On The Stereo #6
This week’s list features Madonna, Lily Allen, Say Lou Lou, Deaf Wish, Mikaela Davis, Colour Me Wednesday, Silverbacks and Koyo
THE IMMACULATE COLLECTION
Britney, Christina, Katy, Taylor and even Beyoncé – none of them come anywhere close to the pop perfection created by Madonna during the first decade of her career. Now reissued on 2LP, this collection of singles is all the proof you need. Immaculate indeed!
Guitarist/vocalist Sarah Hardiman delivers a serious shot of energy on the lead single from the Melbourne band’s upcoming debut album, Lithium Zion. A pounding rhythm section fuels that intensity, sweeping her along for just over two minutes before coming to an abrupt halt. We can’t wait to hear more.
Davis’ majestic harp playing creates an interesting and inviting backdrop for this examination of a relationship gone wrong. As the song progresses new treats reveal themselves – a piano flourish here and a slick beat there – but the harp remains the star of the show.
Lily Allen has never shied away from using her personal life in her music, and No Shame could be her most honest album yet. Full of pop perfection with hints of hip hop it’s a def summer winner.
COLOUR ME WEDNESDAY
Colour Me Wednesday take a dig at capitalism in Boyfriend’s Car. The track taken from their new album features stunning vocal harmonies and engaging, to-the-point lyrics. Frontwomen Jen Doveton’s vocals drive those lyrics with undeniable skill and accuracy.
SAY LOU LOU
The wonderful Australian and Swedish twin sister duo, Say Lou Lou, are back with their latest slice of electronic wonder. With it’s cinematic production and trip-hop vibe, Ana is a song to while away the hazy evenings and let the sun bleed into the sky.
PK Miami Records
Irish art-punk group Silverbacks trade in riffs that are so angular you’d be forgiven for thinking they came with their own theorem. Their latest single, Dunkirk, is a slowly smouldering number that builds into an enthralling close of meshing guitars and crashing drums. If you like some thought behind your punk you’ll love this.
88 Watt Records
Being described as “Radiohead meets Hawkwind” by The Guardian and as “the missing link between early 70s Floyd and My Bloody Valentine” by Mojo sets an unfeasibly har bar for space-rock quintet KOYO. While they don’t reach those heights, Jettisoned is a highly enjoyable listen.
Words: Duncan Haskell, Damien Girling, Fern Dunn, Dave Chrzanowski