Introducing Tincture. The hottest thing to come out of Brisbane, since international supermodel Catherine McNeil, this 23 year-old musician and producer who’s real name is Luke Dalton, has mastered the craft of electronic production. His forthcoming EP Tryst combines lush synths and sharp percussion’s. Making use of his electronic craft, Tincture creates a series of smooth-garage inflected remixes and bootlegs which have quickly garnered positive responses from both local and international critics.
In particular this forthcoming EP Tryst, focuses on the addition of live vocals and wider instrumentation pushing Tincture‘s sound in a refreshing new direction.
“A compilation of noisy synths and skittering percussion complement breathy, reverb laden vocals hooks; a knowing nod in the direction of both nineties era dream-pop and the new wave of genre-blurring bedroom producers emerging from around the globe.” Triple J Unearthed.
All Messed Up is the most recent track from electro-disco-pop duo Tales in Space. The Sydney pair were also behind the 2013 award-winning high Shades. Their hallmark sound of montage samples and loops coupled with traditional drums and guitars, is once again prominent throughout their recent creation.
The electro pop single is catchy and fresh, making use of the duo’s talent in power ballads anthems. The melody in All Messed Up is an upbeat interpretation of modern day electro-pop-rock, and is what we’ve come to expect of Tales in Space.
To celebrate the release of All Messed Up, the Sydney boys will hit the road for a national tour in March, including shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and regional areas.
TALES IN SPACE TOUR DATES
FRI 7 MAR | Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane QLD
SAT 8 MAR | Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast QLD
SUN 9 MAR | The Brewery, Byron Bay NSW
FRI 14 MAR | Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne VIC
SAT 15 MAR | Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
THU 27 MAR | Brass Monkey, Cronulla VIC
SAT 29 MAR | Beresford, Sydney NSW
SUN 30 MAR | Small Ballroom, Newcastle VIC
New Zealand trio Yumi Zouma are the newcomers conjuring up cool, dream-pop landscapes of their own. They seamlessly blend dream-pop and electronic flourish. Their self titled four song EP is reminiscent of long summer months and endless coastline drives. Each track on this EP is beautifully mastered, with soft disco layering’s upon mellow lyrics and sweet synths. Below is a track by track explanation by the trio themselves, courtesy of The Line of Best Fit.
“A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers”
CHARLIE: This was the first song that we ever wrote together. It was a pleasure to create, but we never thought we would do anything with it. We finished it at about 1am in New Zealand, and after Kim had fallen asleep, I stayed up and sent a copy of it to Jeff at Cascine. Josh didn’t know that I would show the track to anyone else, so it was a bit of a surprise for him the next day when I told him that one of our most-loved labels were interested in working with us.
KIM: Charlie took a risk and sent this song through to a few people at his favourite music labels and blogs, and it happened to pay off. So to me this song might be about giving things a shot regardless of how impossible they seem, whether in music, love or life…
JOSH: This was the first thing I wrote in a room I had in this huge old factory in Greenpoint. It was the middle of winter and quite lonely as the main occupants were artists and graphic designers who left by 7pm. It all sort of fell into place. The diminished chord in the post chorus was due to my chubby fingers and a few too many glasses of sav. I sent the session to Charlie and woke up to it finished. I remember sort of laughing at how insane the hooks were. I also thought it was Charlie singing pitch shifted at first!
“Sålka Gets Her Hopes Up”
CHARLIE: This track started off with the refrain – “I’ll always give it to you honest, i’ll always try to solve your every problem”.
JOSH: I started this in a far different manner to how it ended up. I was more chill and kind of boring. Charlie and Kim made it way more sassy. I melted when I heard the line “I’ll always give it to you honest, i’ll always try to solve your every problem”. I love the sentiment of having someone who is honest in that raw way that comes from a place of true love for someone.
KIM: As the name suggests, this song is about a young Danish girl crushing on a boy.
CHARLIE: The Brae is where the place where we spent most of our time together before moving to separate parts of the world. It’s my street, where I grew up. The street and most of the surrounding area was destroyed in the earthquake of February 2011.
KIM: For me this song is about no matter what life throws at you, your attitude and response can influence your own destiny… this is reflected in the line: “Go read it in tea leaves, lady splattered on a pressed shirt….”. If a cup of tea is poured all over you, you can complain about it ruining your shirt or lick it off.
JOSH: The Brae was really a base for us all. It was an amazing house which I miss dearly. The song was started in not such a nice setting, in a big old loft in Bushwick. I wrote some of the lyrics which I was kind of channeling the desire to get out of my own head and check myself.
CHARLIE: Riquelme started off as a stripped back piano track with Kim’s vocals recorded on top from a phone voice recording. The rest of the track came together piece by piece as we sent ideas back and forth over email.
KIM: Riquelme is a song that, I think, illustrates the complexities and fluidity of human relationships – just because they evolve doesn’t mean we have to fear the changes. I like to think the song challenges social definitions surrounding relationships.
JOSH: This is a Charlie monster! I love the side chaining and how it all melts together.
And one extra for luck…How do you know when you’ve finished a song?
CHARLIE: Usually when Josh isn’t angry about it anymore…
KIM: The best thing about emailing files back and forward is that we all take turns at hearing the track from a fresh perspective. We are really good at critiquing each others work, (and we are all slowly getting better at taking them!) when we are all happy it usually means the song is close to being finished. Then we send it to our friends at Cascine. Some songs don’t make it past these preliminary stages.
Combining real instruments with computerized technology, Oliver Tank is a curator of heartfelt, vivid soundscapes that are delicate and have a way of melting into your soul. Only just yesterday, Tank played to a devoted crowd at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel. Supported by the likes of Oscar Key Sung and Bree Tranter, the night was filled with electronica infused sounds and edgy peaks and troughs.
Tank’s crisp vocal musings are enthralling. His minimal take on dreamscapes is beautifully defined by his latest Slow Motion Music EP. Different Speed is the collaboration of both Oliver Tank and Ta-Ku, and is one of the more popular tracks of the Slow Motion EP. This track is currently running loops on my playlist, as I cannot get enough of it. It’s simple and eerie yet the lyrics are ever so inviting and beautiful. Have a listen for yourself and tell me that those heartfelt beats don’t keep you hooked.
Here’s a little number to get you all warm and fuzzy inside for Valentines Day. An oldie but a goodies, this track by Sampha and Jessie Ware will surely set your heart strings a flutter. Whether you share it with a special someone or on your own, Happy Valentines Day lovelies!!
Broken Bells are just the coolest! They have a way of combining disco tech beats with futuristic space odysseys, and in doing so pull at my heart strings oh so well. The duo is composed of artist-producer Brian Burton (better known as Danger Mouse) and James Mercer, lead vocalist and guitarist from indie band The Shins. After The Disco, is their second collaboration together, and has just dropped in Australia.
Holding On For Life, is packed with funky, mid-tempo grooves. It recalls the album’s predominantly post-disco themes, with Mercer’s falsetto veering into Bee Gees territory, while opener ‘Perfect World’ coalesces all the trademark qualities of both artists. – Clash Music
With its catchiness of choruses and pop infused tempo’s, After The Disco is a creative compilation of all things new and exciting. Taking on a new take to the ‘indie’ genre, the Broken Bells do well at charming us with this new euphoric mess.
All Time High is the first track off The Holidays forthcoming album, Real Feel. Set to release later this month, watching the All Time High video is a good indicator of what’s expected of the entire record. Happy listening.
At 23 years of age, Melbourne-based singer / songwriter / producer Oscar Key Sung has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most prodigious new talents in Australia’s vibrant indie music landscape.
Since exploding out of the scene-defining Two Bright Lakes community as one half of Oscar + Martin in 2010, Oscar has received international acclaim for his refreshingly spacious productions, buoyant performances, and a sumptuous voice that harkens back to a classic lineage of heart-on-sleeve RnB frontmen.
A seasoned performer across a wealth of festivals such as Falls, Meredith, Sugar Mountain, Melbourne Music Week and coveted support slots with St Vincent, Four Tet, Metronomy and Gotye, Oscar spent the majority of 2012 in the studio; working on his debut album under his Key Sung moniker, whilst also managing a quick succession of EPs with his positive hip-hop duo Brothers Hand Mirror.
Bringing in 2013 with perhaps his biggest breakthrough yet, Key Sung was handpicked by Mercury Music Prize-nominated mc Ghostpoet and Brooklyn-based artist MeLo-X to produce their debut release as MELOGHOST, ‘WecanWORKitout’. Quickly receiving over 44,000 plays and with further collaborations in the pipeline, Oscar’s latest single ‘WIMLTM’ recently clocked 15900 plays with no associated promotional backing or performances.
Now receiving further spins and the tastemaking praise of BBC Radio 6 programmer Gilles Peterson, Oscar Key Sung is now set to bring his starling story to the international stage with two promotional singles “It’s Coming’ and ‘Sure Thing’ already receiving Triple J rotation and with European and US tours planned for late 2013 before his debut LP is released in 2014.
Words and images courtesy of Niche Productions.
Have you voted in Triple J’s Hottest 100 yet? Be sure to get your votes in quick as voting closes on the 26th of January. If you’re completely baffled on who you should vote for, the below video should steer you in the right direction. Happy voting!
Brooklyn trio, Wet expertly craft some super sweet day jams. Their sounds are ever so sweet, sexy and slow, launching you off into an turbine of euphoria. Their self titled EP is an authentic take on alternative pop, giving listeners a new take on all things mellow and illustrious. Wet’s tracks seem to grow on you like a leveled masterpiece, increasing velocity and getting better with every carefully mastered note that is added to the songs progress. Give your ears a sweet awakening and have a listen to their EP below.