Here at Loose, we take pride in our vast and varying fondness for artistic culture - especially of the musical nature. What we have all found to be true is that Australia produces some of the best music known to humankind. There's something about that island/country/continent. So let's get to the music, mate!
1. Jack River
Jack River wowed us in July with her debut single 'Talk Like That.' Hailing from Forster, New South Wales (population of 13,000), Holly Rankin delivers a powerful tune filled with defiance, jealousy, and even a hint of empathy. During the hook, Rankin sings, "I don't talk like that, I don't talk like her/I won't dance around you, I don't do it like that." Sonically, TLT is wistful. Featuring synth swells and bell-like percussive elements, the music pushes the listener to rise and fall alongside Rankin. This is a stellar debut from the I OH YOU newcomer and we can't wait for her forthcoming EP set to be released later this year! Peep the dreamy music video below:
Olivia McCarthy is the genius behind JOY. The Brisbane-native is multifaceted when it comes to her art - she's both a producer and a singer/songwriter. This sort of talent bodes well for the rising star, she's only 18! Her new and sultry single, 'Like Home,' deals with conflicting emotion and boasts a lot of attitude. On the one hand McCarthy pleads, "If you don't feel like home, I should be on my own", while she also admits, "I don't want to be alone." Musically, 'Like Home' puts a fresh twist on classic R&B with electronically-laced percussion and a fulsome chorus. She's already collaborated with the likes of WHAT SO NOT, GANZ, Peking Duk, and more so definitely keep an ear out for JOY. Check out the music video for 'Like Home' below:
3. TASH SULTANA
Tash Sultana is a one-woman powerhouse. She's had a guitar in her hands since the age of three and her newest single 'Notion' proves it. The tune starts Petit Biscuit-esque with Sultana silkily strumming on her electric. The song only ever gets better as Tash's unbelievably raw and pure vocals compliment the crispness of her guitar work. At the four-minute mark our ears are blessed with a fiery solo followed by the goose-bump inducing line, "You're calling out my name." Here at Loose, we have a notion that Tash will be here to stay and we can't wait for more music from the 21-year old Melbourne native. Check out the tune here: