted kind of merry-go-round tune. We invite you to get to know Tia Tamora a little more as she tells us about her dream dinner party and the trends she wishes never went out of style.

TRACK: Antidote – ANGE

Spanish-born and Sydney-based, ANGE is crafting her neo-soul style with emotive pop and sparkling synths. Her latest track, ‘Antidote’ is an ode to unrequited love and is steeped in a slow and sensual glow. Effortlessly moving between Spanish and English, the romance of the Latin language only bolsters the mystique and flirtatiousness of the song to create a weightless, dreamy composition.