With over 20 million streams on SoundCloud / YouTube, a support slot with RÜFÜS under their belt and a series of European shows scheduled in October, Byron Bay electronic 4-piece Tora have finally released their album Take A Rest. Singer Jo Loewenthal explains: “Most of the songs […] were influenced by experiences we had whilst touring the world, resulting in quite a broad sound. Some of the songs have flies, bamboo creaking in the wind, washing machines and even the sound of us scraping and hitting cactuses with rakes.”
Produced and mixed by the band in the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay, before being mastered by Grammy nominee Andrei Eremin (WAFIA, Chet Faker & Hiatus Kaiyote), ‘Another Case’ follows on from the intricate first single ‘Amsterdam’ – a track which traverses from pocket grooves and bass-driven beats to soaring vocals.
“A lot of this album is more upbeat and dancey than anything we’ve made before,” Loewenthal said in an interview, “so the title is not so much referring to the sound of the music, but more so an encouragement for the listener to forget about their problems for a moment and ‘take a rest’ from their responsibilities while they listen. Making the music was our way of escaping reality and finding a peaceful place in our minds, so we hope the listener can find that same place when listening.”
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Made up of twins Vuli and Moody and childhood friend Klue, Sydney trio True Vibenation blend hip-hop with everything from future beats to dancehall to trap music and even a touch of pop. The band’s second album ON was named ‘Album of the Week’ by Triple J and they hit the touring circuit hard, selling out their Sydney launch and playing to packed venues across Australia.
With hundreds of shows under their belt, True Vibenation have developed a strong following thanks to their unique combination of infectious hooks and razor sharp raps with roaring live horns and genre-bending electronic beats.
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Brisbane’s own Kite String Tangle has just shared exciting new single “The Prize”, the second taster for his forthcoming debut album, which is scheduled to drop on July 14. “The Prize” is an energetic slice of euphoric electronica with pulsing electro beats, spacious synths and emotionally charged guest vocals courtesy of Bridgette Amofah of Rudimental.
Talking about this new song, TKST explains that it “explores the dynamic between two lovers who can feel the spark getting dimmer and are powerless to change it. […] Bridgette’s vocal added the intensity that I always strive for in my tracks.”
During the writing & recording of his debut album, TKST began experimenting with live instruments including drums, strings and horns. He partnered up with Bridgette Amofah and Montgomery on two of the album’s tracks to add extra flavour and provide contrast to his own vocals which dominate the record.
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Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Will Cuming, aka LANKS, recently released a 6-track extended play titled Viet Rose. Drifting between skittering electronic beats, sleek samples and more introspective piano-led numbers, this EP features previous singles “Bitter Leaf” and “Golden Age”, along with a handful of brand new tunes.
Cuming co-produced the 6-tracker alongside Andrei Eremin (Chet Faker, Hiatus Kaiyote) and invited friends and monumental talents Airling and Tom Iansek (one half of Big Scary) to contribute vocals on a couple of tracks.
Viet Rose is a beautiful display of heartfelt pop music which draws from LANKS’ rich sonic palette and will no doubt cement his reputation as one of the most gifted pop artist on the Aussie indie scene.
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Lastlings are siblings Amy and Joshua Dowling, an indie electro duo from Gold Coast, Australia. Last March they released their second EP, Verses, on the newly launched imprint Exist Recordings, founded by Danny Harley from the Kite String Tangle. The EP features singles “You”, “Time” and brand new tune “Urges”, which is already a favourite with their ever-expanding fan base.
The pair have a particular talent for combining dreamlike pop soundscapes, elegant beats and steamy R&B grooves. This unique mix provides an ideal backdrop for Amy’s sensual, breathy vocals which make this collection of electro gems so incredibly addictive.
Lastlings explain “Verses is a collection of works that embodies our experiences over the past year. Ultimately, we hope to be able to provoke thoughts and emotions that would otherwise go unfelt and allow our listeners to draw their own conclusions based on their own imaginations.”
Lastlings have recently been on tour with Glass Animals and RÜFÜS, as well as wrapping their first headline tour, but they’re going to be at ‘Big Pineapple Music Festival’ in May so get there.
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