This week in The Singles Bar #14, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

GRAMMY® Award-nominated multi-platinum Halsey releases a new version of her latest single Alone featuring Big Sean and Stefflon Don.

Originally featured on her chart-dominating second full-length album, hopeless fountain kingdom, Alone has already amassed almost 20 million cumulative streams and counting. In this fresh take, Halsey’s song criss crosses a swaggering verse from Big Sean and an island-swept cameo courtesy of U.K. trailblazer Stefflon Don.

Courtney Barnett releases Need A Little Time, the sublime second single from her highly anticipated album Tell Me How You Really Feel. Need A Little Time is surely one of the most plaintively beautiful songs that Barnett has written, majestic in structure, performance and dynamic range.

Need A Little Time is a statement of a different sort. Its extraordinary beauty lies in the rarely-heard tenderness and vulnerability in Barnett’s singing voice, which grows in strength each verse until the point it seems to take flight, becoming weightless as it floats over each euphoric chorus.

It’s her first new song since last year’s runaway hit Blindfolded, and the latest in a line of singles that put love, lust and relationships under the microscope. On Gimme A Break, Nicole Millar turns her attention to the feeling of wanting to break free from someone who isn’t getting the message. The result is her biggest, brightest and most fun track yet, an anthem-in-wait for women who want to go their own way. “All my girls are saying I’m supposed to have fun / And I don’t need nobody to be locking me down,” she sings. “Won’t you gimme a break?”

Gimme A Break pairs Nicole’s pop melodies with electronic production, but ups the tempo and piles on the synth for a song you can’t help but dance to. Produced by Dan Farber, who worked with Nicole on her first solo smash Tremble, Gimme A Break bleeds glitter, guts and neon pink.

“I’ve never really written anything like this song, which makes me so excited to show everyone,” Nicole says. “It’s basically a girl power anthem telling some dude how it is. It’s based off a story back in my teens of a guy that would message me from the moment I woke up into the night, constantly leaving me no room to breathe. And let’s be real, girls love the guys that ignore us!”

Beck has teamed up with innovative electronic duo Oliver for the latest remix of Up All Night, delivering smooth house music with a French touch.

Up All Night spent 7 weeks at #1 on the U.S. alternative radio chart and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. Described by Variety as Beck’s “crowd-pleasing party anthem” the Up All Night (Oliver remix) sees the original track infused with an epic coat of twisted yacht rock smoothness, sure to keep the good vibes rolling!

Hailing from Orange County, California, alt-rockers Super Whatevr have release the official music video for Telelelevision, one of the singles from their debut full-length Never Nothing, out now via Hopeless Records.

“This video embodies everyday anxiety in the context of abstract thought and how the mind runs rampant if fear is a driving force,” lead singer Skyler McKee said. “Just like the irritational words in Telelelevision.”

Australian superstar Troye Sivan’s spectacular return continues with the release of acoustic audio and video versions of new single, MY MY MY! The pop trail blazer’s single has already reached top 10 on the Australian airplay chart, top 15 on the ARIA singles chart, and has achieved Gold sales status.

With the release of his second album fast approaching, Troye returns home in March for a promotional tour, undertaking a range of major media engagements. He will visit Melbourne and Sydney from March 7 to 9. In the US, Troye has charmed audiences with recent interviews and performances on SNL and Ellen and is currently on the promotional trail through UK and Europe, attending the Brit Awards overnight. MY MY MY! was most added to USA radio and has trended #1 video on YouTube and Twitter in Australia and the US.

My Enemy follows lead single Get Out as the second track from Chvrches to be released from Love Is Dead, and features The National’s Matt Berninger on guest vocals.

“We’ve all been huge fans of The National for a long time,” says Lauren. “We had played a few festivals together but really got to know Matt when we were involved in 7 Inches For Planned Parenthood, a fundraising and awareness campaign that he spearheaded. It’s really inspiring and reassuring to meet other artists you admire and realise that they are trying to do some good in the world. We kept in touch after that and, when it came time to record ‘My Enemy’, Iain and Martin suggested I email Matt to see if he’d like to sing on it. We never realistically thought he’d have time to do it but he replied right away and recorded the track at his house the next day.”

Niall Horan has unveiled the video for new single On The Loose, directed by Jake Jelicich and produced by Jason Baum. The breezy, pop-rock jam follows Horan entangled in a carefree romance with a mysterious woman. The California backdrop provides the setting for her hypnotic powers over anyone in her sights.

On The Loose is the fourth single from Niall’s Gold album Flicker. Flicker debuted at #2 on the ARIA chart in October and remained in top 10 for three weeks, and top 20 for six weeks. It spawned hit singles This Town, Slow Hands and Too Much To Ask.

Energetic folksters Perch Creek are back with a mischievous new single Gold Shop, a thrilling car-chase of a track, out March 23. The family band have also announced a hilarious, vintage-inspired clip to accompany Gold Shop, directed alongside Honey Editorial. This single is the second taste of Perch Creek’s new self-titled album, which is an eclectic and innovative collection of harmony-driven folk, evocative pop and offbeat soul, set for release on April 13. To celebrate the album, the group will be heading out on an epic national tour, kicking off on May 31 at Fly By Night in Fremantle, WA, then swinging through regional and metropolitan cities in NSW, ACT, QLD, SA and VIC.

Gold Shop is a serious groover – funky as all get out, but still hitting that pop song bullseye. It’s not only the irresistible music, but also that enjoyably perplexing storyline that makes you want to watch it over and over again. Perch Creek’s bassist and token non-sibling, James Chandler, explains, “It’s about [lead singer] Eileen’s moustachioed male alter ego bemoaning the woes caused by his own alter ego (a shady female) who is committing crimes and getting him/her into big trouble. Are we confused yet? It was inspired by the multitude of gold ‘souks’ in the world’s capital of bling, Dubai, where we spent a week performing at a shopping festival. It wasn’t exactly Golden Plains but we managed to have a great time nevertheless.”

Melbourne indie rockers, Shiva And The Hazards have today announced their dreamy new single East India Empress, a mesmerising modern throwback track, out now. The group have also dropped a spellbinding clip to accompany the song, painstakingly pieced together from vintage Bollywood footage. East India Empress is the first taste of Shiva And The Hazards’ debut EP Future Cult Classics, an eclectic collection of music that transcends decades, set for release on April 6 and will be launching their new wares at Melbourne’s Gasometer Hotel on March 23.

East India Empress is firmly aligned with its psychedelic predescessors in Pink Floyd and Grateful Dead, but there’s something undeniably current about it, too. Driving percussion and a constant, rhythmic vocal allow the space for the guitars to do their thing – and that thing is massive, and floating, and intriguingly expansive. Speaking on the track, drummer Leigh Baines enthuses, “We got this song together in Melbourne a while back, then after a soft mix at our friends studio in Mornington, it actually ended up sounded quite good as is. It sounded very organic. It wasn’t until we sent East India Empress to Chris Potter (The Verve) who replied and said he would be interested in producing the track. Essentially, we had the core of the track I guess, we just needed someone to bring it to life. We flew over, recorded in his amazing studio in London and came out pretty bloody happy!”

Adelaide trio Donnarumma continue to plumb the depths of the emotional spectrum’s heavier end with the release of the official music video for their captivating new single, Alien. The follow up to their successful 2017 release Love Your Man, the new sounds from Donnarumma has the trio exploring a bolder sound that crowds have already been introduced to on live stages in their hometown and on the east coast.

Alien itself is rooted thematically in the social paranoias and anxieties people experience in situations where fitting in is key or crucial. A person’s mind is a labyrinth of emotions and triggers; for some, it is harder to function in particular situations. The feeling that result can often be crippling.

It’s time to Rise Up! The Dead Daisies have a brand new song Rise Up off the upcoming album Burn It Down which will be released on April 6th. Anyone as excited as The Dead Daisies are for the rest of the year?!? They can’t wait to rock out WITH YOU on this tour!

Adelaide sisters Germein have pulled off a real coup, announced overnight as the support for Little Mix’s stadium tour of the UK this July as they drop their video clip for their new single Talking.

Taking their lead from strong artists like Haim, Chvrches and Tegan & Sara, the sisters aren’t afraid to explore a wide palate of musical styles, while keeping a firm hand on pop sensibilities. While they have previously toured the world and released music independently, the new single Talking is the first taste of a new Germein, created and recorded and produced at home by Georgia with mixing by acclaimed mixer John Castle (Dean Lewis, Cub Sport, Washington).

Parquet Courts have shared the title track off their forthcoming album, Wide Awake! Perhaps the song that most contrasts their previous work, Wide Awake brings the band’s mission into full focus. It aims to achieve the deceptively complex goal of making people want to dance, while powering the body for resistance through a combination of groove, joy, and indignation.

The video, directed by Brother Willis and filmed in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, features the band, clad in purple tuxedos, acting, well, wide awake. “I was very intrigued by the band’s idea to spend a few days filming all around New Orleans during Mardi Gras,” says Willis. “Probably should’ve thought twice about it, but we all came out the other side changed people and with a video (or more?) in our collective pocket.” “You’ll never guess what happens next….” adds Parquet Courts’ Austin Brown.

Ryan Downey today shares the striking new song and video Those Eyes That Answer, the second single from his jaw-dropping debut album Running out April 13 through Barely Dressed Records/ Remote Control. Those Eyes That Answer encompasses everything that is great about Downey’s music. His undeniable voice resonates with richness and gravity while a minutely detailed and singularly original musical world unfurls around it.

As Downey explains, “This song is about witnessing the sublime and gaining a greater sense of yourself in that moment. It’s partly based on seeing Picasso’s Guernica in the flesh. It’s a painting that took me by surprise with it’s overwhelming mix of horror and beauty, leaving me with that strange sensation of feeling tiny in its presence but also connected to something much bigger than myself at the same time.”

Scottish pop punks WOES are about to make their European live debut as support to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes throughout March/April. To mark the occasion, the band are pleased to reveal new track High On You in the form of a music video, featuring highlights from their recent UK tours with Seaway and Neck Deep.

“Before the Neck Deep tour we were playing to maybe 30, 40 people a show, then all of a sudden we were playing to thousands a night. Then on Seaway we would show up at the venue and meet people in queuing with Woes merch on. It was crazy, very humbling.

We played High On You on both tours, and no-one in the audience had ever heard it before but we had people jumping up and down to it every night. By the end of Seaway, there were people who had maybe seen us 3 or 4 times singing along, to a song they’ve never heard a recording of – how crazy is that?” – DJ, vocals

Melbourne progressive instrumental project, I Built The Sky have a brand new video out for the track Cumulus taken from their highly praised album, The Sky Is Not The Limit. The song has all the hallmarks of a classic IBTS track. Interesting riffs, fast shred and epic inspirational feels. The guys nearly got arrested while filming the tracks video on (what they thought was) vacant land in a Melbourne suburb!

IBTS mainman Ro Han explains “Yeah, so we found what looked like abandoned land in Footscray but it turned out to be owned by Melbourne’s Metro Trains network!
They saw us filming mid-way through the shoot and approached us in their ute. Three of them jumped out and surrounded us and at that point we thought we were in some serious shit! As it turns out, they are djent lords themselves! They said “you guys are trespassing but we’re happy to let you finish and then get the fuck out.”

Multi-platinum alt-pop sibling trio Echosmith have released a brand new single, Over My Head, out today on Warner Bros. Records. As the first release since they returned to the studio late last year, the new song showcases the band’s most evolved sound to date, with an inescapable synth-driven chorus and bold drum beats. It is the first taste of their next album which will be released later this year.

Over My Head is the latest release since the band made their highly-anticipated return with the Inside A Dream EP, following their breakout success with the debut album Talking Dreams and its #6 ARIA double-platinum hit, Cool Kids, and Bright. Inside A Dream quickly earned critical acclaim right around the world.

Multi-GRAMMY® nominated singer/songwriter/producer Charlie Puth has unveiled his new single Done For Me (featuring Kehlani), which is available now at all music retailers and streaming services. Done For Me, which sees Puth being joined by GRAMMY® nominated R&B sensation and Atlantic label mate Kehlani, is the latest single released from his highly-anticipated sophomore album, Voicenotes, which is set to arrive on May 11th.

Done For Me will add to the remarkable repertoire that Puth has released since 2016 including 5 Top 10 singles on the ARIA chart and over 1 Million Single sales in Australia alone. It’s the follow up to Puth’s 2017 ARIA Platinum single How Long and the ARIA 3x Platinum single Attention , which are both included on the Voicenotes album. Together, the companion videos for Attention and How Long have logged over 1 billion views on YouTube alone, and can be seen at Puth’s official YouTube channel. Produced by Puth entirely on his own, Voicenotes already boasts back-to-back hits.

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