Welcome back to Happy Mag’s Best New Music, where we highlight the best new releases from the past week.
Another week 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 the highly-anticipated new album from Jack River to stunning new music by San Cisco and Blessed, we have got some real treats for you today; so without further ado, let’s get into that sweet sweet music.
Jack River – Lie In The Sun
Gather ’round, devotees of the sun-kissed alt-pop aesthetic! The reigning matriarch of this kingdom, Jack River, is set to unleash yet another luscious enchantress from her forthcoming sophomore effort, ‘Endless Summer’! Brace yourselves for the arrival of ‘Lie In The Sun’, which will make its debut on triple j this week before taking flight into the stratosphere. This melodic marvel was forged from the queen’s insatiable fascination with and visions of a psychedelic nightlife – a radiant realm of acid-tinged wonder that evokes the rebellious spirit of 70s youth. Prepare to be bewitched by this sun-drenched opus!
San Cisco, the Australian indie-pop darlings, return with their latest track ‘Horoscope’, a heartfelt tribute to the mysterious ways of the universe. The track is a perfect example of the band’s signature style, blending delicate and introspective lyrics with a mesmerizing melody that lingers in the mind long after the song is over.
As the band gears up to release their fifth studio album later this year, ‘Horoscope’ offers a tantalizing glimpse into what’s to come. The song’s bittersweet lyricism perfectly captures the feeling of being at the mercy of the stars and planets, while the dreamy instrumentation creates a sense of wonder and possibility. With ‘Horoscope’, San Cisco proves once again that they have a unique talent for capturing the complexities of life in their music, making them a band to watch in the coming year.
King Ivy – Brown
Brisbane’s prodigal son of alt R&B and indie, King Ivy, has unveiled his highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Brown’! This impressive compilation of smooth tracks exemplifies his unique take on alternative R&B, cementing his status as a rising star in the scene. Co-penned with the enigmatic Sydney artist BLESSED, the EP’s poignant closing number and newest single, ‘Refund’, is a soulful indie ballad that touches on the ever-present longing to recapture lost time, delivering a powerful and introspective meditation on the transience of existence. “But if time is only borrowed / Then who’s gonna pay me back” – a sentiment that strikes deep in the heart and lingers long after the song has faded away.
Franjapan – Lucy
Melbourne’s youthful sensation, Franjapan, has upped the ante on lunchtime jam sessions and teenage camaraderie with their latest offering! This emerging outfit has self-produced their latest gem, ‘Lucy’, in the comfort of their own home studio, imbuing the track with their own personal flair after singer Rhy White’s initial guitar riffs and verses set the foundation.
But that’s not all, for the band’s very own Spencer Ward and Cam Trewin – who have worked with luminaries such as Rufus Du Sol, Pierce Brothers, and Kingswood – have taken on the mixing duties, weaving together a sonically diverse tapestry that complements the band’s unique sound. And let us not forget the contribution of mastering maestro William Bowden – known for his work with The Living End, Haiku Hands, and Gotye – who has put the finishing touches on this remarkable piece of music. Franjapan’s future is indeed bright, and ‘Lucy’ is but a mere glimpse of what they have in store for us.
Mahalia – Terms and Conditions
Mahalia, the illustrious R&B sensation who has previously garnered a GRAMMY nomination, has graced us with her latest masterpiece, the brilliant and audacious single ‘Terms and Conditions’. In a resounding comeback, she delivers an up-tempo anthem that exalts the importance of recognizing one’s own value and setting boundaries. With this track, Mahalia showcases her unique flair for delving into the intricacies of relationships, respect, and compromise. Embrace the empowerment and bask in the musical prowess of the one and only Mahalia!
King Mala – Dirty Dishes
Rising artist KiNG MALA is wasting no time in solidifying her place in the industry with her latest release ‘dirty dishes’; a groove-laden track that exudes positivity and hope. This is KiNG MALA’s sweetest offering yet, and its infectious melody is sure to lift your spirits and leave you with an ear-to-ear grin. With an unwavering commitment to her craft, KiNG MALA is a force to be reckoned with, and ‘dirty dishes’ is just the beginning of what promises to be a long and illustrious career.
Mudhoney – Little Dogs
Legendary grunge pioneers Mudhoney are back in action this week with their latest offering ‘Plastic Eternity’. In anticipation of the album, they’ve tantalized fans with two tracks, ‘Almost Everything’ and ‘Move Under’. Now, they’re unveiling their latest single, the charming and endearing ‘Little Dogs’. This upbeat tune celebrates the joys of having a pint-sized pooch as your faithful companion, with lyrics that exclaim the band’s love for their furry friends. Accompanied by a playful music video directed by Eleanor Petry, this track is sure to put a smile on your face and warm your heart. Mudhoney proves once again that they’re not afraid to embrace their whimsical side, while still delivering top-notch rock n’ roll.
Blessed – Inhale, Exhale
Ghanaian-born, Sydney-raised, and London-based artist, BLESSED, has returned with a new offering that delves deep into the concept of mindfulness. Titled ‘Inhale Exhale’, the track serves as a meditative follow-up to his previous release and arrives alongside a stunning music video directed by Matt Dempsey and filmed in London.
BLESSED’s latest offering encourages listeners to focus on the present moment, rather than being consumed by thoughts of the past or future. In a world where the destination is often prioritized over the journey, BLESSED reminds us of the importance of being present in the here and now. The track itself is a beautiful fusion of soulful vocals and ethereal instrumentals that will transport you to a state of inner calm. BLESSED continues to showcase his mastery of creating music that not only sounds good but also has a deeper message that resonates with his listeners.
Yaeji – Passed Me By
Yaeji, the mastermind behind the shapeshifting sonics of her music, has just released a mesmerizing new single and music video titled ‘Passed Me By’. The hypnotic track sees Yaeji addressing her younger self, showcasing her evolution as an artist and person. The music video, directed by Enayet and Zanzie, is a captivating visual journey that perfectly complements the track’s themes. Yaeji’s unique sound and transformative message continue to captivate audiences around the world, and ‘Passed Me By’ is yet another testament to her incredible talent and ability to create music that resonates on a deep level.
London-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Stella Webb isn’t holding back with her deeply honest and raw new release “Earthquake Season”. With her unique blend of modern production and country twang, Webb creates a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh, drawing on her own personal experiences to weave thoughtful and important stories into the lyricism.
The mellow tone of “Earthquake Season” masks the raw emotion and storytelling at its core. With intimate vocals and thoughtful melodies, Webb weaves a second narrative throughout the metaphors of Earthquake-related trauma.