By Tom Parker
Hello and welcome to our bimonthly column on independent artists. Head here if you missed the previous installment, featuring EXEK, The Seven Ups, and Carpet Burn.
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 adore the timely new single from Gordon Koang, a surprise release from Emma Russack and the intoxicating garage rock of newcomer Delivery.
Find the latest musical interviews, news and reviews here.
Trust Gordon Koang to cheer us up. The Melbourne-based South Sudanese artist gave us the most cheeky middle finger in COVID-19, a rallying cry of hope that’s as cathartic as it is catchy.
Sporting its Nuer rhythms, expertly accompanied by the musical talents of its regular collaborator and cousin Paul Biel, “Coronavirus” is another infallible and surprisingly dancing success; a perfect encapsulation of whatever we wish we could say to the dastardly bug in a face-to-face protest: “Go away, we don’t want you in the world / You are picky, coronavirus / The world is getting tired of you. “
Koang’s limited edition ‘Coronavirus’ /’ Disco ’12’ will be released on Wednesday, August 4 via Music in exile.
Snowy Band member Emma Russack is well known for keeping us company during the winter months. His 2019 album Winter blues remains a comfy indie-folk staple to this day, and now she’s back with ‘Space And Time’, an ethereal, woozy pop guitar slice that evokes early Beach House, Broadcast and Stereolab.
Deeply hypnotic and gloriously heartwarming, it is reminiscent of a hazy, wintry sunrise as if seen through time-lapse video. Having recently released a collaborative album with The Ocean Party and Pop Filter’s Lachlan Denton in late 2019, rumor has it that the couple are back in the studio with another release currently in the works.
Meet Emma Russack at the Northcote Social Club on Saturday August 21, supporting Quivers for the launch of their album. Tix here.
Formed on lockdown by a group of friends who also frequent bands such as Gutter Girls, Future Suck, Blonde Revolver and The Vacant Smiles, Delivery is one of the most exciting Melbourne bands we’ve heard in a while. . Their debut 7 ” Yes combines chuggy krautrock rhythms with warped robotic sensibilities and relentless hooks, resulting in a bold statement of intent that makes all that time spent indoors feel good.
The highlight is without a doubt ‘The Explainer’, two breezy minutes of screaming lyrics and wobbly, anxious touches that sound a bit like Kraftwerk if they favored guitars over synths.
Fancy another fun read? Discover the last part of our column on singles.