5 Tracks You Gotta Hear – The World’s Best New Music, March 4


Australia is full of astounding music both at surface level and if you scratch a little deeper. We suggest you scratch, because you’ll find things like JP Klipspringer’s ‘Bury Me’. A minimal song that has an ability to hit harder at its softest point and at 23-year-old Klipspringer is showcasing some serious melodic chops, definitely deserved of a listen.

American indie rock band The Faint has been at it since the 1995 mark, which we think almost makes them elder statesmen. They’ve lost none of their deliverance and ability to create an ominous, off kilter and eerie rock song evidenced in ‘Help In The Head’. It hits hard and doesn’t let up until we firmly believe we might need hep in the head.

San Francisco take a bow for producing the glorious duo that is Cathedrals, a band that will no doubt be subjected to some serious buzz. ‘Harlem’ is all about electro-pop with breathless transitions to angular guitars riffs and harmonies. Total immersion in to this song will reap nothing but fluffy feelings and a love of fairy floss.

So, um, Coldplay have released a new track. While that may be a dirty word for some, we’re going to throw out the reputation rule book and share this one. It’s a complete right angle turn from stadium guitars and huge sing-along choruses, in fact it seems like Chris Martin has channelled a Justin Vernon approach to singing with a few vocal effects that makes it very reminiscent of Imogen Heap. Just when you think it’s going to take off in to familiar territory it dips back down. All we can say is knick knack paddywack give Coldplay a bone.

Oh, The Horrors, they just know how to dial directly in to the dark recess of our mind and bring it catapulting forward. This band have come a long way since their debut seven years ago and ‘I See You’ is almost a culmination of everything, it plays with ‘in the pocket’ basslines, elements of shoegaze maraud through the track with epic synth lines as their ally. All we’re saying is that put this on and seven minutes later you’ll probably find yourself alone in a field wondering how you got there, so brilliant.

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Iain McKelvey


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