Martin Frawley Comes Undone

Welcome to the new music review where we connect you with some of the best new music from around the world. Read on, click through to our Spotify playlist and enjoy it all on 2SER!

Julia Jacklin – Crushing (FEATURE ALBUM)

Spellling – Hazy Fly
Martin Frawley – Undone at 31
Piroshka – Brickbat
Benny Sings – City Pop
Thelma – The Only Thing
The Golden Rail – Sometimes When
Half Japanese – Invincible

Martin Frawley, former co-leader of now defunct Melbourne band Twerps, has struck out on his own with ‘Undone at 31’. Frawley’s debut solo album is named after the year in his life that brought an end to a long-term relationship and deeply mines that experience, baring it all. Instead of shying away from morbid musings and raw emotions that come with break ups, all is bared. It’s reflective, and sometimes chaotic, but a clever wryness amongst some tightly crafted songwriting here.

Making music under the Thelma moniker is New Yorker, Natasha Jacobs. Shortly after releasing her debut album in 2017, Jacobs discovered she had thyroid cancer, and joint disorder Ehlers-Danos Syndrome. As a result, both diagnosis disrupted her ability to sing and play guitar but not her want to continue making music. Moving from guitar to synths and more exprimental electronic textures on ‘The Only Thing’, Jacobs moves from strength to strength with her angular vocals (think Kate Bush / Joanna Newsom) and pepped up vibrato, a stirring forve.

And lastly, there’s new UK four piece Piroshka. Made up of members from bands Lush, Modern English and Elastica, there’s definitely a shoegazey, dreamy streak that runs through their debut album ‘Brickbat’, but also that rousing post-punk thrust; after all, it’s largely inspired by the conversations around Brexit and the UK’s political climate.

Plus new singles from Hobart’s EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, Aldous Harding, Dexter Story with Sudan Archives on vocals, Helado Negro, The Smallgoods, and Stephen Malkmus’ “rejected” electronic album.

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