Ft. Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Asgeir, Fiest, Miami Horror, Julien Baker

Prime Cuts delivers some powerful music this week, across rhythms, melodies and emotions.  The sentiments of Vancouver Sleep Clinic and Julien Baker are so raw and honest, you have to remind yourselves that both artists have barely started their 20s. On the flip side, Sydney’s Miami Horror return, presenting The Shapes, and its time to celebrate like it’s the early indie 90s.  A superb week in new music that we like to call CUTS.

Artist:  Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Prime Cut: Unworthy

Cut From: Brisbane, Australia

Flavours Of:  Bon Iver, Hayden Calnin, The Antlers

Inspiring to consider Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic) can deliver some emotion and intensity at such an age.  The pain and anguish that can be felt in this cut surpasses what most similar genre artists double his age.  Emotive, powerful and gut-wrenching in those exceptional way.

Artist:  Asgeir

Prime Cut: Stardust

Cut From:  Reykjavik, Iceland

Flavours Of: James Vincent McMorrow, Jeff Buckley, Jack Garrrat

“Me, I am a watercolour washing up to the deepest sea”, captures the essence of Asgeir’s new cut Stardust, some of his more optimistic song-writing to date. A slight shift in direction for the young Icelandic artist, but full of hope and perfectly layered production that broadens in musical complexity each time you play it.

Artist:  Feist

Prime Cut: Pleasure

Cut From: Calgary, Canada

Flavours Of: PJ Harvey, Cat Power, Sharon Von Etten

Raw and stripped back emotions create an intensity and uncomfortable feeling for Feist’s first cut in around six years.  Pleasure, perhaps ironic in its title is gritty and uncompromising, its production hollow and imposing.

Artist:  Miami Horror/The Shapes

Prime Cut: Sign Of The Times

Cut From: Sydney, Australia

Flavours Of: Hot Chip, Hercules & Love Affair, Friendly Fires

If you are old enough to cast your mind back to the early 90s when Manchester produced some of the best indie music and transitioned the power of live gigs to the dance floor, well the latest delivery from Miami Horrors Presents: The Shapes will get some of the rug cut.  Opening cut ‘Sign Of The Times’ is blissfully vibed and completely addictive.  For Australian fans, the last glimmer of hope for our Australian summer.

Artist:  Julien Baker

Prime Cut: Distant Solar Systems

Cut From: Tennesse, USA

Flavours Of: Laura Marling, SOAK, Frankie Cosmos

Artists like Julien Baker need only their voice and their fingers to pluck away on guitar strings, to create the melody and tone that surpasses the emotions that are created from overly produced songs.  ‘Distant Solar Systems’ confirms Baker as one of the world’s most talented young songwriters, not in complexity but in unforced emotion and beauty.  This is sublime and so gentle on the heart-strings.