Fri 20 Aug 2021

New Music Friday! ft Lorde, Jake Bugg, Orla Gartland


Lorde – Solar Power

Of the album Lorde says, “The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalizing the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors. In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learned to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.”

“The album glimmers with warmth and early morning sun” 4*, iPaper

“She’s so great at this, so convincing and smart, you’ll feel yourself falling under Solar Power’s spell … She may not be our deity anymore, but in the world of pop music, Lorde’s ability to make moving art is everlasting.” – i-D

“Solar Power is a lot of things, but more than anything, it sounds like true autonomy.” – The Cut

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Orla Gartland – Woman on the Internet

The debut album by the Dublin-born, London-based singer/songwriter/producer is a culmination of years of music making, live shows and Gartland honing her production skills. Woman On The Internet documents the chaos of your twenties; the woman in the title a caricature, a nameless, faceless figure who we seek out online and tells us to eat better or buy a specific product that we’re particularly vulnerable to when we’re low and susceptible to questionable advice. The record imparts hard earned wisdom that comes with navigating through your twenties, addressing themes of self discovery, jealousy and comparison, self doubt, toxic masculinity and more.
Between them, Gartland’s songs have amassed over 55 million streams and more than 750,000 monthly Spotify listeners, and seen her compared to artists such as Stevie Nicks, St. Vincent, Regina Spektor and HAIM. Born and raised in Dublin, Gartland started writing songs when she was 14 years old. Unable to convince any of the 18+ local pubs and venues to let her perform, she honed her craft online, before heading out on tour the day she finished school. On her return she packed her bags and moved to London, spending the next few years writing, recording, touring and gathering fans apace.
Jake Bugg

Today, Jake Bugg has released his new album, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning. Listen HERE.

DMA’s – I Love You Unconditionally, I Sure Am Going To Miss You EP

After achieving the highest chart positions of their career with their euphoric, alt-pop-tinged third album ‘THE GLOW’, DMA’S return to their rock roots as they today share their brand new EP ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’. The EP is launched alongside the single ‘We Are Midnight’.

A short, sharp joyride of a record, ‘I Love You…’ represents a tribute to DMA’S’ long-term hardcore fans as well as to the love of rock music that still powers the band’s beating heart. It’s a reminder of where they came from and how far they’ve come. Regardless of how big they get, they’ll always be the same band that used to throw a mattress against the wall to record demos in Johnny Took’s flat.

DMA’S started recording demos when they were quarantining in Canberra ahead of their performance at the 2020 AFL Grand Final. Inspired by the freedom of working with no pressure or expectations, the songs quickly emerged with an organic yet intensely focused vibe. After brief sessions in Coogee with Dylan Adams (who engineered the band’s earliest recordings, including the Platinum hit single ‘Delete’), DMA’S had crafted an EP which blends the vibrant familiarity of their early days with the taut immediacy that they have since mastered.

“This EP was in the natural trajectory that you can sometimes take in a band,” says Johnny Took. “You work with different producers and you want to keep changing, but there’s also something in your core that pulls you back. It’s cool to get back to your roots sometimes.”

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Newton Faulkner
Today, Newton Faulkner has released new album, Interference (of light). Listen HERE.
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Sam Fender – ‘Aye’

‘Aye’ is a thumping, angry and frustrated sigh at the state of the nation. It observes the battleground of left versus right but widens the lens to discover those party lines have become ever more blurred resulting in online aggravation that lacks nuance. The focus then settles on the disparity between the 1% and everybody else, and whilst ‘everybody else’ hurls insults at each other arguing semantics on social media, the 1% watch the money rolling in. It’s one of the only politically driven songs on Seventeen Going Under, and typically well observed. A purposeful rant about purposeless ranting.

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Dylan Fraser – ‘Supersonic’

Hot off the heels from supporting Holly Humberstone at London’s Omeara on Monday evening, genre-abandoning Dylan Fraser channels industrial soundscapes on latest track drop ‘Supersonic’; a song that finds the Bathgate-born artist channelling his anxieties and thought process. The track follows on from his summer releases,’ I’d Rather Be Here’’ and Nightmare, which also feature on the new EP.

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Honeymoan – Palace EP

A collection of energetic and frenzied tracks, this body of work sees the four-piece triumphing with the new electronic indie sound they have been carefully crafting over the past year across four effervescent tracks.

The band continue to write original alternative pop that is fun, fresh, and exciting; exploring common trials of youth and early adulthood, love, lust and pursuing one’s creative passions at all cost, despite the realities of living under Capitalism, and these themes are ever-present on this latest offering.

Speaking about the EP, vocalist Alison Rachel says, “We’re so happy to finally be releasing these songs. Like for many, the past year for us has been full of the unexpected. Because of the pandemic we found ourselves all in the same place for the longest time since the band has formed. This gave us the time to write and record, some of the songs you hear on this EP are from this time we’ve had together.”

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