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Cool Sounds - More To Enjoy     Pop, Alternative Country, Rock, Psychedelic 22/07/2019
A Melbourne alt-country/jangle-pop group, making guitar music with clean instrumental interplay
The single is a taste of the the rhythmic, lofi 70s sound of the LP - drenched in woozy alt-country riffs and flamboyant instrumentation. This song features a watery Rhodes, phased congas, and some synthesized flutes and strings. Lacey says lyrically "it's about the complex nature of friendship and loyalty in difficult circumstances."

Cool Sounds - Around And Down     Rock, Alternative Country, Pop 17/06/2019
A Melbourne alt-country/indie-pop group, making guitar music with clean instrumental interplay
RELEASE DATE WEDNESDAY 19/6/19
The opening chintzy keyboard is washed over by sparkling guitars. There's a nice motor underneath the track as it jostles and shimmers. This brightness belies the sadness of Dainis Lacey's lyrics - being haunted by a memory, and a determination to ignore reality, "I don't ever wanna come down" repeated stubbornly in the outro.

L.A. Mood - Stay Home Feat. Bob Harrow     Rock, Psychedelic, Britpop 06/05/2019
L.A. Mood is the solo project of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Mudie. Having played or cameo'd in 40+ bands, Mudie is best known as Courtney Barnett's full-time drummer.
Written in L.A. just before Mudie flew to Portland to record, and was suffering from severe jet lag. (He should have taken the title's advice, as he ended up smoking weed with a Jamaican cab-driver that night, which was stronger than what he was used to...) The track was finished with the help of Bob Harrow who features on vocals.

Other tracks by L.A. Mood:  She Said  -  Morphine
Romeo Moon - Try Hold Time     Folk, Atmospheric 24/04/2019
Textures, patterns, minimalist lyrics, and the stretching of loops are signature elements of Romeo Moon's music, taking the listener to timeless meditation, visceral psychedelia, or brittle intimacy.
"Try hold time" is a reminder to stay present in a moment. The idea was to create a folk song that would be hard to pin to a year - maybe that could belong in the Blade Runner universe. The film's themes of what is soul and empathy, explored in a beautifully poetic & dark way, inspire Romeo Moon.

L.A. Mood - Highway Fidelity     Rock, Blues 17/04/2019
L.A. Mood is the solo project of Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Dave Mudie. Having played or cameo'd in 40+ bands, Mudie is best known as Courtney Barnett's full-time drummer.
Short and sharp at 2:17, it's a woozy, sun-ravaged jam. Co-written with Ambrose Kenny-Smith (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard/The Murlocs), this is a real road-dog's anthem about the ground-hog day of touring, then adjusting to home-life in between. Musically inspired by the likes of James Brown and The Spinners with some washed-out blues added.

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Romeo Moon - Our Energy     Folk, Experimental, Atmospheric 10/04/2019
Textures, patterns, minimalist lyrics, and the stretching of loops are signature elements of Romeo Moon's music, taking the listener to timeless meditation, visceral psychedelia, or brittle intimacy.
A song to celebrate passion, energy and to appreciate and respect the time we have.
A regal piano riff is the backdrop for floating lyrical poetry. Inspired by the documentary ‘I Am Heath Ledger’, Ledger's passion and energy for his craft moved Romeo Moon. The title was inspired by Japanese ambient-artist Susumu Yokota.

Romeo Moon - Let Love In     Rock, Folk, Ambience, Experimental 05/04/2019
Textures, patterns, minimalist lyrics, and the stretching of loops are signature elements of Romeo Moon's music, taking the listener to timeless meditation, visceral psychedelia, or brittle intimacy.
The bubbling electronic drums guide us through a hypnotic guitar line, circling in its own world. A blurry-edged orchestra presses in. The vocals come in vignettes - evocative, intangible. Written in the happy-tired afterglow of a day having fun with one's partner on holiday.
It's the focus single for upcoming sophomore EP.

Romeo Moon - It All Goes     Rock, Experimental, Atmospheric, Instrumental 27/02/2019
Textures, patterns, minimalist lyrics, and the stretching of loops are signature elements of Romeo Moon's music, taking the listener to timeless meditation, visceral psychedelia, or brittle intimacy.
Orr: "The song feels like there is almost a melody missing, but I think that's the song's purpose. I toyed with a vocal but everything felt forced. It’s that missing part that I find most interesting. It allows you to tune in and out of the song, or just gives you space to think of your own melody or thoughts".

Quivers - You're Not Always On My Mind     Pop, Rock 20/02/2019
Quivers is the the lyric-driven guitar-pop project of Tasmanian Sam J Nicholson. Catharsis, water, memories, road trips, ghosts and hard-fought optimism are the recurring themes.
Their signature jangly-guitars and shouted choruses have been tightened up for their first real pop song. Matt Redlich is on producing duties, resulting in a "Reckoning” era R.E.M. vibe - snaking, shimmering guitars with driving drums.

It employs the same lyrical trick as 10cc's "I'm Not In Love" - a song to prove how much you're not thinking about someone...

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Nat Vazer - Privilege     Rock, Pop 17/11/2018
Melbourne-based artist Nat Vazer is a warm, charismatic, and contemplative songwriter with a knack for writing charmingly rebellious tunes about the ironies of everyday life.
The track looks at recognising white privilege. Vazer was watching the show "Dear White People", which discusses racial bias and discrimination. The term "woke" is used a lot. "I wanted to write a song that kind of captures that state of being oblivious or half-asleep to those issues, and then waking up to them and seeing them everywhere".


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Cool Sounds - The Beat     Pop, Alternative Country, Rock 22/10/2018
Playful, earnest guitar music for long haul drives, sunsets, gardening and contemplative walks.
A builder, the intro sees front-man Dainis Lacey setting the scene - the dread at seeing an old acquaintance - before the full band kicks in with swagger.
Using slide-guitar, 80s prom synths & a plucky, McCartney-esque bass, the sax refrain elevates the whole feel - repetition aimed at a Krautrock vibe, all framed in an alt-country, 70s soft-rock atmosphere.

Other tracks by Cool Sounds:  Dirt  -  Wrangler
Orlean - You're Not There     Pop, Ambience, Electronic 17/10/2018
An electronic duo of producer Terry Man and vocalist Bella Li - intensity and detachment; robotic but human; current yet nostalgic... Orlean marry polar opposites into sophisticated pop gems.
"You're Not There" bubbles to the surface with keys like rain-drops. The soft vocals are paired with drum production more commonly found in trap. Thematically, a lover tries to penetrate, or understand the black dog of depression their partner suffers from. They're not sad.. they're not feeling anything at all - all the harder to relate to.

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Cool Sounds - Cassandra     Pop, Alternative Country, Rock 08/10/2018
Playful, earnest guitar music for long haul drives, sunsets, gardening and contemplative walks.
"Cassandra" is the second single from an upcoming LP, out 26/10/18. A rollicking, riff driven track with a distinctly live feel, the uncomplicated structure & swing time bliss bring that alt-country vibe the band do so well! Deeply steeped in nostalgia, it's about a relationship with an older person. It's sad, but has that warm feeling of looking back.

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Nat Vazer - Struggletown     Pop, Rock 27/08/2018
Melbourne-based artist Nat Vazer is a warm, charismatic, and contemplative songwriter with a knack for writing charmingly rebellious tunes about the ironies of everyday life.
Welcome to "Struggletown", the guitars are tropical, handclaps happy and ladies caress you with “oohs”. But the upbeat mood belies a darkness. Listen closer - the handclaps are fake, “the sun is always out, but everybody’s up and down”. It’s a place where people’s fear about feeling trapped in a nine-to-five is drowned out by rounds of long island iced-teas.

Cool Sounds - Cactus Country     Rock, Alternative Country, Pop 13/08/2018
Playful, earnest guitar music for long haul drives, sunsets, gardening and contemplative walks.
Dainis Lacey’s twangy falsetto flavours the album’s title track, peppered with synths, an earworm-like slinky guitar line, and a seagull sample. Eventually you get swept up in spaghetti western-esque technicolour...
Lacey explained he had a bit of scope for experimentation on the recording, including pitch shifted vocals, field recordings, super processed and layered guitar tones, and drum machines.

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S.M. Jenkins - Sore Loser     Rock 18/05/2018
S. M. Jenkins is a slacker-rock band started by Steve Bourke, based on some recordings he was making alone in his house.
As emotional as Harry Styles' "A Sign Of The Times" and guitars reminiscent of "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd, this is an anthem for the down-and-out. The refrain "no one likes to lose" is a call to arms, nay, a wake up call, for the bitter in defeat.

Other tracks by S.M. Jenkins:  Campbelltown  -  Martin's Big Fight