White Denim's latest psych gem proves they're still unbeatable
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White Denim – ‘Magazin’
Even after the band lost two of their core members – Austin Jenkins and Josh Block left to help Leon Bridges become the world’s next big soul superstar – White Denim remain one of the most exciting psych-rock bands around.
‘Magazin’ is a slick 70s glam strutter replete with irresistible saxophone harmonies and the impossibly cool lead vocal of James Petralli. It’s the first we’ve heard from their new album Performance, out in August, and if we can ever stop playing it we’ll be keen to hear more, post-haste.
Tape/Off – ‘Day In, Day Out’
Swearing is so fun. As someone who has seen Tape/Off perform live on countless occasions, I can attest to the fact that they aren’t usually this profane – but it’s pretty great to hear them getting some f-bombs out of their system here.
All that aside, though, ‘Day In, Day Out’ is the band’s most vital track yet. It’s a fierce, grinding piece of noisy indie rock with a brilliant narrative that will have you gripped from the very first line. It’s a brilliant snapshot of a guy with no heart and a keen interest in the global economic climate – except it’s way better than I’ve just made it sound.
If you’re already missing The Peep Tempel then this will definitely help fill the void. Noisy, smart and short enough to command constant replays.
Gena Rose Bruce – ‘Coming Down’
I don’t need to tell you to listen to every word of Gena Rose Bruce’s excellent new single ‘Coming Down’. When she sings ‘I’m not a deep thinker, only when I’m high’, you’ll be hooked – and it only get better from there.
She’s not just a great, direct lyricist, she’s also got a killer voice and employs exactly the right restraint where its needed to make this just completely charming. Keep your ear out for more from this brilliant Melburnian, her debut album should be out soon.
Disclosure – ‘Ultimatum’ (Ft. Fatoumata Diawara)
British brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are still pretty young (they broke through as teenagers at the beginning of the decade), but now they’re onto working on their third record they practically feel like veterans.
It’s a good position for them to be in. As Disclosure, they’re making rich and mature electronic music, but they’re probably no where near as jaded as many of their peers.
Make no mistake, ‘Ultimatum’ is a group effort. The deep, jazzy groove here absolutely rules on its own, but the vocals of Malian single Fatoumata Diawara’s take it to a new height. These guys are experts at bringing the best out in vocal performances and they’ve kicked another massive goal here.
Apparently the record won’t be out for a year or so, but we’ll let you know if that changes.
An Horse – ‘Get Out Somehow’
Kate Cooper and Damon Cox wanted to get out of Brisbane, so they did. This is a song about that. Given I love Brisbane, I should probably hate this song.
But I also love An Horse. And I love how huge the guitars get in the chorus and how amazing Cooper’s melodies remain after all these years, so I don’t hate this song at all. So good to have them back and I hope they come back home to visit soon.
Maribou State – ‘Turnmills’
The way the synth pulses through this fresh jam from British duo Maribou State is enough to brighten your day. The melodically simple, rhythmically complex loop is completely entrancing and provides a surprisingly perfect backdrop for all manner of dreamy, atmospheric sonic elements to float around in the background. Clever music that won’t make you feel dumb.
Niña Dioz – ‘Nubes’ (Ft. Shigeto)
Niña Dioz has been rapping for over ten years. The fact we’re only hearing about her over here now is a great shame, but it’s also kinda great that we have some great music to catch up on.
Her flow is incredible and even though I don’t know what the heck she’s saying, I know that it must be something really cool. She just sounds so cool! She’s backed by some lively bass playing and percussion, and she shares the spotlight with her musicians willingly. But she’s most definitely the star here.
Sampology – ‘Mt. Glorious’
Absolutely stunning atmospheric electro from Brisbane turntable titan Sampology, proving that his productions are only getting richer and better as the years go on. This is a glorious (pun not intended) cut of chilled out electro that has strikes the perfect balance between surreal and serene. It bodes mighty well for his forthcoming EP, due out in July.
Shakey Graves – ‘Kids These Days’
Beloved troubadour Shakey Graves takes a turn towards the world of indie rock on his cracking new single ‘Kids These Days’. A wistful reflection on youth that isn’t so much an admonishment as it is an acknowledgment that he knows a hell of a lot more than he used to. Taken from his EP The Sleep, which is out now.
The San Sebastian – ‘Wildfire’
Brothers Dan and Joel Crannitch went a little quiet after wrapping up their excellent band Leadder Cheetah a couple of years back. Thankfully they’re still making really fine music as The San Sebastian, as this beautiful track ‘Wildfire’ attests.
The song is breezy but dense, Dan’s voice carrying as much weight as it ever did back in the day. A promising preview of their debut album Alive On The Black Sea, which is out now.