This week in The Singles Bar #39, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:

Dot Dash and Remote Control Records are proud to announce Methyl Ethel will release their third album Triage on Friday 15th February 2019. Triage is released in Australia & New Zealand via Dot Dash and 4AD for the rest of the world.

Following on from instant classic Scream Whole, Methyl Ethel have shared new single Real Tight along with the official video directed by Matt Sav. “Real Tight is one of the most pop-adjacent tracks he’s ever made, complete with a swelling chorus and some of the most achingly personal lyrics in the Methyl Ethel canon” said Noisey.

How do you shoot a music video in the middle of a jam packed Australian tour?

With a song named Oceans, simply drop The Wombats front man Murph into the ocean to shoot a one take video 30 minutes before soundcheck on St. Kilda Beach, Melbourne, and let the rest of the magic happen in post.

Produced by Be-Hookd Digital and directed by Silas Armstrong, the band’s social team in the UK came up with the simple idea in a label meeting. Six weeks later armed with a GoPro, bluetooth waterproof speaker and a phone, they had convinced Murph to brave the cold sea with nothing but a camera man, tour manager and his swimming trunks.

Taking inspiration from the lyrics of Oceans, the animations were added based on Murph’s improvised reactions, bringing to life his thoughts and fears in the form of cartoon shark fins and rattle snakes, giving the fans a reason to watch the new video for Oceans over and over again.

Manchester Orchestra and The Front Bottoms have shared a new collaborative track, Allentown, which debuted recently via Noisey and is available now.

Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull detailed the track’s genesis explaining, “This song started as a writing exercise between Nate Hussey (All Get Out) and myself. Nate sent me the first four lines and asked what kind of music and melody I heard. I sent him back the melody and we started crafting out this character with as few words as possible. When I sent it to TFB, Brian wrote the cool narrator perspective as our chorus. TFB crew came down to Atlanta and we co-produced the track and gave it some proper clothing.”

The Front Bottoms’ Brian Sella added, “TFB have been friends with Andy and the Manchester crew for quite some time. It felt good to finally get in the studio with them.  The track really came out great, and we had a blast recording it. We hope you enjoy it”

Glitoris. Four fearless female musicians who’ve gained a national reputation for their unforgettable punk rock shows released their long-awaited debut album: THE POLICY last month and today, release the video for title track;

“‘The video captures everything ‘The Policy’ is about: women and minorities having to work much, much harder just to be perceived as competent relative to their male peers. ’The Policy’ video is about breaking free from societal norms and expectations and working hard to achieve what you want in life. We included snapshots of some of some amazing female leaders for inspiration!”

Australian alt/country/psych collective Immigrant Union have announced the release of their forthcoming single New Win and companion Video, set to be released through Cheersquad Records & Tapes.

Not a band to sit on one particular sound for more than an album, Immigrant Union’s self-titled first record was very much cemented in Americana music, while their second album Anyway continued to contain similar elements but featured a large shift in song-writing style and instrumentation.

The band’s yet to be released third album Judas is arguably their most ‘different’ album to date. It still has slight tinges of Americana but generally the band describe it as ‘some weird ass rock album’. It’s also the first record that includes Ben Street and Paddy McGrath-Lester who joined founding members Brent DeBoer from The Dandy Warhols, Melbourne musician Bob Harrow and vocalist Peter Lubulwa after Courtney Barnett and co had to split due to Courtney blowing up in a huge globally massive way!

New Win is the first taste from the forthcoming Judas album due for release in early 2019, and ‘is a song about the best times in life being squandered by not realising at the time how great they were and regrettably letting them slip away. Looking back, you feel you must have been insane to have not recognised how good you had it and vow to never make those same mistakes again.’

Sydney Rococo is a collection of songs Steve Kilbey has written over the last 5 years. The songs sing of Sydney and her ocean pools, her underground seedy hangouts and treachery. The picture is painted in every song about life in this fast growing and evolving Australian city, famed for her beaches and landmarks.

What’s most tangible in the music is the lifestyle, habits and pastimes of those, that belong to a non mainstream world. Each song is a love song, but also a tale of woe and heartache. Typical Kilbey, making us fall in love and simultaneously feel the heartbreak of loss, betrayal and abandonment.

Come and feel it within a song or 11 and get your own moves on with the infectious, pumping rhythmic melodies. This is SK’s finest work to date. Fresh and modern, conceived with muses, it’s ready to conquer the world.

Steve Kilbey reflects on Sydney Rococo, “Sydney Rococo is my Sydney filtered thru lush orchestras and sighing voices. The summers the dreams the vegetation always pushing skywards. The inexorable rush of love and the deep chasm of loneliness. Songs about things that happened and things that never could have happened. Songs for a banker or for a tramp. Songs about the seediness and the sea. Songs of Sydney morning and Sydney night.”

On the eve of taking the stage at Meredith Music Festival The Aints! present a new clip for their latest single Country Song in G, directed by Tyson Perkins (Miami Horror) Country Song in G stands proud next to Kuepper’s 1990s solo classics The Way I Made You Feel and Everything I’ve Got (Belongs To You) ballads in the truest sense that bear repeat playing on late night TV, radio, soundtracks and as a cover versions.

Aided and abetted by the melodic basslines of Peter Oxley (Sunnyboys) and the sympathetic touches of keyboardist Alister Spence and euphonium player Eamon Dilworth, Country Song in G continues that tradition although, the genesis of the song pre-dates both those tracks and harks back to a particularly fertile song writing period for Kuepper between the release of The Saints 2nd album Eternally Yours in April 1978 and the recording of that band’s swan song release Prehistoric Sounds in August 1978.

Paul Kelly has today unveiled the stunning animated video for And Death Shall Have No Dominion, from his ARIA chart-topping album, Nature.

Acclaimed Berlin-based Australian artist, animator and award-winning music-video director Lucy Dyson helmed the visually spectacular clip – her work has been exhibited and screened in major galleries, museums and film and arts festivals across the globe. She created the animated content for Beyoncé’s 2016 Formation World Tour, and has worked with artists as diverse as Gotye, Ray LaMontange, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Sarah Blasko and more.

Korky Buchek is one of Sydney’s most coveted dance acts, made up of two top blokes, Tom Elliott & Peter Sabbagh. Speeding through 2018, the duo are captivating listeners with their unique sound. Drawing inspirations from 90s soul, disco, funk, rock, house, hip hop and fellow influencers that they share studio space with, such as Kwame, Savour The Rations, Half Nelson, Lauren and Kymie, they are enticing audiences and capturing the attention of tastemakers. Their unique sound has seen them advance from the club scene to playing festivals (Mountain Sounds, HARD Festival, The Plot), supporting big names like What So Not and LDRU, and smashing out their own headlining shows.

On their new single Pull Up Your Pants
“This track was birthed in Recs Studios when finishing our first EP. It started out with an accordion being recorded, then Peter jumped in and threw some super hype vocals over it, then the song was kind of half finished and forgotten about for about a year. Then it got dug up and re-built and has turned into a banger of a track. It’s designed for maximum energy dancing and aimed at getting you hyped no matter what.”– Korky Buchek

Born and raised in Rome, Fil Bo Riva decamped to Dublin for his school years and later relocated to Berlin in 2012. His first EP release, IF YOU’RE RIGHT, ITS ALRIGHT (2016) gave this musician the platform to make a name for himself all over Europe by touring in support of Matt Corby, Aurora, Milky Chance and Joan As Police Woman, as well as selling out first headline shows around the continent. Fil Bo Riva has now seen three sold-out tours as well as numerous national and international festival shows on the back of his debut EP and is presenting his songs with his band in a breathtaking manner.

Keeping in context with his European-mysterious self, Fil Bo Riva has created a 5 minute sensation in the name of L’over. Fil Bo’s new single comes ahead of his highly anticipated forthcoming album BEAUTIFUL SADNESS, which is set for release early next year.

A spur of the moment holiday is what lead to the creation of LEISURE. Made up of five independently talented and successful members, their highly democratic band structure, where everyone can play whichever instrument they like, produces some gold dust.

Having amassed over 50 million streams on their debut self-titled album, they have built a rabid, loyal fan base that has seen their rare live shows sell out and become the stuff of legends. They have collaborated with hip-hop star Goldlink, and have now signed globally to US & UK/EU record label Nettwerk (Vok, Mallrat, Angus & Julia Stone) for their forthcoming album, due in 2019.

On their new single Feeling Free
“The core concept is an organic and literal expression of the lyrics. LEISURE’s idea was to create a story around a nudist colony, and they didn’t want to play it safe! It was refreshing to have a brief that allowed me to exercise my unorthodox ideas and have complete creative freedom with a risky concept.” – Jason Brock

Feeling Free showcases the Auckland-based band’s midas touch of blending upbeat electro-funk, psychedelic pop and shimmering sun-kissed soulful vocals.

“I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.” Wearing heart and influences firmly on sleeve, Ruby Tuesdays present their soul-drenched new single, Why You Always Gotta Fight Me. A strikingly vulnerable offering from the Wollongong five-piece, this new release from the band positions them in a great light as we approach summer and become hunger for songs to get us through the hazy days and long nights.

Recorded and produced out on the South Coast with 19Twenty’s Syd Green, Why You Always Gotta Fight Me deftly switches with ferocious energy and tender vulnerability that has the songwriter lay his cards bare early on. “A tender soulful plea that evolves into a big crescendo mess on when good love goes bad, a tale of love, loss, heartbreak and ultimately accepting fate.” Ruby Tuesdays

With pacing and delivery akin to bands like Parcels, Gus Dapperton and Phoenix, RUDE encompasses The Montreals’ innate sense of fun in with refined songwriting and wit. Keeping the same energy on previous releases sees The Montreals operating in a strong and comfortable creative space, while in the sprightly production, intoxicating vocals and well executed guitar progressions, ‘RUDE’ stands out as one of The Montreals’ most defined releases yet.

The song’s themes are pretty clear cut from the jump; pouring grievances, no matter their size into a 3:55 slice of indie rock that new listeners and returning fans alike can get behind. “If you are rude to wait staff, that is tra$h. If you use AMEX to pay for coffee, that is tra$h. There’s an epidemic of rude people – so ‘RUDE’ is a montage of events dedicated to that.” The Montreals

Breakthrough New Zealand producer and songwriter BAYNK has today released his new single Off Limits, a collaboration with Australian pop sensation GLADES. Off Limits is a slick electro-pop gem, showcasing BAYNK’s incredible knack for embracing modern musical innovations, brought to life with the serene sounds of GLADES vocalist/guitarist Karina Wykes.

On the release, BAYNK (real name Jock Nowell-Usticke) explains “I had always wanted to work with GLADES after hearing Karina’s voice pop up on the radio one day. It’s so unique and interesting. Once I got to their Airbnb I realised how much of a writing powerhouse the whole group is and how in tune they are with each other. The whole process was easy & natural and the song just sort of fell out of my brain.”

With GLADES further detailing “We wrote “Off Limits” with BAYNK while we were writing the album in our Airbnb living room-turned-studio on a hot summer LA day. There was a dodgy looking rope swing in the back that none of us wanted to try, but he was the first one to try it. “Off Limits” is about being scared of admitting your feelings for someone. When you’re afraid to cross the line, in the fear of losing something that’s already so good.”

Skegss have released the video for their My Own Mess album track Paradise, ahead of their 2019 summer Laneway Festival performances.

The video, shot and animated by Nick Chalmers is best summed up by Nick himself: “My concept for the video was to work with each band member’s idea of paradise. Benny wanted to be hanging in space drinking tea and eating scotch fingers. Jonny wanted to be hanging with his dog and Toby wanted to be driving his Subaru Brumby with cocktail in hand. I’m a big animation fan and wanted to incorporate that into the video so each band member’s paradise could be as elaborate as the imagination allowed.”

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