So we don’t mean to alarm you, but it’s Winter now, and we’re officially halfway 2016. WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?! It might be chilly outside, but there are plenty of straight-up fire LPs and EPs coming from the Mucho squad to look forward to that will keep you warm over the next few months. That’s right – the mercury has dropped, and so will the following 2016 releases:
CANARY – I AM LION | OUT FRI 8 JUL
Inimitable Melbourne-based five piece, Canary, are almost ready to share their second album, I Am Lion.
Waking from the lengthy slumber that followed their first release, Dear Universe (2011), Canary launched themselves back into the Australian alternative music scene last year with two impeccable singles. ‘Women’s Business’, a sprawling effort with one of the best outros we’ve heard in a long while; and ‘Here We Go’, with its chorus worthy to soundtrack any personal catharsis, served as the first tastes of I Am Lion. Both singles were warmly received; with the latter snagging spot rotation on triple j & the former charting on buzz aggregator HypeMachine.
Now they’ve released their half-stomping, half-lilting third single ‘Fickle Heart’ and we’re somehow even more smitten than before. Their new album boasts the same honesty and rawness of their first but thematically focuses on a formative breakup that frontman Matthew Kenneally went through. I Am Lion showcases a more bricks-and-mortar sound from the band, and the fusion of their individual influences; electronic, folk and hip-hop has enabled them to create something really quite astonishing.
With the collective having recently supported Saskwatch, as well as the likes of other Melbourne based favourites; Ainslie Wills, Hein Cooper and LANKS, the group are set to grace the stage in August for their headline East Coast I Am Lion Tour.
GYPSY & THE CAT – VIRTUAL ISLANDS | OUT FRI 5 AUG
The loooooong-awaited third album from Melbourne mainstays Gypsy & the Cat is so close to dropping we can taste it. It’s everything we’ve come to expect from the fantastical duo – and then some. Virtual Islands is bold, brash, and whimsical – but rooted in the isolation that humans tend to inflict on themselves (rendering themselves islands, at least virtually). It maintains that sunny signature Gypsy sound, but plumbs the depths of modern dance music with the help of some extraordinarily well-executed synth work and a new-found creative fearlessness they picked up in Japan.
Gypsy and The Cat are so good at kicking goals you might as well marry them to a former Spice Girl and call them Beckham. They’ve landed a hat trick of singles in the triple j Hottest 100, played internationally acclaimed festivals like Summersonic (Japan), Big Day Out & Splendour in the Grass; and headlined tours across Australia, France, Germany, UK, and more. Their previous success is a sure barometer of their talent – this new album is a reaffirmation; and the beginning of a new era.
STILLWATER GIANTS – MUNICH | OUT FRI 8 JUL
Munich is the four-years-in-the-making debut album from WA four-piece Stillwater Giants. And it’s nearly here!
Fans of music they can wear as a firmly planted grin all day long won’t want to miss out on this one. Upbeat and catchy, we dare anyone to listen the whole way through and not jump out of your seat. The four-piece’s musicianship is prominently on display here: the album features mesmerizing guitar riffs, raw lyricism, and infectious melodies throughout. ‘Patience’ could just as easily fuel a 10k run as it could a night on the dance floor, while ‘Montage’ (currently in spot rotation on the j’s) will have you daydreaming about warmer summer days.
After originally being Unearthed by triple j in 2012 to play Groovin the Moo festival, this group of young guns from Margaret River swiftly found themselves warming up the stage for the likes of Ball Park Music, Regurgitator, The Rubens, The Delta Riggs, British India, Birds of Tokyo, and Stonefield. After the band took some time off to deal with life outside music, they eventually felt the pull to start writing again, ending their period of stagnation – and the results are stunning.
Stillwater Giants are currently on tour in WA and will officially launch their album at Perth’s Amplifier on Jul 9.
MEREDITH – NOSTALGIA | OUT FRI 17 JUN
Brisbane artist Meredith creates music that is effortless & free flowing; and as utterly enthralling as the singer’s warm aura. Still, she remains impossible to pigeon hole, taking cues from a vast range of influences. Heartfelt, lyrically intriguing and bewitchingly raw, Nostalgia is her hotly-anticipated debut EP.
Having previously supporting the likes of San Cisco, Avaberée, Machine Age, The Once (CAN), and Timberwolf, Meredith has surfaced with a brand new “more electronic” live show setup. In March, Meredith released latest single ‘How Could You Believe That’, a disarmingly honest track that deals with the fallout of a toxic relationship and the effects that can have on a person’s larger social circle. With her EP launch just around the corner, this seriously gifted musician is fast becoming one of the alternative pop world’s most enthralling new talents.