By Tom Walters
Hello and welcome to our bimonthly column on independent artists. Head over here if you missed the previous installment, featuring Gordon Koang, Emma Russack and Delivery.
Every fortnight, we bring together the best new Victorian bands and artists who are making waves online, underground and on the air.
For those looking to keep a listening ear with top emerging artists, this column will cover you every two weeks with Victoria’s best.
This fortnight, we’ve dug out the brand new single and accompanying remixes of the 30/70, the welcome return of indie rock legends Melbourne Snowy Band and the brilliant Parvyn, who merges eastern and western sounds on their debut single. .
Keep up to date with the latest music interviews, news and reviews here.
Melbourne’s 30/70 jazz-funk legends recently released “Tastes Like Freedom”, a nine-minute nod that is in fact one of their most straight-dancing songs to date. Driven by Josh Kelly’s lush saxophone notes and Allysha Joy’s pristine vocals, it’s a well-deserved cathartic outing after a year spent mostly indoors.
Now UK label Rhythm Section is releasing a special 12 “remix collection that features Tornado Wallace, production royalty from Melbourne (who is now based in Berlin, but will always be a Melburnian at heart). “Bright pink sunset” it promises to transport us to “long lost festival soil” and, by the noise of things, sees Wallace returning to his Balearic best.
Kiwis Chaos in the CBD, Yu Su and Carista also offer shots on the trail. We’ll have to wait until Friday, August 13 to hear Tornado’s point of view, but for now, the original has us dreaming of brighter days in Melbourne.
The taste of freedom: remixed comes out on Friday August 13th via Rhythm section.
It wouldn’t be containment without a new Snowy Band album. The ever-prolific and beloved quartet released their latest album Audio commentary when the world ended in March 2020, and now they’re back with its follow-up just following # LockdownNo5.
Two tracks are currently available on Alternative purposes: the dreamy and delicate “Whatever You Want” – which has nuances of Spiritualized Lazer Guided Melodies about that – and ‘Living With Myself’, which further sports the classic soft-rock sound of Snowy Band with the melodic firepower of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Both are equally comfortable and provide the perfect warm winter hug during these increasingly difficult times.
Alternate Endings will be released on Friday August 27th via Band Camp.
Best known for her work with cult psychedelic band The Bombay Royale, Melbourne-based singer, dancer and musician Parvyn Singh kicks off a solo career with her debut single ‘What You See’ – a gloriously wicked tune that packs a British garage bounce. in with deep bass, oriental strings and soft, sticky R&B vocals.
It is produced by Joelistics, who is a member of Melbourne hip hop group TZU and also a full-fledged solo artist. The bringing together of eastern and western sounds is brilliantly done and totally more, so hopefully there is more of this rising star on the way.
‘What You See’ is now available via Band Camp.
Fancy another fun read? Discover the last part of our column on singles.