Some eight years ago, Ed Sheeran’s career was launched with his EP, No. 5 Collaborations Project. Today, his No. 6 Collaborations Project has landed and it has fans buzzing once more. In short, it’s a tour de force of ready-made collaborations with some of music’s big hitter, from the hip hop rap of Carbi B to Eminem, Chris Stapleton and Khalid. It doesn’t surprise me that his new album has skyrocketed up various charts already. Honestly, what’s not to like about one of the best songwriters going around!?
The extremely talented and proud indigenous Australian Indie-pop artist, Thelma Plum, has finally released her debut album Better In Blak. I first heard Plum’s first single from her album Clumsy Love back in 2018 which was at the time billed as an exercise in cathartic pop. A little more investigation revealed that Plum had gone through a really rough patch emotionally with a flood of racist and misogynistic directed at her and I was absolutely blown away by the hate. In the lead up to the release of her new album this week, I was thrilled to hear she was fighting back turning around her personal pain into triumph on an album detailing her inner strength and healing. In short, Plum doesn’t miss a beat on an album sonically difficult to truly pigeonhole. Along with experimental beats, pop, folk and even country elements Better In Blak is an unapologetic triumph for Plum.
If I’m not listening to Wolf Alice, I’m instead finding comfort in the DMA’S for my occasional nostalgic trip down 90’s indie rock memory lane. But don’t be fooled by their reverence to music greats like Oasis and Primal Screams, the DMA’s have truly blossomed into a fine act with plenty of their own qualities thrust forward. Over the last few years they have been happily globetrotting playing at big European festivals hits like Delete, Lay Down and Step Up The Morphine. For fans of DMA’S, you’ll be thrilled to know that the spirit of live shows has been captured on their first live album for MTV Unplugged, which includes their mentioned hit tracks above and many more that were recorded at the Melbourne Memo Music Hall last year. The album as a whole is a wonderfully stripped back performance that focuses on newly presented arrangements around acoustic guitars, piano, violin, cello and Tommy O’Dell’s vocals.
After the release of her breakout debut album, Goddess, Jullian Rose Banks became one of the world’s most talked about artist of 2014. She has performed on television shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and her music have been heard in films like Divergent and on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy. Her anticipated new album simply entitled ‘III’ shows of a new side to the alternative R&B formula that made her famous. Her lead single Gimme doesn’t disappoint and there are plenty more soul ballads to sooth your senses.
I’m seriously a huge fan of Angus Stone from Angus and Julia Stone fame. Mind you I’m always also impressed by anything he does outside of his collaborative efforts with his sister and his brilliant side project Dope Lemon (which he first introduced to us back in 2016) ticks all the right boxes for this indie guru. His latest effort Smooth Big Cat was recorded over a three month period on his ranch. He played every single instrument, produced and mixed the entire album kicking around ideas as they came to him. What I love about Dope Lemon’s new album is its laidback indie alt-rock folk vibe with Angus Stone’s fictional superhero the ‘Smooth Big Cat’ as his biggest inspiration and driving force behind the album. Be sure to check out the accompanying music video here below for Dope Lemon’s lead single Hey You.