Monday, 30 December 2013

DCS 2013 Staff Picks

2013 has been a massive year for Australian music and it has been great being part of it. We've had the opportunity to listen to a massive variety of new music and been able to see some of Australia's up and coming artists.

Staff Picks for Releases of the Year



Tame Impala - Lonerism
Pond - Hobo Rocket
Snakadaktal - Sleep in the Water
TV Colours - Purple Skies, Toxic Rivers
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs



Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream
Jungle Giants - Learn To Exist
Paper Kites - States
Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing [EP]
Spit Syndicate - Sunday Gentlemen


Panama - Always
The Papaer Kites - St. Clarity
Vance Joy - Emmylou
The Kite String Tangle - Given the Chance


Sticky Fingers - Caress Your Soul
Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Jagwar Ma - Howlin'
Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing [EP]



Leaks - De Landa
MTNS - Salvage
Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Dancing
Hayden James - Hayden James
Willow Beats - Alchemy


Sticky Finger - Caress Your Soul
Snakadaktal - Sleep in the Water
Ta-ku - Songs To Break Up To 
Atlas Genius - When It Was Now
RÜFÜS - Atlas

Live Performance

Sticky Fingers @ Mona Vale Hotel (23/3/13)
Jagwar Ma @ The Standard (2/8/13)
Flume + Chet Faker @ Hordern Pavilion (29/4/13)
Snakadaktal @ The Metro (30/8/13)
Jonathan Boulet @ GoodGod Small Club (21/2/13)

Who to Listen Out for in 2014

Sticky Fingers: With another album in the works I'm hoping that the Newtown boys get a bit more traction in the year ahead.

MTNS: After the break up of Cold & Need, bassist Tom Eggert began this new project. The release of the Salvage EP in late November I can't wait to see what 2014 has in stall for them.

Leaks: De Landa was an amazing release and his latest release 'Often It's You' continues the super chiller vibes. Fingers-crossed for more from the Melbournian producer in the year ahead.

Vance Joy: What a meteoric rise! I saw him open for Ben Howard in April and since then he's exploded onto commercial radio. Good things are coming.

Slumberhaze: Exciting Sydney band with two EPs in the works for the year ahead. The dark, unusual and captivating sounds of their first EP were backed up so well with some amazing projections when they perform live.

'Australian Sound' (ADM): This recent wave of Australian electronic has taken the world by storm. With loads of international interest sparking from an interview with who else? Flume. This so called 'Australian Sound' is difficult to actually narrow down; so here is a selection of 39 artists that I think fit the bill:

Saturday, 28 December 2013

The ADCSA's - By Will.

I am writing this as I watch the AMA's (American Music Awards) and a thought flashed through my mind. Although I love Justin Timberlake bringing sexy back, Imagine Dragons banging away their demons and Katy Perry telling me she loves me unconditionally (I wish), I can't help but notice the lack of an Australian presence (except for the lovely Maia Mitchell – she's awesome). Yes, it is the American Music Awards and not the ARIA's but London's One Direction won an award! A little heart broken, appalled and angry, I feel as though we deserve more acknowledgement than we get; after all we are the ones who brought Kylie Minogue, AC-DC and Air Supply to the world stage, as well as modern favourites like Tame Impala, Flume and Birds of Tokyo.

So when Kieron and Sam asked me to write a short piece on Australian music for 2013, I decided that in keeping with the awards theme I would give away some imaginary ADCSA's (Australian Dress Circle Sounds Awards). I'd like to explicitly state that these awards are based on my opinion only and do not reflect the overall view of DCS (infact, I'd say Kieron, Sam, Chris, Charlotte and Jack would strongly disagree) and it's readers. Let's begin!

The first award for tonight is the "Best Like a Version cover". This award goes to the artist who did the best Triple J like a version cover for 2013. Although this is the first ever ADCSA's, previous winners would have included Josh Pyke for 'Endless Summer' and Andy Bull for 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' and I'd like to personally thank Triple J for making this award possible. Now, onto this year's nominees:
  • San Cisco covering Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"
  • Jimblah covering Matt Corby's "Resolution"
  • Glass Towers covering Lana Del Rey's "Young And Beautiful"
  • Boy & Bear covering Empire Of The Sun's "Walking On A Dream".
The winner: GLASS TOWERS! This is the first nomination and first win for the Byron Bay stars. Their cover is close enough to the original to not be weird, but still recreated in a way that takes your breath away.

The second award goes to the track with the most chilled and relaxed vibe ever. I'm struggling to come up with a name for this award because whilst deciding who to nominate I've sunken into a state of bliss. Anyway, here are the nominees:
  • The Kite String Tangle - "Given The Chance"
  • Vance Joy - "Emmylou"
  • The Paper Kites - "St. Clarity"
  • Panama - "Always"
The winner: Panama with "Always". Very occasionally I will hear a track that shocks me. From the moment the piano strokes rung through my room, I was hypnotised and mesmerised; The guitar kicked in and I was taken. This track is simply beautiful.

At this point I would also like to make an honourable mention, as the the following song deserves to be mentioned, yet does not fit into any of the categories. To: Andy Bull for "Keep on running". It's so damn infectious and catchy and will get stuck in your head for weeks. Do not listen to before a 3 hour, 50% weighting fluid mechanics exam. 

Finally, the last award for tonight (because I'm lazy) is for being well, 1) awesome and 2) releasing an awesome album and/or EP. There are lot of nominees in this category and to save myself time I won't list them all but some notable contenders included:
  • Jagwar Ma - Howlin'
  • Vance Joy - God Loves You When You're Sleeping
  • Spit Syndicate - Sunday Gentlemen
  • The Paper Kites - States
  • RÜFÜS - Atlas
  • The Jungle Giants - Learn To Exist
Like I said, there are so so sooooooooooo many more excellent albums and EP's I could list here but it will just end up as a wall of text which you, the audience, will never read. Moving on to the actual winner:

Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream! - OH Yes! I did say I loved the album didn't I? Seriously, this album is so good. Listen to it. Now. I don't care how many times you've listened to it already. Trust me, it's not time wasted. I've posted a review earlier this year about this album, but a quick TL;DR: This album is so soothing and relaxed that one could listen to it forever and ever and ever and ever and not have to worry about getting sick of it. It's a beautiful masterpiece representing the finest folk Australian music has to offer and the style of Boy & Bear's music is just breathtaking.

And that does it for this year. I could do so many more awards, and name so many more big Australian artists killing it at the moment, but that list would take too long. Don't forget to tune into the ARIA's and always support Australian Artists!

And now I'm watching the ARIA's. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! (PS, let me into the after party please :D )

Thursday, 12 December 2013

December Playlist

It's been a pleasure providing you with 10 songs every month. We'll be sure to continue with the great music next year. Make sure you share us to your friends and get our name out there.

At Dusk - Dead Radio
Big Bois Gotta Eat - Jesse Davidson
Dawn - Basenji
I Thought I Told You - Magic America
Lonely Pony (feat. Ashleigh Cummings) - Dan Webb
Monuments - Billy Fox
Mosey - ZedEppelin
Salvage - MTNS
Sandbox Love - Von Stache
Wolf - Jungal