This week in The Singles Bar #13, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

Emerging from her lace LA cocoon, Lila Gold presents her dreamy, dark new single Loveless. Residing in Chinatown LA, Lila Gold calls on life experiences as her muse – always tinted with rose-coloured glasses.

Commanding attention from the first second, Loveless sees Lila Gold drawing on inspiration from sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner – both are moody, dim landscapes illuminated with radiant neon lights. Throughout the track, Lila Gold flirts with the entrancing space between reality and fantasy. Loveless is undeniably futuristic pop, yet underneath the lush synths lay an undercurrent of electric guitar which provides the track with a real world tangibility.

Her sultry vocals are specious, coated in hazy filters and processors. A written ballad to herself, Loveless is an intensely romantic but ultimately bittersweet anthem. Lila Gold’s velvety chants idealise loneliness and disconnection: ‘I wanna be loveless, loveless, loveless, I wanna feel nothing, nothing, nothing’.

HANDSOME today shares a brand new single, Save Some Love via Dot Dash Recordings. Premiering last night on triple j’s Home & Hosed with Declan Byrne, Save Some Love is the second single from HANDSOME since her emotive debut, Late Night Ball Game feat. Joyride.

Of the track, HANDSOME details, Save Some Love is a reminder to love yourself. We allow ourselves too often to give all of our energy, positivity and love out to other people, we often for get to leave a little for ourselves. This song has many different stories to it, many heroines that I have met in my life that have done and said things that have reminded me how important self-love and authenticity truly is.”

British songstress Mahalia has unveiled the video her new single Proud of Me which features the incredibly talented London based rapper, Little Simz.

Produced by Maths Times Joy – who produced Mahalia’s stand-out debut single Sober – the song is a perfect example of her trademark, open-hearted lyricism. A rich mixture of Soul, R&B and hip-hop the track reboots those classic genres for 2018 with Mahalia’s silky vocal holding it all together like magic dust.

Mahalia says – “I’m so excited for everyone to see this one. It’s extra special to me. We filmed it in Leicester with a couple close friends of mine and it’s sick that everyone gets to see me in my home. There are a couple special guests, too. Keep your eyes peeled! “

After being discovered on Triple J’s Unearthed at the ripe age of 11, Black Summer (Rhys Thoms) was featured heavily across the J’s eventually leading him to play a set at Groovin’ The Moo 2015 where he casually met Xavier – who was also there to perform – backstage. Fast forward another three years and the two have joined forces to deliver the Isic Tutor (Black Summer Remix) sent from the “smav gods”…

Xavier Dunn comments “I met Rhys way back when I first opened Groovin the Moo. We were backstage and I started talking to Simon (Rhys’ dad) before he had to go and do some errands and asked if I could hang with Rhys until he got back. So I stayed and we had great chats about the meaning of life and what it was like to play his first show at such a young age. Great kid, great music, what more could you ask for in a remix! Soon as I heard he was jumping on the remix I jumped straight into the kitchen to give thanks to the smav gods. Once again they have delivered the chosen one to me”.

Miriam Bryant’s previous single Rocket saw the rising star begin to be discovered all over the world after previously accumulating 200 million track streams in the Nordic nations. Her next step towards international recognition comes with today’s release of her new track Black Car together with an accompanying video.

Black Car was initially released in Miriam Bryant’s homeland of Sweden where it became one of the biggest smash hits of recent years. It peaked at #2 during a nine-week run in the Top 10 as it reached 5 x Platinum status, and eventually won Song of the Year at the nation’s prestigious P3 Guld award ceremony.

One listen to the track demonstrates exactly why Black Car both connected with such a huge audience and will continue to be discovered in the near future. Combining power, poise and nuanced emotion, Miriam’s vocal is a world class talent. Meanwhile her lyrics explore the promise and subsequent breakdown of a new relationship with a fiery, independently minded spirit.

Miriam explains, “Black Car represents the place we met – the club we always go back to and where we had our first kiss. It’s the moment when you look at me like nobody has ever looked at me before, and the moment you know you’re in love. But it’s also the arguments, the passion, the tears. It’s when you’ve given up but you don’t want to leave. It’s the realisation that nothing is forever.”

Dynamic producer Diplo drops his latest single Worry No More featuring Lil Yachty and Santigold.

Worry No More featuring Lil Yachty and Santigold is the third track to be released from California, the new EP and first solo body of work in five years from global superstar Diplo and follows Look Back featuring DRAM and Get It Right featuring MØ and GoldLink.

The new music follows a remarkable year for Diplo. Major Lazer’s documentary Give Me Future, shot at the groups historic, 400,000-person Havana, Cuba show in March 2016, premiered via Apple Music after debuting to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Festival. The band also released a companion album to the film entitled Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future—Music From and Inspired by the Film and an acclaimed EP, Know No Better.

Geelong rock n rollers Dangerous Curves will release their long awaited debut album So Dirty Right on April 6.

Inspired by the likes of Bon Jovi, Kiss and Van Halen, Dangerous Curves formed in 2015 with one only one goal in mind, to bring back the music of the infamous LA scene of the late 80’s…with a add a modern twist.

Atlantic recording artist Max Frost has announced the release of his new single and video. Good Morning is now available at all DSPs and streaming services. Good Morning heralds the producer/multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter’s long awaited debut album, executive produced by Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums. Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih, YG), produced much of the album, which is due to arrive later this year.

Named by both NPR and Rolling Stone as one of “10 Artists You Need To Know,” Max Frost has earned acclaim with his unique musical merging of soul, funk, hip-hop, and pop that saw 2013’s breakthrough single, White Lies, lauded in such high profile national outlets as Interview, Billboard, Paste, and NPR Music. Frost has since toured extensively with his captivating one-man-band performances earning him coveted slots at festivals such as Austin’s ACL Music Festival, Dover, DE’s Firefly Music Festival as well as multiple sold out US headline tours and supporting slots with Gary Clark Jr., Fitz and the Tantrums, Honne & more.

I’m Done is the latest single to surface from Gordi’s acclaimed debut LP, Reservoir, out now through Liberation Records. Featuring the vocals of friend and collaborator, S. Carey (Bon Iver), ‘I’m Done’ thrives off its minimal arrangement and heartfelt lyrics.

Today, Gordi also reveals the captivating video filmed with Melbourne artist Giulia McGauren. It beautifully portrays the song’s themes through interpretive movement and a grey, smoky atmosphere.

“When I heard Sean Carey sing the vocals on this song for the first time, I felt this feeling I get when a piece of music really connects with me. It’s this nexus of familiarity and new. It reminds you of somewhere you are coming from and moving towards. The video was inspired by Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne; a statue that captures an entire narrative in an instant” – Gordi

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders have announced their return with the darkly beautiful White Flag, the first taste from their forthcoming album Blue Poles, to be released Friday 4 May via Barely Dressed Records / Remote Control. The band have also announced a run of east coast launch shows to celebrate.

White Flag is a prime example of Ladder’s remarkable way with a ballad. The spectacular video was shot in Indonesia by visual mastermind Wilk and directed by Jim Pillion. “It’s written from two perspectives”, says Ladder. “I didn’t want to duet so I sang both parts. It allows for more mystery.” Obvious in both the video (and the forthcoming album) Ladder maintains the recurring bone dry sense of humour that has been a thread through all of his work.

Acclaimed post-punk band RVG are excited to drop the music video for IBM, taken from their stunning debut album A Quality of Mercy, and release their full international tour dates including SXSW, showcases in LA and NYC, and a European tour with UK band Shame.

The video for IBM shows the band performing in a big white room, before breaking off into a date between a man (played by drummer Marc Nolte) and his old computer, which otherwise would have been really quite romantic. On the new single, singer and guitarist Romy Vager shares: “IBM is a song about someone falling in love with someone who is very obviously an old computer. I wanted to write something that was similar to something Robyn Hitchcock would write in that it makes a relatable point but does it from a ridiculous angle. One of the samples you can hear is the sound of a dentist drill. A few of our friends have said that when they listen to the song it makes their teeth itch, which was the plan.”

Following the release of Bully new members, Mike Deslandes & Lauren Hammel brought new discussions and direction for High Tension. Exploring numerous avenues, under the guise of heavy music, the dynamic took a turn from the band of old. A hybrid tuning seemed to reveal something new, this voice lent to writing Ghost To Ghost and has become the band’s new blueprint.

Last year I connected with other Indonesians whose families were implicated in the anti-communist purge, even at present, systemic silencing has stopped people from sharing their stories and spreading truth surrounding that era, they described their daily story telling as “dari hantu ke hantu” or “from ghost to ghost” and I felt like this was what I have been trying to attempt for the past decade.”

Cantebury, Kent (UK) rockers Moose Blood have released a new song, Just Outside, which is available as an instant-grat download when fans pre-order their new album I Don’t Think I Can Do This Anymore, out March 9th via Hopeless Records.

Just Outside follows the three singles already released off the new record, Have I Told You Enough, Talk In Your Sleep, which was premiered by Dan P. Carter on BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, as well as It’s Too Much, which premiered on Billboard.

Following the announcement of a new EP – Flowerss due May 4th via Caroline Australia – Zac Farro’s HALFNOISE has today dropped its new video for the title-track, which was this week added to spot rotation on triple j. The Flowerrs video , premiering via NYLON Magazine was directed by NYC-based artist Alex Kranzusch (aka Ghostpoop) who used a verity of media – layering computer animation, water colours, painting, block work, and hand drawings over Zac’s solo performance of the track.

“I really vibed with this song walking around Brooklyn in the winter. There is so much texture in this track, it made me think of the depth of light and color that differs spring and winter. That texture has an intangible quality that I feel is represented in Zac’s music. I experimented with different mediums that I felt reflected the spontaneous energy felt letting ‘Flowerss’ fill my brain for the past month or so. I used both watercolor and pastels to animate some of the layers that paired with the guitar leads, and digital brushes to animate more of the chugging guitars and heavier drums. I was inspired by late 70s, American animators like Suzan Pitt. I really love her willingness to experiment with different mediums to create and contribute to her narrative in the short film ‘Asparagus’. It was this sensibility that reminded me of Zac’s approach to creating his art.” – Alex Kranzusch

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