11 July 2021
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Following hot on the heels of the fun loving ‘Funk, Summer Brother’, the new single from Indigo Blaze, ‘Diazepam’, dials things back…a lot, and sees this band, best known until now for being party instigators, take a rather more serious view of life.
‘Diazepam’ is brooding, even menacing and has Indigo Blaze sounding like a fusion of Hilltop Hoods and Rage Against The Machine, with vocalist, Rhys Gahan, sounding more Aussie hip hop than ever before and the guitars channeling the restraint-before-the-kick-off of Tom Morello. Except, ‘Diazepam’ never flails like RATM do sometimes, it just sits in this groove infused pocket, a chain gang beat driving it along as Gahan sings lines like, I’m a weapon in disguise / Living up to the hype.
And he’s dead right, Gahan is a front man who’ll be hyped up bigger than a skyscraper in years to come, with the rest of the band standing tall in their own right, blasting out their blend of rap rock, ratcheting things up until there has to be an explosion of partying. On stage, Indigo Blaze are a phenomenon you must not miss.
Now, with ‘Diazepam’, they’ve added another dimension to their thing and it’s as dark and delicious as fuck!
We give ‘Diazepam’ TFA.
‘Diazepam’ is out now, everywhere.
Perth artist, Fieldsy, is worth checking out just for her social media presence, which is a blend of wit and sass that sees her riding a line that sometimes brings out the trolls. And, when the trolls come out to play, that’s when the party really starts! Heck, she’s even on TikTok, whatever that is. Go follow her now, you won’t be disappointed.
It having been just a while since Fieldsy’s last release, for all the obvious reasons — go on you can figure it out — she’s decided to come back with not one but two singles. Restraint just isn’t in Fieldsy’s lexicon.
‘Wicked Nightmare’ sees Fieldsy stepping into modern diva territory — think Katy Perry grandmothered by Cher — and holding her own very nicely, thank you very much. Turning the bunny boiler genre on its head, Fieldsy sings, You can’t let me be the one that got away, before belting into the chorus with a massive vocal on, I’m your wicked nightmare.
This song stays true to Fieldsy’s acoustic guitar and stompbox solo artist origins, but it’s oh so much more than that. ‘Wicked Nightmare’ is highly produced pop that takes Fieldsy into another league all together. All that’s missing is the autotune.
We give ‘Wicked Nightmare’ RFG.
‘Me, Myself and I’ bounces along like a show tune would if it was being sung by Harley Quinn. There’s just enough madness in this pop ditty to keep you listening just to find out where it’s all going to end up.
Never mind the exquisite violin echoing and trilling over the vocal melody. Never mind the nods to folk, redolent of the sort of Eastern European forests that bears still inhabit and where fairly tales never have happy endings. Never mind the percussive backbeat that drives it all along. They’re all great, but it’s the maniacal charm of Fieldsy’s vocals that hold all this together.
Fieldsy has the sort of mind you’d like to get a glimpse of one day, if you’re brave enough to live with that you see. ‘Me, Myself and I’ begins to open the door to that experience and leaves you wondering if you can handle what comes next.
I’m up for it.
‘Me, Myself and I’ also gets RFG.
‘Wicked Nightmare’ and ‘Me, Myself and I’ are released worldwide on 15 July.
‘Another Life’ is the debut single from Jonny Reid, an Irish expat who now calls Perth home. None of that would be relevant, except that ‘Another Life’ is about the calling of home that, perhaps, only people who have transplanted their lives from one geography to another can feel. So, yeah, it’s a heartbreaker of a song that looks back, but without ever being overly sentimental. The keyboard opening owes a debt of gratitude to The Edge and U2, but ‘Another Life’ doesn’t linger in this territory too long, instead seeing Reid pretty swiftly stepping on the stomp box and vocals with what turns out to be an FM radio friendly tune of the ilk that was popularised by Ed Sheeran.
As a debut single, ‘Another Life’ shows a lot of promise from a singer and song writer who’s also closing in on the release of his debut album. Based on this first outing, we’d have to expect good things to come from Jonny Reid.
We give ‘Another Life’ PFG
‘Another Life’ gets its worldwide release on 23 July.