TRACK: Garage Full of Dreams – LAURA MAC

LAURA MAC, a loved-up duo living in the hinterlands, are creating fun, vibrant, tongue-in-cheek tunes. Laura Maclachlan and Zac Connely refuse to conform to genre-norms. Instead they’re throwing out the energy that they want to see and crafting music that exists completely in its own space. ‘Garage Full of Dreams’ will leave you sifting through all the music influences that come swarming into your mind, but it’s LAURA MAC’s vision of taking it a little further that sets them apart from the masses.

NEWS: THE RISE OF THE PUB GIG

Calling all venue owners and artists! Muso is launching The Rise of the Pub Gig – 500 gigs in 100 venues across Australia in February 2022. Read on to see how Muso are connecting artists with venues to get the music booming and the beers flowing for punters nationwide. It’s a win-win-win! Get in soon – applications close 31 December!

VIDEO PREMIERE: Find Your Way Back – Georgia Fields

Georgia Fields, the lovingly dubbed ‘art-pop alchemist’, has released the official music video for her latest track Find Your Way Back. Premiering on LIKE VELVET Music today, the video clip, directed by award winning filmmaker Rohan Spong, captures Georgia’s lyrical storytelling through its scribbled picture-book style. With recurring motifs, it’s a visual experience that becomes deeper with each view and imparts a sense of incurable homesickness as Georgia reminisces on a place that never really existed in the first place.

PREMIERE: I’m So Broke – Taylor B-W

Taylor B-W’s latest track ‘I’m So Broke’ is a conversational song primed with a plucky bassline, melodic R&B swagger and a signature West Coast whistle. Continuing her dedication to the ’90s revival – as we saw in previous track ‘Nunchucks’ – Taylor B-W is combining modern electro-pop influences with the nostalgia of ’90s hip hop and R&B to create bouncy, playful tunes that speak to you on both a physical and emotional level. Read on to stream Taylor B-W’s brand new single ‘I’m So Broke’ before its official release on 9 July.

The Weekly Rewind Playlist #2

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.

Q&A – Ban Micah

Jarring, sexy, and thick as f*ck. Ban Micah’s latest track ‘Anime Eyes’ is a provocative flow wrapped up in an even more seductive beat. As he personifies the bad boy that melts away your resolve, Ban Micah’s track is two and half minutes of juicy, irresistible allure. We had a chat with Ban Micah about lockdown, what’s coming up next, and who might’ve been on his mind when writing ‘Anime Eyes’…

EXCLUSIVE: Oh My My release acoustic rendition of ‘Make Me Feel Alive Tonight’

Last month, Sydney-siders Oh My My released their cinematic track ‘Make Me Feel Alive Tonight’ as part of a double A-side drop including ‘We All Want the Lights Down’. The heart-racing, anthemic track is a bold take on our 20s, where the nights are often big, the choices aren’t always great, and the memories are like nothing else we’ll ever create. Today, the duo release an acoustic rendition of this passionate track, released exclusively on LIKE VELVET Music. Stripping right back to just two guitars and a powerful vocal line, this version packs a whole new emotive punch and offers a newfound tenderness.

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.