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.
At a time when Corona was just a Mexican beer, Sydney singer-songwriter Isobel Knight slipped into the glitz and glamour of New York City to record her new record. Two years on, the independent artist’s sophomore album, Here Now is exactly that. Knight offers an honest and intimate reflection on the world as seen by the musician, in a ten-track exhibition of her breathtaking musical skillset.
Here’s a situation where the saying “If it ain’t broke – Don’t fix it” is completely irrelevant. The original release of “Fruity Lexia” is far from broke, in fact its a really good track. But the re-release is quite simply incredible. It’s lush, romantic and moody, sounding a bit like a more ethereal Methyl Ethel (cop that Dr. Seuss).
Take 4 minutes out of your day to relax, get cosy with James Bennett and let his new single “Broken Wicker Chair” run its fingers through your hair. It’s the second single released by the Newcastle singer-songwriter since his 2019 album This Time Tomorrow.