Best of Australia

The amount of international folks who’ve liked this blog on Facebook has surprised me. As an expression of my gratitude to you for taking the time to read this little website, I’ve decided to compile a group of artists that are making excellent music down under. Australian readers, you’ll probably know many if not all of these, so feel free to tune out.

Boy And Bear

Crashing drums and electric guitars don’t usually go hand-in-hand with flawless harmonies, do they? But then, there’s nothing usual about Boy and Bear. With every single band member boasting experience as a lead vocalist in a previous band, they really have mastered vocal interplay, and every song on their debut EP attests to this. I’m yet to meet someone who doesn’t completely revere their cover of Crowded House‘s Fall At Your Feet.

Mexican Mavis by Boy And Bear(mp3)

The Temper Trap

Sometimes it can really irk me when reviewers dismiss a band for falling too close to what they call ‘conventional,’ or even go as far as to claim that they are completely devoid of  ‘musical creativity or lyrical ingenuity.’ But to say that about The Temper Trap, and completely gloss over the fact that their tunes are filled with infectious pop hooks and one of the finest falsetto voices in the music scene today, is nothing short of criminal.

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap(mp3)

Love Lost by The Temper Trap(mp3)

Jonathan Boulet

There’s a reason why everyone who hears Boulet’s breakout song, A Community Service Announcement, is instantly enamoured. It’s truly that good.
You’re A Animal, the first single off his sophomore album to be released this year, is also brilliant. Oh, and did I mention he played and recorded and produced everything on his debut LP?

A Community Service Announcement by Jonathan Boulet(mp3)

You\’re A Animal by Jonathan Boulet(mp3)

Parades

If for some reason you needed another reason to be thoroughly impressed by Mr Boulet, he also drums for a band called Parades. Now this isn’t just a case of a talented solo musician also trying to make waves in an inferior group, because Parades are a brilliant band in their own right. Being possibly the most impressive post-rock band I know of, I’m dumbfounded that they haven’t yet exploded into worldwide fame.

Gypsy And The Cat

Gypsy And The Cat are extremely talented at making brilliantly-catchy pop songs. As two former DJ’s who began creating their own material in their Melbourne garage about a year and a half ago, their debut album, Gilgamesh, turned many heads in the musical world, and each song is filled with a vibrant smoothness that both can both excite and soothe.

Jona Vark by Gypsy And The Cat(mp3)

Tim And Jean

Two teenages, a couple of synths, and some damn fine tunes.

Like The Naked And Famous, Tim And Jean both benefit and suffer from the fact that most articles you read about them will refuse to go a few sentences without likening them to Passion Pit and MGMT. Resemblances are obvious to the former, but they don’t really share too many similarities to the psychedelic tricksters. Come Around is a brilliant electro-pop song though, and their debut album Like What is coming out sometime this year. Keep an ear out for these blokes.

Come Around by Tim And Jean(mp3)

Bag Raiders

Bag Raiders are a pair of DJ’s who turned their hand to making accessible dance-pop music. Shooting Stars is their masterpiece, and it’s an instantly accessible track that, after a masterful buildup, breaks into a chorus you’ll never forget, nor tire of singing along to.

Shooting Stars by Bag Raiders(mp3)

Castles In The Air by Bag Raiders(mp3)

Sarah Blasko

Sarah Blasko is one of those indie singers that possess real, unmistakeable talent. Blessed with a captivating voice, she makes full use of it. Admittedly, until now I’d only heard her mesmerising cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya, but the tunes of her own are just as beautiful.

All I Want by Sarah Blasko(mp3)

Hey Ya (cover of Outkast) by Sarah Blasko(mp3)

Cloud Control

Pop-folk, psychedelic, possibly perfect. These Mountain folk (who all grew up within a few minutes of where I live) have an abundance of talent at their disposal, and, on the evidence of their debut album, Bliss Release, are blessed with the ability to construct songs around the simplest of structures, and fill them with innovative intricacies.

There\’s Nothing In The Water We Can\’t Fight by Cloud Control(mp3)

Tame Impala

It used to be easy to describe Tame Impala. One could just throw in a few references to classic ‘Dad-rock’ from the late 60’s, maybe chuck in the word psychedelic, and there you would have it, a bonafide article about a burgeoning band.
But then they released their debut album, Innerspeaker. Encompassing so much more than mere influences from the past, Tame Impala truly created an LP that exemplified all that is great about modern music: the predilection of its creators to learn from the past while constantly looking to the future.

Solitude Is Bliss by Tame Impala(mp3)

Sundown Syndrome by Tame Impala (mp3 unavailable)

The Middle East

No amount of superlatives will work here. Words can’t describe the celestial beauty The Middle East capture in their music, which truly has to be heard to be believed.

Blood by The Middle East(mp3)

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9 Responses to Best of Australia

  1. groovemebaby says:

    This is an epic list but you left out one of the best aussie bands of all in the aussie music scene atm….Tame Impala!

    • I KNOW! I realised just after I published it, but it was at 2am so I really couldn’t be bothered to finish it.
      I’ll try and add them when I get a chance, because I truly do rate them as one of the best. Cheers for reading.

  2. Derek says:

    Loving this list. I discovered Boy and Bear a few days ago, and now I have all these excellent bands to check out. amazing. Thanks!

  3. groovemebaby says:

    good work for adding them in! haha ..You have an epic blog here man, im just starting up a blog too,its hard work! well done for the list

  4. Miles says:

    nice list mate. you forgot to label sundown syndrome by tame impala.

  5. Ah yep cheers Miles.

    and thanks Derek and Groovemebaby, goodluck with yours GMB!

  6. aydo says:

    This blog is pretty genius. The internet brought me all the way from Germany.

  7. Pingback: First Listen: Feeding Line by Boy And Bear | i heard a song today

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