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  1. Words: Sam Geary

    After recently returning with new single 'Everybody Loves You', SOAK now delivers a video for the track.

    Directed by Joseph Wilson, the clip features the new body decoration of wearing live caterpillars in a small bag around the neck. There's lots of pretty butterflies too. All of which is a metaphor for change, individuality and trying to fit in with the cool kids.

    Watch above.



  2. With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.



    CUB SPORT - SOMETIMES


    Brisbane's alt-pop idols make further use of earworm twinkling synths on this new release which comes as a taster to their third album. Tim Nelson‘s spine-tingling, emotive vocals deliver vulnerable lines like “Sometimes I feel / Like my heart has been split open / You see everything I’m hoping / I’m a river running high" over the dance-influenced melodies. The moving two and a half minutes reflect on Nelson’s coming out experience, and he has previously explained its relevance: "It’s the first album that I’ve written entirely since I’ve been out. I feel like it’s the first time I’ve written a whole record as myself; that feels really powerful to me."
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    IVEY - WON'T BE


    With lively production by Konstantin Kersting (Mallrat, Tia Gostelow), the Gold Coast five-piece return with their new single, taken from the latest EP 'Gorgeous. It began, say the band, "from an Ableton loop our drummer Matt had created. Drawn to the lead synth riff you hear at the start of the song, we started to construct a song around it. What was resulted from that is one our most collaborative songwriting effort to date, and our first exploration into electronic music. 'Won’t Be' became a kind of anthem for the whole EP, theming topics of lost love, animosity and clarity”.
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    THE RESPONSE - PRACTICAL


    Christchurch, NZ alt-pop duo, Andrew and Victoria Knopp, herald their new self-produced EP, 'What Are You Waiting For?', out on November 17, with this future retro, upbeat track exploring the tenuous relationship between dreams and reality.
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    MANI BLÜ - FRANKENSTEIN


    Following debut single 'Turn Off The Radio' earlier this year, the Melbourne artist returns with this electro-pop track, an uptempo number that embraces love and loss. "'Frankenstein' was an idea that I had in early 2017. I had a melody idea stuck in my head, and I remember running to the piano as I started to sing it into my phone. I hope that people can appreciate its layers and colours, it is a very emotional song, I wanted to use synthetic vocals and hyper pop sounds to represent an inner feeling that co-existed with the rest of the track, it is super twisted pop, so I hope people can feel that."
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    HAITCH - THE BEST THING


    Little Indie featured 23-year old Sydney electronic artist Harrison Baker earlier in the year with his solo debut 'Body Double'. Now he has dropped two new tracks 'Autopilot' and 'The Best Thing' days apart earlier this month. "Releasing the new tracks 24 hours apart was important because that's the way they need to heard. I also wanted to give listeners enough music in my catalogue for them to start to understand the artist I am."
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    ALAE - ALL GIVED UP


    Amassing over 3 million Spotify streams to date, the Auckland, NZ indie-folk four-piece give a taste of their debut full-length, 'Henry St, out on October 26. '"All Gived Up’ is the first song that Allister (Meffan) and I wrote together as Alae," says vocalist Alex Farrel-Davey. "For 2 years now we’ve been playing it live, developing it, and wondering if we could have done better. With the addition of Marika and Jayden to the mix, we felt as though the song, and the band has grown so much, that we couldn’t not re-record it. Now we can give it the treatment it truly deserves," adding that lyrically it is based around "the naive and self righteous assumptions we make when we’re first presented with problematic situations. It teaches us to try, and to keep trying because that is literally the only thing in this world that you do have any control over.”
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  3. Sundara Karma marked their return last week with new track 'Illusions', the first taster from a new album which is expected to drop next year.

    This week they drop the video. The clip, which was directed by frontman Oscar Pollock, sees the band concoct some magical potions in a surreal Halloween type setting.

    Sundara Karma play London's Omeara on October 24.

    Watch above.




  4. Words: Ali Mack

    Directed by Adam Powell, The 1975 have debuted the video for Love It If We Made It', one of the tracks from the first of their two forthcoming full-length works, 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships', arriving on November 30.

    It was also revealed today that there will be a new track, 'It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)', dropping this Thursday (October 18), plus dates for their 2019 North American tour.

    The visuals for 'Love It If We Made It' festures news footage and stills of such figures as Lil Peep, Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, Brett Kavanaugh, Kanye West, and more. The video concludes with a list of movements and organizations like #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, UNICEF, Save The Children, and It Gets Better.

    When the song was first aired back in July, Matty Healy explained the reference to Lil Peep, who died last November at the age of 21 (“Rest in peace Lil Peep / The poetry is in the streets / Jesus saves us!/ Modernity has failed us”) and others, when he appeared on Zanr Lowe's Beats 1 show.

    "I’m saying Rest In Peace Lil Peep. He is very on the nose regardless of what you think of them as artists or people. With XXX and with Lil Peep. The thing that was happening in that movement regardless of what you think of it musically I felt like it was the closest thing that this generation has to a kind of Punk. It definitely felt important, whatever it is. And those two people are dead now just like that. They’re just dead. And I’m saying Rest In Peace Lil Peep.

    "If you want to go and talk about big Pharma and pharmaceutical companies and overprescription of drugs. Yeah of course … of course that’s definitely played a part in it but that’s not what I’m saying. I’m saying that other points in the song. I’m saying lot of things … I’m saying a lot of individual things but the fact is is that all of these things nuclear they’re radioactive.

    "It’s probably the best place to put it is in a song because you can let it finish and go … OK well I can’t react to a song so I’ll just listen to it again and then see if I get the same reaction is as opposed to like it’s an opinion on Twitter where you can go “hey, fuck you” we will never. It’s not opinionated. It provides what is happening."

    There's also a nail in to Kanye West and Donald Trump in the lyrics: “Tell me something I didn’t know / Consultation degradation fossil fueling masturbation immigration liberal kitsch kneeling on a pitch / ‘I moved on her like a bitch!!’/ Excited to be indicted / Unrequited house with seven pools / Thank you Kanye, very cool!/War has been incited and guess what you’re all invited.”

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    Live dates 2019

    JANUARY
    09 Belfast, SSE Arena
    10 Dublin, 3Arena
    12 Glasgow, SSE Hydro
    14 Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
    16 Brighton, Brighton Centre
    18 London, The O2
    19 London, The O2
    21 Exeter, Westpoint
    23 Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
    24 Manchester, Manchester Arena
    25 Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena

    MARCH
    20 Guadalajara, Mexico - Auditorio Telmex ^

    APRIL
    15 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre ^*
    16 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint ^*
    25 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater ^*
    26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre ^*
    27 Portland, OR - Veterans Memorial Coliseum ^*
    29 Orem, UT - UCCU Center ^*
    30 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^*

    MAY
    02 Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory ^*
    03 Austin, TX - Austin360 Amphitheater ^*
    04 Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre ^*
    07 Minneapolis, MN - The Armory ^*
    08 Chicago, IL - United Center ^*
    11 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brooks Amphitheatre ^*
    12 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center ^*
    14 Columbus, OH - The LC Pavilion ^*
    15 Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater ^*
    18 Atlanta, GA - State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park ^*
    19 Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre ^*
    21 Washington, DC - The Anthem ^*

    JUNE
    02 Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Amphitheater *
    03 Toronto, Ontario - Budweiser Stage *

    ^ with Pale Waves
    * with No Rome



  5. Words: Ellie Ward

    After airing 'Love Like Waves' earlier in the year, Friendly Fires now return with a collaborative new trop track with Disclosure - 'Heaven Let Me In'.

    Out now on Polydor, this year has seen FF's
    first new material since 2011's 'Pala', apart from a single venture with The Asphodells four years ago.

    "'Heaven Let Me In' is a song about being comfortable in your own skin," says vocalist Ed Macfarlane. "When you stop trying so hard and embrace your imperfections then opportunities arise and doors open."

    Friendly Fires play two nights at London's Oval Space on November 29 and 30.