Some weeks, everything appears to me in beige. I stop seeing and hearing properly. With so much horse shit flying at you from all directions, it’s hard to actually focus on one thing, or feel present in the moment. While you try to absorb new information, defending against all the trivial slime hurling itself at you from Twitter (it rarely misses). Why did I take that quiz on whether or not Anna Wintour would hire me on the spot? I don’t know. Something happened! Where were you? Thankfully, music is rarely beige, and for the most part, people who have record deals are talents who deserve to be in the spotlight. Here are some now…
Kings of Leon: Walls
Walls is the new single from Kings Of Leon. I think it’s really pared back and stunning, though The Sir (life partner) disagrees. I think it’s pointless wishing a band could go back to how they used to be. That’s what recordings are for. Listen whenever you want. I’m getting a Springsteen ballad-esque vibe from this. It’s no arena rock. Pre-order the new, 7th studio album (also called) Walls now. It’s released on 14 October.
Cameron Avery: C’est Toi
After relentless touring with POND and Tame Impala, and a two-man outing as Allbrook/Avery, Perth born/LA-based artist Cameron Avery has revealed his first single and video for ‘C’est Toi.’ It is, in two words, so dreamy.
‘C’est Toi’ was recorded with musician and producer Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello) and follows recent support slots for firmly established The Last Shadow Puppets and Father John Misty. And did we mention Father John Misty? Actually, this is very much in FJM territory, and that’s just fine with us, honey bear.
Remy Boccalatte: Virtues
Brisbane Triple J Unearthed singer/songwriter Remy Boccalatte has played music under various guises and in bands for the past two decades. Virtues is a soothing triumph, as Boccalatte enjoys a new openness in his solo songwriter creative process. Click the image to take a listen. It’s beautiful.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Killing Me To Love You
Killing Me To Love You is the second track from Australian Vancouver Sleep Clinic, and the video was directed by David Helman with visual effects by Etc. Tim Bettinson, the creative force behind Vancouver Sleep Clinic, is a singer, songwriter and producer from Brisbane.
The Fray: Singing Low
Singing Low is one of three new singles that will appear on The Fray’s forthcoming record ‘Through The Years: The Best Of the Fray’ which is released on 4 November. The Best of will also feature some of the band’s breakthrough songs like that huge smash from Gray’s Anatomy. Come on, you know it. Okay, it’s How to Save a Life.
Devendra Banhart: Saturday Night
Devendra Banhart’s new video for Saturday Night is off new album Ape in Pink Marble. The video was directed by Osk Studio’s Jon Beasley and Isabelle Albuquerque.
Ben Wright Smith: Sand Grabber
From Hobart to the red centre & beyond, Ben Wright Smith has taken in every inch of the country with a staggering fifty plus shows under his belt in 2016, with more to be announced.
The Sand Grabber visual was filmed during the songwriter’s first ever tour in 2015.
Paper House: Sweet Release
Indie Melbourne band Paper House teamed up with artist and animator Freya Pitt to create the dream-like music video for their latest single Sweet Release, which is off their debut album A Certain Kind Of Now, which recently came out.
In Other News:
- Lisa Mitchell Touring in October
- Lisa Mitchell is touring in October. Her third studio album, Warriors is out on the 14th and is available to pre-order now.
- SOMETHING ABOUT THESE STREETS TOUR DATES with BUOY + Dean Lewis
- Thursday 13th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
- Friday 14th October – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
- Saturday 15th October – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
- Saturday 22nd October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
- Sunday 23rd October – Newtown Social Club, Sydney, NSW
- Thursday 27th October – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth, WA
- Friday 28th October – Rocket Bar, Adelaide, SA
- Tickets Available via www.thelisamitchell.com
- Kylie Minogue On Stage exhibition at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Until 22 January, 2017. Free.
- The Freedom:George Michael documentary will be released soon.
- The Alexander Wang Fall 2016 Video Series features original tracks by Skrillex, RL Grimes + more
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