Nation of Two is the keenly awaited second album from Melbourne-turned global superstar, Vance Joy. Following on from his ARIA #1 debut Dream Your Life Away, Nation of Two carries the listener on an exquisite 13 track journey across new terrain. Tales of love and longing, including recent platinum-selling hit ‘Lay It On Me’ burst with emotion, anchored by Vance Joy’s delicate story-telling, masterful instrumentation and compelling vocals . A must-have Australian album for 2018.
Expected release date: February 23rd, 2018
DZ Deathrays emerged from the sweaty heat of Brisbane back in the heady days of 2008: a pair of loose units intent on tearing house parties apart with their barely-hinged two-piece punk. Nine years, two albums, two ARIA awards, critical and commercial appreciation, and countless high-octane shows around the world later… how things have changed. New album Bloody Lovely is the DZ Deathrays expanded universe: the perfect amalgamation of all that has come before it, but kicking in the afterburners, and shooting into the stratosphere as we all hold on for dear life.
Named for a perfectly Australian turn of phrase (favoured by the father of Parsons’ girlfriend: “it’s brutal and beautiful, and super Aussie”, says Shane) it’s a fully-formed progression from their first two albums. They’ve created the perfect soundtrack to a night that rolls from introspective to deranged: from wilful, optimistic beginnings and euphoric peaks, through the quiet ruminative examinations of the bottom of a glass and the bleary-eyed, regretful close as the sun comes up… with a hint of optimism hovering behind the pain of consequences being damned.
Expected release date: February 2nd, 2018
Having spent the last three years winning hearts and minds around Australia thanks to a succession of finely-crafted indie pop gems including ‘Milo Tin’, ‘Song Despite Apathy’ ‘Easy’, ‘Soon We Won’t Exist’ and most recently, ‘Garbage Bin’, Melbourne’s Tiny Little Houses are set to release their debut album, Idiot Proverbs, through Ivy League Records on 12 January 2018.
As well as being the band’s most raucous collection of tunes so far, the album highlights the discernible progress of Karvountzis as a songwriter. Indeed, Idiot Proverbs presents wry reflections on growing up, finding your place amongst the chaos and falling short of your own (and others’) expectation
Expected release date: January 12th, 2018
Slum Sociable deliver a deeply empathetic and self-assured debut album that paints a portrait of humanity as craving love but unsure how to keep it. Featuring the songs Castle, Don’t Come Back Another 100 Times and Name Call, the record’s innovative production is filled with alluring hooks and emotive lyricism. The Melbourne duo’s ambitious musical statement confirms that Slum Sociable is ready to step out into the night.
Expected release date: November 24th, 2017