Colourful and unique, LA. Faithfull has today announced her new single Heart Back, a gut-wrenching pop smash with a clear, vulnerable message, available now. This exciting newcomer has also released a raw, expressive video that conveys the truth behind the song through dance and visuals, and this effective clip has already racked up over 50,000 plays since its release.
Heart Back is raw, in every sense of the word. Produced by the legends at M Squared Productions (NUSSY, Imogen Brough), and evocative of Amy Shark’s heavy, hip-hop inspired beats, Heart Back is some seriously fresh pop from LA. Faithfull, otherwise known as Lisa Anne Faithfull. The chorus soars, with sharp, synth-laden production that nods towards Lorde’s renowned debut LP Pure Heroine, and Faithfull’s voice is the soft, reassuring comfort throughout. The song was inspired by a difficult time in her life, as she reflects, “Heart Back is about the moment when you fall apart and realise that maybe no one will ever be able to put back together those tiny pieces of your heart that feel like they are lost when tragedy strikes. I actually wrote the lyrics the night I found out my dad had prostate cancer…I was going through the motions of looking at my dad’s face when he had to tell us, and watching my mum’s reaction of pure fear – and then feeling that it will never be the same again…even when you have good days, you’re always worried about the next bit of bad news.”
The clip for Heart Back is stark; set in a grey, industrial landscape, yet manages to show that beauty can exist and thrive in any dark situation. Faithfull stands alone, in this concrete space, surrounded by the lyrics of the song written in chalk across the walls. A skillful dancer expressively moves through the space, interpreting the music in a way that words could never. Speaking about the process of making the clip, Faithfull says, “The idea is that the white, concrete space represents the mind. We spent hours covering the walls, pillars and floor with the lyrics of the song, which represents the feeling of anxiety – where you’re trapped in your mind going over and over your thoughts. The dancing represents the pain, and sometimes the dance is beautiful but that’s because I feel that sometimes pain isn’t ugly. The camera angles and filming were the reason I asked the incredibly talented Connor Dalton (Slowly Slowly) to film it. He’s one of my best friends and has a incredible eye for angles, and while some people might have all set shots and steady shots, instead for us the camera is constantly moving like a whirlwind, which is how this song feels in my head.”
With a tour set to be announced shortly, this thrilling indie pop artist cannot wait to show the world what she was born to do, saying “As a kid growing up with anxiety I was awkward, had almost no social skills and my mind would run 24/7. But…put me onstage with a mic and it was like silence – no anxiety at all, and it just felt like home! The stage is one of the only places my mind is still, calm and silent, and maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to being onstage!”
Heart Back is available now.
Indie newcomer Rya Park has today announced her eerie debut single Billy, a seriously catchy, name-and-shame of a track (out October 6), and she’s also dropped a video to accompany Billy; simple, sultry, and dangerous, made in collaboration with director Dan Howe of Set To Suite. She will be showcasing Billy and more tunes off her highly anticipated EP in her first run of shows hitting Oxford Arts Factory Gallery on November 4 and The Evelyn on November 9.
The intriguing Billy prompts a couple of questions…who is Billy? And what exactly did he do? None of them are answered, but that only makes you want to listen again. Rya Park draws upon influences such as Florence and The Machine and PJ Harvey here, yet maintains a spellbinding charm that is uniquely hers. The mysterious narrative is delivered with a raised eyebrow and a flawless vocal; a memorable performance that sits comfortably atop a sparse arrangement of gritty guitar and textural percussion. Reflecting on the track, Rya Park explains, “The song was inspired by a relationship that ended without explanation. The lyrics intensely focus on a range of emotions that stemmed from the situation. A long time had passed when I got to writing the song, but there were still so many unanswered questions and I just wanted to get everything out onto the page and not hold back.”
The clip for Billy is concise and effective; Rya Park sits by herself, retelling the story of Billy and reflecting on what went wrong. Everything is laid out on the table; it’s impossible to look away as each line hits harder than the last. Rya Park is scorned, still in the light of day but dancing slowly in the dark. Of the collaboration with director Dan Howe, she says, “As this is the first videoclip I’ve made, it was really important to me to find someone who was on the same page as me. Dan had seen me perform a number of times and knows my songs really well, so it was really natural and easy for us to figure out what we wanted to create. In our first meeting we agreed that we would focus on generating a mood rather than depicting a storyline.”
Rya Park will be heading up the east coast to celebrate the release of Billy, and although this is her first official release, she is no stranger to the stage, fronting Melbourne’s Tempus Sun as well as performing as Rya Park since 2016. Giving fans a little taste of what to expect from the shows, she says, “My live shows are very energetic and dramatic. My full band is coming on tour with me so fans can definitely expect electrifying guitars, powerful rock beats, soulful harmonies and soaring vocals.”
Billy will be released on October 6 and tickets to the shows are on sale now.
SAT 4 NOV | OXFORD ARTS FACTORY GALLERY, SYDNEY | 18+
THUR 9 NOV | THE EVELYN, MELBOURNE | 18+
Melbourne’s A Gazillion Angry Mexicans have released yet another banging single – ‘Jonah & The Whale’.
The band are currently ripping up the East Coast to celebrate the release of the new single.
Pump ‘Jonah & The Whale’ at full blast and be sure to check out the band at one of their upcoming shows:
Electronic newcomer Hansaa, otherwise known as Vinay Matta, has been honing his craft as a producer and producer in Los Angeles for the past two years; but today he has finally announced his debut single Need To Know, coproduced with LA-based production duo soso and featuring the stirring vocals of Oliver Tank, set for release today. The impressive debut is complemented by a deeply affecting video buoyed by an intense narrative drenched in regret and toxicity, and sure to set tongues wagging.
Need To Know follows in the footsteps of its electronic predecessors in James Blake and Clams Casino, yet there’s a fragility in the production that seems uniquely Hansaa; understated and subtle, synthesisers layer themselves comfortably beneath Tank’s emotive vocal. Gentle electric guitar, reminiscent of Tash Sultana’s atmospheric riffs, fills the space between verse and chorus, playfully toying with the listener’s sense of time and space. Thrilled to be releasing the track into the world, Matta says “I’ve spent a lot of time developing my craft and it feels really awesome to start releasing music officially… We really wanted an element of surprise in Need To Know to break things up, so the guitar solo was a really nice touch – and unexpected.”
Filmed and directed by Independent Belgian film maker Julien Pircher, the clip for Need To Know is set in a smokey, dangerous world; with each watch, further insight can be gained from its powerful plot. For the most part, the audience is encouraged to interpret the story for themselves, but there is no doubt this story is dark – a light is shone upon human relationships, the beauty and the hardship, and the sometimes terrifying nature of mental illness. Matta explains, “The music video is a story of regret. The subject matter behind it is rather serious and deep. It draws off Oliver’s lyric in the track ‘if I put up shots they’ll fall down’…The film revolves around the concepts of death and suicide, with the metaphor of the gun at the beginning and end of the film.” Offering additional insight, Pircher says, “As a writer, DOP & editor, it’s my job to grab the audience by the hand and lead the way through the film. At the same time I should be invisible to them, letting them find questions, challenges, answers and adventures. The music video for Need To Know by Hansaa sends the viewer without knowing into a non-linear timeline, giving them freedom to personally interpret the given opening conflict and the connection between the different storylines. All this combined with a multilayer dramastructure and adequate cinematography made this video one of my favourite projects in my last several years.”
This is a fully-formed and exciting debut from an artist who is absolutely ‘one to watch’. Assured and in control, Hansaa has paid his dues and is ready for the global stage. The Australian born, LA-raised Matta gives little away, but hints at what is to come, saying, “Myself and Soso have a handful of amazing tracks together that we cannot wait to release. We have tracks with Peruvian and LA-based R’n’b artist A.CHAL who is currently on tour and recently dropped his second album On GAZ. We also have a track with LA-based hip hop artist G4SHI who was featured on DJ Snake’s recent album, and has recently been seen in the studio with Skrillex.”
Need To Know is out now!
Nostaligic indietronic duo Nakatomi have today announced their dark new single, Wooden Castle, set for release on October 11. The alluring futurepop track is accompanied by a Gondry-inspired clip, featuring the pair in a parable-like narrative complemented by the song. Wooden Castle lands ahead of the duo’s highly anticipated new EP set to drop in the new year. Nakatomi, who are Emily Smart and Hamish Cox, are hitting the road to celebrate the release, playing Hybrid World Adelaide at the Tonsley Innovation District on October 6 and jumping on as headliners for Sad Grrrls Fest which kicks off in Brisbane on November 4, then moves through Melbourne on November 11 and finishes up in Sydney on November 18.
Wooden Castle is a great example of Nakatomi’s ability to encapsulate retro pop vibes with impressively current production values. The track is driven by clear percussion, vocal samples and a huge, conquering chorus. Produced and mixed by JP Fung (Client Liaison, Phebe Starr, Silverchair), Wooden Castle demands to be heard and will refuse to leave your head. Describing the inspiration behind the track, Emily says, “Wooden Castle evolved, using a red woods forest as the inspiration, and explores themes of feeling stuck and stifled whilst striving towards goals that seem out of reach. It’s a balance of mounting pressure, contrasted by a strength in acceptance of who you are, and not giving up on yourself even when people try to cut you down.”
The clip for Wooden Castle is a bit of a surprise; with such an 80s vibe musically most would expect a similar video – but Nakatomi go for the unexpected. Taking inspiration from 1920’s cinema and directed by Tim Lucas, the clip incorporates projectors, puppets, and full-body costumes to tell the fanstastical story. Emily describes, “It’s kind of a humourous backwards fairytale. Hamish wanted to do a clip where he didn’t have to do anything so we went with this idea so he had to spend the entire day dressed as a tree as payback. Hopefully spite makes for an excellent clip. There’s three characters, a woodsman, a bear and a tree, and they find friendship, battle fear and find strength.”
And this all is just the first taste of the upcoming EP from Nakatomi, a collection of songs that are as yet shrouded in mystery – but one thing is for sure, it’s set for release in early 2018 and it is going to be massive. Working away for the last six months in both Australia and Los Angeles, the pair have collaborated with some huge names for this release, including JP Fung, Tony Buchen (Montaigne, ASTA, East) Mario Spate (Tkay Maidza) and Luke Godson (Luke Million).
Giving fans a taste of what to expect from the live show, Emily teases, “People can definitely expect to hear unreleased songs off the upcoming EP. We’ve also just redone our live show with a new drummer, so new set up and new tunes! Our shows have never been bigger and we’re looking forward to bringing out some epic energy reserves for the Sad Grrrls tour.”
Nakatomi is Emily Smart and Hamish Cox.
UPCOMING GIGS/TOUR DATES:
FRI 6 OCT | TONSLEY INNOVATION DISTRICT, CLOVELLY PARK SA | 18+
HWA | Tickets: hybridworldadelaide.org | HWA Box Office
SAT 04 NOV | THE BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
SAD GRRRLS FEST | Tickets: sadgrrrlsclub.com
SAT 11 NOV | THE REVERENCE HOTEL, FOOTSCRAY VIC | 18+
SAD GRRRLS FEST | Tickets: sadgrrrlsclub.com
SAT 18 NOV | THE RED RATTLER, MARRICKVILLE SYD | ALL AGES
SAD GRRRLS FEST | Tickets: sadgrrrlsclub.com
Newcomers and last year’s Melbourne Music Bank winners, Tempus Sun have today announced their captivating folk pop single Gold alongside a fittingly heartwarming video directed by Andrew Kose and Edwin Tedjokusumo (Eskimo Joe). Gold follows the group’s first offering Owls, and precedes their self-titled debut EP that is set to drop August 25. To celebrate, Tempus Sun will be hitting the road to play The Milk Factory (Bris) on August 25, Brighton Up Bar (Syd) on August 26 and The Evelyn Hotel on September 1.
Gold is a seriously accurate name for this poignant track. Following an expressive piano intro that showcases Rya Park’s exquisite vocal, Gold swoops into gear, evocative of influences such as Mumford & Sons and Kita Alexander. Euphoric and vibrant, percussive elements drive the folky arrangement and precise vocal harmonies propel the choruses into the atmosphere. Tempus Sun’s keyboardist Grant Hardisty couldn’t be happier with the single, beaming, “The track is about exactly what the title suggests, moments of euphoria and bliss that just want to be relived again and again. It’s remembering those unparalleled happy moments with that golden tinge of nostalgia that can make you forget all your worries and stresses in a hazy daydream. It’s those summer nights that last with a sense of timelessness, a reflection upon a memory that you’d give anything to revisit, those times with friends that extend from a couple of hours to an entire day. It’s also about love with a slightly bitter twist, but it’s equally about light, warmth and all things Gold.”
The accompanying clip for Gold encapsulates the nostalgic vibe of the track through a retro lens; as though shot through an Instagram filter, the clip showcases some seriously cute candid moments between lovers, friends and families alike. The sun is ever-present, happiness glows off the screen and in a world that’s often so hard to handle, the clip for Gold is a welcome reminder that there is still honest goodness to be found. Grant reflects on the concept behind the clip, “Our overarching inspiration was pure joy and we wanted to capture a time we could escape to, and I think Gold can evoke those individual memories of times we all hold dear, be it of a lost loved one, an old flame or simply a time with your friends. The film clip was absolutely about capturing raw and natural emotion, simple times in life that you wish could be bottled. As Missy Higgins perfectly puts it, ‘seems those ordinary days are the ones that last’ – and so we wanted to try to almost film people not acting, but simply living.”
The upcoming EP is full to bursting with standout songwriting, thoughtful, lush arrangements and stunning vocal harmonies. Produced by Tom Larkin (Bodyjar, The Getaway Plan), Tempus Sun have managed to evoke their many influences – which include genres as far-reaching as classical, metal, and jazz-fusion – and funnel them into a concise, considered collection of folk-rock songs, many of which will remind the listener of early Boy & Bear and Mumford and Sons. Thrilled with the result, Grant explains, “It was such a massive learning experience for us, going through the process of pre-production, production and post-production. Recording at Studios in the City, we spent 6 solid days straight, building the layers from the ground up until they resembled – and then surpassed – our imaginings. It’s a very hard thing putting your trust in another’s hands, especially when they are dealing with your baby. In handing ourselves over to the professionals, it was hard to measure to what extend we should stick to our guns in some cases or take on their suggestions, but everyone made this process so welcoming.”
Well-deserved winners of 2016’s Melbourne Music Bank competition, Tempus Sun have gratefully reaped the rewards which have enabled them to propel their careers forward like they never could have imagined. Out of hundreds of entries and thousands of public votes, the group took out the top prize which included the EP recording and mixing process, press photos, publicity, radio plugging and much more. Grant enthuses, “Winning Bank of Melbourne’s Melbourne Music Bank was the most exhilarating experience of my life. We entered it on a whim, with an optimistic ‘why not?’ attitude, but we never honestly considered that we’d be a shot. I remember the call so vividly… I had to leave class to answer and hear the ridiculous news that we had made the Top 12!”
Set to wow audiences with their impressive live show all the way up the east coast, tickets to the TEMPUS SUN tour are available now.
Tempus Sun is Andrew Wortes, Lucy Travis, Grant Hardisty, Ed Borromeo, Sean Close and Liam Purser.
TEMPUS SUN EAST COAST TOUR
FRI 25 AUG | THE MILK FACTORY, BRIS | 18+
SAT 26 AUG | BRIGHTON UP BAR, SYD | 18+
FRI 1 SEP | THE EVELYN HOTEL, MEL | 18+
Fresh Melbourne Alt Rockers Colour & Shade have just released their debut single and music video ‘Composure’.
The single was premiered through Hysteria Magazine and has since been aired on Triple J Unearthed.
‘Composure’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album – check it out below!
A new wave of artists are breaking into the music scene. SZA, Kali Uchis & NAO are the pioneers in the newest music era likewise we see a darker more eerie ABRA make her own path to success. The “Darkwave Duchess” of Awful Records teamed up with the Red Bull Music Academy’s Road to Weekender on August 27th to perform at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel giving her fans a dark but honest look into her life.
Her stage presence requested your attention & you wanted to give it. With hit songs like Fruit & Pull Up she had the whole crowd singing along to the lyrics with such passion and energy. Perhaps you’d think maybe they were the performers and she was their audience.
ABRA manifested her Atlanta swagger into each performance. With Influences from Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame. The current Atlanta music scene was alive and well in the dimly lit room in Melbourne.
ABRA’s vibe is unlike any other, she is open, honest and raw in her artistry. Don’t miss out, go check out one of her shows in your local area.