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HANDSOME – Late Night Ball Game feat. Joyride

HANDSOME

There are sweet whispers in your ear, inviting you to a ‘Late Night Ball Game’. Would you go?

Of course you would – you can guarantee it’s gonna be well hell of a ride. Well, a HANDSOME Joyride to be exact, from two unique and creative artists in their own right.

The film clip below follows five friends leading the queer revolution in a sequence of raw ‘This Is England’ scenarios.

HANDSOME’s debut EP ‘NO HAT NO PLAY’ will be out in 2018.

Sounds like: The xx, SOAK, IDER, Mura Masa

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PLGRMS – Dream You Up

PLGRMS

Time for some darker electronica from Australia, courtesy of Sydney-based duo, PLGRMS.

Their latest release is called ‘Dream You Up’. In one part, it’s a brooding number, led my bass laced drums, but also warm and uplifting at the same time, with its innovative riffs of a spritely nature.

Speaking on the lyrical meaning behind the track, Jacob Pearson from the band explained,

“When there’s mystery behind something or someone, it’s so interesting and intriguing. By nature we just can’t help ourselves and want to find out what it is. It’s the anticipation and the thrill of what we don’t understand. I’ve gone through it, but when you unveil the truth, the magic just disappears. So, it’s about stopping yourself from understanding it completely, so that thrill can hang around a bit longer.”

Sounds like: Glass Animals, Wild Beasts, Foals

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Sloan Peterson – 105

Sloan Peterson

Introducing Sloan Peterson (aka 24 year-old Joannah Jackson).

Based in Sydney, Sloan Peterson has grown up recording songs, filming music videos and playing vintage records with her sister and friends. Her music is a nod to the garage rock music of the 50’s.

The video for her single, ‘105’ is the first to be shot in the historic building of The Strand Arcade since scenes from David Bowie‘s music video for ‘Let’s Dance’ and features Sloan Peterson as well as a cast of alumni dancers from the Australian Ballet School and Sydney Dance Company.

This is her debut single taken from her upcoming debut self-titled EP, out on 14 July via Mirror Records.

Sounds like: Marika Hackman, Wolf Alice, Fazerdaze, Laura Marling, Lucy Rose, Courtney Barnett, OH Wonder

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Dappled Cities – Stone Men

Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities

Let’s slow it right down in preparation for the upcoming weekend.

Cue Dappled Cities; a Sydney-based indie band creating warm synth sounds.

Their new track, ‘Stone Men’ takes us back in time with its light guitar strokes and airy vocals that remind us a little of Damon Alban. Joyous!

Expect their forthcoming and fifth studio album titled ‘Five’ (stylised as |||||), out on 5 May via Chugg Music.

Sounds like: Tame Impala, Washed Out, Gorillaz, Daft Punk, Phoenix

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Port Of Spain – Blind

Port Of Spain

Port Of Spain

Meet Port of Spain.

Unlike the name suggests, this male/female duo are not from Spain, but Bondi Beach in Sydney.

Their debut track, ‘Blind’ is a glistening, pop serenade with a huge amount of depth throughout, courtesy of the electronics used.

Sounds like: Imogen Heap, Lights, Broods, Death Cab For Cutie

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Interview: RÜFÜS

RÜFÜS

RÜFÜS

Sydney-based band, RÜFÜS, are back with a new video and a cool remix of ‘Be With You’

Considering RÜFÜS tour non stop, we were pretty lucky to tie them down for an interview. Unfortunately, we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the name difference in North America and the rest of the world…

Hi RÜFÜS, we are huge fans! For those of you who don’t know you yet, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you all got into music.

Calling the band RÜFÜS was a decision we made because we liked the way it sounded foreign to us, and also because it was quite symmetrical on paper, which we liked also. However, we didn’t think that most people would assume RÜFÜS is the name of the singer in the band. We’ve been trying to get people to realise we are a 3 piece live act for the past few years. They don’t get it even when they come to a show.

Why do you call yourselves RÜFÜS du Sol in North America, but RÜFÜS in the rest of the world?

Our attorney has advised that legal reasons is the appropriate answer.

Describe your sound in three words.

Never ending touring.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

So many places. They are different for each of us. We listen to a lot of contemporary music to get inspired. Recently, we’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead, Moderat, HAELOS, Bob Moses, Leon Vynehall etc. In the past it was Booka Shade in a massive way. They are the godfathers.

Friend Within has just released a remix of your track, ‘Be With You’. How did that come about?

We’ve wanted him to work on a remix for a while.

You are playing your biggest show to date in London in October. Tell UK fans why this will this be such a great show!

We’ve heard the venue is special. The first night sold out so we’ve announced another show, so we’re always in a very good mood when we get to do 2 shows back to back without driving, flying somewhere in between. It’s a real treat for us so we’ll make sure we are good to those who made it possible 😉

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Answered this one above. But, Anderson Paak and Blood Orange have really nailed it this year.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Foals, Booka Shade, Holy Ghost!, Midnight Juggernauts, Goldroom

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Wishes – I Want To Be Alone With You

Wishes

Wishes

Combining acoustic and electronic music composition, meet Sydney-based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Wishes (aka John Towey, formerly of low-fi pop quartet, Convaire).

‘I Want To Be Alone With You’ is a high-inducing number, with an intergalactic video to match.

Directed by Gareth Davies, the video for ‘I Want To Be Alone With You’ tells a visceral love story in an opulent display of smoke, lights and shadows.

Sounds like: Cut Copy, Passion Pit, MGMT, Foster the People, Neon Indian

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Interview: Klue

Klue

Klue

We caught up with Sydney singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Klue, who merges an array of musical cultures to create his sound.

Read our interview below.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Klue.

Klue is my alter ego & solo project when I’m not making music with True Vibenation. It started off just as a production / remix project but it’s grown into a show that involves me running between turntables, saxophone, vocals, and the SPD, and it’s pretty much taken over my life recently!

The sound has been described as Afrogarage, which is a term I kinda like, but it’s pretty much me trying to mulch together all the different sounds that excite me and get away with it.

Your music incorporates Afrobeat, electronic beats and soul. It’s a pretty eclectic and cultural mix! Tell us more.

I’m a fan of a whole bunch of different styles of music and I’m inspired by a pretty wide variety of other musicians, so when I’m writing there’s often bits of different sounds bouncing around in my head. I think it’s taken me until very recently to be able to bring them all together in a way that really works.

I grew up with a lot of Soul music around the house and I think that shows up in my music particularly in my vocals, and the way I approach horn sections. Even as a kid I found electronic music really exiting (I think I must have mostly heard it in Movie soundtracks, as it wasn’t really on radio in Australia in those days) and I’ve been Dj’ing in nightclubs since I was old enough to be let in, and that’s where my interest in making electronic music began.

As a teenager a band mate introduced me to Fela Kuti, and that was a bit of a revelation which led to me hunting out a lot of music I might not have otherwise found, and that has definitely influenced my sound.

Describe your sound in three words.

Bouncy, frenetic, Afrobass.

Your fab EP, ‘Daybreak’, is out now. You compiled the EP pretty much yourself. Was it a tough process?

Yeah on this one I wanted to do everything myself (almost). I wrote, recorded, mixed and produced the whole record, which was a mammoth undertaking. I got my True Vibenation band mate Moody in to play some trumpet on ‘Hiding’, and Sameer Sengupta mastered the record, but the rest of it was just me racking up a massive sleep debt!

To me the sound textures and mixing is so much a part of what makes an electronic production what it is, and it’s something that I’ve spent years working on, so it was important for me to handle as much of that side of things as possible.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

I was thinking about this recently and I realised one of my biggest influences is probably my mum, even though she’s not a musician per se. She used to sing to us when we were kids, and the music she introduced us to, particularly the stuff that would be on the Hi Fi when she had parties – Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Toots & The Maytals, James Brown etc. – has definitely informed the music I create. In terms of electronic music, Bonobo, Hermitude, Burial, Todd Edwards, James Blake and Hudson Mohawke are names that come to mind.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’m loving the new Dro Carey EP is dope! I’ve also been listening to the new L-Fresh The Lion album ‘Become’ too, which is such an impressive record!

Like what you hear? Klue’s debut EP, ‘Daybreak’ is out now.

Sounds like: Jamie xx, Nimmo, Jungle, Fela Kuti, Hermitude, D’Angelo, Bonobo, Fat Freddy’s Drop

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Interview: Bad Pony

Bad Pony

Bad Pony

On a seaside coast far far away from Brighton, are a band called Bad Pony. They may offer similar sounds to those of Brighton-based bands, but will no doubt have better tans.

We caught up with the boys.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Bad Pony and how you all got into music and where the name came from.

We are a 5 piece from Sydney, Australia. Sam and I (Jarred) used to play in a bluesy rock band. I was the drummer and we started writing songs as a side-project so I could have a fang at singing. We sent the tunes around and got asked to do a 20 date tour so we put together a band of former lead singers and multi-instrumentalists to cover all the parts. That was in 2013, so since then we’ve lost a drummer and cover our percussion parts by splitting a drum kit amongst us.

The name came from our guitarist Cron. Back in his motherland of South Africa he was a Shetland trainer. The night we met him he told us this really long winded joke that won us over. I can’t really remember it but the punchline was ‘Bad Pony’.

Describe your sound in three words.

Hurdling. Gyration. Jiu-jitsu.

What’s your current single, ‘Sideways’ all about?

Sideways is about celebrating the diffusion a potentially volatile situation.

Are there any plans to tour further afield than Australia, in the near future?

Not at the moment. We’re pretty keen to get something happening in New Zealand and the UK next year.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

We’re all over the place. I grew up listening to a lot of Michael Jackson but I think I’ve learned a lot & taken on influences playing with different bands in different genres over the years. In recent times my favourite artists have been Manchester Orchestra, Closure in Moscow & Swim Season. As a collective I think we lean towards music that is clever, catchy and interesting.

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

Middle Kids ‘Edge of Town’
Swim Season ‘Gold Cloak City’

Sounds like: High Tyde, Dive In, Two Door Cinema Club, The Island Club, Ivy Nations, Swim Season, Local Natives, Phoenix, Prides

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Xavier Dunn – Scattered

Xavier Dunn by Adam Gentry

Xavier Dunn by Adam Gentry

Xavier Dunn is a Sydney-based talent that you should get to know pretty quickly, because he’s going to become an international hit, rubbing shoulders with the likes of RY X and Solomon Grey.

Xavier’s first original debut, ‘Scattered’ is a seriously strong contender. He shares with us his heartfelt, falsetto vocals, of which are cleverly constructed over just under four minutes of noble and cinematic production.

‘Scattered’ is independently released on 1 April.

Sounds like: Bon Iver, RY X, Solomon Grey, Aquilo

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