This week's must-listen singles: The Internet, Hatchie, Body Type + more
Also, new music from Gretta Ray and Daft Punk collaborators Parcels.
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 plan to run down this week's must-listen singles and releases, this week featuring names like The Internet, Gretta Ray, Hatchie and more. Check out Pilerats' homepage for more brilliant music and news, or subscribe to our Spotify Office Playlist for easy listening.
Gretta Ray - Time
After exploding onto the scene with the incredible Drive back in 2016, triple j Unearthed High winner and Australian favourite Gretta Ray is back in a big way. Taken from her forthcoming EP Here And Now - our later this year - Time is a solid return to form from the young Melbourne musician, who this time, elects to strip things back a touch and keep things more subtle in comparison to her thrilling debut. Gretta Ray's celebrating songwriting and vocals are on display once again, sounding better than ever as they twist and turn amongst the smart instrumental that perfectly accompanies her vocal harmonies. In addition to the EP announcement, the single arrives with a headline tour in August, which will see her dot around Australia and New Zealand in support of the hyped new EP. Check out the full list of dates HERE.
Body Type - Arrow
Sydney indie-rock four-piece Body Type are an act that should be on everyone's 'in-rotation' list, and if they're not, well it's probably a good time to add them in now. Celebrating a massive signing to Inertia Music and Partisan Records, this week saw Body Type return with Arrow, another brilliant single from the constantly on-point group. Perfectly described by the group as a "pop-rock tantrum", Arrow combines Body Type's magnificent recorded presence with washed-out guitar melodies, playful vocals from frontwoman Sophie McComish, and this general hazy vibe which comes across as a nostalgic dream-pop/shoegaze sorta feeling. It's bloody good, is the general theme here. "Arrow is about the prick of love," says vocalist and bassist Georgia Wilkinson-Derums on the single. "It’s about being stung and the pleasure and pain that accompany being struck by cupids arrow. For me the song has always carried the power of female physicality in performance, it’s where I see Body Type get a little more aggressive, a little more dramatic. Wherever it begins and ends we hope it gets the heart pumping and blood running." Check them out supporting Alex Cameron this April/May, or at an exclusive headline show in Sydney on April 24.
Parcels - Tieduprightnow
I don't think anyone, even Byron Bay group Parcels themselves, believed the year they had last year. Their 2017 EP Hideout, their debut, was a mild success but a great introduction to the summery sound of the group, who then returned a few months later in the biggest of ways - teaming up with none other than Daft Punk for the insanely catchy indie-disco anthem Overnight. Combining Parcels' own sound with Daft Punk's strumming, Random Access Memories-esque flavour of near-perfect dance-pop, Parcels made magic out of nowhere, making them one of the most in-demand acts of the moment largely off just one single. Now they're back, returning with another catchy gem in Tieduprightnow. Although Daft Punk's signature sound is absent on the track (as it wasn't written/produced with them, like Overnight), their influence on the group is evident. Light, summery guitar makes up the bulk of the bright melody, with a slightly funky bassline underneath and uplifting vocals on top. Add in this very slight touch of 80s/90s nostalgia, and it appears that Parcels aren't just a one-trick collaborational pony when it comes to writing light-hearted, feel-good anthems worth your time.
Hatchie - Sleep
With every release, it appears that Hatchie's light shoegaze-pop feel gets more and more impactful, something felt more than ever with her new single Sleep. Following on from the tremendous single Sugar & Spice earlier this month, Hatchie has made it two for two with another gem, the latest from her upcoming debut EP out May 25. Like Sugar & Spice before it, Sleep is a slightly more pop-centric track from Hatchie, but it doesn't see her lose her dreamy, washed-out roots. After being named Best New Music from Pitchfork for the single and smashing it as a favourite from SXSW, Hatchie is feeling stronger than ever on Sleep and Sugar & Spice, quickly gaining ground as one of Australia's most exciting exports on an international level. Catch her supporting DMA's on their album tour in June, before doing a bunch of east-coast headline shows in July - dates HERE.
The Internet - Roll (Burbank Funk)
2015's GRAMMY-nominated record Ego Death was it all took for The Internet to become one of R&B's most excitement-worthy acts, with their funk-fuelled third album making them favourites for a whole bunch of people including Laneway Festival, who brought the group back to Australia for their 2018 event. Now they're back with their first single in three years, teasing their upcoming new album with a funky new anthem titled Roll (Burbank Funk). Roll (Burbank Funk) sees the Californian group in their zone, bringing back their signature groove for another infectious three-minute master-class on bubbly R&B. The single's video clip (below) is def worth the watch too, with the single's groovy vibe matched with visuals including special guests like Tyler The Creator, Thundercat, Mac DeMarco and Blood Orange's Dev Hynes. Check it all out below and keep your eyes glued to their pages for the announcement of their long-awaited new album, expected out sometime this year.