New Noise: Nick Huggins, Motifs/Zebras, Deep Sea Arcade, McKisko
The next installment of our regular round-up of the best new music on the internet featuring Nick Huggins, Sydney revivalists Deep Sea Arcade, Brisbane’s McKisko and a split 7” from The Zebras and The Motifs.
– Indie uber producer Nick Huggins (Kid Sam, Otouto) returns with some Another Green World-inspired ambience, featuring his trademark half-spoken, half-sung vocals and a building, uneasy tension. 'Iceberg' is the first single from new album Five Lights, the follow-up to 2007’s Shipwreck. An album of short songs, its instrumental palette largely consists of national guitar, homemade electronics, massed recorder, firewood percussion, piano, string synthesiser and voice. It’ll be released on October 14 through Two Bright Lakes/Remote Control, and launched at a matinee show at The Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on October 23.
– A double hit of saccharine sweet pop from two of its best local exponents: The Zebras and The Motifs. The former’s ‘Desert Island’ is their first new music since relocating from Brisbane to Melbourne a few years ago (a new album it reportedly on the way), while The Motifs’ ‘Words’ was unveiled at New York’s Popfest in May. Both songs feature on a split 7”, which can be ordered here. The 7” will be launched at The Grace Darling in Melbourne on October 7.
– No surprises to read The Vaccines’ Dan Grech-Marguerat had his mitts all over the mixing desk for Deep Sea Arcade’s new single. Sounding like it was dunked in a bath of acid (and we don’t mean the Snowtown kind), ‘Girls’ is the first cut from debut album Outlands, which is out through Ivy League Records next year. They’re touring in November. Dates here.
– More “solitary music” from beguiling Brisbane singer Helen Franzmann, who records under the moniker McKisko. Out October 3 via her El Nino El Nino, ‘Good Grief’ is the first in a series of five 7” releases, which Franzmann plans to release over the next 18 months. Each release will be a limited pressing of 500, with digital downloads also available. McKisko is touring in October. Dates here.