Album Review: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Hope Downs’

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have absolutely nailed the recipe to creating riffs that make you feel super good on both the inside and the outside.

Their debut album, Hope Downs, has been highly anticipated since the release of the first single, Mainland, which copped some serious airplay on Triple J, and tonnes of love at their live shows earlier in the year.

Opening with An Air Conditioned Man, listeners are immediately thrown into excellent riff that makes you feel like you’re driving along the Great Ocean Road in the Australian summer with your windows down. (A very pleasant experience, if you haven’t already done so).

The good times just keep on coming as the album progresses to Talking Straight, then followed by Mainland, which is the perfect trio of tracks to set the tone for the rest of the record.

As you listen through the album, you truly become acquainted with RBCF’s knack for intertwining poetic lyrics with guitar riffs and jams that will lift your spirits so high your body will ascend into the sky.

Catch these guys at Splendour in the Grass in July, or on their Australian tour starting in September. For more info: http://www.rollingblackoutsband.com/

Megan’s faves: Exclusive Grave, Time in Common.

 

City Calm Down – Joan, I’m Disappearing

Recently, I attended the Soundkilda Music Video Competition as part of the St Kilda Film Festival.

I was lucky enough to spend an evening immersed in amazing Australian music, accompanied by beautifully created videos for artists such as Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Peking Duk and Montaigne.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t emotionally affected in one way or another by each video, whether it was funny, strange, confusing or just genuinely inspiring.

However, the clip that had the most lasting effect on me was City Calm Down’s ‘Joan, I’m Disappearing’.

Directed by Riley Blakeway, the video so perfectly complements the intensity and the emotional impact of the track. It explores themes of love, loss, strength, and family relationships, and does an excellent job of captivating and bringing you into a whole new world for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

See what you think. I’ve thought about it every day since I first saw it.

Single release: Kllo – ‘Potential’

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Back with their first release of 2018, dreamy Melbourne duo, Kllo, share their new track titled ‘Potential’.

The new track encapsulates their more contemporary sound, taking on an even smoother style than previous work. Vocalist, Chloe Kaul’s, voice takes the listener on a beautiful, dreamy journey as always, while producer, Simon Lam, maintains the smooth electronic pop sound that Kllo is known and loved for.

The track takes on a more downtempo beat compared to their previous work, hinting that upcoming releases may take a slightly new turn, which is exciting news for fans old and new.

Catch the duo playing a couple of special shows with a live band in June at the Melbourne Recital Centre on June 8, and Oxford Arts Factory in Sydney as part of the Vivid Sydney 2018 program on June 16.

 

This Is America

If you haven’t heard Childish Gambino’s new song, or at least heard something ABOUT it then I don’t know where you’ve been, but it’s damn important.

For those who haven’t, please:

Not much else really needs to be said, except for the fact that I’ve never been so equally scared and impressed by a music video before. If this doesn’t make you uncomfortbale about America’s current gun laws, I don’t know what will.

Me geeking out about Jamie xx music videos

If you know me, you’ll know that I have a deep obsession with the English producer/musician, Jamie xx.

I recently watched the music video to his track ‘Gosh’ and, holy moly, it’s one of the best music videos I’ve ever seen. Basically, you just need to watch it for yourself and you’ll understand. Keep in mind that there is no CGI or green screen or anything used in the making of it…

The making of this is so insane and impressive there’s a whole video dedicated to the behind the scenes work on it which can also be found on YouTube.

And after you’ve watched that, go and check out the OTHER music video for the same track that I only just discovered today. It’s equally as astounding and mesmerising as the first one.

WOW.

Today is a very good day…

For new music releases!

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1. DMAs widely anticipated second album, For Now, has finally come out, and Liam Gallagher couldn’t have used a more accurate word to describe it when he called it ‘biblical’.

2. If you remember my post from last week, you’d know that Oscar Key Sung’s track ‘Simple Luv’ is out now. Hear it here !

3. Another exciting new release from Good Manners is Jordan Dennis’ (frontman of Billy Davis) debut single, Crumbs. If you dig Chance The Rapper’s flow then this one will tickle your fancy.

4. Winston Surfshirt has released a bunch of remixed tracks from their debut album, Spongecake (which happens to be one of my favourite albums). These remixes are just as smooth and toasty as the original tracks on the album. Give them a squiz here.

5. Lastly! One of my fav Melbourne bands, DIET. has released a new track today titled Danny Boy. I just love everything these guys do, and they’ve been playing heaps of free shows around Melbourne recently, so keep your eyes peeled and get on board.

 

 

Artist watch: Yellow Days

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Think Mac Demarco meets Dope Lemon with King Krule vocals…

If you like the type of music that makes you want to rip all your clothes off and slow jam in your room by yourself then you’re going to want to check out Yellow Days.

This is possibly the smoothest, cruisiest and most talented 19 year old I’ve ever listened to (yes he’s only 19) and is yet another great artist to come out of the U.K.

Yellow Days perfectly executes a blend of soul, RnB and jazz to create a smoothie thats definitely better for you than a Boost Juice. And, if I may make a suggestion, listen to his music on a rainy Sunday morning for a real treat.

 

Upcoming Single Release: ‘Simple Luv’ Oscar Key Sung

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Meet one of Melbourne’s sweetest sounding electronic/RnB producers/artists: Oscar Key Sung.

In anticipation of his first EP since 2015 comes Oscar Key Sung with his new single, ‘Simple Luv’.

With an even stronger RnB vibe than previous releases, Key Sung doesn’t keep the listener waiting long before he introduces his smooth as butter vocals that he’s so known and loved for. The bass dips in and out between the bridge and chorus, which consequently makes your ears feel nice, and it includes lyrics that were written in less than 24 hours during an intense and emotional flight from Melbourne to Paris.

Key Sung’s ability to make the listener feel sad but in a nice way (nostalgic perhaps?) is something that’s always intrigued me about his music, and we can expect to be feeling plenty more sad but in a nice way in May, when his EP, ‘No Disguise’ is released.

Simple Luv will be available next Friday, 27th of April, via Good Manners Records. Keep your eyes peeled for this juicy track.

Gig review: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever @ Howler 8/4/18

Since hearing about their set at Laneway this year, I’ve been super keen to see these guys live.

On night 2/2 sold out shows in Melbourne, I had high expectations which were certainly exceeded.

Opening with ‘Julie’s Place’, a familiar favourite, really set the tone for the the night. Visually, RBCF are a treat to see live. With four guitarists, who also double as vocalists, and a drummer, there’s defnitely a lot to see in their live show. The extended guitar jams that appear throughout many of their tracks are a genuine pleasure to experience. It’s awesome to see musicians enjoying each other’s company on stage as these guys all appeared to be doing, where they regularly formed a group huddle to jam out together before dispersing back out across the stage to play out each track.

Another visual aspect I really enjoyed was the lighting – never underestimate the power of a disco ball… But most importantly, RBCF sound just as good live, if not better, as they do recorded. The sound quality was excellent, and the mix of vocals played out really nicely live.

Finishing with French Press, where the notorious guitar breakdown sent sparks flying throughout the crowd, I was sure there wasn’t going to be an encore, and actually started leaving the room before the sound of the adoring crowd greeting the band back on stage made me turn around (and I’m sure glad I did). They returned to play us two more tracks, and finished with ‘Heard You’re Moving’, which has easily become one of my favourites after learning the sweet meaning behind it.

And now after the release of the Splendour in the Grass lineup this morning, I’m pretty keen to go and see them again in July!

Highlight track: ‘Sick Bug’

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