Australia

Julia Jacklin is back with a new single/music video: “Leadlight”

The lovely Julia Jacklin who calls the neighborhood of Glebe in Sydney, Australia her home, has announced the release of her debut record titled, Don’t Let the Kids Win. The album is due out on October 7th via Polyvinyl. With her first single, “Pool Party” out already, she has released another beautiful track, a lilting love song with an accompanying video directed by Jacklin and shot in her old high school. Jacklin acts like a young teenage girl, shy, in love, too bashful to speak to the man of her dreams but a fire burns behind her eyes that she unleashes in the end. About the video and track Jacklin says:

I filmed this music video in my old High school hall in the Blue Mountains,” says Jacklin.  “A lot of the shots focus on the stage where I performed in the chorus for ‘Grease’ and ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and the unfortunate time I chose to sing ‘Wonderwall’ to a backing CD for a senior assembly. I went back there recently and saw the hall in a whole new light. When I was at school I never really thought about it, it was just a boring school hall that I was forced to sit in for long assemblies and exams. Now I think it’s actually a really beautiful space.”

 

Check to see if Julia Jacklin will be touring near you:

Aug. 9 – New York, NY @ Berlin (solo)
Aug. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident (solo)
Aug. 31 – London, UK @ The Lexington
Sept. 1-4 – Vlieland, Netherlands @ Into the Great Wide Open
Sept. 2-4 – Stradbally, Ireland @ Electric Picnic 2016
Sept. 4 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival 2016
Sept. 6 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Bar Brooklyn (solo)
Sept. 7 – Oslo, Norway @ Revolver Upstairs (solo)
Sept. 8 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Himmeriget Bar (solo)
Sept. 9 – Berlin, Germany @ Dodo Beach Record Store (solo)
Sept. 10 – Haldern, Germany @ Pop Bar (solo)
Sept. 11 – Belgium, Leffinge Leuren Festival (solo)
Sept. 17 – Ottawa, ON, Canada @ Cityfolk
Sept. 18 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival
Sept. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Martyrs’ $
Sept. 21 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Sept. 22 – Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Music Festival w/ Freightened Rabbit, Alvvays, Car Seat Headrest & Lucy Dacus
Sept. 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Nada Surf
Sept. 24 – Washington, DC @ DC9 Nightclub $
Sept. 25 – New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom $
Sept. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle $
Sept. 29 – Montreal, QC, Canada @ Divan Orange $
Sept. 30 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott $
Oct. 4 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour $
Oct. 6 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge $
Oct. 7 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret $
Oct. 8 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre w/ Okkervil River
Oct. 24 – Berlin, Germany @ Maze
Oct. 25 – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell #
Oct. 26 – Munich, Germany @ Unter Deck  #
Oct. 27 – St Gallen, Switzerland @ Palace  #
Oct. 29 – Zwolle, Netherlands @ Let’s Get Lost Festival
Oct. 30 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club  #
Oct. 31 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ Rotown
Nov. 3 – Brighton, England @ The Haunt  #
Nov. 4 – Nottingham, England @  Bodega   #
Nov. 5 – Glasgow, Scotland @ CCA   #
Nov. 6 – Newcastle, England @ The Cluny  #
Nov. 8 – Manchester, England @ Manchester Gorilla  #
Nov. 9 – Bristol, England @ Thekla #
Nov. 10 – London, England @ Koko #
Nov. 11 – Dublin, Ireland @ Grand Social
Nov. 25-27 – Queenscliff, VIC @ Queenscliff Music Festival

New music video from Alex Cameron: “Take Care of Business”

Sydney’s Alex Cameron announced he will be releasing his debut record this August 19th on Secretly Canadian. He has already stunned music lovers with his first single the dance-worthy track, “She’s Mine.” Cameron recently released his latest single, “Take Care of Business” along with another simple but poignant music video. There is an honesty and shamelessness that comes from Cameron when he sings and performs in his own music videos. It translates through the recording and through the lens of the camera, directly to you, the viewer/listener. The result is raw, unadulterated.

Here is what Cameron has to say about himself and Jumping the Shark:

My name is Alex Cameron and I won’t waste your time. You talk about my business partner, Roy Molloy, and me, you’re talking about the online cowboys in the wild-west days of the World Wide Web. If you want to know what we’re really about, the elbow of the whole scenario, just look at all the things you wish you’d done differently. All the things you stopped yourself from doing on account of the fear of failure, or rejection. Weigh that up against your ambitions. Think about your work ethic. We’re reclaiming failure as an act of progress. An act of learning. Something to celebrate.

A word’s meaning can change depending on who utters the thing; and so we present characters – shapes are morphed and stories are delivered. And I’ll be frank – some of my stories got some low themes and some low tragic figures.  Not tragic figures like Hamlet (I ain’t no Willy Shakespeare), but modern tragics.  I got sex addicts, internet addicts, love tragics. I got villains, cheats, violent guys flooded with hormones and false bravado.  They’re all in there. Good stories need em.. Some of these characters do and say things that I never would.  Shameful things.  But that’s what villains do.

This is a collection of 4-minute tales written to provide you with insight into the inner workings of failed ambitions and self-destruction. Unedited, uncensored, and without inhibition. I’ve learned to reveal what I want to unlearn. I cast a light on the darkness and in doing so understand love and compassion. Fear is to be confronted, and to learn strictly requires failure – over and over. Celebrate failure with Jumping The Shark.

I await Cameron’s debut record, Jumping the Shark, with great anticipation. Tour dates below:

Mon. June 20 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo *
Tue June 21 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction *
Wed. June 22 – Liverpool, UK @ East Village Arts Club *
Tue. June 28 – London, UK @ Koko (Sold Out) #
Wed. June 29 – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
Thu. July 7 – Hungary, HU @ Akvárium #
Fri. July 8 – Zagreb, HR @ Mocvara Backyard #
Sat. July 9 – Vienna, AT @ WUK #
Sun. July 10 – Kutna Hora, CZ @ Creepee Teepee Festival
Tue. July 12 – Munich, DE @ Technikum #
Wed. July 13 – Luxembourg, LU @ Rockhal #
Thu. July 14 – Amsterdam, NL @ De School
Sat. July 16 – Saint-Aubin-sur-mer, FR @ Pete The Monkey Festival
Fri. Sep. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
Sat. Sep. 10 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In %
Sun. Sep. 11 – Cincinnati, OH @ Woodward Theater %
Mon. Sep. 12 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre %
Wed. Sep. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
Thu. Sep. 15 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club %
Sat. Sep. 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall %
Sun. Sep. 18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw %
Tue. Sep. 20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair %

% with Angel Olsen
* with Unknown Mortal Orchestra
# with Mac DeMarco

Music video from Australian songstress, Julia Jacklin: “Pool Party”

Following the momentum Australian-born singer, Julia Jacklin, gained after SXSW she has released a dream-drunk single called, “Pool Party.” Jacklin’s mesmerizing voice is haunting and pairs perfectly with the odd slow motion video of Jacklin dancing in a school girl skirt and a pair of clunky white tennies alongside a man who doesn’t seem to notice her.

 

Along with the new single and its accompanying video, Julia Jacklin recently announced that she has signed with the label, Polyvinyl. Album details to come soon! Look out for Julia Jacklin later this summer.

Thurs. Aug 4 – Sun. Aug 7, Miles of Music Festival, Appleton, WI
Wed. Aug. 31, The Lexington, London
Fri. Sept. 2, Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Netherlands
Sat. Sept. 3, End of the Road Festival, UK
Sun. Sept. 4, Electric Picnic Festival, Ireland

EP Review: Australian R&B electronic duo, Hoodlem

If you need some spicy, quirky, sexy electronic R&B in your life, Hoodlem’s got your back. Their new age interpretation of R&B is already turning heads, gaining them positive attention from the likes of NYLON, MTV and Fader to name a few. The Australian electronic duo recently released their debut self-titled EP via Caroline Australia. The EP holds 5 groovy tracks that dim the lights and set the mood.

A highlight for me on the record is “Kintsugi” a gorgeous, swaying, dizzying track inspired by the Japanese art form from which it got its name. Kintsugi is taking something broken and repairing it with gold and Hoodlem applies this art to human beings. Why can’t we put our heart and soul back together with gold?

“IGOTU” is a gloriously shameless R&B shout out to the 90’s while maintaining what makes Hoodlem’s music fresh and unique. It’s danceable but also bedroom-worthy. Then there are songs like “4 Real” which showcases Hoodlem’s ability to create unique, unpredictable, trippy beats.

The EP wraps up with “Old Friend”, a stunning, smooth as honey finish to the EP. This track highlights their diversity as musicians. To me, it’s a stand alone track. It’s the most even track on the entire EP, the easiest to grasp.The vocals are gorgeous, the lyrics tell a familiar story; it’s irresistible.

You can purchase the EP on iTunes now.

 

Album Review: Marlon Williams’ self-titled debut

Marlon Williams began his musical career in a church choir ensemble in Christchurch as a child and had a short stint in the University of Canterbury’s classical music program until him and other old choir boys created The Unfaithful Ways. The band garnered a decent amount of attention but later on the band dissolved and Williams moved to Australia, drawn to the music scene in Melbourne. The rest is history.

Strap in, because this record doesn’t hesitate. It opens with “Hello Miss Lonesome”, a blue grass-inspired wild ride of a track. It immediately ejects you at high speed into what is an incredible sonic road trip through nine unique stops, each displaying a “different character”, according to Marlon Williams. New Zealand-born singer/songwriter says that each song, once written, no longer belongs to him because in the moment of writing he is creating these characters, then releasing them. “Even if it’s a very personal song, it doesn’t belong to me once it’s written,” says Williams. This is truly audible on his debut self-titled record. Each track exists separately from each other track with the only overlap being Williams’ ability to whisk you away with his incredible voice.

Later on is “Dark Child”, a lilting beauty, Williams’ voice intoxicating. This track is a favorite of mine as it builds from its melancholic beginnings to a loud, unexpected rock n’ roll-oriented climax. The track comes with a mesmerizing and simultaneously disturbing video. Body bags are hauled out of an apartment where a crowd of cops and neighbors have gathered as something appalling has happened inside, though we never know what happened inside that apartment.

And from here, you move to another time with Williams. His timeless voice takes you back several decades during “I’m Lost Without You”, a song that could very well have come from the 50s or 60s, until the synthesizer during the latter half of the song reminds you of what year it really is.

Among many original works, Williams covers the Bob Carpenter song, “Silent Passage.” Despite the material not being his own, he inserts his own flavor and the track fits flawlessly with Williams’ blue grass, early country and rock-inspired genre.

With each listen, this record blossoms and becomes something bigger than it was upon first listen. Williams’ songwriting abilities are captivating and regardless of lyrical content or mood, there is something absolutely haunting woven through this album. This is magnified by the influence of Williams’ time in the church choir, showcased by perfect gospel harmonies in songs like “Everyone’s Got Something to Say” and the literally haunting track, “Strange Things.” “Strange Things” is a tragic tale woven by Williams about the passing of the main character of the song’s wife, Lucy. The song is accompanied by a music video where Williams plays the character who loses his wife. He chases around the uncannily realistic ghost of his lost wife. There is something ghostly about the howling of the backup vocals mixed with spine-chilling strings and descriptions of eerie happenings in the “house where Lucy died.”

The album closes with the exquisite and poetic, “Everyone’s Got Something to Say.” The simplicity of this piece allows Williams’ voice to soak in at a depth that is not reached on any other track on the record.

Williams is currently touring the US and you can find all his tour dates here.

 

 

 

 

Album Review: “Telluric” by Matt Corby

Smooth, velvety and groovy, Matt Corby delivers his debut record, Telluric, with grace and swag. Telluric came out March of this year on Elektra Records and May 21st the Australian begins his US/Canadian tour for the record. Corby is no stranger to the music scene. 2011 marked the released of his EP, Into the Flame, which received a great deal of attention and sent him speeding onto the fast track to a reputation for creating sexy songs that sooth the soul. Interestingly, Telluric wasn’t Corby’s first stab at writing a full length. Two years ago he threw down an entire record in LA. Discontented with the final product, he chucked the entire thing. With a new goal in mind (to create the record from start to finish, be responsible for every facet of the process), Corby began again. The result was Telluric.

Instantaneously, the record sucks you in with “Belly Side Up” and the second track, “Monday.”  “Monday” is a deliciously calming piece. Corby’s voice is rich, floating effortlessly above gospel inspired rhythms and harmonies. Unwavering, Corby reels you in, one note at a time, passion in abundance.

A perfect example of what Corby has to offer on this album is “Knife Edge.” It’s a fresh and sensual blend of jazz, soul and R&B. Corby takes these genres and twists them in his own unique way.

 

 

If Corby hasn’t set you afire yet, check out the smoky and sultry track, “Wrong Man.” Again, blending soul, R&B and this time even a hint of dream pop/electronic, Corby makes music that is sure give you the chills. I don’t know what he came up with in LA but if it wasn’t like what he brings to the table on Telluric, I’m glad he tossed it and came up with this material.

Telluric isn’t a record to rush through, just as the songs don’t rush you. Each track should be savored, enjoyed from start to finish. They soak effortlessly into your soul, delivering a sense of peace and stillness. Take “We Could Be Friends.” This track errs on the darker and deeper side but is still fully equipped with funky keyboards, jazzy keys and Corby’s versatile voice.

Congratulations to Matt Corby on creating a luxurious record which showcases his tenacity and natural ability as a musician. His take on R&B and soul with a flare of electronic is truly invigorating. The record is out now on Elektra Records and can be purchased on iTunes, Google Play and through his website.

Catch Corby touring May 21st.

May 21 /// Chicago, IL /// Vic Theatre
May 22 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Varsity Theatre
May 24 /// Boulder, CO /// Boulder Theatre
May 26 /// Vancouver, BC /// Commodore Ballroom
May 28 /// George, WA /// Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 29 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom
June 1 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore
June 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Wiltern
June 8 /// Dallas, TX /// Trees
June 9 /// Austin, TX /// Hogg Auditorium
June 11 /// Atlanta, GA /// The Buckhead Theatre
June 13 /// Washington DC /// 9:30 Club
June 14 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
June 16 /// New York, NY /// Terminal 5
June 18 /// Toronto, ON /// Massey Hall
June 19 /// Montreal, QC /// Corona Theatre
June 20 /// Boston, MA /// Paradise Rock Club

Stellar record from Animalia: “(Dissonance)”

Animalia is the name experimental electronic songstress, Jill Krasnicki gives the living, breathing being that is her music. Krasnicki is based out of Toronto currently but grew up in Tasmania, where she developed a passion for music via the bass guitar. In 2012 she took on the musical journey, Animalia. From this idea was born dark and beautiful electronica that is likened to that of the aura of the one and only Björk. In mid April, Animalia released (Dissonance), a gorgeous collection of tracks both brooding and bright, dark and dissonant, confining and explosive.

Unafraid to be unique, beautiful and powerful, Animalia creates music that can conjure up a whole host of emotions. The haunting single, “Paradise”, is a prime example:

 

You can purchase (Dissonance) now on iTunes.