Friday Fresh Five #003 – Tracy Chen, Good Counsel, 100%…

This week, we’ve got some sounds outta Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane by musicians who couldn’t be further from each other in terms of style and musical output. Get around the likes of 100%Good CounselTracy Chen and soayla before ducking over to Sweden for some unabashed pop fury courtesy of FELIN.

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GOOD COUNSEL (Sydney)

An injection of earnest indie rock right to the heart, Sydney’s Good Counsel are onto something, well, good here. Their new EP, Songs By Good Counsel, was released at the beginning of the month – a fitting follow up to their debut album, Mary. The tune “A Way To Ease The Pain” is a good intro to the type of music the band is dabbling in – check it (and the official music video) out below.

Find out more about Good Counsel HERE.

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soayla (Sydney)

Okay so she’s technically based in LA these days, but soyala originally hails from Sydney so we’re still going to claim her. Melodic and very, very pretty, her music makes me want to jump into summer or cruise down the coast. A talented songwriter, soayla brings together smart lyricism with well produced and engaging indie pop.

Line up “No Good” below and chill.

 

Find out more about soyala HERE.

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100% (Brisbane)

“Lost Youth” has come ramming through my headphones over the past few weeks. The fusion of synths, beats and an oddly haunting vocal hypnotises – something 100% have proven to be quite good at: captivating. LenaGrace and Chloe have begun carving a little niche for themselves it’s becoming clear; rhythmic beat progressions that come at the listener with a slightly twisted up flair and a vocal quality that is almost celestial brought us here and are definitely keeping us interested.

Find out more about 100% HERE. The band plays Melbourne’s Maggot Fest VII at The Tote over the weekend of October 28th – 30th. Tickets are available via Oztix.

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Photo: Jonno Revanche

TRACY CHEN (Adelaide)

Chen’s arrangements are stunning and particularly with her tune, “Okay”, the electronic artist really shines. Her single “Eggs” was featured on TEEF‘s Imperium In Imperio compilation and stood out on the record as one of my favourite tracks and then I found out we both hailed from the same city! Everything was definitely coming up Milhouse when I came across Chen’s music, and hopefully the same effect is shared with more music fans as we look ahead to 2017 and more new music from this artist.

She’s recently been doing some work in the UK as part of Imogen Heap‘s Brighter Sound program in Manchester too, click HERE to find out more about it.

Keep up to date with Tracy and her music HERE.

INTERNATIONAL PICK

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FELIN (Sweden)

Heading over to Sweden now, meet Felin. The duo have that feisty Sleigh Bells brand of in-your-face punk-pop down pat and with their new single “Bored” now out and doing the rounds, it’s no surprise they’re starting to generate some serious heat with fans and the online music sphere.

Between vocalist and musician Elin Blom and visual artist Frederik Etoall, FELIN come packing with some raw energy on record we’re diggin’ – check out “Bored” below, it’s anything but what the title suggests.

Find out more about FELIN HERE.