music spotlight

Music Spotlight: Foreign/National

Fancy a bit of musical escapism this September? Well I have just the band for you, with the perfect ‘get away from it all’ band Foreign/National. Summer may be over for some in the world and just beginning for others, but with their beautiful track Life Tourist you’re sure to never feel far away from those rays!

The band describe themselves as “Five guys from Melbourne, Australia who use jazz chords, detuned keyboards, a heap of modulated guitar and lilting vocals to make what is best described as nostalgic, detuned, pop music” (Facebook) and that pretty much says it all, really. Although still unsigned, they’re already making musical waves, being featured in Triple J’s ‘Unearthed Featured Artist’, beginning their East Coast tour at the end of October, and they’re also playing Paradise Festival at the end of November – it won’t be too long until these guys get picked up.

All that’s left to say is have a listen to Life Tourist and let it take you away for 3 magical minutes:

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Music Spotlight: Timberwolf

If you’re thinking, like me, that the weekend can’t come soon enough, fear not – I’ve found a wonderful track to help you drift through the next few days. Timberwolf is the alias of the uber talented Chris Panausakis, a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Adelaide. His song ‘Grace’ from his debut album ‘Man & Moon’ is a soulful, folksy track guaranteed to spring you into Summer, even on the rainiest of days!

If you’re lucky enough to be sunning it up in Oz, this is the perfect song for taking a bit of time to enjoy the rays, and if like myself you’re at home in the still slightly wintery UK, it’s a chance to close your eyes and think how lovely summer’s going to be.

Give it a listen and let me know what you think 🙂

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Music Spotlight: Flume

This week’s music spotlight is the wonderfully talented DJ and producer Harley Streten, better known by his stage name, Flume. This Sydney born electric wonder released his self-titled debut album in November 2012, and he shot to fame from there, winning in 2013 ARIA’s Best Male Artist, Best Breakthrough Artist, Best Dance Release AND Producer of the Year. Not too shoddy for a 22 year old…

The top track off this album has to be ‘Holdin On’ – if you like electro, you’re going to love this. It’s the ultimate summer club song to get you going, or even just plug the earphones in, turn it up, and get a good head nod on.

If you’re a fan, give this remix ‘Sleepless Club’ a listen. It’s been reworked by WEKEED, and it layers the New Zealand singer Lorde’s vocals from her track ‘The Love Club’ over Flume’s track ‘Sleepless’. A great new song to get over those winter blues.

If you have any suggestions for Australian artists you think deserve the spotlight, let me know and I’ll be sure to do a post!

Music Spotlight: San Cisco

This week’s band is the wonderful San Cisco, a cheeky indie 4-piece band all the way from Fremantle, Western Australia. With Jordi Davieson and Josh Biondillo leading the band with some gorgeous vocals, their happy-go-lucky style makes them a band that’s impossible not to love. Imagine if The Maccabees and Vampire Weekend got together and made sweet, sweet love – this would be their baby. Their self-titled album is only 40 minutes long, so well worth a sit down and a listen, but if I had to pick 2 favourite songs they would have to be ‘Awkward’ and ‘Rocket Ship’ – videos below. Give them a listen and roll on Summer!

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