Time to pop your tennies on for a run around the block with Tim Lambert’s 5 Tunes, all mighty fresh with absolutely no unnecessary additives. Featuring: Clews, Montaigne, Neighbourhood Youth, Genesis Owusu, and Bugs!
Out on the road with Holy Holy on their huge national tour, Mollymook sisters Clews thought it was a better time than any to drop their immersive and electric new track Crushed on the world.
Picking up where the smashing Museum left off earlier in the year and a highlight showing at BIGSOUND this year, Lily and Grace Richardson are going from one knee-weakening riff and soaring vocal high to the next.
If you want to catch Clews on the road, you’ll have plenty of chances.
Holy Holy Faces 2018 Tour
with guests Clews and San Mei
Saturday 17 November – The Metro, Sydney
Thursday 22 November – Solbar, Sunshine Coast
Friday 23 November – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast
Sunday 25 November – The Triffid, Brisbane
Thursday 29 November – Mojo’s, Fremantle *
Friday 30 November – The Rosemount, Perth*
Saturday 1 December – Yalls Summer Fest, Yallingup*
Thursday 6 December – The Gov, Adelaide*
Friday 7 December – 170 Russell, Melbourne
*San Mei not appearing.
Genesis Owusu, Wit Da Team
Twenty-year-old Genesis Owusu has levelled up again in 2018 with the release of his newest track, the irresistibly slinky Wit Da Team. Teaming up with Callum Connor of The Free Nationals (Anderson .Paak’s band) to produce, the track is like a hot knife through butter, adding a groove not heard in Owusu’s already impressive repertoire.
If you’ve caught Owusu (Kofi Ansah) live then you already know what I am about to say: Ansah is the future of Australian hip hop. Swaying from hard rap to slow jams with his loyal goon squad in tow, a Genesis Owusu show needs to be the next on your list. Luckily, you can cross that off sooner rather than later as he makes his way to selected east coast venues next week to celebrate the smooth new track.
Genesis Owusu Wit Da Team Tour
Thursday 22 November – Workers Club, Melbourne
Friday 23 November – Waywards, Sydney
Saturday 24 November – Transit Bar, Canberra
Montaigne, For Your Love
Sydney songwriter Montaigne (Jess Cerro) is back with a new track and the first taste of a follow up to 2016’s incomparable Glorious Heights. The anthemic new track For Your Love plays out like a sequel to Cerro’s breakout Because I Love You, a reimagining and reprocessing of the emotions that brought about her debut hit.
On the evolution from Because I Love You to her newest release, she’s said: “I was reflecting on my first and so far only boyfriend.It was a short relationship, but it was long enough. The first few lyrics from For Your Love hark back to Because I Love You: “I have been a snake, I have been a dog.”
She continues on the meaning of this delicate, undoubtable anthem: “[For Your Love is] supposed to be a little uncomfortable; the whole song is supposed to emphasise being dehumanized. Retroactively that is how it felt. Especially me, as a fiercely independent person. To have gotten sucked into that… I know I’m better than that. The song is a valuable documentation of that moment in my life. It’s a cautionary tale. It was a good learning experience.”
It might still be a minute away, but there are also accompanying tour dates to support the single.
Montaigne For Your Love 2019 Tour
Thursday 11 April – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Friday 12 April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Friday 24 April – Lions Arts Factory, Adelaide
Wednesday 26 April – Freo Social, Fremantle
Saturday 27 April – The Brightside, Brisbane
Sunday 28 April – Bleach Festival, Gold Coast
Neighbourhood Youth, Aim For The Head
Extremely underrated Melbourne band Neighbourhood Youth released their new song Aim For The Head last week, and I would be kicking myself if I didn’t include this in this week’s 5 Tunes.
Aim For The Head is a feverish, sun-dipped shot of Australiana strung throughout with the band’s signature controlled chaos, that sits in somewhere between UK rockers Foals and the true blue Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. The song changes things up a little for the quartet: guitarist Liam Jenkins takes the reins as lead vocalist for the first time, his melancholic voice leading the band in a fresh direction.
Brisbane’s happiest trio Bugs have been busy on the road and releasing some solo work (Connor Brooker’s Déjà Vu, if you get the chance) but have made some time to release Sweetener – a syrupy-sweet, feel-good love song that I challenge you not to smile at.
It’s so sweet in fact, that there is a diabetes-inducing film clip to accompany the song in the works that turns up the sugar, spice and everything nice – not that we’d expect anything less from these three.