Category: single

Single release: ‘Everything’s Alright’ by Hello Jane

400x400bbHello Jane is the new project from Brisbane singer-songwriter Madeleine McCaw, born from a desire for simplicity when it comes to all things surrounding her music, from writing to recording and releasing. Simplicity can mean sparse, but in the case of Hello Jane’s debut single, ‘Everything’s Alright’, it means clarity and elegance, of meaning and execution.

‘Everything’s Alright’ is a delightful song, and that’s partly because McCaw has married the meaning of the lyrics with the way they’re delivered – when she sings ‘Everything will be just fine’, you believe her, and you also know that the act of listening to the song will actually help achieve that. Music is medicine, amongst other things, and this song is a tonic.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

 

Live dates:

21st Feb – Foxy on Coolum (Sunshine Coast)

22nd Feb – Frankie’s Cafe (Woombye)

28th Feb – Studio 188 (Ipswich) – band show

14th March – Miami Marketta (Gold Coast)

 

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Single and video premiere: ‘And Then We Dance’ by Vixens of Fall

Vixens of Falls_And Then We Dance_3000pxVixens of Fall is a trio of sisters from Far North Queensland. Kristina (Nina), Adrienne (Wren) and Anneliese (Lulu) have been immersed in music and performance since childhood. They formed Vixens of Fall in 2014 and since 2016 they have played numerous country music festivals, including the Tamworth and the Gympie Muster.

Last year they released an EP, A Love Like Ours, and from it comes their fantastic new single, ‘And Then We Dance’, which was recorded by Michael Moko at The Pool Room and at Mick McCartin’s Black Wolf Studios on the Sunshine Coast, and which has its premiere on this website today.

‘And Then We Dance’ is, the sisters say, ‘a small revelation into a world of sassy romance, a portal into a mystical world of allure and seduction surrounded by flame and passion.’ The video captures this perfectly – and its also having its debut here today. It was shot by Jazmyn Bowman of Jazmyn Produces in Wamuran Basin, Queensland, at the girls’ drummer’s property and captures ‘that moment in time when you look across the room and feel an instant connection, an overwhelming compulsion to be part of that person’s journey. It’s when the body and mind is overloaded with sensory stimulus, when lucid thought leaves the real world and nothing is as important as that single moment.’

 

The single and video release may be coming near the start of the year but Vixens of Fall have already made a splash in 2020, winning the Battle of the Band competition at the recent Tamworth Country Music Festival and coming in as runners-up in the Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year. You can see them live on the following dates:

Friday 14th February – Single & Video Launch – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Saturday 14th March – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Thursday 9th April – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Saturday 30th May – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Friday 12th June – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD
Saturday 13th June – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD
Thursday 18th June – Redcliffe Leagues Club, Redcliffe – QLD
Saturday 4th July – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads – NSW
Saturday 26th September – Twin Towns, Tweed Heads – NSW
Friday 4th December – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD
Saturday 5th December – The Waves Sports Club, Bundaberg – QLD

 

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.vixens-of-fall.com

 

 

Single premiere: ‘Let it Go’ by Roz Pappalardo

unnamed (7)Roz Pappalardo is a woman of many talents and different musical roles: she is a member of beloved Queensland duo Women in Docs as well as a solo artist, and she’s an actor who has recently performed in The Impossible Dream (Paronella Park) along with JUTE Theatre Company new works What are the Odds? (Angela Murphy), Paradise is Singing (Kathryn Ash) and her own production Rosa. Meanwhile Pappalardo has also performed her powerful one-woman show, Banging on the Door, nationally and overseas.

While Pappalardo can obviously play other people, she is gloriously herself in her new single, ‘Let it Go’, which has its premiere on this website today. Taken from her upcoming album Sound the Alarm, the song is, says Pappalardo, ‘about wanting to be the change. It’s about a desire to do things differently in my life with bravery and passion. I wrote this song in less than an hour and I feel a like a frickin’ roaring lion when I sing it … This was the first vocal take on the first song we put down and it pretty much stayed. It just felt right.’

From Pappalardo’s first notes it’s clear that her instinct was correct, because the vocal is irresistible. It is, therefore, the perfect ambassador for the album – as Pappalardo says, ‘writing and recording the album has been a deeply personal process driven by a simple desire to hold nothing back’. ‘Let It Go’ sees her in full flight, captivating the listener as she takes off.

Listen on:
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The upcoming album features a number of guest musicians, including long-time collaborator Rob Sherwood on guitar, Damon Joel on drums and percussion, and Enzo Russo on bass. Salliana Campbell plays strings, Silas Palmer is on keys, Anthony Dettori on mandolin and vocals, and Danny Widdicombe on pedal steel and vocals, along with Brisbane outfit Bullhorn.

Pappalardo’s honesty shines through in the upcoming single and is sure to connect with fans, with Roz stating that “writing and recording the album has been a deeply personal process driven by a simple desire to hold nothing back.”

See Roz Pappalardo live:

March 7  What’s Golden (W/ Sennett and Hirst)    Brisbane, QLD
March 20   Tanks Arts Centre (W/ The Black Sorrows)    Cairns, QLD
March 21   Dalrymple Tavern (W/ The Black Sorrows)   Townsville, QLD

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Single release: ‘Kerikeri’ by Lucille

Lucille_Press-0001With her first two singles, ‘The Killing Season’ and ‘Best of Me’, Melbourne artist Lucille established herself as an eclectic, fascinating artist with considerable talent. Her third single, ‘Kerikeri’, consolidates that early impression. Taken from her forthcoming album, Come On, Fly, it has a country tempo and Lucille’s unique, powerful vocals.

It’s a nostalgic song that is in no way mawkish. Kerikeri is a place in Northland, the tip of New Zealand’s North Island, where the weather is warmer than in Lucille’s childhood home of New Plymouth. Lucille’s family would visit Kerikeri for holidays, and it’s to those times that Lucille harks on this song. It’s the details that make the song so resonant, along with Lucille’s ability to convey the emotion of being in that place and time. She sounds not just as though she’s remembering happy times but that she is in them. This is captured in what she says of Kerikeri, the place: ‘All in all it is a paradise and looking back to how I felt as a child it was all sunlight. I’m sure most of us have that special place we can think of. It’s like a feeling where over time you feel like your vision has dulled, and you can’t see the colours like you saw them back then. There was yellow sand, and blue sky like I can’t see it now. That is what it feels like anyway.’

Given Lucille’s output thus far, Come On, Fly will likely prove to be a trove of musical treasures, mostly unexpected, always intriguing. ‘Kerikeri’ is a sample of what to expect.

Listen on:

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Single release: ‘I Can’t Outrun You’ by Sammy White

unnamed-7Townsville singer-songwriter Sammy White released her latest single, ‘I Can’t Outrun You’ in late 2019 but the single has, in effect, had a second life in the wake of White being named the 2020 Toyota Star Maker at the recent Tamworth Country Music Festival. White performed alongside nine other finalists in front of a panel of judges, singing her previous single ‘Drowning My Sorrows’.

White’s victory is not surprising: from the first lines of ‘I Can’t Outrun You’ it’s clear she  has something special. As is often the case with singers, it’s a quality that’s hard to define but which automatically intrigues the listener. ‘I Can’t Outrun You’ is a song about the end of a tumultuous relationship, and the self-reflection and sense of resignation that follows it. It’s quite a different song to ‘Drowning My Sorrows’, showing White’s range. Both songs are taken from White’s upcoming EP, to be released this year.

 

 

Listen on:

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www.sammywhitemusic.com.au

Single release: ‘Daydream’ by The Buffalo Grass Boys

400x400bbIn the words of band member Luke Panic, Sydney-based outfit The Buffalo Grass Boys are ‘a bunch of dudes who like playing music and singing songs and creating art to go with our music’. So it is that for their new single, ‘Daydream’, they have released some art along with the song.

The band collaborated with Giedre Domzaite, a freelance animator and art director based in Sydney, and gave her free rein to create whatever she liked to accompany the song. The result is a video that is worth watching multiple times – so it’s just as well that the song is worth multiple listens too. It’s a song about melancholy with a driving rhythm that suggests that getting past that melancholy is the goal – and the way through is honesty.

Listen on:

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Single release: ‘Viking’ by Innocent Eve

unnamed-6Innocent Eve is a duo made up of sisters Bec and Rachel, both singers and songwriters. They grew up on country, folk and Americana sung by their parents and grandparents, and they’ve been singing and performing together with their family since they were children. Innocent Eve came to be in 2014, with a debut album,  Temporary Balms, released in 2015, and in 2016 there was an EP, True North, produced by Matt Fell.

The duo have returned to Fell for their new album, Viking, which will be released in the middle of this year. The title track has been released as a single (with the video available below). The clarion call to the listener comes early in the first verse and after that you’re on the hook; by the time the chorus arrives it’s a siren’s call, with the sisters’ inviting vocals, and the rest of the song passes as a rich dream. The song is a cautionary tale that is also about inevitability – the futility of caution when it’s not something you really want to hear.

Innocent Eve have appeared at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Gympie Muster, Birdsville Big Red Bash, Music in the Mulga, Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Glenmaggie CMF, Tamar Valley Folk Festival and on board Cruisin’ Country.

Upcoming shows include:

12-15 March – Airlie Beach Tour Run, Airlie Beach Qld
20-22 March – Cape  Gloucester Music Festival, Cape Gloucester, Qld
3 April – Boyne Valley Country Music Campout, Ubobo, Qld
5 April – Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Yeppoon, Qld

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.innocenteve.com.au