Category: single

Single release: ‘Maybe’ by Emily Hatton feat. Troy Kemp

unnamed-4Last year Melbourne singer-songwriter Emily Hatton released a debut single, ‘Hades’, which announced her as an artist to watch. Hatton has been a singer since a young age, studying voice and participating in choirs and other vocal groups throughout her teens. At the age of 17 it became clear that her voice was most suited to country music, and the  country pop-rock sound of her songs works so well with her voice. She has the power in that voice to work with strong backing – and with another strong singer.

In Hatton’s new single, ‘Maybe’, she is matched with Troy Kemp, an Australian country music artist who is a popular solo artist as well as half of the duo McAlister Kemp. In ‘Maybe’ Hatton’s and Kemp’s voices work together in the chorus and separate for the verses, and that pattern works to embody the story of the lyrics: a couple coming together and moving apart, the push and pull of ‘maybe’. It’s quite a different song to ‘Hades’ but still indicative of Hatton’s ability to take on big themes and a soaring melody and really deliver.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.emilyhatton.com

 

Single release: ‘Passenger Seat’ by Hannah May

400x400bb-2Hannah May is a singer-songwriter from New Zealand who’s now resident in Brisbane. She was one half of Mae Valley, who released an outstanding EP in 2016 and opened for Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. This year May was one of the finalists for the highly competitive Toyota Star Maker competition (May is no stranger to competitions – Mae Valley placed highly on The X Factor NZ).

Not May has released the self-penned track ‘Passenger Seat’, which was produced by Peter Holz, who has worked with acts such as The Veronicas. May has a beautiful pop tone in her voice, and as her melodic sensibilities tend towards country music, country pop is a great fit for her. ‘Passenger Seat’ is a love song with gentle lyrics and a catchy pace that suggests. Its appeal is irresistible on two fronts – May clearly has the ability to write songs that become earworms, and also songs that you want to listen to because they make you happy.

May is working on some more new music, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we have more songs that make the day better simply by existing.

 Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.hannahmay.co.nz

Video release: ‘Na Na Na’ by The Mezcaltones

unnamed-4.jpgSydney band The Mezcaltones are known for their high-energy live shows – and their collective sense of humour, which ensures each show is entertaining as well as being musically excellent. Both energy and humour are present in their new single ‘Na Na Na’ and the accompanying video, seen below. The Mezcaltones are taking their outlaw country-rock sound to the 2020 Tamworth Country Music Festival at Joe Maguire’s Pub:

18 January – 1.30 to 4.30 p.m. 
19 January – 7.00 to 10.00 p.m. 
21 January – 7.00 to 10.30 p.m

 

Listen on:

Apple Music | Spotify

www.the-mezcaltones.com

 

 

A special single release: ‘Buy from the Bush’ by Greg Storer feat. Anna Clark

a3878924704_16.jpgBuy from the Bush is a campaign that started on social media and has become a sensation in very quick time. In an effort to support businesses in drought-affected (and now fire-affected) parts of Australia, #buyfromthebush on Facebook and Instagram gives all Australians the chance to do their Christmas shopping from places that not only need a hand but also have wonderful, beautiful, often unique pieces for sale.

Now country music favourite Greg Storer has written and recorded a song to support the campaign, and the song ‘Buy from the Bush’ features his vocals as well as those of Sydney singer Anna Clark. Each purchase of the song helps Buy from the Bush bring some cheer to country towns. And if you’re yet to buy your Christmas gifts, consider buying from the bush (I have).

Buy the single for $5 here:

gregstorerbuyfromthebush.bandcamp.com/releases

See all the great bush businesses on Instagram: www.instagram.com/buyfromthebush
And Facebook: www.facebook.com/buyfromthebush

Find out more at www.buyfromthebush.com.au

Single release: ‘I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love)’ by The Buckleys

TheBuckleys_BLUE.jpgThe Buckleys are a trio of siblings from the northern rivers district of New South Wales. They’ve been going to the Tamworth Country Music Festival for years, first busking on Peel Street in 2011 when Molly was 9, Lachlan was 10 and Sarah Grace was 12. That was, in fact, when the band formed – the Buckley family was on holiday in the country music capital when the younger generation decided to start playing, and found themselves in the top ten of the busking competition without even knowing they’d entered.

Now aged 16, 18 and 19, they are managed by Chris Murphy (who also managed INXS) and signed to Petrol Records/Universal Music, they have been nominated for a Golden Guitar in the Best New Talent category,

Currently recording in Nashville, the band will be returning to Australia at the end of the year – and ahead of that they’re released the new single ‘I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love)’. The Buckleys have an irresistible country pop sound – that early experience on Peel Street seems to have honed their instincts for how to capture a listener’s attention and keep them entertained. Although they were unknowns just months ago, this kind of ‘overnight success’ always takes a lot of work – and the proof is there in the songs. And it’s not just themselves they write for: collectively the trio have written well over 100 songs. Sarah was awarded top 5 in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards teen section and the following year both Sarah and Molly were once again nominated for a prestigious ASA Award. One of Sarah’s songs, ‘Strawberry Footprints’, was recorded by Felicity Urquhart for her album Frozen Rabbit.

 

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

 

www.thebuckleys.net

December playlist

This month’s Spotify playlist is all new releases – see below for the full list.

 

 

Fanny Lumsden – ‘These Days’

Brad Cox – ‘Give Me Tonight’

Emma Dykes – ‘The Drovers’

Copperline – ‘Next Year’

Natalie Henry – ‘Water Over Wine’

Tom Curtain with Lee Kernaghan and Sara Storer – ‘She Gave Us The Song’

Aly Cook – ‘Southern Christmas Stars’

Andy Nelson – ‘Late Night Letter’

Kora Naughton – ‘Speechless’

Katie Bates – ‘Polka Dot Dress’

Leaving Lennox – ‘Weren’t Looking For’

Brittany Elise – ‘Pit Stop’

Aleyce Simmonds – ‘I Could Dance With You’

Renee Jonas – ‘Blame it on the Wine’

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife – ‘Catch You’

Brook Chivell – ‘Fearless Rider’

Natalie Pearson – ‘Plan B’

Oh Harlow – ‘Give It A Miss’

 

 

 

Single release: ‘Southern Christmas Stars’ by Treehouse Music and Aly Cook

Southern Christmas Stars Itunes cover .jpgThere is a subgenre of Christmas carols that belongs to Australian creations, such as ‘Three Drovers’ and ‘Carol of the Birds’, to go along with Christmas-adjacent songs such as Tim Minchin’s ‘White Wine in the Sun’. What doesn’t come to mind is a joint Australian and New Zealand Christmas song – but now there is one, thanks to NZ artist Aly Cook and Kay and Buzz Bidstrup, who have created ‘Southern Christmas Stars’.

The song depicts the experience of Christmas in warm weather, as well as the joy of reuniting with loved ones. The lyrics were written by Kay Bidstrup to celebrate the Christmas homecoming of her son after a year living abroad, and Buzz Bidstrup and Cook put the music together while Cook was in Australia promoting her latest album, Caught in the Middle.

While December isn’t yet upon us, this song is a lovely way to ease into the festive spirit – and, perhaps, it will become your new Southern Hemisphere Christmas anthem.

Listen on:

Apple Music | iTunes | Spotify

www.alycook.com.au