Brigitte Bardini – Heartbreaker

Upcoming singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brigitte Bardini has today announced her wistful new single “Heartbreaker “, a hypothetical journey into the terrifying possibility of losing a loved one. “Heartbreaker” is also accompanied by a visually stunning, totally dreamy video, directed by the inimitable WILK (Holy Holy, Olympia, Sarah Blasko). “Heartbreaker “is the third taste of the self-produced forthcoming debut album from Brigitte Bardini, “Stellar Lights”, set for release on August 30.

“Heartbreaker” is lush and sprawling, just like previous singles “Aphrodite” and “Wild Ride”, but is also quite an upbeat offering from Brigitte, showcasing a diversity and artistic maturity beyond her years. Taking inspiration from iconic artists such as PJ Harvey, Thom Yorke and sonic masters Air, “Heartbreaker” pulses and pulls, pairing soft, ever-present synths with sharp beatmaking and Brigitte’s idiosyncratic vocal. Reflecting on the inspiration behind the track, Brigitte says, , “Heartbreaker is about having something very special in your life and exploring that hypothetical situation in your mind that you might lose that thing. A lyric like ‘I don’t want to lose my future to my past’ really captures that anxiety of lingering on past events and catastrophising about future events, and just trying to do my best to live in the moment.”

The video for “Heartbreaker” takes the sonic atmosphere that Brigitte has created and builds an entire visual world around it, one which glows in shades evocative of a dream-like world. Explaining the meaning of the creative choices behind the video, Brigitte reflects, “Wilk made this storyboard for the video within the world of the album which felt like the most natural approach to the clip… The video takes on an approach that pulls from the way we remember our dreams, having that non-linear, otherworldly feeling that resembles reality with an obscured view.”

“Heartbreaker” is just a taste of the depth and intricacy presented on “Stellar Lights”. Self-written and self-produced, excluding six tracks that were co-produced with Adam Calaitzis at Toyland Studios in Melbourne, “Stellar Lights” is a truly impressive debut from Brigitte, and demonstrates a musical understanding that is sure to impress. Gentle, inviting and engaging arrangements of synths, throbbing percussion and whimsical vocal melodies abound – at its heart, ” Stellar Lights” is a beautiful mystery. Chords change like colours in the evening sky and voices whisper just beyond the reach of meaning. Reflecting on the inspiration behind Stellar Lights, Brigitte explains, “Stellar Lights is mainly themed around embracing life. While being coming-of-age, it focuses on life’s fragilities, reflecting upon and learning from every moment and moving forward. I feel that I took this approach to my writing for this album when I experienced a very vivid apocalyptic dream that felt like it woke me up to how fragile life is and how advantageous it is to embrace all of its elements with as little judgement as possible. The words chosen for the title, ‘Stellar Lights’ are very much inspired by this apocalyptic dream, where shooting stars were colliding and meteors falling to earth as I was watching from a courtyard at night.”

With an entire debut album already on the way, it’s exciting to think what might be next for this young artist. Musing over the possibilities, Brigitte says, “Once Stellar Lights is released I feel like there will be vast space for exploration. I’ll have a chance to focus more solely on live performance and having shared experiences with an audience will be extremely special. It’ll also allow for exploration in how I approach my writing and whether the music changes in nature and/or soundscape depending on what will pique my interests at that time.

Jayne Denham – Wanted

‘Wanted’, the title track from Jayne Denham’s upcoming new album, is an epic piece of art that truly represents her new record, set for release August 13 2021.

Plaudits have been coming thick and fast from those in the industry that have had the opportunity to have a sneak listen with one highly regarded artist manager saying “…this album is like a rock opera, it is a musical journey…”

Jayne knew her next album was going to be called ‘Wanted’ and when she pitched the title to her good friends and songwriter mates Troy Kemp and Matt Scullion, the result sparked the whole idea to create an album hailing back to the wild west, inspired by old western movie soundtracks, yet blending it with modern day country rock.

Jayne contacted her Nashville-based producer, Brain White with the vision and he immediately enlisted multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-nominated song writer Brian Bunn to come on board. With a blank sheet to work with, they felt for the first time in years they were able to forget trends and just create music … and boy did they do that. What they have come up with is a collection of songs linked together with instrumental segues that allow the listener to embark on a journey through the tracks and sounds of a very unique album.

‘Wanted’ is the song that sets the scene for the new sound that is country rock infused with a massive serve of Spaghetti Western.

Three-time Golden Guitar nominee, Jayne Denham is one of Australia’s most admired and sought-after country rock performers. Her impressive and relentlessly energetic live shows have earned her countless opportunities performing for VIP crowds at Keith Urban’s Sydney shows in conjunction with appearing as a featured artist at all of the major Australian country music festivals including CMC Rocks, Deni Ute Muster, Gympie Music Muster, and the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

With her ability to tell a story that captures the imagination through her songs, Denham has scored four #1 smash hits in Australia, six top 10 songs in the National Country Charts, twelve videos that have reached Top 30, including a number #1 placement for ‘Hung Up On You’. Jayne has also been nominated for six Country Music Channel (CMC) and Three Golden Guitar Award finalist placings.

Having gone from strength to strength with her most recent singles, ‘Porch Party’ (featuring Jasmine Rae and Amber Lawrence), ‘Black Coffee & White Lines’ (music video featuring the iconic Ice Road Truckers), ‘Hung Up On You’ (with Troy Kemp), ‘Ladies Lettin’ Loose’, ‘Better Make It A Double’, and ‘Better Settle Up’, Jayne is poised to return to the live scene with a dynamic that has defined every one of live shows.

Elaskia – Can’t Help Loving You

“If you’re not keeping a close eye on Australian musician Elaskia, then you’re missing out on some of the most exciting pop music to come from the next generation” – PILERATS
“Propelled by emotion-filled vocals and resolute piano ivories, (Elaskia) hurtles right toward unrequited love and abandonment, the various textures she’s armed with underpinned by an undercurrent of vulnerability as she straight up pours her heart out” – Life Without Andy.

Following the success of her previous singles landing features in the hit American TV series and worldwide Netflix series ‘DYNASTY’, ‘MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS’ and most recently ‘HOME AND AWAY’ ELASKIA is beginning to make a name for herself in the pop scene here in Australia and globally. Now ELASKIA is back with her latest song ‘Can’t Help Loving You’ a vulnerable pop ballad that recognises a toxic relationship and the struggle of leaving it.

ABOUT ELASKIA

With smooth, dulcet vocals that intertwine with her piano, ELASKIA elicits raw emotion, rarely heard in a young emerging artist. With great success in her songwriting, her debut single ‘Calling Out My Name’ was featured in the hit American TV broadcast and Worldwide Netflix series ‘DYNASTY’ as well as ‘MARVEL’S RUNAWAYS’. Her follow up single ‘I Will Do Anything’ also landed in one of the Australia’s most popular drama series ‘Home and Away’ in 2020 and was made a feature in the September issue of ‘Total Girl Magazine’.

ELASKIA has a sound that can best be compared to the artists she’s opened for Vera Blue, Alpine, Montaigne, Johnny Manuel and has also shared the lineup with acts RUFUS, Peking Duk, Gang of Youths, The Preatures, The Jungle Giants, Ocean Alley, Skeggs and Amy Shark.

ELASKIA’s single ‘Calling Out My Name’ was announced in ballot one for the 2019 Grammys® along with ELASKIA’s feature track with artist and producer GEM ‘Rich Girl Remix’ which was also featured in the Billboard magazine Grammy edition.

Currently working on a string of releases for 2021 and shows including Lighthouse Festival supporting Missy Higgins, ELASKIA’s brand new single ‘Can’t Help Loving You’ is a vulnerable ballad about how painful loving someone can sometimes be.

Candice Kingston – 20 Page Letter

’20 Page Letter’ is a classic country ‘you done me wrong’ track and was written from personal experience from a very first love story gone wrong.

Candice Kingston is an independent singer songwriter who has been writing music for the past ten years. Beginning in the country genre, Candice released two songs – ‘Tellin Lies’ and ‘Moving On’. Both of these songs were co-written and produced by the great Louie Shelton.

Candice has since re-branded herself and her sound. Relaunching herself back into the country music scene with the brand new single, ’20 Page Letter’, produced and recorded by Mark Duckworth and mastered by Paul Blakey. The music video was directed and filmed by Jayden Staines from Valley Media.

Candice is currently working on the follow up track release to ’20 Page Letter’ that will be released in October 2021.

Death From Above 1979 – Modern Guy

Death From Above 1979 (DFA), made up of Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, announce the “Is 4 Lovers” North American tour with dates in March and April 2022. The duo are taking their fourth studio album, Is 4 Lovers (Universal Music Canada), hailed by NME as “their best album since their debut,” out on the road.

In addition to the upcoming tour, the duo have shared a dynamic new music video for the track “Modern Guy,” watch here . The opening track from Is 4 Lovers, and a cyber-metal riff monster, now has a video to match. Directed by Alex P Smith and shot in Hamilton, Ontario, the video features the dynamic duo in a killer car chase. “Modern Guy is the first real driving song of the 21st century. So we made a driving video. End of story.”

The 22 date tour kicks off in Washington, DC at Union Stage on March 5, 2022 and includes stops in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and more.

About Death From Above 1979 (DFA)

Death From Above 1979 (DFA), the boundary pushing musical alliance created by Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, roared out of Toronto with the uncompromising one-two punch of 2002’s fuzz-bomb EP Heads Up and 2004’s epochal debut album You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, complete with a North American arena tour with Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, before deciding mid-tour to part ways due to the strain of constantly touring.

Almost a decade later, the rekindled DFA fireworks lit stages around the world a blaze – amassing a posse of fans so passionate they incited a genuine, barricade-smashing riot at Austin’s Beauty Bar at the 2011 South by Southwest festival. Playing Lollapalooza, Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading / Leeds, Osheaga, Lowlands and more, DFA continued to take the world by storm. Their second album, The Physical World (2014) took a No. 3 spot on the Canadian Billboard album chart and peaked at No. 28 on the U.S. Hot 200, not to mention No. 3 and No. 7 spots on Billboard’s Top Alternative and Top Rock registries, respectively. TV appearances around their first two albums on iconic late-night shows including David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon showed a whole new audience the DFA live goods.

Arriving at No. 20 on the Canadian Billboard album chart, DFA’s scorching 2017 outing, Outrage! Is Now prompted Pitchfork to remark that “Death From Above now sounds more vital than ever.” With three smashing albums to their name, the duo drummed up an easy 10 million views before going silent once more, to the dismay of fans.

Now, DFA is back with the return of their new album, Is 4 Lovers – once again creating a new sound and reimagining the format they created more than 20 years ago.

Chutney – Talk

Chutney has returned with a certified banger! It is clear upon the first listen of this downright bop that the Gold Coast’s beloved 4-piece is climbing to great heights in the indie rock scene with their latest track carrying a significant message.

It’s not often you come across a song that screams at you to listen. However in this case, Chutney’s latest release, “Talk”, does exactly that. Within the first second of hitting play you are slapped in the face with a commanding growl from lead vocalist Matt Hansford as if to say, “pay attention, what we’re saying is important”…….And it is.

Penned from the experience of seeing someone struggling and aching to do something about it, “Talk” encompasses the many feelings of seeing a person you care about battle with mental health issues. The lyrics are carefully curated, showing all facets of seeing someone experiencing tough times. Whilst the verses vocalise how great someone is and holds them up to the light, the chorus echoes a father figure brushing off the severity of mental health issues by discounting his daughter’s feelings. Delving into the importance of the song’s meaning, Cal Hughes (Lead Guitar) explains: “Talk is about looking out for your mates when they’re having a hard time – about how everyone has struggles from time to time, and how you are so much more important than you may ever realise. It is a song about mental health and the importance of leaning on those close to you in times of need. We wanted to create an uplifting, euphoric song that tackles sensitive subject matters while providing a positive ending – your mates will always be there for you, and having that talk is the first step to making a positive change.”

Opening with an unforgettably powerful bassline and cymbal soaked drum beat, “Talk” instantly captures your attention. Complimented with hip-hop laced vocals from frontman Matt Hansford, the track clearly draws upon rap influences and infuses it with that classic Chutney sound, often likened to rockers Arctic Monkeys and Sticky Fingers. Also carrying the attitude of industry icons such as Rage Against the Machine and Gorrillaz, the track’s electrifying guitar lines in the second verse drive the single home, building to a perfectly executed, anthemic chorus just begging to be belted by a sea of people in a festival amphitheatre.

Tied to the single release is an accompanying music video, shot by Nicholas Stevens of Fastback Studios, that takes the viewer on a journey through some local-loved Gold Coast locations (Mo’s Desert Clubhouse, Alfreds Apartment, Mermaid Beach and more). The humorous clip starts with Hansford waking up on the beach at sunrise after a big night out, and continues to follow him as he navigates the day without a cent to his name and one goal: get to the gig. Showing that even with a rough start, you can still make a day your own with the right attitude.

2021 is proving to be a successful year for the Chutney boys, with the Gold Coast natives bringing their infectious energy to the stage and leaving fans wanting more. From tour support with Queensland legends Beddy Rays and upcoming shows with Buttered, to their first festival appearance at Springtime alongside Ruel, Ball Park Music, Hermitude, Sycco and more in September, this four-piece is just getting started. With an upcoming single launch event, plans for another two singles and a run of shows before the end of the year, you can expect to be hearing a lot more from Chutney.

If you’re a fan of Ocean Alley and The Rubens then I think there’ll be plenty about Chutney that you’ll be into.

Declan Byrne (Triple J)

That voice is crazy good! I love the way you belt it out but keep it cruisy at the same time.

Claire Mooney (Triple J)

A breezy breed of indie rock with just enough grit, it’ll hook you in from the first chord.

Happy Mag

Vocals are akin to the likes of Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, with a music composition which would not seem out of place in the early 2000s.

Young Creative Press

YORKE COLLABORATES WITH JOAN ON NEW VERSION OF ‘WINDOW SHOPPING’

“Yorke is becoming one of the most captivating new artists out of Australia.” – Purple Sneakers

Yorke has teamed up US duo joan to put a new twist on her latest single ‘Window Shopping’. Writing a new verse, the duo from Arkansas adds new layers and storylines to the already disco-tinged, effortless, playful alt-pop sounds that surround ‘Window Shopping’.

Yorke’s recent music has allowed her to open up more than ever, finding self-confidence and subsequent evolution. A period of self-reflection and evaluation has seen her re-emerge with a clear picture of her place as an artist as well as encouraging a more daring approach to making music.

The original single was created in just a few hours with Yorke finding musical inspiration in different sounds. If you listen closely, you’ll hear her playing the triangle, the Cabasa and a trash can, embracing the playful nature of the song. That freedom and creative energy in the studio comes across on tape. Working with producer Louis Schoorl (Olivia O’Brien, CXLOE, Kesha), she sounds freer than ever before, delivering a crystalline vocal that’s full of charisma.

It’s a continuation of the sort of creative freedom she explored on last year’s release Japanese Wallpaper-produced single ‘Gravity’. The gliding, pulsating track together with ‘Window Shopping’, herald a new era for Yorke that is set to unfurl further this year.

About Yorke

Since Yorke’s arrival with her debut EP ‘Liberosis’ in 2020, she’s amassed over 6.1 million streams. She’s also become a captivating performer supporting the likes of Lewis Capaldi, The Veronicas and Ruel while also embarking on her own sold-out headline tour. Recently she’s played sold out shows as part of NSW’s Great Southern Nights and returned to the festival stage with an exuberant show at For The Love Festival.

Donna Fisk – Crying Over

“Dark and drowning in my sorrows … this ain’t no party tune. Some songs are such that they can become an individual’s personal interpretation. Make of it what you will, but for me it rang of the opinion that joy seems so fleeting and sorrow lingers … Memories flood back of good times that live in the shadow of losing dear ones. There are songs for a time, songs that take you back to a time … ‘Crying Over’ is one of those songs”. – Donna Fisk.

Donna Fisk is an award winning singer, songwriter, recording artist, producer and Royal Command Performer with several number one chart topping hit recordings and the honour of being immortalised in the Australian Country Music Fame Park.

Woven into the narrative of Australian country music, it’s a family tradition akin to the Dusty, Kernaghan and Chambers clans with father Gene Bradley Fisk being a pioneer artist of the outlaw country genre and radio personality, inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Donna features in many music publications including Andrea Lemon’s book ‘Rodeo Girls Go Round The Outside’, exploring modern day female trailblazers for Australian country music. Touring her own show as well as performing and recording overseas, incorporating appearances on local and international media, the country music star is the voice on many national advertising campaigns including being assigned to perform for the Australian Government campaign song, ‘Building On A Strong Foundation’ as the anthem for ‘The Australian Centenary Of Federation’.

Donna is the face, voice and songwriter of ‘Australian Football League / Channel Seven’ live game broadcasts theme song, ‘Rock ‘n’ Footy’, ultimately performing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the prestigious AFL Grand Final to an audience of millions and the song rocketing into the ARIA charts and football folklore.

During her career, Donna has shared the stage with acclaimed artists such as John Denver, Donny Osmond, Dame Edna Everage, Tom .T. Hall, Canned Heat, Muhummad Ali, Brian Cadd, Susan Raye, James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel, Dave Dudley, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The Seekers just to mention just a few.

Taylor B-W – I’m So Broke

Following close on the success of her single “Nunchucks “, rising Sydney indie pop/R&B artist Taylor B-W has a new addition to her strongly growing body of work. “I’m So Broke” flirts with the same colourful, 90s soundscape and vision, with a hint of current electro-pop intricacies inspired by Bebe Rexha, Kimbra and Billie Eilish. The new release is also accompanied by an innovative music video, directed by Sydney-based, Spanish filmmaker, Jordi Marin.

Bouncy and playful with its plucky Dr Dre-esque bass and West Coast whistle and melding B-W’s passion for 90s pop, hip-hop, and R&B, “I’m So Broke” draws you in, enticing you with its catchy melody and conversationalist lyricism, as if you are conversing with a friend.

During one of her frequent low points in life last year, B-W wrote the song around the sadness and depression she was experiencing, which coincided with Covid-19 and all her gigs being rapidly cancelled. “I’m So Broke” has a double-edged theme of feeling ‘unhinged’ along with a lack of funds. Not wanting to write a typical woe-is-me song, however, B-W decided to deliver her sentiments in a musically upbeat pop tune (with the help of producer Quinn), and still projecting her sassy, soulful, cool-girl sensibilities.

“We have all been there – some more consistently than others – where we just don’t feel OK. I have always struggled with my own mental health, and this song reflects my state of mind, with a double entendre of being financially unstable – I find the two can sometimes go hand-in-hand.”
Taylor B-W

Fans of B-W will certainly relate to her fun and cheeky treatment of the “I’m So Broke” music video. Filmed at Camperdown studios, director Jordi Marin used an Insta360 Pro 2 camera to experimentally create an orbital visual. Set in a ‘behind-the-scenes’ concept, we see three emotionally distinct ‘Taylors’ all vying for the attention of the camera, while the camera itself is rotating around, much like B-W’s own constant emotional turmoil.

“I’m a very visual person and I had seen what the Insta360 Camera could achieve, so I knew I wanted to incorporate this technique in my music video – to break away from moody lyrical sentiments and just have fun.”
Taylor B-W

PRAISE FOR TAYLOR B-W

“…fusing Little Dragon with Kimbra with very fine results!” Triple J, Declan Byrne

“Oh my days girl low-key singin’ like Mary J. overthose Banks-esque beats I’m here for the marriage of these worlds. That skilled control sounds effortless for you.”
Triple J, Ilai Swindells

” She has quickly established her penchant for crafting tracks that feel simultaneously dynamic and well thought-out; they’re always bursting at the seams with explosive energy, but never sacrifice musical acumen.” Happy Mag