If ‘Down Under’ by Men at Work is your only experience of Australian music, it is time to install a good streaming service to learn about the latest tunes from kangaroo land. Here are some great upcoming musicians and bands.
The Youth Gang
The Youth Gang makes uplifting indie rock music that sounds as if The National became too preoccupied with Bruce Springsteen but in a positive sense. Their latest single, ‘Go Further in Lightness’, was an Australian chart-topper in 2017 and claimed four industry awards. More success is predicted for 2018.
Julia and Angus Stone
This folk sister/brother duo is not a newcomer to the music scene — renown producer Rick Rubin has supported them on previous albums. Their most recent single ‘Snow’ sees the duo adopting a more electronic vibe, and playing off one another in a mesmerizing way – switching lines, alternating verses, and simply sounding as if they are enjoying every second.
Real name James Keogh (or at least that’s what his mother calls him), Vance Joy creates smart, thoughtful and happy tunes similar to past songwriters like Paul Kelly. You might be still humming his hit from 2014, Riptide, such as its’ catchy nature. With another single scheduled for release in 2018, we are looking forward to hearing what new engaging soundbites he can bring to the table.
Perhaps they chose a terrible moniker, however – make no mistake – this Perth art-rock act is more discerning as far as music goes. They have crafted an impressive list of dreamy, slinky, trippy, yet danceable numbers, which are as good as any Australian act has produced since bands like Tame Impala.
Giants of the Jungle
The songs from this Brisbane based four piece feature feel-good riffs, jangly guitar chords, and memorable choruses — so it is easy to immerse yourself in their sound while having a great time.