With so much new music and so little time, we’re putting together a playlist of some of the best releases from the past week. We’re featuring a series of mini reviews all in one place. Take some time for yourself this weekend with LIKE VELVET Music’s Weekly Rewind Playlist – this week featuring MEMORY MOTEL, Tommy Harris, Sannia, flowerkid, MEYY, cookii, LUMP, One More Weekend, Don’t Bring Stacey and Nick Griffith.

Scarlett – MEMORY MOTEL

Scarlett‘ is a dreamy slice of psychedelia built around muffled tones and hypnotic reverb. The product of a drunken afternoon, Sydney-based five-piece MEMORY MOTEL have crafted a track that will take you straight to a similar kind of blissful, hazy state. Lead singer Ruby Ward‘s seductively slurred vocal lines dance with the swirling guitars to create a stunningly ambient track. Recorded both in part by themselves at home and in Sydney’s Mindfield Studios the song was co-produced by the band’s drummer Tom Roche (Coral Theory) and Mindfield Studio’s Miles Devine, with mastering by Grammy award winning William Bowden.

Broken – Tommy Harris

Melbourne singer/songwriter Tommy Harris has released a summery track full of crisp bouncing fingerpicking and R&B vocals, produced by Australian-Japanese music producer and artist Taka Perry (Ruel, Denzel Curry, GoldLink). Harris has a breezy style of singing that is equally gentle and emotive. Coupling this with thick bass-heavy segments makes for a groovy number that is infectiously rhythmic. The hand-clapping also evokes the inclusive warmth of a local live show. Harris says of the song ‘it’s such a raw and emotional song with so much passion and nothing to hide behind.’

Love You Like – Sannia

Love You Like‘ makes your heart ache before Sannia‘s vocals even take off. Touching on all the battles that come with chasing bad crushes and the wrong people, Sannia’s unlikely source of inspiration was an Amy Winehouse biopic. She says, ‘for me [Amy Winehouse’s] addiction to her enabler was more heartbreaking than her other dependencies and I think a lot of people have experienced at least one relationship like that.‘ ‘Love You Like’ was co-produced with industry heavyweight Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) and marks Sannia’s first release since lockdown. It’s an understated pop song guided by soft keyboard and the kind of vocal cadence that screams of a girl stuck in the monotonous battle of chasing uncertain affection – undoubtedly relatable for all listeners on some level.

Orchids – MEYY

MEYY, a multidisciplinary artist from Belgium, has released a dark, entrancing pop track that oozes with late-night sensuality. She says of the track, ‘Orchids is a song I made while completely immersing myself in the feelings of desire and lust… When you listen to the song, I hope you envision a scene with someone you desire, like a film playing in your head.’ Starting with a softly spoken monologue that sounds like the ramblings of a lover on the other end of the telephone, ‘Orchids’ is instantly intriguing. The lo-fi synth warbles underneath the track before the addition of MEYY’s glistening vocals and breathy lyrics merge with a lustful bassline, creating the ultimate evening mood-setter.

Image credit (above): Michael Smits

our love – cookii

Futuristic pop artist cookii has delivered their first single since signing to local label Coalesce. Bright, sweet and full of modern sensibilities, cookii’s glitchy y2k sound is addictive and intriguing. As experimental pop starts to take a bigger hold, cookii is certainly at the forefront. ‘The idea of the song came from imagining a scenario where a person is so obsessed with someone over social media that they start creating a relationship in their head as a result,’ says cookii. ‘It’s cool that on first listen you don’t immediately understand that it’s about something a little bit sinister. trying to make it easily listenable so people can interpret it as a straight up love song but also incorporating kind of stalker vibes was a weird & fun process!‘ The release of ‘our love‘ is accompanied by a video clip, available here.

We Cannot Resist – LUMP

The latest installment from LUMP – the project of creative connoisseurs Laura Marling and Mark Lindsay – is as experimental as we’ve come to expect from the pair. Lindsay says, ‘it wants to be this massive pop track, but it’s been twisted. I like that when the chorus comes in you’re like ‘Wow!’ it’s this huge pop chorus, but then it becomes really creepy with the whispered ‘We cannot resist‘. A deep, vibrating robotic voice sings underneath Marling and sways between the right and the left speaker to create a dizzying zigzag effect that keeps you slightly on edge. With the addition of whispers, odd harmonies and a bassline that pulses like blood shaking in your eardrums, ‘We Cannot Resist‘ is another exciting composition that you could spend hours unpacking.

Colourful Things – One More Weekend

One More Weekend are providing a super nostalgic throwback to ’90s/’00s pop/alt-rock. It’s like listening to Ginblossoms or Barenaked Ladies crossed with the Aussie influence of Kisschasy. ‘Colourful Things‘ is fun, bright, and packed to the rafters with fast paced guitars and excitable vocals. Frontman Connor Dougan says of the track and its inspiration, ‘by choosing to have fun and go wild constantly it’s hard to decipher what’s right and wrong when you yourself are altered by substance. I wrote this track with a positive tune because I feel that these problems are often masked by the short high‘. Sure enough, the cheery energy completely masks the sentiment if you isolate the lyrics from the music, but the underlying message is certainly one worth listening to.

It’s Happening Again – flowerkid ft. KUČKA

flowerkid (a.k.a 19-year-old singer/songwriter Flynn Sant) has joined forces with LA-based Australian native, KUČKA on his latest track, ‘It’s Happening Again‘. Between rapid percussive rhythms and smooth and soothing vocals that effortless flow, flowerkid’s latest song guides your emotion through both melody and lyrics. The addition of KUČKA’s sparkling voice creates a a transcendent effect that is bittersweet and painfully beautiful. flowerkid says of the track, ‘my process of healing comes in three. ‘It’s Happening Again’ is my first step. I need to confront the very conniving voices that circle throughout my head. They tell me I can’t say what I’m about to say. So I know what I have to do, and that’s to shout on the rooftops of every hardship I’ve ever had to climb. In the times of finding myself, I’ve had to lose myself first. And I’ve finally found that this loss of control was absolutely necessary.

Bandaid – Don’t Bring Stacey

On the slightly heavier front is Don’t Bring Stacey‘s latest release, ‘Bandaid‘. The Adelaide group are fusing indie pop and rock with a slight leaning towards noughties pop punk, and the result is a song that flows between tender and light to raw and energetic. The anthemic bridge section leads into a magnetic finale that makes you want to hit repeat immediately. Lead singer Angus Purvis says of the track,freshly dumped I realised I was actively stopping myself from moving on from the relationship in fear of hurting my now ex-girlfriendThe name band-aid comes from an old chorus for the song but still felt in line with the ideas of the song, knowing you’re not good for each other but being together because it’s easier than being heartbroken. A Band-Aid fix.

Image Credit (Above): Jack Fenby

Hounds of Love – Nick Griffith (Kate Bush Cover)

Modernising an ’80s classic, Port Kembla local Nick Griffith has boldly and courageously taken on Kate Bush‘s ‘Hounds of Love’. In explaining his approach to covering the track, Griffith says, ‘I wanted to create my own version of the song, but still keep all the elements that I love, like the uninhibited emotion. I’d been playing around making acid house-inspired music with squelchy, pulsing sequences and wanted to introduce some of that.‘ With echoing vocals, church organ effects and the all important nod to the ’80s with horn-like synths, Griffith has captured whimsical fun and colourful creativity with his cover of ‘Hounds of Love’.

Image credit (above): Christina Crawford

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Posted by Rebecca Costanzo