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July 30, 2021

Adelaide’s best new music

We've rounded up Adelaide's best new music for the month of July, including Wanderers, Tkay Maidza, The Empty Threats and Motez.

  • Words: Johnny von Einem (JVE) and Angela Skujins (AS)

Wanderers — ‘Penny’

The latest cut from Adelaide luminaries Wanders is a four-and-a-half-minute funk-infused delight called ‘Penny’which dropped Friday via new record imprint, Big Oak Records.

In what can only be described as a stunningly sun-drenched affair, ‘Penny’ swirls in yacht-rock, simmering keys and lovelorn lyrics that make you wish you were being held around your waist by your one-and-only.

It’s the first single from a new EP the band is remaining tight-lipped on, so keep an eye on Big Oak Records’ socials for when that penny drops. (AS)


Listen to this playlist in full on Spotify.

If you’re a South Australian band or musician with a new release, let us know about it.


The Empty Threats — ‘K’

Name anything better than The Empty Threats’ lead singer Stu Patterson chewing through a thin embryonic membrane, exploding onto a field, and then galavanting away on a large horse. You can’t.

Ahead of their self-titled sophomore EP, due later this year, the neo-psychedelic five-piece have delivered a punchy, adrenaline-filled number titled ‘K’, which is best enjoyed loud. (AS)


Pinkish Blu — ‘Old Blue’

Adelaide’s most promising boy band Pinkish Blu released their indie-pop track ‘Old Blue’ in the middle of July, ahead of their new EP people just do good things sometimes going wide on Friday.

The track is a thoughtful exploration of regret and loss, told through gentle synthesisers, twinkling guitars, and the repeated regretful refrain, ‘It really wasn’t meant to go down like that.’

We’re not crying – you’re crying! (AS)


Don’t Bring Stacey — ‘Bandaid’

As someone who lived through the pop-punk heyday of the early ‘00s, I never thought I’d be able to enjoy that very particular pop-punk vocal inflection again, but Don’t Bring Stacey have brought it back to winning effect.

‘Bandaid’ opens cautiously but explodes to a blistering pace by the first chorus. With a sing-a-long melody, it’s a summery pop jam made for the festival circuit, or for belting along with on a road trip. (JVE)


St Jacques — ‘Another Sense’

Ok, ‘Another Sense’ was technically released back in May, but indie six-piece St Jacques held a launch event for the single on the Friday before lockdown, so we’re counting it.

Really, this blurb is us pleading for the return of whimsy to pop music, which this folksy recording has in spades.

There are clean, crisp acoustic guitars, breathy lyrics, beautiful harmonies, and an adorable xylophone riff.

And it’s difficult to explain why, but for some reason the rhyming of ‘fisherman’ and ‘Lake Michigan’ hits just right.

For optimum enjoyment, play when strolling through a grassy field atop a hill overlooking the city. (JVE)


Lilac Cove — ‘Undercurrent’

New electro-pop ensemble Lilac Cove has broken onto the scene with ‘Undercurrent’ – an energetic 80’s-sounding ode to that overwhelming, intoxicating feeling of falling in love.

Layered with Laura Hill’s dreamy vocals, the song is reminiscent of the earth-shattering vocal hooks of 2000’s indie-pop bands like Florence + The Machine.

But with a crunchy bass riff, ‘Undercurrent’ transcends private listening and has a clear inclination towards the dance floor. (AS)


Motez feat. Lauren L’aimant — ‘Gone’

It is a crime electronic dance music-maker Motez – real name Moutaiz Al-Obaidi – was forced to release this for-to-the-floor banger while South Australian nightclubs are closed.

‘Gone’ comes from Motez’s five-track EP ReSet, which was released this month, and features vocals from Melbourne singer Lauren L’aimant

You can stream or purchase the full hard dance, synth-laden EP in its entirety here – best enjoyed, for the moment, on a dance floor carved out of your kitchen or living room. (AS)


Tkay Maidza — ‘So Cold’

There is nothing that can stop Tkay Maidza taking over the world.

From her new Stateside locale, the artist added a third edition to the Last Year Was Weird EP series this month, building upon her quickly evolving artistry with a release that moves from slow jams to grimy hip-hop tracks and funk-inflected R&B numbers like ‘So Cold’.

With production from Dan Farber, the EP, in its entirety, is a trip. (JVE)


Anonymouz & Sythe feat. Nelson Dialect — ‘The Torch’

Another Adelaide expat, Nelson Dialect has teamed up with Vancouver hip hop artists Anonymouz and Sythe for ‘The Torch’.

A slow-moving beat carries lyrics on the importance of remaining true to your artistry in an industry full of “sharks in the tank” and people “loaded in what [they’re] perceiving”. (JVE)


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