Flo Morrissey and Matthew E White introduce us to our new favourite song

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Their version of ‘Look At What The Light Did Now’ is one of the best songs of this week.

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Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White – ‘Look At What The Light Did Now’

Even though his performance and production borrow heavily from smooth, soulful rock of the past, there’s something that makes Matthew E. White’s music almost instantly recognisable. From the super-slick intro to ‘Look At What The Light Did Now’, you can just tell that it’s got his fingerprints all over it.

White has made a record of covers with young British singer-songwriter Flo Morrissey and it’s a really charming selection of tunes performed with lots of heart and respect for the originals.

‘Look At What The Light Did Now’ is by a band called Little Wings – the project of American artist Kyle Field – and this rendition was enough to make us want to seek out the sparse original, which is also very good. 

White and Morrissey have quite different voices, which means that they don’t meld together perfectly. Given how flawless the instrumentation and production is, it’s actually kinda cool to hear the two very good, but kinda contrasting voices together over the top.  

Elbow – ‘Magnificent (She Says)’

Titans of British indie rock Elbow return with a suitably rich and erudite new single ‘Magnificent (She Says)’. Guy Garvey’s vocal has big, soaring moments, as much of Elbow’s best work does, and somehow they manage to pack a bunch of orchestral elements into the arrangement without sounding too ostentatious. 

Gawurra – ‘Burala (Diving Duck)’

If you haven’t heard Gawurra’s stunning debut record Ratja Yaliali, you need to make sure you amend that ASAP. ‘Burala (Diving Duck)’ is just another stunning showcase of his otherworldly, impossibly beautiful voice and Broadwing’s shimmering production is just such a tasteful complement. 

Holy Holy – ‘Elevator’

The second Holy Holy record, Paint, will be out in February, as our besties at triple j told us recently. ‘Elevator’ is the second single from it and it continues the band’s brilliant knack for expansive and explosive atmospheric indie rock. It’s beautiful music and bodes well for the record to come. 

ILUKA – ‘Blue Jean Baby’

 

Sydney singer-songwriter ILUKA delivers her most accomplished piece of thoughtful pop yet. The production is killer, her voice is brilliantly versatile and the way the song effortlessly winds through a stack of very different sounding parts is genius. If you turn it off before the chorus, you’re a deadbeat.

NUN – ‘Can't Chain’

The dark synthy goodness of Melbourne’s NUN is going to bring some coldness into our hearts this summer and we couldn’t be more pleased. There’s something beautiful about the juxtaposition of Jenny Branagan’s heartfelt ruminations and the inorganic electronic instrumentation that wraps itself around her vocal. Get ready for their new record, The Dome, in 2017. 

Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy – ‘Mam Yinne Wa’

 

Ever had the desire to go to Northern Ghana? Neither. Until I heard Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy. The music of ‘Mam Yinne Wa’ is thrilling; its sounds both familiar and completely foreign. The vocals are even better, as a chorus of folk do the heavy lifting, allowing Oho himself to take the lead only when necessary. Sounds Of Joy, indeed.

Vessels – ‘Had A Love’ {Ft. Anna Of The North}

British band Vessels are one of the hottest names in electronic music right now. The way this interstellar jam rolls on, with the sweet but disconnected vocal of Scandinavian singer Anna Of The North popping in at just the right places, you can tell why people love jumping onboard the aural journey they’re offering. Sparkling electro that’ll make you feel a little bit sad and a little bit happy. The best kind. 

Paris Wells – ‘Two Step Romance’

Melbourne singer Paris Wells has been spending a lot of time in London and Copenhagen over the past couple of years, which might go some way to explaining why we haven’t heard all that much from her down here in the past few years.

The very chilled electro bounce of ‘Two Step Romance’ shows that she has lost none of the charm that made us fall for her in the 2000s and we can’t wait to hear more like it, hopefully in the near future. 

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