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.
I’m pretty upset that I hadn’t heard of Australia’s Twinsy at the start of the summer. Heavy rotation would be an understatement. Thanks to The Bay Bridged blogger, Melissa B., this dynamic little supergroup is now upon my radar. I have a feeling my entire day is shot.
The production quality is just absurd, track to track, I’m hearing something new in each layer of instrumentation. The grouped vocals could also be my new favorite thing. Stop what you’re doing and listen to their self-titled EP below, you won’t be disappointed.
These Melbourne musicians could be Australia’s answer to the Black Lips. They’re gritty and infectious with their classic rock ‘n’ roll hooks. Dynamic energy pouring out of every single instrument, The Delta Riggs aim to never stray far from their roots.
Their latest EP, Talupo Mountain Music Vol. II, is “straight up Rock & Roll to make you jump ‘n’ shout & feel alright.” I especially dig the fact that these guys track everything live. Listen to the bluesy, rootsy, and raw release below.
Elegant and minimal, Australian singer-songwriter, Siobhan stuns our ears in her newest track, “Don’t Take Her Heart If You’re Gonna Let Her Down.”
Sometimes all it takes is charming female vocals and a light keyboard melody to put a smile on my face. As one of Melbourne’s “2012 artists to watch,” Siobhan is gearing up to release her debut album, Solider Heart, on May 23rd. Anyone coming of age into a world that’s full of transition, challenges, perseverance, and strength will truly relate to her musical observations of the complexities of moving into adulthood.
I’ve seen a lot of artists opt for the animated music video lately, and it’s not a terrible thing. As much as I love seeing a band perform live, there’s something interesting in the process of producing a video that doesn’t actually star the artist themselves.
I really love the shadowed drawings that give off such an eerie vibe in Lowlakes’ newest video, playing out a story behind Thomas Snowdon’s commanding vocals. Off their debut self-titled EP, “Buffalo Girl,” sits nicely in the Australian’s effortless dream-like sound. The combination of it all is deeply reminiscent of Radiohead, which makes me incredibly interested to see what they prepare for their next release.
Meet Lowlakes, an indie group based out of Melbourne, Australia who straddle the fine line of ambient music with telling vocal play that create intense, whirling melodies. With an incredibly rich sound, the band lightly incorporates various instruments and effects in their incredibly solid self-titled EP which dropped last month.
I love the track, “Song For Motion,” which seems to really capture the evocative nature of Tom Snowdon’s voice. Watch the video for it below and grab the rest of the EP here.