Mistletone / Sub Pop
Depression Cherry is the fifth album from Baltimore duo Beach House, the project of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. As with their previous records, this collection is both restrained in its method and powerful in its effect. The arrangements are subtle but deceptively complex. The rhythms are sparse but insistent. And the melodies and performances are quietly powerful, building over the album until the listener is utterly absorbed in the peace and disquiet of the songs.
What's Your Rupture?
The second album from Sydney's Royal Headache is hyper-charged, reflective, pensive and powerful. Their debut introduced an especially soulful approach to punk, and on High this artform is elevated to new peaks of expression. It's emotive and visceral, melodic and abrasive rock music, and at just under half an hour in length, no second is wasted.
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Barely Dressed Records/Remote Control
"Kill It Yourself" is the second album from Melbourne artist Jess Ribeiro. It's a powerful collection of new material that draws on the country and folk elements of debut LP "My Little River" and extends into new territory. The songs are soulful, sorrowful, poetic and poignant; they traverse a range of styles, but are united through Jess Ribeiro's clear creative vision. In developing the record, Jess worked with Mick Harvey. Mick is himself a master of mood, familiar with the darker as well as the more illuminated paths of music.
The debut full-length from Ouch My Face is an inventive, ecstatic, dynamic and addictive collection of modern punk and art-rock recordings. Celeste Potter, Ben Ely and Ben Wundersitz have been playing and performing together since 2007, and Bunyip captures the spirit and energy of their legendary live shows.
Heavenly Recordings/Mushroom Group Promotions
"Y Dydd Olaf" is the debut album from Gwenno Saunders, an accomplished producer, DJ, broadcaster and singer from Cardiff. The title references a 1976 dystopian science-fiction novel by Owain Owain, and the songs are all sung in Welsh, except the final track performed in Cornish. The songcraft is impressive, the melodies memorable and the performances strong. Each track expertly evokes the eerie analogue pop and psychedelic grooves of BBC radiophonic pioneers such as Delia Derbyshire - and more recent innovators Broadcast and Stereolab - while maintaining their own, unique, identity.
Interscope / Universal
"Currents" is the third album from acclaimed Perth band Tame Impala, and a striking evolution in style and sound. The ringing rock guitars, dusty beats and floating melodies that derfined earlier records are accompanied here by stronger synthesiers, heavier rhythms, and deeper grooves. Lyrically "Currents" is an introspective record from singer, songwriter and producer Kevin Parker, but sonically it's a more expansive one, showing new sides of this singular and powerful force in modern music.
The Internet is the music project formed by Syd Tha Kid and Matt Martians back in 2011. Strongly allied with the Odd Future collective that also featured Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler The Creator, The Internet draw strongly on a hip hop tradition, but also explore the new frontiers of soul, modern R&B and experimental pop. "Ego Death" - their third album - is perhaps the most refined and impressive of their acclaimed output to date, synthesising a range of moods and ideas into a cohesive whole.
Dot Dash / Remote Control
"Oh Inhuman Spectacle" is the debut LP from West Australian outfit Methyl Ethel. It's an assured, and impressive full-length that covers a broad spectrum of styles. There's melodic garage rock, experimental pop and modern psychedelic production.
"Slow Gum" is the debut from Melbourne-based Fraser A Gorman. Having already performed and recorded with artists including Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard, Jen Cloher and Davey Lane, Fraser is an accomplished artist with a singular style and exceptional skill. His lyrics are poetic, poignant, and keenly observant. Some of the song arrangements are rich in detail - supported by an ensemble of musicians - and others strikingly sparse, guided by Fraser's memorable acoustic melodies and vocal delivery.
The debut album from Texan artist Leon Bridges feels like an unearthed gem from a former decade, perfectly preserved in time. Each song is impeccably constructed, drawing faithfully on traditional soul, boogie and blues. Leon's voice soars and dips through tales of heartache and redemption. There's a gentle, dusty vinyl crackle that seems to settle on the album, a subtle reminder of the vintage recordings that have inspired Leon Bridges in his songwriting.
"When We Talk About Love" is the latest chapter from Melbourne's celebrated band Oh Mercy. The title seems to refer to Raymond Carver's collection of short stories, and certainly it hints at the themes of the songs here: relationships, connections lost and gained, and an attempt to articulate this elusive subject. Oh Mercy excel in refined pop songcraft, and this is arguably their strongest work to date. The melodies are clear, and there's both a warm familiarity and a fresh invention to the arrangements. Alex Gow is questioning and comforting in his lyrics, as he offers more personal takes on the infinitely varied topic of love.
Lost Highway Australia/Universal
"Solitude" is the debut LP from Ruby Boots, the recording alias of Perth’s accomplished singer songwriter and instrumentalist Bex Chilcott. The album demonstrates Ruby Boots' extraordinary versatility as an artist, spanning rock and roll, Gospel, country and folk music traditions to create a fresh and memorable collection of songs.
XL Recordings/Remote Control
Jamie xx is well known as one third of London group The xx, but has also earned a strong following for his solo output as a producer. A few years ago his album of Gil Scott Heron remixes was widely praised, and his DJ sets and remixes have also been critically acclaimed for their inventiveness. "In Colour" is his debut full length, and covers a broad spectrum of modern dance music. Inspired heavily by the history of the UK club scene and pirate radio, the album spans underground beats, modern soul, R&B and electronic pop styles.
"Janus" is the debut solo album from the extradinarily talented and extremely prolific Ella Thompson, well known for her other projects including GL, Dorsal Fins, Axolotl and The Bamboos. "Janus", named for the Roman god of beginnings, is indeed something of a new start, but also builds on Ella Thompson's extensive catalogue, blending soul, synth-pop, ballads, electro, and boogie styles.
"Multi-Love" is the third album from Ruban Nielson's Unknown Mortal Orchestra; a characteriscally vibrant mix that represents a new stage in the artist's evolution. There's the lo-fi breakbeats, affecting vocal performances and fuzzed out guitars that marked the earlier records, and there's also the addition of more instruments and a richer range of pop, prog and soul songwriting. Serving as something of a new blueprint for psychedelic funk, "Multi-Love" is an expansive record that's equally introspective in its explorations of life and relationships.
Melbourne outfit Hiatus Kaiyote continue to innovate and captivate with their second album. Having already impressed local and global audiences with their Tawk Tomahaw album and extensive touring, Hiatus Kaiyote demonstrate once more their extraordinary strength and versatility as performers on record. The music presented covers a wide spectrum of styles, blending soul, jazz, funk, electronic, beats and even arcade game soundeffects amongst other hybrid forms.
"The Magic Whip" marks the anticipated return of Blur. The iconic English group rose to prominence during the Britpop era of the 1990s, but remain a vital force in contemporary music. These new songs serve as a reminder of Blur's unique skill for pop and rock writing, and also demonstrate the band's continued drive toward experimentation in their arrangements.
The self-titled debut from Marlon Williams is an exceptional album of soaring soul and rock and roll. The New Zealand born, Melbourne-based artist has earned a reputation for his captivating live shows, and the same emotive vocal delivery and skilful balladry are on full display across this collection of songs.
Rough Trade/Remote Control
A kaleidoscopic rock and psychedelic soul record from the American outfit led by Brittany Howard. Heavy rhythms, soaring vocals and rich instrumentation combine to produce a compelling, and unique listening experience.
Bedroom Suck Records
Down Time is the debut LP from Melbourne four-piece Totally Mild, led by Elizabeth Mitchell; a captivating album of blues-inflected rock and atmospheric pop that draws on classic songwriting yet feels completely new. Down Time transports the listener with its impressive performances and spacious production, creating a rich listening experience of vivid melodies, crisp percussion, hazy textures and beautiful harmonies. The songs linger like a blissful daydream.
"Carrie & Lowell" is a softly spoken album with immense emotional impact. Over his career Sufjan has demonstrated great versatility, capable of producing grand orchestral compositions as well as more intimate folk recordings. This record returns to those sparse acoustic sounds, offering an affecting backdrop to Stevens' lyrics. The songs themselves are a deeply personal exploration of grief, relationships, family, love and loss.
The third album from hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar has already been acclaimed as a masterpiece and instant classic. To Pimp A Butterfly is a detailed narrative journey and meditation on contemporary American society and history; it’s a personal and universal account, covering politics, race, and religion. Musically the record is also complex, drawing from numerous sources including P-Funk, jazz, spoken word and soul.
XL Recordings/Remote Control
Ibeyi is the recording project of French-Cuban fraternal twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díazan. Their debut self-titled album is a fascinating hybrid, filled with music that draws upon their Yoruban heritage as well as their love of hip hop, electronic pop, soul and jazz. The result is a collection that's beautiful, haunting, personal and powerful.
Marathon / Remote Control
Courtney Barnett is a unique voice in modern rock; a master lyricist and musician who draws from every aspect of life to compose songs that are as playful as they are profound. Previous EPs and singles have all become cult classics, and this album - filled with more eloquent observations and subversive garage rock, blues and pop jams - is destined for the same status.
Dick Diver return on their third album with another show of inspired songwriting. The Melbourne band's inimitable style of classic guitar pop is on full display, a musical backdrop to musings and deep lyrical reflections on life, memory, place and relationships. There's some subtle, and also some dramatic shifts from previous records here as well; contemplative ballads and bold rock arrangements filling the album with varied pace and sonic texture.