2SER New Music Report – February 5 – 11, 2024
Welcome to the 2SER New Music Report – featuring all the new music hitting your 2SER airwaves over the coming week across your 2SER Breakfast, The Daily and Drive programs!
Canisha – Don’t be scared (AU)
Gruff Rhys – Sadness sets me free (OS)
Muscle Mary – Co0ked to Perfection (L)
Oum Shatt – Opt Out (OS)
The Night Packers – Loose Carry EP (L)
Ty Segall – Three Bells (OS)
Bad Bangs – Contest (AU)
Charm of Finches – Clean Cut (AU)
Cool Sounds – BUG0BEAT (AU)
Elsy Wameyo – Sinner (AU)
Emily Wurramara – ‘Magic Woman Dancing’ (AU)
John Glacier – Money Shows (feat. Eartheater) (OS)
Left Lane – Salted Caramel Macaroons (L)
Melaleuca – Dog Licking (L)
Shannon and the Clams – The Moon is in the wrong place (OS)
A huge hit of new music hitting your airwaves this week. Starting with Californian favourite Ty Segall, who just came through with his fifteenth studio record with Three Bells. Experimental at heart, but with plenty of oomph packed across mammoth 15 tracks. It’s an heroic dose of leftfield, escapist alt-rock that winds its way along on phased-out hooks and adventurous arrangements, showcasing a knack for unsettling guitar and key melodies, combined with mystifying lyricism. It’s our feature album this week as well, and at fifteen tracks-long, there is much to dive into. Out now on Drag city.
This week also sees the release of Don’t be scared”, the debut EP from Naarm vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and hitherto busker Canisha, released on Bad Apples Music. Refining her sound on the streets of Melbourne since 2022, Canisha was the recipient of the Barpirhila grant through the Adam Briggs Foundation, and set about laying down her freeform performances as tracks. Showcasing an undeniable talent, this is a beautifully produced EP that combines a pop-attuned ear for arrangement with RnB and soul-inflected vocal delivery of it’s confronting raw subject matter, confronting mental health and navigating hardship.
Welsh folk auteur Gruff Rhys just released the (approximately) twenty-fifth studio record via Rough Trade. The former member of the Super Furry Animals has been making a trademark of elding folk, rock and tropicalia influences, and Sadness Sets me Free is an exceptionally put together record that explores the human condition, veering between tones of sadness and joy, while tackling dark subject matter including environmental degradation, societal malaise and gentrification.
This week also sees a pair of local debut EP’s on the indie punk tip. The Night Packers have been an active group on the local live scene for a long time, and have just released an excellent four-tracker entitled Loose Carry. Their tonge-in-cheek 2022 single Australian Actors was a real favourite at 2ser and the extended player is an excellent pairing of propulsive d.i.y post-punk with a local flavour (check out “Old Sydney Town”) and will hit the right notes for fans of Gun Club and The Fall.
This week also see the debut (and possibly final) EP from local powerhouse Muscle Mary. Known for their electrifying live sets alongside Buzz Kull, Arse and Julia Why?, as well appearing on 2SER’s The Band Next Door lineups. If this is in fact a goodbye, co0ked to Perfection is a fantastic five-track document of raw and gritty Sydney post-punk that will live on.
New singles from near and afar coming this week as well, including the return of Cool Sounds with their first release since 2022’s Like that. It’s an earworm of left-field boogie and a fine continuation of the musical adventures of Dainis Lacey. There’s also the latest from Emily Wurramara, fresh sounds from Sydney-via-Wollongong indie rockers Left Lane as well as a new one from Melbourne twins Charm of Finches on Spunk! Records. Plenty more to get acquainted with. Viva la music!