Gordi’s Can We Work It Out is an overwhelmingly good song, capturing perfectly that moment during conflict, when the peacemaker asks a very brave, simple question. It’s about fighting for what you want, what you love, a dramatic plea, an end to the fight. Her new video is included this week, as is our new fave Charlie Hilton. The countdown is now on for the holidays (or Christmas/Summer, as we call it in Australia). For those of you who left your brains at Meredith, these sounds will soothe the soul, but they cannot replace brain cells. Soz.
Gordi: Can We Work It Out
Sophie Payten, better known as the dreamy persona Gordi has had a memorable 2015, of the life changing variety.
In the recently released video for Can We Work It Out, there are cruising kaleidoscopes, crashing waves, and dimly lit profiles directed by avant-garde videographer Paxi, and colliding perfectly with the mood of the song.
Banoffee: Body Suit
Touted as ‘one of Australia’s most exciting musical exports’, Martha Brown aka Banoffee continues her creative crusade with the video for Body Suit, lifted from her EP Do I Make You Nervous?, which is out now.
In the video Banoffee is cloaked in a skin of paint created by Melbourne artist Lani Mitchell, which she uses to remove herself from the scrutiny of her audience – a scramble of different characters, all interpreting and judging the same presentation.
Written by: Rhys Mitchell and Banoffee, Directed by: Rhys Mitchell, Produced by: Ruth Morris Cinematography: Jack Peddey.
Cameron Avery: We’re Just Making It Worse feat. Alexandra Savior
Cameron Avery currently plays bass in Tame Impala, has drummed with Pond and recently took to the stage to support Father John Misty [you can call him Nancy] in Melbourne. We’re Just Making It Worse is a darkly romantic call and response, delivered with unadulterated bluesy croon, around the smooth sigh of Savior’s vocals.
Ibeyi: Stranger/Lover Mark Ronson Re-fix
Twins Lisa-Kainde and Naomi (the eldest by two minutes) were born in Paris, where they still live, but spent their first two years in Cuba. Stranger/Lover is about finding your way out of a hard relationship. After working very closely with the pair, Mark Ronson described the collaborative process as ‘more like producing a track from scratch, than making a remix.’ Whatever Ronson calls it, we’ll be just be over here listening on repeat all day:
Fraser A. Gorman: Skyscraper Skyline Blues
Taken from the Good For You – a Milk Records Compilation, Fraser A. Gorman’s Skyscraper Skyline Blues is ‘winsome jangle: a dizzy ode to urban romance featuring Ella Thompson (Dorsal Fins) and a chorus that will clean your windows, forever.’ [with words like that in the presser, we couldn’t see a way to re-write such perfection]
The Good For You compilation will feature songs by Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Fraser A. Gorman, the Finks, East Brunswick All Girls Choir and Ouch My Face, and is out in February next year.
Kygo: Stay feat. Maty Noyes
Kygo has released Stay to mark a wonderful year since the release of his debut single Firestone, as well as reaching 1 Billion streams on Spotify.
Stay features LA-based singer/songwriter Maty Noyes, and the lusciously lyric video features hand-drawn illustrations from London-based designer Sprankenstein.
Charlie Hilton: 100 Million feat. Mac DeMarco
Charlie Hilton, known up until now for her work in the band Blouse, continues on a solo path, with the release of her debut album Palana in January. Her new single 100 Million featuring Mac DeMarco who sings BVOs (back up vocals) and plays every instrument on the track. 100 Million was produced by Woods’ Jarvis Taveniere.