Tune. New Sounds for the Week: 21 Jun

Arcade Fire: Everything Now

This slice of alt disco, or lipstick renaissance as we like to call to it, is the title track to Arcade Fire’s fifth album, which is out 28 July. Preorder now.

Gold Class: Twist In The Dark

The new album from this Melbourne four-piece is called Drum and it’s out 18 August. It was produced by Gareth Liddiard of The Drones. This is the new video for Twist In The Dark, a track that is fast becoming a Garb Wire fave.

Lanks: Comfortable

We’re big fans of Lanks, following the multi-instrumentalist producer’s career for a few years now. Comfortable brings an indie disco drum beat that makes catwalking at home very easy to do.

LANKS Tour dates:

  • Sat 19 Aug | Leadbelly, Sydney NSW
  • Fri 25 Aug | Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
  • Sat 26 Aug | Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
  • Sat 2 Sep | Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA


The Japanese House: Saw You In A Dream

This stunning track from The Japanese House was released last month. Saw You In A Dream has motored us through some hard working days, in that breathy, least effort kind of way. And though she has since released other singles, this one is our favourite. Her new EP was released last week while she continued on her epic UK/European tour, which included her biggest London headline show to date at KOKO. She will also be playing a host of festivals over the summer, including The Great Escape, Latitude and Reading & Leeds. The full list of dates can be found here.

Pluto Jonze: Swinging Like I’m Bowie

‘Swinging Like I’m Bowie’ is a tribute to the late superstar and an idol of the young Pluto. The video features an awesome ‘Let’s Dance’ meets ‘Blue Sky Mine’ vibe and was shot in the Northern Territory with the permission of the local people. Included in the clip are some epic landscapes and Bowie dancing from Jonze.

Portugal. The Man: Number One feat. Richie Havens & Son Little

PORTUGAL. THE MAN recently released their new album, WOODSTOCK and this is the latest single. A supreme blend of menacing soul with an epic, enveloping sound.

WAAX: Wild & Weak

Brisbane band WAAX are another solid reminder that the rock scene still thrives in our fair country. The band is about to embark on their biggest headline tour yet, after the recent release of their W&W EP.

WAAX Tour Dates:

  • Fri 30 Jun | Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
  • Sat 01 Jul | The Gasometer (Upstairs), Melbourne VIC // SOLD OUT
  • Sun 02 Jul | The Gasometer (Upstairs), Melbourne VIC // JUST ANNOUNCED
  • Fri 07 Jul | Crowbar, Brisbane QLD // SELLING FAST
  • Wed 12 Jul | Sosueme @ Beach Road, Bondi NSW
  • Thu 13 Jul | Snakepit @ Proud Mary’s, Erina
  • Fri 14 Jul | Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW // SELLING FAST
  • Sat 15 Jul | Rad, Wollongong NSW
  • Sat 29 Jul | Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA
  • Sat 19 Aug | Shakafest @ Miami Tavern, Gold Coast QLD


Saskwatch: Then There’s You

Here’s a little bit of Melbourne indie-soul from Saskwatch, taken from their new album Manual Override which is out on 4 August. Nkechi’s sweet vocals evoke the sound of Frente’s Angie Hart or even Corinne Bailey Rae but with a woozy indie backing track. The song is about keeping it together when things are falling apart, and reveals just the right amount of vulnerability.

The video was directed by Madeline Kelly, captured through an abstract, absurd and alien-like lens with Nkechi and actor Zeppelin floating in a milk bath surrounded by leaves and foliage.

SASKWATCH Album Preview Shows:

  • Wed 5 Jul| The Curtin Hotel, Melbourne
  • Thu 6 Jul | Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney


Son Little: Blue Magic

Son Little has toured with artists as diverse as Leon Bridges, Kelis, Mumford & Sons, and Shakey Graves. And he received a Grammy Award for producing Mavis Staples’ See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. Yet, sometimes in order to see the stars, you have to get far away from the city lights. It wasn’t until Son Little found himself at the end of a tour in the remote, Northern Territory of Australia that he found inspiration to write with new found clarity. “There were these big crocodiles and enormous bats, just wild things I’d never seen,” he says. “And I set up in the hotel and just kinda followed the process. All the songs in Australia were written with one mic and an acoustic left-handed guitar I was playing upside-down that was borrowed from this blind Aboriginal musician named Gurrumul [who had] this angelic voice.”

Blue Magic is the first single from the album New Magic which is out 15 September.
Pre-Order Here.

The War On Drugs: Holding On

The Holding On video stars Frankie Faison (of The Wire) and band leader Adam Granduciel and was directed by filmmaker Brett Haley with concept by Krysten Ritter. The new album A Deeper Understanding is The War On Drugs’ first album since 2014’s universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream. It was produced by Granduciel and recorded in New York and Los Angeles with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer).

The Dream Syndicate: How Did I Find Myself Here?

The Dream Syndicate originally formed in Los Angeles in 1981, and emerged at the forefront of the 1980s college-rock scene with the release of their debut album The Days of Wine and Roses. Today, The Dream Syndicate shared the first single and title track from their new album How Did I Find Myself Here? Aside from it’s heavy groove and hypnotic guitar work, this 11-minute piece of sprawling psych-rock caught my attention because of the pure musicianship that you can hear while it’s playing, and appreciate   for the entire duration.


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