Best New Music - Blank Realm, Low, Anna Cordell and more - July 6, 2015
The Arcs – 'Outta My Mind'
It's a big week for Dan Auerbach, with a Presidential endorsement and an add to the Double J Best New Music list. The Arcs is the name of his new side project and there's a boxing themed album on its way at the end of this week. 'Outta My Mind' has that blues-rock kinda feel that you'd usually associate with The Black Keys' frontman's work, with a few cinematic quirks courtesy of some cool lead guitar and keys.
Blank Realm – 'River Of Longing'
The energy that pulses through this new track from Brisbane indie jammers Blank Realm is infectious. The band's finest elements are distilled and executed perfectly. The warped pop vocal melody and glistening guitar lines are both kinda atypical on their own, but when melded with the band's typical, staid motorik beat, solid bass line and atmospheric synth, it makes for a formidable package. If you hear this song at a party – and it is chirpy and hasty enough to play at one – you're probably in for a good night.
Bob Moses – 'Talk'
'Talk' is a spooky electro pop song from Canadian duo Bob Moses that expertly blends classic dance music tropes with more straightforward pop sensibilities. It's great songcraft and, given the project is in its infancy, it bodes well for the future.
Broadwing – 'Pockets'
According to MusicNT, this is the best Northern Territory song of the past 12 months. That's a massive honour, given how strong that scene is right now, but we think it's a pretty fair one. Broadwing's 'Pockets' is simple, incredibly well-written folk-pop with equal parts grit and whimsy. Ben Allen's voice is great, the use of banjo is brilliant (and integral to the song) while the handclaps are an unexpected, but brilliant, element.
Anna Cordell – 'I'll Wait Here'
triple j Unearthed
This breathy, dreamy folk-pop makes us wonder why we haven't heard much of Anna Cordell before. It's got a distinctly Australian feel, thanks to her unaffected voice, and the lavish arrangement courtesy of producer of Marty Brown makes it sound classy as hell. Cordell is the kind of artist who has the potential to be a firm favourite with Aussie audiences, we can't wait to see what happens.
Family Fold – 'Get A Grip Upon Yourself'
triple j Unearthed
This short and sharp pop song by Sydney's Family Fold is propelled by the same simple beat and guitar progression. And what propulsion it is! This song really motors along. The melody is catchy and Paul Andrews vocal is so assured – it's no frills power pop that will get your blood pumping.
Low – 'No Comprende'
Low return with a song that's slow, sad and beautiful – so, pretty much like just about everything else they've ever released. We wouldn't have it any other way. The production on this track is of particular note, it may be the best sounding Low track ever. Couple that with a genuine earworm of a melody (it kinda sounds like a slowed down stoner rock song) and a slow, rigid groove and you've got another Low track to obsess over.
Roisin Murphy – 'Evil Eyes'
When speaking with Tim Shiel a few weeks ago, Roisin Murphy said that she didn't feel compelled to make "bangers" anymore. Well this might not be a banger, but it's a pretty incredible tune. It's a challenging pop song that has Murphy sounding more natural than ever while complex rhythms, chords and bass lines flutter around her voice. Some Moloko fans will probably hate it, but you should give it a try.
Tex Perkins & The Dark Horses – 'Tunnel At The End Of The Light'
Dark Horse Records/Inertia
We don't know how, but Aussie rock stalwart Tex Perkins somehow still manages to pull out surprises over 30 years into his illustrious career. 'Tunnel at the End of Light' is a uncomplicated song, his band The Dark Horses does most of the heavy lifting while Perkins croons his scant few lyrics in his excellent high register. Simple but effective.
Thundercat – 'Them Changes'
The unbeatable Thundercat is probably best known as one of Flying Lotus' cronies, an Erykah Badu collaborator and as one of the many brilliant musicians who appeared on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly. He was also in Suicidal Tendencies for close to a decade. But his solo material deserves far more kudos than it receives, evident in the sloppy funk party that is 'Them Changes'. It's part futuristic funk party, part '70s soul throwback and 100 percent brilliant. It only goes for three minutes, but we could listen to that groove over and over and over.