Partner prove that 90s guitar rock never needs to die
Partner – ‘Gross Secret’
There’s nothing new about what Partner are doing. If you didn’t know better, you could be led to believe that ‘Gross Secret’ was a criminally overlooked gem from the guitar-centric glory days of 90s alternative rock.
But it’s 2017 and this Canadian duo are proving that indie rock featuring big guitars, perfect harmonies and a little dash of attitude and humour will never truly go out of style.
‘Gross Secret’ is about, funnily enough, gross secrets. ‘If you only knew the things that I do,’ they sing in the song’s irresistible chorus. It’s not exactly high concept, but it’s completely relatable and, much like the track’s hefty 90s production, fun to listen to without having to think too much.
This song is from their debut album In Search Of Lost Time, which came out a couple of months ago. In the context of the full album, their sense of humour and incredibly clever lyricism all makes sense. Get onto it now.
The Ocean Party – ‘Tell’
Another gem from prolific indie-Australiana masters The Ocean Party. The languid jangle and emotive vocal are wonderfully at odds with one another, making for compelling listening.
Hamilton Leithauser – ‘Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)’ (ft. Angel Olsen)
Two titans of the modern indie game come together on this unique, old-world aping waltz. Much as we love Hamilton Leithauser, it’s no surprise that Angel Olsen kinda ends up stealing the show here with further proof of how versatile that incredible voice of hers is.
Stereogamous – ‘Homewrecker’ (ft. Shaun J. Wright)
Aussie dance music party-starter Stereogamous teams up with former Hercules & Love Affair member Shaun J. Wright for a carefree, imminently danceable jam. Sounds good any time, but takes on a new life at 3am when you’re at full flight.
Angus & Julia Stone – ‘Cellar Door’
More uber-slick, timeless indie-pop from one of Australia’s most beloved acts. The gentle evolution of Angus & Julia Stone’s sound is their greatest asset right now. Here’s hoping it continues.
Tunnelvisions – ‘Guava’
A bit of gentle exotic house to add to your cocktail hour playlist, courtesy of Netherlands duo Tunnelvisions.
Zefereli – ‘Lucky Break’
Spacey, joyous, whimsical indie pop out of Brisbane. Zefereli has put a whole of thought into the arrangement of this one and it has paid off. Wonderfully lush.
Oh Pep! – ‘Half Life’
Oh Pep! originally shared ‘Half Life’ as part of the Thirty Days Of Yes series earlier in the year. It’s a delicate, unassuming piece of indie pop that has a wonderfully confident drive behind it.
Kimbra – ‘Top Of The World’
The only thing predictable about Kimbra right now is that we’re never going to be able to guess what her next track sounds like. She’s spreading her wings wide and absolutely nailing everything she does. The tribal ‘Top Of The World’ is no more or less brilliant than last year’s ‘Sweet Relief’, she’s setting her own standard.
Talib Kweli – ‘Heads Up Eyes Open’ (ft. Rick Ross & Yummy Bingham)
Talib Kweli drops another conscious hip hop gem, just like he’s been doing for so many years. Yummy Bingham’s vocals in the chorus are powerful, while Rick Ross’ laidback guest spot slots in beautifully.