Hello random internet user! My name is Georgie this is the first taste of my new weekly column celebrating the creme de la creme of uploads to triple j Unearthed, here on Lunchbox! Unearthed is one of the most valuable and powerful platforms for Australian artists to get their music heard, and I have the privilege of being an Unearthed Super User. This means I listen to and review a heap of fresh uploads every week, and right here is where I’ll showcase my favourite tracks!
Around this, I’m involved in many aspects of the industry from reviewing to photography to management, and am constantly inspired by the amount of passion and talent that Australia is producing and celebrating right now.
Music is something that gives us our identity. Whether we are the musician putting our emotions and vulnerabilities on the line, the fan that constantly has their mind blown by how someone they’ve never met can so perfectly encapsulate exactly how they feel, or the reviewer who is able to transform all those feelings into words and a broader meaning. It’s a common language that can bring the most diverse people together, and is what motivates me every day to be creative and make something of myself for the world.
If you’re time poor or looking for something new and fresh to let your ears feast on, I hope this column helps you find a new genre, act or song that inspires you, even if only for a moment.
PachiSquid has released a few tracks this past year, including a glittery remix of Lorde’s Homemade Dynamite, and is back with another sparkly gem. After listening to this, like their past tracks, I’m in the best mood. The sonic texture is brilliant, and it pops just where you want it to. Despite being entirely made up of the same sounds, it progresses beautifully and keeps you wanting more. I’m sure it’d be a hit at any underwater disco party – just FYI, in case you were planning on hosting one…
For fans of: Wave Racer
Following the story of a girl growing up in a small town and dreaming of moving away, Lauren Eddy has beautifully captured the feeling and produced a romantic love song that makes you swoon. The haunting vocal harmonies in the chorus are incredibly beautiful and provide the perfect sonic diversity and intricacy to the simplicity of this indie pop-folk track.
Hailing from Goulburn Murray in NSW, and still, in school it seems there’s a big future if we keep hearing beautiful, delicate songs like this.
For fans of: Julian Baker, Julia Jacklin, The Waifs and Gretta Ray
The new track from Sydney producer Jay Cooper is another atmospheric, deep and moody, complex. Lyrically and melodically there song progresses brilliantly, his vocals are captivating and the production is super intricate and slick. Colt Coleman’s feature adds great melodic diversity to the track and reinforces the R&B and hip hop drive on the track.
For fans of: Kaiit and Elkkle
Heartbeat – Messy Mammals
Melbourne’s Messy Mammals have dropped another dreamy, jazz-infused electronic pop bop and I’m so here for it. Lead vocalist Asha has an incredibly intriguing vocal tone, which perfectly fits into the quirky production and instrumentation. It’s a lot like the lolly bag that you get at the end of any good party, full of surprises and treats, except these lollies are clever synth licks, a beautiful underlying guitar tone, and alluring, catchy lyrics.
For fans of: Anderson .Paak and Demon Days
From its swelling intro, to the intriguing lead vocals, Runaway is incredibly intriguing. Brilliantly written, recorded and produced by Sarah Charlotte, her creative vision is definitely evident in this electronic, indie-pop track, and the balance of melodic layering works well. I can hear a huge chorus working well with this one, but the track still keeps you listening with its intriguing, climactic lyrics.
For fans of: BANKS and FKA Twigs