Song of the Week: August
It wasn’t until recently that I realized my Song of the Week segment was missing something…a distinct lack of any Australian musicians. This is not due to inferiority, simply an anomaly, and one I’m seeking to remedy this month. Like an AFL all-star team, August’s tracks are all Australian, some of my favorites since moving here nearly two years ago.
Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Collapse
With luscious, glitchy landscapes like James Blake and falsetto-dripping harmonies a la Justin Vernon, Vancouver Sleep Clinic is already one of my favorite Australian bands, despite having released just one EP. This summer, they’ll be supporting Aussie darlings Angus and Julia Stone on their Australian tour and I sincerely hope VSC can keep delivering on their early promise.
Vance Joy – From Afar
Melbournian Vance Joy’s debut album, released Sept 2014, could very well propel him to even loftier heights. Fresh from signing a big record deal in America, Vance Joy hopes to carry on the momentum of songs like festival-favourite Riptide. But can this guy rise above the generic popular folk out there at the moment? I can already hear my stake being nailed but I must confess that I find the likes of Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard all a little grating. I know I shouldn’t; you can chastise me later. What’s more, I love folk as a genre: the literary Decemberists, gospel-toned Cold Specks, psychedelic Devendra Banhart, brassy Beirut, twee Camera Obscura, vulnerable Sharon van Etten, soothing Kings of Convenience.
I just hope that, a year from now, I still like Vance Joy too.
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Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
In a sense, Dustin Tebbutt is a hybrid between the two previous songs of the week artists: the acoustic sensibilities of Vance Joy and the high pitched falsetto of Vancouver Sleep Clinic, which cumulatively sounds a bit like Swedish folk singer Jose Gonzalez. Interestingly Tebbutt spent two years in Gonzalez’s home country, during which time he wrote and composed songs.
Flume/Chet Faker – Drop the Game
By including this collaboration, I can include both Flume and Chet Faker, two bright sparks of the Australian electronic music scene. Chet Faker’s R&B voice works perfectly with Flume’s beat mastery.
Say Lou Lou – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Tame Impala cover)
Again, I’m kinda cheating but this way I can show off Tame Impala’s classic pop tune with the sensual sounds of Say Lou Lou. Say no more.