New Noise: Hey Geronimo, Voltaire Twins, Dune, 1929Indian
DOUG WALLEN rounds up the best new music on the internet.
– The problem with having a viral single is following it up. After Hey Geronimo’s homemade clip for ‘Why Don’t We Do Something?’ caught the eye of US news outlets like CBS and The LA Times with its timely appropriation of Angry Birds, iPhone games and cat memes, the Brisbane band have aired a new single that’s arguably twice as catchy. ‘Carbon Affair’ finds the well-credentialed Brisbane five-piece (featuring members of Blame Ringo, The Boat People and Montpelier) fit a drifting Beach Boys chorus to a giddy guitar hook. It’s lifted from their self-titled debut EP, due out July 1. No video for it yet, though.
– Brother-sister Perth act Voltaire Twins give synth-pop a widescreen oomph akin to M83 on ‘Young Adult’, a taste of their new four-song Apollo EP. Produced by drummer Matt Gio, the EP ticks all the right atmospheric boxes on the way to its big singalong hooks. And if you think ‘Young Adult’ wouldn’t be out of place in a John Hughes film, its video clip is indeed set in a classroom full of unruly teenagers.
– You’ve probably heard Jade MacRae’s voice before, whether you knew it or not. She’s collaborated with Pnau and The Sleepy Jackson and guested with hip-hop acts like Phrase, Katalyst and Space Invadas. But the Melbourne-based graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music embraces the spotlight as Dune. Riddled with synths, rhythms and vocal harmonies, the self-produced ‘Shoestring’ feels quite full for a newfound solo project. Out July 6, the single is available as a free download and will soon get the remix treatment from Katalyst.
– Presumably named for a motorbike, Newcastle’s 1929Indian have actually been likened to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Judging from their track ‘Women in Cages’, however, a past comparison to Human League is more accurate. Then again, the song balances its New Wave sheen with a certain anthemic cool. Whatever way, it’s off their EP The Dreaming, produced by Dave Hammer (The Jezabels, The Rubens).