Welcome back to Happy Mag’s Best New Music, every Friday we highlight the best new releases from the past week.
Another Friday comes to pass and the weekend awaits, we’ve made it friends! Before we clock off and crack a cold one, we have got another week’s worth of amazing new music releases to share with you.
From highly-anticipated new track from the DMA’s, to stunning new music from Cub Sport and Holy Holy’s we have got some real treats for you today; so without further ado, let’s get into that sweet sweet music.
DMA’s – Something We Are Overcoming
DMA’S are back and they’re better than ever. The Australian trio just dropped a new track off their highly anticipated fourth album, How Many Dreams?, and let me tell you, it’s an absolute banger. “Something We Are Overcoming” sees DMA’S embracing their electronic side, resulting in three minutes of pure high energy and heart-warming bliss.
And let’s not forget about the accompanying video, directed by Joel Burrows and Mclean Stephenson at the band’s studio in Sydney’s Chippendale. It’s a visual feast that perfectly captures the energy and emotion of the track.
DMA’S have been making waves in the indie scene for years now, and with tracks like this, it’s easy to see why. So do yourself a favour and give “Something We Are Overcoming” a listen – you won’t regret it.
Cub Sport – Songs About It
Cub Sport is back with a brand-new single that’s sure to get you moving. “Songs About It” is a piece of euphoric, starry-eyed piano house that captures the fleeting moments of pure joy that make life worth living. With a driving beat that explodes into a glorious, dance-inducing crescendo, this track is pure pop perfection.
What’s particularly impressive about “Songs About It” is how Cub Sport manages to imbue the classic-sounding rhythm with a sense of urgency and emotional depth. This is a track that manages to be both joyous and melancholy at the same time, perfectly capturing the bittersweet feeling of a moment that you know you’ll never be able to recreate.
With its infectious sub bass and winking, 90s referencing piano riff, “Songs About It” shows that Cub Sport is pushing their boundaries and charting new territory. So if you’re in the mood for some pure pop perfection, be sure to give this track a spin.
Holy Holy – Messed Up – featuring Kwame
A song unlike anything they have released before, Messed Up (feat. Kwame) is a daring move by the group. An arpeggiated synth floats under Sydney-based rapper Kwame’s confessional lyrics before the rapper throws the shackles off and purges the line “Being with you feels so damn messed up!”, launching the track into a drum ‘n’ bass beast at 180 beats per minute.
The track arrives with a striking video directed by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and is the first taste of Holy Holy’s forthcoming as-yet-untitled fifth album, which will feature surprise collaborations with an iconic Australian dance music duo, local and international hip hop artists, and more.
Great Gable – Pumpernickel
Australian band Great Gable is back with their first single of the year, “Pumpernickel,” a fun and jangly track that harkens back to early 2000s Brit rock. Accompanied by a music video that showcases the band’s explorations of abandoned sites and rooftop sunsets, the release follows a successful national acoustic tour. With a reputation for electrifying live performances, Great Gable is set to support The Grogans in the UK in May before joining Matt Corby on his Australian tour. Keep an eye on this rising band in 2023.
Birdee – Self Sabotage
Eora/Sydney-based artist BIRDEE王煒 returns with a poignant new single, “Self Sabotage,” which showcases the singer’s impressive vocal range and lyrical prowess. Delving into the complex emotions of vulnerability and self-doubt in healthy relationships, the track is accompanied by a stunning visual directed by James K Lewis and Skye Jackson, featuring five fellow dancers who bring BIRDEE王煒’s artistic vision to life. With her background in dance and a keen eye for collaboration, BIRDEE王煒 continues to cement her status as a breakthrough indie pop artist to watch in 2023
Momma – Bang Bang
Momma, the alt-rock breakouts, have made their triumphant return. Following up on last year’s lauded Household Name LP, they’ve just dropped a new single, ‘Bang Bang’, through Mirror Records / Virgin Music Australia.
Songwriters Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten, in collaboration with producer and bassist Aron Kobayashi Ritch, penned and recorded this track fresh off their first-ever North American headline tour. Building upon their signature sound, ‘Bang Bang’ fearlessly explores new musical terrain and is sure to captivate listeners, marking yet another Momma masterpiece.
De La Soul – Me Myself and I
De La Soul aficionados have been clamoring for years for the hip-hop outfit’s music to be readily available on digital platforms. Finally, the group’s first six LPs have been liberated from their analog purgatory and bestowed upon the unwashed masses of the streaming era. No longer must fans grapple with the inconvenience of physical copies; De La Soul’s sonic canon can now be easily accessed with the swipe of a finger.
Adding an extra layer of excitement to this watershed moment, the music video for “Me Myself and I” – a bona fide icon of the MTV era – has also been unleashed from its celluloid shackles and made available for streaming. This triumphant digital release signifies a monumental moment not just for De La Soul, but for their dedicated fanbase who have patiently awaited this day with bated breath. It’s a good time to be a De La Soul fan.
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Bella Amor – Sentimental
In her latest offering, Bella Amor has delivered a sultry and sassy track that wastes no time getting down to business. “Sentimental” is all about indulging in some carnal pleasure with an ex-lover, plain and simple. It’s a funky and fun way of letting that special someone know that you’re interested in one thing, and one thing only. Collaborating with Nova Blue and Forest Claudette, Bella Amor has crafted a gem that’s sure to set the tone for the year ahead by delivering a bold and unapologetic anthem that’s sure to resonate with anyone looking to let loose and have some fun in 2023. It’s a slay, through and through.
Didirri – Obsolete Machine
In his latest single, singer-songwriter Didirri grapples with the complex relationship between humanity and technology in the modern age. “Obsolete Machine”, penned by Didirri himself and produced by the talented Rob Muinos (whose credits include work with Julia Jacklin, Little May, and Jess Locke), is a kaleidoscope of sound and emotion, blending sonorous guitar riffs, uplifting horn arrangements, and Didirri’s stirring vocals to create a sonic journey into the heart of the matter. Didirri confronts head-on the ways in which technology is rapidly reshaping the human experience and the implications of these changes for our sense of identity and purpose. The accompanying music video, directed by Australian filmmaker Jesse Leaman, invites audiences to join Didirri on his introspective journey, as he grapples with the tension between embracing the benefits of technological progress and staying true to his own sense of self.
Teenage Dads – Midnight Driving
Teenage Dads has dropped the highly anticipated Midnight Driving EP today. With this latest release, the band is shedding its experimental, upbeat sound and diving into a darker, more introspective realm, one that’s sure to surprise and delight fans. The new EP showcases a more mature side of the band, one that’s still just as infectious but also delves into deeper emotional territory. The title track, “Midnight Driving”, is a haunting and hypnotic tune that explores the aftermath of a painful breakup, with melancholic synths layered over a pulsing bass line to create a sonic landscape that’s as captivating as it is haunting.
And as if that weren’t enough to send shivers down your spine, the band has also dropped an eerie music video to accompany the track. Directed by Kyle Caulfield and shot on location in Melbourne, the clip takes us on a spooky, Americana-inspired journey that feels like something straight out of a classic horror movie from the ’80s.
Waves Crashing – Life on Display
In their latest EP, The Viewing, Waves Crashing offer a mesmerizing exploration of the human condition. Blending the sounds of shoegaze, new wave, and noise rock, the band crafts a dreamy and introspective soundscape that lingers in the mind. At the forefront of this EP is “Life on Display,” a haunting single that speaks to the search for inner peace in a chaotic world. With its shimmering guitars, pulsating rhythms, and ethereal vocals, the track transports listeners to a place of deep reflection and catharsis. Waves Crashing are masters of tapping into raw emotion and transforming it into something beautiful and haunting. This EP is a testament to their skill in creating haunting melodies that linger long after the last note has faded away.
Saint Lane – 3:33
New Zealand-born and Gold Coast-based artist, Saint Lane, is back with his latest single ‘3:33’. With a penchant for blending everything from folk to hip-hop, Lane has proven himself to be one of the most versatile artists in the game. But this time around, he’s leaning into a late-night indie pop style that’ll have you swaying along in no time. ‘3:33’ captures the lighter side of a relationship coming to an end, with Lane’s smooth vocals and playful instrumentation carrying you through every bittersweet moment.
And let’s not forget about the music video, shot by the one and only MonteMadeIt. Lane sports an iconic outfit designed by Campbell Walker (aka Struthless), as he seeks comfort in something upbeat and simplistic. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Brockhampton and Tame Impala, Lane proves once again that he can seamlessly slip between styles while staying true to his authentic self.
So if you’re looking for a little something to lift your spirits, look no further than Saint Lane’s ‘3:33’. This is one genre-hopper you won’t want to miss.