Last week's must-listen singles: RÜFÜS DU SOL, San Cisco, Tyde Levi + more
Also, new singles from Parcels and quickly rising Australian star, GRAACE.
Every week, we're hammered with tonnes of new music from Australia and afar, so much so that at times, it feels a little overwhelming and you're not quite sure where to begin. Every week, we run down this week's must-listen singles and releases, this week featuring names like RÜFÜS DU SOL, San Cisco, Parcels and more. Check out Pilerats' homepage for more brilliant music and news, or subscribe to our Spotify Office Playlist for easy listening.
RÜFÜS DU SOL - Lost In My Mind
After the pop-infused house of their sophomore album Bloom through the Australian three-piece into international waters, RÜFÜS DU SOL's are feeling the pressure. Their third album, this year's forthcoming Solace, is expected to push the well-loved trio further into big league territory, and from the slight tastes we've heard from it thus far - No Place, Underwater and now, the slow-burning Lost In My Mind - there's every chance Solace may eclipse their work so far. After Underwater showcased a more down-tempo and relaxed version of the trio's much-loved pop-house sound, Lost In My Mind sees them continue with solid form, further exploring this more subdued take on their signature sound with bright vocals and thick layers of playful synth work that is set to be a highlight of their upcoming third album when it drops very, very soon. "The intention was to go find some lyrics for a few of the songs that didn't have final lyrics on them," frontman Tyrone Lindqvist says on the single. "All the lyrics of Lost in My Mind were written in that one day and then the song pretty much formed over that two day period. We went for a few little wanders in the desert on these big rock outcrops and found some lyrics for a few of the other songs."
San Cisco - When I Dream
After their 2017 album The Water further solidified the Perth four-piece's place as one of Australian indie-pop's favourites, San Cisco are back with a new line-up and an ever-brilliant (as expected) new single, When I Dream. Arriving in the midst of their collaborative tour with Ball Park Music and Ruby Fields, When I Dream is an expert reminder of San Cisco's bright and summery indie sound, with Jordi Davieson sounding as upbeat and cheerful as ever as his vocals gleam above a guitar-soaked melody. It's not anything new from the band, not that they need to shake up their masterful sound, but it's a definite reminder of why the WA-raised group have become one of the country's favourite and most consistent acts after breaking out all that time ago with their bubbly and still remarkably catchy debut Awkward. "We have been writing When I Dream for a few years now," says Davieson on the single, which arrives with the promise of more to come. "The early demo’s came from a period where we were super infatuated with the west coast sound of the 1970’s, listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, Doobie Brothers, Eagles etc. Lyrically it is one of my most honest and personal songs and it feels great to finally release it into the wild."
Tyde Levi - Sober
Some may know him as the fresh-faced, 18-year-old brother of Perth-raised hot-shot Troye Sivan, while others may remember him from Goldchains - his ridiculously smooth, R&B-flavoured debut single that dropped three months back. Either way, Melbourne's Tyde Levi is proving himself as an upcoming force to be reckoned with - something his second single Sober does nothing but cement. While his debut introduced us to a "show-stopping, sultry R&B sound that'll leave you breathless," his new single is a more indie-leaning take on this sound, incorporating his thick R&B roots - still apparent through his slick vocal hooks and the single's slow-burning bassline - with a guitar-infused backbone that shakes things up a little and showcases his versatility. It's a silky and stripped-back slice of pop-R&B that really solidifies his place among Australia's most exciting - something that'll no doubt be further set in place as his strives towards a big 2018/2019 ahead, mark our words.
Parcels - Lightenup
After bursting out of the gates with their Daft Punk-featuring break-out Overnight, I think everyone in music had their eyes firmly set on Byron Bay group Parcels for their next move. As it turns out, this move was a huge one (and a great sounding one at that), with the Berlin-via-Byron five-piece set to release their self-titled debut album on October 12 via Kitsuné / Because Music. Following on from the catchy and bright follow-up Tieduprightnow and the more subdued and indie-based Bemyself, Lightenup is the album's next tease and it's a sign of the funk and disco-influenced journey to come, with Parcels uniting their guitar-soaked sound with these bobbing influences to create a single that sits somewhere in between, sort-of like something you'd expect from Phoenix. According to the group, the single - one of twelve on the album - takes from "disco and funk and classic grooving music," which they unite with their catchy, indie-pop spin to create a classic. "It was an important song to us because the lyrics come from the voice of the band," the group continue in a statement accompanying the release. "Usually the lyrics are personal. But these ones are really coming from the band. That’s the most representative of us." Keep an eye out for that bloody excellent flute section towards the end too - it's an unexpected surprise.
GRAACE - Last Night
No matter whether you were introduced to her through her bright feature on Hayden James' brilliant Numb or through her own debut single, the hook-centric, radio-friendly Kissing Boys, it's obvious that Sydney's GRAACE is one of our next big things. Following suit from artists such as CXLOE and G Flip in merging commercial pop hooks with grounded and brilliantly made productions, GRAACE has set her eyes on the top - something her newest single, Last Night, does nothing but help to achieve. Arriving off her debut EP Self Sabotage (out October 26th), Last Night is a one-stop masterclass of GRAACE's touching, yet bold pop sound, combining a piano-backed production made with Xavier Dunn with her refreshing vocal, which slices through the single's expert backing to create a touching and personal number that you can repeat again, again and again. "While sitting at my piano one night, I realised I’d been writing about the same situation for years but with different people," she says on the single. "I was managing to recreate the same scenarios in other relationships because I wasn’t fully in love with myself before committing to somebody else."