Going into the 2XX studios each week to broadcast LocalnLive gives you the front-row seat of excellent tunes leaping out of local minds. In many ways it’s been an exhausting year, trying to keep up with the onslaught of quality releases coming from all corners of the nation’s capital. I thought it would be worth sharing with you a few of them; not by any means a ranked list given the LNL stamp of approval, but some personal favourites which have leaped out at us this year.
SHOEB AHMAD – Romance
DJ Loz: “Love Is Love. Hella pretty dancy electro pop, catchy as hell, lyrics that nearly caused me to have a bit of a teary when I first saw this song live.”
APHIR – Too Well
DJ Loz: “I rave on a lot about the ethereal, magic beauty of Aphir’s music and performance, but this track in particular has a hint of darkness and sadness from another realm that just delights me.”
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – Beast
A standout from one of DJ Nate the Great’s favourite LPs this year, Black & White World, a stunning cluster of gothic tales and mournful piano balladry. Listen here.
BABYFREEZE – Hound In A Collar
Hands down the Party Track Of The Year! Everyone else go home. You WILL boogie. Listen here.
BLADE GANG – Anywhere
From Nick Delatovic’s ambitious This Band Will Self-Destruct project, this cold-electro pop-meets-Tomorrow Never Knows-melodrama is a remarkable collaboration with acclaimed violinist and NLMA-nominee Emma Kelly (a.k.a. Happy Axe).
CITIZEN KAY – Isn’t Love
I love the anger and disorientation in this track as CK spits out bitter lyrics over shadowy melodies and rhythms.
DOG NAME – I Can’t Figure It Out
Sticking with her bare-bones sound of guitar and vocals, Dog Name’s second LP is loaded with emotional leaps and bounds. The opening track sets the tone of the LP with stark and raw drama. Listen here.
ENDREY – Window
Hanging on to something that’s broke and ain’t gonna be fixed. Beautiful melancholic piano, rawness and heartache that you don’t wanna admit is happening.
FAUX FAUX AMIS – Faux Amis
Faux Faux Amis’ LP Beg For Merci Beaucoup not only showcases their garage-rock chops, but is loaded with gorgeous symphonic-pop moments. This is one of them. Listen here.
FUZZSUCKER – Good Boy
Canberran ex-pat Fuzzsucker takes his game up to the next level with “Good Boy”, cramming all the swagger and destruction his famous live shows are known for into a three-minute blaze of glory. Listen here.
GENESIS OWUSU – Sideways
Highly rhythmic and infectious tune from one of the strongest acts kicking round the nation’s capital. Features Hiatus Kaiyote.
GHOSTNOISES – Echo Chamber
From GhostNoises’ dazzling Value Proposition, this eerie rush and blur of electronic textures demonstrate why he’s in such high demand for collaborations.
H. – 1341km
DJ Loz: “Hauntingly melancholic guitars, achingly honest and from the heart vox and lyrics. Wow. ” Listen here.
HOPELESS YOUTH GROUP – Salad Days
From their Bedroom Demos, this kaleidoscopic gem jams every guitar effect imaginable into an unreal psychedelic spectacle.
REUBEN INGALL – Open The Windows
DJ Loz: “This track to me is a story. A tale being told through sound. Everytime I hear it, a new image forms to become a part of the story…. ” Listen here.
KID OF HARITH – In The Awnings
Kid of Harith’s return to music sees his lyrical prowess at its height, in a grief-stricken ballad contemplating death and nature. Listen here.
MONOCEROS – Space Dungeon
DJ Loz: “My first thoughts were: Thank f**k there is some doom happening amongst the younger generation in Canberra. My second thought: F**K this is good! Best enjoyed played in full with a speaker gaffa-taped to each ear in a dark room. GLORIOUS.”
REPORTING TO CHARLIE – Maybe I Should
DJ Loz: “Crikey I love this song. Gives me a big dose of nostalgia. Reminds me of being a kid in summer, listening to whatever music was put on by the grown-ups (generally something from the ‘70s) and loving it. Rad lyrics, gets me right in the feels.”
WATERFORD – Libra II (Who Must Be Obeid)
DJ Loz: “Oh Lordy Me, the harmonies! Swooooon! Deliciously catchy pop, heart-grabbing melodies, a wonderful tale of greed and corruption. What more could a girl want? There’s a reason I’ve played this song at least 5748 times this past year.”
THE WRST – On My Way To Patagonia
Grunge and shoegaze find a happy home in The Wrst, who also manage to squeeze in a hook or two. This is a perfect example of that.
Has your favourite local tune of 2017 made the list? Share your thoughts with us by commenting below.