Here are some of the amazing and talented Australian and Kiwi musicians and bands I’ve been listening to recently:
Ella French – No Thank You
‘No Thank You’ is a collection of new music featuring ‘Hurricane’, ‘More to Life’, ‘This Was Supposed to my Freedom’, ‘Move to Slow’ and ‘Known Better’. You’ll want to be sipping pink mojitos by the pool while listening to her new music. http://www.ellafencemusic.com
Nicole Millar – Are You Kidding
The catchy single ‘Are you Kidding’ is a taste of Nicole Millar’s upcoming EP of the same name. Listen to the choppy dance beat, bass and guitar with smoking hot vocals.
“I wrote this track to a beat in my head and brought it into the studio with Kilter. He helped to take it to a new place,” Nicole says. “Kilter sped it up and started doing vocal chops as a joke and I was like, wait, that is actually so sick. So, I made him recreate it and put it in the song,” said Nicole Millar.
Ash Kennedy – Chocolate in the Morning
And who hasn’t eaten chocolate in the morning? A fun song perfect for playing on the weekend while baking or as part of your Easter playlist. The song was created with Ben Oldland during a Zoom writing session that evolved into sharing love stories.
“I spilled to Ben about my new iso-boyfriend; who is an amazing cook, my best friend, but cringes at the thought of pet names and big romantic gestures. We laughed at how I playfully taunt him by referring to him as ‘pumpkin’ and other food-related pet names. I’m a teeny bit of a stirrer, so I thought it would be hilarious to write a song about our relationship in isolation with extra cheese!” said Ash Kennedy.
Isadoré – One Step
Look out for Isadoré’s sophomore EP ‘Sun Queen’ released on the 9th of April 2021. She wrote and produced this track entirely by herself and matched it perfectly with a music video that has an old-school French like cinematic style.
“This current EP I have been releasing over the last 12 months has been inspired by the feminist classic Women Who Run with The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. ‘One Step’ was inspired by one of the stories from this book ‘The Handless Maiden’ who has had her hands cut off by the devil. The tale is a rite of passage, a descent and return designed to build endurance and strength and bring a wounded soul back to life. I wanted to capture this on film in a way that would connect with everyone differently, I am really proud of this visual and I am so excited to be releasing my EP in April” – Isadoré. https://www.isadoremusic.com/
Souldrop – Jive
A relaxed single ‘Jive’ was recorded in Wellington and is from the new EP titled ‘Gypsy Lizard King’ This band excels at indie-soul grooves, earning them over 1 million Spotify streams. https://www.facebook.com/souldropofficial/
Jamel – 24/7
This is the hotly anticipated second single from Jamel after debuting ‘Remedy’ ft Rops1’ last year. Being a part of Freesouls, Jamel was ready to launch a solo career and has enjoyed being heavily featured on Triple J. This is the song you’ll want to play while cruising with your brothers in your sweet ride.
“It’s for the fans, I know I don’t have many so far, but, I appreciate the ones that are here riding this journey out with me, I’m grateful, so this is for them” – Jamel
Image Credit: Isadoré by Alicia Owen
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