Happy Listening: The 5 best new releases of the week

With self-isolation restrictions easing ever so slightly this week, there’s probably no better excuse to celebrate than by indulging in a spot of new music. To mark the occasion, we’ve brought back Happy Listening and assembled a list of our 5 favourite releases from the past week.

Invite your (maximum of two) mates around and kick off your weekend in style.


Self-isolation is easing just a little bit this week. To celebrate, we’ve brought back Happy Listening, check out our favourite releases from the past week below.

Car Seat Headrest – Making a Door Less Open

Kicking off our collection is arguably the most anticipated release of the year for the indie connoisseurs out there. Better still, it’s fresh out of the ether today. Car Seat Headrest are back again with Making a Door Less Open. Their first LP in four years sees mastermind Will Toledo veering their usual lo-fi sound down a poppier road, and we like it.

The Lemon Twigs – The Lemon Twigs Live

Long Island brothers and Baroque-pop geniuses The Lemon Twigs hit everyone with a surprise live album this week. The release came in lieu of a cancelled 2020 tour and can be accessed exclusively on Bandcamp.

Flying Lotus – Black Balloons Reprise (Instrumental)

Esteemed producer Flying Lotus has announced that an instrumental version of 2019’s Flamagra is on the horizon. A teaser in Black Balloons Reprise (Instrumental) came out this week, which has us all itching to hear a full album’s worth of unabated electronic wizardry.

Parcels – Live Vol. 1

Ringing in another live album is Byron Bay’s very own ParcelsRecorded in Berlin’s Hansa studios, the lads bring their certified brand of infectious pop to the table once again.

Annie Hamilton – Annie Hamilton EP

Sydney’s Annie Hamilton has hit us with her eagerly anticipated debut EP. Blending elements of alt-rock, dream pop and shoegaze, Hamilton has delivered everything that her early singles promised, and then some.