Specials mentions to the below legends who have been pretty coy but we know they’re cooking up something real special.
Middle Kids – TBC
Sydney indie-rockers Middle Kids dazzled us with their debut EP last year, combining sweet melodies with youthful yearning and jangly guitars. The three piece have been busy hitting the festival circuit but luckily they’ve still found the time to put together their debut album, which is sure to get stuck in our heads when it drops later this year.
DMA’S – TBC
DMA’S have had our hearts since their magnificent debut Hills End in 2016, so it’s safe to say we’re already feeling the palpitations with the announcement of a new album on the way this year. Carrying us on a bed of soothing and sad guitar pop with lashings of gritty brit-pop, the Sydney trio have been busy touring the world but thankfully still found time to hit the studio. ‘Dawning’ is the first taste of the band’s new material, putting our heads in a whirl with a mesmerising mix of dark lyrics and uplifting melodies.
Jack River – TBC
Sparkly songstress Jack River has had us under her spell since her fantastic debut EP Highway Songs No. 2, and with the stream of blissful pop hits she’s been putting out ever since, we can’t wait to finally hear the debut album. Featuring the shimmering psych-pop of ‘Fools Gold’ and ‘Fault Line’, the album is set to shatter our hearts with introspection and huge synthscapes. This is pop that actually feels something.
City Calm Down – TBC
Melbourne post-punks City Calm Down were dropping hints at their eagerly awaited second album all last year, with the release of three striking singles ‘In This Modern Land’, ‘Blame’ and ‘Blood’. The band have continuously transformed since their debut album In A Restless House, surrounding their shoegazey riffs with lashings of brass and tremendous crescendos. Singer Jack Bourke’s haunting baritone voice still commands the helm, exploring endless moments of melancholic tension.
Fraser A. Gorman – TBC
Part rock n roll, part country, Melbourne singer-songwriter Fraser A. Gorman is set to release his second album later this year. Following on from his 2015 debut album Slow Gum, this new collection is bound to sweep us away with intricate storytelling and sweeping melodies.
Twenty-eighteen is sounding promising.