This week in The Singles Bar #32, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

AURORA has released her new body of work Infections of a Different Kind (Step I), out now via Liberator Music/ Glassnote Records. The collection includes current single Forgotten Love as well as recent hit, Queendom.

AURORA says,
“Step I is about the first battle you have to make with yourself. About emotional humans and introverts and building them up so they can rule the world. But first you have to be infected by the fruits of “infections of a different kind”. A way to get a different kind of view. Realise that most problems aren’t that big. And that we are all just people .Humans. Nothing more, nothing less.”

The Teskey Brothers have today announced the deluxe release of their critically acclaimed debut album Half Mile Harvest, which will feature two new, unreleased tracks I Get Up (available now as a single and instant grat) along with Say You’ll Do. Alongside the single and video release, I Get Up will be on a limited edition 7inch – available to order now. Half Mile Harvest (Deluxe) will be released across digital and CD formats on Fri Oct 26, with vinyl to follow in November.

Directed by Marta Brodacka and shot amidst their recent tour of the UK, watch the video for I Get Up below.

There is something incredibly special about the Warrandyte four-piece. It’s not just the music they make, or their preternatural ability to conjure the spirit of soul and blues masters, or even lead singer Josh Teskey’s era-defying voice that seems to belong more in the Mississippi Delta than rural Victoria. It’s the fact that they’ve been hiding in plain sight, honing their craft for a decade, playing countless shows at the local pub, weddings and even a swimming pool, before making serious waves with their debut album Half Mile Harvest – released in January 2017.

Birds Of Tokyo have made a spectacular return with summer anthem, Unbreakable, and now comes the heartfelt video, directed by Matt Sav.

Discussing the making of the video, lead singer Ian Kenny said, “Unbreakable was all shot in and around Perth, my home city. We’ve never shot in P-town before and I get a wonderful warm sense of nostalgia seeing some of the locations in a new but familiar light. I owe a lot of the beauty in the clip to Sophia and her amazing movement and Matt Sav for his direction and freedom to let the story unfold as we shot. Unbreakable is song for anyone who has gone through the hardest of times and come so close to breaking only to find at the edge we are far stronger than we ever knew.”

Sydney trio Middle Kids, Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz, share brand new track Salt Eyes. This compelling new single, recorded in Ryan Adams’ Los Angeles studio during their American tour earlier in the year, is yet another display of their knack for haunting hooks and lyrical poignancy that ooze irresistible indie rock appeal. The new track follows hot on the heels of their ARIA Top 10 debut album Lost Friends, which was released this May.

Hannah explains: “Salt Eyes is when you get those red-dry-eyes after a big cry. Sometimes we try to live large but actually it makes us feel small. Salt Eyes is what we get when we’re searching for freedom but haven’t found it yet.”

Meg Mac’s latest single Give Me My Name Back is a rallying cry, imploring girls to stand up, speak up and assert themselves. To feel individually empowered and collectively emboldened, locked in solidarity with each other and every person whose lives have been destroyed as a consequence of mental or physical abuse. This song is about reclaiming identity, dignity and self-worth.

“’Give Me My Name Back’ is a song for those who have suffered emotional and physical abuse; it’s for the women who are standing up and speaking out, those discriminated against in the LGBTQI community, the indigenous people of Australia and the children abused by the church. For everyone who has lost an important part of themselves and need to reclaim their identity, dignity and self-worth in order to move forward with their lives. All of my songs are about the need to stand up, be strong and to speak out but in reality I still find it really challenging – I need to stand up now and be strong, I’m sick of just singing about it,” explains Meg Mac.

FIDLAR have announced their highly anticipated new album Almost Free, to be released on 25 January 2019, and released their new single Can’t You See.

Can’t You See premiered on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac, followed by a US premiere on KROQ in the band’s hometown of Los Angeles, and two plays on triple j. FIDLAR guitarist Elvis Kuehn speaks to the new song saying, “‘Can’t You See’ is about believing you need external things to be fulfilled, when really that comes from within yourself. Play it loud while driving around Los Angeles and it’ll make sense.”

Bullet For My Valentine have revealed an official video for Not Dead Yet; the song features on their current studio album, Gravity, out now via Search & Destroy / Spinefarm Records / Caroline Australia.

BFMV frontman, Matt Tuck, says; “We shot our latest video for ‘Not Dead Yet’ in Japan after our Summersonic 2018 performances. We’ve never done a video there before so thought, ‘why not?!’ Visually it’s stunning thanks to the amazing work by Japanese filmmakers Maxilla. We love this track and can’t wait for you all to see the new video.”

GRAMMY® winning seminal rock band The Smashing Pumpkins have premiered a stunning new companion video for current single Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)

Directed by Billy Corgan and longtime visual collaborator Linda Strawberry, the video is a beautifully crafted riff on cult horror movie conventions. The clip sees Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder challenged to spend the night in a haunted house as part of a macabre Halloween promotion hosted by smarmy radio host Jackie Cherry (played by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath).

Mixing pop culture references with the band’s ubiquitous visual flair, the video for Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts) stands alongside some of The Smashing Pumpkins’ most arresting work.

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