No matter where you’re reading this from, March is the seasonal beginning of new music. Traditionally, it’s the start of the North American/European Summer music cycle, in which the biggest hits over the next 6-months will start trickling in. With the music landscape constantly shifting, it’s the indie-pop records that have stood out most so far in 2019, and some of which are stealing the show. This is The Month in Music – March 2019.
Nick Murphy – Sanity
It’s been a long time coming, but Nick Murphy (FKA Chet Faker) has announced his sophomore album since rebranding from Chet Faker over two years ago. ‘Sanity’ is the first track from the upcoming record, a soulful bop with raw instrumentation and uplifting piano melodies. While the track is not left-of-centre by any means, ‘Sanity’ was an unexpected return, likely due to being written in Rick Rubin’s iconic Shangri La recording studio in Malibu.
Nick’s album ‘Run Fast Sleep Naked is out on April 26, and Co-produced by Darkside’s Dave Harrington.
Sparrows – Do U Wanna Dance?
Exploding on the Australian music scene with her surprise indie-pop anthem ‘Over & Out’, Sydney artists Sparrows has returned with her follow up single ‘Do U Wanna Dance’. Sparrow’s silky vocals glide over her mellow and upbeat arpeggiated productions, blending to make a perfect indie-pop earworm with some quirky samples throughout.
Duke Dumont – Red Light Green Light
UK house royalty Duke Dumont has returned with a steaming hot club release ‘Red Light Green Light’. Teaming up with model and purveyor of ballroom Shaun Ross, the vocals features a free flowing Ross, distributing “Red Light” and “Green Light’ instructions. Duke’s production is at it’s finest, offering crispy arpeggiation on the club-ready banger. Hold on to your hats, we could be looking at a contender for one of the biggest dance tracks of the year.
Jai Wolf – Your Way feat. Day Wave
Notable for his big beat Electronic releases, ‘Your Way’ sees the New York based producer Jai Wolf venture into indie rock territory. ‘Your Way’ features the dreamy vocals of Californian band Day Wave, and is accompanied by a music video starring producer Chet Porter, who plays a successful EDM producer who seems to have it all, without anything at all.
“Your Way” is the third single from Jai Wolf’s forthcoming debut album ‘The Cure To Loneliness’.
Sigrid – Mine Right Now
Norway’s queen of alt-pop Sigrid has dropped her debut album ‘Sucker Punch’ which features some of her biggest hits like ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Strangers’, however it’s the little pop belter ‘Mine Right Now’ that makes her shine. Co-written by experienced singer/songwriter Emily Warren, ‘Mine Right Now’ at heart is formulaic pop, but it’s an irresistible hit in the making, that deserves all the attention.
The Black Keys – Lo/Hi
The Black Keys are back, sharing their first single in 5 years. After a lengthy break from recordings, it’s safe to say that band members Dan Auerback and Patrick Carney have picked up right where they lift off. ‘Lo/Hi’ features the trademark gritty guitar riffs, slapping solos and pounding percussion that we know and love.
Pond – Daisy
Kicking off their 8th studio album with an absolute doozy is Australian psych-rockers Pond. If you’re a long-time fan of Pond, then yes, this track was released in January, however ‘Daisy’ is our favourite pick off their album ‘Tasmania’ which just dropped.
Produced by former Pond member Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala), his influencer is immediately felt with ‘Daisy’s’ upbeat & gazing productions. ‘Daisy’s’ video features Pond frontman and (ex-Tame Impala bassist) Nick Allbrook frolicking around the Kulin and Nyoongar indigenous land, which the band pays tribute to in the opening sequence.
Barrie – Darjeeling
Brooklyn five-piece Barrie have been one of our favourite discoveries over the past year, and their new single ‘Darjeeling’ is a delightful taste from their upcoming debut LP ‘Happy to Be Here’. Darjeeling’ trots along with its bouncy percussion, cruising guitar work and dreamy vocals from lead singer Barrie Lindsay.
The Kite Machine – Walls
Geelong based trio The Kite Machine are carving out their own unique sound in Australia’s alt-rock scene. With their album on the way described as a combination of “the past, present and future” of The Kite Machine, ‘Walls’ is a groove filled taste of what’s to come from the record. Speaking on single is the lead singer Levi Anderson: “‘Walls’ paints the portrait of someone unable to break free of their own self destructive construct, all the while losing touch with what’s real in the world around them.”
Album of the Month: Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’
One of our favourite British indie-rock bands Foals have returned with their 5th studio album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1’. With a career spanning over 13 years, you’re bound to hear a number of stylistic evolutions in their productions, something that’s constantly apparent in every Foals album.‘Everything Not Saved…’’ features that shift of stylistic production, however making it almost suitable for a Foals fan of any album era in their lifecycle, whether it’s the electronic inspired ‘In Degrees’, half-paced ‘Exits’ or the Xylophone led ‘Cafe D’Athens’. Foals have offered a transformed and more experimental side of themselves on the album, likely due to the fact it is one of their first that they have entirely self-produced. Stand by for Part 2 to come before the end of the year.