mp3: Day Ravies – Reality School

“Reality School” is rainy day music from the australian garage-rockers Day Ravies.  Female and Male leads trade vocals across the dreamy track that fades out in just under 2 minutes.  Despite the short length, Day Ravies manage to pack all sorts of gorgeous guitar tones into the track that shuffle between twee-chimes to shoegaze woozyness.  It’s pouring outside right now so this isn’t a bad song to have stuck in my head.

-PK

mp3: Harbours – Cashew

Harbours is a dude from Mebourne who makes music.  Judging by his debut “Cashew”, Harbours is a dude who makes really good music.  ”Cashew” definitely comes from a Toro y Moi inspired brand of electronic-pop with plenty of bright synths and woozy vocals.  While chillwave has been a blogosphere joke ever since 2009, “Cashew” reminds me of the promise I first heard when I listened to “Blessa”.  It’s just music done right.

-PK

mp3: Au.Ra – Sun

Hailing from the same continent that delivered my favorite psych-rock album of the year, Au.Ra are an Australian bedroom-rock group that are experimenting with the same sort of drug induced bliss that Tame Impala are so good at.  Shimmering with tropical-tinged guitars, “Sun” sets some pretty lofty standards as the group’s first release.  Although everything is drowned in sweet, reverby goodness, the guitars and bass melodies shine through demonstrating the groups’ technical chops.  What really makes this song stand out is the way Au.Ra build “Sun” lyrically around the idea of home recalling bands like Real Estate and DIIV.  Au.Ra is already making their rounds around the blogosphere and with tracks like “Sun” they’re set to be a 2k13 buzz band to get all buzzed about.

-PK

mp3: Charles Murdoch – Blue and Bones

Australian producer Charles Murdoch has been fine tuning his sound for a few months now as we’ve seen him develop his sound into something undeniably his own.  Ever since he put out “Okay Good Alright”, Charles has been moving his great if not generic dope-wave sound towards an embrace of organic textures and ambient song progressions.  ”Blue and Bones” works as a showcase for his new direction with a warm wash of orchestration and samples moving atop an upbeat drum pattern.  It reminds me of the same progression made by artists like Beat Culture and Katmai all of whom are primed to be some of the best producers of 2013.

-PK

mp3: Mining Boom – Telecom

Right now Mining Boom are repping Perth, Australia better than just about anyone on our radar and are delivering a steady stream of catchy and sunny lo-fi jams.  Their newest single “Telecom” is dedicated to the Australian communications company of the same name with an irresistibly sweet hook about calling someone as much as they can.  Whether or not it was a conscious choice, “Telecom” sounds straight out of the same era that the company ran a monopoly in Australia (the 80s) with touches of synths with their wall of sound guitar work.  The track continues to build upon the same great character and personality that Mining Boom have managed to create with hardly over 7 minutes of released material and we can’t wait to hear more of their upcoming Dining Room II.

-PK

mp3: Samuel – Sausage Dog

It isn’t exactly hard to find atmospheric music these days and as a result artists need to deliver serious substance with their gorgeous compositions to stand out.  Colossal Heads is a newly formed crew of Melbourn based producers that is taking on that challenge head-on with their dreamy yet grounded electronic music.  Each track on their Colossal Heads One compilation showcases that the 5 artists in the group have a sense for writing airy stunners that showcase progression and dynamics with clear influences from Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin and underground jungle and bass music.  Samuel’s ‘Sausage Dog’ is an early standout for the way it manages to pack so many memorable moments behind its under-three minutes of reverb and haze.  Opening up with a sample that could have come off Music Has the Right to Children, ‘Sausage Dog’ develops into hip-hop inspired cloud of synths and drums before finally turning into a mutated cousin of cali-funk.  Colossal Heads manage to showcase a huge amount of talent on their first release and I’m really excited to see how the experimental crew continues to grow.

-PK