Alright team, time to dive into some new Aussie music this week. Our guys are producing the goods, and it’s time to give some credit where it’s due.
Face To Face – Ruel
It’s good to hear something slightly more upbeat from Ruel, however he sticks to his iconic sound and you’d be able to tell this song was his from the first line. He’s a bit like the Australian Justin Bieber at the moment, back when the Biebs was every 13-year-old girl’s dream. I’m sure every young fan of Ruel’s can hear him singing the words of this song directly to them, and that’s the magic of artists like this. They make their fans feel special, and like they’re the only ones in the world who feel a certain way. The lyrics of this song hit those teenage feelings right in the heart, especially with “I’m in my bed sitting, talking to screens all day”.
The song is catchy, funky, it has a great little solo in there, and its chill. The lyrics are also sad and longing and the leave you with a sense of melancholy after listening. I love that this song has come from a 16-year-old, it’s wise and honest. Looking back to when I was that age, I probably felt the same, and while I like the song now, I would have loved it back then. I can only imagine how much his young fans relate to him now. There’s a lot of good, young talent around at the moment who are demanding our attention. I think Ruel is definitely worthy of it.
Unbroken – The Butterfly Effect
I was first introduced to The Butterfly Effect with their track Window and the Watcher, which was on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2009. Great band, and their style of Alternative Rock was really popular back in the late 00’s. Has it lasted the test of time? Unsure. This type of sub-genre was having its moment back when Twilight was a thing, along with bands like Mutemath and Linkin Park. If you’re a rock/ metal fan, I guess this band would come under the ‘easy listening’ scope, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s quite tame in the grand scheme of your other listening material, and a part of me wishes they packed more of a punch in this 4-minute track.
Whilst I can admit it’s a good song – it’s well written, the sounds are nice – it doesn’t really go anywhere. There’s no climax in the form of a bridge, there’s barely even a bridge to begin with. There’s what you might be able to classify as a breakdown, but even that’s up for discussion.
I like The Butterfly Effect as an outfit, and my 13-year-old self would kill me if she could see me now, but I just wish this track had more flavour.
Stranger – Bec Sandridge
I really like Bec Sandridge. I saw her live once, I think she opened for The Rubens at the Melbourne Zoo in 2017. Her stage presence is kinda weird and she was wearing a white pant-suit but all in all, I dug it. This new one from her, Stranger, is catchy, it’s relatable, and the chorus slaps. Her display of range is incredible – I’d be interested to see how she goes with it live, hitting those high notes in the chorus.
Bec sings about the feeling we’ve all had before, having 100 things to do but not wanting to get out of bed. I love her play on the word Stranger, how she uses it as a noun and an adjective in the chorus, and how throughout the whole song, she switches between talking to herself, and talking to someone else. It really expresses that mental state – where you have 1,000 thoughts at once and can’t quite focus your attention. I like it.
Bec Sandridge is edgy enough to not be too mainstream, but her sound is mainstream enough to not go into oblivion. She’s doing it right.
Chillinit – Freedom
All in all, I really like this track. The flow is good, the lyrics are smart, and it’s catchy. The brass riff brings the track up to a new level, channeling Kanye’s Touch the Sky, and it does make you want to sing along. Especially being an Aussie Hip Hop artist, Chillinit has a great tone, and you don’t hear our jarring Aussie accent. Sometimes we sound absolutely ridiculous when trying to rap. Chillinit has a good inflection, and it lends itself nicely to this song. I listened to some of his other stuff too, he’s a really good writer. I also realised he was the first Aussie to do Fire In The Booth last week, and he absolutely killed it, I’d recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.
The theatrics put me off this artist slightly. No offence, but if you have to pose on Instagram with that much ass, are you really getting that much ass? And with everything else combined, it seems like he’s showboating.
I think he should try to let his music speak more for itself, because it’s really good.
Score (for the song, theatrics aside): 9.5/10
Ziggy Alberts – Intentions 22
Ziggy Alberts rose to mainstream fame with his 2018 track Stronger, and absolutely took the cake with that record and the following album, Laps Around The Sun, 4 years after his debut album. He established himself as an artist that incorporated the best parts of folk and blues and delivered them in a radio-friendly way.
This song is his first release after Laps, and what can I say, the boy is back. He pairs his gravelly folk vocals with a soft, female falsetto that comes in with the harmonies and gives the song an extra dimension. There isn’t much of a build during this record, but it coasts along at a nice pace, with the bouncy melody of the verses keeping it interesting.
It’s unclear whether he’s speaking about himself or someone else when he says ‘my intentions were good for you’ , but when you listen to the verses, it’s clear he’s writing about his journey to fame and how it’s affected him. This track is slightly reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s Eraser, but softer, not as harsh. It’s that middle ground between acoustic and rap that’s become really popular of the last couple of years.
Thanks for being with me for this long guys! I hope I’ve given you some new music to check out, and we continue to listen to and support our Aussie artists!