Level 1, 490 Crown St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Australia

+612 9361 2200

We specialise in digital music servicing, management consultancy, publicity and label services. Via a worldwide team of industry professionals, we help exceptional artists achieve outstanding results at the early stages of their careers.

hello@rare-finds.com.au

rarefindsartistreleases.jpg

rare finds artist releases

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // ESSIE HOLT - UNDERWATER

Rob Carroll

333A6617 copy_preview.jpeg

New Melbourne-based indie-pop artist, Essie Holt, has just unveiled tour dates and her debut single ‘Underwater’ – produced by Joel Quartermain (Meg Mac, Dustin Tebbutt), with additional production and mixing by Dave Hammer (Washington, Thundamentals, Nicole Millar)

‘Underwater’ is a meticulously crafted slice of indie-pop, taking cues from the likes of Lykke Li, St. Vincent and Banks. Opening with beautifully layered melancholy vocals, the track ascends into its soaring chorus, driven by the songstress’ infectious melodies and aptly composed instrumentals, which navigate dynamics and structure effortlessly. 

Holt describes the meaning behind ‘Underwater’ –

“I wrote Underwater super late one night after a pretty heavy conversation. I’d had to swallow a lot of words in that moment, so when I sat down at the piano the song came relatively fast. It’s about the blurred senses you experience when something really shakes you”.

To coincide with the release of ‘Underwater’, Holt will also perform two shows at The Workers Club, Melbourne on Tuesday November 21st and at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney on Friday 24th November as part of indie club night party, Rare Finds.

In the coming weeks, Essie Holt will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Underwater’. 

‘Underwater’ will be available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retails on Friday November 17th

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // LITTLE EARTHQUAKE - HUMAN CONNECTION

Rob Carroll

Little Earthquake Press Shot_preview.jpeg

NSW Central Coast-based indie-pop duo, Little Earthquake, have just unveiled their brand new single ‘Human Connection’ (featuring Rosa Morgan) – mixed by Chris Galland and Manny Marroquin (Post Malone, Kanye West, The Weeknd).

‘Human Connection’ is a deep brooding slice of indie-electronica, melding dark-pop sensibilities with snippets of future bass-inspired production. Composed by brothers Justin and Matthew Hyland, and fellow collaborator Simon Carter, the tracks emotive highs are carried by Rosa Morgan, who’s endearing vocals soar and float effortlessly along throughout.

Justin Hyland describes the creative process behind ‘Human Connection’ –

‘I was in a very dark place when I wrote ‘Human Connection’. It’s about a girl, I thought I wanted to be with. As the writing progressed, the song took a very creative turn and started to take on a life of its own. I realised that I actually wasn’t chasing this girl and I was running from myself. I thought I was asking her not to give up on me, but by the time the song was finished I realised I was reaching out to myself. Not giving up on myself and not being afraid to admit that I wanted human connection. Ultimately, the song became a journey about self-reflection’ 

Since their inception, Little Earthquake have received strong support from the likes of triple j, Spotify, ABC’s Rage, MTV and worldwide tastemaker blogs. They’ve traversed the countryside playing sold-out shows alongside the likes of twenty one pilotsPNAUThe Griswolds and appeared on boutique festivals and events Mountain Sound Festival and Rare Finds.

In the coming weeks, Little Earthquake will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Human Connection’. 

‘Human Connection’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // GEORGIA JUNE - BROKE

Rob Carroll

GeorgiaJune-HighRes_TheJamesAdams 23_preview.jpeg

After releasing their standout debut single ‘Cool’, Sydney-based indie rock quintet, Georgia June, return with new cut ‘Broke’ – recorded at New York’s Diamond City Studios.

‘Broke’ is instantly impressionable, bursting open with infectious guitar riffs and battering drums. The track retains an exhilarating energy throughout, complimented by front woman Georgia’s emotionally-charged vocals. Combining these elements with honest, relatable lyrics, she channels the sound of past and present indie songstresses Blondie and Alex Lahey.

Georgia describes the inspiration behind the track –

“I feel as though the song really speaks for itself in this one, it was written when I literally had no money, wandering aimlessly around New York, and I just wrote it as a joke on how broke I was. It was comical, I remember going in stores and trying things on and not being able to afford it, but still wanting it and telling my rents I was fine because I was in denial. It’s a song which I feel a lot of people can relate to at some point and just laugh about it”.

Debut single ‘Cool’ released last month made waves among local tastemakers, garnering support from Spotify, triple j Unearthed, Rolling Stone Australia and Pilerats. The track achieved rotation and spot play on FBi, SYN, 3RRR and 4ZZZ, leading to a #2 rank on the AMRAP metro charts.

Georgia June have also kept a busy live schedule amongst releasing new music, recently performing to a capacity crowd at Brighton Up Bar and supporting buzz acts Le Pie and Sloan Peterson. This week, the quintet will support Melbourne-based songsmith Wesley Fuller at his Sydney album launch. To celebrate the release of ‘Broke’ Georgia June will launch the single at Marrickville’s Red Rattler on Friday November 10th.

‘Broke’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // AUSTEN - STORM

Rob Carroll

IMG_6541_preview_preview.jpeg

Brisbane-based indie-electronic artist, AUSTEN, is excited to reveal her stunning new single ‘Storm’ – produced and recorded by James Angus (Midas.Gold, Carmouflage Rose, Gill Bates).

Taking cues from the likes of Broods, Halsey and Banks, ‘Storm’ is a dark and brooding cut of intricate electronica-pop. Song structure navigates effortlessly as dynamics are harnessed with finesse; flickering in between swirling synths, meticulous percussion, deep moody bass and ethereal vocals.

AUSTEN describes the motivation behind the track:

“I wrote Storm in one shot which just started with the line ‘I was talking to myself’ - the whole first verse is just exactly what I was doing / feeling before I picked up a pen and started writing. It was the start of me falling for someone and how in that moment everything is so insane and you feel like you’re in the eye of this whirlwind going on around you. All that energy is coming from that person or from the synthesis of you two together. The lyrics just follow my train of thinking and this process of falling for someone and realising how much that person affects you, and I love the metaphor of the song because for me a storm in the distance is thrilling and exciting if you don’t think you’re going to be hurt by it".

Previous singles ‘Faded’ and ‘Darkside’ have been strongly supported by the likes of triple j, Spotify, community radio and online tastemakers Pilerats, Stoney Roads, inthemix and Purple Sneakers. To coincide with the release of ‘Storm’, AUSTEN is currently touring nationally playing to sold-out crowds alongside The Kite String Tangle and Golden Vessel.

Over the coming months, AUSTEN will continue to release new music and traverse the countryside.

‘Storm’ is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // NOCTURNAL TAPES - ALL I NEED

Rob Carroll

2017-04-29 - Rare Finds 2nd bday - 423 of 432 - _DSC3728 - 2 stars_preview.jpeg

Nocturnal Tapes are excited to unveil their headline East Coast tour dates and new single ‘All I Need’, the follow on from their critically adored debut EP ‘Visions IV’ - recorded and produced by the duo themselves at their home studio and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Cosmos Midnight, Kučka).

‘All I Need’ is a dreamy melting pot of dance, electronica, and psychedelia. Glimmering with walls of synth, subtle yet apt percussion and the mesmerising vocals of Harry Suttor, the eclectic track gradually ascends into its soaring and infectious chorus. Dynamics and structure float elegantly, melding together a meticulously composed piece of indie-pop.

Front man Suttor describes the motivation behind the track:

“All I Need is about the pressure I had previously put on myself to become successful and the breakthrough moment when I realised that I already have everything I need; everything else is just a bonus. I try to remind myself of this everyday as I find that this unnecessary pressure I used to put on myself, just clouds judgement and creativity”.

Since its release, their debut EP ‘Visions IV’ has received outstanding support, with Tone Deafstating it as “One of the strongest debut EP’s of the year” and Acid Stag remarking “An impressive five-track collection of tunes that will have you swinging your hips and fist punching the air all the way through”.

Previous single ‘Wake Up’ was supported by triple j, MTV, community radio and a slew of worldwide tastemaker blogs; which resulted in a #6 position on the esteemed Hype Machine Nowcharts.

Following on from a national tour alongside Luke Million and fellow rising star Mookhi, the band announce their headline East Coast run, which will see them perform seven shows across QLD, NSW and ACT.

‘All I Need’ is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // DESERT MOONS - DEEP WATER

Rob Carroll

Desert Moons - Press Shot #1_preview.jpeg

After releasing their standout debut single ‘Rough Trade’, NSW Central Coast-based experimental-electronic duo, Desert Moons return with stellar follow up cut ‘Deep Water’ – produced and recorded by the group themselves at their home studio.

Opening with a gradual crescendo, ‘Deep Water’ harnesses dynamics with finesse, melding electronic beats, keys, synth, moog and the endearing vocals of enigmatic front man Jake Dobson, and his layers of hauntingly intricate harmonies.    

Dobson describes the meaning behind the track –

“‘Deep Water’ is a metaphor for feeling outside your comfort zone. Just like deep ocean waters, the idea of being in uncharted territory can be a confronting concept. At times in my life, I’ve had no choice but to face my demons head on, however ended up in a more advantageous position by addressing these challenges. It’s helped define my character and realise that fear is only a delusion created by the mind”.

Their debut track ‘Rough Trade’ received an auspicious introduction, receiving support from the likes of KEXP (USA), triple j, local community radio and a slew of worldwide tastemaker blogs.

Both Jake and fellow band mate and brother, Simon Dobson have been playing and performing music together since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo.

‘Deep Water’ is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // GEORGIA JUNE - COOL

Rob Carroll

image002 - low res.jpg

Sydney-based indie-rock quintet, Georgia June, have just unveiled their debut single ‘Cool’ and accompanying video.

Recorded by Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit, Team Spirit) and Joel Witenberg (Surf Rock is Dead) at New York's Diamond City Studios, 'Cool' is full of angst and honest expression. Georgia’s passionate vocals are complimented by catchy guitar riffs and crisp basslines, resulting in a candid indie anthem. The spirit of fem-rock icons like Joan Jett, Blondie and Chrissy Amphlettmanifests in her powerful lyrics and nonchalant attitude.

June describes the recording process and inspiration behind ‘Cool’ –

“Recording the track at Diamond City was such an insane experience, the song was written in Sydney after an Uber ride home from a house party and it was amazing to bring it to life in NYC. Cool is supposed to be a satire on the notion of being popular and fitting in to a particular social hierarchy, I’ve always been super nerdy so the video and song for this was just a play on that.”

The vintage-inspired film clip depicts a teenage girl dealing with the pressures of growing up and adolescent relationships, interspersed with montages of Georgia performing alongside her fellow band members. In a sense, it displays a young woman bestowing words of wisdom upon a younger, more naïve version of herself.

The band’s debut single emerges after Georgia’s recent three-month stay in New York, where she was mentored by Billboard Magazine. Honing her craft over years of performing around Sydney’s Inner West neighbourhoods and playing at the recent King Street Crawl, the nineteen year old songstress is already an accomplished musician.

To celebrate the release, Georgia June will be launching their single at Sydney’s Brighton Up Baron Friday September 22, alongside indie-pop darling Maia Marsh and local rockers FLTRS.

‘Cool’ is available to stream via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // BLONDEBEARS - SEDATIVE

Rob Carroll

IMG_6071.JPG

After releasing their critically adored debut single ‘Dissolve’, Sydney-based experimental-electronica duo Blondebears return with the enthralling and atmospheric follow up ‘Sedative’ – produced and recorded by both members Jake Stiles and Sebastian Morales at their Sydney-based studios.

Awash with sonic textures, the dark and dreamy ‘Sedative’ further shines a light on the group’s ability to push songcraft boundaries with meticulous delivery and cohesive finishing. Flawlessly navigated by its apt builds and drops, the hypnotic piece comes to life with spellbinding production finesse. 

Stiles describes the storyline behind the track:

“’Sedative’ recounts the story of a man who experiences a bipolar relationship. He largely accepts blame for the breakdowns and failures; struggling to ever forgive himself. He never moves on with his life and carries these burdens to his untimely death”.    

Euphoric debut cut ‘Dissolve’ was widely embraced by tastemakers, including outstanding reviews and support from worldwide blogs, triple j, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio stations FBi, SYN and 4ZZZ, and was added to a slew of Spotify play lists including New Music Friday, Top-Shelf Electronic, Indie Arrivals, The Australian Sound, Australian and New Zealand Viral Hits and charted in the top ten of the Australian Viral Charts.

The group have become a mainstay on the Sydney live circuit performing at various indie club night parties, including Rare Finds at OAF Gallery where they’ll perform once again to launch ‘Sedative’ on Friday August 25th, in conjunction with OXJAM Australia, with all proceeds going to the charity.

Over the coming year Blondebears plan to continually release new songs and launch their live show nationally. 

‘Sedative’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.    

BLONDEBEARS
SEDATIVE LAUNCH SHOWS

SUN 10 SEP | KING STREET CRAWL - FALCONA SHOWCASE @ NEWTOWN HOTEL, NSW
Free Entry

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // WHARVES - LOVE DECIDE

Rob Carroll

Lead press shot.jpg

2017 triple j Unearthed Splendour in the Grass competition winners, WHARVES, have just revealed East Coast tour dates and new single ‘Love Decide’ – recorded and produced by Steve Schram (San Cisco, Tiny Little Houses).

On their infectiously gritty new offering, the Lennox Head-based quartet take cues from the likes of The Strokes, Foals and Joy Division, melding walls of intricate guitars, thumping fuzz-laden bass, driving drum rhythms and the endearing vocals of front man, Matthew Collins.

Collins describes the story behind ‘Love Decide’:

“’Love Decide’ is about accepting that some things are bigger and more powerful than you and that you aren't always in control. It’s a reminder to myself that it's ok to be on my own and if a relationship isn't working, I can let go and I will be happier and free. I'm not lying to myself or the person I'm with by forcing something that's not meant to be”.

Previous single ‘Man You Want Me To Be’ was strongly supported by triple j, Spotify, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio stations and worldwide tastemaker blogs. WHARVES are continually touring the country and have shared stages with Polish Club, The Delta Riggs and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and appeared at major events such as Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass.

To coincide with the release of ‘Love Decide’, the group will set out on a ten-date East Coast tour, which includes performances at BIGSOUND. The band also recently revealed their signing to one of Australia’s top live booking agencies 123 Agency and inclusion on Festival of the Sun, Port Macquarie where they will play alongside Meg Mac, Ball Park Music and The Preatures.

In the coming weeks, WHARVES will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘Love Decide’.

‘Love Decide’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.    

 WHARVES
LOVE DECIDE TOUR

FRI 25 AUG | BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY NSW
SAT 26 AUG | SHARK BAR, GOLD COAST QLD
WED 6 SEP | BIGSOUND @ NEW GLOBE THEATRE, BRISBANE QLD
THU 7 SEP | BIGSOUND @ BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 8 SEP | LENNOX HOTEL, LENNOX HEAD NSW
THU 14 SEP | THE GRACE DARLING, MELBOURNE VIC
FRI 15 SEP | THE BRISBANE HOTEL, HOBART TAS
FRI 29 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
 SUN 1 OCT | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW
SAT 7 OCT | LECHE CAFÉ, YAMBA NSW

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // BORN LION - EVIL K

Rob Carroll

1A9A1684.jpg

After what was an auspicious introduction, one of Australia’s most exciting punk-rock acts, Born Lion have made their return with new single ‘Evil K’, tour dates and announced the release date for their forthcoming and sophomore studio album titled ‘Celebrate The Lie’ (due late-October).

Produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard), lead single ‘Evil K’ combines hard-hitting, razor-sharp punk’n’roll with unapologetic monstrous pop-hooks, taking cues from the likes of staple influences The Bronx, Converge and Queens of the Stone Age.    

Front man John Bowker describes the creative process behind ‘Evil K’:

Evil K was the first song we wrote with our new drummer, Andres. It was such an exciting time and this song felt like the start of something really special. I penned the lyrics after watching a late night doco on these ageing stuntmen whose childhood hero was 'Evel Knievel'”.

Since being crowned winners of triple j Unearthed’s 2013 Soundwave competition, Born Lion have continually put out critically adored music, with three of their singles ‘D for Danger’, ‘Good Times Jimmy’ and ‘Good Dogs Play Dead’ all being added to rotation on triple j. Their 2015 debut album ‘Final Words’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album.  

In the live arena, the band have traversed the countryside multiple times on their own headline tours and supporting the likes of The Hives, The Bronx, Royal Blood, Mamozets and Karnivool. To celebrate the release of ‘Evil K’ the quartet will head out on an East Coast run performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In the coming weeks, Born Lion, will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Evil K’.  

‘Evil K’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers. 

BORN LION
EVIL K TOUR

FRI 15 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Particles

SAT 23 SEP | THE REVERENCE, MELBOURNE VIC
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Ships Piano

SAT 30 SEP | THE FLAMIN GALAH, BRISBANE QLD
w/ Special Guests Radolescents + Beth Lucas & Band

All shows are Free Entry

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // CREO - SUBTITLES FOR X, Y, Z

Rob Carroll

CREOSHOOT - 14.jpg

After releasing their two standout singles ‘Behind The Beat’ and ‘Give Me Yours’ lifted from forthcoming EP ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ (due September 8), Sydney-based indie-rock quartet CREO release the title track.

Recorded by Nathan Sheehy (Dune Rats, Birds of Tokyo, Bluejuice), ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ is a straight-up, hard-hitting, guitar-driven number, fit for an arena with its anthemic sing-a-long chorus. The track features cinematic soundscapes and is quite the dynamic rollercoaster; with soft intricate lulls that build into monstrous, chaotic highs.

Front man Jorjee Haman describes the motivation behind the song:

We all go through the process where age and experience starts to skew the innocence and purity of our natural habits and emotions. I remember vividly the first time I fell in love or even lust, and it was a simple feeling, it just came over me, I didn’t think about the alternatives and possible scenarios, I just accepted the feeling for what it was. Nowadays, I battle with myself, to avoid certain feelings and thoughts because of past experiences. ‘Subtitles for X, Y, Z’ is all about getting out of your own head, fucking off agendas and accepting that those innocent quirks you try to hide need to be loved by yourself, first and foremost.”

CREO’s previous releases have been widely embraced locally by the likes of triple j, FBi, 3RRR, RTR, 4ZZZ, Rolling Stone Australia and international tastemakers Indie Obsessive (USA). Write.Click.Cook.Listen (USA) and The Revue (CAN).

Since their 2012 inception, CREO have continually traversed the countryside selling out headline shows and supporting the likes of Minus the Bear (USA), British India, Last Dinosaurs, Tired Lion, Polish Club, Bad//Dreems and Spookyland.

In the coming weeks, CREO will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ and tour dates.

‘Subtitles For X, Y, Z’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // RAAVE TAPES - K BYE

Rob Carroll

Picture1.png

2016 triple j Unearthed ‘This That’ competition winners and Newcastle crowd favourites, RAAVE TAPES, have just returned with their raucous new single ‘k bye’ and announced national tour dates.

‘k bye’  tells a tale of adolescent debauchery, engulfing the listener in an atmospheric haze reminiscent of a suburban house party. Recorded in a Newcastle basement by close friends Fraser Marshall and Jack Clark, and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301 (Flume, Empire of the Sun), ‘k bye’ captures the raw energy of the Newcastle-based trio’s notoriously wild live shows.

Frontman Joab Eastley describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

The track was inspired a few years ago at a Newcastle house show ~ when I was a much younger, much more naive version of myself. It was a Sunday night, I had work in the morning, so I was just stopping in on my way home. It's subtly opening a dialogue about the inextricable links between illicit behaviour & underground youth subcultures ~ all wrapped up in a neat little party track. And no, the irony isn't lost on us.”

The band’s most recent single, ‘2 U xoxo’, garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi, MTV, key Australian blogs and the Hype Machine blogging community. In between recording and releasing new music, the band have maintained a strenuous live schedule, playing Mountain Sounds Festival 2017 and performing alongside the likes of Hockey Dad, Winston Surfshirt, The Gooch Palms, Polish Club and Skegss to name a few.

To celebrate the release of the new track, RAAVE TAPES will traverse the country in October performing in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Muswellbrook, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne, initiating new bassist Lindsay O’Connell into the band. The trio have also teamed up with local sponsors to produce a mini-festival in Newcastle on Sunday August 20, aptly titled RAAVE TAPES Shut Down The Argyle House, featuring twenty artists across three stages, including Good Boy, VACATIONS and Kwame.

The accompanying music video and additonal tour dates will be released in the coming weeks.

‘k bye’ is now available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.

RAAVE TAPES
‘K BYE’ SINGLE LAUNCH SHOWS

WED 30 AUGUST | SOSUEME @ BEACH ROAD HOTEL, BONDI
w/ Bleeding Knees Club
SAT 16 SEPTEMBER | GROW UP! FESTIVAL, MAITLAND
FRI 6 OCTOBER | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE
FRI 13 OCTOBER | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
SAT 14 OCTOBER | FRANKIES PIZZA, SYDNEY
SAT 21 OCTOBER | BOTTOMS UP FESTIVAL, MUSWELLBROOK
WED 25 OCTOBER | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG
THUR 26 OCTOBER | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
FRI 27 OCTOBER | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE
SAT 4 NOVEMBER | THE EDINBURGH CASTLE, ADELAIDE

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // NOCTURNAL TAPES - WAKE UP

Rob Carroll

2017-04-29 - Rare Finds 2nd bday - 423 of 432 - _DSC3728 - 2 stars.jpg

After announcing the release date for their debut EP ‘Visions IV’ (due August 25), Yamba-based indie-electronic group Nocturnal Tapes offer up another taste of the forthcoming record with new single ‘Wake Up’ – recorded and produced by the duo themselves at their home studio and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Cosmos Midnight, Kučka). 

New cut ‘Wake Up’ is an intricate slice of house-infused electronica, taking cues from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads and Kaytranada. Awash with sonic textures, the dream-laden track glides along effortlessly blending organic and electronic instrumentation, and finished off with the soaring and endearing vocals of front man, Harry Suttor.  

Suttor describes the story behind ‘Wake Up’:

Without getting too dark, the song is about how everything in your life is leading up to the ultimate moment of death; time is a way we all die. So, why are so many of us wasting our lives locked to screens and living in routine?”.  

Since their 2016 inception, Nocturnal Tapes have released a slew of tracks strongly embraced by the likes of triple j, Spotify, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio and worldwide blogs; which resulted in a top twenty position on the esteemed Hype Machine Now charts.

They’ve traversed the country multiple times sharing stages with Boo Seeka, Bootleg Rascal and Tash Sultana, and performed at boutique festivals Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms, House of Voodoo and UTS Summerfest and Winterfest.

Nocturnal Tapes were recently announced as the national support for Luke Million’s national tour in September alongside rising star Mookhi, which includes shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

‘Wake Up’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.     

NOCTURNAL TAPES
UPCOMING TOUR DATES

FRI 1 SEP | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE SA *
SAT 2 SEP | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD *
FRI 8 SEP | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH WA *
THU 14 SEP | LISMORE UNI BAR, LISMORE NSW
FRI 15 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *
SAT 16 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *

*Supporting Luke Million

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // MERC MASON - PULL UP, HOP OUT

Rob Carroll

Jess_Hayhow_Merc_Mason7.jpg

Sydney-based hip hop artist, Merc Mason is excited to reveal his debut single ‘Pull Up, Hop Out’ - the lead track lifted from his forthcoming maiden EP ‘Lucid’ (due August 18) – produced by the rapper himself and mixed and mastered by Sebastian Morales (Mookhi, Blondebears).

‘Pull Up, Hop Out’ is the opening track of the record; an eerie and confronting, yet apt introduction showcasing Mason’s style and staple influences. Taking cues from the likes of trap artists Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and A$AP Ferg, the enigmatic rapper blends an array of flows and cadences, combined with instrumentals inspired by late 2000’s southern rap.

Growing up surrounded by Sydney’s underworld, drug dealing could have very easily been the career path of Merc but his feelings and ambitions changed when a close friend was jailed for three years. Throughout his songs he speaks about the highs and the lows of the world and his change of heart towards it.

To coincide with the release of ‘Lucid’, Merc Mason will launch the record live at Rare Finds Sydney club night party held at OAF Gallery Bar on Friday September 29.


‘Pull Out, Hop Out’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers.

MERC MASON
EP LAUNCH

 FRI 29 SEP | RARE FINDS #33 @ OAF GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Desert Moons

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // BORN JOY DEAD - SINKHOLE HOLIDAY

Rob Carroll

Brisbane-based indie-rock quartet Born Joy Dead are excited to announce East Coast touring dates and reveal the lead single ‘Sinkhole Holiday’ lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘Throw us in the Fire’ (due October 2017) – produced and mixed by Sean Cook (Big Scary, Velociraptor) and recorded at Plutonium Studios, Brisbane.

The fuzzy and garage-rock-esque ‘Sinkhole Holiday’ opens with sweeps of clean guitar and the enthralling vocals of Ben Dalton. Accompanying elements gradually build within the verses, before the dynamic dips; accentuating the impact of its soaring and infectious chorus. The remainder of the song is meticulously navigated, shining a light on Born Joy Dead’s ability to inhabit tracks and allowing them space to breathe.

Dalton describes the motivation behind the track:

“Sinkhole Holiday is in itself, a little four-minute journey. I wanted to explore some of the shittier personal things that have plagued me from time to time like anxiety, stress and doubt and portray them in a way that makes the listener feel just as lost as I was. But, as holidays end, so do shit times, so there’s a kind of ‘Keep your chin up,’ vibe happening in there too.”

Following on from supports slots with British India, Ball Park Music and Bad//Dreems, the band will set out on a September / October headline run of the eastern states with performances in Brisbane, Wollongong, Sydney and Melbourne.

Born Joy Dead’s previous tracks have been strongly supported by the likes of triple j, Spotify, community radio and worldwide blogs Indie Shuffle (USA), God is in the TV (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

In the coming weeks, Born Joy Dead will unveil an accompanying music video for ‘Sinkhole Holiday’. 

‘Sinkhole Holiday’ is available now via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers.  

BORN JOY DEAD
SINKHOLE HOLIDAY TOUR DATES

SAT 23 SEP | BLOODHOUND, BRISBANE QLD
WED 27 SEP | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
FRI 29 SEP | BANQUET @ THE WORLD BAR, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 7 OCT | PENNYBLACK, MELBOURNE VIC

Listen to 'Sinkhole Holiday' via Soundcloud below.

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // DESERT MOONS - ROUGH TRADE

Rob Carroll

NSW Central Coast-based indie-electronic duo, Desert Moons (Brothers Jake & Simon Dobson), have just revealed their self-produced debut single ‘Rough Trade’ - recorded at their home studio.

Combining beautifully crafted organic and electronic instrumentation, ‘Rough Trade’ is a stunning eclectic piece of experimental-electronica that melds themes of dark dream-pop, indie-rock and hip-hop; taking cues from the likes of their staple influences Radiohead, M83 and Daniel Johns.

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Dobson describes the creative process behind ‘Rough Trade’ –

“This track was originally an idea of Simon’s conceived in our home studio. We sent it back and forth to each other over a period of a week, until it became what you hear today. We had a lot of fun with this song. We tend to always produce our favourite works when we’re evenly collaborating. The lyrical theme is an ode to my past struggles with motivation. Writing songs has always been an incredibly therapeutic process and this was certainly no different; ultimately serving as a catharsis.”

Both Jake and Simon have been playing and performing music since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo and was formed with the intention of exploring song crafting boundaries. They’ve written and recorded over thirty songs, which they plan to roll out over the coming months. 

To celebrate the release of their debut track, the group have also announced their maiden performance to take place at Rare Finds #33 held at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, Sydney on Friday September 29.

DESERT MOONS
UPCOMING SHOWS

FRI 29 SEP | RARE FINDS #33 @ OAF GALLERY, SYDNEY NSW

Listen to ‘Rough Trade’ via Soundcloud below

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // NIKKITA RA - UNITY

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based indie-electronic songstress, Nikkita Ra, has just unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Unity’ and accompanying music video, shot in downtown Las Vegas.

Former frontwoman of widely loved hip hop-infused rock band, She Rex, Nikkita has now turned her attention to her solo career. Her impressive first offering melds soft, dreamy vocals likened to Lana Del Rey with ambient instrumentation likened to FKA Twigs, resulting in her own brand of atmospheric indie electronica. The hazy, romantic visuals of the accompanying film clip provide the perfect compliment to the track.

Nikkita describes the inspiration behind the single and video –

“The song is about a couple who get lost in a moment of heightened love and hedonism and make a split decision of mistaken love and romance. I have always loved musical storytellers and have never experimented with it before…I think the song and clip also come from a place inside of me that feels we have been taught false ideals by the media about romanticism and this has been to the detriment of real grown up love. Filmed in Vegas, the capital of hedonism and snap romanticism, it has a slight hat tilt to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or True Romance.”

Nikkita is keeping herself busy in the studio, quietly crafting her debut EP ‘Alexis’ (scheduled for late 2017).

‘Unity’ is available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers. The music video is now available to stream on Youtube.

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // BOOTLEG RASCAL - WITH YOU

Rob Carroll

Following on from announcing tour dates and inclusion on QLD’s Big Pineapple Festival, Sydney’s indie-dub revelers Bootleg Rascal have just unveiled ‘With You’ - another taste from their sophomore studio album (due late 2017).

Taking cues from the likes of The Roots, Gorillaz and The Weeknd, eclectic new cut ‘With You’ combines themes of reggae, dub and hip-hop. Enigmatic front man Carlos Lara channels the vibes of Charles Bradley with his soul-infused and compelling vocal melodies, which are strongly complimented by the bands highly detailed and intriguing approach to composition and production.

Over the past twelve-months, the band has ripped through their first headline tour of Europe & UK, toured Australia multiple times selling out shows all around the country, re-invented themselves as a 2-piece acoustic duo supporting Sticky Fingers across the US & Canada, and had a line-up change. They've also just come off the back of Sureshaker's Annual ‘Shake N Bake’ tour alongside; Boo Seeka, Gold Member & Lyall Moloney, where the band debuted new songs as well as their freshly streamlined, 3-piece flavour.

With a couple of months’ down time back at home, the group are currently working on their second album with longtime collaborator, Ian Pritchett. The upcoming record emphasises their melodic knack and explores a recent Rascal obsession for 80's synth sounds and crunchy, old school drum machines. With splashes of Kid Cudi and Massive Attack, their new record is set to be an extension of everything we’ve come to love about the band, while delivering a new depth of maturity and some of their best song writing to date.

In the coming weeks, the band will reveal the accompanying music video for ‘With You’.

‘With You’ is now available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailers

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // WHISPERING JACKIE - BREAKING UP THIS TIME

Rob Carroll

Sydney-based punk-rock trio, Whispering Jackie have just released their new single Breaking Up This Time and announced a run of shows to support the release. Recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix (Gay Paris, Sound of Seasons) at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ is the lead track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘For The Moment’ (due late-2017)

Combining elements of punk, grunge and garage-rock, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ takes cues from the likes of the group’s staple influences Magic Dirt, Sonic Youth and Hole, whilst melding more modern sounds of White Lung, Best Coast and DZ Deathrays.

Frontwoman Sare Jackie describes the inspiration and meaning behind the track:

Breaking Up This Time describes being in an on-off relationship and the ambiguity of not knowing where you stand. The song is sung from my point of view where I'm the one that's being left, and I'm pleading with them to stay, even though I know deep down it's not the right thing for me. It's a situation that heaps of people find themselves in, so I wanted to write a song about that struggle. Everyone's afraid of being left alone.”

Whispering Jackie’s 2016 debut EP ‘Social Isolation’ was received warmly by the Australian punk community, with single ‘Casino Mate’ getting spun on triple j’s ‘short.fast.loud’, 4ZZZ, FBi, RTR and various other community stations.

To celebrate the release of the new song, the band will perform four shows in Sydney and Wollongong. In the coming weeks, Whispering Jackie will also reveal the accompanying music video for ‘Breaking Up This Time’.

WHISPERING JACKIE
'BREAKING UP THIS TIME' LAUNCH SHOWS

FRI 7 JUL | THE LADY HAMPSHIRE, SYDNEY NSW
THU 20 JUL | VIC ON THE PARK, SYDNEY NSW

FRI 4 AUG | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
THU 10 AUG | FUZZ FACE @ HIDEAWAY BAR, SYDNEY NSW

Listen to 'Breaking Up This Time' via Soundcloud below

RARE FINDS NEW RELEASE // SPARROWS - TAKE MY HEART OUT

Rob Carroll

Sparrows_black&white copy.jpg

After releasing two standout singles in 2016, Sydney-based songstress Sparrows has returned with her stellar follow up single ‘Take My Heart Out’ – a delicately layered track where poignant lyrics float over an infectious soundscape.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Grimes, Lykke Li and Bjork, the self-produced and recorded effort combines sampled recordings with themes of folk, pop and electronica; whilst melding rich vocal harmonies and textures, delivering a genuinely raw account of an addictive relationship.

Sparrows describes the inspiration and meaning behind ‘Take My Heart Out’

Seeing so many people getting lost in their devices lately, it got me thinking about a time when I lost my identity to a relationship. I could see myself doing ridiculous and embarrassingly obsessive things but couldn’t stop it, kind of like when you can't stop your thumb from scrolling, hoping you're going to land on a pot of gold. As humans, we all have a propensity to get caught up in addictive behaviour - often in an attempt to tame our mindless chatter or fill a void with stuff. Take My Heart Out is about crossing that fine line into addiction.”

Sparrows’ previous singles ‘On Your Own Now’ and ‘Get To Know You’ received strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi radioSpotify via their New Music Friday, Indie Pop and Pop Edge playlists and worldwide tastemaker blogs, which earned the producer and vocalist a top ten position in the esteemed Hype Machine charts.

Sparrows was among thirty international and Australian songwriters and producers chosen to attend APRA’s most recent SongHub ‘The Tower’ - a four-day songwriting camp which included musicians David Hodges (Evanescence), Francois Tetaz (Gotye) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie).

In the coming weeks, Sparrows will reveal the accompanying music video for ‘Take My Heart Out’. 

Listen to 'Take My Heart Out' via Soundcloud below