This week in The Singles Bar #24, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
I OH YOU is thrilled to reveal a fresh new offering from Jack River’s debut album with the stunning, multi-dimensional Limo Song. Premiering overnight on triple j along with the effervescent accompanying video dropping simultaneously, Limo Song will feature on Jack River’s debut album Sugar Mountain out on Friday 22 June via I OH YOU.
Situated in a dreamscape laced with lingering darkness, Limo Song amplifies the underlying heartache ever-present throughout each of Sugar Mountain’s tracks. While previous single Ballroom pulses with defiant energy, Limo Song is a tentatively outstretched hand, full of poignant yet unanswered questions. For Jack River, the track plugs into, “that melancholic dream world where you’re looking back and looking forwards all at once”. Delicate guitar lines are set beautifully against full-bodied bass, creating imagery of a rolling limousine guided by the wispy side of Jack River’s vocals which swirl to the fore.
The video for Limo Song, like its predecessors, is the product of the undeniably kinetic creative partnership between Holly Rankin (Jack River) and director Matt Sav (Tame Impala, Pond). Set in an ice-cream shop, the clip is as sweet as it would taste, highlighting that infectious feeling of love and lust with a bold, provocative edge – the perfect balance of glitter and grit we have come to expect from Jack River.
Illinois rock-group REAL FRIENDS have released their latest single From The Outside via Fearless Records / Caroline Australia. Produced by Mike Green, From The Outside explores Real Friends’ frontman, Dan Lambton, struggling to decide right from wrong, and not being able to communicate those feelings to friends and family. The song is an epic follow-up to their previous single Get By, released late last year.
“This song in particular addresses uncertainties pertaining to not knowing what may be good for you or in your best interest,” explains Lambton. “Whether it be medication, drugs, alcohol, psychiatric treatment, etc. and generally not being able to navigate the inner workings of your mind to know what is going on with your mental state.”
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE have released Letting You Go, the third track from forthcoming album, Gravity.
Matt Tuck Says, “Letting you go was a very challenging song to write in so many ways. It’s by far the most experimental track I’ve ever written musically and lyrically. I really wanted to make a track that stood out from the crowd and separated us from any other band in our genre, and that’s exactly what ‘Letting You Go’ does.”
Melbourne three-piece Loose Tooth announce their debut album Keep Up to be released on August 3rd via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records.
With Keep Up, the Melbourne three-piece have inked their impeccable ear for a hook on a fresh sonic palate; the howling guitars of their first EP Saturn Returns peeled back to foreground the striking to and fro of the band’s distinctive vocalists. That’s three for three – Etta Curry (drums, vocals), Luc Dawson (bass, vocals, guitar, keys), and Nellie Jackson (guitar, vocals) – long time friends with a democratic approach to both songwriting and influences. Raised on the holy trinity of soul, country and Eddy Current, their debut LP is a living reminder that the B-52’s used to be a punk band and the light hasn’t gone out on the storied shores of St Kilda.
In addition, today Loose Tooth share the album opener Keep On – where Curry and Jackson’s spry chorus of “you will not be happy because you don’t know what you want” is played out in sharp relief to the listless characterisations of Dawson. The track is accompanied by a fantastic Danny Cohen directed video that see’s the three-piece take their anthemic single across the land, sea, and the air in every way imaginable.
Gang Gang Dance’s long-awaited new album Kazuashita is released Friday 22 June. Following J-TREE and Lotus, today the New York act have released a third new song, Young Boy (Marika in Amerika).
A piercing, heartfelt elegy, Lizzi Bougatsos empathetically sings for those lives unjustly lost to police brutality over weighty, tug-o-war synths and destabilising beats.
Founded by Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian DeGraw and Josh Diamond, Gang Gang Dance has consistently blurred the boundaries between the New York art and music scenes for nearly two decades. They are as comfortable performing rare improvisational sets at the Whitney Biennial as they are at Coachella sand count Dash Snow & Dan Colen, Tinchy Stryder and the Boredoms as previous collaborators.
Manchester Orchestra have released I Know How To Speak, a lush, slow-burning song that is the band’s first original new music since their acclaimed 2017 album, A Black Mile To The Surface (Loma Vista Recordings / Caroline Australia).
“This song was originally and roughly formed a few years ago, about the impending weight of the future. It almost made it onto Black Mile, but hadn’t fully formed yet,” explains singer/guitarist Andy Hull. “We spent some solid time this year revisiting and reworking the song into its final state. I found it inspiring to work on this song right before the birth of my son, which was and is beautiful impending weight.”
With Confidence have announced details on their forthcoming new album Love and Loathing out August 10th via Hopeless Records. The infectiously catchy and colorful music video for That Something.
With Confidence called on veteran producer Mike Green (All Time Low, Paramore) to help create Love and Loathing. An album filled with both catchy melodies and emotive lyrics, Love and Loathing carries you through first loves, blistering breakups and everything in-between. According to bassist and vocalist Jayden Seeley, the final themes weren’t clear until they had finished most of the songs.
“There’s a looming relationship with loathing, mostly about the concept of self-loathing,” explains Seeley. “That period before getting into a relationship is very introspective—you’re trying to be a better person, but a lot of how that happens is because people are really hard on [themselves]. That ties back to love just as strongly, because in the relationship, you want to keep being better. In every way.”
Simple Minds have just released Summer, the third single from their new album, Walk Between Worlds. The album charted at #1 and #4 on the UK Vinyl and UK Album Charts respectively, making it the band’s most successful album in over 20 years. SUMMER is a song that revisits the glassy guitars and new wave dance grooves of Simple Minds’ early career. Rather than a straight-forward ode to sunshine, the song captures the low-pressured atmosphere of thunderous summer days. With Charlie Burchill’s inimitable guitar ringing out over one of Jim Kerr’s greatest vocal performances, the song bursts into an infectious, life-affirming chorus. Summer perfectly encapsulates why so many people proclaimed Walk Between Worlds one of Simple Minds’ best ever albums.
Walk Between Worlds was produced by Simple Minds with Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg. It is an album of two distinct sides, very much the old-school album format that singer Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill grew up with as music fans. In addition to classic Simple Minds anthems and revisiting their new wave roots, the album also explores more cinematic sounds, with the title track and Barrowland Star both featuring dramatic orchestrations recorded at Abbey Road.
Cardi B shared the new music video for Song of the (US) Summer contender I Like It, featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin. The video was directed by Eif Rivera and has had over 4 million views since it dropped. The ARIA gold single is currently #18 on the ARIA single chart, #17 on Spotify and #15 on Apple Music.
Raucous indie surf rockers Caravãna Sun have today announced their infectious new single Beauty and The Pain, written to celebrate the good and the bad times within a relationship. The group have also announced a video to accompany the track, directed by Jay Wennington at Bad Seed, the vid documents the creative process behind Beauty and The Pain and gives fans special insight into its conception.
Produced by the legendary Steven Schram (The Cat Empire, San Cisco, Paul Kelly), Beauty and The Pain is a hook-driven romp; undeniably modern, with a tight, interesting arrangement and a vocal melody that worms itself into your head and refuses the leave. Existing fans of Caravãna Sun will not be disappointed by this new offering, as it shines a light on their lovable knack for catchy indie-rock, however new and old fans alike will be impressed by their ability to evolve as songwriters with each new release. Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Caravãna Sun’s Ant Beard says, “(Beauty and The Pain is about) knowing that in the shit times, there’s always a splitting ray of beauty, like the fierce glow of your angry lover. It’s the cheeky smile you can’t help but let out, it’s the knowing that where there’s pain, there’s beauty.”
Lily Allen has shared the video for Lost My Mind, the latest single to be lifted from her fourth album, No Shame, out today and available here. The video was filmed in London on a rotating, purpose built set and directed by Myles Whittingham who was also responsible for Trigger Bang.
Lily’s most personal, insightful and fully-formed record to date, No Shame has received an avalanche of early acclaim, with a slew of four star reviews. No Shame includes early favourite, Trigger Bang featuring Giggs, as well as Three, Higher, and Lost My Mind, all of which are available to stream and download now.
Working with collaborators Fryars, Mark Ronson, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Burna Boy, P2J and Cass Lowe to create No Shame, Lily says her goal was to make an album that is “as truthful as possible”. The result is Lily’s “best album yet” (Esquire) and “a smart, self-aware and compellingly imperfect record” (NME, 4*) – a true return to form from one of Britain’s most distinctive and pioneering pop stars.
Atlantic recording group Why Don’t We have unveiled their brand new track Hooked, available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Arriving overnight, the song has quickly risen to #28 on iTunes’ Overall Top Songs chart, ahead of superstar artists such as Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Conrad Sewell. The song’s companion video – which brings the band’s recent comic book-inspired, social posts to life – made its broadcast premiere on MTV this morning and is streaming now on Why Don’t We’s massively popular YouTube channel, which currently boasts over 1.7 million subscribers.
Turquoise Prince drops his new single Lighter; a bold yet achingly honest ode to a love that can never be, two people dancing around a future they can’t to commit to.
A swung R&B groove with sliding chords and driving bass forms a slinky backdrop to an earnest vocal performance that flirts with danger. There is poetry in Turquoise Prince’s conflict on Lighter, wherein he showcases insight beyond his years and faces his own faults with a profound humility.
“It’s about staring into the eyes of temptation. Everybody’s been there – whether you’re tempted to smash a late night Uber eats, or in this case fall in love with a girl that has a boyfriend. I love the song because it takes me there every time,” he says.
The flamboyant singer/MC from Canberra’s south first developed his craft as a teenager in Tonga, where he was sent as punishment after almost burning down his high school. It was in Tonga that Turquoise Prince developed the tougher side of his rap persona, as a way to shield him from the harsh realities of daily life.
He’s one of Australia’s rising blues and roots musicians and with his new single, The Hills Have Eyes, Jack Biilmann simply continues makes his mark. The Canberra based songwriter has established a formidable reputation for himself amongst local and national touring circles, having shared stages with the likes of Tash Sultana, Bobby Alu, Ian Moss, Bootleg Rascal and more over the last few years. A tenacious guitarist with a charming performance style to boot, Biilmann has struck a positive chord within the scene and with The Hills Have Eyes, he ventures further into well crafted roots territory.
Similar to the likes of Matt Corby and John Butler, much of Biilmann’s emotional musical punch comes direct from his vocal delivery. Impassioned and earnest, Biilmann’s talent as a natural storyteller shines on The Hills Have Eyes, while also noting considerable versatility when lined up against his previous releases. The Hills Have Eyes is a kick in a new direction from me, I wanted to do something that had the elements with what make me who I am as an artist with a new twist. It’s sure to come as a bit of a surprise, but is still a very ‘Jack Biilmann’ sounding song. The production from Kojo Ansah has really given this song exactly what I am after and I am so excited to release it and see its response..”
British rising star Mahalia has unveiled her brilliant new single I Wish I Missed My Ex alongside a cleverly crafted surrealistic video.
Produced by Maths Times Joy – who produced Mahalia’s stand-out debut single Sober – and emerging producer Swindle, I Wish I Missed My Ex is a perfect example of her trademark, open-hearted lyricism fusing old-school soul and atmospheric synths with R&B/pop leanings. The accompanying video was shot in LA by Director Andrew Litten over a 22-hour stint:
“The first time I heard IWIMME, I knew the track needed a big idea. I’ve always loved Spike Jonze’s video for “Drop” by the Pharcyde and decided to pay homage by creating a backwards music video with a contemporary spin. I hired a linguist from UCLA to teach Mahalia the song backwards, which she surprisingly learned in the one day that we had to work with! The DP, Dustin Lane, and I have always wanted to make something in our neighborhood, Highland Park. We chose family owned locations and hired a few extras while scouting the neighborhood. Mahalia’s reversed performance oozes spontaneity and confidence. I can’t thank her enough for joining us on the journey, and signing on to recreate this insane concept.”
They come from opposite sides of the Atlantic, but rising UK talent Catherine McGrath and American country superstar Hunter Hayes bonded over their shared passion for music. The duo can now share the new single Don’t Let Me Forget which comes ahead of the July 27th release of Catherine’s debut album Talk Of This Town, which is available now for pre-order.
Don’t Let Me Forget is a yearning modern country ballad in which Catherine and Hunter’s sweet vocal harmonies unite to convey the emotive power of the song. The song was produced by Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini), and written by Catherine, Forest and Adam Hambrick.
“This is one of the few positive love songs I’ve written,” says Catherine. “It’s written from the perspective of being with someone and recognising how special the relationship you have is in that moment. But you also have to remember that relationships won’t always be easy and they won’t always feel as magic as they used to. So you want the other person to remind you of the magic and the good times before you start to lose sight of them.
Getting to have a collaboration on the album was so exciting and for it to be Hunter made it even better. He has been one of my favourite artists for years. We met properly at the C2C festival in London two years ago, and when we sent him ‘Don’t let me forget’ to see if he’d be interested in collaborating on it he even put some guitar on the track too. I hope everyone’s gonna love the song.”
GRAMMY® Award-winning band Halestorm have announced the impending release of their fourth studio album, Vicious, out July 27. Vicious, which was recorded earlier this year in Nashville with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Rush), is available to pre-order now.
Vicious features the lead single, Uncomfortable; the official video for which was directed by Evan Brace (Phantogram, Taking Back Sunday).
Widely acknowledged as one of the most vital and iconic bands in modern hard rock, Halestorm made a spectacular debut with their 2009 self-titled LP. This was followed by 2012’s The Strange Case Of… – which featured the GRAMMY® Award-winning single, Love Bites (So Do I) – and 2015’s Into The Wild Life.
New Zealand artist/producer Thomston, aka Thomas Stoneman, returns with his new single Acid Rain. Accompanied by a stunning video – filmed by Australian director Nima Nabili Rad of Young Black Youth – Acid Rain is the first solo music to come from the 22-year-old in two years, and is undoubtedly his most unabashed pop moment yet.
Acid Rain is a minimal affair, with most of the verses sung over uncrowded guitar plucks, but it flies into gospel territory for the choir-assisted chorus. The track – which was written and produced solely by Thomston – sees him explore his most mature and analytical subject matter yet.
“It’s about being a bad judge of character, being wrong about someone you cared for, and the liberation of learning what you need and deserve from those around you,” Thomston says.
“My first record sounded like letting yourself wallow in self-pity; Acid Rain sounds like letting it go,” he says about the transformation, one that’s been slowly unfolding over the course of his career.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones became the ambassadors of the 90s ska explosion (the third wave of SKA) by forging new territory and being one of the first, if not the first band to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk. Over a 30-year career Boston’s best dressed band has built, and continue to build, a devoted following with their unique brass-infused brand of punk rock.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have stuck more pins in the map and racked up more tour miles than they can probably remember, earning themselves the reputation as one of the hardest working bands in rock. Now Boston’s best dressed band are back and set to release their first new studio album since 2011 titled While We’re At It. The album is scheduled for release on June 15th. This will be their 10th studio album. New single, Wonderful Day For The Race, is out now.
Front man Dicky Barret explained the meaning behind the track – “That song was based on the insignificance of what we truly are, up against the importance of what we are. Our place in the universe and who we think we are versus who we really are. It flip-flops back and forth between those two thoughts, ultimately landing on the importance of love and unity.” Barret further explained that the title was inspired by something his Dad liked tosay to him growing up. “I was always caught off guard. As a dopey kid, I would go, ‘What race?’ And he would always go, ‘The human race.’ It’s a tribute to him as well as a good message. We’re lucky to have what we have. We have this day, and we have who we are in ourselves. If that’s your starting point, that’s damn good.”
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