Highway Song, the latest offering from Western Australian alt-country singer Siobhan Cotchin, is a slice of heavenly alt-country that could melt away a moment. It’s the kind of tune that falls to pieces like glitter, only to be swept up in a melancholy breeze. Cotchin’s eloquent storytelling is soul-piercing, as she sings a tale of hurt while offering all the warmth and comfort you could ever hope to find.
Last week, 23-year-old coastal folk singer Jack Botts released his stunning EP ‘Slow Mornings’. Documenting a moment in time, where work and relationships clash amidst the further trials of distance, Botts’ has acknowledged the lessons that come from hindsight and celebrated the greatness of a love that won’t falter. Read on as we take a closer look at one of our favourite tracks, ‘Tattoos’.
Melbourne artist Meghna has served up her latest slice of hypnotically dark pop. Her flair for creating brooding tunes that showcase her vocal range continues to shine through, while the depth of her storytelling is cleverly disguised in her understated delivery. ‘In My DNA’ couples sharp percussive sounds with a thick bassline to create the ideal canvas for her voice to dance between.
Sydney artist MAMI has released a sensuous R&B-infused track about a fizzled out fling. ‘It Is What It Is’ looks reality in the eye without spiraling completely into questions of rejection and self-worth. It takes the struggle to understand an ill-fated relationship and propels the protagonist forward to accept it for what it is. There’s no stream of tears and no euphoric elation, just an honest appraisal of the trials and tribulations of the dating world.
LUMP, the project of Laura Marling and Mark Lindsay (Tunng), offers an exciting, spontaneous and entirely different sound to anything we’ve heard from these artists in the past. As Marling puts it, LUMP is ‘the repository for so many things that I’ve had in my mind and just don’t fit anywhere in that way’. Taking a mixture of lyricism that’s based on psychoanalysis and an electronic palette that teeters on the edge of psychedelic, the pair’s latest track ‘Climb Every Wall’ is sparking this new creative venture with verbal and melodic intrigue.
‘F.U.A’, the latest track from the incredibly unique Hearteyes, is a chaotic rumbling and squeaking soundscape that has risen from the ashes of noughties pop-punk. Featuring Canadian hyperpop star 8485, Hearteyes is continuing to push the boundaries of music creation by transforming what’s been done before into something only a distinctively creative mind could create.
UK artist and producer Maths Time Joy has released his second collaborative track with New York-based artist Rich. Rich has lent his lyricism to a track that will reach many empathetic ears as he sings of the doubt, embarrassment and epiphanies that come from unrequited love. Maths Time Joy’s production is lush and balanced as it ebbs and flows with intensity to mirror the rollercoaster of emotions of the topic in ‘Hoping You’d Call’.
Sydney musician and producer Sonny Grin (a.k.a Alec Brinsmead) has a knack for combining jazz, disco, hip hop and house in a way that just fits for every occasion. His latest collaboration ‘The Rush’ with RISSA is a luscious and vibrant track that has us impatiently awaiting his next release. Away from Sonny Grin, Brinsmead lends his drumming talents to Oly Sherman & KP Hydes, and is one half of producer-duo Nightset. At LIKE VELVET Music, we’re very excited to share Sonny Grin’s guest write-up on his Top 10 Collaborations.
Last month, Australian-in-Paris Jack Grace released his latest track, ‘Redemption’. A sentimental track that captures melancholy and nostalgia, Redemption is an uncomplicated tune that takes you unaware. At first it feels like easy listening, and then it feels like a chase for something else. But eventually it leaves you with a sense of wanting more for your own self-exploration. A song to sit with, be still with, sink into and dissolve in, Redemption is a little piece of magic.