TRACK: Dreamworld – Andy Martin

‘Dreamworld’ is a track that oozes with a familiarity that you want to chase down and hold onto tightly. Andy Martin’s pop-rock songwriting is just as nostalgic as it is exciting and new. He continues to deliver surprises as his rhythmic progression travels between vibrant and punchy, and his latest track Dreamworld is no exception. With his energy never dwindling, any heartbreak or angst addressed by Andy resonates musically through unifying lyricism and feel-good melodies.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.