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Listen: 100% – ‘ABANDON’

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Words: James Frostick
Band image: Charlie Hillhouse

Frosty synth-pop three-piece 100% has awoken from an elongated hibernation period with new sounds to share. Last week the Naarm and Meanjin-based group released ‘Abandon’, a composition imbued with the group’s signature coolly detached atmospherics and operatic, moonlight-clothed glamour. It preludes the release of the trio’s debut album, Clear Visions, which will be released later this year via esteemed underground hit factory It Records.

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VIDEO PREMIERE: VACUUM – ‘I’LL CALL YOU’

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Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Nicole Reed

Naarm/Melbourne duo Vacuum sowed some sensational aural discord when they dropped their self-titled debut album through Heavy Machinery Records and It Records back in February. After letting our brains marinate in their brand of knotted industrial unce for just over a month, the duo is reaching out once more from the strobe and shadow to gift us with their self-directed and produced visual treatment for standout slice ‘I’ll Call You’ – an unsettling-yet-hypnotic montage that pairs perfectly with its sinisterly sneaking soundtrack. 

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Premiere: SKID CITY – ‘BLUE’

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Words: James Frostick
Band photos: Anita Shao

Some familiar faces from Naarm/Melbourne’s musical melting pot have thrown their talents together to form Skid City, an eruptive and disruptive quintet specialising in no-frills rock ‘n’ roll. Ahead of the April release of the group’s debut LP, Skid City are gifting the world a teensy taste in the form of ‘Blue’ – a masterclass in haywire, white-knuckled ruckus that sounds timeless and essential. 

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Premiere: BITCH DIESEL – ‘HAIL’

Words: Doug Wallen
Band image: Gunay 

After nearly a year and a half between releases, Naarm/Melbourne psych-punk trio Bitch Diesel are suddenly a flurry of activity, dropping a new four-song tape on the way to a full album later this year.

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Listen: ROMERO – ‘TROUBLEMAKER’

Words: James Frostick
Band image: Kaitlyn Hickey

Naarm/Melbourne group Romero returns with a brand-new single called ‘Troublemaker’, helping blow back the leaden clouds that have lingered over our heads for most of the year. Another slice of euphoric power-pop brilliance, ‘Troublemaker’ reaffirms Romero’s emergence as one of the more vital and exciting things to happen in 2020.

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Listen: SARAH MARY CHADWICK- ‘EVERY LOSER NEEDS A MOTHER’

Words: Lakshmi Krishnan
Artist image: Simon Karis

Sarah Mary Chadwick introduces her seventh full-length LP with an achingly post-satirical, post-grunge lead single and video ‘Every Loser Needs A Mother’. Stripped-back with a darkly confessional pairing of toughened piano refrains and vocals, Chadwick honours her past with a “smirkingly [brutal] self-depreciating” force.

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Listen: RATH – SELF-TITLED EP

Words: Connor Drum

RATH is the COVID-19 bedroom solo project of Sean Bailey (also of LAKES, GRANE and TOL), and his self-titled three-track tape is an excellent gothy response to the extremely grim reality of contemporary Australian life, and an interesting sketch for a concept that boasts a lot of potential.

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Premiere: HYDRA FASHION WEEK – ‘SICK (DAY #132)’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image: Laura Hannan

Hydra Fashion Week has just released a brand-new track composed in the midst of Naarm/Melbourne’s lockdown. ‘SICK (day #132)’ is a song steeped in a thick layer of melancholy, one that conveys the boredom, frustration and dispirited nature of being cut off from the world at large and the support systems we depend on.

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Premiere: ELA STILES – ‘LOVER’

Words: James Frostick
Artist image and cover art: Cait Burgoyne

On October 7, Naarm/Melbourne-based singer and producer Ela Stiles will release Songs On Harmonium With Voice – a seven-track album featuring old and new songs reconfigured into solemn and austere compositions. ‘Lover’ is the album’s first single – a haunting and enthralling work that sees Ela manipulating the sparse palette of sound to make it feel all-encompassing – a frisson-inducing swell that could fill any vastness, physical or incorporeal.  

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Listen: DAG – ‘I WILL MISS THE OCEAN (I WILL MISS THE TREES)’

Words: James Frostick

Three years on from the release of its debut LP Benefits of Solitude, Melbourne/Naarm-based group Dag has just dropped a new two-track release called Breathe Deeply. Lead single ‘I Will Miss The Ocean (I Will Miss The Trees)’ is a pristine piece of introspective songwriting – an ode to how the little things can tether and ground us when life’s errant gusts threaten to carry us off course. Continue reading Listen: DAG – ‘I WILL MISS THE OCEAN (I WILL MISS THE TREES)’