Furlong – Eloquently
Melbourne based indie band, FURLONG, is no furlough on our senses. In fact, the band’s on their way to bigger and better things as their momentum – from almost no awareness – came out to make a dent in the public sphere. “We’ve had [‘Eloquently’] chart on triple j Unearthed and had it spun on community radio. Not bad for a band who got all their tips on how to release a song from reddit and YouTube.” The song tells of a band and the philosophy behind the band that equates to an urge that must be scratched. It’s OCD plus ADHD, where a band knows they can do it and they know how. ‘Eloquently’ seems from the surface, a commonly existing post-punk laced indie sound. But just underneath, that ‘angst’ we told you about exists, with sharpened nails and a ferocious appetite ready to pounce. That kind of vibe, moves people – it moves you. Lucky for their live fans, eh? No. FURLONG is an investment for your ‘rock n’ roll’ heart. Dividends will accompany, soon. See them next @ The Espy on October 5th, in Melbourne.
Detective Logan – Love Somebody
The indie power duo Kate Garfield and Michael Hanf are DETECTIVE LOGAN, practitioners of dancepunk in beautiful, industrial Brooklyn. DETECTIVE LOGAN knows our fallibility. And through the magic of music (and this single), they express their realities and opine to their hearts content. We’d said about them: “They met in an actual Wall Street ‘vault’, where they were doing political performance art. With both Michael and Kate, in contrast to their evangelical fundamentalist upbringing, they settled in NYC – in an effort to go about things in a different light. Especially hard for Kate, the former homeschooled daughter’s fear of being ostracized, back home, was (is) traumatic. That is where DETECTIVE LOGAN was born. The project sets out to ‘reject that inherent repression’, that inner torture which slices you up, and tries its best to never let go.” Off of their now available LP ‘Shut Up’, ‘Love Somebody’ continues the duo’s journey of relationship, life, and having fun while doing it up. They have something to say (being New Yorkers), and they want you to chant with them. Let’s all dance to their beat, eh?
Scotch Mist – Mariposa
“You wouldn’t tell by the catchy, hazy hangover vibe of the song, but Mariposa is a song about grief… the lyrics are made up of words and phrases I wrote down after experiencing the death of my girlfriend earlier this year. The heartbeats in the song are direct references to her and her passing. Mariposa means butterfly in Spanish, which has a looooot of symbolic meaning to me. ‘Posar’ means to rest, butterflies symbolizing the soul, endurance, change, hope, and life…” Added: “Our relationship changed over time and the night she passed..” SCOTCH MIST’s songs are of grief and sorrow and trying to be as cheerful of the joyful memories for which emanated from his beloved. Sadness is unbearable. Longing is indefinite. And as the hours, and days pass, the only thing he could do to talk…sing about her and her aura of life. At the end of it all, that’s the only thing we all can do. Let’s celebrate the best we can, indeed.
Ｍ ΛＴＳＣＨ – FIVE MILES AWAY
Gareth Kay is the name behind the project, Ｍ ΛＴＳＣＨ. With vocal expressions in the tradition of Interpol or Rammstein, the indie-rock offering in ‘Five Miles Away’ dips deep into “a story of a guy who does not have a world of possibilities in front of him, he has no possibilities, he literally cannot imagine a way to change his life.” A metaphor of the “need to push through the walls we put around ourselves. Sometimes to love your neighbor as you love yourself is a journey to become also a better person.” A grim look into what we humans adults think about in a daily basis? Or just a factual documentation of the world that we live and work in? Both? Must be. Has to be. The future is now. And when the now collides, we let the air out of the bag. Let’s keep it tight, so we can be just a dot in this vast Universe, without a care nor worry. Let’s try, anyway.
Jon Campbell – Francis
From his debut LP ‘SIRENS’, majestically succulent presence of JON CAMPBELL is like a trip back into time. Like a soldier torn to pieces in heart and emotion, in Jon’s single ‘Francis’, the beckoning vibes hit full tilt as the stripped down and acoustic ballad, wrangle with your pre-dispositions and doesn’t want you to let go. Home is where the heart is, but home is hard to fathom while in a personal soup of negligence and torture. Jon is an American singer/songwriter and visual artist based in Berlin. His music brings together threads of indie-folk and alt-country with a powerfully honest expression of his homosexuality. Words speak volumes in Jon’s constructions, as he deems them each, a brick that can forge skyscrapers of goodness, self-reflection, and hopefully, final contentment. “’SIRENS’ is a personal Odyssey….It’s realizing that after all those years of fearing the monster under the bed, that it was you all along.”