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premiere: Sweet Whirl – Ray C

Sweet Whirl - photo by Traianos Pakioufakis - 3

Melbourne's Esther Edquist aka Sweet Whirl shares an exquisitely bleary-eyed gem from her new EP Love Songs & Poetry, which features members of beloved Australian punk band Total Control, and is out next month on Chapter Music...

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video premiere: Laura Jean – Girls on the TV


“I told her one day we’d be beautiful / and maybe we could start a band / ‘cause i was born to sing / and she was born to dance...”

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video: Beaches – “Send Them Away”


Directed by Ben Montero / edited by Rosie Adams. Beaches' She Beats LP is out May 3 on Chapter Music.

premiere: Beaches – “Send Them Away”


Here's another glorious track from Melbourne's Beaches, taken from the group's excellent forthcoming LP She Beats. The sunny, infectious, practically jangly "Send Them Away" isn't quite the swirling, all-encompassing psychedelic squall that is lead single "Distance," but it works perfectly as sort of a charming, almost triumphant little break in the clouds...

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premiere: Beaches – “Distance”


Here's a sprawling, dreamy racket from Melbourne's Beaches, taken from the band's forthcoming LP, due in May via our favorite Australian label, Chapter Music. The gorgeous/swirling heavy psych-out "Distance" is one of two tracks on the new record that features guitar from Neu...

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mp3 premiere: Dick Diver – “Water Damage”


Here's the lilting, endearingly wry new single from Australia's Dick Diver, taken from the group's forthcoming LP Calendar Days. Fans of their like-minded Melbourne homies + labelmates Twerps will find plenty to love in "Water Damage," a lovely, understated little jangle-pop gem that evokes a bittersweet yearning, managing to remain pensive and just sunny/hopeful enough at once...

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premiere: new Fabulous Diamonds – “Lothario”


Here's a brand new one from Melbourne, Australia psych-pop duo Fabulous Diamonds, taken from their forthcoming LP Commercial Music, due later this summer. Jarrod + Nisa (who was also involved in the excellent new Bushwalking record) call the new album "high-brow, young adult contemporary pop music," and while it's certainly less abrasive than their thrilling self-titled 2010 LP, we suspect they're speaking in relative terms here, because the billowing, hypnotic drone of "Lothario" is just as mesmerizing and enveloping as anything else we've heard from these two...

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listen: Twerps – Twerps LP


We've already been up on the jangly, melancholic, perfectly autumnal lead single "Dreamin" and the equally laid-back/seasonally appropriate, female-fronted "This Guy," but now you can listen to the self-titled debut full-length from Australia's Twerps -- available now on Chapter Music in Australia + Underwater Peoples here in the States -- in its entirety, below:



fabulous diamonds

fabulous diamonds

Here's the latest jam from Australian duo Fabulous Diamonds, taken from the group's forthcoming LP, Fabulous Diamonds II, out June 19 in Australia on Chapter Music. The Young Marble Giants/Suicide/Augustus Pablo comparisons the band garnered on their first effort still ring true on the thoroughly hypnotic, dubbed-out drone of "Track 4," which is without question the most exhilirating, immediate thing these two have done so far...

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