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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.

Nick Huggins - Iceberg by 00remotecontrol

– 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.

The Zebras - Desert Island by knockyrsocksoff

Motifs - Words by knockyrsocksoff

– 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.

Deep Sea Arcade - Girls by DeepSeaArcade

– 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.

Good Grief by McKisko


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  -   Published on Thursday, September 29 2011 by Darren Levin.
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Your Comments

nyx  said about 3 years ago:

I didn't really like the vocals on that Nick Huggins track when I first heard it with but it's really grown on me now. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the album.

kicking.jesus  said about 3 years ago:

That Deep Sea Arcade track sounds way to clean. For some reason i recall them having a much more garagey vibe before.

Davel  said about 3 years ago:

Is Deep Sea Arcade a tribute to the Melbourne band Deep Sea Plaza?

Ash-showoff  said about 3 years ago:

Solid. All of them.

For some reason i recall them having a much more garagey vibe before.

They did. I think his vocal style/approach has changed a little too. I'm digging the new single... The clip is great too.

kicking.jesus  said about 3 years ago:

I think the mixing is trash. His singing is fine

andydepressant  said about 3 years ago:

DSA are a fucking great pop band. And still are.

Davel  said about 3 years ago:

But are they as good as DSP ?

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