Inarguably, Australia is bringing some of the most innovative and forward thinking musicians. The country boasts a number of international hits such as Flume, Tame Impala, and Alison Wonderland. However, it’s the local scene that is gaining traction among listeners and artists alike. From Brisbane to Sydney, it’s evident that each city in Australia presents its own roster of musicians. Taking a moment to focus on new releases, the following artists represent the diversity of the Australian music scene.
Golden Vessel brings an original approach to electropop, with unique instrumentation and hazy production. After releasing several successful tracks with frequent collaborator Emerson Leif (“Control” & “Tell The-Girl”), the Brisbane producer brings his latest release “Hesitate”. What began as an old vocal sample of Leif, left the collaborators with a sense of possibility to recreate the record. At the time, Leif was in a doubtful state, using this track to express his feelings of hesitation and doubt.
Leif comments, “I had many questions about life but the greatest question was one of God. Or better yet, one for God. ‘Are you there?’ Honestly, religion just felt so tired and insular. I wanted something tangible. I wanted to find truth. The idea of searching is perhaps most terrifying, because what if one finds nothing?”
Leif pairs his insightful lyrics with the downtempo sounds of Golden Vessel, making for a reflective and moving piece. The track builds a sense of layers using Leif’s vocals and acoustic guitar loops. “Hesitate” is only a preview of Golden Vessels versatile and hypnotising production. The producer structures his songs with pop melodies, but brings a sense of meditation in his timeless sounds. Having collaborated with other young Australian artists such as Mallrat and OKBADLANDS, Golden Vessels’ is inarguably one of Australia’s most compelling emerging acts.
Armed with jazzy melodies, Australian singer and LA-based musician Sam Fischer delivers his striking EP “Not a Hobby”. Informed by electronic music and rhythmic hip-hop beats, Fischer’s latest work takes from a variety of genres but ties it all together with a soulful attitude. A Berklee trained musician, Fischer got his start as a backup vocalist who has worked with artists like HOLYCHILD and Clean Bandit. The lead single “Smoke” brings a sense of ease to the listener, hoping to convey the enjoyment of simple moments of life “we tend to take too seriously”.
The track was co-written by Lindy Robbins, known for her work with Dua Lipa, Demi Lovato, and other huge artists. Other collaborators on the record include producer Warren “Oak” Felder (Rihanna and Kehlani). Although these are big names to be associated with, Fischer proves his ability to deliver fresh and unique R&B tracks on his debut EP. This is only the beginning for the LA-based musician, and I look forward to seeing what he does next.
A personal favorite, DJ and producer Airwolf releases “Elevate” EP, a series of club-ready house tracks featuring bass-heavy production and catchy vocal samples. The artist releases his work after a packed 18 months of headlining shows around Australia, and opening for acts like Jax Jones and Duke Dumont.
Before dropping “Elevate”, Airwolf released “What You Think Gonna Happen” and lead single, “Blazin”. Both have been received with a huge amount of support. “What You Think Gonna Happen” a collaboration with emerging Brazilian producer rrotik, brings a pulsing bass line and echoing synths making for a sonic house jam. Additionally, with the infectious “Blazin” hitting Number 12 on the Aria Club Charts, its no wonder the producer is constantly on tour taking his discography all over Australia.
Airwolf not only produces a number of club-ready bangers, but takes on a number of creative endeavors. The producer and DJ also has an eye for creating a visual aesthetic behind his brand, and even produced a video for “Blazin”. *Insert fire emojis here* as Airwolf is set to take the Australian music scene by storm.