Baker Boy, Julia Jacklin and Darren Hayes: Australia’s finest new music for July


Baker Boy ft Bernard Fanning – Want You Properly

For followers of: Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Anderson .Paak

Baker Boy was clever to recognise Fanning as a legit soul singer, his gravelly but clean tones completely suited to supply a vocal hook on a hip-hop observe. Moderately than simply piggybacking upon the unique track’s hit energy to safe a simple victory (see: Puff Daddy), Baker Boy has cast his personal creation that makes use of components of the previous hit to reach at a hanging summery jam one million miles away from the unique. Whereas Fanning’s basic is about heartbreak and loss, this new iteration is about celebration and good vibes, about honest appreciation and hope, reasonably than being a bitter kiss off. As an alternative of dwelling on his personal heartbreak, Baker Boy is providing like to another person going by means of a tough time – a easy flip that makes all of the distinction on the planet.

For extra: Take heed to Baker Boy’s glorious debut Gela.

Darren Hayes – Poison Blood

For followers of: MGMT, James Blake, Savage Backyard

It’s been greater than a decade since Hayes launched an album, however his standing within the musical world has solely grown since. Numerous that is as a result of enduring love for Savage Backyard, an act who scored two No 1 singles within the US and extra “better of” compilations than studio albums. Whereas Hayes’ solo work has moved properly away from Savage Backyard, his ear for a melody and superior songwriting expertise shining by means of, irrespective of which style he takes his hand to. Poison Blood is kind of an experimental tune, with darkish lyrics that trace at inherited dependancy and trauma, and a spooky staccato synth. This a slow-burning piece of art-pop, with Hayes’ incomparable falsetto lifting the refrain. The bridge is the place the track launches into hyperspace, with a panoramic vocal that reaches Mariah ranges. What a masterstroke!

For extra: Hayes has introduced an Australian tour for January and February 2023.

Julia Jacklin – I Was Neon

For followers of: The Dandy Warhols, the Trendy Lovers, Courtney Barnett

Jacklin’s last single was a meditation on religious indoctrination, considered one of a lot of heavy topics she has delved into over her spectacular songwriting profession. Right here she places the pedal to the ground with a couple of chugging energy chords and a hypnotic chorus: “Am I gonna lose myself once more?” “I fairly like the individual that I’m,” she protests, considered one of a sparse set of lyrics that sees her attempt to keep away from her wild, “neon” youth. The easy, repetitive construction makes this track the right competition set nearer.

For extra: Pre Pleasure is out 26 August.

RY X – A Thousand Knives

For followers of: Sleepy Jackson, Bon Iver, Rhye

Ry Cuming grew up simply outdoors of Yamba, NSW, and stays principally unknown in his dwelling nation. But in some way, he entered the rader of bowerbird celebrity Drake and produced the track Sticky off his new album, which entered the Billboard Sizzling 100 at No 6 a couple of weeks again. These trying to discover RY X data primarily based on this unlikely connection shall be in for a shock, for the plush harmony-drenched folks of A Thousand Knives belongs much less in a sweaty Florida nightclub and extra in a cabin within the mountains. It is a actually transcendent single from his fourth full-length album, the equally tranquil Blood Moon. Simply placed on this track, loosen up and float downstream.

For extra: Blood Moon is out now, or take a look at his equally nice album, 2019’s Unfurl.

‘Belongs much less in a sweaty Florida nightclub and extra in a cabin within the mountains’ … RY X. {Photograph}: Kacie Tomita

Stella Donnelly – Flood

For followers of: Missy Higgins, Ben Folds, Alex G

Donnelly stated her newest single, written within the rain-drenched depths of a Melbourne winter lockdown, is a “unhappy little journey”. Whereas lyrically this can be true, the precise tune belies any morose inception the track could have had, with a jaunty drumbeat, sparse twanging guitars and a plunking piano accompanying a merry little melody. Donnelly’s charming ocker vocal is properly suited to pocket-sized tales like this, the dearth of pretence completely rendered in one-liners equivalent to, “I’m a drop sew in your new scarf, holding on hope.”

For extra: Her second album Flood is out 26 August. Take heed to the primary observe, Lungs.

Ryan Sterling – How Time Flies

For followers of: David Crosby, the Jayhawks, early Wilco

The passage of time is likely one of the extra well-worn songwriting tropes, as a result of easy indisputable fact that it’s essentially the most common expertise identified to humankind; reminiscences fade, individuals go away, songs are written. Sterling has a powerful backlog of albums and his newest, Specks of Golden Mud, is out on legendary Sydney label Half a Cow, a really apt place for this Sixties-leaning folks to land. How Time Flies is the opening observe on his new album, and regardless of the title, Sterling is in no hurry to hurry by means of this laconic tune, his distinctive fingerpicking fashion and heat voice as comforting as a lazy day spent on the lounge, whereas dive-bombing slide provides a rustic twang to proceedings.

For extra: Try Specks of Golden Mud, then go backwards all through his total catalogue.

Ben Lee ft Washington – Mother and father Get Excessive

Ben Lee.
‘A captivating, relatable track’ … Ben Lee

For followers of: Structure in Helsinki, Okay Information, She & Him

Early final 12 months, Lee and his spouse, the actor Ione Skye, hosted a sequence of ramshackle evenings in Sydney, appropriately titled Weirder Collectively. Between standup and improv theatre, Lee would carry out a brand new track impressed by the “bizarre” events his dad and mom threw when he was a toddler, the place all of the usually smart adults would get giggly and a bit too loud, a lot to the youngsters’ bemusement. It’s protected to say Lee has since hosted his share of comparable soirees, and this charming, relatable track stems from each of those experiences. Megan Washington supplies soothing backing vocals that add a beautiful tonal high quality to this plonky ode to drug taking and childhood marvel, two issues that seemingly don’t have to be mutually unique.

For extra: Ben Lee’s album I’m Enjoyable is out 19 August.

Kav Temperley and Katy Steele – Commencement Day

For followers of: Little Birdy, Eskimo Joe, Finish of Vogue

As two of Perth’s most interesting songwriters and singers, it comes as some shock that Eskimo Joe’s Temperley and Little Birdy frontwoman Steele had by no means collaborated till this romantic, nostalgic ode. Temperley is caught in stasis, doing the identical small-town issues he did as a young person, whereas Steele has lengthy flown away. Musically, it’s a driving pop tune, lush and layered, with greater than a passing resemblance to the latter half of the Eskimo Joe catalogue. Their two voices complement one another properly, and it’s a pleasure to listen to Steele’s beautiful vocals for the primary time since her 2016 solo document Human.

For extra: Kav Temperley hits the street this month for a regional tour, beginning on 14 July at Froth in Exmouth, Western Australia.

Waax – Learn Receipts

Waax, whose track Learn Receipts is about being ‘left on learn’. {Photograph}: Dew Course of

For followers of: PJ Harvey, Placebo, Stomach

Drake’s new track Texts Go Inexperienced chronicles the actual heartache of getting your iMessage texts blocked. Likewise, WAAX’s explosive new single refers to being “left on learn” – when a missive has been seen by its recipient, who hasn’t replied. It’s a really fashionable drawback, and one that may appear as baffling to future generations because the floppy disk “save” icon should really feel to youngsters now. Waax’s barely retro sound provides a delightful juxtaposition to what’s in any other case a simple pop-rock tune within the vein of PJ Harvey et al.

For extra: WAAX’s album At Least I’m Free is out 5 August.

Phil Jamieson – Lights On

For followers of: Grinspoon, Even, Tim Rogers

Even because the wild teenaged frontman for Triple J favourites Grinspoon, Jamieson had an inescapable grasp of melody, whether or not chirping a bouncing tune in mockney or screaming over distorted wah guitars. Lights On is the third single from his forthcoming solo debut, and it’s the strongest providing he has launched but. With a stuttering guitar riff that belongs on a Nineteen Nineties Hottest 100 compilation, and an irresistible refrain of handclaps and falsetto, it might be a disgrace if this tune isn’t rewarded with heavy business airplay. There’s even a shalala outro to actually hammer dwelling that it is a basic Jamieson quantity, to hoist within the rafters alongside Busy, No Motive, and Simply Ace.

For extra: Any individual Else is out 29 July. Jamieson is touring nationally all through July and August.

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