Oh, wow. One of the best folk groups coming out of Australia these days is Sydney’s Sons of the East, a fabulous three-way blend of instrumental and vocal harmonies that can truly stand alone.
Sure, you could say these gentleman completely have got those Mumford-like qualities, but in my mind, anything executed incredibly well should be recognized. Friends who came together in mid-2011, the band has been touring up and down their country’s coast gaining exposure – something that has completely paid off. Their newest single, “Hold On,” has already amassed over 70k views on YouTube. The easy sound of simple instrumentation and just a few guys having a great time playing has really caught on elsewhere in the world so be sure to watch the gorgeous video below and see what they’re up to these days.
I really, really enjoy contemporary classical music. Perhaps it’s because I severely lack this skill but, well composed music really gets me. I think writing a polished pop song is a talent, but creating such wide and expansive soundscapes truly stand out to me.
Luke Howardis a pianist and composer who hails from Melbourne, Australia. His style is loud and soft, intricately layered at times and at others, blissfully peaceful. In his latest album release, Sun, Cloud, I love the tension he creates for listeners and the string sections are just so full and lovely.
Howard’s newest 13-track album is a fantastic backdrop for your Sunday. Read more about this fabulous musician here, and be sure to hit play below. Happy Sunday listening.
Massive hooks and classic alternative sound is truly coming back and I cannot be anymore excited. Sure I love the folky minimalist stuff but driving guitars and power pop chords truly make me feel nostalgic.
Enter Australia’s Emperors, an extremely energetic four piece hailing from Perth. Making plenty of noise in their home country, the group has been recently winning over new fans with their debut LP release titled, Stay Frosty. Derived from military slang meaning “keep your cool’ or ‘stay calm and focused,” the album absolutely delivers with memorable and authoritative sound demanding your attention.
Empire of the Sun are epically making their reappearance known. Back with new music just waiting to be unleashed in June, we’re left with this teaser short of a video that can only elicit more excitement from fans.
I’ve hugely been into the Australian duo ever since I heard their catchy electronica anthems and caught a bit of their show at Coachella back in 2011. Beyond their crazy stage outfits, they really can light up an audience with the amount of energy packed into each track.
Count down your days until June and stay posted for all the latest news here, catch the video below.
Archaeologists have uncovered interglacial cave paintings deep within a rock shelter in Mexico’s Guerrero Peninsula. The paintings date between 4,200 and 8,000 years ago, making them the most important finding of the millennia. The site was previously believed to be the birthplace of La Llorona, or “The Weeping Woman.”
“This must have been a place of memory,” said Ramon Fortunato, an archaeologist at the University of Monterrey, of the site. “The people of this region may have kept it secret, in order to harness its power.”
Inhabitants from the area are thought to be directly related to the “Empire of the Sun,” responsible for protecting the Earth from catastrophe for generations.
Update: Further research has concluded that the cave is the meeting point of the leylines of synchronicity. The find has been praised by heads of state and notable scientists, and a meeting of world leaders has been called in Geneva, Switzerland.
Super atmospheric and subtly building, I’m really into Micah Templeton-Wolfe’s sounds – who’s otherwise known under the moniker, Stray Theories.
The New Zealand-based Aussie creates refreshing ambient tones that simply blend in with your surroundings. I first became struck with his track, “We Never Left,” but while recently digging through his Soundcloud page, I’m finding even more to obsess over. The remixes are quite lovely as well.
For more, check out his latest album, Even Though We Sleep, featuring plenty of instrumental layers and intricate textures.
This is truly how it’s done. A simple guitar riff, dualing boy/girl vocals, and a damn good chorus can bring any track to life.
“Gasoline” is airy and fun, and also the perfect way to warm up this harsher time of the year for all of us based in the NW hemisphere. Making big headway back in their homeland of Australia, Alpine are busily climbing their way to the top. Their debut, A is for Alpine, hit #1 on the charts and is slated for a US debut May 21st. They’ll also be on this side of the world in March, reappearing for SXSW for those heading down to Austin soon.
Love on “Gasoline” below and be sure to stay tuned here, here, and here. Enjoy.
Ta-ku has been pretty damn busy, as well as blowing up since we last mentioned his name hereon What’s Protocol. He played a set during one of the the [in]famous Boiler Room parties over in Australia (P.S. I’m still trying to get an invite in NYC!!) , he’s been putting out one song every night for 25 days (see “25 nights for nujabes“), and he has even been chilling with Childish Gambino(?). For all that he’s been doing, and all the love he’s been receiving, he’s giving some love right back to his fans.
For the next 48 (now 48-ish) hours everything over on his bandcamp site is totally free. Just submit your e-mail address and go to town! And if you do go to town, bump them loudly and show him some more love anyway you can. Go see him live, buy something; whatever you so choose. The homie deserves it!
So go on OVER and have yourself a listen/download.
So the 25,000 free downloads that Ta-Ku had are all gone already! (good for him!!)
Wow. Australia’s Cub Scouts have really stopped me in my tracks. Their sound reminds me a bit of Freelance Whales with a little Two Door Cinema Club, still retaining their own pop style.
And I really love their music video for the song, “Told You So.” It pretty much evokes everything 90′s-nostalgia related from the Ducks hockey jersey to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys, or even the BMX bike scene at the end. I fucking love all of it. And if you were a product of this generation it will make your heart ache.
Grab their older track, “Do You Hear,” which is an instant candidate for the loop button.
With one listen of the energetic track, “Heart of a Lion,” from Australia’s The Griswolds, I was beyond hooked.
Relentless percussion, peppy guitars, and the perfect sing-along quality was more than enough for me to quickly dig into their debut, Heart of a Lion. With only four tracks to listen to, get more of your fill over at their Facebook page and be sure to watch the title-track video below.
st a quick 5-track EP to their name, SURES have been stirring up quite the scene back in their homeland proving they’ve got a hell of a lot more left in them. Be sure to listen to their debut and check out their new music video for the track, “LA.”