This week in The Singles Bar #25, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

Slum Sociable are proud to unveil a remarkable new single, Can’t Figure It Out, ahead of their Australian tour beginning in Brisbane at the end of the month. Its release falls just four weeks after the stunning, Do Something About It, which has received widespread adoration for its minimal, pop-focused direction.

Premiered overnight on triple j’s Good Nights, with an accompanying lyric video premiered via Pilerats, Can’t Figure It Out is Slum Sociable’s most infectious work to date and showcases another welcomed progression in song writing from the acclaimed duo. It features their renowned lo-fi beats, bright synth hooks and vocal melodies that you can envision sung in living rooms and at festivals alike.

“‘Can’t Figure It Out’ was a really fun song to make, we wrote it in the middle of a little snowstorm in New York, an equally inspirational and hazardous setting! The song itself speaks to the frustrated stagnant part of you, when you think you have an idea of how to move forward but the plan isn’t 100% there yet.” – Miller Upchurch, Slum Sociable

Melbourne’s HARMONY are stoked to announce their third album Double Negative will be released on July 20 through Poison City Records. Led by the singles Fatal Flaw and new single I Love You, the video for which has been released today, Double Negative is the band’s first new release in four years and the follow up to 2014’s critically acclaimed Carpetbombing. Harmony have also announced a string of East Coast dates with special guests, giving you the chance to hear Double Negative live for the first time this August.

I Love You is the very fittingly titled opening track to Double Negative. Where they have previously waded in the waters of loss, grief and despair, on Double Negative, HARMONY – Tom Lyngcoln (The Nation Blue), Alex Lyngcoln, Jon Chapple (Mclusky), and the chorus of Erica Dunn (MOD CON, Tropical Fuck Storm), Amanda Roff (Time For Dreams) and Quinn Veldhuis – turn their heads toward the light, to talk about capital L for Love, which is perhaps an even more confronting topic than the darkness that preceded it. They approach love in typically blunt fashion, leaning into matters of the heart with an appreciation for its complexities that is uniquely theirs, as shown in the video for I Love You where they’re individually framed, performing whilst drenched in shadows and smoke. From the bedroom to the staff room and all the intersecting arteries in between, together they delve into an exploration of Love – a complicated structure bound by raw desire.

Troye Sivan released Dance To This featuring Ariana Grande – a track from his forthcoming album, Bloom. The song is today’s Apple World Record. Listen for Zane Lowe’s interview with Troye on Beats 1.

Sivan said, “‘Dance To This’ is about that moment when you feel like you’ve been to enough house parties or events, and staying home and like, making out in the kitchen and cooking dinner sounds like a much, much better alternative.”

Welsh multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Novo Amor, aka Ali Lacey, has unveiled a remarkable and poignant video for the title track from his anticipated debut album Birthplace, set for release on 19th October 2018 via AllPoints.

The video highlights the monolithic problem of plastic in our oceans and was shot in Komodo and Bali, Indonesia, with production duo Sil and Jorik who previously worked with Novo Amor and his collaborator Ed Tullett on the emotional and cinematic video for their track Terraform.

Sil and Jorik shared their thoughts on the concept behind the film: “We want to make films about stories that matter, especially when those in disadvantage can’t speak for themselves. The pollution of our oceans is one of the most important stories of our time. They are under attack by a rapidly growing tumour of plastic waste for which we are responsible. We’ve been exploring ways to make a video that touches on this topic for a while, and when we heard Ali’s music the specific idea came to us almost in a flash.”

Ali Lacey himself adds: “The presence of plastic waste littering our oceans is not a new issue, but it’s an issue that has been worsening for years and is something that we can and should be addressing. The problem is not only a threat to marine life, but to the entire food chain, our whole ecosystem. When something impacts wildlife in such a profound way, we can expect it to impact upon us. The problems are manifold, the repercussions shocking, but there are ways in which we can raise awareness of such an urgent issue, and counter it.”

Australian singer-songwriter Dustin Tebbutt’s new single and video Love is Blind is out now. “‘Love Is Blind’ is a playful song about the lessons people can teach us through love, and how at the end of the day we don’t really have a lot of control over what happens in our lives,” Dustin Tebbutt says. “For me, it seems the best moments come along when we accept that fact, and kinda just focus on what’s happening right in front of us.” The video is centered on its stunning visuals and choreography that perfectly compliment the beautiful and soft tones of the song itself.

Rudimental, the BRIT-award winning collective and global dancehall mastermind Major Lazer, are delighted to announce details of their collaborative new single Let Me Live featuring Anne-Marie and Mr Eazi.

Let Me Live – which features on Rudimental’s third studio album Toast to Our Differences (out on September 7th) – marks one of the hottest collaborations of this year and has all the ingredients for a global success. A combination of new-school pop sensation Anne-Marie – who is currently leading the charge as this year’s biggest UK debut artist with the release of her debut album Speak Your Mind, which entered the UK Album Charts at #3, and is signed to Rudimental’s own label Major Tom’s – Rudimental and Major Lazer’s stellar production all merged with afro-beat star Mr Eazi’s flawless tone – concludes in a sonic masterpiece. In addition, Let Me Live features vocals from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, an incomparable 5-time Grammy-winning South African male choral group.

Marilyn Manson follows up his “career defining” (Consequence of Sound) 2017 album Heaven Upside Down with the release of Cry Little Sister. The cover of the theme song from the 1987 film, The Lost Boys, was produced by Manson’s longtime collaborator Tyler Bates.

Much loved Melbourne nine-piece Echo Drama have today announced their new single Insanity, a heavy condemnation of the selfishness that rules in today’s society. Hot on the heels of this massive track is the accompanying clip, directed by Carl Allison (Hilltop Hoods) and reflecting the band in an apocalyptic performance space. Insanity will be launched in style with a celebratory show at The Workers Club Melbourne on July 26, where fans will be able to catch Echo Drama in their element – on the stage.

Insanity is a bold name for a bold track. Echo Drama’s enormous sound is captured perfectly here; distorted horns draw the listener in immediately with an undeniable melody, while Alex ‘Sinks’ Sinclair’s (Recipient of 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative) verse is full of hard-hitting criticism on egocentrism. Zimbabwean born Soul singer Thando Sikwila’s hook is similarly condemning, and sits proudly atop Echo Drama’s signature amalgamation of reggae, hiphop, rock, and dub. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Thando explains, “This song explores how people are so fixated with self preservation and tend to turn a blind eye to bad things that happen because they’re not affected by them. My hook is about looking inwards and confronting what being a human being really means, when people no different like us halfway around the world are left destitute all for the sake of profit. It’s not sustainable.”

The clip is suitably bleak in colour; muted greys are accented by intricate lighting displays while the band perform the track in a destitute, industrial environment. It’s quick, energetic, and cut with an urgency that suits Insanity perfectly. Speaking on the making of the clip, Echo Drama’s drummer and founder Jeremy Schiftan says, “The clip was directed and conceptualised by Carl Allison, who is a wizard! We have been wanting to do a clip with Carl for a while, as he has worked with a few members of the band on other projects and consistently delivers the goods. The track is pretty hectic, so went for fast cuts, and the set was a great space he sourced to get that big open space we wanted for the largeness of the tune. It’s big to match the sound, but bare to mirror the blunt nihilism of the tune’s themes.”

Premiered on triple j Goodnights, Alice Glass has released a new single Mine, out via Loma Vista Recordings / Caroline Australia. Alice touched down in Australia this the weekend for shows in Melbourne (last night), Sydney (Tuesday 19th at Oxford Art Factory – tickets) and Dark Mofo in Hobart (Saturday 23rd – sold out) alongside Zola Jesus.

The single is accompanied by a haunting visual starring Violet Chachki, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 with dresses designed and styled by Vogue favorite Dilara Findikoglu. The Lucas David directed clip received its premiere at Glass’s Sado Maso Disco party in LA, which also featured drag lip sync performances of Glass’s debut solo EP, released at the end of 2017.

After a slight re-invention with their last two EP releases Leather & Denim DRUNK MUMS are back in full force with a Power Pop smasher entitled ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES.

Talking to Adam about the process he explains “Jake came up with killer lyrics & melody but couldn’t quite hit the high notes so we decided that he should record a low take and I would do a high and see how it turns out. Soon as we played it back everyone was stoked. We wanted to spice the song up a bit towards the end of the tune so we roped in Brent from DUMB PUNTS to twiddle his fingers over some keyboards and bobs your uncle”.

A song with heart, Jake and Adam sing the lyrics word for word. This is the first time the band has sung in unison throughout an entire track and it aint bad for an accident.

The track is the first taste of their forthcoming 10 track full length album URBAN COWBOY expected to be released in November this year.

Soulful Melbourne artist Sannia has today announced her debut single Go And Get Over, a strikingly vulnerable track that documents the trying and slow process of moving on. The newcomer has also announced a clip to accompany the track, directed by Giulia Giannini McGauran (Meg Mac, Alex Lahey, The Rubens). To celebrate Go And Get Over, Sannia will be playing an intimate show in her hometown on Friday July 13 at the Wesley Anne in Northcote, supported by Ruby Gill and Eaglemont.

Go And Get Over is resigned and raw – and it comes from that special place of unwavering sincerity; so intimate that the listener can instantly hear the reverberations of a tumultuous past, just through her breathtakingly emotive vocals. The melody climbs and peaks in all the right spots, buoyed by gentle production that allows space for that distinctive voice to shine, and the narrative to take place. When reflecting on the inspiration behind the song, Sannia says, “This song developed really organically for me, I was actually driving home late one night and just sort of started singing the first words that came to mind to keep myself awake… Go And Get Over is about literally just that, the cyclical process of moving on from someone while at the same time reminiscing on everything that was and what it’s become now, which I think a lot of people can relate to. You almost go through these sort of seven stages of grief – leaving them, missing them, going back, getting hurt, and trying to exact change – it takes its toll.”

Chart topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha releases her brand new single I’m A Mess off her highly anticipated debut album, Expectations.

The official new single follows on from Bebe’s global smash hit Meant To Be featuring Florida Georgia Line, hitting #1 on iTunes, #2 on the ARIA chart and is now ARIA certified 4x Platinum in Australia and RIAA 3x Platinum in the US. With over 1 billion global combined streams to date, the track broke records internationally making it the longest running #1 on the Billboard Hot Country chart for over 20 weeks while back home it was the #1 most played song on Australian commercial radio for the first quarter of 2018, reigning at #1 for 6 consecutive weeks.

Following the immense success of his ARIA Gold Single Flames with SIA and his latest club track with Martin Garrix and Brooks on Like I Do, David Guetta is now teaming up with Showtek for another big dance floor track; Your Love.

Made for the clubs, Your Love is set to be a huge track for DJs across the world this season. It isn’t the first time the good friends are collaborating. After combining forces on Bad which acquired over 1.1 billion streams and 758 million plays on Youtube, they simply had to collaborate again.

This hugely euphoric track takes some sweet pitched up vocals as Bad did and marries them to feel-good melody, cool percussive fills and breaks — and of course some enormous builds and drops. The spine-tingling synth chords pulse over plucked ‘90s bass sounds as the vocal soars, and some wonderful old skool pianos bring a ravey touch to the proceedings.

BLACK FAST has released a second new single titled Silhouette Usurper exclusively via Toilet Ov Hell. “‘Silhouette Usurper’ was one of the first songs we finished for this new record,” says frontman and guitarist Aaron Akin. “Compared to our other songs, this is most song-liest of songs we have written. One of the riffs is called ‘Jammer.’ Jam it immediately.”

BLACK FAST had previously released a music video for Cloak of Lies via Metalsucks last month to kick off the new album cycle. Both Cloak of Lies and Silhouette Usurper are available as iTunes instant gratification tracks meaning when fans pre-order the new LP on iTunes, they will receive both songs as instant downloads. Cloak of Lies and Silhouette Usurper are also available on all streaming platforms starting today.

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