Happy Listening: our 5 favourite releases of the week

Today is Friday, so as per usual we’ve got all the best new releases ready for you to wrap your ears around.

From the incredibly talented Angie McMahon’s debut album to Cool Sounds’ latest single, as well as a new EP from Tender Buttons, we’ve got you covered.

Take a listen of the best new releases of this week – in our humble opinion. We’ve got albums, EPs, and singles, so you best get settled in.

Cool Sounds – More To Enjoy

With an eclectic mix of instrumentation including the humble bongos, Cool Sounds have done it again on their new song More To Enjoy.

Boasting highly infectious keyboard lines, relaxed vocals and intertwining guitar melodies, we love the direction Cool Sounds are taking. Lucky for us, they’ve also announced their third album – also called More To Enjoy. Look out for that one on September 20th.

Angie McMahon – Salt

Angie McMahon’s long awaited debut album Salt is here, and with it is her honest lyrics, dynamic changes and vocals that exude a wisdom well beyond her years.

Favourite tracks include Soon and Standout, alongside the collection of singles (Slow Mover, Missing Me, Pasta) that solidified her place as one of Australia’s best new musicians.

Tropical Fuck Storm – Who’s My Eugene?

Melbourne’s Tropical Fuck Storm have released a new track and video Who’s My Eugene?, making their fourth single of the year.

The song builds layers up throughout its runtime, constructing a complex yet complete rock soundscape. Simple lyrics, a heavy clad guitar melody, and dissonant chords are all you need here, baby.

Tender Buttons – Of Course We Still Love You

Of Course We Still Love You is the definition of dream pop bliss, with hazy vocals, subtle synths and lagging tempos that suit each other so comfortably.

With a mixture of back-beats, reverb-heavy guitars and lyricism that incorporates intricate story telling, Tender Buttons have really wowed us this time around.

Japanese Wallpaper – Imaginary Friends

Japanese Wallpaper’s (real name Gab Strum) latest single Imaginary Friends is an up-tempo contemplative song defined by rising and falling, synthesised scales.

The Melbourne musician’s video for the song is full of nostalgic allusions, including Tamagotchis and old-fashioned cameras.


For more of our favourite new tunes, check out our Spotify playlist Happy Mag Weekly.