Best New Music - Gabriella Cohen, Wilco, Ausmuteants and more - July 25, 2016

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Ausmuteants – 'Music Writers'

One of Australia's best bands Ausmuteants follow up their brilliant 2014 Order Of Operation album with this demented synth punk freak out that sounds kinda like a more paranoid, more annoyed Devo. Bring on album number three. 

Blood Orange – 'Best To You' {ft. Empress Of}

Blood Orange's Freetown Sound is going to be one of those albums that everyone will eventually own a copy of. Dev Hynes will eventually become a household name. Hynes has written music for everyone from The Chemical Brothers to Kylie Minogue, but in his own music he's very particular about only working with the best. That's why it's no surprise that his soulful electro pop collaboration with Empress Of just sounds so perfect

Brutalist – 'Strep'

Brutalist is the coming together of LUCIANBLOMKAMP and John Hassell of Seekae and 'Strep' is the duo's debut single. As you might expect from such a combo, it's downbeat, dark and very beautiful and has us very excited to hear more. 

Gabriella Cohen – 'Sever The Walls'

 

Former Brisbane, now Melbourne based singer-songwriter Gabriella Cohen is a brilliant songwriter. But on 'Sever The Walls', it's the overall feeling of the track that hits closest. It's kinda woozy, very loose but completely engaging. A little bit sloppy, a little bit epic, but packed full of soul and feeling.

Lakuta - 'Bata Boy'

'Bata Boy' is propulsive afro-funk from Brighton ensemble Lakuta. It's full, it's upbeat and it's got a good message to it. You can't ask for more than that. Look out for their debut album Brothers and Sisters this August. 

Of Montreal – 'Different For Girls'

Prolific musical art collective Of Montreal sound funkier than ever on 'Different For Girls', the first single from their 14th album. Kevin Barnes' feminist lyric is easy to digest, hopefully making it powerful enough for the message to get through just about anyone's head. The only problem is, he's probably largely preaching to the converted. But at least we get to enjoy this damn good song. 

Prophets Of Rage – 'Prophets Of Rage'

Quick primer: Prophets Of Rage is basically Rage Against The Machine, without Zach de la Rocha, but with Chuck D and B-Real. You didn't think they were gonna stay quiet through this whole US election thing, did you? Their eponymous track is an old Public Enemy jam which has been given the faithful, familiar RATM treatment in a big way. Make America Rage Again!

Danny Ross – 'We Are Songs'

Apparently Danny Ross' debut album Aquamarine has been six-and-a-half years in the making. More than anything, it's a relief to finally hear 'We Are Songs', the first single from it. It's such beautiful, hushed indie folk that we can forgive the delay in releasing it. It's such a great sounding song too, that we have to tip our hat to producer Jan Skubiszewski.

Tenderfoot – 'The Balcony Tale'

 

Sydney alt-country group Tenderfoot spin us a great yarn on 'The Balcony Tale'. The narrative is matched with some really beautiful music too. There's nothing out of the ordinary about the song, it's just simple, well executed playing and songwriting. 

Wilco – 'If I Ever Was A Child'

Wilco's new album Schmilco (seriously) is going to be a predominantly acoustic affair. If the songs are as good as the bright and breezy 'If I Ever Was A Child' then we'll be more than happy with that. They can do no wrong.

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