2021 is looking like a phenomenal year for local synth-pop. Just a couple of weeks ago, These New South Whales’ frontman Mossy released a Kate Bush-esque masterpiece “Shade”, Flyying Colours shared a fantastic shoegaze fuelled sophomore album and on Sunday, Awabakal (Newcastle) based artist Punko has delivered one of the strongest synth driven tracks of the year.
With two fabulous EP’s out in the world, Swoon has really captured the essence of low-fi surf rock. “Safeguard” is the fifth track released by the Yugambeh based musician so far this year and it’s mandatory listening.
Following his track “Valentine” released last month, Angelo Benz is back with a hyperpop stonker “Birdman”. The Sydney based producer has built a following from his SoundCloud releases to date, covering a bunch of genres from Pop Punk to Electronic.
The first time I heard this track was at the Chippo Hotel, just a few months before Sydney would go into its second lockdown. I treated myself to a Newtowner and headed downstairs, completely innocent to the fact that I was about to have my socks knocked off by an Austinmer four-piece rendering some of the most authentic 70s psychedelia I’ve ever experienced. Now, you and I alike are able to enjoy “Writing On The Wall” whenever we please.
Written in his kitchen and brought to life with singer-songwriter Coco Reilly, “Let Me Down Easy” is a gorgeous duet that will transport you to a mid-century cinema where the entire audience would clap at the end of a film.
omb your pornstar moustache, rub a bit of talcom powder in your hair and heck why not even do a couple of sleazy lunges too ‘cause this is the “For When You’re Wearing a Silk Bath Robe” song of the year.