New Noise: Laura Jean, Great Earthquake, The Jezabels, Lindsay Phillips
Our regular round-up of the best new music on the internet, featuring interesting diversions from Laura Jean, Great Earthquake and Lindsay Phillips and the first taste of The Jezabels’ debut full-length ‘Prisoner’.
– ‘Missing You’ is Laura Jean’s Dylan-at-Newport moment: a yearning ballad that sees the Melbourne singer-songwriter – best known for hushed acoustic albums Our Swan Song (2006) and Eden Land (2008) – pick up a Gibson SG and go electric. It’s the first track lifted from third album A fool who’ll, which was recorded in Melbourne with Simon Grounds (Teeth & Tongue, Kes Band), but mixed in Canada with Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, New Pornographers). It features longtime collaborators Biddy Connor and Jen Sholakis and guest contributions from Paddy Mann (aka Grand Salvo) and Magic Silver White’s Jojo Petrina and Monica Sonand. It’ll be out September 3 through Chapter Music.
– Ambient soundscapist Noah Symons aka *Great Earthquake showcases his brighter side on new single ‘Appropriate’ – and it’s as close to a pop track as the Melbourne-based musician has ever penned. The single, which is backed by b-side 'Mind Maps', will be launched at Melbourne’s Grace Darling on July 30 with supports from The Parking Lot Experiments, Flying Scribble and Milk Teddy. Second album *Mind Maps – the follow-up to last year’s debut Drawing – will be out in 2012.
– ‘Endless Summer’ – the new single from Sydney’s The Jezabels – is, oddly enough, a song about winter. Singer Hayley Mary: “While it is a song about loss, there is also happiness there, in the hope that the light of summer can always live on throughout the winter in one’s mind.” The track hails from debut album Prisoner, which is out independently through MGM distribution on September 16. It was recorded in The Attic Studio in Sydney with producer Lachlan Mitchell (the man behind their first three EPs), and later mixed by Peter Katis (Jonsi, The National, Interpol) at Tarquin Studios in the US.
– The blasts of brass that dot Lindsay Phillips’ new single ‘Exile’ are indicative of the unique Melbourne singer’s approach to second album Taedium Vitae. The follow-up to last year’s Varning, it was recorded at Atlantis Sound and Headgap Studios in Melbourne with Myles Mumford, who played a significant role in the album’s more “produced” feel (it features string arrangements, vocals harmonies and, of course, brass). Taedium Vitae will be released in early 2012 though Departed Sounds/Other Tongues. In the meantime, you can download ‘Exile’ and its b-side ‘We’re A Mystery’ here.