Fresh from the hearts and minds of talented Gold Coasters, through the mighty pen (well computer) of our music-loving columnist Zac and finally onto our page, are the March tunes to end all March tunes. Grab a cuppa, sit back, and enjoy. It’s your New Music, #goldcoast.
Eliza And The Delusionals Dive Into New Single
Eliza And The Delusionals have been on an absolute tear over the past couple of years with awards, signings, showcases, tours and world class music becoming the norm for the local four-piece. Now with the release of their new single ‘Swimming Pool’ and the announcement of a whopping 28 date US tour, the band is stepping it up to the next level. ’Swimming Pool’ was written about feeling stuck by diving back into bad decisions and is yet another brilliant, anthemic rock track led by soaring guitars and timeless vocal melodies. So, call your American buddies and tell them not to miss Eliza And The Delusionals while they’re in the big smoke.
Josh Swan’s Big Solo Project
Former front man of much-loved Byron based rock band Elegant Shiver, Josh Swan, has recently moved to the Gold Coast and released ‘Lay You Down’, the massive first single under his own name. Not content with turning his solo project into a mellow singer-songwriter affair Swan has hit hard, offering a guitar heavy mix somewhere between Royal Blood and The Killers. Recorded in Burleigh at award-winning producer Luke Palmer’s home studio, the track is the first taste of a forthcoming EP that Swan developed on a recent trip to LA. ‘Lay You Down’ is best consumed at full volume.
Gonzo Bloom Transport You To Another Dimension
Gonzo Bloom are the latest psychedelic band to emerge from our sun-soaked shores and are opening their account strong with an assured debut single ‘Loosea’. Akin to the likes of psych legends Tame Impala, the band find the right balance between long-form virtuoso and every day listener accessibility. Like every good psychedelic track, ’Loosea’ succeeds in transporting you to another dimension but brings you back to earth safe and sound in less than four minutes, which is no small feat. Very impressive start from the local four-piece.
Boy Jeriko’s Valentines Gift
Instead of a rose, Boy Jeriko delivered us all a beautiful new song for Valentines Day and it really is something special. ‘Broken Promises’ is an understated electronic slow-burner featuring warped guitar sounds, smooth vocals and glitchy programmed drums. The Elanora based guitarist/producer has been making music for his entire life and it really shows through the depth and maturity seen in tracks like ‘Broken Promises’ and his genre fluid 2019 EP ‘Reminiscence’.
Friends of Friends Channel Vintage Sounds
Friends of Friends are continuing to channel vintage electronic sounds with the release of a shiny new single ‘Death Bed’. The second release since Friends Of Friends became a one-man project ‘Death Bed’ showcases well rounded songwriting, musicianship and production skills from the talented remaining member Barnaby Baker. A commanding vocal delivery is backed by sparkling synth pads, big 80’s drums and electric guitar solos on this catchy indie throwback.
Tomorrows Forecast Release Debut Indie Charmer
Tomorrows Forecast have introduced themselves to us this month with the release of their delightful debut single ‘ur baby’. Drawing influences from fellow Australian groups such as San Cisco the three-piece have put their own spin on the tried and tested indie-pop formula. The charm of ‘ur baby’ lies in its simplicity and the carefree nature of the call/response vocal parts. The track is bursting with joy; it will leave a smile on your face and an urge to hit play again as soon as it’s over.
Jade Soul’s Jazz Gypsy Debut
Self-proclaimed Jazz Gypsy Jade Soul has given us her fascinating debut single ‘Lost To Be Found’ this month, which is the first taste of an EP set for release later this year. Originally written as a journal entry in 2018, Soul rediscovered the words when looking for inspiration then crafted a musical progression to fit. ‘Lost To Be Found’ builds in intensity adding layer after layer of vocal harmonies and drum loops over a smooth electric guitar progression. Another extremely talented Gold Coaster with an impressive debut release, keep an eye on Jade’s socials for upcoming EP and local gig news.
Alt Fiction’s Indie-Pop Gem
Alt Fiction are an intriguing outfit hailing from somewhere along the Gold Coast’s southern coastline. The three-piece released their debut single ‘All My Friends’ exclusively on Triple J Unearthed with just two sentences describing themselves and no streaming service platforms to speak of at the time of writing this review apart from YouTube. The long and short of it is that Alt Fiction are three mates who wrote a song in a caravan by the beach. Understated, simple and effective, they let their music do the talking with this polished, guitar-driven indie-pop gem.
Mitch King Takes You On A Road Trip
Nomadic Gold Coaster Mitch King spends his days traversing this beautiful county in his camper, performing and writing music every step of the way. Written about the simple pleasures of life, his latest single ‘Time Stands Still’ is a charming acoustic ballad with an intimacy that transports the listener right into Mitch King’s life, sitting around a campfire on a deserted beach with not a care in the world.
Rae Leigh Gives Us Her All
New Gold Coast artist Rae Leigh is starting off the year strong with the release of her second single in as many months ‘All Of Me’. Stripped back to the bare minimum, the track focuses on Leigh’s stunning voice and acoustic guitar playing while telling a story of self-discovery. ‘All Of Me’ was written as a reflection after returning from a recent artistic development trip to Nashville where Leigh was finding further inspiration for her forthcoming album. Keep an eye on Rae Leigh’s socials for her first ever music video to be released in the coming weeks.
Standby Empire Are Set To Explode
Gold Coast/Brisbane genre bending duo Standby Empire have just released their first single of the year ‘Explode’. Staying true to their unique, boundary pushing style the bands latest offering moves between chilled electronic parts reminiscent of Rüfüs Du Sol into heavy, industrial sections similar to what you would hear from an early Nine Inch Nails album. Lyrically ‘Explode’ takes the listener into the mind of a man on the edge, with the intensity of the music aimed to reveal what lies beneath the surface. It’s a weird and wonderful track that is well worth a listen.
Silky Smooth Sounds Of Hazel Mei
Hazel Mei is getting us very excited for her forthcoming EP with the silky smooth sounds of her latest offering ‘Fool’. A dreamy, slow paced track where everything seems to fit perfectly into place ‘Fool’ mixes jazz forms with pop sensibilities adding interesting vocal effects along the way. Lyrically the track explores an internal dialogue with an inner critic as Hazel Mei describes – “By writing the lyrics from this perspective, I’ve slowly regained power over my thoughts and feelings. It’s like suffocating a troubling flame – without the air of doubt to breathe, the ferocity goes away.” A stunning track with a deep and powerful message, Hazel Mei has well and truly hit the mark with ‘Fool’.
Casey Barnes Lets Sparks Fly
Casey Barnes is continuing to redefine what a typical successful artist from the Gold Coast looks like. Trading sun-bleached hair for a wide brim hat, Barnes has found his niche within the country music scene and is doing the Gold Coast proud with his rapidly rising popularity. ‘Sparks Fly’ is a snappy pop-country package; it’s well written, super catchy and draws major similarities to the kinds of songs that continue to put artists like Keith Urban on top of the US County charts.
Parker Sounds Powerhouse Debut
Another brand new artist to grace us with their music this month is Tamborine Mountain resident Parker Sounds, who has just released his powerful debut single ’Something Heavy’. A stylistic mix between Jack Johnson, Pete Murray and Perl Jam, the track combines acoustic elements with heaver sounds nicely, gradually building in intensity with the help of Parker’s strong vocal performance.
Saint Barae Is A Pop-Alien
Following on from the success of his 2019 single ‘Power + Control’ which we raved about in the November issue, self-proclaimed ‘pop-alien’ Saint Barae has teamed up with local MC Newby to give us his glistening new track ‘It Takes Two’. Offering a stylistic mix between local contemporaries Lany and Allday, ‘It Takes Two’ is an electro-pop breakup anthem with a twist. Saint Barae’s intimate vocal falsetto shines brightly over rich, synth-heavy production and is complemented by a tight verse from rising talent Newby.
Melbourne electronic producer Samskara Radio has teamed up with local rap artist MC Mooks for his latest banger ‘I Can’t Wait’. Predominately a deep house track, ‘I Can’t Wait’ is the kind of tune you want to hear between the hours of 1-4am while cooking up a storm on the dance floor of your local dirty nightclub. With three full length albums in the works for this year, Samskara Radio is set to keep the party going on for days.
Eleea’s not wasting any time
Queensland Music Award-winning singer-songwriter, ELEEA, is bringing cool alt-country vibes with bold new single, ‘Wasting Time’. Drenched in her signature smoky vocals, gun-slinging guitar-led hooks and punchy production, ‘Wasting Time’ is the first single from ‘The Travel Collection’ – an anthology of songs inspired by ELEEA’s solo backpacking trips to more than 35 countries. With the song written during a quick stop over at a bus stop in Slovakia, ELEEA has lots of interesting stories to tell – and she’s only just getting started.