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MONDAY TUNESDAY | JUNE 19

Although Blyolk shuns the sun, between his sophomore release, Slowcoaching’s Pillars of Salt and Woodes’ new twist, this playlist will warm up this fine winter morning.

SLOWCOACHING | PILLARS OF SALT

By Ayden Measham-Pywell

With a chorus that is perfect for humming while you wait for the kettle to boil, Slowcoaching may have released the perfect comfort song with Pillars of Salt. ‘And I watch too much tv and not nearly enough sleep, tell me your faults and I’ll start writing mine” sings Dean Valentino humbly. There is an almost confessional aspect to the lyrics in Pillars of Salt that is easy to relate to, and that is half the charm. It’s humble and honest, telling of a situation that is all too easy to relate to. The repetitive nature offers a tone that is easy to embrace, and it’s hard to doubt that it’s a track that will be soon loved by many.

WOODES | RUN FOR IT

By Ayden Measham-Pywell

It’s a good thing that Woodes‘ has such a distinctive voice, because on the first listen of Run for It it would be easy to think it was a new artist on the block. With a newfound focus on percussive work, it is a new, bigger, sound for Woodes, and it works well for her. The percussive patterns, and broodier synth lines play around her stunning voice creating rich and exciting textures. It is a track that is made to be played big and loud, with her debut headline shows coming up, it seems perfectly timed for a release like Run for It as it is hard to imagine a live rendition not being a real show stopper.  

 

THE NIGHT CAFE | FELICITY

By Ayden Measham-Pywell

It’s dreamy indie rock at it’s best. The Night Cafe have delivered a sun drenched piece with Felicity that will have you falling in love with a girl you’ve never met. The track feels familiar from the get go, with the opening notes grappling with memories and expectations of the genre. It isn’t the most original piece out there, but that is one of the strengths of the track, it feels good to ease into.  Felicity stands strong in an over done genre, feeling fresh in it’s capacity to take dabbles of the bands we have come to love, and turn having The Night Cafe meld them into something personal.

 

 

BLYOLK | SHUN THE SUN BECAUSE I DON’T BREATH YOUTH

By Ayden Measham-Pywell

Like cafe table on an uneven footpath, Shun the Sun Because I Don’t Breathe You is wonky in a manner than only Blyolk can pull off. Thankfully, that’s a good thing. The mouthful of a song name is well worth discussing with the track handles complex juggling of musical phases with lyrics that sing to a generation of self doubters. Almost mocking the idea of self love, Blyolk teases our sensibilities with the dance worthy track. It feels less self absorbed than his previous single Artshole, and is the better for it. It is a track less for the dance floor, as it is the bedroom in the morning, giving the chance to groove off expectations and get ready for the day. It’s an exciting piece from an upcoming artist that we can only hope to hear more from soon. 

 

 

CITY CALM DOWN | BLOOD

By Ayden Measham-Pywell

Are City Calm Down the best touring band in Australia? I’ve said so too many times to count, but it comes with problems for the band, as the lyrics of Blood tell. Tackling the relationship with his former boss, vocalist Jack Bourke sings with a power and rawness that is a step up for the band. It contains all the elements that we have come to love from the band’s debut album In a Restless House but adds something new to what we have come to expect, it feels, to overly simplify, fuller than ever before. This is a track made for the festival crowd that we saw them pulling last year, this is a track to get you up and going. Blood definitely has an undertone of regret present, but offers up a teasing of the strength that comes with taking on the world, and for that, it is likely to end up on repeat. 

 

 

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