Tag Archives: Australia

4Ever Songs: INXS ‘Need You Tonight’

Created mere months after the Roland TR-707’s 1985 debut, “Need You Tonight” was a massive smash. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987 and two on the UK Singles Chart the same year. Sampled within an inch of its life, it’s as indelible a pop song as any ever released. Somehow “Need You Tonight” keeps bouncing back and still hits as hard as it did on its initial release.

In fact, the track, which was the initial single off the band’s record, Kick, has an ageless appeal. When an INXS documentary came out in 2014, the immortal track charted once again in Australia from download sales alone. 

Introducing…King Stingray

In its humble beginnings, King Stingray was just a do-it-yourself challenge – a couple of mates stewing up hot tunes in an equally hot part of the Northern Territory bush. Now, less than a year since they dropped their hooky debut single, Hey Wanhaka in October 2020, these five Yolŋu (Aboriginal) and balanda (non-Indigenous) lads from north-east Arnhem Land and Queensland have become one of Australia’s hottest new acts. In August 2021, King Stingray took out the enviable title of #1 Most Played Australian Track on triple j, for their accidental lockdown anthem, Get Me Out

This month, Yolŋu surf rockers King Stingray have unveiled their long-awaited debut album.

The muses of La Musa: Stella Donnelly 

Across her debut album, the Perth musician found herself tackling gender equality, sexual harassment and Australian nationalism, capturing a society in transition.

Three years on since the release of ‘Beware Of The Dogs’, Australia’s Stella Donnelly has announced that her new album ‘Flood’ will be out on 26th August via Secretly Canadian.

Music by Bergman: The Lazy Eyes

Roughly seven years after forming, the Sydney-based band is finally ready to drop their self-produced, self-recorded debut album, SongBook, in March. The collection is an escapist, idealistic, time-traveling journey that frolics in Beatles-flavored strawberry fields, trudges through heavy stoner sludge, and plays with the sort of effortless, heady sounds of artists like Tame Impala and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard who have made Australia this century’s hotbed for psych-rock. The band refers to their long-awaited debut as a trip down memory lane. Some songs were written nearly half a decade ago, after all—a lifetime in teenage years.

The muses of La Musa: CLOVES

 CLOVES, the project of the Australian-born, London-based artist Kaity Dunstan – released her sophomore album Nightmare On Elmfield Road. Here we see CLOVES put her own experiences with anxiety, depression, and inordinate introspection under a microscope. Each track offers a glimpse into her inner monologue as she spirals within herself and embarks on a mental health journey for the first time.

Seeking inspiration, she obsessively curated playlists of nineties favorites such as Portishead, The Cardigans, Sneaker pimps, Nelly Furtado, alongside more obscure choices like Morcheeba, Zero 7, and FC Kahuna. 

Music by Bergman: Good Morning

A duo from Melbourne, Stefan Blair and Liam Parsons have been working on music together since they met in high school about ten years ago, the focus of their collaboration being Good Morning. Their sound is well within a low-fi indie acoustic genre that can be a breeding ground for sad white boy music, but their latest albums are filled with a characteristic warmth and honesty that is quickly and quite damningly lacking from so many others. 

Set for release on 22nd October via new label home Polyvinyl Record Co, the Australian duo  have announced their brand new album ‘Barnyard’, and they’ve released new track ‘Burning.’