This selection lends itself to gentle there, there music, to soothe the soul, drown yourself in blankets or bid farewell to someone either with a sense of panache, or a more unedifying method. Whichever you choose, hindsight will await you on the other side. Sometimes it gets a bit slippery, but that’s ok. Enjoy these tracks and especially the dedication at the end. It’s for my dear stepmum, Anne. May she go on, with love.
The Winter Gypsy: Took Me By
Adelaide indie 6-piece The Winter Gypsy have brought us Took Me By, with a beautiful video directed by Gerard Wood (Timberwolf) and filmed in Mount Barker, South Australia. It’s the first taste of their EP, Page I which is out in the first week of August. Catch them on their East Coast Australian tour throughout August and September. See dates below. See them pictured at top.
Of Took Me By lead vocalist Tushar Singh said, “I wrote this song about a period of time wherein my mum was battling cancer – I felt helpless because there was nothing I could do to make her better. I wanted to portray that thought into having a visual of someone restrained and ‘crying out for help,’ but having everyone run past me through the tunnel because there’s nothing they can do to help me. I also wanted to place these random ideas into the video so that other people can depict their own story. Is everyone running away from a train? Do I get hit by a train at the end? Where did the live chicken come from? Who knows?”
The Winter Gypsy East Coast Tour
- Sun 28 Aug | Bar Open, Fitzroy, Melbourne | 18+ | Tickets avail at the door
- Sun 4 Sep | The Jade, Adelaide | AA | Tickets avail at the door
- Thur 8 Sep | Playbar, Surry Hills, Sydney | 18+ | Tickets avail at the door
- Sat 10 Sep | Smith’s Aleternative, Canberra | AA | Tickets avail at the door
- Sat 17 Sep | The Exeter, Adelaide | AA | 18+ | Tickets avail at the door
Sigur Rós: Óveður
Sigur Rós have shared their first new music since 2013.
The original, song-form version of Óveður, is accompanied by a new video by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, shot in the small town of Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsular. The video features Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, as well as cameos from the band.
Declan McKenna: Bethlehem
Declan McKenna is only 17. Last year he performed at Glastonbury after winning their Emerging Talent Competition, then performed shows at this year’s SXSW as well as a sold out show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. He’ll continue on the Summer festival circuit with performances confirmed for Field Day (UK), Latitude (UK), Outside Lands (US) and Reeperbahn Festival (Germany). Asides from all of that, Bethlehem is fanTASTIC, and McKenna is someone to take notice of.
Sam Brittain: Stab in the Dark
Adelaide troubadour Sam Brittain recently released finished touring his new single Stab In The Dark and album Signal Lights, which was released in June.
Brittain’s lyrics summarise a coming of age, prompted by travel, grief, and ‘a lethal dose of reality’. He says, “I was beginning to see the real sacrifices that have to be made as a touring artist in order to be successful. The loved ones you leave behind. Losing a dear friend of mine a few months prior to a stroke was a shotgun blast to the heart… it was a blatant reminder that none of us are invincible and you never know when your time is up.”
Once you have a listen, it may come as no surprise that Sam Brittain has supported the likes of Passenger and Matt Corby, such great pairings, and maybe you can help us decide whether Stab in the Dark actually does sound like one of our favourite Ryan Adams songs, or not.
Chris Cohen: Yesterday’s On My Mind
Chris Cohen’s album As If Apart has been on loop at TGW HQ for a few reasons. It’s great soft psych that takes you on an imaginary road trip through Big Sur or Lake Tahoe (or any other place with reallllllly tall trees and imposing landscapes). It’s got this gentleness that is uplifting and good for getting stuff done, or dancing on a mountain with reckless abandon. His video for Yesterday’s On My Mind was shot on 16mm film by Kate Dollenmayer, and features Cohen on a leisurely stroll to his studio.
Hannah Georgas: Don’t Go
POPPONGENE: Do It Girl
We first introduced you to POPPONEGENE in April. Her video for Do It Girl has since been released, and it’s a culmination of a visual collab between POPPONGENE and fellow Belgrave local, producer Tobias Willis. It takes viewers to the hills and rainforests of Belgrave which form the creative inspiration for POPPONGENE‘s dreamy psychedelic soundscapes. Of the video Willis says, “It’s a detailed study on how light through autumn leaves affects the human psyche.”
Devendra Banhart: Middle Names
Devendra Banhart’s new album Ape in Pink Marble will be out on 23 September. It’s available to pre-order now, Banhart was born in Houston, Texas, before moving with his mother to her native Venezuela when his parents separated. The family moved to Los Angeles during his teens, and he learned to speak English, skateboard, and play music. Banhart first began to perform in public while attending the San Francisco Art Institute. He has since lived in New York City, Paris, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where he currently resides. Middle Names is bliss.
In Loving Memory