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Crystal Ignite - Black Mamba     Rock, Alternative, Metal 14/03/2020
Crystal Ignite makes music supercharged with kinetic emotion. Meshing together the parallel universes of analogue and digital, building stadium-sized rock laced with pulsating electronica and deep, heavy grooves.
Much like its reptilian namesake, the making of single Black Mamba has been a process of shedding skin – of growing beyond the past and into the present. Crystal explains, “Its all about the magic of cosmic alchemy, and acknowledging shadow, which ultimately sees you end up rising higher and creating more light.”

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Foxton Kings - Getting Old     Rock, Alternative 06/03/2020
Perth's Foxton Kings play a brand of no-bullsh*t smouldering rock n' roll. Full of rhythmic swagger and oozing confidence, the band delivers a banquet of meaty riffs and catchy melodies.
'Getting Old' invites those feeling at odds with their day-to-day, who may feel they are constantly going against the grain, to indulge their impatience, get angry and demand change.

Ragdoll - Follow The Leader     Rock, Metal, Alternative 06/03/2020
Expertly honing a hard rock with a sound that owes as much to the arena rock of the 70's and 80's as it does the grungy sounds of the 90’s.
A Perth brand of high-octane hard rock, vocalist Ryan Rafferty says, “Follow the Leader deals with being put on a pedestal and treated as an answer to people’s problems. If you toe the line you can play god to them, but ultimately they’ll drain you of your energy and leave you feeling empty.”

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Gavin Bowles - The Daily Grind     Rock, Pop 19/02/2020
Always with a guitar lick and smirk in tow, Gavin Bowles totes upbeat songs of personal triumphs and tribulations and an idiosyncratic view on modern life.
Working two jobs? Check. Too much coffee and beer? Check. Struggling to make ends meet? Check. Feeling neurotic? Check. Economy and the state of the world got you down and the existential dread is settling in? Then The Daily Grind is just for you!

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Sunday Sundown - We Are Home     Indie, Rock, Pop 18/02/2020
A perfect storm of indie intent and delivery, Sunday Sundown take the Australian staple of littoral music and update it for the new decade...
Perfectly encapsulating the laid-back vibe of a sunset sesh on the WA coast, heartwarming title track and first single 'We Are Home' pays homage to Sunday Sundown's hometown of Perth and the things they love.

Morgan Joanel - Disappear     Pop, Rock, Indie 14/02/2020
Fuelled by self-belief and a passion that itself is fuelled by talent and hard work, Morgan is steadily building a creative empire that spans beyond her native art-form of music.
Disappear was written in 15 minutes... coming completely naturally as if to say the song wrote itself. Ending a bout of writer's block, Disappear came just days before Morgan was scheduled to enter the studio, and was a much welcome sign of good things to come.

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CJ Stranger - Outlaw     Folk, Country, Rock, Blues 13/02/2020
A singer-songwriter through and through, CJ Stranger's captivating voice, tell-all lyrics and natural feel for finger-picking walk together in perfect synchrony. Creative and honest, CJ Stranger is a rewarding listen.
Outlaw is a galloping alt-country ballad awash in twangy slide and a warm blanket of bass – where CJ Stranger details the disparity between his straight-laced real life and the gunslinger he is in his imagination.

Blue Child Collective - Golden     Roots, Folk 23/01/2020
Recently crowned West Australian Music’s Best Regional Act for 2019, Margaret River's conscious roots collab Blue Child Collective has powered into 2020 with their mesmerising new single 'Golden'.
Written on a Mt Maunganui sunrise while on tour in NZ, Golden sees BCC blending elements of indie-folk and roots in a similar vein to Crosses by Jose Gonzalez and Bon Iver’s Holocene. Featuring a solid percussion bed, baritone vocals and a singalong of “Harmony with everything, harmony, we all can sing in.”, it's arguably the Collective at their finest.

Dear Willow - Happy     Indie, Pop, Folk, Alternative 14/11/2019
Dear Willow originated as the creative voice of Em-J Dau. Since then Dear Willow has transformed from poet to solo act to full-band, embracing a love of all things indie-rock.
"I wrote Happy at a time when a couple of people in my immediate circle were going through divorces/separations. It made me question why we put ourselves out there and risk so much? But then I also saw those same people put themselves out there again despite the heartbreak. Love is scary as hell but we do it anyway."

Valley Onda - Turtle     Alternative, Indie, Experimental, Electronic / Beats / Industrial 14/11/2019
Valley Onda are a highly evolved animal. Combined, the band's studio prowess and their organic musicality form something bold and unique that finds its power in subtlety, delicacy and tastefulness.
Turtle is a loose metaphor for a complex love song - a hard shell with a soft centre, retraction and self-protection, wisdom and self-belief - a slow and steady number about getting to know someone who seems so far away but is yearning to be touched.

Verticoli - End of Days     Rock, Alternative 14/11/2019
Combining unrelenting groove with a passion for heaviness and harmony, Tassie born/Melbourne based three piece Verticoli are one of the must-see rock acts on the rise.
"End of Days is about the feeling of being lost in your own life and looking outwards for a sense of direction and purpose, but that world outside your window is one of immense uncertainty and bleakness where it’s probably more difficult that an ever to know how to live your life."

CJ Stranger - Strange One     Blues, Rock, Alternative, Folk 13/11/2019
A singer-songwriter through and through, CJ Stranger's captivating voice, tell-all lyrics and natural feel for finger-picking work together in perfect synchrony.
Describing lead single Strange One as a “stream-of-consciousness ramble of a day living in the inner-west,” CJ carves out contemporary Australian music akin to present day greats like Courtney Barnett, filled with occurrences like electric shocks, technology failing, having a tunnel dug under your house, and tryin' to pay rent. “After a strong coffee,” he notes, “things feel better.”

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The Goldhearts - Road To Roam     Indie, Rock, Pop, Alternative 13/11/2019
The Goldhearts blend the best aspects of 90's heritage into a modern sound that balances the perfect amount of grungy indie with blissful coastal pop.
Road To Rome is a slice of laid-back jangly indie-rock that blends 90s-esque hooks with a modern sonic palette. More importantly the track is part of an EP that's a celebration of overcoming the challenges that life presents the band as individuals and as women who write and play music.

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Brandon Poletti - Too Long     Easy Listening, Pop, Folk, Rock 08/11/2019
On his sophomore EP 'Words From Within', Brandon Poletti takes listeners on a laid-back voyage through intricate musicianship, colourful wordplay and effortlessly smooth vocal delivery.
Backed by some of Perth's best musicians, singer-songwriter Brandon Poletti's new single 'Too Long' floats laid-back vocals with subtle instrumentation atop a gentle, breezy rhythm.

Other tracks by Brandon Poletti:  Find My Way Through
The Money War - Let Love In     Indie, Pop 14/10/2019
With their penchant for warm melodious songwriting, Carmen Pepper and Dylan Ollivierre are The Money War, one of WA's most impressive indie-pop acts.
"Let Love In is written from the point of view of trying to navigate a friend out of a dark place. We wanted to write something that naturally and musically felt uplifting, even though the subject matter stemmed from a somewhat bleak space. It was certainly new ground for us to cover and is now a fave in our set."

Duncan Saige - Under the Weather     Indie, Pop, Rock 11/10/2019
Sounding like some kind of hybrid to Jeff Buckley and Supergrass, Duncan Saige glows with infectious vocal melodies enveloped in indie-pop and stripped back folk.
Under the Weather is about how Henry Clarke gradually came out of the trough and learnt some valuable life lessons along the way. "It’s extremely satisfying to know that some hard times can make you ‘upgrade into someone better’, as I reference in the chorus, and believe that everything can work itself out eventually."

Yo Yo Sun - Dark of Night     Folk, Indie 11/10/2019
Yo Yo Sun is the Fremantle-based duo of Jamie Tan and Andrew Miller. Filled with uplifting songs that dance the tightrope between happiness and heartache that's honest and beautifully delivered.
"Dark of Night is about that space when hopelessness could envelop you but there's a sense of hope too; waiting on one moment to turn things around. We casually played it right after a long night of recording when all the mics were still on. Little did we know we'd end up using what we captured as the one take."'

The Phazes - ISLA     Rock, Indie 04/10/2019
Based in Sydney's famed northern beaches, The Phazes bring a unique, summery twist to what would be more traditionally a New York rock sound
ISLA is a perfect slice of upbeat indie rock that allows the full personality of the band to burst through. With its irresistible guitars and boisterous chorus, it is a pitch-perfect modern classic, tailor-made for today's demanding radio listener.

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Young Robin - Tropical Punch     Indie, Pop, Rock 01/10/2019
Young Robin have earned their place in Perth music's upper echelon of live acts. Aside from their deft songwriting, Young Robin bring an electrifying presence that connects deeply with audiences.
Upon listening to the latest Young Robin single, it is instantly apparent why it gained the working title of Tropical Punch. With its calypso rhythm, breezy vocals and a guitar line that could happily moonlight as steel drums, the song is blissfully warm and summery.

Yo Yo Sun - Universes     Folk 27/08/2019
Yo Yo Sun is the Fremantle-based acoustic duo of Jamie Tan and Andrew Miller who craft uplifting songs that dance the tightrope between happiness and heartache.
Following on from the jangly and ambling, Wish I Was Brave, Universes highlights Yo Yo Sun's impressive capacity to make music that puts a smile on your face. With a more gentle and folky approach, repeat listening reveals an underlying depth that marries bittersweet lyrics with catchy, unforgettable melodies.