It’s 5 Tunes time my chums, and this week Tim Lambert has delivered a steaming cornucopia of fresh deli meats to make your weekend shiny and bright: RAAVE TAPES, Hatchie, The Sugarcanes, Middle Kids, and Timbo’s favourite tall guy (I think – he certainly looks tall?), Paces.
RAAVE TAPES, Suds
Anyone else getting Andrew W.K. vibes? Suds is the first release of the year from Novocastrian trio RAAVE TAPES, and is easily the fuzziest track I’ve heard so far in ’18.
When I say fuzzy, I don’t mean “Aww, so sweet.” I mean like the hairs on my arm stand up when I walk near the speaker; like the fuzz my friends try to pass off as moustaches; like when you touch something velvet and it gives you goosebumps – uncomfortable, but you like it, and keep touching it. Lyrically, the track is about not using inebriation as an excuse for gross lad behaviour. RAAVE TAPES are the heroes we need right now.
Hatchie, Sugar & Spice
Jangly Brisbane dream-popstar Hatchie has just announced her debut EP, and with it, released the title track. Following up on the uber-successful singles Try and Sure, Harriet Pillbeam has a real knack for creating wistful ’90s indie sounds that feel instantly familiar.
On her Sugar & Spice EP – out May 25 via Ivy League – Pillbeam said: “After writing music that never felt cohesive or special enough to warrant its own venture, Try marked a shift in my writing style I wasn’t expecting. I wrote it in early 2015, followed quickly by Sleep and Sugar & Spice. They were written more for myself than for a specific project, in an effort to explore feelings of vulnerability and ecstasy I had previously suppressed… The songs on Sugar & Spice were all written without much thought or pressure from myself or anyone else, allowing me to lay my feelings out like I’ve never done before.”
The Sugarcanes, Wish It Would Rain
If you’re going to call yourself a ‘love band’, you gotta be making some sweet sugar, and that’s exactly what Melbourne sextet The Sugarcanes are doing. Led by the soulful and heart-wrenching voice of Lucy Wilson – who also plays with The Smith Street Band – the group throwback to a bygone era of rock/soul with 2018 relevance. Tick, tick, tick.
Middle Kids, On My Knees
Another Middle Kids release, another chance for me to preach about how good this band is. On My Knees picks up the pace a little from first single Mistake, but as always, it’s led by jangling guitars and Hannah Joy’s heartfelt vocals.
The band have explained the tracks is “about rejecting the value system of the individual as the prime unit of society. It’s also about how suffering and disappointment can help change our perspective in a healthy way. When we stop focusing on ‘winning’ and can submit to something bigger, or to each other, we are better people.” Bless.
Their debut album Lost Friends is out May 4 via EMI.
Paces, Don’t Run ft. Doolie
Does summer ever end if you don’t stop listening to Paces?
The guy with the sunniest disposition in Australia is ramping things up in the lead-up to his yet-to-be-announced sophomore album. The tropical Don’t Run features fellow Queenslander Doolie, whose intimate and powerful voice you may remember from a couple previous editions of 5 Tunes.