Another day, another stamp on our Passport Playlist, a series where we showcase artists all around the world that you may not have heard of before. Music is an international language, and we are fluent in it. We’re here to translate music across all genres and borders.
Today we will be visiting the land Down Under Australia. Known for its critters and kangaroos, Australia has also gifted the world with the likes of AC/DC, Keith Urban, the Bee Gees, 5 Seconds of Summer, and many more. The Aussies do not play around when it comes to their musical exports! We think it’s safe to say that Australia has a handle, if not the upper hand when it comes to the rock and pop genres across the world, but they also have a plethora of artists whose music hasn’t really ventured outside the confines of the island. No need to fret, though. The third time’s a charm, so here are three of our favorite Aussie artists that you need to know about.
Gang of Youths
With their song ‘Achilles Come Down’ gaining popularity in the last few years, Greek Mythology fans have set this indie rock group as the soundtrack to their fan edits. Gang of Youths‘ sophomore album Go Farther In Lightness landed No. 1 on the 2017 ARIA Albums Chart and won four out of eight award nominations for that year’s ARIA Music Awards: Album Of The Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, and Producer of the Year. And rightly so! Their songs are potent and impactful, not only because of the frontman’s soulful and deep vocals but also their eloquent lyrics, often depicting one’s relationship with one’s self. The five-piece consists of David Le’aupepe (lead vocals), Max Dunn (bass guitar), Jung Kim (lead guitar, keyboards), Donnie Borzestowski (drums), and Tom Hobden (violin, keyboards, guitar). We await their 4th album, angel in realtime, in late February 2022 with anticipation!
Songs we recommend: ‘Magnolia,’ ‘The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows,’ and ‘the man himself’
The Sydney native recently released her 2020 debut album, Hunger, but she has been around the music industry since 2017. Mali-Koa Hood is a 30-year-old pop singer-songwriter based in London. If you are a 5 Seconds of Summer fan, you may recognize her last name. That is because Mali-Koa is the older sister of Calum Hood, vocalist, songwriter, and bassist for the Aussie pop-rock band. Soon after being disqualified from The Voice Australia in 2012 during the battle rounds, Mali-Koa moved to London to pursue music. It wasn’t until 2018, however, that she released her first single, the heart-wrenching acoustic ‘Honest.’ You might have even heard her verse in JP Cooper’s ‘All This Love’ remix. Her sensitive lyrics and melancholic voice are indicative of an artist who knows her craft. If we’re being honest, Mali-Koa has a meaningful artistic path ahead of her, and we’re here for it.
Songs we recommend: ‘Me Before You,’ ‘At the End of the Day,’ and ‘The Art of Letting Go’
Listener’s discretion advised: once you play Middle Kids’ music, you’ll be hooked. This alternative indie rock trio was formed in 2016 by Hannah Joy (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Tim Fitz (bass, backing vocals, production), and Harry Day (drums, backing vocals). Their debut single ‘Edge of Town’ earned them a feature in Rolling Stone Australia. Their first album, Lost Friends, was also nominated in 2016 for the ARIA Award for Best Rock Album and won the J Award for Australian Album of the Year. One year in, they were already performing for American talk shows like Conan, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! Talk about starting strong! Their latest album, Today We’re The Greatest, released in March 2021, won the 2021 ARIA for Best Rock Album. As internationally acclaimed as they are, Middle Kids are criminally underrated. But they’re overachievers, and they are on a constant incline to the summit.
Songs we recommend: ‘Cellophane (Brain),’ ‘Never Start,’ and ‘Stacking Chairs’
You can get a feel for these artists on our Passport Playlist – Australia playlist below!
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