The music in this edition of Tune. slows the pace of life right down, allowing for deep inhalation and letting stuff go as you exhale. The songs are more low key, perfect for morning productivity. Yet, to finish is an excellent slap-in-the-face anthem by Melbourne band Lazertits, just to keep you on your toes. The video is as camp as it is an outcry. Repeat after me, “She’s not bossy, she’s a f*cking BOSS”.
Melbourne based electronic singer-songwriter and producer Youthfire aka Stephen Carmichael began his musical journey by listening to the likes of Phil Collins, Tears For Fears, Pink Floyd, Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson (brother from another mother). The musical landscape of that time instilled in him a fascination for the emotion of 80s music – today his own storytelling taps into his personal life, with that new wave, 80s influence. Written after a breakup, Youthfire wanted to write a song that reflected his my own personal experiences of coming out, whilst exploring themes around transition and evolution, and the importance of being true to yourself.
The hand drawn animation video for Hallucinate was a collaboration with Sloe Motion‘s Bec Todd, who said, “Collaborating with Youthfire is always a pleasure. His textural, electronic beats and lyrical prowess reveal a deep, fragile landscape brimming with emotion and creativity.” Catch Youthfire live as he supports Mo Louie on Thursday December 8 at Boney in Melbourne.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic: Someone to Stay
Someone To Stay is the third single from Australian band Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s forthcoming debut album. Over in the States, they recently toured with Daughter (love) and played their first U.S. headline dates in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Experience their live show in Australia this month. Dates below.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic Australian Tour Dates with special guests MTNS
- QLD 10 Dec The Foundry, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane TICKETS
- NSW 13 Dec Newtown Social Club, Newtown, Sydney tc TICKETS
- VIC 18 December Howler, Brunswick, Melbourne TICKETS
Alexandra Savior: Mystery Girl
New favourite song alert – Mystery Girl was written by 21-year-old Savior and Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets), and co-produced by James Ford (Haim/Florence and the Machine). Her debut album Belladonna of Sadness is due for release on 7 April, 2017 .
The Colorist & Emiliana Torrini: When We Dance
Emiliana Torrini has long been one of my favourite artists – she was introduced to me by my sister Tania when she lived in Scotland. Distance seems to matter less when you can share music across the miles. The Colorist Orchestra & Emiliana Torrini‘s video for When We Dance was made by Aarich Jespers & Anaïs Dyckmans. The song is one of two brand new tracks that will feature on a collaborative self-titled live album to be released on Friday 9 December. Torrini described the unique circumstances behind the song’s origin, “…We were in the Belgian countryside staying in an old barn, in the middle of a raging electric storm that lasted days. It was scary and exciting, the song was born in this thick humid electric air. So lyrically, I left it there. ”
Molly Burch: Try
Molly Burch will release her debut album Please Be Mine on Friday 17 February, 2017.
Exposed to the arts at an early age, Burch grew up in Los Angeles with a writer/producer father and a casting director mother. Her childhood was filled with old Hollywood musicals and the sounds of Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. Initially more interested in being a vocalist than a songwriter, it wasn’t until Burch later moved to Austin, Texas that she began to write her own music, with the Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke as her songwriting standards.
Her single, Try is described as “a spacious and sweet throwback number” which perfectly suits the mood of this round up. We are a vision of serenity.
Deer Prudence: Sam’s Lament
The video for Deer Prudence’s Sam’s Lament stylistically illustrates the song’s melancholic nature with a visually powerful personal reflection of the thought that even as our years go on, we’re all still clinging on to that youthful glee.
The guitar playing, violin-toting folk duo will release their debut EP in 2017, with Sam’s Lament the first taste of things to come. Hailing from regional Victoria, the pair has spent the last five years writing and recording with a deep folk/ Americana/ pop-esque sound (we think like, the most excellent First Aid Kit).
UK-turned-Melbourne based artist Millington ihas embarked on one of the busiest periods of his performing career on the back of this single. The video for Being was expertly created by the music video doyennes at Oh Yeah Wow (Client Liaison, The Jezabels, The Cat Empire) and takes the viewers on a journey of lust, relationships, debauchery, and fear – what other journeys are there? Watch as the video’s protagonist journeys through the emotional spectrum of life shared with a ‘partner’.
Lazertits: Boss Bitch
This LAZERTITS video is as self assured and hammy as you like. Great punk rock statement songs are an endangered species, but Melbourne’s, Lazertits have it nailed.
The five actual best friends – Amy Pettifer (vocals, some bass), Rose Watson (vocals, some bass), Emily Goodman (drums), Victoria Jakobsson (guitar) and Lexi Love-Dack (guitar) are no strangers to celebrating their femininity. They have a fine-tuned knack for filtering feminist theory, social commentary and general intellectual bad-assery into music that Australia, in 2016 doesn’t just want, but needs. Don the power suit and crank this.
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