18 July 2021
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‘Advocate’ is a pop belter that steals its tremolo effect from The Pretenders, it’s guitar hook from New Order and is all original Joan & The Giants. There’s nothing wrong with emulating the greats when you’ve developed into the sort of powerhouse outfit that Joan & The Giants have become. There was a moment when the only valid reference to this band was Florence + The Machine and the worry was that that’s where they’d stay, but Joan & The Giants is a band that’s found its very own voice and, with ‘Advocate’, is riding high on the creation of music with heart, meaning and compassion. Front woman Grace Newton Wordsworth’s vocals have become one of the most unique parts of the Joan & The Giant’s puzzle and on ‘Advocate’ she gives her cords the full work out while delivering lines like, Is it too late to change? Start to self medicate / I got to get something off my chest / I’m an advocate for loneliness. There’s enough angst in this song to generate bucket loads of lacrimal discharge, but that’s not the point. With Joan & The Giants, no matter how deep the emotion, the takeaway is always affirmation, joy. And so it is with ‘Advocate’.
We give ‘Advocate’ AP.
‘Advocate’ is available worldwide on 23 July.
Read more about Joan & The Giants here.
‘Dream Catcher’ starts out with a hooky, lo fi country guitar and then breaks into full on dream pop, giving lie to the melancholy of a lyric that takes in the fracture between former lovers with laser like precision in lines like, I can’t fall asleep / And you just can’t wake up, and, How can you forget about the damage that you’ve done? ‘Dream Catcher’ summons the zeitgeist of our times just about perfectly, as we go through a social revolution that’s been coming for decades and necessary for centuries. In the boy meets girl portion of this trope, men have a lot of catching up to do and women are gently but ever so persistently showing the way. When it results in music as beautiful as this, we can be thankful. Let’s also hope that bands like Dolce Blue and music like ‘Dream Catcher’ can help create the change we so badly need.
We give ‘Dream Catcher’ TFA.
‘Dream Catcher’ is available worldwide on 22 July.
Perth artist Callum Robertson, AKA Bad Weather, makes eighties-tinged pop with a modern twist, of which his latest single, ‘Caring Is Cool’, is a fine example. Robertson is a bit of a guitar nerd and it shows through in the little twists and nuances that are sprinkled over this song like the proverbial fairy dust made (in)famous via a bootleg recording of The Troggs leaked in the 60s. But it’s not just the bedroom-producer wizardry that makes ‘Caring Is Cool’ a far better than average track. Robertson knows his way around a chorus, too, and can write a lyric that’ll break your heart and piece back together again, all in just over 3:00. Bad Weather is what we’ve been having in Perth lately and we’re not alone with floods and searing heat plaguing the northern hemisphere as well. Callum Robertson’s take on the weather is just what we need to perk things up a bit.
We give ‘Bad Weather’ TFA.
Read more about Bad Weather here.
Latest single from Farraday’s Cage, ‘Lost In You’, is an acoustic heartbreaker that may just mark a new, grown up phase for this duo that started out as high school kids. Gone is the adolescent hurry scurry that saw them try on a range of song writing apparel, which was good enough to win them two WAM Awards, but was more about the promise than the delivery. Along the way Farraday’s Cage have blasted through tinny guitar pop, electronica, ambient beats and more. Now, with ‘Lost In You’ they deliver a gorgeous slice of adult pop, a la the Stone siblings, that clocks in at a perfectly timed 2:01, showing this duo’s confidence in their work and their, current, less is more approach. Sounds like this is a program worth sticking with.
We give ‘Lost In You’ PFA.
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