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03.02.18 Melbourne, AU

Melbourne, AU

A rundown of the best up-and-comers (and some heavyweights too) from the music capital of down under.
Channel Four

Charming '60s-influenced jangle-pop with a touch of '80s gaudiness. Very accomplished debut.

For fans of: Paul McCartney, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett
2Emma Russack
Permanent Vacation

Abrasively honest songwriting—runs the gamut of tender folk to garage rock.

For fans of: Stella Donnelly, St. Vincent
3Flyying Colours

A wonderfully dense, dreamy shoegaze time capsule.

For fans of: My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Warm, fuzzy psych-pop. Best band in the world (full disclosure: I'm in this band).

For fans of: the Beach Boys, Tame Impala, AIR

Powerful front-women singing to '80s electro-pop set-pieces—a little derivative, a whole lot of fun.

For fans of: Madonna, Michael Jackson, Client Liason
Hard Hold

A trio of ladies who write soulful, jazz-tinged math-rock—is it coming back in vogue?

For fans of: Hiatus Kaiyote, Don Caballero, By The End of Tonight
7King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard

You should've heard this one. A monolithic concept album, impeccably constructed and utterly praiseworthy.

For fans of: King Crimson, Yes, Goat
8Love Migrate
Somewhere, Over The Mangroves

Atmospheric, slow-burning alt-rock featuring Joe Walker from King Gizz (1/3).

For fans of: The War on Drugs, Bruce Springsteen
9The Murlocs

Bluesy garage-rock featuring Ambrose Kenny-Smith from King Gizz (2/3).

For fans of: The Kinks, the Yardbirds, harmonica (the instrument)
Cosmic Blip

Gritty, lo-fi psych-pop by Cook Craig from King Gizz (3/3).

For fans of: The Kinks, Syd Barrett, MGMT
11The Ocean Party
Beauty Point

Quintessential Melbourne jangle-pop. They're prolific—this is probably their billionth album.

For fans of: The Go-Betweens, Pavement
12Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The French Press

They call themselves "soft-punk"; I'd call 'em sprawling garage-rock with a vaguely Springsteen twist.

For fans of: Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Smith Street Band, Bruce Springsteen
Manuel Override

Big jazz band - horn ensemble + fuzz pedals = baroque psych-pop.

For fans of: MGMT, Margo Guryan
14Sleep Decade

Dreamy, glacial post-rock with audiophile-level ambient textures. A "headphones in bed" record.

For fans of: Brian Eno, Slowdive, Nils Frahm
15Totally Mild
Down Time

Wonderfully understated female-fronted guitar pop. Mojitos by the pool, anyone?

For fans of: Mac Demarco, The Go-Betweens, St Vincent
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