Yuno’s ‘No Going Back’ is the kind of fresh psych-pop your week needs
Yuno – ‘No Going Back’
Yuno has been making interesting and exciting indie-pop for many years, but ‘No Going Back’ is his first outing for Sub Pop, and it’s very worthy of a spot on the acclaimed label. The immediate point of comparison is Tame Impala – Yuno’s vocal and melodic sense is awfully similar to Kevin Parker’s – but there’s something a bit more carefree in there too, evidenced in the ‘la la las’ and the blazing solo that kicks in three-quarters of the way through.
Cosmo Sheldrake – ‘Wriggle’ (Mr Jukes Edit)
‘Wriggle' is a playful cut-and-paste electro pop gem from London producer and vocalist Cosmo Sheldrake. Very British, very fun and very cleverly constructed. This edit from former feature artist Mr Jukes gives it a bit more drive, bringing this psych-pop oddity closer to a dancefloor filler.
Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird – ‘Transient’ and ‘Blaze’
Two more examples of the brilliant, slick, brooding indie rock of Melbourne’s Cousin Tony's Brand New Firebird. It’s very straight-ahead, palatable and thoughtful stuff – the kind of thing that should appeal to a broad audience without being so inoffensive that it offends. The proggy synth breakdown in ‘Blaze’ is a bit of a jolting sidestep – in a good way.
DJ Koze – ‘Illumination’ (ft. Roisin Murphy)
Moloko’s Roisin Murphy adds a little of her magic to this weird little cut from German electro veteran DJ Koze. Her performance is great, but it’s what Koze does with her vocals that makes this such a strange and wonderful piece of avant-electro-pop. Every time the song threatens to
Eleanor Friedberger – ‘Make Me A Song’
Eleanor Friedberger’s fourth solo record Rebound will be out in at the start of next month. ‘Make Me A Song’ is a sweet, ultra-catchy, kind of unassuming indie pop gem that will put a little sunshine into your day.
Melody's Echo Chamber – ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’
It has been a long time coming – a very serious accident can take some of the blame – but Melody’s Echo Chamber’s second record Bon Voyage is finally almost with us, set for a June release. ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’ is a short, proggy, exploration of fantastical pop that sees Melody broaden her creative ambition while retaining the charms that made her first record so adored.
MOD CON – ‘Kidney Auction Blues’
Snarling, noisy, angular post-punk from Melbourne trio MOD CON. Terrifying guitar blasts squall over the top of a hypnotic rhythm section, while the vocals serve as a kind of nihilistic catchcry: ‘We don’t care about love, we don’t care about pain, we don’t care if we don’t ever see you again’. MOD CON’s debut LP Modern Convenience is out now.
Nardean – ‘Nothing Matters’
Egyptian-Australian singer and rapper Nardean presents an incredibly inventive, slightly complex, but very cool piece of modern soul with ‘Nothing Matters’. The production is all over the place in the absolute best possible way, bringing in elements of IDM, avant-soul and straight up hip hop and Nardean’s voice over the top just pulls them all together beautifully.
Ryan Downey – ‘1+1’ (ft. Zoe Randell)
Sydney’s Ryan Downey has an arresting voice; it’s deep and beautiful with a clarity that gives it extra power. Zoe Randell, one half of indie folk stunners Luluc, has a similarly affecting vocal delivery, albeit one completely removed from her duet partner here. ‘1+1’ would have been a good song regardless, but the juxtaposition of these two brilliant voices takes it to a new level.
Verge Collection – ‘Feelin' Old’
Perth slackers Verge Collection address the inevitable and unpausable passing of time in the very relatable ‘Feelin’ Old’. Some things that were once harmless fun don’t seem that way any more. It sucks, but that’s life. Their new album Flaneur is out now.