Jordan Merrick’s latest song is a swooning blues track full of warm lazy slides, cozy deep vocals, and provokingly glum thoughts. Melodically, Lonelier Than You hovers somewhere between a barnyard slow dance while lyrically, it expresses a downward spiral into a bizarre reality. It’s a booze-soaked tune that is altogether simple, charming, witty and despondent.
Encased in a tender four-track serenade, the debut EP of Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Elme is an introspective journey into how humans process detachment and distance. Departures elegantly combines melodically reflective nuance with thoughtful lyricism, providing the listener with a full-bodied experience from cover to cover.
With some of the most powerful lyrics of the year, flowerkid has delivered an exquisite exploration into self-awareness and toxic comparisons. While sharing a deeply personal story of trauma, miss andry is overflowing with relatability and the important reminder that unseen wars are waging deeply within the people around us.
Sharing new vulnerabilities and lyrical depth, will hyde has delivered a beautifully reflective track about the loss of love and sense of self that many of us have felt this year. With the ability to draw endless meaning from his words, dark until september feels like a sombre reminder that our pain doesn’t just disappear as the seasons start to change.