Melbourne’s Clairy Browne and her posse made a splash at the end of 2011 with the release of debut LP Baby Caught the Bus. The album showcased an aesthetic plucked unabashedly from the 1960s Billboard R&B charts, calling to mind Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone. Browne and friends fit in nicely with the stars of the soul revival circuit that has sprouted over the last several years, e.g. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Fitz & The Tantrums, etc. This week, Browne and the Rackettes released a new single entitled “Walk of Shame.” Name your price for a digital download of the track below. “Walk of Shame” is also being released on a limited edition split 7″ with fellow Melbourne retro rockers Saskwatch. Only 50 copies of this single will see release, so interested parties should act fast.
We appreciate the rough-hewn abrasiveness of an obscure rock song as much as the next blog, but we also have a tender spot for the craftsmanship required to churn out a pristine pop tune. Melbourne’s Buckley Ward falls into the latter category on their latest single “Two Strands.” The understated bounce of the rhythm guitar and immaculate harmonies found on “Two Strands” have a familiarity that will feel as if you’ve been toting this track around in your back pocket for months. Its is the most recent single from the band’s sophomore LP So Pretend, released back in April. Listen to the song below.
Written by Rob Peoni
Milk Teddy is a five-piece, experimental pop group from Melbourne, Australia. The band released its debut, full-length LP last week. The album is being co-released by The Lost and Lonesome Recording Co. and Knock Yr Socks Off Records. Zingers centers around the type of clangy guitar riffs that have dominated the underground pop scene of the last five years and the shimmering tenor of lead singer Thomas Mendelovits. Listen and watch a video for Milk Teddy’s single “Suburbs Mystery” below. Grab a copy of Zingers on vinyl, CD or digital download via Bandcamp. Don’t sleep on the impromptu piano jam buried at the end of the album’s closer “Come Around.”