5 Tracks You Gotta Hear
This is exactly what we all needed. Deep into the heart of winter, Tame Impala have returned atop a gleaming white horse to grant us all salvation from these depressing months. ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ is the first taste of album number two and has seen the Vulture fall head over hells for the West Australians all over again. The album, titled Lonerism, isn’t set for release until October so the six minute bliss of ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ will have to tide you over for a while. This however, is not the first official single off the album, that honour has been bestowed upon a track called ‘Elephant’ that will drop later this month. We’re not sure what that makes this song and we don’t really care either. It’s just nice to see you again Tame Impala.
You’ve probably already heard of Velociraptor, if for no other reason than you’re an acquaintance of one of their forty thousand band members. The Brisbane troupe have announced that they will be dropping a mini-LP called The World Warriors in September and although you may be thoroughly confused as to what a mini-LP is, their brand new single ‘Riot’ will assist you to forget about that and any other woes that may be ailing you. They’ve also produced a seriously awesome film clip to go along with it. The Scott Pilgrim inspired clip was directed by Jeff Andersen Jnr and also features the protagonist of the band’s first single, ‘Cynthia’, as the damsel in distress. The band’s swinging down the East Coast in late July/early August so check the dates y’all.
It’s been a nothing short of a turbulent hiatus, with solo projects, rumours of break ups and band induced practical jokes about replacing singers but finally, the almighty Bloc Party are back. With their highly anticipated and appropriately titled album Four (not only their fourth album, but it has been four years since their last release) due out shortly after they play this year’s Splendour in the Grass, the Londoners have dropped the album’s first single. ‘Octopus’ suggests the band may be shying away from the electro infused rock of Intimacy and back into the indie rock that made the world fall in love with them when they burst onto the scene with Silent Alarm. Front man Kele Okereke has described the new work as the band’s best yet, and if ‘Octopus’ is anything to go by, we’re inclined to agree.
Melbourne lads Red Ink are set to drop their brand new EP The Colour Age in early August. The four-piece are running hot off the back of a tour of the UK where they brought the proverbial house down at The Great Escape Festival. They’re also going to be touring around the traps in August and September to promote their brand new single ‘Euphoria’. The song itself is a gem. The high pitched, swelling guitars create a serious drama in the song, which is only added to with a very powerful little film clip.
Ready for a thumper? Brisbane crew Pigeon have got your back with their track ‘Oh Hebe’. This thing has it all. It’ll be called a dance floor filler, a club favourite, is festival ready, will be primed for a remix and everything else that insinuates that this song is a fucking belter. The warped out electro fuzz layered with some thumping drums compliment the soaring vocals in amazing fashion but that isn’t even the best part. It’s the horns at the end. Those little flurries were a stroke of genius. They’re going to be flying around the country soon so you’d best get your arse to a gig.