Cold Comfort is a hard one to categorize, it bounces between sedated, lush melodies and sharp, fizzing guitars so brashly it’s hard to know how to feel.
Sometimes simple is best, and Beaty Heart are proving it on Soft Like Clay. With verses that are just sparse enough, it makes that hard hitting hook that much bigger.
Pulling pieces from an array of decades and styles, Beach Baby are producing the good here with Sleeperhead. Playful and morose in equal measure, the contrast between those jangly guitar lines and subdued vocals works perfectly here.
There’s no need for suspense here, Semi Attractive Boy will hook you from that opening note. It’s simple, slow and steady — but once Her Heart Isn’t Beating For Me kicks in, there is no stopping it.
Sometimes it’s enough to focus on the simplest, most bare elements – a click, delicate strings or haunting keys for example – and when you have a voice as silky smooth as Colouring’s frontman Jack Kenworthy, well you really don’t need much else.
With her glorious vocals and slick, catchy electro pop jams, Alice Jemima is everything we need.
Los Angeles duo courtship. caught our attention with their debut single, last year’s Stop For Nothing, but it’s their third single, the dreamy, oceanside wonder that is Sail Away that has us hooked.
Lupa J is one of the most creative young artist coming out of Australia at the moment. Before she’d even finished high school, Lupa has released a slew of incredible singles showing off her unconventional musical style and vocals that can’t be described as anything less than angelic.
We can always use a good dose of gritty, brash rock, and Los Angeles four piece Warbly Jets deliver it in spades on Alive. In this three and a half minute nugget, they’ve perfectly captured the current world sentiment — everything is pretty fucked up but we can still all come together and feel, well, alive.
If you haven’t already got Australian musician Connor Brooker on your radar, now is definitely the time. This guy wears a lot of musical hats — from the garagey, pop punk vibes of Pro Vita, to the bright, upbeat earworms of Bugs, the bedroom indie pop under his own name, or the dreamy electronica of White Wash — one thing is certain, he can write a great hook.